After spending the majority of its life as a swimming pool and water park, the well-loved venue reopened as an amusement park with a sinister twist in 2015 when Bristol-based street artist Banksy took over. For five weeks Tropicana was home to ‘Dismaland’, a ‘bemusement park… unsuitable for children’. The pop-up art installation brought worldwide attention to the seaside resort, and breathed new life into the venue.
Tropicana continues to host exciting events year-round including live music, theatre, comedy, funfairs and circus shows. Alongside the fun, The Bay Cafe and bar offers a vibrant menu of delicious snacks, cream teas and alcoholic drinks.
Did you know?
During the summer of 2015, the then disused and derelict Tropicana Lido was turned into Dismaland, 'a family theme park unsuitable for children' by the Bristol artist Banksy. Britain's 'most disappointing tourist attraction' attracted a sell out crowd of over 150,000 visitors.