Summer vacation hotspot: Banksy's macabre Dismaland Bemusement Park
Don't look behind you
Summer anarchy at a family theme park unsuitable for children
The seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England, hardly ranks high on the list of top summer vacation spots. However, the sleepy outpost is set to see a spike in visitor numbers over the next five weeks when Banksy's Dismaland Bemusement Park opens its doors to flâneurs, tourists, hipsters, and art lovers alike.
Banksy, the artist best known for his satirical street art, has taken his subversive streak to a new level with an entirely immersive experience that spoofs Disney's sugar-coated experience of a family-day-out. The self-proclaimed "festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism" is a macabre wonderland of sorts for anyone seeking the antithesis of a Disney theme park.
The Dismaland Bemusement Park pop-up is sited at the Tropicana, a dilapidated lido that shut its doors 15 years ago due to dwindling visitor numbers. The site reawakens this weekend with a brand new collection of Banksy satirical art along with pieces from art world heavyweights such as Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, and Jimmy Cauty.
Don't expect to find anything your mum would approve of. The security guards are decidedly surly, Cinderella's castle is anything but magical, while a circus tent is stacked with gothic sculptures. Needless to say, you make your exit through the gift shop.
Dismaland Bemusement Park runs from now till 27 September. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.