Blackgang Chine, Britain’s oldest and most imaginative theme park has been selected for the Telegraph’s ‘Great British Business Campaign’ and recognised as one of the country’s most exciting growing businesses.
This immersive family amusement park, which turns 175 this year, is a British cultural treasure. Since opening in 1843 when the concept of tourism was in its infancy, Blackgang Chine has captured hearts and minds with exciting attractions that stimulate the senses and transport visitors to an unforgettable land of imagination. The ‘Great British Business Campaign’, organised by the Telegraph Media Group, celebrates small and medium enterprises from around the UK, who make up 99% of the 5.5m businesses in the UK. The campaign aims to showcase UK economic success stories and the diversity of ‘brand Britain’.
Alexander Dabell – current owner and a fifth-generation descendant of the park’s founder, with whom he shares his name – says the park is: “The Land of Imagination” and imagination is as relevant today as it was in 1843.
“Blackgang Chine is a facilitator of people’s creativity, and a place that allows you to let your imagination run wild. We recognise that much of our appeal is that we have preserved our history whilst changing with the times. Our challenge is to maintain the tradition of the park, to conserve what people love about it but to keep making improvements and looking to the future.”
“For 175 years Blackgang has created an environment in which visitors of all ages can create family memories and explore within our Lands of Imagination, from pirate ships and cowboy town to walking with dinosaurs.”
Find out how Blackgang Chine has been inspiring the imagination of children of all ages here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/great-british-business/blackgang-chine/
What does Blackgang Chine mean to you?
The very word has a legendary ring about it, summoning up visions of smugglers, shipwrecks and storm lashed shores. The word Chine means chasm or gorge that has been formed by the erosive action of wind and water.
The Dabell family have steered the Blackgang experience through five generations and built up a much loved tourist attraction. Whether it’s the nostalgia of a yearly visit with the family or discovering new adventures, Blackgang Chine holds a very special place in the hearts of so many friends of Blackgang Chine across the world.
Since opening in 1843, Blackgang Chine has, over the years, continued to add new attractions whilst maintaining the much loved family favourites, including sustaining retaining it’s very first exhibit, the whale skeleton washed up on the Isle of Wight shores in 1842.
The Queen and the whale
Did you know, during Queen Mary’s visit to the chine, she was walking through the impressive framework of the whale skeleton, when she struck her head on part of the Jaw Bone and her hat was knocked off! Bruce Dabell, the manager at the time, apologised profusely and within a few minutes, a man appeared with a hacksaw to remove the offending piece of bone.
The Magic Behind Underwater Kingdom
With the new year, comes a very exciting new magical theme world, Underwater kingdom, which brings a whole new experience to our Land of Imagination. We can’t wait to unveil it to you.