By Michael Mander

Pleasurewood Hills celebrated their 30th birthday on Sunday, with countless family activities and entertainment on offer.

It’s been 30 years since entrepreneur Joe Larter created Pleasurewood Hills in 1982. The newly opened Lowesoft park was a lot simpler, containing just a miniature railway, cinema and adventure playground.

The park has come far since, with new additions such as Wipeout and The Jolly Roger – boasting 59 acres of fun-for-everyone rides.

To celebrate 30 years, the park founder Joe Larter returned to cut a ribbon on Sunday, and a crowd formed awaiting the dramatic climax.

Looking up, park go-ers wondered: “Woody do it?” as that well-known mascot prepared to parachute from 13,000 feet down to the park.

His descent made for an impressive sight, which all onlookers enjoyed.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Woody Bear descends from 13,000 feet.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Woody Bear descends from 13,000 feet.

Other entertainment available on Sunday included circus entertainers, a live brass band and the Britain’s Got Talent Illusionist Sean Alexander.

Pleasurewood Hills opened five new attractions last year under their new management, and four more are on the way this summer.

Michael Mander

I mainly cover Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Adventure Island, Paramount London and other attractions in the south of England. Contact me at:

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