Norwich-based Richardson’s Leisure has celebrated 75 years of trading with a £250,000 upgrade of its Lowestoft FEC, bringing a full refurbishment to its bowling alley, arcade and soft play area.
Richardson’s Family Entertainment Centre in Lowestoft has announced completion of its £250,000 refurbishment project, timed to coincide with the company’s 75th anniversary year.
Every part of the Whapload Road entertainment complex has undergone a full makeover during the four-month project – from the bowling alley and food offering, down to the logo and website.
“Now seemed the perfect time to bring our well-loved family entertainment centre firmly into ‘R’ family,” said Richardson’s Family Holidays CEO Greg Munford.
“We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to entertain our visitors and the new facilities look great.”
“I am looking forward to welcoming customers to the centre and showing them what we’ve done.”
The FEC’s 14-lane Ten Pin Bowling alley has been revitalised with a glow-inthe- dark underwater theme, while the upgraded Richie’s Adventure Island soft play area gives children “a safe place to explore and meet new friends.”
The Galley Diner and Cityscape Bar have also been refurbished, as well as the pool table area and party zone, with the arcade also receiving a host of new popular titles and modern video games.
“Our pier-themed entrance hall has some great arcade games for everyone to enjoy,” states the FEC’s newly-refurbished website.
“From classic 2p machines to our brand-new, state-of-the-art machines, there’s plenty of games to get lost in.”
“Try our new Space Invaders game or see who comes out the winner with our new Batman and Joker air hockey tables! Plus enjoy Mario Kart, Jurassic Park and much, much more.”
The refurbishment began in July this year, and is aimed to bring the FEC in line with the Norwich-based firm’s existing businesses, including the Richardson’s holiday park in Hemsby and boat hire operations in Stalham and Wroxham.
The first Richardson leisure enterprise was opened in 1944 by current owner Robert Richardson’s father, after purchasing a motor cruiser for hire in the Broads National Park, with 2006 seeing the family acquire Lowestoft Family Bowl, before renaming it Richardson’s Family Entertainment Centre.
The quarter-of-a-million pound upgrade follows a recent similar renovation at Hemsby Beach Holiday Park, which involved a merger of the site with the neighbouring Seacroft Holiday Village as part of a multi-million pound investment project.