Brean Leisure Park

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Brean Leisure Park
Sizzler ride - Brean Leisure Park.jpg
Slogan The South West's Leading Family Destination!
Location Holiday Resort Unity, Brean, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°17′08″N 3°00′35″W / 51.285668°N 3.009664°W / 51.285668; -3.009664Coordinates: 51°17′08″N 3°00′35″W / 51.285668°N 3.009664°W / 51.285668; -3.009664
Owner Holiday Resort Unity
Operated by Phil Booth [1]
Opened 1946
Previous names Holiday Resort Unity
Operating season March to November
Visitors per annum 750,000+ per annum
Area 200 acres (80.9 ha)
Rides
Total 30+ (T.B.C.)
Roller coasters 4
Website www.breanthemepark.co.uk
www.hru.co.uk

Brean Leisure Park is an amusement park in the coastal resort of Brean, near Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England. Brean Lesiure Park as a whole is owned and managed by Unity Farm (which is owned by the House family) whilst the Brean theme park amusement aspect is owned by Phil Booth as of August 2014. The park covers an area of 200 acres (80.9 ha).[2]

Open from March to November every year, the leisure park has also been a concert venue for artists such as DJ Casper,[3] Peter Andre,[4] Jason Donovan and The Wurzels. Sky have filmed an episode of Brainiac: Science Abuse entitled "Funfair Physics" at the park. An episode of BBC TV series Casualty was also filmed there in 2007 and again 2013. And an episode of CBBC TV series The Sparticle Mystery was filmed of the titled of the episode The FunFair.

History[edit]

Holiday Resort Unity is owned and operated by the House family, who are the sole owners of the 200-acre site. In 2012 they celebrated 65 years of trading.

1946 - 70's[edit]

In 1946 Albert and Marie House bought Unity Farm which is just after World War II and for the next 30 years they run the farm primarily as a dairy farm with a herd of 140 cows. They later supplied the local area with milk that was bottled on the farm. The farm grew to include a number of pigs and sheep and Richard House (the Managing Director of Brean Leisure Park and Albert and Marie's son) has fond childhood memories of his milk round and the pigs and sheep that lived on Unity Farm. Bert (Richard's brother) also had a passion for horse racing and enjoyed success with a number of winners in both flat and national hunt races.

However, as far back as 1946 camping was a very popular past time and Fry's Chocolate Factory from Bristol pitched large tents on three fields on Unity Farm for a two-week period during the summer so therefore their employees could have a holiday by the seaside such as local areas being Brean, Berrow and Burnham-on-sea. The way Holiday Resort Unity is at present age started from this very stage and it wasn't long before many groups of people including the local Boy's Brigade Troops were coming to Brean to venture and have holidays.

In 1948 planning permission was granted to change the use of some of the farm land to caravans and camping and 20 acres was converted prior for this use. However, during the 50's and 60's caravan and camping became a bigger part of Unity Farm (presently known as Holiday Resort Unity) and slowly the number of cows, pigs and sheep decreased.

1970's - 80's[edit]

During the 70's and the 80's the beginnings of Brean Leisure Park were created along with the Mid Somerset Golf Centre which included Target Golf, driving range, pitch and putt and also a 8 hole golf course was opened alongside the other features. Throughout the years additional recreational activities were created which included greyhound racing, a swimming pool, donkey derby's and open air markets.

Brean Leisure Park as a whole was now attracting a lot of visitors from South Wales, Bristol and Birmingham and in the late 1970s the House family bought out all of the other directors so that they could concentrate on their passion of developing leisure and holiday facilities for local residents and holiday makers. The directors of the park from this point forward were Mr and Mrs House Senior and also Richard and Bridget House.

The 8 hole golf course was now expanded so that it could host 18 holes and Brean Golf Club was created. The course hosted a number of pro and celebrity amateur tournaments as well as becoming a members club and a facility for holiday guests to use.

In 1980 the complex that we know today as the 'Tavern' was opened and was previously known as the 'Farmers Tavern' providing a venue for evening family entertainment, functions and weddings. The complex also included an Amusement arcade and Fast Food outlets.

The Greyhound track was closed in 1984 and to improve the look of the park a significant landscaping project was undertaken across both Brean Leisure Park and Unity Farm (presently known as Holiday Resort Unity).

1990's[edit]

Further facilities were added during the 90's including a river type ride at the Swimming Pool complex (presently known as Brean Splash) and also the addition of two Ten-Pin Bowling lanes at Unity Farm (Holiday Resort Unity) in 1994.

2000 - 2010[edit]

In 2000 one of the biggest projects that the resort took on since it had first opened its doors and this was the RJ's Entertainment complex which was a one million investment in the resort. The American themed venue replaced Bert's bar and Chicks Roost with a venue with a capacity of approximately 700 people.

In 2008 it became the home of Sooty, Sweep and Soo,when Richard Cadell brought the rights from Hit Entertainment.

On Friday 18/7/2014 the park was sold to a family from Barry Island in south wales.

Current Main Attractions[edit]

# Name Opened Manufacturer Brief Description
1
Crazy Loop
2004
Pinfari A TL59 looping rollercoaster. Formerly located at Pleasure Island Family Theme Park and Flamingo Land Resort. It was the best ride in the park. [5]
2
Magic Mouse
2007
Reverchon Industries A standard spinning wild mouse rollercoaster. It was known as "Crazy Mouse" until the start of the 2007 season.[6]
3
Astro Storm
2011
Zierer An enclosed Four Man Bob rollercoaster. Opened 25 July 2011. Previously Operated at Blackpool Pleasure Beach as Space Invader II.
4
Caterpillar Coaster
2001
D.P.V. Rides An MB28 children's caterpillar rollercoaster. [7]
5
Wild Water
2001
Reverchon Industries A two-drop log flume ride.
6
Wipeout
2002
KMG An afterburner ride. It was voted scariest ride at the park by Brainiac: Science Abuse.
7
XTreme
2004
KMG A booster ride. The tallest ride in the park.
8
Terror Castle
2000
Supercar A ghost train, Ride system relocated from Frontierland, Morecambe.
9
Hellraiser
2006
Sobema A Matterhorn (ride). Operated at Billing Aquadrome from 1986 to 2005.
10
X-Factory
2006
KMG A miami ride, also includes water blasters.
11
Frisbee
2005
Ivan Bennett A trabant/satellite ride.
12
Sizzler
2000
P.W.S. A modern Twist (ride).
13
Waveswinger
2008
Fabbri Group A waveswinger ride.
14
Disco Fever
2005
P.W.S. A Jump and Smile ride.
15
Disk-O
2015
Zamperla A Disk'O ride.
16
Star Flyer
2015
AK Rides A vertical swing ride.
17
Dodgems
2003
SBF (track) / C and S (cars)

Notable Past Rides[edit]

Opened Closed Name Manufacturer Description
2004 2004 "Sky Scraper" Technical Park A large Ferris Wheel.
2003 2005 "Superbowl" Keith Emmett A flipper/superbowl ride. Previously operated at Walton Pier.
1990 2002 "Ski Jump" Maxwell A flying coaster ride.
1986 1999 "Kansas City" Hayes Fabrication A traditional ghost train Dark ride.
2001 2002 "Crazy Frog" Safeco A Jump and Smile ride.
1995 2002 "Pod Racer" Reverchon Industries A Matterhorn (ride). Moved to Ocean Beach, South Shields.
1996 2002 "Pure Adrenalin" Fairmatt The park's first miami ride.
2003 2004 "Over Rider" Nottingham UK The park's second miami ride.
1984 1990 "Paratrooper" Modern Products The park's first Paratrooper (ride). An upright version.
1991 1994 "Paratrooper" Harry Steer The park's second Paratrooper (ride). A lifting version.
1980s 1990s "Rainbow" HUSS Park Attractions A Rainbow (ride).
1998 2001 "Figure Of Eight" Pinfari A ST40 powered rollercoaster. Previously operated at Blackpool Pleasure Beach as "Tokaydo Express" from 1980 to 1997.
2002 2006 "Crazy Mouse" Reverchon Industries A standard spinning wild mouse rollercoaster.
1988 1996 "Wild Mouse" Butlin's/Schiff A wooden wild mouse rollercoaster, relocated from Harbour Park.
1990s 1998 "Skid" Hayes Fabrication A traditional swirl ride. Operated previously at Spanish City, Whitley Bay. Sold to Rainbow Park, Hunstanton.
2013 2014 "Speed Wave" Mondial (amusement ride manufacturer) A Top Scan ride that previously operated at Flamingo Park, Hastings between 2008 and 2012.
1980s 1999 "Twist" Ivan Bennett The park's original Twist (ride). Replaced by "Sizzler".
1984 1984 "Waltzer" Lakin The park's first Waltzer ride.
1985 2002 "Waltzer" The park's second Waltzer ride.
2006 2006 "Waltzer" Maxwell The park's third Waltzer ride. Previously operated at Codonas Amusement Park.
2007 2014 "Waltzer" A.R.M. The park's fourth Waltzer ride. Previously operated at Flamingo Land Resort between 1991 and 2006.
1984 1985 "Gallopers" Allchin The park's first set of gallopers. Previously operated at Allday's Amusements, Barmouth.
1993 1998 "Gallopers" Savage The park's second set of gallopers. Previously operated at Woburn Abbey.
2005 "Gallopers" Mardi Gras The park's third set of gallopers.

Gallery[edit]

Brean Splash[edit]

Brean Splash is a waterpark owned and managed by Holiday Resort Unity under the Brean Lesiure Park branding which is owned by the House family. In 2014 Brean Splash made a £2 Million (GBP) investment on a brand new indoor splash aspect of the waterpark which has opened as of summer 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New owner of popular Brean fun park". Burnham on Sea.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Brean Leisure Park". Enjoy England. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  3. ^ "Review: Cha Cha Slide at Brean". BBC. 10 August 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Peter Andre Concert at Brean Leisure Park". Burnham-on-sea.com. 4 August 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  5. ^ Shockwave Info on RCDB
  6. ^ Magic Mouse Info on RCDB
  7. ^ Caterpillar Info on RCDB

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