Take the kids to … Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight

As the UK’s oldest theme park gears up for its 175th birthday celebrations, our writer enjoys the timeless and gentle appeal of its themed lands

The UK’s oldest theme park, which opened its gates in 1843, only five years after Queen Victoria had been crowned. Its imaginatively-themed “lands” and spectacular location – on the side of a steep coastal ravine (or “chine”, now destroyed) – quickly made it one of the Isle of Wight’s favourite attractions. A programme of special events is planned to mark the park’s 175th anniversary this summer, including a Wild West Week (26 May-3 June) and a Big Birthday Bash (Mondays and Wednesdays from 23 July -29 August) with music and fireworks.

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