Tag: Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier named Team of the Year at TBR Awards

Clacton Pier Team of the Year TBR Awards
Clacton Pier has been named Team of the Year at the 2019 Tendring Blue Ribbon Awards, organised by Tendring District Council to celebrate..

Clacton’s Jolly Roger needs £4m for revamp

Clacton Jolly Roger revamp
The refurbishment of Clacton Pier’s oldest building won’t come cheap, but pier director Billy Ball insists it will ensure long-term profitability for..

Clacton Pier readies Halloween experiences

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It may only be July, but Clacton Pier is busy preparing for the cold, dark nights of Autumn with a Halloween experience. Preparations at Clacton Pier are underway to introduce Evil on Sea, a new Halloween experience aimed at teenagers and adults, to the existing family orientated Halloween festival for children. The aim is crank up the scares and dares using...

Clacton Pier’s 148th birthday celebrated with a bang

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Clacton Pier's 148th birthday was marked with a range of celebratory endeavours this weekend including live music and a firework display. Clacton Pier’s 148th birthday celebrations went off with a bang this weekend with thousands visiting the site for a saturday fireworks display. More than 2,000 people packed onto the pier to watch a free firework display on Saturday evening with...

Clacton Pier: No intention of dropping the ball

Billy Ball Clacton Pier
“We cannot rest on our laurels,” an enthusiastic Billy Ball told the town of Clacton as he issued an update on the pier’s most significant new ride which

Farage rallies Brexiteers from Clacton Pier

Nigel Farage Clacton Pier visit
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage headed down to Clacton recently, as part of a launch campaign for his new political project, the Brexit Party.

Clacton Pier AGC doubles in size

Clacton Pier, AGC, doubles, size, amusements
Clacton Pier AGC is set to double in size and be rebranded as the Pier Casino following extensive investment in redevelopment of the venue. The gaming floor will receive more than 50 new machines, featuring the latest in amusement technology, as part of an enhancement programme which began in 2018. “Huge improvements have taken place at the Pier over the past...

Clacton Pier starts half term with a flyer

Clacton-Pier, half term
Clacton Pier’s 2019 season “got off to a flying start” last weekend, with warmer than usual temperatures combining with the beginning of half term to boost visitor numbers for the attraction. Along with busy rides and a bustling Seaquarium, the pier boasted a new ticket office for the season, and work continues on phase two of the Pier’s development to...

Clacton Pier recruitment day declared a success

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More than 2000 people turned up for a recruitment event at Clacton Pier to fill around 30 jobs on offer for the start of the new season. The attraction’s management declared that the quality of candidates that turned up for interviews had made it a successful day, with full-time, part-time and seasonal posts filled across all departments of the pier. Those...

Clacton Pier development on course for Easter deadline

Clacton Pier, development, Easter, deadline
Bosses at Clacton Pier have revealed that work on phase two of a £4m development to upgrade its attractions has overrun, but assurances have been given that it will be ready for the new season. The scheme is ‘slightly behind schedule’ due to extra work being required than was initially anticipated, but it is still expected that the central concourse...

Clearing work commences on Clacton Pier

Clacton-Pier, renovation
Clacton Pier will remain open throughout the winter despite pier management undertaking significant renovation and improvement work through- out the season. Clearance work is taking place on the eastern side of the pier, which will be opened up in order to improve customer access to the nearby bumper boats and go-karts. In the short term, the project will see pier cafe...

Clacton Pier starts second phase of development

Clacton Pier, development, pier, seaside, Billy Ball
The second phase of Clacton Pier’s £4m redevelopment has started and is set to be completed before next summer’s season. Work will now be focused on the site’s central concourse which, once completed, will provide a large all-weather area at the front of the attraction. Scheduled for completion in March of next year the development will provide a crucial sheltered link...

Clacton Pier honours Armed Services families with free weekend

Following on from a similar event for families emergency services workers in June, Clacton Pier has thanked those who protect these shores both at home and abroad. Clacton Pier has once again shown its appreciation for the nation’s fighting me an women offering Armed Forces families a weekend of free amusements. Almost 70 families participated in the promotion and made the...

Clacton Pier makes the grade with VisitEngland

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Clacton Pier continues to provide a top quality visitor attraction for a fun day out, according to VisitEngland, which carried out a full day assessment of the landmark last month. It concluded that the pier meets the high standards required for accreditation in the national scheme, an award the operator will hold for at least a two years before another...

Clacton Pier unveils autumn and winter events programme

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To build on its new-opened all-weather facilities and cement its position as a 52-week a year attraction, Clacton Pier has launched an extensive line-up of off-season events. Bosses at Clacton Pier have unveiled a new programme of events for the autumn and winter period, which includes the revival of its popular Christmas Wonderland event. It also features a new concept with...

Clacton Pier gears up for armed forces celebration

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A weekend of free entertainment is being organised at Clacton Pier over 22-23 September as a celebration of those in the British armed forces and their families. Similar events have been put on at the site for a number of years but this iteration will see those participating experience the pier’s new expansion for the first time. The offer of four...

Clacton calls time on goldfish give-aways

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It may well be part of seaside tradition, but as of September, winning a goldfish will be a thing of the past at Clacton Pier. Times are-a-changing at Clacton Pier, where Billy Ball and the rest of the management team have decided to end the age-old practice of giving goldfish as prizes for stall wins. A new lease agreement hammered out...

Clacton nails Jolly Roger to the mast

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Clacton Pier has bowed to public opinion and decided against renaming its oldest and most iconic building - for now at least. The Jolly Roger building was originally built in 1893 as part of the first attempts to convert the pier from a steamer jetty into a leisure destination. Ongoing work at the pier - representing the second-phase of a £4m...

Clacton Pier celebrates 147 years with £4m development opening

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Clacton Pier has celebrated its 147th year with the opening of a new £4m development designed to establish the site as a year-round attraction. The historic Clacton Pier celebrated its 147th year on Saturday 21 July with a day of revelry, musical acts and free entertainment. As well as highlighting the memorable milestone the event marked the opening of the...

Clacton amusements operators support resort clean-up

Clacton Pier
Amusements operators in Clacton have supported a major clean-up of the resort that took place ahead of the school summer holidays. On top of regular cleaning duties carried out by Tendring Council, its staff have carried out pressure-washing of the town’s pavements, removal of weeds and general cosmetic improvements before the peak summer season started last weekend. The effort has been...

A new dawn for Clacton Pier

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Clacton Pier will unveil its new £4m development this weekend, ushering in a new era for the attraction as it looks to establish itself as a year-round leisure destination. To mark the occasion the pier will be holding a celebration on Saturday 21 July that will include live entertainment throughout the day and a host of activities for children. Clacton Pier...

Clacton Pier continues positive community action

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Bosses at Clacton Pier are continuing their impressive programme of community support, welcoming families for a free fun day as part of a Rays of Sunshine event, allowing local schoolchildren to be a part of history and helping to support a fundraising walk. A group of seriously ill children were given a day to remember as they visited Clacton Pier...

Clacton Pier to hold emergency services event

Clacton Pier
Clacton Pier is continuing with its support of the nation’s emergency services by hosting a free weekend event this month. On 16 and 17 June families from the blue light services will have the chance to enjoy the attractions and rides of the historic leisure destination free of charge, with up to four free wristbands given to each group. Ewelina Majewska,...

Former Pier owner’s family give seal of approval to new development

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The family of one of the four previous owners of Clacton Pier has given their seal of approval to the new £4 million development currently underway at the 147-year-old landmark. Michael Goss and his wife Sandra ran the Pier from 1971 until they sold it to a consortium in 1981. Shortly afterwards the couple, their son, also Michael, and daughter, Kate,...

Circus Fantasia opens to a full crowd on Clacton Pier

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Top circus performers from around the world thrilled visitors on Clacton Pier over the weekend, who packed into the attraction’s Jolly Roger venue to enjoy the show. Matthew Wingate, owner of Circus Fantasia, said he was delighted that the show has been so well received again this season. “We have got off to a flying start and everyone is having a...

Bank Holiday sizzler sees crowds flock to Clacton Pier

Bank Holiday Monday May 28
The crowds flocked to Clacton Pier again this bank holiday weekend helping to make it one of the busiest Mays on record. The sun shone and it followed up the success of the early May weekend – but visitors were being careful what they spent. With the 6.5acre landmark free to enter there were plenty taking a walk and a peep...

Busiest weekend of the year for Clacton Pier as £4m development continues

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Clacton Pier was celebrating after having its busiest weekend of the season so far as the crowds flocked to the Tendring coast to enjoy the sunshine. It all helped to make up for a quieter than usual Easter weekend when takings were down due to the chilly weather. “It’s a fact in our business that we need the sun to shine...

Clacton Pier secures £4m development finance from Ellisons Solicitors

Clacton Pier
Clacton Pier has secured funding for its £4m redevelopment project with the aid of Ellisons Solicitors in plan that will include the building of a golf course, restaurant and other amusements. The significant investment includes the £500,000 Skull Point Adventure Golf Course, the £500,000 Discovery Bay Adventure Play and family restaurant, Dock- side Dodgems, the Captain’s Table Coffee Shop extensions...

Clacton Pier plan renaming competition for historic pavilion

Clacton Pier Pavilion
Built in 1881, the Jolly Roger has perched upon Clacton Pier for almost 140 years. With heavy investment into the attraction over the last several months, owners Billy and Elliot Ball feel it is now ready to take on a new name, and have asked the public for ideas. The owners of Clacton Pier are set to rename the first...

Clacton Pier sets competition to rename Jolly Roger

Clacton Pier competition Jolly Roger
The owners of Clacton Pier have launched a competition to come up with a new name for the first significant building to be put up on the landmark structure.   The Jolly Roger – or Pier Pavilion as it was known then – was built in1881 and later also went on to be called the Jollity. A number of buildings and areas...