Peter Pan's Adventure Land
Published: Saturday 14th Mar 2015
Written by: Abi Radford
Brighton seafront is a well-known place with its pebbled beaches, amusement pier, and the Brighton eye. However as you go east along from this central hub there are relatively new developments that are also great attractions to go and spend the day exploring!
A proposal for a £3 million ‘Bondi Beach-Style’ outdoor swimming pool to be built on the longstanding derelict site on Madeira Drive (Brighton Seafront) has been approved this week by Brighton City Council. The plans have successfully passed the first stage approval and now they will be considered by the public before the planning permission is decided upon. If accepted the pool should be open by the summer of 2017 and will make use of a site that has been derelict for far too long! The proposal includes the building of an open air pool, exercise studios, conference rooms, a cafe, and facilities for cycling and running. The swim centre will also provide escorted sea swims, lifeguarding courses, and general every-day use of the additional heated indoor pool. The plans for the rejuvenation of the site sound very exciting and will help to continue to transform Brighton seafront.
In recent years development along Madeira Drive has resulted in a fantastic ‘Peter Pan’s’ outdoor playground area for children – with water that shoots up from the springy floor and a host of swings, slides, and climbing frames for the children to enjoy all year round. There is also the Jungle Rumble Adventure golf course next door which has been newly refurbished and is a great activity for all ages. (I went recently with a friend and had a great time – I won too!) The crazy golf course has two routes to choose from – one route takes you up and over a bridge, whilst the other allows you to take a shot through the tunnel. Additionally, Yellow Wave beach sports activity centre was opened at the same site in 2007 and is the UK’s only permanent beach venue of its kind! With yellow sand and a few volleyball nets you can either hire a court or get some lessons – either way it is a great place to have some fun and get active! In 2014 a Clubhouse was built at Yellow Wave which now offers a range of indoor classes and activities!
With all of the new developments along the easterly part of Madeira Drive it is a fantastic place to take the family for a fun day out in Brighton! The activity centres mentioned above are situated half way along the Volks Railway which runs from Brighton Pier to Brighton Marina. The Volks Railway is the oldest operating electric railway in the world and the first section was built in 1883. In 2014 it was announced that the railway was awarded a grant of £1.6 Million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to build a new visitors centre and to restore some of the cars to working order.
Brighton is constantly developing and creating new spaces to entertain both its residents and its millions of visitors!