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There was something horribly disappointing about the Grand Pier, well, the large arcade of 'amusements' in particular. For the grand price of 30p you can take a train ride along the pier and get there even more quickly. To everyone's horror a small child slipped off the train's seats and had to run a third of the pier's length to catch up. No, he didn't get a 10p refund!
Inside the large shed at the end of the pier the amusements seemd to consist primarily of slot machines, which at least were quite cheap because many still accepted 2p pieces. Everything else seemed to cost £1. Except for a fish and chip meal which was £5. The only staff appeared to be young teenagers who no doubt were on the minimum wage! I paid £1 to go on a haunted ghost train with a 4-year old, who did not seem to be remotely scared (despite having sat next to someone called Aaaarrgh throughout!!).
Everything was really geared towards young children. The highlight for tired parents is the play area on the mezzanine floor - for £3 you can lose your child in an impressive rope cage, of slides, ladders and plastic balls.
P.S. if my travelling companions read this, I should add it was a great day, but shame we didn't visit Clevedon ;-)
Updated Oct 24, 2006
Be very careful when going to any of the amusement arcades as they can be very addictive and it is so easy to lose a small fortune in them. Just one more pound leads to another and then another and pretty soon you have spent all of your money.
There is only one winner and that is the owner of the arcade as he sits counting all of your money at the end of the day.
Written Sep 15, 2004
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people that refuse to put on suncream and opt for nothing or even baby oil or cooking oil in the naieve belief that it will help them tan quicker. It will not, it will only make you burn and then peel quicker.
A high factor sunscreen is always a good idea, a healthy white skin is far more attractive than burnt, peeling red skin.
When buying the sunscreen make sure that it doesn`t have water or agua as an ingredient, it evaporates in the heat and doesn`t help you at all.
I would also recommend a hat, long sleeve shirt and sunglasses as well to help protect you from the suns harmful rays.
Written Sep 4, 2004
May sound silly but beware of 'sinking mud' on some areas of the beach! Its all well signposted but keep your eyes open when the tides out.
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