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Pleasure Island: The indoor playground that holds cherished memories for Scousers

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Pleasure Island: The indoor playground that holds cherished memories for Scousers
Pleasure Island. Images captured from Youtube video

The sprawling amusement complex was nestled on the grounds of The Festival Gardens along Otterspool Promenade. 

Nostalgic memories flood the minds of Scousers who grew up in the 80s and 90s, cherishing the family days spent at Pleasure Island, a huge dome structure that housed all sorts of amazing leisure activities.

There’s countless boss memories of popular attractions like the roller dome and the Quasar Labyrinth, where kids revelled in exhilarating laser shooting games, and of course, the adrenaline-pumping 120ft death slide that dared the brave to take the plunge.

Having emerged after the 1984 International Garden Festival, the original Pleasure Island reached its peak of glory during the vibrant 90s, inviting visitors to enjoy its diverse offerings from 9.00am to midnight, seven days a week, in the expansive ninety-acre playground of games, activities, and non-stop entertainment. 

During the summertime, kids delighted in dipping their feet into the ‘Jam River,’ a playful stream adorned with bits of plastic fruit.

Families have fond memories of other popular attractions, such as mini-golf, and arcade games.

The Works was, at the time, the worlds biggest indoor adventure play structure! There was indoor bowling, a huge roller rink, and also Micro-Tots, a soft play for a little ones.

There used to be an interactive science centre called “Great Explorations”, that was inside a flying saucer! You could check out over 60 experience and it was science you could handle! 

In 1997, to the dismay of people across the city, Pleasure Island bid farewell and closed its doors for the final time.

Despite over two decades passing since its closure, the cherished memories of Pleasure Island endure in the hearts of many families.

Mia Fowler, 38 Aigburth, said: 

“It was just the epitome of a Scouser’s childhood in the 90s!

“I used to absolutely love The Works… I just remember it being gigantic, I bet if we were to go back into it now it wouldn’t be as big as we remembered. But it was just boss! I regret never going on the Death Slide, but I was absolutely terrified!” 

Craig Foster, 34 Toxteth, said: 

“First thing that always pops into my head when someone mentions Pleasure Island is The Quasar! Is there any laser tag that’s even like that anymore? I used to think I was Action Man running through the maze to get to the other sides base!

“It would be amazing if they recreated it again for the kids now, but still keep that retro 90s vibe.”

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