To view dinosaurs

dinosaur pet

Last week saw us in an unusual setting. As a family, we tend to be in big, wide, open spaces such as fields, or on sides of hills. Occasionally in a city, but it is a rare sighting, indeed, to see us in any place with crowds and queues, such as in a theme park. I don’t do queuing, if I can help it. Life is too short to queue for ages and then be thrown around for a few seconds. Each to their own. It’s just not me.

dinosaur and view

But this theme park is different. It has dinosaurs and views. I can cope. Even our dog saw it as nothing more than a slightly odd walk. (OK, maybe very odd)

shadow the live dinosaur

We’ve been to Black Gang Chine before. Six years ago. TF was a baby and unsurprisingly did not remember it, so we had to go again. Especially as he loves dinosaurs.

shadow the live dinosaur 2

He was not disappointed.


It was not all dinosaurs. Black Gang Chines reminds me of the missing chapters of The Magic Faraway Tree , where different lands appear at the top of the tree, with mixed results. In this case, the “lands” included a nursery rhyme area, an enchanted castle, a grand house taken over by goblins, a place that is nothing but a maze and a land where everyone has cap guns and shoots everyone else. The latter was our least favourite and we did scurry down the “ladder” as fast as we could.

red squirrel statue

It is set in a most beautiful location. How many theme parks can you go to in the UK and see a real live red squirrel, that just happened to be passing through the trees? No photo of the real squirrel, but I was rather taken by the statues. (For overseas readers – Native squirrels are red in the UK, but the grey squirrels have unceremonially usurped them in most of the country. Only small pockets of red squirrels can be found now. Isle of Wight is just such a place).


The park has an old-fashioned feel. There is a Crooked House with wonky floors, a room of distorted mirrors and, of course, a few rides (with queues – sigh). Some of the family were brave enough to try their first rollercoaster ride and water slide. They tell me that the roller coaster had a great view from the top. (Hey, someone had to stay with Gwinny the dog!)

It was great to revisit and it’s now ticked off all the family’s list of things to do. On to the next!


6 thoughts on “To view dinosaurs

  • Monday 12 August, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    A new one to me, but looks like a lot of fun (I’m sure the good views help!)…..probably a bit far for us though! Juliex

    • Monday 12 August, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Not a day trip for you, for sure! At least you can see red squirrels a bit closer to home. The children can clamber on several of the dinosaurs, which is lovely to see.

  • Monday 12 August, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    one word: jealous!!

    now some more words: what an amazing place to visit!! i especially like the squirrel!!

    • Monday 12 August, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      The children had so much fun. The ticket allows you to go back for the next six days. Went back the second day to do the rides and there was talk of going back the next day too!

  • Thursday 22 August, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    That looks fantastic and we love dinosaurs. Am off to pin on my dinosaur board. thank you for introducing me.

    • Friday 23 August, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Youngest loves his dinosaurs. It is a fun park, but I think the dinosaurs are the best bit.

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