Clacton Pier: high hopes for bumper half term as lottery proves a winner

Clacton Pier hopes for bumper half term
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A series of new rides and special promotions, including one with the National Lottery, has boosted confidence at Clacton Pier as the attraction heads into the February school half-term break.


Topping the school term holiday offerings will be the return of the popular big wheel at the pier, supported by a wide range of special rates, notably half price annual passes for £24.99 and the opportunity to get a free Big Day Out Band, also worth £24.99. Both are available when buying a lottery ticket, a joint initiative between the pier and the National Lottery this winter designed to help reduce costs for its customers.

And pier director Billy Ball has been particularly pleased with the discounts initiative, noting that those taken “through the National Lottery scheme have gone down well”.

Ball explained: “With the cost of living rising across the board, families are looking for good deals where they can save a few quid. After the past couple of years, parents still want to take the kids out for some much-needed fun but without breaking the bank.

“The offers in place at the moment mean it will never be cheaper to get an annual pass and a Big Day Out Band is free when buying a lottery ticket.”

The return of February half-term activities at the Pier end a two year break from this key trading period – last year Covid restrictions forced the attraction to close. Times, however, are a changing in that respect and Ball is looking forward to a bumper week.

“Fingers crossed we are going to have a normal trading year in 2022 which is great news for the leisure industry which has had to survive very difficult times,” he said.

“I think some people are still looking at staycations as a better alternative to going abroad and that has to be good for towns like Clacton and Tendring as a whole.”

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