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Curry's Fun Park Portrush

Amusement park in the United Kingdom
(Redirected from Barry's Amusements)
Curry's Fun Park Portrush
Barry's Amusements 2012 01.jpg
Location
Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
Status Operating
Opened 1926
Operator Curry's Amusements
Website http://www.barrysamusements.com/

Curry's Fun Park Portrush is an amusement park located in Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. The entrance to Curry's Fun Park is situated across the road from Kiddieland Portrush.

History

In November 2019, the park was put up for sale by its owners, the Trufelli family. In early March 2020, the park announced that it would remain open for the 2020 season.[1] However, the park did not open at all in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[2] As of the 2021 season the park is still standing but not operating. In May, the park released a statement saying it was for sale both as a going concern and for redevelopment, and that it would not reopen until the sale was complete.[3] In August the park had been reported to have been sold to developer Michael Herbert.[4] However these reports were quickly shot down by the owners. In early September the owners announced that the park had been sold and the business would close. During this time the entrance of the park got a big sign saying 'All Enquires' and Helter Skelter was dismantled. However, most recently estate agents Osborne King (on behalf of the new buyer) have marked the park for rent as a "unique leisure and entertainment opportunity".

In February 2022, footage was shown of the lights running on the rides and two days later it was confirmed that the park has been leased to the Curry Family who run Curry's Fun Park in Galway.[5] The park was subsequently renamed Curry's Fun Park.[6] The park was expected to reopen on 15 April, but ultimately reopened early on 11 April.[7]

Roller coasters

Operating

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Big Dipper Pinfari Steel July 2002
Crazy Caterpillar Unknown Steel 2022

Closed

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Big Dipper Pinfari Steel 1968 1988 Unknown
Big Dipper Pinfari Steel 1997 2001 Relocated to Jungle Land
Dipper Unknown Wooden 1939 1942 Destroyed in a storm
Little Dipper Supercar Kiddie 1961 1967 Relocated to Barry's Bangor
Looping Dipper Pinfari Steel 1989 1996 Relocated to Kongeparken
Speedy Mouse Pinfari Family 1998 2019 Relocated to Rhyl Children's Village

Attractions

Operating

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Beast KMG Frisbee 2022
Crazy Frog Safeco Jump & Smile 2022
Dodgems Unknown Dodgems Unknown
Ghost Train Unknown Tracked Dark Ride Unknown
Gallopers Mardi Gras Carousel 2022
Helter Skelter Griffiths & Morgan Helter Skelter 2022
Jumping Astro Moser's Rides Junior Drop Tower 2012
Sizzler PWS Rides Twist 2022
Waltzer SBF Visa Group Waltzer 2022

Closed

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate

Airborne Shot

SBF Visa Group Ramba Zamba/Swingaround 2016 2019 Relocated to Wicksteed Park
Cannibal Pots Technical Park Teacups 1999 2001 Relocated to Funland Hayling Island
Carousel Robert Tidman Carousel 1963 2019 Unknown
Children's Speedway Supercar Track Ride 1954 1965 Unknown
Crazy Dance Fabbri Breakdance 1994 1996 Exported to France
Cyclone Edwin Hall Twist 1962 2019 Unknown
Experience KMG Experience 2006 2015 Relocated to Kongeparken
Extreme Bike Moser Rides Extraordinary Bike 2015 2015 For sale
Extreme Orbiter Tivoli Manufacturing Orbiter 2018 2019 Relocated to Beau Land Park
Ferris Wheel Eli Bridge Company Ferris Wheel 1949 1960 Exported to South Africa
Ferris Wheel Fabbri Ferris Wheel March 2002 June 2002 Unknown
Freak Out KMG Frisbee 2004 2006 Travelling UK
Freak Out KMG Frisbee 2007 2017 Relocated to Tramore Amusement Park
Helter Skelter Supercar Helter Skelter 1949 1957 Relocated to Alton Towers
Helter Skelter Supercar Helter Skelter 1958 2019 Scrapped
Matterhorn SDC Matterhorn 1987 1989 Unknown
Model-T Fords Supercar Track Ride 1964 Unknown Unknown
Peter Pan Railway Supercar Track Ride 1950 c.1960s Unknown
Turtle Splash I.E. Park Log Flume 2006 2019 Unknown
Quasar A.R.M. Quasar/Explorer 1997 1998 Travelling UK
Satellite Turnagain Trabant/Satellite 1985 2005 Relocated to Wicksteed Park
Sky Diver Maxwell Lifting Paratrooper 1986 1988 Relocated to Dunes Leisure Family Fun Fair
Speedway Supercar Monte Carlo Rally/Speedway 1945 1984 Scrapped
Water Dodgems Rytecraft Water Dodgems 1933 1944 Scrapped

References

  1. "Barry's Amusements to remain open through sale process". ITV News. https://www.itv.com/news/utv/2020-03-09/barry-s-amusements-to-remain-open-through-sale-process/. Retrieved 26 March 2020. 
  2. McGoran, Peter (25 October 2020). "Barry's Amusements: Nostalgic photos from throughout the years". BelfastLive. https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/history/barrys-amusements-nostalgic-photos-throughout-19143237. Retrieved 5 February 2021. 
  3. "Barry's Amusements". 2021-05-07. Archived from the original on 2021-05-29. https://web.archive.org/web/20210529214427/https://barrysamusements.com/. Retrieved 2021-06-02. 
  4. McCann, Maria (2021-08-02). "Barry's Amusements in Portrush sold to developer Michael Herbert". BBC News. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-58054527. Retrieved 2021-08-02. 
  5. "Galway firm rides in to save Barry’s Amusements in Co Antrim’s Portrush". belfasttelegrap. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/galway-firm-rides-in-to-save-barrys-amusements-in-co-antrims-portrush-41341160.html. 
  6. Cartmill, Claire (2022-03-30). "Curry’s Fun Park Portrush announce new rides, tokens and appeal for staff" (in en). Belfast News Letter. https://www.newsletter.co.uk/business/consumer/currys-fun-park-portrush-announce-new-rides-tokens-and-appeal-for-staff-3632646. Retrieved 2022-04-05. 
  7. Cartmill, Claire (2022-04-11). [https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsletter.co.uk%2Fbusiness%2Fconsumer%2Fcurrys-fun-park-opens-its-doors-with-45-minute-warning-3648525 "Curry’s Fun Park opens its doors with 45 minute warning"]. Belfast News Letter. https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsletter.co.uk%2Fbusiness%2Fconsumer%2Fcurrys-fun-park-opens-its-doors-with-45-minute-warning-3648525. Retrieved 2022-04-11.