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Clacton Pier unveils autumn and winter events programme

Clacton Pier
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...

Amusements round-up: Hastings Pier sign slashed; Bingo hall go ahead and Mecca leaves Ashford

Hastings Pier
Pier sign slashed A sign highlighting the far-reaching support for Hastings Pier’s new ownership has been vandalised. Some in the town are unhappy with the sale of the site, but new boss, Sheikh Abid Gulzar remained buoyant. “I am very disappointed that anybody would want to do this. Suffice to say I am 100 percent focused on the future of...

Grand Pier looks for peas in a pod

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier
The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare is celebrating Great British Pea Week, which runs until Sunday 15 July, by launching a look-a-like competition. The Peas In A Pod competition is inviting those who believe themselves a bit of a celebrity doppleganger to submit their photographs to the Pier’s Facebook page. The Pier’s general manager, Tim Noyle, said: “We’re always looking for ways...

New plans submitted to demolish Southend Pier amusement arcade

Southend Pier
Despite a year-long stay of execution, it now looks increasingly likely that Britain’s longest pleasure pier will soon be without any amusements. The days of Southend Pier’s amusement arcade look set to be numbered after the resort’s council submitted new plans to demolish it. The arcade has been living on borrowed time for over a year, after planning permission was granted...

Gulzar pledges pier prosperity

Hastings Pier
The new owner of Hastings Pier Sheikh Abid Gulzar has affirmed his dedication to the award-winning structure and a willingness to work with local authority to best support the town. Gulzar, who also owns Eastbourne Pier, took to local press writing an open letter in response to a number of concerns that had been raised regarding his most recent purchase. “First,...

Business knows best

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Hastings Pier going private, and the i360 offered adoption by Brighton Pier, Olly Gully argues that councils should finally learn the lesson of their limitations. The more you learn about local authorities, the more you learn about the unfortunate reality that so many councils are blessed with busy bodies who don’t know much at all about business. They make predictions,...

Gulzar: Hastings doesn’t need charity; it needs hard work

Hastings Pier
In an interview with the Hastings Observer, new pier owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar expands on his plans for his new property, while also explaining what went wrong in the first place. What are your plans for the pier and will there be any amusements? I think there are already lots of slot machines in town, but we would definitely like to...

Bolloms secure finance to complete Mumbles Pier restoration

Mumbles Pier
The owner of Mumbles Pier has secured £1.6m to refinance an existing bank loan and carry forward work to restore the much-loved attraction. The Bollom family had already carried out considerable work on the pier, with works in keeping with its original Victorian grandeur, including an upgraded beach hut café and a premium fish and chip restaurant, Copperfish, which opened...

Sheikh Abid Gulzar wins the battle for Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier
Sheikh Abid Gulzar, the owner of Eastbourne Pier, has acquired Hastings Pier from Hastings Pier Charity for a reported £50,000 on 15 June. Speaking exclusively to Coinslot, Gulzar said he plans to create more commercial activity on the attraction, while also avoiding the same pitfalls that caused the previous owners to enter administration late last year. “The plans are to work...

Burnham Pier named one of the UK’s top ‘tiny attractions’

Burnham-on-Sea Pier
Burnham-on-Sea Pier has been named as one of the UK’s best ‘tiny attractions’ thanks to its amusement arcade. The country’s shortest pier topped The Guardian’s top 10 list of attractions selected from a forthcoming compendium book titled ‘Tiny Britain’. The national newspaper wrote: “Nothing says British seaside like a pier, and as an example of British understatement, Burnham-on-Sea’s, at just 37...

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,...

Circus Fantasia opens to a full crowd on Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier
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...

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

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier
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,...

Funding sought to help save Blackpool’s endangered piers

Blackpool pier
With all three of Blackpool’s piers included on an influential global watch list of at-risk heritage sites, the resort’s council is seeking vital funding to protect them against the ravages of climate change. Blackpool Council has applied for hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding to help preserve the future for the resort’s pleasure piers. Heritage officers at the council have...

Campaigners eke out more time in bid to keep Hastings Pier in community hands

Hastings Pier
With two private leisure operators just along the Sussex coast eying up the acquisition of Hastings’ architectural seafront jewel, the community group Friends of Hastings Pier have been given a glimmer of hope, time, to raise enough funds to be viewed as a serious bidder. The campaigners hoping to keep Hastings Pier in public ownership have been granted more time...

Grand Pier launches website and naming competition

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier
The Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare has celebrated the launch of its new website by announcing a series of promotions and competitions. The new, easy-to-navigate site has clear, colour-coded sections highlighting its many rides and attractions, special events, food and drink, and its many venue hire options. It also offers promotions for online visitors,with a 33 percent discount for the attraction’s...

Claremont Pier up for sale after 48 years

Claremont Pier
The Claremont Pier in Lowestoft has been put on the market after 48 years of ownership by the Scott family, who purchased the building in 1971. Included in the lot is Rollers, a roller skating venue, Rocksalt Brasserie, Fun Palace arcade, Scott’s Restaurant, The Aquarium live music venue, and entertainment venue The Zoo. After taking over the business from his father...

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

Clacton Pier
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...

Rejuvenated South Parade Pier wins Pier 
of the Year

South Pier
Southsea’s South Parade Pier has been awarded the coveted Pier of the Year accolade by the National Piers Society. The Grade II-listed pier, which was only reopened by new owners the Ware family in April last year, narrowly beat Felixstowe in second place and Worthing in third. It had been shut since 2012, when Portsmouth City Council served the previous owners...

First images of Brighton Palace Pier sign revealed

The new sign for Brighton Palace Pier is currently under construction, with a planning permission decision expected in May this year. So, what will draw the public to one of Britain’s most popular free venues. The Brighton Pier Group has released the first images of the winning design of the new Brighton Palace Pier sign it hopes will adorn the...

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...

Clacton Pier gets green light for £4m investment project

Clacton
Clacton Pier bosses have been given the green light to embark on a £4m investment programme designed to make the site a year-round attraction.   A £4m finance package has been finalised for works at Clacton Pier with bosses looking to improve the site’s year-round offering and establish it as the the east coast’s premier leisure destination. The Victorian structure will see...

Clacton Pier to update safety procedures

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  Clacton Pier is to undertake to full safety inspection to ensure best practices at the destination following an incident, which left a young child shaken but not seriously injured - the first accident in an unblemished record that spans four decades.   It is reported that pier bosses have filed a report following the incident on a children’s ride on Saturday....

Colwyn Bay Pier demolition plans approved

Coinslot - Colwyn Bay Pier transform plans
  The Welsh Government has given its final approval for the dismantling of the Grade II-listed Colwyn Bay Victoria Pier following extensive damage caused to the structure during Storm Doris earlier this year.   In July Colwyn council approved plans to dismantle the pier, and for the remains to be redeveloped into a much shorter structure. However, before any action could be...

Hastings Pier in turbulent waters

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  The Hastings Pier Charity group has been left planning a restructuring following an underwhelming summer period, whilst talk of private ownership of the structure has begun in Eastbourne.   Following a less-than positive 12 months of operation the charity that runs Hastings Pier has announced a workforce restructuring in light of poor earnings and discussions over a commercial takeover have arisen. Since...

Brighton Palace Pier CEO receives industry award

Anne Martin, Chief Executive Officer, The Brighton Pier Group plc, receives the Bacta Community Award from Bacta Chief Executive, John White (left) and Bacta President, Gabi Stergides
Anne Martin, Chief Executive Officer, The Brighton Pier Group plc, has been recognised for her services to the amusements industry.   Anne, who was appointed to the newly created role as Chief Executive of the company in June 2017, received the Bacta Community Award from the association’s President, Gabi Stergides at a presentation held on Brighton Palace Pier. Reflecting on the award...

Brighton rocketing: pier sees increasing revenues, profits and investment

Coinslot - science Brighton pier marathon
In the first full year since its takeover by hospitality entrepreneur Luke Johnson, the Brighton Pier Group has recorded impressive results with a 278 percent rise in profits and a near 40 percent increase in revenues.   The Brighton Pier Group has announced a pre-tax profit of £3.5m for the year ending 25 June 2017, a 278 per-cent rise on...

Fight 4 Whitby prompt action through FOI pressure

coinslot whitby
The long-standing campaign to maintain Whitby’s Piers, which is backed by a number of amusement arcade figures, has prompted action from Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) following a new Freedom of Information (FOI) request.   Fight 4 Whitby’s (F4W) request relates to Dive Surveys performed on the piers’ extensions to check for damage, and with SBC only providing a report from 2008,...

Pier amusements to benefit from £2m improvement project

bournemouth pier
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...

Whitby Pier work progresses amid political battleground

Coinslot - Whitby pier
Scarborough Borough Council has announced updates on the long-awaited maintenance of Whitby’s piers. However, campaign group Fight 4 Whitby and local operator Mark Miller believe the urgently-needed work has taken far too long.   A group in Whitby are campaigning against Scarborough Borough Council’s (SBC) management of the town’s harbour and the surrounding facilities, with local operator Mark Miller joining the...

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