Ten of the best vintage seaside rides and fairground attractions in the UK

The reopening of Dreamland in Margate hogged the headlines this summer, but the UK has plenty more vintage seaside attractions. Here’s our pick of 10 coastal spots for old fashioned fun, from pier shows to the UK’s oldest theme park

Tucked in beside Blackpool’s more glamorous attractions sit a clutch of easily overlooked but just as thrilling vintage rides. The Flying Machines dates back to 1904 (eight years after the Pleasure Beach was opened by the Thompson family, who still maintain and operate it) and has 10 rocket capsules which are flung out as centrifugal force gets a grip. The Wild Mouse, built in 1958, is a traditional wooden rollercoaster with 90-degree switchback turns; the Derby Racer (1959) is a carousel of 56 racehorses which bob up and down to the accompaniment of a Belgian Band Organ playing In The Mood; and the Ghost Train (1930) is the world’s first ride of that name.
Open weekends only from early Feb, open fully end of March-mid November, £30 adults, £27 children for unlimited rides, blackpoolpleasurebeach.com

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