If you would like to spend a day of your vacation at a theme park, Adventure Island, with over 30 rides, ranging from large roller coasters to gentle rides for the little tots, is an excellent choice.
This popular attraction is located in the town of Southend-on-Sea which as its name implies is located right on the water's edge. By train, it is plus or minus one hour east of London, not including the trip to West Ham Station on the Underground. From the train station at Southend-on-Sea it is just a 10 minute walk to the park. This makes it close enough for an easy day trip with plenty of time to enjoy once you get there. The train ride through the suburbs and the English countryside will be part of the fun. Adventure Island is not literally an island but, it does project out into the sea.
Entry to the park is free, which is advantageous if you just want to let the kids ride while you watch. Ride tickets are sold individually or you can purchase a wristband that lets you ride all day, which is probably the better deal.
Previously named Peter Pan's Playground and then Peter Pan's Adventure Island the Peter Pan's portion of the name was later dropped after the park doubled in size and introduced many new rides.
The park, which is still adding new attractions, currently features four roller coasters along with a generous compliment of other rides for a total of 40 rides and attractions. There are 13 gentle rides suitable for young children less than one metre tall, however, they must be accompanied by a person 14 years old or older who get to accompany them on the ride for free. Be sure to checkout the video of a ride on the Rage Coaster near the bottom of this page.
Adventure Island is open daily during the summer months with limited openings during the balance of the year. While the park opens at 11am on the days it is open, closing hours vary by day and season. Be sure to confirm the parks hours by visiting the official site link below, before making your trip there.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes
Address: Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, UK
Phone: 01702 443400
Official Website: Adventure Island
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How to get to Adventure Island by Tube
Take the Tube to Westham station using any of the above lines. Purchase a National Rail Ticket for the c2c Line to Southend Central Rail Station. Go to the platform indicated on your ticket. The travel time from Westham station takes anywhere from 45 minutes to just over an hour depending on the departure time.
When you arrive at Southend Central Rail Station exit to your right onto Clifftown Road and follow it to High Street which is actually a pedestrian only corridor, and go right. Walk down the High Street walkway and then go left at Pier Hill. Watch for the terrace on your right that crosses the road below and take it to the enclosed stairwell. The entrance to Adventure Island is close to the foot of the stairs. This is about a 10 minute walk.
Use the National Rail Journey Planner to get details and departure times for you trip.
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Ratedout of 5
Loads to do for kids of all ages, great food and drinks stalls although a little pricey. If you want to save a bit of money then go from 6pm and the wristbands are half-price although sometimes this can vary to 6:30pm so check before you go. There are on site toilets and disabled toilets and also a babies changing room. No smoking throughout the park. The arcades are brilliant and there is lots of seating areas. There is also an indoor area with rides for those cold evenings also with arcades located inside so the kids will never be bored. This place is a win win for kids and parents alike.
Jennie Thwaites - 9 days ago
Kids love it, not a massive theme park but some great thrill rides to keep the kids amused. Staff always amazingly enthusiastic and happy no matter the weather or hour... I really commend them for their amazing energy.
Anthony Fuller - 16 days ago
Took niece and nephew to the indoor part so they could use the climbing soft area for kids. WOW. What a great place. 4 floors.of.fun where the kids can burn off every. £5 each child with free drink and cake.
Paul Mihill - 19 days ago
Part of growing up in Essex! Big selection of rides and they are constantly working on improving the park defo a far cry from my own childhood in the 90's! Bands are good value after 6.00 and the game cards are decent enough. Staff actually make quite a good effort and my partner and I joked that they were actually better than the staff at Disneyland Paris! Well worth a visit .
Dean Scott - 1 month ago
It's no Thorpe park or Chessington, but honestly for kids and a day out it's great! Staff are actually really good and lively. I give 4 stars as anyone from the street can walk in and wonder around. If you buy a ticket at the door and then walk in I'd feel far safer knowing my kids couldn't just run off out back to the street. Rides are good fun but place could do with a lick of paint but for the day I had it has to be 4 stars
Duncan Pina - 1 month ago