Tropicana transformed into amusement park

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:24 29 July 2016

Funland opened at the Tropicana on Saturday. Photo by Jeremy Long.

Funland opened at the Tropicana on Saturday. Photo by Jeremy Long.

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

Weston-super-Mare’s iconic Tropicana has received a makeover in the past week, becoming an amusement park for the summer holidays.

Lewis Phelps at Funland. Photo by Jeremy Long.Lewis Phelps at Funland. Photo by Jeremy Long.

The former lido has temporarily become Funland @ The Tropicana, a free-to-enter amusement park, featuring a range of rides and also a roller coaster.

The man behind the amusement park is James Rogers, who operates Pirate Adventureland mini golf and the Sky View observation wheel on the Beach Lawns.

He said: “We’re over the moon we’ve been able to get into the building for the summer holidays and try to make a success of it.”

Thrill-seekers will be pleased to hear the park features a Wild Mouse roller coaster and a one-of-a-kind air ride to get the heart pumping, while those in search of more traditional amusements will not be disappointed as dodgems and waltzers are on offer.

A stage area at the Trop will also showcase family-friendly entertainment throughout the summer holidays, while an aqua zone offers the opportunity to cool off when the sun is shining.

Funland operates on a token system, with each token priced £1. Rides vary in price between one and four tokens and the tickets can be saved for future visits.

The amusement park is open at 10am-8pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 10am-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Mercury has teamed up with Funland @ The Tropicana to offer 10 lucky readers the chance to win family passes to the amusement park on a day of your choice.

To enter the competition, simply answer the question below or send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number to: Funland @ The Tropicana competition, Weston & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW, or alternatively, log onto by 10am on August 5.

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