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Brean Leisure Park A/N: You can stay in accommodation here or visit as a day guest. We had accommodation near by so this review is written from that perspective. Thanks. As some of you may know if you read my review before this, our recent holiday - the first with our baby daughter - took us to Brean in Somerset where we stayed in Brean Sands Pontins Holiday Park, and right next door what did we find? Only a Leisure park. You may be asking yourself why the surprised tone? Well the answer to that is clear - Brean is a very small and quiet place and there is not much in this village size beach town except sandy beaches and the odd shop here and there, so to find a leisure park of decent size was not what I was expecting. Due to holidaying with a 5 month old baby, we were limited to what we could do, yet we found that this leisure park was not like that of places like Alton towers or similar - this one you could actually enter without paying door prices and simply by your tickets when and if you fancy. Let me start at the beginning for you; ***Brean Leisure Park*** Brean leisure park is the largest fun park in the South West of England, again something which surprises me as Brean certainly isn't the largest place in this area. There are approximately 40 rides within the park and honestly feels like the TARDIS from Dr Who as it is a lot bigger on the inside than seen from the road. Brean Leisure park is aimed towards youngsters in the main, though there is still plenty of things for adults to do. Perfect for that of a family outing. They say that it is a great day out, though I don't think that anyone would spend the whole day here, though I guess it really depends on whether you are wanting to try everything and anything. ***Rides and Amusements*** As mentioned above, there are approximately 40 different rides and amusements at this park and so I don't want to bore you with an in-depth detailing of everything, though I will generalize the list for your information and comment on a couple I had experience on. You have to also bare in mind that a lot of rides hold a height restriction policy that you must check before purchasing tickets so not to waste money. Average height restrictions seemed to be around 1.0m. Children's Rides: There are many rides for children, all depending on height. Most are 0.8m here. Included in this section are trampolines, cartoon trains, ghost train, bumpy slides, small water rides such as child size canoes, mini rollercoaster's, cups and saucers, pony style rides and much more. Family/Adult rides The height restrictions are slightly higher on these rides, though smaller children can still go on quite a few with a responsible adult (counts my husband out!!) Included are rides such as; Dodgems, Rollercoaster's, Sizzler, Rides which throw you into the air like shot and drop (scary scary!!), Waltzer, Crazy golf, Go karts single and twin seats, Laser quest, Long flume, 130ft white knuckle ride and much much more. As you can hopefully see - there are a huge range of different rides available for all ages, though the fun doesn't stop here! *Children's play area* For the little ones there is a fantastic 'Pirates of The Carri-Brean' padded play area with balls you can balance on air which rushes out from a 'volcano', air propeller canons, rollers, balls, dice - all soft - designed for the younger ones (and even I wanted to play!!) You get given specific lengths of time depending upon how many people are there. *Swimming* There is a lovely pool complex at the leisure park, and although we didn't go in as we had one at our site right next door, we did have a good look. It has both indoor and outdoor swimming areas so great for both kinds of weather with four water chutes and a lovely toddler/baby part of the pool so even the little ones are safe. Lifeguards could be seen around the pool area (outside was closed at the point of us being there as weather wasn't brilliant). After checking, it seems that except for the baby pool, all water is same depth of 4ft and is all heated. If outside is open there is a sun terrace with plenty of space to sit and sunbathe and there are no worries about children running out as it is all enclosed. Outdoor pool I open from approximately end of May until beginning of September and pool works on a time limit scheme, so on busy periods, if you are staying somewhere with a pool it is possibly better to use that one. *Arcade* There is a great arcade in the park with all the usual arcade machines seen in most seaside resorts and also some more exciting ones like a dance studio and rollercoaster simulator - though why you would want to go in the simulator when there is rollercoasters for real so close by is beyond me, though I guess if you are like my husband and scared of big rides, this may suit you! ***Entertainment*** The Tavern is an extremely popular place to go with live musical and comedy cabaret, live bands and good food served at the restaurant. Unfortunately when we were there it was closed. ***Food and Drink and Shops*** *Treasure Chest* Moderately expensive gift and toy shop with a decent range of items from collectables to cuddly toys *Pic 'n' Mix* Averagely priced sweet and drink shop with small yet scrumptious range! * Sunday Carvery* From approximately £8 per head and only, as you can guess, on Sundays - therefore we did not get the chance to try this. Also does hot buffets from £4. ***Prices*** Obviously prices may vary though as of time writing this review prices are as follows; Entry to park : Free (Works on a pay as you go scheme) Pay as you ride tickets : 50p per token, average ride cost is 3 tokens. Unlimited Ride Wristband : £18.99 Tiny Tots Wristband, £9.99 The wristband does exclude some rides such as Go-Karts, Laser Quest and Crazy Golf Tickets valid until 5.00pm or evening sessions available when open 5pm until 10pm. We didn't purchase the wristband as we wanted to look around and with our baby we knew we wouldn't be able to go on much, especially as my husband is a wimp and wouldn't go on things without me - impossible with a 5 month old, though I would suggest looking around the park first to see what you fancy before purchasing the wristbands as, whilst they are good value for money if used right, they would be a waste if you decided not to go on many rides or wasn't going too spend too long there. Ride tickets alone are also an average price these days - extortion - but average! Swimming is extra at a cost of £3 (in high season £4 for afternoon sessions.) ***Disabled Access*** For disabled people, there really is not much help as staff will not/can not help so advice that there are people with you to help out. A lot of the rides work with step access and not ramps so it is very limited for wheelchair users. Service dogs such as blind or hearing dogs are not allowed. A lifting hoist is available in the pool though access to main pool is via steps. Restaurant and other venues are all ground floor with easy wheelchair access and disabled toilets are provided. Service dogs are welcome in the venues. Disabled parking spaces are also available. ***Other Information*** Opening times are very vast throughout the year, so please take a look at the following link for the yearly timetable taken from the website http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/7892/funparkopeninggrid2008ng7. jpg There is also a carpark on the park which costs £2 for the whole day which is a great price, especially as a beach car park just down the road costs £8!! Contact; Brean Leisure Park Coast Road Brean Sands Somerset TA8 2QY General enquiries: 01278 751595 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01278 751595 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Fax: 01278 752102 ***Overall*** For a family who love this sort of thing and have plenty of money, this would be an amazing day out with so much to do for all the family. Prices are reasonable and rides and amusements are fantastic. I would certainly recommend this to those in the area of Somerset.