It was 1987 and my friend and I were old enough to go off by ourselves around the resort which is probably the main factor in my long standing love affair with the place, it offered a sudden and amazing freedom as we chose where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do, a feeling that was similar in some ways with the adult weekends we went on in recent years.
There was so much choice, we spent hours in the funfair, messing about on the boating lake trying not to drop our oars overboard (I believe the lake now has a hotel on it - I was quite sad to see it was covered over the last time I was there). We loved the arcades, especially the 2p machines and got so excited to get huge win, 50p makes a really satisfying clatter when it comes out in coppers!
Best of all was the 'Waterworld', we were in there every single day. The waves were amazing fun, and quite a new idea then for a swimming pool, the flumes (but not the black one, that was too scary!) and our favourite - the big white slide.
|That's us holding hands coming down the slide!|
|I remember laying in that, we stayed there for ages as the water was much warmer in there!|
Obviously it's all changed so much now but even the last time I was there in 2006 you could still the old one underneath the shiny modern resort. The accommodation I remember being great at the time but it looks nothing compared to the posh hotels they've got now! After our adult weekends I remember saying that if I ever had kids I didn't think I'd take them back as it would be strange after the brilliant but not at all family friendly weekends we'd had but from looking again and remembering the fun I had as a child there I can hardly imagine anywhere better!
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