Blackpool South Pier

Amusement park in the United Kingdom
South Pier
Blackpool South Pier 2019 01.jpg
Location
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Status Operating
Opened 1893
Owner Peter Sedgwick
Previous names Victoria Pier
Website http://blackpoolpiers.co.uk/piers/south-pier
The pier in 2010

South Pier is a pleasure pier featuring a number of amusement rides located in Blackpool, England, UK. This is one of three piers in the town, and is the most ride intensive of the three. It is situated close to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Sandcastle waterpark. The pier is served by the Blackpool Tramway and is approximately 0.8 km (0.5 miles) walk from Blackpool South railway station.

History

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 Giant Slide, however it was during the 1990s that the pier started to feature the type of rides present there today.[3]

Roller coasters

Present

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Crazy Coaster Reverchon Spinning
Wild Mouse
2018 Operating

Past

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

Attractions

Operating

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Break Dance Sobema Breakdance 1997
Cliffhanger Eagle (G.E.T.) Fabrications Miami 2022
Dodgems I.E. Park Dodgems 1997
Gallopers Savage Gallopers 2018
Hell Raiser Maxwell Waltzer 2008
Pirate Adventure Reverchon Log Flume 2010
Sky Screamer Unknown Reverse Bungee 1999
Skycoaster Montic Skycoaster 1996

Closed

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Astroglide H.P. Jackson Giant Slide 1970s c.1990s Unknown
Ghost Train William Belson Tracked Dark Ride 2008 2011 Travelling UK
Ghost Train William Belson Tracked Dark Ride 2012 2013 Travelling UK
Hard Rock Nottingham UK Miami 1996 2021 Travelling UK
Mega Dance Sobema Breakdance 1996 1997 Relocated to Ocean Beach Fun Fair
Octopus A.R.M. Polyp 1995 1996 Travelling Belgium
Roller Bob Sobema Superbob 1998 2007 Relocated to Southport Pleasureland
Sedgwick's Sizzler PWS Rides Twist 2008 2017 Travelling UK
Viking Helmut Hauser Pirate Ship 1995 1997 Relocated to Loudoun Castle
Virtual Explorer Flight Avionics Simulator Unknown 2004 Unknown
Waltzer Maxwell Waltzer 2000 2000 Relocated to South Parade Pier
Waltzer Maxwell Waltzer 2002 2007 Relocated to Blackpool Central Pier

References