One of my highlights of visiting the seaside as a child was always walking along the pier, playing in the arcade and riding on the fairground rides at the end.
Fast forward too many years and it is something my own children love to do too.
Last weekend we were invited to visit the all new Kidz Island on South Parade Pier in Southsea, to try out their end of pier funfair.
Southsea is a great destination for a family day out as is home to the Victorian seafront which features a funfair, the Pyramids swimming complex, D-Day Museum, Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Pier and a huge open green space, perfect for kite flying and picnics and home to Victorious Festival on bank holiday weekend.
South Parade Pier is often forgotten, as although it is less than a mile from Clarence Pier, it is set away from most of the other tourist attractions.
Kidz Island funfair includes a range of rides for young children including a mini roller coaster, and mini chair swings, full size dodgems, an iconic full size helter skelter and lots of side stalls and games for the kids to enjoy.
Entrance to South Parade Pier is free and you can enjoy unlimited rides for just £7.50 per person or £2 per ride.
We visited across Sunday lunchtime / afternoon and didn’t have to queue for any rides at all.
I lost count of how many times the kids went on each ride, but it was several – especially Helter Skelter, Dodgems and Rollercoaster.
Isaac did his best to run Daddy over when driving the Dodgem!!
There are also a couple of games for the kids to play including “Hook a Duck” and a kids High Striker Game, both with a guaranteed prize every time.
Isaac hit the hammer so hard that the puck hit the bell and got stuck, but they were all very pleased with their prizes.
As with all good fun fairs, there are also stalls selling ice cream, sweet treats, candy floss and slushies, plus tea and coffee for us grown-ups.
Kidz Island also has some special events coming up – visit on the 10th August for the chance to meet Rastamouse or on the 17th August for the chance to meet Sooty and Richard Cadell.
South Parade has plenty for the all family to enjoy including a fabulous new amusement arcade, take away fish and chips, licensed restaurant, ice-cream parlour, The Gaiety Bar / Venue and much, much more.
If you are visiting Portsmouth, South Parade Pier is a great day out for kids aged up to 10 and there is even FREE parking in the surrounding roads, unlike its close neighbours.
Disclaimer: We were guests of Kidz Island for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.