Spooky abandoned theme park plagued by urban explorers despite ‘dangers’

The derelict site of a once loved theme park has been plagued by urban explorers leaving the caretaker, and his burly guard dogs, at their wits end.

Pleasure Island Family Theme Park flung open its doors to thrill seekers in 1993 and became an instant hit with the people of Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire.

The park once had its very own killer whale and beluga whale, with dolphins and sea lions completing the incredible lineup.

On its final bonfire night in 2016 the local community were out in force to say goodbye with 7,500 people in attendance, reports GrimsbyLive.

However , where once the area was filled with the sound of laughter and families making happy memories the site has now become a ghost town.

Much of the park is now overgrown and the magical rides which once adorned Pleasure Island have been dismantled and sold.

Much to the concern of site caretaker Mark Kenyon the area has now become a top target for website Urban Explorers.

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Despite the obvious, and hidden dangers the former theme park as become the second highest visited destination by them, and they enter on the expansive site risking their lives.

Mark, who has lived on the land for four years, has found people going for a swim in the lake and others simply strolling around the 54-acre former theme park.

The site is about to be bulldozed to make way for a Lidl store and a vast 250-eco lodge holiday centre. Plans also include an hotel and conference centre and food hall.

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And Mark believes the change will be good, despite having fond memories of visiting Pleasure Island as a child.

"The demolition can't come soon enough," he said.

Firm favourites with those that visited included the Tinkerboo play area and water ride and the Hyper Blaster.

According to GrimsbyLive the Ali Baba's Arcade still stands, but empty. The sign for the Dodgems hangs high next to Kiddies' Cove.

Nearby you can almost still hear the screams from the Razzle Dazzle, Ala Kazam, The Obliterator and The Pendulus. Most are now entertaining at other parks in the UK and abroad.

The home of The Carousel is a ghost of its past. The ride sold for a six-figure sum over two years ago just before going up for auction.

Silence fills the former McCormacks venue which was a thriving bar and function room. Scores of clubs used the bar for meetings and awards ceremonies. It was also a wedding reception venue and hosted thousands of parties.

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