Fantasy Island in new investment

FANTASY Island has announced plans for new attractions at its Ingoldmells site.

New for 2012 will be a children’s soft play area, which will be self-contained within the second level of the 100,000 sq ft Pyramid Building.

The play area will include an adventure type play area with ball ponds, rope bridges and ladders etc, a separate children’s party area, which can be used by visitors or booked separately for a child’s birthday as well as water rides and children’s amusements.

A family seating and dining area will also be incorporated within the newly designed area which will cost some £150,000 to install.

Park directors hope that the new attraction will be open for the start of June.

There are also plans to expand the famous Eastgate Market at the rear of the site with more stalls and further diversify the merchandise on offer.

Laurence Davis, Fantasy Island’s chief executive, said: “This further demonstrates our commitment to Skegness and Ingoldmells as a resort.

“We are not sitting on our laurels we are making things happen and plan to invest further capital in the site over the next five years.

“We attracted over three million visitors to the area last year and we are forecasting an increase on these numbers in 2012.

“I am very optimistic about the expansion of tourism in East Lincolnshire.”

As well as the play area the park will also introduce new free character and tribute shows this year.

Still on the drawing board for later on in the year are a fantastic new ‘Teenagers Area’ incorporating the latest simulators as well as video games and a shop and, subject to licensing, a new concept of gaming in The Pyramid.

They also plan to hold events for a Diamond Jubilee street party with a live radio broadcast and a personal appearance by the Olympic gold medal winner Duncan Goodhew when the Olympic Torch visits Skegness.

The park also plans to maintain wristband prices at 2011 prices, and will once again hold its ever popular £2 per pint offers in the Scallywags and Castaways bars.