Clarence Pier unveils two new rollercoasters

Clarence Pier Southsea
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Clarence Pier has invested in two new rollercoasters to help boost its appeal to holidaymakers over the summer season.


The additions – Mad Mouse and Tidal Wave – take the ride count at the Southsea amusement park to 13, which will rise to 14 in 2020 when one of its most popular rollercoasters returns to the seaside site.

Its Skyways rollercoaster was dismantled last summer and sent to a specialist amusement ride company for refurbishment, but is expected to be back in operation next season. Jill Norman, co-director of Billy Manning Limited, which owns and operates Clarence Pier, told local media: “Mad Mouse is like going back to the rides of the 70s. It’s got a lot more sharp twists turns than a traditional coaster and goes up about 14m.

“The other, Tidal Wave, is one of the country’s first spinning coasters. It’s more of a family ride, with a single train with five carriages, and it goes up about 10m.”

Mad Mouse consists of five single carriages that can each take four passengers, while Tidal Wave will accommodate thrill seekers across five carriages on one single train. It is hoped their arrival will result in increased summer season footfall across the amusement park, which has also been boosted by the return of the 35-metre-high, £750,000 Solent Wheel ferris wheel.

Norman added: “That’s exactly why we’ve bought them. We absolutely want to keep the customers coming in.” In addition to a children’s indoor soft play area, a carousel, dodgems and a high ropes clip and climb course, Clarence Pier also has three large amusement arcades.

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