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How to make the most out of Barry Island; With the revival of the funfair, Barry Island is back on the map for family days out. Here's everything you need to know before you visit.

MANY people who enjoyed visits to the seaside resort in their youth are now returning with their own children to enjoy a day out by the sea.

The improvements are set to continue, with more attractions added to the site.

Hit the huts The beach is big, golden and clean. Plus there are beautiful beach huts to rent and deck chairs to hire, all adding to the old school enjoyment of the seaside resort.

Huts can be booked ahead of schedule or on the day.

A full day's hire of a large hut costs PS40 while the smaller huts are available for PS20. However, in another innovation to the way the new facility is managed, after 2pm all unoccupied huts, both large and small, will be available at a reduced "half day" rate of PS20 and PS10 respectively.

These half-day bookings can only be made face-to-face. The huts are staffed every day between 10am and 4pm, until September 6. And the beach huts can be hired in advance via the Contact One Vale call centre on 01446 700111.

All the fun of the fair The funfair is the big draw to the resort. And since Easter the fairground has been undergoing a revival with the promise of a PS22m redevelopment by the new owners.

While the famous log flume has been demolished (a new one could soon follow) many new rides have arrived. Such as The Sky Flyer, which came from Prague in April, and gives scares and views in equal measure.

There are also the funfair staples of a Fun House and Dodgems, plus a Super Waltzer and Miami Fever.

Are there any height restrictions? Some rides are restricted by height (you can check here before going), but there are plenty of child rides, such as Cup & Saucers and Lady Bugs.

Climbing up the walls Out of the funfair and on the seafront is the colourful and beautifully designed climbing wall spelling out Ynys Y Barri Barry Island, offering a bit of free fun for the kids.

What if it starts to rain? Next door to the train station - and above Finnegan's Inn - is a Quasar centre. Ideal if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Players have to be over seven years. And aware that the weather in Wales is not so reliable, the new owners of the fairground are look-king to build a 25,000sq ft indoor arcade.

Not to be missed Opposite the famous Marcos cafe is the mini golf adventure Smugglers Cove. A round on the course costs PS4 for adults, PS3 for under-16s and OAPs and a four player discount of PS12.

Parking There is parking on the Island, but on busy days it fills up quickly and there can be delays leaving.

A new link road was due to be completed this summer, but it is now expected at the end of the year. The car parks are open 8am to 11pm. From 8am to 4pm tickets cost PS1 for up to one hour, and PS5 for anything more. For tickets purchased between 4.01pm and 11pm it is PS1 for up to one hour, and PS2 for anything more.

At anytime it is PS10 for a bus or coach, disabled badge holders and motorcycles are free.

There is a free car park at Barry Docks train station and then you can get a train to the Island.

Public transport The train runs direct to Barry Island from Cardiff Central, or you can get off the train at Barry train station on the Cardiff Central to Bridgend, via Barry train, and either walk along Harbour Road or take a train one stop to the Island.

The 95 and 95A travels between Cardiff and Barry Island.

Food and drink There are plenty of food and drink options on the Island.

The cafes range from the established John's Cafe to the new Bay 5 and the a branch of the Cadwaladers chain. There are fish and chip take away shops and the famous Marco's.

For an alcoholic drink there is Finnegan's Inn on the Island and The Ship at the end of Harbour Road.


The colourful beach huts at Whitmore Bay, Barry Island

The Miami Fever funfair ride
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 21, 2015
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