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10 Weird & Wonderful Eurovision Entries
It’s that magical time of year again. No, not Christmas – Eurovision! This year’s contest kicks off on 9th May, and will no doubt bring us a whole new batch of hilarious acts.
The quintessentially European contest has been providing us with some wonderful and weird performances for years, so you’ll be forgiven for not remembering them all. To get you in the mood for this year’s contest, here are some of the hilarious and completely surreal acts you might have forgotten.
It’s safe to say that the UK doesn’t have the best Eurovision track record. The only thing Scooch were ever going to win is a place on this list. With matching uniforms and dance choreography, this bubblegum group was cheesy Europop personified – sadly it just wasn’t enough to win the contest.
Ireland’s first entry on this list, but not its last. The sheer fact that Jedward are involved makes it a memorable performance. This one is relatively new, so try as they might, we’re sure Ireland will still remember this entry even if no-one else does. Jedward definitely win runner-up for questionable use of silver lamé if nothing else.
Between the riot gear and the whole post-apocalyptic vibe of the stage, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Greece’s 2002 entry for a Mad Max audition. With the military precision of boyband choreography, this performance makes sense nowhere (outside of Eurovision, that is).
Although relatively straightforward, and by no means weird in comparison to the other acts listed, Zdob si Zdub deserve a place on this list for those hats. Not only are they completely absurd, but they’re also a feat of engineering, given that they manage to stay steady throughout the whole song. Also: honourable mention to the unicycling fairy that makes an appearance halfway through.
If you’ve ever wondered what a techno musical of Pirates of the Caribbean would sound like, wonder no more. You do have to give Latvia points for commitment though, because the only thing missing from the performance was a parrot.
This performance had a bigger plot twist than the ending of The Sixth Sense. The performance starts off with some sweet old ladies busying themselves around an oven, but then the beat drops and any ideas you have about where this performance is heading are out the window.
If you come from a country famous for Count Dracula, there are two ways you can go. Either you completely brush it off and deliver a classy and entertaining performance, or you throw caution to the wind, put on a massive cape glittering cape, and deliver an opera number with visuals that Bram Stoker would be proud of. It’s all very Phantom of the Opera meets Dracula.
After giving us the entertainment gift that is Jedward, it's difficult to think of an Irish export that would top them. However, Dustin the Turkey came first and did just that. In comparison to this performance, Jedward’s entry on this list is downright plain. There’s really no way to describe “Irelande Douze Pointe” that would do justice to how surreal the whole thing is.
What does it take to win Eurovision? Well in 2006 it was pyrotechnics, full-face prosthetics, and a grand finale involving giant bat-wings. If winning is a reflection of European tastes, then 2006 must have been an interesting year for the continent.
There’s so much silver lamé and iridescent fabric that it’s difficult to focus on which element of this absolutely bonkers performance to mention first. Is it the headpiece? The glittering army uniforms? If you ever have to explain Eurovision to someone, just send them this video and watch the confusion on their face slowly unfold.