Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Tag: weather

August washout drives surge in international travel

August washout
The extremes of Britain’s weather came into sharp focus last week with the release of new market research indicating that August has been such a washout..

Amusement operations winded by latest stormy weather

Amusement closure stormy weather
The weekend’s tumultuous weather has hampered amusement operations across the UK, leading to temporary site closures and unexpected event cancellations.

Skegness gears up for Easter despite storms

Skegness eye
Despite the last few weeks bringing uncustomarily stormy weather, the new seafront Skegness Eye is being geared up for a pre-easter opening. Whilst inclement weather curtailed what was supposed to be a soft opening for the attraction, both the Mayor of Skegness, Danny Brookes and Jan de Koning of The Giant Wheel Co remained undeterred by the wind. Additionally Koning...

Storm Gareth hits Herne Bay Pier with £15,000 repair bill

Herne Bay Pier
Herne Bay Pier has started an online crowdfunding campaign after Storm Gareth left it facing a repair bill of almost £15,000. Not only was it was hit by gusts of up to 65 miles per hour, the wind also blew in the perfect direction to cause devastation to the pier’s walkway and its vintage carousel amusement ride. Although the pier’s structure...

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach pro despite summer proving “too hot”

Coinslot Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach bridge
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach owner Albert Jones has stated that he was “delighted with the attendances” during the summer season. The historic pleasure park, opened in 1909 in the popular Norfolk coastal resort, saw visitor numbers rise significantly alongside the mercury, providing some recompense for a wet March and April. “We had such a poor start at Easter so we have...

Temperatures boost UK economy for Q2

Weather sun beach
Warm temperatures and the celebratory mood created by England’s performance in the World Cup were both contributing factors to a 0.4 per cent growth in the UK economy throughout the three months ending June 30, according to the latest estimates from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Their latest data suggests that the weather-dependent construction sector enjoyed the largest gains,...

Heat sees Bournemouth beat tourism targets early

Bournemouth Pier
Britain’s record-breaking heatwave saw revellers flock to coastal climes the country over and in Bournemouth this resulted in the breaking of yearly tourism targets months early. It has been revealed by tourism bosses that, by 1 August, the local market has taken as much as they would for the year for a number of seafront amenities and activities. Joe Abbott, operator...

Met Office: UK on track for Indian Summer

Weather sun beach
Whilst the current spell of hot weather is due to come to an end this week, the latest Met Office analysis has predicted that a return to average temperatures will be only temporary - and that the mercury will remain well above normal levels well into October. Wednesday will see the commencement of a cooler period of weather and increased...

Heatwave heartens the seaside sector

Beach busy
With temperatures in the high twenties tempting tourists out to Britain’s seaside resorts, coastal operators are enjoying increased footfall and making the most of the current heatwave - which could last another month. Operators of the seaside sector have enjoyed a boon-filled June as high temperatures drove domestic tourism right onto the industry’s coastal doorstep. This leisure pilgrimage looks set to...

Seaside sector revels in May’s second bank holiday scorcher

Operators along Britain’s coastline once again enjoyed high footfall in their FECs as record-breaking heat brought out the crowds for May’s second sun-baked bank holiday weekend. In Northern Ireland, Monday brought the hottest day of the year at 23.6C, whilst across the rest of the United Kingdom temperatures also soared beyond expectations, nearing 28C in London and Merseyside on Sunday....

Bank Holiday sizzler sees crowds flock to Clacton Pier

Bank Holiday Monday May 28
The crowds flocked to Clacton Pier again this bank holiday weekend helping to make it one of the busiest Mays on record. The sun shone and it followed up the success of the early May weekend – but visitors were being careful what they spent. With the 6.5acre landmark free to enter there were plenty taking a walk and a peep...

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

Beach busy
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...

Beast of the East(er): Weekend weather unable to dampen spirits

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The threat of severe weather over Easter weekend had little effect on the resolve of some operators who feel a bumper season is right round the corner.   Weather has been the word on the frozen lips of many venturing out over the last few weeks, with our third instalment of biting cold evolving into the Beast of the East(er) weekend....

Mr P’s moves machines through snow for Chatham opening

Mr P’s Classic Amusements has announced its Chatham AGC will open on 17 March, with the operator moving and installing machines into the venue during last week’s snow storm.   “The week started off as a cold one with snow falling heavily and we needed to move the first wave of machines into Chatham on the Wednesday,” owners of Mr P’s...

Half term shows promise that even UK weather cannot dampen

spring half term february weather
Try as it may, the predictably unpredictable British weather has not dampened the spirit of the hardy UK families during half-term, with some operators seeing the prospects of a promising year’s trading.   With half-term being a useful barometer for the coin-op industry,the first week back for operators, after a large attendance at both EAG and ICE, is looking encouraging for...

Unseasonal wet weather hits Southend’s amusements trade

Coinslot - Southend happidromes wet weather
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...