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Theme park set for £180k upgrade

PUBLISHED: 09:21 30 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:47 06 July 2010

PLEASUREWOOD Hills is investing £180,000 in its facilities for the summer season.

The money is being spent upgrading soundproofing and the park's layout, and on new computer systems and conferencing facilities, along with a number of cosmetic improvements.

PLEASUREWOOD Hills is investing £180,000 in its facilities for the summer season.

The money is being spent upgrading soundproofing and the park's layout, and on new computer systems and conferencing facilities, along with a number of cosmetic improvements.

The attraction at Gunton in Lowestoft won 'Best Visitor Experience' award in the 2009 Tourism in Suffolk Awards, but its managers say they are keen to keep 'making progress' and developing its facilities.

One change will see the park's popular train re-routed to reduce noise and a new train station built to serve as access to a brand new nature trail, which will be launched next season.

A new till and computer system will be installed soon in an effort to make entering the park a more straightforward and streamlined process for visitors and park management.

New 'non-slip' flooring will be fitted at the park's fish restaurant, The Merry Mariner, and padding will be installed to help reduce noise from extreme thrill rides such as Wipeout and Enigma.

Meanwhile, The Palladium Theatre will be transformed into a new conference centre and be stripped to allow for improvments including a new suspended ceiling, a drop-down screen and the addition of brand new furniture. A marquee and barbecue area will also be developed at the rear of the park for special events such as birthday parties or large corporate team-building 'away-days'.

The Castle Theatre which is home to a number of popular entertainment shows, will also be improved with new ladies, gents and disabled toilets and another new suspended ceiling above.

The changes follow the arrival in March this year of Alexis Camelin, the park's general manager, who has already overseen the building of a new £55,000 children's play park

He said: “Pleasurewood Hills has long been a family favourite, coupled with the fact that it's the largest theme park in East Anglia. However, we are making progress in updating and enhancing the rides, attractions and eateries we already have in a bid to put the park on par with larger, family friendly parks such as Flamingo Land in Yorkshire. Pleasurewood Hills will continue to maintain its unique charm and friendliness, so we hope that people notice and enjoy the enhancements”


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