Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft officially announces 30th birthday celebration party for this weekend
29th May 2013
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On Sunday 2nd, June Pleasurewood Hills will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. It only seems like yesterday that its founder, Joe Larter, officially opened Pleasurewood Hills as the first American style theme park in the UK back in 1983. In those days, entry was £2.50 and the main attractions included 6 theme park rides, a miniature railway and a Cine 180. By contrast, today the park is known as a family theme park with over 30 thrill rides and family attractions - more than any other tourist attraction in East Anglia.

The doors will open on Sunday 2nd June at 10am with founder Joe Larter cutting the ribbon and Woody Bear parachuting into the park - just like they did 30 years ago when they opened Pleasurewood Hills to the public for the very first time. There will be a real party atmosphere with special guest appearances from local celebrities and entertainment throughout the day from circus entertainers to a live brass band. Plus the return of old friends, Ronnie the Raccoon & Clarence the Cat and the official launch of Pleasurewood Hill's newest ride 'Hobs Pit' which is one of the scariest attractions in the UK.

On the day you'll get to enjoy other rides and attractions recently introduced to the park including: 'Jolly Roger' - a 40 metre tall exhilarating drop tower, Woody's Tea Party - a traditional family tea cup ride and Moby Dick – a ride for youngsters that’s a work of art.

And, the new and exclusive Illusionist show from Britain's Got Talent star Sean Alexander – all part of the £3.5 million investment pledged by owners, the Looping Group, when they took over the park in 2011. Not forgetting the chance to experience thrilling 'Wipeout' the tallest, fastest and most extreme rollercoaster in the East of England! Get soaked on the Log Flume. Be entertained by the Sea Lion and Parrot shows and relax in the Terrace Café while the children have fun on the adventure playground.

Founder of Pleasurewood Hills, Joe Larter said "I'm as proud to be opening the park with Woody now as I was 30 years ago". He added "I wonder how many people will be at this year's celebrations who were there at the original launch day".
Pleasurewood Hill's General Manager, Alexis Camelin said "Come rain or shine this is going to be the best party we've ever had on the coast and to top it all we'll be launching one of the scariest rides in the UK".

For one day only on 2nd June, Pleasurewood Hills are offering one £2.50 entry with every £19 admission. So pay £19 and the next person in your party gets in for £2.50 – the entry price back in 1983. And, if you can prove you are or will be 30 this year on the gate with formal identification such as a driving license or passport, you'll get in for free! So whether you're an adrenaline thrill seeker or looking for an exciting and fun packed day out for the entire family, all you need to do is head to Pleasurewood Hills for the 30th anniversary celebrations on Sunday 2nd June.

Hobs Pit will officially launch as part of the park's 30th anniversary celebrations

The new Hobs Pit ride, which cost over half a million pounds, has been developed by Pleasurewood Hills in conjunction with world renowned special effects expert Rob Ostir and voice actor Corey Burton. The pair, who usually work with theme parks in the USA such as Disney World and Universal Studios have been involved with movie blockbusters like 2012, Mars Attacks! and the Chronicles of Narnia, as well as most of Disney's feature animations over the past two decades.

This collaboration has designed a ride - Hobs Pit - that is set to become one of the scariest indoor theme park attractions in the UK. It’s predicted that theme park enthusiasts will travel from across the UK to experience Hobs Pit. With over 2000 people having already signed up to the Hobs Pit mailing list via the rides own website

The management team at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft is not divulging much about the new ride at this stage, but they did let it slip that the ride is based on an old abandoned mine shaft and unexplained phenomena that were discovered during excavations at the park. They also explained that this is not a ride for the faint hearted!

Alexis Camelin, General Manager of Pleasurewood Hills said: "This ride is unique to the UK, it's the first 'dark ride' to combine a 'walk through' and 'seated' scare experience with lots to scream about along the journey through an old mine shaft". He added: "The big question is, will you escape Hobs Pit"?

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