CELEBRATING 175 YEARS OF MAGIC
Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight, the oldest theme park in the UK and one of the most iconic tourist destinations, will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2018.
Expect exciting events to take place throughout the year that befits this magical, wacky, wonderful park that can only be Blackgang Chine. More specific details to follow.
Blackgang Chine was founded by Alexander Dabell in 1843 when all that stood here was the Chine itself, a spectacular gorge that cut some 500 foot deep into the cliff face. The Victorians travelled from far and wide to experience its breathtaking views. The very first ‘attraction’ was the skeleton of a whale which had been washed up onto the beach – and is still on display at Blackgang Chine today.
The park is still owned and run by the descendants of Alexander Dabell, (the current owner’s great, great, grand-father) and the magic has only grown over the years. Blackgang Chine is now a magical wonderland, filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, theme worlds and exciting rides -something for all the family and the generations of families who continue to visit year after year.