The longest pier in the world
is at Southend. It goes through Adventure Island, splitting the park in two
halves, and goes over a mile out to sea. This one by contrast has to be one
of the shortest, barely going out to Sea, but there's a lot more of interest
to the theme park enthusiast on it.
Most of the rides here are pretty traditional. There's seaside amusement
favourites like the Twist, Waltzer, Dodgems and Carousel. The parks
rollercoaster Skyways also has a traditional feel, being a classic style
steel compact design. Although it's one of the better examples of this type of
They've also got a couple of less traditional rides. One is the more modern
Disko. There's also the Extreme and the Eclipse, which help add a feeling of
exclusiveness to the proceedings. I've only ridden rides like the Extreme
before at the larger funfairs, and the Cyclone is a relatively unique and
rare ride for this country.
The only thing that would put me off from all these rides is the lack of
wristbands. To be fair though this is a small park, all the rides are
reasonably priced, and there are special offers when you buy a certain
amount of tokens, meaning two people could probably do all the rides they want at
least once for a tenner each.
This brings me to the issue of scoring the park. This is a pretty tough
decision, as it brings the issue of do I score a park based on how it
compares to other parks, or how well it fulfils it's potential. A park like
this with a pretty limited space, and without the money of a big company,
will have a major struggle if it wanted to compete with these larger parks.
This means it isn't really as good as larger parks are, however Clarence
Pier does a great job of fulfilling it's potential, in terms of it achieving
everything you reasonably
could expect a park like this to.
It offers a good collection of rides, and creates a good fun family
atmosphere. It offers a great way to kill an hour or two if you're in the
area. It's not a must do park, but you could have a great day out doing this
park, and maybe another attraction in the area.