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Clacton Pier celebrates 147 years with £4m development opening

Clacton Pier
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...

New entrance plans to return Aberystwyth Pier to ‘former glory’

Aberystwyth Royal Pier
The Royal Pier’s owner has said that enhancing the entrance to its pavilion building is crucial to keep its business - including the arcade - sustainable. The amusement arcade on Aberystwyth’s Royal Pier is set for a major facelift as part of a scheme that would see the attraction undergo its first regeneration work in 30 years. Owners Revgate Aberystwyth Ltd...

Peer to Pier – The year in piers

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Anthony Wills, media relations office at the National Piers Society, provides a potent overview of Britain’s quintessential seaside attraction, from success on Southsea South Parade, to heartbreak down in Hastings...

Canvey Island bids for £1m Coastal Communities funding

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Canvey Island has submitted a bid for £1m of funding from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund. If approved, the cash would be used to upgrade facilities and regenerate part of the island’s seafront around its Thorny Bay Beach, not far from the Leisure Island and Fantasy Island amusement parks. The timing of the announcement comes just a fortnight after Fantasy Island’s...

Hottest early May bank holiday on record packs Britain’s piers

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The seaside sector was well and truly kicked-into gear over the early May bank holiday as families flocked to Britain’s coastline to bask in 28.7C temperatures and play their favourite 2p pushers. Piers and FECs along Britain’s coastline recorded an “unprecedented” amount of footfall over the early May bank holiday weekend - the hottest on record since its inception in...

Eastbourne Pier planning decision paves way for more amusements

Eastbourne Pier’s commercial prospects have grown thanks to a change of heart at the council. Now, owner Abid Gulzar is determined to make the pier great again, and insodoing raise the prospects for Eastbourne, the sleeping giant on England’s south coast.   In a surprise but welcome move, plans to replace the Victorian kiosks that were burnt down in the 2014...

Good news for Llandudno Pier as pavilion plans blocked

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The Welsh government has intervened in the progress of a controversial development that some fear could end amusements on Llandudno Pier.   A last-minute intervention by the Welsh Government has blocked the go-ahead being given to plans to build apartments on the site of Llandudno’s former pier pavilion. Last week, just as Conwy Council planners were moving to give them the green...

No more parties in Eastbourne: Pier owner shuts nightclub

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The nightclub at the end of Eastbourne Pier will close its doors after a decision from the pier’s owner.   Sheikh Abid Gulzar made the decision days after announcing “substantial” investment in a new clock tower at the entrance to the pier. Atlantis held its final club night on Wednesday. “We would like to sincerely thank all our loyal customers over the...

Parking price increase hits Grand Pier footfall

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People are voting with their feet and leaving earlier due to a rise in the cost of parking their cars. Grand Pier, Weston’s most popular amusements attraction, is paying the price.   The owners of Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier have blamed a hike in parking charges after it saw a loss of 65,000 visitors last year. The pier suffered a 63 per cent...

Llandudno pavilion plans still angering locals as Williams leads the calls for change

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Developers have revealed their latest plans for a complex in Llandudno, much to the chagrin of many locals who feel the town would be better served with a project to attract tourism. Llandudno Pier owner, Adam Williams, believes the town must have more.   New proposals for an £18m apartment and restaurant complex on the site of Llandudno’s former pavilion are...

No more grumbles at Mumbles: restoration plans given go-ahead

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Swansea council has given the final green light to plans to restore the historic Mumbles Pier and its surrounding area, with work now expected to commence in June. The pier’s owner, Ameco, to date has spent upwards of £500,000 in order to keep the Victorian structure open and operational whilst carrying out repair works to ensure its structural, and economic...

Clacton pier reopens following installation

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Clacton Pier has reopened following the successful installation of a £75,000 power transformer, replacing an existing system that had been in place since the 1930s.   Work was originally expected to see the pier close for close to a week but was completed within two working days. Pier director, Billy Ball commented that the down time allowed for other improvements: “Our electrical...

Clacton Pier prepares to power up after its biggest upgrade for 50 years

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Before the month is out, Clacton Pier will complete the installation of a transformer that will facilitate its transition to becoming a true 52-week a year attraction.   Clacton Pier will be in ‘complete darkness’ for up to five days this week as final touches are made to £1m-plus renovations that will create its biggest transformation for half a decade. Directors at...

Mini-golf course scheme still proposed for Blackpool Central Pier

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The owners of Blackpool’s three piers have said they still want to move forward with proposals for a new golf-based attraction on a site adjacent to the Central Pier.   The Sedgwick family’s scheme for an 18-hole mini adventure golf course has recently had its planning permission renewed by Blackpool Council. Applicant Gaynor Sedgwick said the project was still one they wanted...

Weston-super-Mare pier prepares to invest in innovation

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With an overall strong arcade performance despite unfortunate weather in crucial periods, Weston-super-Mare pier owner Michelle Michael is heading to EAG in hunt of further innovation.   Following a seven figure investment at the start of 2017, Michelle Michael, owner of Weston-super-mare pier, was impressed with last seasons machine takings, despite the worst of the weather coming at the worst...

Clacton operators hail success of public-private tourism campaign

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By pooling their efforts - and budgets - with their local council, two of Clacton’s amusement operators have helped grow the value of its tourism industry.   Two of Clacton’s biggest amusement operators have hailed a public-private initiative that they have seen boost the health of the resort’s tourism industry. The Love Clacton campaign, which launched three years ago, was funded...

Chef Jamie Oliver unveils free WiFi on Southend Pier

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  Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has welcomed the addition of a free WiFi service on Southend Pier.   The installation now means that visitors can enjoy seamless internet connectivity throughout the town as part of a recently-launched council initiative, with this latest upgrade extending the whole 1.34 miles of the pier. Ann Holland, councillor for culture, tourism and the economy, said: “All of...

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....

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...

Architect chosen for Southend Pier’s multimillion pound pavilion

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The revival of Southend Pier as a year-round visitor attraction continues, with the winning design for its brand new pavilion now in place.   The winner of the competition to design the new £6.3m pavilion building for Southend Pier has been selected. London-based practice ADP topped an undisclosed shortlist of rival teams to secure the £250,000 design contract tendered by Southend-on- Sea...

Fight 4 Whitby prompt action through FOI pressure

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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,...

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...

June a boon for operators across industry

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With Easter and May’s bank holidays over, and summer holidays not yet begun, June is traditionally a quiet month for the amusements industry. But with 2017’s tourism boom, operators saw an unusual uptick in footfall last month.   Operators across the country saw a better-than-expected June this year, thanks to rising local tourism numbers and warm weather. “June was really good, better...

£1.5 million revamp pledged for Walton Pier

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The new boss of Walton Pier is promising a £1.5 million investment to revamp the popular Essex tourist attraction in a bid to boost tourist footfall.   The famous seafront construction is one of the town’s top attractions and the third longest pier in the country. “People love the pier,” commented Russell Bolesworth, who purchased it for an undisclosed sum last July....

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...

Southwold Pier booming despite mysterious nearby fire

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A fire took hold of wheelie bins on 10 May in a carpark located by Southwold Pier, which services both local businesses and the attraction.   Management at the pier’s arcade were pleased to announce that that the blaze caused no harm, both to the pier’s infrastructure and footfall, due to the unsocial time of the fire, and the fact that...

Pier today, gone tomorrow – and rebuilt again

Coinslot Teignmouth Pier
Redevelopment and increasing de-privatisation of piers are expected to be key topics at this year’s National Pier Society annual general meeting, says the society’s honorary secretary Dr Anya Chapman.   The weekend-long event is taking place from 16 - 18 June in the seaside town of Torquay. As the British pier is increasingly coming under ownership from charities and public trusts,...

Llandudno’s pier pavilion plans submitted

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Redevelopment plans for Llandudno’s pier pavilion, have been submitted to the local council.   A planning application for a £15m redevelopment of Llandudno’s pier pavilion has been submitted to Conwy County Borough Council. The proposal is for 54 high-quality apartments, two restaurants, underground parking and an enhanced public space featuring a walkway from the pier through to Happy Valley Road. The site, which...

UK piers to foot the bill following Doris Day

Coinslot - Piers Doris Day Storms UK
The damage caused to piers and other coastal attractions by recent storms could lead to unavoidable increases in insurance premiums, despite operator best practices. In light of this, many in the industry are calling for further governmental review and support of the sector.   Storm Doris had its day and many pier operators around the UK have been left footing an...

Skegness Pier to open seven days a week after refurbishment completed

Coinslot Skegness Pier
The UK seaside resort of Skegness will open all year round following its full refurb. A major refurbishment project has been completed at Skegness Pier’s amusement arcade that will allow the 136-year-old landmark to become a year round attraction. Work to build a new insulated roof on a section of the arcade at the pier’s seaward end, known as Deck Three,...

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