Blackgang Chine, the UK's oldest theme park located on the picturesque Isle of Wight, is celebrating a major milestone this year - its 180th anniversary. The park first opened its doors to visitors in 1843, and since then has been providing generations of families with endless fun and excitement.


Over the past 180 years, Blackgang Chine has become an integral part of the Isle of Wight's tourism industry and has welcomed millions of visitors from across the UK and beyond. The park's unique charm, beautiful coastal location, and endless attractions make it a favourite destination for families looking for a day of adventure and excitement.

The park's history and heritage is as fascinating as it is varied. Originally a set of 'Chine' ravines carved into the cliffs by natural erosion, the area was developed into a pleasure garden with a focus on natural beauty and spectacle. Blackgang Chine soon became known for its quirky and unconventional attractions, from pirate ships and fairytale castles to giant bugs and dinosaurs.

Alexander Dabell, Managing Director of Blackgang Chine, grew up on the Isle of Wight and has been involved with the park his entire life. His family has owned and run Blackgang Chine since its inception, and he is proud to continue the tradition of providing families with unique and thrilling experiences.

Despite some setbacks, the park is prone to landslips and one with one of the biggest taking place in 1989, Blackgang Chine has continued to thrive and innovate, always pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of theme parks. The addition of the new Extinction ride marks another era of innovation for the theme park, adding to its reputation as a unique and unforgettable destination.

"We are incredibly proud to be celebrating our 180th anniversary”, said Alexander Dabell. “Blackgang Chine has been a formative, early holiday memory for generations of families, a testament to the place we hold in people’s hearts and minds, and the hard work and dedication of our staff over the years. We have come a long way since we first opened our doors, but our commitment to providing families with unforgettable fun and thrills remains as strong as ever and can’t wait to share our milestone year with visitors from all over the world. "

In addition to the new Extinction ride, Blackgang Chine is also hosting a range of other special events and activities throughout the year, including live performances, themed weekends, and fireworks displays.

For more information on Blackgang Chine and its 180th-anniversary celebrations, visit the park's website or follow them on social media.



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Blackgang Chine is a family-friendly theme park located on the Isle of Wight. With a history dating back over 180 years, it is the oldest theme park in the UK and offers a unique blend of heritage, fantasy and adventure. Visitors are invited to explore the whimsical world of the Land of Imagination; featuring everything from cowboys to dinosaurs, the park is designed to unleash the inner child in everyone. Blackgang Chine 

is also home to a range of exciting, rides, attractions and experiences, including the park’s BRAND-NEW ride! 

For more information, visit our website at or follow us on social media @blackgangchine.