Tag: Bournemouth

Bournemouth highstreet in need of assistance despite festive footfall

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The opening of a Christmas Tree Wonderland has provided a double digit boost for Bournemouth’s consumer footfall, a welcome lift for a town which has been experiencing turbulent times on its high streets. The festive celebrations have become a “national Christmas attraction” according to Business Improvement District chief Paul Kinvig, as well as a significant boon for business. “We’re awaiting figures...

Concerns mount over parking issues in Bournemouth

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For some reason, local councils do not want cars in their towns, as evidenced in an abject town centre parking programme by authorities up and down the country. All of which is a major problem for seaside resorts who depend on sizeable parking facilities to accommodate families visiting the town. Bournemouth are the latest to feel the pain with local...

Cafe society: Pier Approach reinvestment sees burgeoning Bournemouth winter traffic

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Business is booming so much at the Pier Approach in Bournemouth that the local council is petitioning to build a new covered extension to one of its beach-front cafes. The bid to extend the Prom Cafe is being described as “essential” by legislators - and framed as an attempt to keep up with an increasing level of footfall to the...

Heat sees Bournemouth beat tourism targets early

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Britain’s record-breaking heatwave saw revellers flock to coastal climes the country over and in Bournemouth this resulted in the breaking of yearly tourism targets months early. It has been revealed by tourism bosses that, by 1 August, the local market has taken as much as they would for the year for a number of seafront amenities and activities. Joe Abbott, operator...

Happyland Amusements facing closure after owners seek interest in site

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After a long period of speculation, the fate of one of Bournemouth’s most popular seaside arcades appears to have been decided. Happyland Amusements will be making way for something, but no-one seems to know what just yet. The owners of Bournemouth’s beachside Happyland Amusements have launched a market-testing exercise to seek out potential interest in redeveloping the site. Bournemouth Borough Council,...

Brexit boost for Bournemouth’s coastal investment

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Speaking at the opening of Bournemouth’s new Pier Approach, coastal communities minister Jake Berry commented on the positive partnership between the local council and central government that saw more than £4m invested in the project between them. He additionally used the event to launch the £1m Coastal Revival Fund that will make funding available for both one-off smaller projects along...

Nostalgia spurs confusion and hopes for Happyland’s future

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It’s not all happy in Bournemouth at the moment as the local council grapples with the decision as to what to do with the Happyland amusements site. For two years now, Bournemouth council has been examining options for a prime seafront spot, with a tricky position: it cuts straight into the cliffs. So when Happyland eventually vacates the premises, the sounds...

Casino plans stalled for Bournemouth ‘family entertainment’ BH2 centre

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Plans for a new casino in Bournemouth’s BH2 centre appear to have stalled.   BH2 operator Legal & General/Licet Holdings has put forward a bid to change the use of the units to one permitting various leisure activities. The firm says it has ten-pin bowling and indoor golf providers expressing an interest. Last July, a spokesman for Aspers, who were linked to the...

Pier amusements to benefit from £2m improvement project

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Bournemouth’s Pier Amusements could be set to benefit next year after the completion of a £2m improvement project.   It will see high quality granite paving laid and landscaped along the western side of Pier Approach, directly outside the family entertainment centre. The improvements also include new seating, more plants, public art and new bins that could be installed below ground level...

Amusements cities top railcard destinations list

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The top three most popular seaside destinations for railcard holders are amusements-orientated cities with successful piers, the Rail Delivery Group has revealed.   Brighton, Blackpool and Bournemouth topped the list based on train ticket sales amongst railcard holders during July and August 2016, and are expected to be hugely popular resorts for British holidaymakers this year. All three cities have sizeable amusements...

Coastal business district plans positive for Lincolnshire operators

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As coastal business districts aim to improve Bournemouth and Blackpool’s resort offering, Lincolnshire businesses have voted to go the same way, with Butlins Skegness among those hoping for a significant boost on the East coast economy.   The Lincolnshire Coastal Destination Business Improvement District (LCDBID) was successfully voted through last month, with the group behind the the project hoping it can...

The Land of Might-Have-Been: Happyland’s future in doubt

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The future of a Bournemouth beachfront arcade remains in limbo, with the west side of Happyland fenced off for some weeks, including the venue’s ice-cream parlour. Bournemouth Borough Council was in discussions with the landlord of Happyland, Meyrick Estate, over the long-term plan for the building earlier this summer. Cllr John Beesley told local media that the “currently under-utilised” site was...