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Grand Pier set for strong winter event schedule

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The drive to establish Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier as a key year-round hospitality venue is continuing its rapid pace with high ticket sales for its Christmas events already being reported. Partygoers appear increasingly keen to make the seafront attraction a part of their own yuletide festivities and for the fourth year running the Pier has seen a growth in business,with three...

Gambling Commission’s shop floor initiative receives industry plaudits

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Bacta has welcomed the recent initiative undertaken by the Gambling Commission, which saw its chief executive, Neil McArthur, spend a day working at Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, helping to refill change machines, shadow workers on the shop floor and give out redemption prizes in the shop. McArthur was launching a new regulator programme aimed at giving its staff a greater...

Blue Peter badge holders get free entry to Grand Pier

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Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is helping to celebrate the diamond anniversary of Blue Peter, one of the nation’s most well-known television programmes, by becoming an official Blue Peter badge site. The attraction joins a list of more than 200 other esteemed venues, something that is set to be not only a point of pride for the site but an invaluable promotional...

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

Oft criticised for being out of touch with life on the shop-floor of British amusements, the Gambling Commission has risen to the challenge and experienced it first hand. New chief Neil McArthur spent a day with Weston’s Grand Pier to see how operations really work.   Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur rolled up his sleeves to learn first-hand how family...

Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier to participate in fund-raising appeal

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Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is set to host Nick Park’s Academy Award-winning character Gromit this summer as part of a massive fundraising appeal. A sculpture of the much-loved character will be based at the seafront attraction from 2 July until 2 September in support of The Grand Appeal’s Gromit Unleashed 2 trail. More than 60 sculptures of Gromit, his best friend Wallace,...

Grand Pier revives older videos for a ‘retro arcade’

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The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has invested in coin-op amusement product both old and new to boost its amusements offering this spring. It has resurrected some its older video games and created a dedicated ‘Retro Arcade’ area in the pier’s pavilion building, as well as bringing in six brand new battery-operated bikes for younger players. The pier’s engineers refurbished a host...

Grand pier gears up for early Easter

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Easter is coming early in 2018, and while that poses challenges for the amusements industry, Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare is preparing by “offering customers more than ever”.   Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is upping its entertainment offering in time for a 30 March Good Friday, as it prepares for a “tricky” early Easter. Coming more than two weeks later than in 2017, this...

Gender no barrier to success, says Grand Pier co-owner

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The gender diversity debate has been a powerful jolt to the way business, politics and society sees itself. Change is definitely coming, and long overdue, but there are pioneers that have been setting the standards. Among them is Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare who believes the amusements industry, and the hospitality sector in general, is...

Grand Pier offer players extra time to spend old pound coins

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Although not obligated to accept the old pound coin since Sunday, the south west’s top attraction, The Grand Pier, is giving visitors the chance to convert their last few coins into fun and prizes.   The Grand Pier in Weston- super-Mare is offering its customers an extension on the Royal Mint’s deadline for businesses to stop accepting old £1 coins. It ceased...

Weston-Super-Mare’s Italian garden renaissance

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The opening of the first phase of Weston’s multi-million pound transformation Italian Gardens project looks set to boost the resort’s already considerable holiday offering, and drive footfall throughout the whole area. The Grand Pier’s Michelle Michael MBE discusses the town’s ambitions and prospects.   The new £2.48m redevelopment of Western-Super-Mare’s historic Italian gardens has been opened to the public after seven...

Weston-super-Mare: A grand tale of two piers

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Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier has launched the trial of a new pricing deal as its neighbour to the north, Birnbeck Pier, sails towards a brighter future.   The Grand Pier’s allinclusive family deal, which includes unlimited ride wristbands and meals for two children and two adults for less than £60, is hoped to prove popular and pave the way for additional pricing...

Amusements income provides the business foundations for Britain’s iconic Piers

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Any spell of hot weather and you can guarantee newspaper spreads showing packed beaches at any number of Britain's piers and seaside resorts. However, there’s no need to read the captions to know where the pictures were taken, thanks to the iconic attractions captured within them. Whether it’s Brighton’s Palace Pier, the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, Blackpool Tower or...

South West attractions capitalise on Easter visitor boom

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With an increase in visitors to the region, operators in the South West created exciting Easter promotions to make the most of the bank holiday buoyancy.   Preparing for the annual influx of bank holiday visitors, arcades, piers and themes parks of the South West organised special Easter promotions to maximise their share of the extended weekend’s footfall. “Easter is always exciting...

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