Dear Mummy, we love visiting the seaside and are lucky to live on the South Coast only an hour away from some of the best beaches in the UK. I like nothing better than spending a day out at the seaside, in the sunshine, in the rain – any weather really!
What makes a trip to the coast even better are the traditional piers, arcades and fairground attractions. Nothing is more British than enjoying fish and chips, with the wind battering your face and the seagulls trying to pitch them!
Last weekend we were invited to visit a new attraction called Kidz Island located on South Parade Pier in Southsea, Portsmouth. We went to see what their end-of-pier funfair and stalls were like.
If you are in Hampshire we’d totally recommend visiting Portsmouth and South Parade Pier it’s a great attraction for families. With nearby parking and in close proximity to Southsea Common, SeaLife Centre, the D-Day Museum and Gunwharf there is so much to see and do in the area to make a day trip out of it.
We spent the afternoon visiting after a morning visit to Gunwharf Shopping Outlet and it was just the respite I needed. I had fun running along the shingle beach, watching fishermen and their rods from the pier and hanging out at the penny slots in the arcades. Good ol’ traditional family fun!
Entrance to South Parade Pier is free and at Kidz Island you can enjoy unlimited rides for just £7.50 per person or £2 per ride. There are also stall games to play including “Hook a Duck” and a High Striker Game, both with a guaranteed prize every time. I picked up two soft toys, much to my mummy’s amusement.
My folks loved the onsite cafe serving hot beverages, the Slushie Hut and a whole stall devoted to sweet treats like candy floss, donuts and the most amazing looking waffle ice-creams.
Of course it wouldnt be a trip to the funfair without candy floss and it tasted really good – even if it did end up in my hair because it was so windy!
We also stopped for Sunday Lunch next door at the Gaiety Bar on Southsea Pier and listened to some live music while enjoying a lovely cooked roast! Great value for money as well and a perfect place to catch our breath from all the fun of the fair. Kids roast was £6 and adults was £12 and MASSIVE portions! My folks also enjoyed a pint!
Afterwards I had so much fun on the giant Helter Sketler, the Caterpillar Roller-Coaster and the Flying Airplanes and the unlimited ride tokens are great value for money! I could have spent all day there!
When was the last time you visited a pier funfair?
Love Bella x
Disclosure: We were invited down to Southsea Pier, all photos and opinions, sticky candy floss faces and wind swept hair are our own.
19 thoughts on “Escaping to Kidz Island on Southsea Pier, Portsmouth”
If this isn’t the best place to take the kids, then I don’t know what is! I have to take the kids there.
OMG I can’t wait to take my little one to these type of events when they get older. I love fairs!
Looks like a great place to explore for the kids, lots of children ride and interesting snacks. Glad that the weather was pretty cool too.
I can remember spending some fun times in Portsmouth as a teenager. I haven’t been in years, I really must take the children for a visit. I think that theily would love this.
I think I would enjoy the roller coaster. As a kid, I always loved to ride roller coasters. The food at this park also looks amazing.
Looks like so much fun for the kids and the family too. Would love to visit
Can’t believe I’ve never been here, it looks like so much fun! Love a traditional British pier!
This is too cute. They look like they are having too much fun! I loved trips like this when I went with my grandparents.
This looks like an awesome place to visit especially if you have kids and want to have some fun.
I agree with your kids! There’s nothing better than the beach for a little getaway.
Lol what a fun time you all had! I’ve never heard of Kidz Island, but clearly it’s a fun day out for the whole family!
This place sounds so much fun. We love a trip to Portsmouth, will have to pop in next time we are visiting.
That looks like so much fun! I bet your kids had a blast!
I love Portsmouth and Southsea, we were actually there yesterday and it’s such a lovely place. I don’t think I’ve been to a pier or fareground thing in a while x
Oh wow how exciting is this!! Also, noticed that they do bubblegum slush in pink…yes please xx
Wow, this place looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family
Never heard of this place before, but you guys looked like you all had such a great family time!
A day at the pier is always a wonderful idea when the weather is warm enough. Looks like you had a great afternoon!
We loved it when we visited, although I couldn’t get them off the caterpillar rollercoaster