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Coney Beach Pleasure Park
Location Coney Beach Pleasure Park, Eastern Promenade, Porthcawl, Bridgend area, CF36 5BY, Wales
Owner Patrick Evans jr.
Opened 1920
Operating season End of February to 5 November annually
Total 23+ attractions
Roller coasters 2
Water rides 2
Other rides 23
Status open

Coney Beach Pleasure Park is a small amusement park in Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan in Wales, in operation since 1920. Throughout its history, the park's period of operation is from end of February of each year up until 5 November. Originally built to entertain American troops returning from World War I, the park was named as a tribute to the famous New York amusement park on Coney Island.


Early Days

Constructed on the town's old ballast tip, the park's roots date back to April 1920, when a Figure Eight wooden roller coaster was relocated from West Glamorgan and initially operated from an old World War I aircraft hangar. This particular attraction continued to operate until July 1981, when it was dropped as part of an attempt to modernise the look of the park for contemporary audiences of the 1980s. Other attractions in the early days included a bandstand on the town green nearby, an outdoor and indoor skating rink, three cinemas, a Pierrot stage, and donkey and pony rides on the adjacent beach.

Another notable ride, the Water Chute (similar to the now defunct Vikingar at Pleasure Beach Blackpool (then named Blackpool Pleasure Beach), opened in 1932 and operated until 1995. This particular attraction was unique and it dominated the skyline nearest the beach.

In September 1939, following the outbreak of World War II, the park was temporarily closed for several years as the 15th battalion of the Welsh Regiment was based at the Coney Beach site; later on, the Belgian Brigade's armoured car division were also billeted there until the unit left Porthcawl in 1942.

Normal service was resumed in April 1946 after World War II came to an end.

Commercial peak

Porthcawl had already been a popular holiday destination for locals in South Wales for many years, and the park attained modest popularity throughout the second half of the 1940s as the UK recovered from the after-effects of World War II. However, it was in the 1950s that the park experienced its first boom in popularity; events such as boxing matches, firework displays and aerial acrobat shows organised by the Royal Air Force drew in crowds of hundreds from all over Wales, and, as transport links improved further following the extension of the M4 motorway into South Wales in the 1960s and 1970s, Porthcawl experienced a dramatic rise in tourists visiting the area from all over the UK, and the park was one of the town's leading attractions. Further events, such as open air markets, circuses, and professional darts and snooker tournaments/exhibitions were staged. By the late 1980s, thousands of people visited the park from all over the world as more road and rail improvements in South Wales saw easier access from Cardiff Wales Airport.

The 1990s, however, saw a downturn in the park's fortunes.


  • Beach Party
  • Super Bowl
  • Paratrooper
  • Ghost Train
  • Flying Bob Matterhorn
  • Miami Madness
  • Thunderdome Waltzer
  • Sizzler Twist
  • Fantasia
  • Dodgems
  • Go-Karts
  • Typhoon Orbiter
  • Rotor
  • Carousel
  • Bounce Jump & Smile
  • Go Gator Junior Coaster
  • Fun House
  • Nessi Family Coaster

Notable Past Rides

Opened Closed Name Manufacturer Description
1983 1988 "Rainbow" HUSS Park Attractions A Rainbow ride, later sold to Australia.
1952 2015 "Santa Fe Railroad" Supercar A juvenile track ride with train engine shaped vehicles.
1984 1988 "Caterpillar" Henri De Vos A traditional caterpillar ride - the park's second.
1947 1973 "Dive Bomber" Lusse A traditional Dive Bomber ride. Later operated at American Adventure Theme Park.
1932 1995 "Water Chute" Leslie Joseph A circular water chute, pulled down after an accident.
1981 2010 "Enterprise" HUSS Park Attractions An Enterprise (ride). Originally owned by German showman Schafer. Sold to showman Paul Hart in 2010.
1977 1983 "Turbo Star" HUSS Park Attractions A Troika (ride), owned by German showman Schafer between 1974 and 1976. Later operated at Barry Island Pleasure Park.
1982 1995 "Cyclone" Pinfari A standard Z40 Rollercoaster, replaced by Mega Blitz.
1996 2009 "Mega Blitz" Pinfari An RC50 Rollercoaster, replaced by Go-Karts.
1980s 2004 "Blizzard" Cavazza Diego A small family rollercoaster.
1920 1981 "Figure 8" A traditional side-friction wooden rollercoaster, replaced by "Cyclone".
1995 2000 "Skymaster" A.R.M. A Voyager ride, exported to the United States in 2001.
1984 1987 "Viking" Zierer A Zierer "Viking" (Pirate Ship ride). Previously operated at Pleasureland Southport in 1983.
1984 1985 "Octopus" Robles Bouso Attraciones A polyp ride, later operated at Flamingoland and Pleasure Island Family Theme Park.
c.1980 1982 "Tahiti Express" Sobema A superbob ride, imported from Holland. Later operated at Redcar Amusement Park.
1983 1980s "Bobslay" Sobema The park's second superbob ride, operated previously at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
1994 1994 "Top Flip" Far Fabbri A Top Spin ride, later operated at Fantasy Island.
2014 2015 "Star Flyer" Funlight A swing tower ride, now operates at Lightwater Valley.
1995 1995 "Quasar" A.R.M. The park's second quasar ride, operated previously at Butlin's Minehead, Butlin's Pwllheli and Barry Island Pleasure Park.
1989 1989 "Quasar" A.R.M. The park's first quasar ride, imported from Sweden.
1976 2000 "Twist" Walldren Engineering A classic twist ride, replaced by a more modern version.
1977 1977 "Scat" Fairplace Sold to showman Bob Wilson in September 1977, later exported to Norway in 1978.
1981 1990s "Hurricane" Frank Hrubetz Imported from the U.S.A.
1980 1982 "Matterhorn" Reverchon Industries A Matterhorn (ride), later operated at Spanish City, Whitley Bay.
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