Clacton amusement park’s latest investment is being a seen as a vote of high confidence in the state of the Essex resort’s tourism economy.
The new owner of Clacton Pavillion has announced that he is opening brand new water park on the site this summer that will be “nothing like” any other attraction of its kind in the UK.
Billy Peak revealed that the water park, designed for children, will be entirely unique and could be open to guests as early as the Easter holidays.
The seafront amusement park’s new attraction will feature bucket drops, slides and interactive features aimed specifically at entertaining younger visitors.
It will join a wide variety of amusement attractions at Clacton Pavilion, which include a 5D cinema, adventure golf, an arcade, a fun park and a high rope course.
The amusement park will also open a range of other new facilities for the 2019 season, including a café, a sun deck, lockers, changing rooms and toilets.
Peak told local media: “There are a lot of water parks you see, like the splash park in Maldon, but we’ve been told by the manufacturers that there is nothing like this in the UK at the moment.
“This one will be a junior water park aimed at people aged 12 and under with big bucket drops and slides.
“We’re making the whole section into a themed area, not just the water park, but there will be brand new changing rooms and toilets as well.
“It’s another offering for the tourist economy in Clacton. It’s part of the ongoing programme of development which we started about six or seven years ago.
“It’s taken a lot of planning over the years for this to come to fruition. We already have fantastic beaches and a lovely seafront, and the pier has been upgraded too. Clacton is becoming a great place to visit.”
Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council cabinet member for leisure and tourism,said the new developments at Clacton Pavilion were a positive sign that the Essex resort’s tourist economy is in good health.
“It is wonderful to see another private firm putting so much investment into Clacton, which shows how confident they are in the growing popularity of our town as a tourist destination,” he commented.
“This is on the back of a multi-million pound investment by Clacton Pier last year too, and I am delighted Clacton Pavilion recognises the key role it plays on the town’s seafront.
“Tourism is a key part of our economy in Tendring, worth more than £1million a day on average and responsible for around 16 per cent of jobs in the district.
“Of course as planning authority the council will have to make sure the plans put forward by Clacton Pavilion are acceptable in planning terms, but we certainly welcome the concept and the investment.”