Blackpool South Pier

South Pier
amusement park
Location
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Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Status Operating
Opened 1893
Owner Peter Sedgwick
Previous names Victoria Pier
Website http://blackpoolpiers.co.uk/piers/south-pier

South Pier is a pleasure pier featuring a number of amusement rides located in Blackpool, England, UK. It is one of three piers in the town, and is the most ride intensive of the three.

History[edit | edit source]

The pier originally opened as Victoria Pier on Good Friday, 1893.[1] It was owned by notable attraction operator Trusthouse Forte (later First Leisure, then Leisure Parcs) throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. This company also operated Blackpool's other two piers, plus amusement parks such as Ocean Beach Fun Fair in Rhyl and Belle Vue in Manchester. The pier's current owner Peter Sedgwick purchased it along with Central Pier for a combined £8 million in 2015.[2]

A few individual attractions began to appear on the pier during the 1970s and 1980s, including an Astroglide, however it was during the 1990s that the pier started to feature the type of rides present there today.[3]

Roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Present[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Crazy Coaster Reverchon Spinning 2018 Operating

Past[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Crazy Mouse Reverchon Spinning May 1998 2009 Travelling Germany
Happy Caterpiller Pinfari Family 2017 2017 Relocated to Clarence Pier

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Operating[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Break Dance Sobema Breakdance July 1997
Dodgems I.E. Park Dodgems 1997
Gallopers Savage Gallopers March 2018
Pirate Adventure Reverchon Log Flume March 2010
Sky Screamer Unknown Reverse Bungee 1999
Skycoaster Montic Skycoaster 1996
Waltzer Maxwell Waltzer 2008
X-Factor Nottingham UK Miami August 1996

Closed[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Astroglide H.P. Jackson Astroglide 1970s c.1990s Unknown
Ghost Train William Belson Tracked Dark Ride 2008 2011 Travelling UK
Ghost Train William Belson Tracked Dark Ride May 2012 August 2013 Travelling UK
Octopus A.R.M. Polyp 1995 1996 Travelling Belgium
Sedgwick's Sizzler PWS Rides Twist 2008 2017 Travelling UK
Roller Bob Sobema Superbob 1998 2007 Travelling UK
Viking Helmut Hauser Pirate Ship 1995 1997 Relocated to Loudoun Castle
Virtual Explorer Flight Avionics Simulator Unknown 2004 Unknown

References[edit | edit source]