Grand Pier’s 2020 reflections

Grand Pier Weston-super-Mare reflections
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Eighteen months after winning the Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award in February 2020, the Grand Pier has reflected on a year and a half of turmoil.


Speaking to the Chamber in a special awards follow-up interview, pier social media specialist Mike Birtle noted how the business has been impacted, and what visitors could look forward to as life nears normal.

“With the easing of restrictions we have gradually begun reopening parts of the pier that were previously closed to the public, like our soft play area,” said Birtle.

“We have now also been able to put on live events, which have been sorely missed by our visitors. You could say we are now in a better position to resemble how the pier used to operate although we do however act with most of our original social distancing policies still in place.”

The pier still operates at reduced capacity, with all staff wearing face coverings and all protective screens remaining in place, with Birtle noting “we have found that this way of working has become our way of life.”

“We continue to invest in our attractions and in our quiet months we will be planning the itinerary for next year’s events and attractions.”

“We have some exciting plans in the works for our public areas but these will be announced in due course. There are many fantastic things to look forward to.”

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