Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Tag: Southend-on-Sea

Southend without Adventure Island is “unimaginable,” say locals

Adventure Island
An interesting exercise in WhatIf?-style re-imagining found journos over at Essex Live consider how Southend-on-Sea would be different without the presence of its iconic Adventure Island theme park.

Southend hits back at Which? omission

Southend-on-Sea night
Local newspaper Essex Live has criticised a Which? survey of the 100 top UK seaside resorts for omitting Southend-on-Sea, highlighting its array of beaches, activities and transport links.

Richardson and Holland opt to remain closed past July 4

Happidrome not re-opening yet
Two high profile operators, Martin Richardson in Southend and Reece Holland in Whitby, have elected not to open just yet. They explain the rationale behind a very difficult decision.

Southend seafront back up-and-running with a little help from Richardson

Martin Richardson Southend Seafront ice cream
Weeks of wrangling between coastal traders and the town council in Southend-on-Sea resulted in a partial opening this weekend for ice-cream vendors and other seaside take-aways. At the very centre of the campaign was industry figure Martin Richardson who was flying the flag for operators up and down the country for movement on the arcadians side.

Re-open the resort? Not on our seafront, says Southend Council

Southend seafront lockdown measures
Two prominent voices from Southend’s local authority have pushed back against newly-relaxed lockdown measures, with council leader Ian Gilbert saying he may well shut down the seafront to dissuade visitors.

Stockvale honoured with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Stockvale Investments Queens Award
Southend’s Stockvale Investments has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise as part of the Promoting Opportunity section of the 2020 business honours.

Richardson on lockdown: “Better to measure twice and cut once”

Lockdown measures Martin Richardson southend
Happidrome manager Martin Richardson has said he supports a longer lockdown now if it wards off the chance of repeated clampdowns in the future.

Happidrome serves 400 ice creams to Southend NHS staff

Happidrome Arcade Southend on Sea
With no customers to serve in Southend-on-sea, Happidrome owner Martin Richardson delivered a little bit of the British seaside experience to local NHS..

Happidrome owner criticises Southend Council leisure proposal

Seaway Martin Richardson Southend on Sea
Happidrome Arcade owner Martin Richardson has hit out at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council over its Seaway car park redevelopment plan, highlighting the..

Happidrome Arcade closes for winter renovation

Happidrome Arcade Southend on Sea
Happidrome Arcade has predicted “exciting times to come” for the Southend-on-Sea amusement centre, as it closes its doors for a renovation over the winter season.

Kursaal comes under new ownership

Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea
The site of what was once one of England’s first ever bespoke amusement parks has come under new ownership. The main building of The Kursaal in Southend-on-Sea opened in 1901, boasting a notable stained-glassdome, and initially offering patrons what was then the largest fairground and amusements hall in the south of England. Within a decade the site boasted a variety...

Hollywood meets Southend-on-Sea

Southsea Pier
Southend Pier got a visit from Hollywood royalty last week, as A-list movie starlet Jessica Chastain graced the boards of the Grade II-listed attraction. Chastain, who has starred in blockbuster movies like Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar and Molly’s Game, had been filming on the pier last Wednesday as a guest on Jamie Oliver’s latest cooking show. But that didn’t stop her...

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,...