Southport Pleasureland c. Google Earth

Discovery Bay will bring six themed rides to Southport Pleasureland. Credit: Google Earth

Southport Pleasureland unveils next step in £4.7m investment

The amusement park is eyeing a June opening date for Discovery Bay, a 67,000 sq ft area featuring six new rides and a themed outdoor festival.

Discovery Bay marks the third major project at Southport Pleasureland since 2019 when the park’s chief executive, Norman Wallis, pledged to invest money in the site following the grant of a long-term lease.

The Victorian-themed attraction follows the development of the 35-metre high Big Wheel and an adventure golf attraction in 2022, bringing Wallis’s total investment in the park to £4.7m in the last year.

Discovery Bay will introduce six rides, including two thrill rides and a large family ride, within what the park describes as a “retro-futuristic styled” land.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the outdoor festival venue, which will hold up to 3,000 people.

An in-house team is working on Southport Pleasureland’s extension.

Norman Wallis said: “Our theming architects are really bringing the immersion of Discovery Bay to life – the props, the seating areas, the catering…

“The new land we are building will be a major draw to performers and festivals, and we are already in discussions with a number of parties in regards to special events we will be bringing to Southport.”

Elsewhere in Southport, the £73m Marine Lakes Event Centre will go before Sefton Council’s planning committee next Thursday.

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We would love to see Southport beach cleared of the shrubs and grass and returned to the golden sands. Please invest money into the beach its so important for people to have a clean area to walk, sit and relax in the sun and enjoy the fresh air.

By Anonymous

When are sefton council going to refurbish the arcade by the old B H S. it looks a sight and doesn’t look safe?

By Anonymous

I am thankful for the investment but please, please, please find some money for shelter from the sun as there is none at the moment and at the height of summer this is terrible for little ones and the elderly especially

By Anonymous

What about repairing the pier
Absolute disgrace this hasn’t been fixed with summer months ahead.

By Anonymous

Sefton Council are a disgrace. They will always spend money in the south, ie Bootle, but will never fund projects which would improve Southport. The beach and the pier are just two areas which are in DESPERATE NEED of improvement but are simply left to deteriorate.

By Anonymous

Need to get the new trains out of the sidings and up and running. Don’t know what visitors must think of the current ones.They are a disgrace.

By Anonymous

I do enjoy the whining, and it is whining, of some Southport residents about money being spent elsewhere in Sefton and not Southport. Have they been to anywhere else? All you mention is The Strand, which made a profit pre-Covid, and seem to ignore the countless MILLIONS that have been spent and continue to be spent in Southport, and yet you still complain. Residents of Bootle, Netherton, Litherland, Seaforth, Waterloo, Crosby, Formby, Aintree & Maghull would love to get a fraction of the Southport money spent on them.

By JohnMac

Sefton council should not be managing Southport or its budget. It is time Southport broke out of the Liverpool city region to manage our own affairs.

By Sandgrounder

Well done Norman keep up the good work

By Billy Bobs

You need to invest in some better arcades too

By Emma

When’s the big new ride gonna get built?

By Steve

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