Onchan Pleasure Park is open throughout Easter and the Summer holidays with a variety of activities to suit all ages. It’s been around for many a year with parents and potentially grandparents alike enjoying it over the years. Potentially, like us though, you may not be aware of changes and enhancements to make the park even better. The infamous boating lake, which my husband tells me used to have a distinct aroma of fuel and smoke from the petrol motor boats is still there, but the boats have been replaced with electric ones! Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult on the motor boats and the very fun bumper boats are for over 8s only.
The play area has been gradually upgraded since 2013 and features a whole host of different equipment for all ages including a pretend train (as well as bridge and ticket office), toddler area, ‘castle’ climbing frame with slides, zip wire, swings and lots of other things. It also has a roundabout and swing for wheelchair users.
If water isn’t your thing, there are battery-operated kiddie cars (under 10s), crazy golf, mini-golf/pitch and putt and a large playground. Tennis and bowls are available for the adults and for the children there is also the Jump Zone and soft play area (additional costs apply – information can be found here).
Tickets for activities can be purchased from the ticket office (cash and card accepted), located next to the lake and kiddie cars. Single tickets cost £3 for adults and £2 for children or day tickets can be purchased for £10 for adults and £5 for children.
There are two small car parks, free of charge, with overflow on the grass next to one of them. Both can be found off ‘The Park’ road, one of the left of the park, one on the right.
Within the park, there is a restaurant, Ocean View (which is also well worth a visit and is wonderfully child friendly) and a cafe which was renovated at the end of 2019. It has been transformed from a fairly dreary interior to a modern, homely cafe with a sofa area. If you’ve not looked in for a few years, it’s certainly worth a visit for a quick coffee, cake or bite to eat.
UPDATE: In February 2021 it changed it’s name from Onchan Park Cafe to Velo Cafe as a nod to the building’s history and heritage, which was initially built and used as a velodrome for cycle racing.
The cafe is easily accessible with no steps in and the doors were open when I went making it very easy if you’ve got a pram. The spacing between the tables is good so you can manoeuvre the pram and park it up beside your table too. The cafe has three wooden highchairs with straps but no one was using them when we were there so I’m unsure on the height in relation to the tables.
The cafe sells toasties starting at £4.80, hotdogs at £4.50 and sandwiches at £4.80. For children, they have either sausages or chicken nuggets and chips. I was really impressed with the quality of food especially considering the prices. The service was good and I particularly liked that the waitress made sure she put my latte out of arm’s reach from Millie – you’d be amazed how many waiters/waitresses lean over children with hot drinks!
I am pleased to say that Onchan Park Cafe have brought back their toys and colouring pages they had pre-Covid! There’s a range of different toys available for babies and young children. It’s lovely that I know I can leave our toy bag in the car (yes, I am THAT person that keeps a bag of toys in the car at all times!) and know that they’ve got toys suitable for both of my girls.
Unfortunately the cafe itself doesn’t have toilets but the public toilets are a short walk away. You’ll need to collect the key for the baby changing facilities from the cafe as they’re located in the accessible toilet. The toilets aren’t the best and feel quite dated but sometimes you have to focus on the positive and just be grateful that there are toilets at all!
In addition to the cafe, there is a hatch to the side of the building where you can get ice creams and take away drinks.