We recently came back off holiday from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. It’s a really odd time at the moment. With coronavirus still be about but the country opening up more, it was a big decision to make. Do we go and enjoy our holiday (booked before lockdown) or do we look into the risks and go? We decided to find out what Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach could offer…
I read their website and socially media to see what was in place.
- Prebooked tickets (£12 each, under 3’s free)
- Limited number of entry at a time
- Hand gel on entrance to every ride
- Socially distancing when on the ride
- Ride operators wearing masks
It all sounded great. So we booked our 3 hour slot, packed our masks and own hand gel (just Incase) and headed off. We were given our entrance gate (B) and there were a few lines on the floor so show social distancing, however a lot of guests weren’t following them (which was a little uncomfortable). We didn’t have to wait long and then we were let in. They scan the ticket from your phone so no contact was made at all.
We ran straight to the Rollercoaster ride. Again, you follow the lines for social distancing and then you use the hand gel before getting on. We were spaced out so every other seat was empty. My eldest J loved this ride so much we went on 4 times in one day (advantage of the limited numbers is that the wait times are really low).
We went on many other rides and each one had the same procedures that were all being promoted by the staff (when people went to sit on the seats with the stickers on they reminded them to sit elsewhere). Ride attendants only approaches to check safety bars so there’s a good distance.
I still felt a little uncomfortable with the amount of families not social distancing when just walking around the park so we did have to make our own routes around to avoid people as much as possible.
The variety of rides meant the park catered for the whole family. There were fast rides for my husband and for older children/teens, family rides that are great for mixture of ages and toddler rides such as ride on vehicles. The 4D cinema was open as was the Fun Factory and the Haunted Hotel. We didn’t go on these as I didn’t feel comfortable going indoors but I did see hand sanitiser, social distancing queues and rides being cleaned.
Food and drink vendors are open, as are the game stalls. We got a drink and doughnuts, which we ate on the benches (all spaces apart) and sanitized our hands after. We saved getting hot food for later as we wanted to do as many rides in our 3hrs as possible. We certainly got our £12 worth (each) and went on most rides multiple times.
Once our time was over (plenty of warning over the speaker which is great for my son who is autistic as it meant he (we) could prepare for the transition) we headed out to the garden area. This is a separate part where you don’t have to book. You simply pay per amusement ride (smaller ones like go karts, roundabouts etc). We got some chips and then headed to the Upside Down House.
The Upside Down House was so much fun. It’s rather gimmicky and it’s not something we drive down specifically for as it only takes about 10 minutes and you’re done but it was definitely an experience I’m glad we had.
Basically the house is upside down and so you are walking ‘on the ceiling’. You get a feeling as disorientation from the second you set food inside. Everything is upside down – furniture, pictures, everyday items. There are stairs to climb so the upstairs is not accessible to anyone unable to climb up unaided (they’re quite narrow). We took sooooo many photos ‘hanging off’ the chairs, washing our hands ‘upside down’ etc. Then edited them (basically just turning photo upside down) and it made for some funny photos for our walk at home.
The whole area is next to the beach so we went and had a play in the sand after our adventures. We were staying nearby in a caravan park so we took the land train. For anyone traveling up for the day, there is a car park near to the Pleasure Beach so it’s easy to get to.
I felt like my family were safe during our visit. The park have done what they can to be safe.l but sadly you can’t always police people into doing the right thing. All we could do is what was right for us. We social distanced, we used the gel on every ride and we made sure we had no symptoms before visiting.