Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tag: Bank Holiday

Boom time: August bank holiday spend biggest since Christmas 2019

Barclaycard data card transactions August Bank Holiday
Barclaycard has revealed UK card transactions made during the August bank holiday were the highest since Christmas 2019, with leisure and entertainment the biggest benefactors.

Clacton Pier marks Bank Holiday with fireworks spectacular

Clacton Pier fireworks Bank Holiday
Clacton Pier marked the last Bank Holiday of the summer this weekend with a spectacular fireworks display, following a special anniversary fly past organised by Tendring District Council to celebrate the town’s 150th birthday.

Off The Record: Bank Closures / Labour Crisis / Afghanistan / HMRC / Extinction Rebellion / Beefy appointment / Bank Holiday

Off the Record HMRC Bank Closures Afghanistan
Our shame in Afghanistan, the demise of bank branches, job candidates who don’t show-up for interviews, Ian Botham’s prospects as a trade envoy, what to expect next from HMRC and why Extinction Rebellion need to know their audience a bit better - all topics covered in this week’s Off The Record.

Clacton Pier lit up as seaside shines

Clacton Pier lit up as seaside shines
As Clacton Pier marked bank holiday with its first firework display of the season, seaside resorts up and down the country welcomed back visitors making the most of the sun.

Has the government reverted to type and scuppered additional bank holiday proposal?

October bank holiday
A hospitality industry proposal that originally emanated from Bacta to introduce an October half term bank holiday has been rejected by government due to..

Government considering October bank holiday for tourism boost

october bank holiday proposals
The government is actively considering proposals, officially lodged by VisitBritain and fashioned out of an idea from the seaside amusements sector, to introduce a new bank holiday in October, in order to recoup part of the estimated £37bn loss faced by the UK tourism industry this year.

Bank holiday heat provides seaside boost

Bank Holiday seaside boost
The August bank holiday brought a late-summer boost for much of Britain’s coastal resorts as the nation recorded record-breaking temperatures.

“Best Easter” for Weston businesses

Weston Super Mare Seafront Easter Bank Holiday
Weston-super-Mare business owners have hailed the hot weather during the recent Easter bank holiday weekend as a huge boost to the town.

“A good omen for the year”: UK resorts feel Bank Holiday bonanza

Seaside Easter Bank Holiday
With the Met Office reporting the recent bank holiday weather delivered the hottest UK Easter Monday on record, it's no surprise that family favourite seaside resorts..

Operators make the most of glorious bank holiday

Funfair Easter Bank Holiday
The bank holiday was a successful one for many operators as parts of the UK basked in glorious sunshine and record breaking temperatures...

Clevedon Pier celebrates 150 years

Clevedon Pier celebrates entertainment bank holiday
Hosting a special weekend of entertainment, Clevedon Pier will celebrate 150 years since it first opened on May 27 bank holiday. A pier-branded beer, a new stage and awning, and a bid for £25,000-worth of lighting for the pagoda will also mark the anniversary. During the bank holiday weekend, there will be an exhibition of the pier’s history, giving visitors the...

All-weather piers defy bank holiday wash-out

Clacton Pier
Although the August bank holiday spelled rain for most seaside resorts across the UK, all-weather piers such as Clacton and Felixstowe still achieved strong numbers throughout the weekend. All-weather attractions showed their worth over the August bank holiday as the popularity of both Clacton and Felixstowe piers proved “resilient” to the wet weather. In Clacton, a wash-out on Sunday failed to...

“Without Marshall’s fun fair there would be no Ilkley Carnival”

W. Marshalls Amusements
W. Marshalls Amusements has been commended by police for its crowd management during a busy early May bank holiday at Ilkley Carnival and recognised by organisers for its vital role in the financial viability of the event. Taking place on the hottest early May bank holiday on record, the carnival attracted high numbers of visitors this year, which combined with...

Seaside sector revels in May’s second bank holiday scorcher

Operators along Britain’s coastline once again enjoyed high footfall in their FECs as record-breaking heat brought out the crowds for May’s second sun-baked bank holiday weekend. In Northern Ireland, Monday brought the hottest day of the year at 23.6C, whilst across the rest of the United Kingdom temperatures also soared beyond expectations, nearing 28C in London and Merseyside on Sunday....

Seaside resorts hit with parking charge rises over Easter holiday weekend

While councils may be struggling with government funding cuts, for amusement operators they couldn’t have chosen a worse time to hike parking charges. A trip to the seaside has just become a lot more expensive, while the parking options just get worse. As well as tackling wet and even snowy weather over the Easter bank holiday, families visiting seaside resorts...

Bank holiday saw £1.7bn tourism boost

coin slot bank holiday alliance
Statistics released by VisitEngland have indicated that close to 7m Britons embarked on a domestic overnight trip this August bank holiday.   It is expected that this footfall boost brought close to £1.7bn extra to the UK economy over the long weekend, and represents a significant increase on last year’s figure of just over 5m long weekenders. “Tourism is a key economic...

Visitors put off by high parking fees over bank holiday

Coinslot - bank holiday seaside UK parking fees
Seaside operators may have been impacted by rocketing parking charges over the bank holiday weekend.   Research into parking rates for popular British coastal destinations has found that regular daily prices could have increased by as much as five times over the long weekend. The fear for operators is that, with more money spent on parking fees, the less visitors will have...

Industry avoids being short changed on a long weekend

Coinslot - bank holiday weekend Easter
The May Bank Holiday brought more good news for UK operators despite it being so close on the heels of Easter.   You don’t need to be a seasoned expert on arcades to assume that good weather and bank holidays are universally welcomed by operators. And for Michael Mason, owner of Masons Amusements in Blackpool, good weather plays a big part...