Tag: Seaside

Brighton Pier backs balance of tradition and innovation

Brighton Palace Pier
When it comes to landmark seaside attractions, Brighton Palace Pier proves difficult to beat, something which CEO Anne Ackord knows is only achieved...

JNC Sales: Bringing “something different” to the seaside

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JNC Sales is looking to bring something different to the seaside this summer comments managing director Tom Clarke and sales executive Sam Coleman...

The coast with the most

Exmouth coastal Seaside Beach
The tides of change may be turning towards cashless payments but classic amusements fare remains robust on our coasts

British Seasides – Don’t call it a comeback

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Electrocoin’s John Anthony Stergides takes stock of the UK’s resurgent coastal leisure market, the products that have driven success to date and how..

Harry Levy: A specialist skillset

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With the seaside sector primed for what could be a huge summer three choice cuts from the the sizeable Harry Levy portfolio look set to make waves..

Blackpool identified as key to seaside revival

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Blackpool has been identified as the key for a new initiative that would show how the issues affecting seaside resorts could be replicated nationwide. The House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns recommended it be the first resort to receive a ‘town deal’, involving a strategic approach between national and local government to develop specific solutions. Lord McNally, a...

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside!

FEC Trampoline Play Centre Seaside Bacta
Bacta is fighting on all fronts for the UK amusements sector. “Strength in numbers”, it believes will help drive the industry’s vision forward.

All signs point to summer success

David Robinson World of Rides
As it celebrates its 50th year as a family-operated amusements specialist, there are few companies that know the value of the British seaside like...

Mr P’s puts customers and community first for seaside success

Bognor Regis Mr P's Classic Amusements
Though Mr P’s Classic Amusements Bognor Regis only opened its doors to customers on 16 March, the traditional venue proves that a well-considered offering..

Visitors still seeking the “nostalgic, family-friendly seaside experience that’s synonymous with Blackpool”

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Chris Higgitt, operator of Higgitt's Las Vegas Amusements, explains that despite the ongoing rail disruption...

Swanage Pier reopened and back in business

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Swanage Pier is officially back open for business, bringing to an end a £2.2m refurbishment effort which saw it closed to the public for two years. An opening ceremony for the Grade-II listed attraction last week was attended by actor and TV presenter Timothy West, who in his capacity as honorary patron of the National Piers Society cut the ribbon...

Aztec Coin: Strength in breadth

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With estate diversity the name of the game for coastal operators the Aztec Coin portfolio of new and used products is the perfect match comments owner Richard Monk.

Oiling the engine of Britain’s seaside economy

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CEO of Bacta John White explains how the trade association has been putting forward the case both locally and nationally for the seaside sector.

Joyland on track for Eastercation success

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Joyland is set to mark 70 years of trading with a special charity event, explains the park’s director Michael Cole, who reports that just a few weeks in to the 2019 season, trading is already off to a “strong start”. Great Yarmouth is set to benefit from the uncertainty surrounding Brexit according to a report which shows the town ranks...

Betcom: Coastal operations are the backbone of the industry

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Betcom managing director Simon McCarthy is enthused by the good health of the seaside industry and in particular the position of strength the company’s analogue units occupy both by the sea and inland. Coinslot: Have you seen any particular products, or product types finding success ahead of this summer? Simon McCarthy: “We have broken new ground with our rebuilds - King...

Mumbles Big Apple attains listed status

Mumbles Pier
Nearly 90 years on from its construction, an iconic ice- cream kiosk on Mumbles Pier has been granted listed building status by the Welsh Government. The iconic, apple-shaped Big Apple stand has been something of a local attraction in Swansea for generations. Built in the 1930’s as part of a marketing campaign promoting cider, the Big Apple was one of...

Grand Pier Weston to turn mud into gold

Weston Grand Pier
This Monday saw Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier unveil plans for a new attraction which will celebrate and embrace - quite literally - the resort’s infamous mud. “Weston-spa-Mare” will be situated at the end of the pier and will be a beauty therapy facility which utilises the mud from the town’s panoramic bay as part of its treatment offering. The centre-piece of the...

There’s a prickly problem on the beaches of Cleethorpes – but used needles are no laughing matter

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GrimsbyLive, the safety team’s co-ordinator Pat Gilding underlined that the origins of the bio-hazardous sharps weren’t necessarily in the town itself. “They often wash in on the beach from other places, not necessarily from Cleethorpes,” he said. “We’ve had them appear in The Pier Gardens before. It’s society. It happens all over in every resort in the UK, not just...

Eastbourne slated for town-centre cash injection

Eastbourne, seaside, town-centre, industry, uk
Eaststbourne town council is to set to spend £3m in a drive to improve its town-centre, and make it more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists The funding is being provided by the South East Local Enterprise (SELEP), and will focus on the eastern end of the coastal town’s retail zone - where planners envision new street furniture, signage, soft landscape...

Cromer Pier’s £1m restoration gets underway

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The first stage of a major £1m project to protect Cromer’s famous pier is now underway. The initial £400,000 improvements will include strengthening both the pier’s structural base, expected to be completed by early April, and the roof of the theatre, which will be finished in time for the pier’s first show of the year on March 28. Hilary Cox,...

New arcade planned for Worthing seafront

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Worthing is to get a new amusement arcade after plans to build a new leisure development on its seafront were given the green light. The plans, which also include a new bar and restaurant, were submitted by operator Connaught Leisure and approved by Adur & Worthing councils last week, subject to a number of conditions. Under the plans, the cur- rent...

One-hour parking re-introduced to Southend seaside

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One-hour parking is set to be re-introduced at Southend’s Seaway car park this summer as part of a wider plan to increase the number of short-stay options at the resort. The news will be welcomed by Southend’s amusement operators, given the car park’s proximity to its seaside arcades and the Adventure Island amusement park. It can also be seen as vindication...

Hastings Pier set for March reopening

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Hastings Pier is scheduled to reopen within three months, following a meeting between Hastings Borough Council, Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd, and owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar. The pier, which was closed in December to repair damage done by an electrical fire and acts of vandalism, will welcome visitors again as of March. “This was a productive meeting in which I...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach feels the squeeze from external forces posting £3m loss

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Brexit, terrorism, and poor weather conditions hurt attendance at Blackpool Pleasure Beach over 2017-18, with increased costs via government legislation adding further injury to the operator’s bottom line. However, with a new rollercoaster up and running since May 2018, the company has equipped itself well to bounce back over the current financial year. Increased costs and a decrease in attendance...

Mumbles gears up for national storytelling week

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There’s a perfect storm coming in Mumbles, in the combined shape of politics, prose and piers. A celebration of National Storytelling Week at Mumbles Pier is to be launched by the country’s former first minister with back-up from some Swansea City players. Former first minister of Wales and leader of Welsh Labour Carwyn Jones has confirmed that he will soon be...

Gulzar meets and greets to soothe local anxiety over Hastings Pier closure

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Over 200 Hastings locals including secretary of staffer work and pensions Amber Rudd MP, attended a demonstration outside of Hastings Pier over the weekend to show their love for the award winning structure. The procession of protestors, who rallied under the title ‘If You Love The Pier, Join The Queue’, formed in single file at the pier gates to highlight...

Philip Miller launches plan to save Southend high street

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Seaside amusement park operator Philip Miller has revealed a series of measures he believes will stop the decline of the resort’s town centre and make it thrive again. The owner of Southend’s Adventure Island amusement park has unveiled plans save it from dying”. Philip Miller MBE wants the road reopened to traffic, two hours of free parking and fewer double-yellow lines...

Lords select committee visits Scarborough for seaside fact-finding mission

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Members of the House of Lords visited Scarborough last week as part of their fact-finding mission into the complex challenges faced by seaside towns and coastal communities. The visit is part of the Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns’ inquiry into the issues surrounding local businesses and skills,as well as its investigation into how regeneration and the visitor economy...

Weston clocks over 750,000 visitors for the year

Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier
Weston pier’s management have heralded what was a “funtastic” 2018 - despite severe climatic obstacles. Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier managed to attract over three quarters of a million people throughout 2018 - despite facing challenging business headwinds in the first half of the year. The pier’s management has claimed total visitation to December 1 in excess of 750,000 (set to rise further...

Blackpool reveals plans for £300 million game changing leisure investment

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Blackpool hasn’t been top of the seaside resort charts without reason. And it intends on staying there with a £300 million reinvention for the amusements capital of the UK. Hi-tech regeneration plans released by Blackpool Council aim to pump £300m into a new leisure complex, in what will be the single largest investment in the resort’s tourist industry for over...