Robin Hill (theme park)

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Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens
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Robin Hill is located in Isle of Wight
Robin Hill
Robin Hill
Robin Hill (Isle of Wight)
Coordinates 50°41′16″N 1°14′37″W / 50.68778°N 1.24361°W / 50.68778; -1.24361Coordinates: 50°41′16″N 1°14′37″W / 50.68778°N 1.24361°W / 50.68778; -1.24361
Theme Countryside
Owner Vectis Ventures Limited
Opened 1971
Previous names Robin Hill Country Park
Operating season August through November
Area 88-acre (0.36 km2)
Website Official website

Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens is an 88-acre (36 ha) theme park located in the village of Downend; outside of Newport, Isle of Wight. It is owned by the Dabell family, who also own Blackgang Chine; another Isle of Wight amusement area. The site of a Roman villa is located within the park.[1] Robin Hill is also noted for its wildlife, particularly the red squirrel which is now rare in England.[2]

The park is the location for the annual alternative music festival Bestival.[3] In 2009 it received a “Tourism & Leisure Business Award for Excellence" from the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce[4]

Park attractions[edit]

The Colossus ride at the park.

The park owners claim to place less emphisis on thrill seeking rides and more upon rides which fit into its 'countryside ethos'.[5]

  • Colossus: A swinging galleon boat ride.
  • Toboggan Run: A 300 metre twisting and turning course of metal half-pipe, designed as a track for toboggans.
  • The Time Machine: A 28 seat motion platform simulator.
  • Wooden Maze: A large wooden maze with a centre and bridge.
  • Junior Jets Ride: A small ride aimed at younger visitors to the park.
  • Tree Top Trail: A trail surrounded by trees close to the cafe.
  • Total Wipeout: A watery-based rollercoaster loop system by air and water.
  • Troll Island Bridges: Bridges leading to several islands over a carp-filled pond.
  • Carp Quay: A large lake with fish food available to buy and feed the fish living there.
  • Duckdown Play Village: A small child-sized village.
  • Run Rabbit: Various large underground rabbit tunnels.
  • Activity Course: An activity course with various equipment including a zip wire and scramble net.
  • Snake and Hillbilly Slides: An area with slides set into the hillside.
  • Splash Attack: Includes buttons to press and fire water jets.
  • Tot's Play: A special area designated for very young visitors to stay.
  • Squirrel Tower: A tall tower in a location around the island's red squirrels.
  • African Adventure: Adventure playground, themed as an African village.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.robin-hill.com/nature-and-history/romans-at-robin-hill Romans at Robin Hill: Robin Hill website
  2. ^ http://www.robin-hill.com/nature-and-history/red-squirrels-and-squirrel-safari Red squirrels at Robin Hill
  3. ^ Gittins, Ian (2007-09-11). "The Guardian - Bestival". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  4. ^ http://www.iwchamber.co.uk/uploads/originals/awards-guidance-notes-2009.pdf I of W, Chamber of Commerce awards, 2009.
  5. ^ "Robin Hill - Amusement Parks - Countryside Adventure Park". www.blooloop.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 

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