"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Isle of Wight - Day 4 (29th June) : Blackgang Chine

Family holidays are always a bit of a compromise as you try to find things to do that please everyone. So on Monday the vote went to Blackgang Chine which has something for everyone of all ages and is set in beautiful gardens.

It is the UK's oldest amusement park and was named after a now-destroyed Chine in the soft Cretaceous cliffs.

There have always been dinosaur models here but there is now a new and excellent area with life-size moving dinosaurs - brilliant for children :)

The Bug Walk

The closest I was to get to seeing a Granville Fritillary all holiday!!

Should you read this Pete - they even had a place for you to have lunch should you return to the Island :)

Rumpus Manor - house of horror

Vegetation so typical of the Undercliff areas on the Island

Cowboy Town has been extended this year


Lots of lichens on the stone walls

Chimney pot Garden

View along the coast towards Compton Bay

The Water Garden

Nursery Rhyme Land - this tree talked!

After turns on the Water Slides and Cliff Hanger Roller Coaster we went to have a look round various exhibitions - Timber World and Coastline

In the evening we went for a meal at The Buddle Inn (a 16th Century Smuggler's Inn with a great atmosphere and food). We've been visiting for years and I would highly recommend :)

Sorry for all the photos as I appreciate an amusement park might have limited appeal!! The next post will include a trip on the Down's Breezer Bus and Arreton Craft Farm with a medieval pond and old church.


amanda peters said...

What a wonderful place and set in such beautiful surroundings, love the dinosaurs, don't mind the photos they were all nice to see..
Amanda xx

Margaret Adamson said...

Yes, not really my scene but I loved the Water garden

Countryside Tales said...

I got to within a hair's breadth of Glanvilles this Spring. Next year I will hopefully make it over to the Island on time!

Pete Duxon said...

can I say the thought of an amusement park has me cringing :D

Ragged Robin said...

Thanks everyone for comments. My computer has given up so am replying on my kindle. Will do individual replies if oh can fix computer. Please forgive lack of posts and comments on your blogs for a while.

Millymollymandy said...

Aha I remember Blackgang Chine, well very vaguely as it was summer 1972! Isn't this the place where you get the multi coloured sands as well? I think we all came home with those test tubes of stripey sand! Nice Glanville Fritillary. ;-) Don't worry about replying because I've read of your computer woes.

I also figured out why I sometimes appear as anonymous. Wen I click on Publish your Comment, nothing happens but it changes my ID from MMM to Anonymous. I now change it back, click the Publish button a second time and it publishes! Must be a glitch somewhere.

Ragged Robin said...

Amanda Peters thanks so much Amanda:)

Ragged Robin said...

Margaretadamson thanks the gardens there were lovely.

Ragged Robin said...

Countrysidetales I would so love to see one. Timing is the key!

Ragged Robin said...

Pete I guessed as much:)

Ragged Robin said...

Millymollymandy thanks. Am slowly persevering with kindle! Alum bay is where the coloured sands are. Horribly commercialised these days:(

So glad you sorted out comments mystery:)