“STOP, I want to get out!” I looked around to see who was screaming. . . Then I realized it was me.
At a height of 30 meters, I was floating upside down, staring at the concrete floor below. My main thoughts were: What happens if the seat belt fails?
What will become of my wife and children then?
I was on the commute at Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach.
And if you enjoy fast-paced fun and don’t mind a little queasy then you’ve come to the right place.
Our adventure had started more quietly the day before when we drove to Hopton Holiday Park in Haven.
A luxurious three bedroom mobile home with stunning sea views and direct beach access awaited us.
And with two indoor pools, waterslides, palm fountains, and activities like archery, a climbing wall, mini-golf, inflatable waterslides, and bear crafts, kids never get bored.
The inflatable water games provided half an hour of fun, testing the kids’ nerves and agility on the pool’s giant obstacle course, while Make-a-bear offered the younger members of our crew the chance to put their very… own children to design and stuff their own furry friend to take home.
The stop was the Pier Hotel featured in the 2019 romantic comedy film
Starring Himesh Patel yesterday.
The film crew descended on the hotel to film a memorable scene from the rooftop where Patel and his band performed the Beatles classic Help in front of 6,000 extras.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch there, with special mentions for the hotel’s mighty Deluxe Burger and Pier Bockerglory.
On the way to Pleasure Beach, I prayed my food wouldn’t come back to haunt me.
But it wasn’t just about high-speed rides – there were also kid-friendly attractions, including a ghost train, monorail and classic bumper cars.
Buoyant and a little wobbly, we made our way back to the holiday park, where we were soothed at the Marina Lounge by Jed Sheeran, an Ed Sheeran tribute act.
The next day was a boat trip on the Lake/Venetian Waterways – an ornate lake overlooking the lively island cafe.
I chose the rowing boat. Big mistake. A stiff breeze quickly blew it to the furthest corner of the lake while my wife Charly circled me in her pedal boat.
But the fun on the water had whetted our appetites, so we headed to the Joyland Family Diner in the heart of the Golden Mile.
The decor takes you back to 1950s America, as does the massive menu.
Refreshed, we made our way to the Time And Tide Museum, a jewel that traces Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day.
It is also home to the UK’s best preserved Victorian herring curing plant.
We explored Yarmouth Rows – historic lanes that run through town – and the original smokehouses, which still smelled like fish.
And no stay in Great Yarmouth would be complete without a visit to Britannia Pier with its live theater shows, arcades, fairground and giant slide.
We then boarded the Edwardian launch Gentleman Jim at Rollesby and took a half-hour excursion along the Broad, where the captain provided us with facts about the flora and fauna.
With our break almost over, we had one last stop: Pirates Cove Adventure Golf, 18 holes of swashbuckling fun.
I’ve never made a hole-in-one at miniature golf – but it was the culmination of a vacation that my family and I will never forget.