Tamba Park dinosaurs go on sale

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ISLANDERS struggling to find a Christmas present for that special someone who already seems to have everything may soon find the answer to their problems... in the form of a T-Rex. Or a Stegosaurus. Or even a 25-ft tall Brachiosaurus.


Jonathan Ruff, the owner of Tamba Park – the former family entertainment centre which closed abruptly in the spring – is selling everything on the site.

And that includes the roaring, moving and altogether rather scary animatronic stars of the park’s Dino Trail.

The Triceratops and Iguanodon are both on the market for £1,000, while Islanders with a bigger budget may be attracted to the T-Rex (£2,500), and those with an equally deep wallet, but considerably more outside space, may be interested in the giant Brachiosaurus (also £2,500).


Meanwhile, at the budget end of the sale list is the baby dinosaur popping out of an egg, which is priced at £500.

All of the dinosaurs are sold without warranty or guarantee.

The sale comes following months of speculation over the future of the Tamba site, and weeks after plans to turn parts of the site into a hemp farm were unveiled. A planning application has been lodged for large protective fencing as part of the development of the hemp farm. (See page 6).


Other attractions from the site which are being sold include the nine-hole golf course (£5,000) and 18-hole course (£7,500), the slides and equipment from the indoor and outdoor play areas and almost everything from the restaurant’s kitchen.

The full list of sale items can be viewed at

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