Pleasurewood Hills – great family fun.

If you fancy a fun family day out in East Anglia – you can’t go too wrong with Pleasurewood Hills.

It’s been part of the landscape since I was a little girl and I can still remember holding my breath while I swung high over the rides on the ski lifts. They are still there and so is the sense of fun – but there’s a lot more to enjoy nowadays.

We were lucky enough to head to ‘The Hills’ with some friends for a review last weekend and while the sun wasn’t exactly shining, it was dry and the little people were excited. We turned up on a Saturday morning after an easy drive – it sits between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and was easy to find by car.

I know some of my friends have not ventured there yet as they think their children might not be old enough. All I can say is that there is more than enough to keep a pack of active three-year-olds entertained. With boat rides and Moby Dick to start we were in for a great day. Arthur loved the kiddies area and the pirate ship was a huge hit, so much so that he went on three times in a row!  pleasurewood6

We also sampled the flying elephants and Arthur took to the wheel behind the racing car – he was pretty impressive for three and managed to almost steer round the track! I couldn’t resist a go on the horses so hopped on with Arthur at the reigns – to be fair the horses just make me laugh!


pleasurewood5I didn’t make the log flume this time but it’s one of my old school favourites and I know I can still recommend it. The log flume sits next door to the newly opened Marbles Madness. This was fantastic and I can confirm you do feel like a marble rolling round the rails! There are sharp lefts and rights and drops which leave you gripping the bar!

There were loads of grass and picnic areas and you really don’t feel pressured to buy lunch. We found a spot and set-up camp while the chidlren went off playing and exploring. The big yellow and red slides were very popular too.


For me, no trip is complete without a ride round the site on the train. So all aboard, we got to see all the things we didn’t have time to do and as I looked up I made a mental note to revisit those ski lifts next time.

For me the highlights were the sea lion show and the parrot show. The children all loved watching Claude and George back flip through the water, balance balls and give themselves a round of applause. I loved that they were playing music from Rocky 4 during the intro – can’t beat a crowd-rousing 80s power tune!

The parrot show was surprisingly good too. I’d never been to this before but it was a lovely way to finish our day. Come on – Who doesn’t like a cycling parrot?! Arthur loved it, especially when they flew through the hoops close to his seat.


We had a lovely day, it caters so well for all ages and we could’ve done loads more if we’d had more time. Parking is plentiful and easy and there are loads of toilets – all important things to think about when you’re bringing small children. It’s been around a long time but Pleasurewood Hills keeps getting better. So if last time you went you too were hanging precariously over the lake in a ski life – get down there again. You’ll love it and the children will a blast too.

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