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Firms appointed to drive masterplan for Skegness foreshore

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An economic development company and an architects’ firm have been appointed to draw up ideas to improve the foreshore at Skegness. The Lincolnshire seaside resort’s foreshore is now classed as Grade II-listed and East Lindsey District Council has partnered with the two companies to help realise the masterplan it announced back in February. The seafront zone has huge importance to Skegness’s...

Fantasy Island replaces disabled girl’s stolen wheelchair

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In another example of the amusement industry’s unceasing capacity for charity, Ingoldmells’ Fantasy Island has replaced a disabled youngster’s stolen wheelchair. The 12-year-old had been enjoying a trip to the seaside amusement park on 22 August when thieves stole the chair between 7pm and 8pm. The distressed youngster made the discovery after coming off the Frisbee ride with her sister. After it...

Amusement arcade planned as part of £4m Skegness Butlin’s expansion

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A new amusement arcade could be built at Butlin’s Skegness holiday park if plans for a £4m expansion are approved. If they are given the green light, the development would also include a Hall of Mirrors, a fairground workshop, a grandstand and two new amusement rides. Works to the site’s existing fairground would see its current rides largely retained, maintained and...

Pop up cinema comes to Skegness bingo hall

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A giant screen is being installed inside the main hall at Roman Bank Bingo as the former cinema returns to its roots for a one off film screening in aid of the RNLI Skegness charity. On Saturday 4 August the club will open its doors inviting local and visitors alike to come and join in on a sing along version...

Songs in the key of Skegness

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When I was young I’d listen to the radio waiting for my favorite songs, largely hoping for tales of Skegness and Santa. Now as it happens they’re back again, just like a long lost friend, all the songs I loved so well because just like before, it’s Mediawatch once more. Mediawatch has got all musical this week, so early apologies...

Skegness Sky Pier plans approved

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Mere weeks after plans were first unveiled, Skegness town planners have given the green light for an ambitious five-storey Sky Pier project. The site, which has laid derelict for ten years, will be developed into a new mixed-use entertainment venue that will include various amenities and an observation deck on its top floor. Members of East Lindsey District Council gave the...

Hot under the collar

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We have thrust our grubby hands deep into the tombola of tenuous news this week and pulled out some ginger people in a dungeon, a robotic sexual organ and a whiskey bottle love letter, which sounds like an interesting night at least. Winter, all is forgiven, we are sick to death of the smell of suncream and explaining to the...

New plans unveiled for Skegness Sky Pier

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A brand new leisure complex in Skegness could be getting an expansion before it is even fully built according to plans from the site’s owners. The Sky Pier, a four storey leisure location on Grand Parade was first approved by East Lindsey District Council in 2010 and is still only partially built. It has been revealed that owner Taj Bola...

New look Skegness seafront planned to boost tourism

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  The area of Skegness seafront that hosts its amusement park, FECs and pier is in line for an uplift under plans announced by the local authority.   Last week, East Lindsey District Council held an initial meeting with key partners and organisations to discuss drawing up a “Skegness Foreshore Design Manual”. The aim of the manual is to provide a more consistent...

Skegness booming as Business Improvement District set to launch

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The Mayor of Skegness has hailed the town’s August bank holiday the “best ever” as a Business Improvement District (BID) set to improve the Lincolnshire coastline finalises its launch date.   “It was the best Bank Holiday ever - the only one that came close was 10 years ago,” said Mayor Danny Brookes, who runs a refreshments kiosk by the beach....

Bingo MC wanted for Skegness bingo hall

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A Skegness bingo hall is putting a creative spin on its search for a new bingo MC or caller.   Majestic Bingo is advertising a position for a “bingo MC, presenter, host, and entertainer”, which the company claims is a brand new role, at its Skegness venue. “We are trying to attract a different type of person,” manager Jason Beauchamp-Hughes (pictured) told...

Encouraging investment and managing expectations in Skegness

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Skegness and Boston MP, Matt Warman, discusses the growth of Skegness as a key tourist hub and how local operators can best represent their interests in parliament and beyond.   Ensuring key issues for the amusements, leisure and hospitality industries are heard in the higher echelons of government is a challenging task, but one that can heavily influence the macroeconomic environment...

Seaside amusement resorts amongst Blue Flag winners

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Keep Britain Tidy has declared that over a third of Britain’s bathing beaches meet the highest possible environmental standards, awarding 68 of them the coveted Blue Flag status.   It also handed out 117 seaside awards, which it describes as a guarantee that visitors will find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed coastal stretch. A new survey carried out for Keep Britain...

East Coast Amusement Show goes to Washington

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Both Washington and Skegness hosted this year’s ECAS events, signalling the growing scope and popularity of the trade show.   This year’s East Coast Amusement Show featured a Washington edition alongside its usual Skegness event, marking the first time the trade show took place in the north east. The Newcastle Mercure Hotel in Washington held the inaugural north east edition of ECAS,...

Disabled girl gets a boost from Lucky Strike staff

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A disabled ten year old girl had her bank holiday weekend saved by security guards at Lucky Strike Amusements in Skegness. The lift had broken down, stopping them getting into the restaurant, before four people carried her chair up while security guards gave her a piggy back back down afterwards.   When Brooke Gould, 10, and her family found out the...

Mottershead to showcase ITP prizes at ECAS

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Ian Mottershead is a well-known face at UDC’s Skegness event. Specialising in redemption, Mottershead will be showcasing prizes at both the Newcastle and the traditional show - this time with new products from ITP Imports.   Ian Mottershead will attend both ECAS events in the coming week, showcasing a range of products from wholesaler ITP Imports. ITP supply the circa 400...

East Coast Amusement Show goes to Washington

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New for 2017, the East Coast Amusement Show has expanded to include Washington, near Newcastle, as well as its traditional home of Skegness. Michael Green of UDC tell us all about the show.   Why and when did ECAS start? ECAS started back in 2010 after we’d been asked by many of our customers on the east coast if we could show...

Tourism chiefs criticise council’s weekend traffic plan

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An ‘extremely busy weekend’ in Skegness was dampened by major road traffic in the town, with the council run pier car park being at the epicentre of congestion.   Tourism and hospitality bosses criticised the council for not opening the car park up to more visitors, implying that it could threaten the seaside resort’s booming seasonal economy. Russell Sparkes, general manager of...

ECAS adds Newcastle event to 2017 show roster

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The ECAS show will return in May to Skegness as well as adding a second Newcastle event to its roster which will take place just before the traditional show. The East Coast Amusement Show (ECAS) is back for another year, and after the success of previous shows in Skegness, there will be an unprecedented second event in Newcastle upon Tyne. In...

Skegness Pier to open seven days a week after refurbishment completed

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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,...

Fantasy Island chooses Semnox as its cashless solutions provider

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Sitting in the middle of one of the largest spreads of holiday parks in the UK, Skegness’ Fantasy Island has agreed a deal with Semnox Solutions to provide a cashless payment system to the theme park. Semnox has announced a deal with Fantasy Island, Skegness to install its latest edge readers for the company’s cashless solution in over 500 arcade,...

Coastal Pass to boost tourism at east coast resorts

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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...

Operators prepare to take a hit as new £1 coin introduced

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Amusement arcade owners are getting set to take a hit as they prepare their machines for the arrival of the new £1 coin. Last week, The Treasury announced that the new coin will enter circulation on 28 March and its predecessor will be withdrawn by mid-October. At Skegness’s Tower Amusements, manager Ray Lane said it had cost the business around £30...

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...

FEC approval and season extension plan to boost Skegness

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Skegness has received a double dose of good news that could benefit its visitor economy - and amusements businesses - in the long term.   One of Skegness’s biggest amusements and leisure operators has been granted permission to open its third seafront family entertainment centre in the resort. East Lindsey District Council approved Bell Leisure’s plans to demolish the four-storey Grand Central...

‘Go Skegness’ road improvements underway

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A £5.7m improvement scheme aimed at reducing pressure on Skegness’ busiest tourist routes is now underway. The three-year project, dubbed Go Skegness, will incorporate much-needed improvements along the A52 as well as supporting the coastal economy by unlocking potential growth opportunities. Cllr. Colin Davie, executive member for economic development, said: “Tourism is booming on the east coast, and these improvements will...

Skegness arcades ace test purchases

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In a win for the arcade industry, a series of test purchases conducted by Lincolnshire Police have revealed strong responsible gambling standards at arcades in the region. Underage volunteers were sent into nine locations throughout Skegness and attempted to play gaming machines. In each case staff successfully spotted and challenged the young players and asked them to leave the...

Bell Leisure submits plans for major new FEC in Skegness

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Bell Leisure’s Brian Bell is clearly confident in Skegness’s tourist economy, having lodged an application to create his third FEC at the East Coast destination. One of Skegness’s biggest amusements and leisure operators is hoping to open its third seafront family entertainment centre in the resort town. Bell Leisure has submitted plans to East Lindsey District Council to demolish the four-storey...

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