I have been meaning to start this topic for a long time as it might be of interest to anyone that has a love for historic rides.The Village experience
was a small park based around the restoration and operation of Victorian and pre-war machinery.
It was located in Fleggburgh which is just outside Great Yarmouth but meet its demise in 2004 when the site was closed and the attractions auctioned off. The land was sold to develop luxury housing which have still not beeen built :x
Basically as the topic suggests I’m trying to track down the parks main attractions which were all antique rides that had been lovingly restored. This topic might also be good for discussing old attractions and see if anyone else remembers the village.
So here is the basic list:The Gallopers
The Gallopers was the longest running attraction and the only one to open before my first visit. A classic Carousel with an outer ring of horses (2 people), a middle row of cockerels (2 people) and an inner row of horses (1 person). The ride was originally steam powered but the engine had been converted to electric so the ride could be operated indoors. The engines name was “Who’d have thought it”
and the last I heard there were rumours the new owners (unknown) wanted to convert it back to steam.The Downhill Racer
A traditional Waltzer style ride (no spinning carts) with motorbikes and carriages. Run by a diesel engine, the ride was originally found in a farmer’s field. It was unsold at the first auction but I’m hoping it didn’t end up in the field again.Just heard that it left the sight in 2008 and might be in a private collection at Le Bouin to Glyn Robinson in France.The Haunted Conservatory Swing
This is the ride I find most interesting. The haunted conservatory swing is the twin of Blackpool pleasure beaches “Impossible”. Basically this is the original Hex, based on Victorian design and as mentioned above built at the same time as Impossible. Riders sit in a small seat that sways from a metal pipe running through the room. Unlike Hex you walk across the swinging floor to enter the ride.
I unfortunately can’t compare this to Impossible as it has been closed on my visits to Blackpool.Chair-O-Planes
I think the image explains this one. An original swinging chairs.The Cake Walk
Unfortunately I don’t have a very good picture of this ride. It was opened in 2003 and is simply a fair ground cake walk. Riders walk down two bridges that sway because of a steam engine motor attached to the base.
Other attractions include a railway, dancing water fountains, several traction engines and a mystery ride. The mystery ride was known as “The Spider” and was in need of massive restoration. Unfortunate it never opened and I only ever caught glimpses of it in the work area. If I find any pictures I will show them but it looked nothing like any modern day ride that I know of.
There were also thousands of Victorian machines including an Organ made by WurlitzerAll images taken on the 12th of September 2004 (closing day)If anyone else wants to post other really old rides in this topic then feel free. I don’t think there is an active topic about old rides at this moment.