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Amazing old place but tired and knackered

Something of a landmark, this old Victorian fun palace is really interesting architecturally and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
F1523XKdavidc
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Cambridge
Well past its prime

This once attractive building opened in 1901 as part of one of the worlds first purpose built... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
nnmercman
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday

Something of a landmark, this old Victorian fun palace is really interesting architecturally and the amazing skylight inside is worth a look. But it's now full of tatty amusement machines and a really noisy tenpin bowling alley where they turn the music to many decibels....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This once attractive building opened in 1901 as part of one of the worlds first purpose built amusement parks and can be seen from a distance with its distinctive dome. Over the years its undergone various transformations and currently houses a gaming arcade (and bowling...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank nnmercman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place that was once the jewel in the crown for Southend-on-Sea is now closed. As of today a sign on the door thanks it's past customers for using the place but says it is now closed. This was reported in the Southend Echo today,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Andi_Sernicki
Reviewed 17 February 2019 via mobile

This place as tired and run down, dated it's like a time machine but that is not the problem. From when we went to pick up our shoes and encountered the large middle age lady (not said to be disparaging but allow management to identify...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Steve G
Reviewed 10 February 2019 via mobile

I tried booking a game of Early Bird bowling for Saturday 9th am but the website has been down, so was unable to book. Turned up to The Kursaal and explained that I couldn't book the game as the website was down but the member...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ch0c0late2015
Reviewed 11 January 2019 via mobile

Best advice. Festival leasure in Basildon is a million times better than this sad run down place with staff to match. Shame.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ian m
Reviewed 29 December 2018

Me and friends were Bowling Christmas Eve for a treat ,My Friend ,Half Jewish/Eastern European was Racially Abused by the Bowling Manager ,and basically called a Terrorist and told to GO HOME ! Absolutely Disgusting Behavior toward our perfectly friendly group ,None of who were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Sean O
Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

Sadly the bowling lanes are a little run down (the barriers for the children were broken half way down so did not work properly). It took 15 minutes waiting at an empty bar to order soft drinks. We paid for a Christmas Family bowling session...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Linda B
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

So we started late, the over active security guard snarling as each child came into the amusement area. Nobody else was there, the party host didn’t fancy doing the party (their words) so we had an overworked young girl who had no idea what she...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank marktJ8709LG
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

Went with a group of 60 for a work bowling tournament. I now have a £60 fine for a carpark that has never before required tickets! Went late evening no clear signs that tickets were required. Had no idea. Toilets also had poo smeared up...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Jodiebaker14
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