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by Fiona Trowbridge (subscribe)
I am a freelance travel writer creating memories with a 'can do' mind set. I enjoy stepping outside my comfort zone to explore, learn & share. Visit my blog at www.fionatrowbridge.com
Published September 11th 2017
Can You Still Find all the Fun of The Fair at the Pier?
As the British summer time draws to a close and the ice cream shops shut down for another year, the mopeds wave their final farewell at the end of the bank holiday and the town returns to its quiet streets. But Sandown Pier remains open.

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Welcome to Sandown Pier


With the tag line 'A whole day's fun in one' Sandown Pier is one of the few remaining pleasure piers in the UK and the only one on the Isle of Wight.

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Something to Entertain you Around Every Corner


Along with the traditional amusement arcade games that you associate with pier entertainment, Sandown Pier also has a 10 pin bowling alley next to an Aztec themed adventure golf course with rainforest sound effects and thunder and lightning storms.

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All the Fun of the Fair Indoors


For the younger ones, there's a fully monitored adventure play area with suspended tunnels, swings, padded ball pits and colourful soft play exploration areas which are all safely enclosed in netting.



As you carry on down the pier, absorb the tempting smells from the candy floss and donut stalls and take look between the thick wooden boards at the waves crashing into the limpets and mussel clad framework of this century old structure. Pop your head through a humorous saucy seaside cut-out board for a photo, a simple idea that seems just as popular today as it was in Victorian times.

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Saucy Postcard Beach Cut-Outs


At the very end of the pier, past the dodgems and tea cup ride and the spirally helter skelter, is a more serious side to pier life - fishing. At nearly 300m out to sea, this location is popular with sea anglers, hoping for a chance to land some pollock, mullet, garfish, mackerel or sole and you may even see the occasional visiting seal. There are great views back to Sandown seafront from this end of the pier, a view you would only normally see from a boat. So make sure you take your camera.

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View of Sandown Bay from the End of the Pier


Going down the pier may seem like a relic from a bygone age but it is still a much visited attraction and being by the seaside, it's great all weather, family entertainment.

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The Pier from Sandown Beach

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Why? Great Fun for the Whole Family
When: Easter to End of September: 9am - 11pm. All other times: 9am - 10pm
Phone: 44 (0)1983 404122
Where: Esplanade, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8JT
Cost: Free
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