Kinderland was a children’s activity park that stood on Burniston Road, Scarborough between 1985 and 2007. Originally proposed in the early 1980s, Kinderland was the creation of Dudley Wallis, who had formerly ran the Wallis Holiday Camp at Cayton Bay. The plans were met with letters and petitions from local residents. A councillor who supported it was purportedly booed off stage at a public meeting, and the council was accused of ignoring local opposition.
Reports indicate that many believed Kinderland would be a tacky venture – a cross between ‘Battersea funfair and and amusement arcade’. Nonetheless, a model went on display at the town hall, and the attraction was built anyway. Children queued for hours to enter the park when it opened during the May Day Bank Holiday in 1985.
Kinderland was far from being either a funfair or amusement arcade, with ‘not a slot machine in sight’ according to the Scarborough News. Instead the attraction became a reputable and well-loved place for children and their families – popular with locals and tourists alike. In 1989 Kinderland received an award from Scarborough Civic Society – for outstanding contribution to the town. It had only been open for four years.