Friday, September 25, 2020

Tag: Great Yarmouth

Skegness defenders rally after Worst Resort rating

Skegness residents and holidaymakers have defended the Lincolnshire town, after a Which? poll saw it ranked last out of 100 UK seaside resorts.

Industry tales of re-opening

Arcades re-opening Caesars Palace Gt Yarmouth
Clacton Pier, Harbour Lights and Caesar’s Palace share their experiences of Independence Day.

Great Yarmouth attractions prepare for reopening

Great Yarmouth attractions Britannia Pier
With a re-opening date now in sight, attractions up and down Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile are preparing strict social distancing and safety measures in order to return to business.

Haven to revamp two Great Yarmouth holiday parks

Haven revamp Great Yarmouth parks
Haven has announced plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of two of its Norfolk holiday parks, after receiving approval from Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile inspires artwork

Great Yarmouth Golden Mile Art
The Golden Mile in Great Yarmouth has been celebrated in range of new works by a local artist, with a host of vibrant prints of amusements centres sitting..

Great Yarmouth wind turbines welcome but amusements still key

BBC Coverage Great Yarmouth May 2019
As the BBC headed to the Great Yarmouth seaside to hail wind farms as the key to economic growth, the message came back loud and clear from Joyland’s..

Great Yarmouth FEC hosts Hollywood action

Great Yarmouth, FEC, Hollywood, amusements
Scenes from upcoming wrestling film ‘Fighting with My Family’,as well as Beatles-inspired movie ‘Yesterday’, were filmed over the last two years in Great Yarmouth, with the former featuring the resort’s Caesar Palace. ‘Fighting with My Family’, which features wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, will use the FEC as the front of a wrestling venue in the movie,while down the road...

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach pro despite summer proving “too hot”

Coinslot Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach bridge
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach owner Albert Jones has stated that he was “delighted with the attendances” during the summer season. The historic pleasure park, opened in 1909 in the popular Norfolk coastal resort, saw visitor numbers rise significantly alongside the mercury, providing some recompense for a wet March and April. “We had such a poor start at Easter so we have...

Golden Mile leisure development set for Easter 2019 opening

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The new multimillion pound leisure development being built on Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile is set to open in time for Easter 2019, according to the man behind it. Albert Jones, owner of the resort’s Pleasure Beach amusement park, said the first phase of the £35m The Edge project was almost complete and work had already begun of phase two. The first...

Joyland set for summer season with events to boost visitors

After recently reopening for the summer season, Coinslot spoke to Michael Cole, owner of Great Yarmouth’s 69 year old funfair and amusement arcade Joyland, about the rising costs of amusements and the events that are drawing in crowds. Great Yarmouth’s family-owned Joyland, opened in 1949, has reopened its doors for the summer, having closed in October for the winter period. The...

The Labour Party’s coastal identity crisis

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The Labour Party’s identity crisis has hit the coast, with MEP Alex Mayer stating that “more focus on visiting the natural heritage along the coast over penny machines, cheap beer and neon lights” is the right move forward. So is this the party of the working class? There are few more quintessentially English postcard images than deckchairs lining a sandy beach...

Bridge funding Budget boost granted to Great Yarmouth

Coinslot Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach bridge
Great Yarmouth’s tourism economy has been given a boost after funding for a third river crossing in the resort was announced in the Autumn Budget.   Chancellor Philip Hammond committed £98m towards the cost of the new bridge, with Norfolk County Council having already said it would make up the rest of its £120m price tag. It is hoped the crossing will...

Yarmouth operator bids to raze own arcade

Coinslot - Yarmouth California Amusements
The owners of California Amusements in Scratby, Yarmouth have requested permission to demolish their business and replace it with five homes.   Having submitted an application to Great Yarmouth Borough Council, they aim to build four semi-detached homes and a bungalow on the site after clearing. Owners Mr and Mrs Oakey live in a static caravan at the rear of the arcade. They...

Full steam ahead for Great Yarmouth’s ‘Edge’ complex

Coinslot - Pleasure Park edge Great Yarmouth
After a decade of delays, things are finally moving forward for the jewel of the Norfolk coast’s vast new leisure facility, much to the delight of local operators. For the man behind the vision, Albert Jones, the latest development will see the ambitious plans step away from one edge and on to another - the £35m Edge project which...

Staff of Caesars Arcade hailed for extinguishing fire

Coinslot - Great Yarmouth Caesars staff extinguishing fire
The staff of Caesars Arcade, Hemsby, have been praised by the region’s fire service after extinguishing an electrical fire that broke out just before 2pm on 28 May while the attraction was busy with Bank Holiday customers.   Simon Mason, manager of Great Yarmouth fire station, who attended the emergency, said he was confident the quick-thinking “saved multi-million pounds worth of...

Visitors put off by high parking fees over bank holiday

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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...

Yarmouth Golden Mile seeks international investment

Coinslot Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach bridge
Great Yarmouth Borough Council is seeking international investment for the town’s seafront - known as ‘The Golden Mile’, a development brief has revealed.   Officials want to replace the Marina Leisure Centre with something similar that offers swimming and sports, but the council is also open to amusements, holiday apartments, a cinema, or a hotel. Council leader Graham Plant explained that the...

Norfolk seaside resorts face council tax threat

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Holiday park property owners in the Borough of Great Yarmouth will pay increased council tax bills from 1 April, with many stating their seaside staycation homes are no longer affordable.   The seaside economy of Norfolk’s coastline has been put at risk by Great Yarmouth Borough Council as holiday park property owners take stock of increased council tax bills. A decision by...

Big wheel to return to Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

Coinslot Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach bridge
Wheel of Elegance to be pride of place again in Great Yarmouth. Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach owner Albert Jones is bringing a much-loved big wheel ride back to the resort in time for Easter. The 35-metre-high Wheel of Elegance spent most of last year at the Clarence Pier amusement park in Southsea, Hampshire, but will return to Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile...

Coastal Pass to boost tourism at east coast resorts

Coinslot Coastal Pass east coast Tourism Holiday
Traditional east coast seaside amusements resorts are amongst those that stand to benefit from the launch of a new online holiday booking tool launched recently. It is hoped that the new Coastal Pass will encourage more overseas tourists to visit coastal destinations such as Cleethorpes, Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Skegness on a year-round basis. The Pass allows holidaymakers to devise their...

2017 tourism boom could bring year-long benefits

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UKIP’s new Heritage and Tourism Spokesman is encouraged by 2016’s tourist spend and expects a large increase in visitor numbers for 2017, particularly from foreign tourists. Tourism in England hit a new record bringing in £45bn in 2016. This figure from Visit England, reflects an increase in the numbers of day trips and ‘Staycations’ taken by British families. I am pleased...

Keeping it in the family – Michael Cole shares his thoughts

Coinslot Michael Cole Joyland Amusement Park Great Yarmouth
Michael Cole, owner of Joyland amusement park is a fixture on the Coinslot Review annual roll-call. A barometer of the industry temperature, Cole has a clear perspective on how family-owned businesses are coping with the highs and lows of the market forces. Here, he shares his thoughts on 2016’s successes and why change should not be made for the sake...

Great Yarmouth BID reports strong tourism season

Coinslot Great Yarmouth Tourism
The Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area team (GYTBIA) have announced the seaside town enjoyed a successful season, with millions of visitors heading to the east coast. About a million holidaymakers stay in greater Yarmouth every year, while six times that enjoy day trips, generating more than £591m for the local economy and about a third of its revenue...

Investigation reveals high cost of seaside resort parking

Coinslot Seaside Parking
An investigation by a national newspaper into the cost of parking at the UK’s most popular seaside resorts has unveiled worrying figures for the coastal day-tripper market. According to the Sunday People, holidaymakers are being charged up to £25 a day to park when visiting the coast, leading campaigners to warn it could deter families from making the journey. Great Yarmouth,...