Adventure Island in TripAdvisor top ten

Giving Southend a boost – councillor Graham Longley at Adventure Island

Giving Southend a boost – councillor Graham Longley at Adventure Island

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ADVENTURE Island has been voted one of the country’s best amusement parks by travel site TripAdvisor.

The Southend attraction was the tenth highest rated amusement park in the country, with Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach taking the crown.

The attraction, formerly known as Peter Pan’s Playground, has 32 different rides and was also rated in the top ten last year.

The site was bought by local businessman Philip Miller and his family in 1976. He turned it from a seaside garden with a few children’s rides, into one of the country’s top attractions.

Marc Miller, Adventure Island’s managing director, said: “To be given this honour for the second year running further cements Adventure Island’s status within the UK tourist industry.

“We have developed excellent service customer standards which each member of staff plays a crucial role in delivering, which is why this award is such a fantastic achievement.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has been kind enough to go on TripAdvisor and give us such positive reviews and ratings.”

Boasting a variety of rides and food outlets, Adventure Island is a popular attraction, not only for local residents, bringing in a large number of tourists into the town.

In February 2007, the park opened its flagship ride Rage, which cost £3million to build and boasts a 97-degree drop from 75 feet.

Graham Longley, Southend councillor for enterprise, tourism and economic development, said: “Adventure Island is an essential piece in the jigsaw of Southend’s continuing success and economic development.

“Visitors can wander in and out of the park, exploring the seafront and the town centre – finding lots to enjoy while they are here. This helps to boost the economy of Southend as a whole.

“It is great to know residents and visitors alike endorse Adventure Island wholeheartedly.

Here they will get a very warm welcome as they do throughout the rest of Southend too.”

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8:29am Wed 16 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

It is afterall the crown jewel in Southend's seafront.
It is afterall the crown jewel in Southend's seafront. sesibollox
  • Score: 4

12:19pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Ian P says...

No matter how good Adventure Island is, if the Council had done its job correctly the true jewel in the crown would have been the pier.
No matter how good Adventure Island is, if the Council had done its job correctly the true jewel in the crown would have been the pier. Ian P
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

take what you read on there, with a pinch of salt, people write all kinds of ****, as this story illustrates.....
take what you read on there, with a pinch of salt, people write all kinds of ****, as this story illustrates..... pembury53
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Ian P wrote:
No matter how good Adventure Island is, if the Council had done its job correctly the true jewel in the crown would have been the pier.
Indeed...and look at Brighton Pier it came well ahead in the top ten.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: No matter how good Adventure Island is, if the Council had done its job correctly the true jewel in the crown would have been the pier.[/p][/quote]Indeed...and look at Brighton Pier it came well ahead in the top ten. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 6

1:49pm Wed 16 Jul 14

emcee says...

Ian P wrote:
No matter how good Adventure Island is, if the Council had done its job correctly the true jewel in the crown would have been the pier.
You get the feeling that the council view the pier as a ball and chain they HAVE to carry around. If it is as crucial to the town as it should be, and that they (the council) suggest it is, then it should be given priority funding and priority development, for entertainment purposes. A long jetty with a shed at the end really does not cut the mustard no matter how well the council dress it up. A few quid spent here and there does not a great pier make.
The council, in all its colours over the years, should be ashamed of themselves by the way they have treated what is, arguably, this towns greatest asset.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: No matter how good Adventure Island is, if the Council had done its job correctly the true jewel in the crown would have been the pier.[/p][/quote]You get the feeling that the council view the pier as a ball and chain they HAVE to carry around. If it is as crucial to the town as it should be, and that they (the council) suggest it is, then it should be given priority funding and priority development, for entertainment purposes. A long jetty with a shed at the end really does not cut the mustard no matter how well the council dress it up. A few quid spent here and there does not a great pier make. The council, in all its colours over the years, should be ashamed of themselves by the way they have treated what is, arguably, this towns greatest asset. emcee
  • Score: 9

7:25pm Wed 16 Jul 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

When I was 5 I used to wander down Peter Pans Playground to the animal ride. There was no sinister activity then and my parents always found me., always on the elephant ride my parents always knew where I was. I loved it then and I love it now.
When I was 5 I used to wander down Peter Pans Playground to the animal ride. There was no sinister activity then and my parents always found me., always on the elephant ride my parents always knew where I was. I loved it then and I love it now. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 21

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