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Adventure Island gears up for Christmas tournament

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Southend’s Adventure Island will be celebrating Christmas in style this year with the final of the popular Tournament of Gamers event. The tournament, to be held on 23 November, tasks players with amassing the most redemption tickets in two hours with individual prizes for the overall champion. “That’s right, Tournament of Gamers is back with a bang on Friday 23rd November...

Genting Casino Westcliff begins multi-million-pound refurbishment

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Genting Casino Westcliff, located on the Western Esplanade in Southend-on-Sea, has begun work on a multi-million-pound refurbishment of the casino. The refurbishment will focus on an upgrade to the exciting new bar area, as well as improvements throughout the casino itself. The revamp of the bar area will include a brand-new long bar with multiple state-of-the-art flat screen TVs throughout...

Mirror praises Southend’s amusements

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Southend’s amusement arcades, amusement park and pier have been praised in a national newspaper article about the resort’s transformation. Writing for the Mirror, Nick Owen, head of news at Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, documented a recent family trip to the Essex seaside. Despite having negative memories of Southend from his childhood days, Owen praised its transformation as well as the...

Adventure Island MD proud of socially responsible staff

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The managing director of Adventure Island in Southend has praised his security staff for rushing to the aid of an elderly man. Marc Miller detailed how his “well-trained team” helped an elderly man who had been assaulted outside the park, before supporting police to catch the culprit. “They are a fantastic team. Even though this incident was more to do with...

“Armpit of the East”: Miller slams Southend council on parking and tourism

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Philip Miller took to Twitter and TV to claim that the council was not working in the best interests of businesses such as his own. The owner of Southend’s Adventure Island has once again turned his fire on the resort’s council over alleged failures in its parking and tourism policies. Philip Miller, chief executive of Stockvale, which owns the seafront amusement...

Adventure Island reopens refreshed amusement attraction

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Southend’s Adventure Island has reopened its The Crooked House attraction after it underwent refurbishment to preserve it for future generations. The vintage amusement attraction is one of the UK’s oldest, having kept seaside holidaymakers entertained for 67 years. Paul Clapp, creative director at Adventure Island, said the amusement park’s management was continually upgrading and refreshing attractions across the site. He said: “As part...

Adventure Island invests to preserve its amusements heritage

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Bosses at the popular amusement park Adventure Island want to ensure that one of its oldest attractions continues to delight visitors for many years to come. Southend Adventure Island is set to invest thousands of pounds to revamp one of its oldest attractions. The seaside amusement park will spend £150,000 on a major refurbishment of the Crooked House, which was...

New plans submitted to demolish Southend Pier amusement arcade

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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...

Southend Shakedown set to be safer next year

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With dramatic scenes taking place on Southend seafront last Easter, the Shakedown organisers and the council are working together to ensure the next year’s event is safer if it goes ahead. Local operator Martin Richardson is hoping talks will transform the seaside town’s Frankenstein. A committee has been set up in an attempt to improve the organisation of Southend Shakedown,...

Southend parking issues flare up again

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Adventure Island owner Philip Miller has criticised Southend Council for increasing parking charges in the seaside town. The authority has introduced minimum charges on seafront parking, despite neighbouring councils launching several free car parks to boost tourism. “All high streets have tremendous competition these days from out of town centres which are all free car-parking,” said Miller. “It makes sense...

Brexit-shaped staffing gaps add to industry pressure

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While operators further away from larger cities may escape the consequences of Britain’s EU worker exodus, those nearer to London - such as Martin Richardson, operator of Southend’s Happidrome - are starting see one of Brexit’s sharp edges take affect. With costs on the rise, and Cat D stakes and prizes staying the same, the challenge of operating on Britain’s...

Police face down ‘boy racer’ bikers at Southend Shakedown

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An unofficial event on Southend seafront, dubbed Southend Shakedown, brought with it the “boy racers of the biker fraternity” and their dangerous behaviour, prompting a heavy police presence at the Essex resort. Local operator Martin Richardson explains.   Police used stingers and threatened pepper-spray to keep Southend-on-Sea safe over the weekend, cracking down on an unofficial seafront event to keep “boy...

Miller: Southend leisure complex will ‘damage trade’

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  Adding to his growing list of complaints, Philip Miller warned the local council that plans for a new £50m leisure complex will “severely damage trade” in the town should they come to fruition.   Miller, owner of Adventure Island and Sea Life Adventure, told the council more than two in three Southend Business Improvement District (BID) members are against plans to develop...

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...

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...

Adventure Island boss disappointed with Southend parking scheme

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The man in charge of Southend’s Adventure Island amusement park has revealed his disappointment with a park and ride scheme designed to alleviate traffic problems at the seaside resort.   Although Philip Miller MBE, chairman of Adventure Island owner Stockvale Group, welcomed the attempt to solve the issue, he said he had seen no difference at all. The park and ride scheme...

Southend to see boost from free train tickets

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Thanks to a one-day-only scheme, day trippers from two London boroughs will be able to visit Southend on the upcoming bank holiday weekend for free. But is the scheme too little too late for the town’s operators, asks Fantasia Amusements manager Alan Frost.   Southend operators are set to get a boost in footfall from Londoners with the offer of free...

Unseasonal wet weather hits Southend’s amusements trade

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Southend has provided the seaside sector with a reminder of how vulnerable it can be to the British weather, with recent periods of prolonged rain proving problematic for businesses on its seafront.   Martin Richardson, owner of the resort’s Happidrome Arcade, has reported that the unseasonal wet weather has already had a negative impact on his business at a time when...

Woman suspected in hit and run at Happidrome Arcade

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In a high-octane start, images have been released of a woman suspected to have taken part in a vicious hit and run incident that has caused £3,500 worth of damage to a heritage machine in the Happidrome Arcade, as reports the Southend standard.   Owner of the premises, Martin Richardson, is calling on residents of the idyllic Essex town to help...

Southend aims to be England’s most visited seaside resort

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Southend Borough Council has unveiled an ambitious ten-year plan it hopes will make the resort the most visited coastal town in England. The draft tourism strategy, dubbed ‘Destination Southend-on- Sea’, includes plans to make the area beyond the Adventure Island amusement park more attractive to visitors and link the recently completed City Beach attraction with the planned new Estuary Experience...

Adventure Island owner slams Budget ‘politics’

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Philip Miller, owner of Adventure Island amusement park, has spoken out to the Southend Echo about taking politics out of the Spring Budget.   The owner of Southend’s Adventure Island amusement park has dismissed last week’s Budget as the “same old story” and has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to give businesses greater input. Philip Miller OBE said the fallout from the...

Adventure Island owner launches parking spaces campaign

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Adventure Island’s Marc Miller is spearheading a campaign to block development plans by Southend council, over fears that reduced parking will see tourism numbers plummet. The owner of Southend’s Adventure Island amusement park has launched a campaign against a town centre development plan over fears it will fail to address the resort’s shortage of parking spaces. The Stockvale Group, which also...

Call for pay and display to stop parking abuse in Southend

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A parking debacle is underway in Southend, with coastal arcades first in the firing line. Southend amusements operator has called for pay and display parking meters along the resort’s seafront to stop people abusing a scheme designed to help business owners. Martin Richardson, owner of the Happidrome FEC, said drivers were leaving their cars all day in on-road parking bays that...

Flood-hit operator welcomes promenade survey

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A Southend operator has welcomed the decision to carry out an underground inspection of an area of promenade outside his FEC that is prone to flooding. Martin Richardson, owner of the Happidrome Arcade, has already been forced to spend thousands of pounds on flood defences for the premises after it was left underwater three times. The City Beach area of Marine...

Revamped Kursaal opens with amusements and adult gaming

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The historical Kursaal amusement park has completed its £1.3m renovation.   The iconic Kursaal indoor amusement park in Southend has officially reopened after the completion of a £1.3m upgrade. Renamed MFA Fantasy Park by operator MFA Bowl, it includes an amusements area with family coin-op machines, as well as an adult-gaming centre. The revamp is the first significant upgrade of the Kursaal since...

Southend operator to shame antisocial offenders on Facebook

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The situation on Southend seafront has become so bad that its businesses are to set up their own advance-warning communication network. Businesses on Southend’s seafront, including its amusement arcades, are to create their own radio communication network in response to a spate of antisocial behaviour and crime activities at the resort this summer. The incidents have become so frequent in 2016...

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