Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tag: Weston-super-Mare

Mosaic captures Weston Pier for DIY SOS

Weston Pier Mosaic DIY SOS
Weston’s Grand Pier was the subject of a mosaic specially commissioned by the BBC to adorn the walls of a family home in Weston, renovated by the DIY SOS team in the latest series of the BBC One favourite.

Grand Pier Weston eyes Seaquarium take-over

Grand Pier Weston to acquire seafront aquarium
During their tenure at the Grand Pier in Weston, the Michael family have turned a derelict pier into an award-winning icon of the region. Hit hard by closures forced by government rules on Covid, the Michaels have looked to expand their offering with a move to take over the town’s former aquarium.

Understanding in despair: Grand Pier Weston faces hard times with dignity, resolve and high hopes

Grand Pier Weston hard times lockdown
The owner of the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has spoken of the attraction’s hardship, as it finishes one lockdown…only to find itself back at the start of yet another one. Michelle Michael talks about the issues facing the own’s iconic centre-piece.

CNM not yet done with Birnbeck

CNM Birnbeck
The saga is not yet over down at Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare, as the news comes that despite the local council’s launch of an ongoing Compulsory Purchase Order process, the owner has decided to move forward with their own plans to finally repair the dilapidated structure.

CPO issued at Birnbeck Pier but owners put up a fight

Birnbeck Pier Compulsory Purchase Order
The ongoing saga at Weston-super-Mare’s Birnbeck Pier reached a new stage of intensity last week, after North Somerset Council confirmed that they had served the pier’s owners with a Compulsory Purchase Order.

Quid pro quo: Council offers £1 for Birnbeck Pier

birnbeck pier compulsory purchase order
North Somerset Council has offered the owners of Birnbeck Pier the princely sum of £1 to purchase the site, or else face having it taken over forcibly as..

North Somerset tourism bosses urge clear guidance on restrictions

Tourism bosses urge clear guidance
North Somerset tourism groups have warned small local businesses will not survive if visitors are encouraged to avoid seaside towns as part of lockdown lifting strategy.

Somerset coast hit with “highest tide of the year”

Somerset coast tide
Coastal attractions on the Somerset coast were hit with strong tidal surges on 11 and 12 March, causing significant water damage and prompting 33 flood warnings, and 17 flood alerts.

Weston Grand Pier hails success of Armed Forces Day

Grand Pier Armed Forces Day
Weston’s Grand Pier saw 1,200 service personnel visit the attraction on the weekend of 23 November, after the pier organised a special event in order..

Bacardi boost for Grand Pier Halloween specials

grand pier halloween
The Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier has announced that its annual Halloween Unfairground will be boosted by Bacardi as part of a new sponsorship deal. The deal will see the international drinks giant take over a special bar during the Grand Pier Halloween fright night events and will offer a range of specially-themed cocktails and spirits. Hollie Otley, events manager at the Grand...

Grand Pier hails Eco Cup Success

Grand Pier Eco Cup
The environment is playing a pivotal role in business now, and no where more so than at Weston’s Grand Pier who latest Eco Cup initiative has gone down a storm.

Grand Pier goes green with reusable Eco Cup

Grand Pier Plastic waste cut
The Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare has taken a step forward in its bid to reduce plastic waste by introducing the Eco Cup to its cafes and kiosks.

Grand Pier offers to extend autism ‘quiet hour’ provision

grand pier autism
Weston-super-Mare’s iconic Grand Pier has improved its accessibility for people with autism and other sensory issues by extending its “quiet hour” provisions. Taking place on the first Sunday of every month the site has hosted two such hours where background music and tannoy announcements are turned off and - where possible - strong lighting reduced on units. Having received near-widespread acclaim...

“Many benefits” to working with autistic staff, says Grand Pier

Adam Baker Grand Pier working with Autistic staff
In marking Mencap’s Learning Disability Week recently, the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has highlighted the role it plays as a place of opportunity for staff with autism

Weston rejects low-ranking in Which? seaside resort poll

Weston-super-Mare Which? Consumer Report
A recent survey by Which? that places Weston at the bottom-end of the UK’s seaside offering does not reflect recent improvements in the resort, says Grand..

“Best Easter” for Weston businesses

Weston Super Mare Seafront Easter Bank Holiday
Weston-super-Mare business owners have hailed the hot weather during the recent Easter bank holiday weekend as a huge boost to the town.

Grand Pier looks to make a killing with live entertainment

Grand Pier Live Entertainment
The Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier will be hosting three murder mystery evenings throughout the remainder of the year, highlighting the site’s dedication to..

Is cashless necessary for the future of FECs?

Cashless payment phone
For pub machines it’s vital, for AGCs it’s important, but is a cashless system necessary for the future of the FEC, holiday park and seaside sector? Last week, Grand Pier owner Michelle Michael, Namco’s Trevor Sutton and Kevin Scott, head of arcades at Bourne Leisure provided their insights via the Bacta AGM Tech panel. Michelle Michael, owner of the Grand Pier,...

Grand Pier set for strong winter event schedule

Weston-super-Mare-Grand-Pier events
The drive to establish Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier as a key year-round hospitality venue is continuing its rapid pace with high ticket sales for its Christmas events already being reported. Partygoers appear increasingly keen to make the seafront attraction a part of their own yuletide festivities and for the fourth year running the Pier has seen a growth in business,with three...

Gambling Commission’s shop floor initiative receives industry plaudits

Gambling Commission, Weston-super-Mare, grand pier, redemption
Bacta has welcomed the recent initiative undertaken by the Gambling Commission, which saw its chief executive, Neil McArthur, spend a day working at Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, helping to refill change machines, shadow workers on the shop floor and give out redemption prizes in the shop. McArthur was launching a new regulator programme aimed at giving its staff a greater...

Blue Peter badge holders get free entry to Grand Pier

Blue Peter badge holders, free entry, Grand Pier, weston-super-mare
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is helping to celebrate the diamond anniversary of Blue Peter, one of the nation’s most well-known television programmes, by becoming an official Blue Peter badge site. The attraction joins a list of more than 200 other esteemed venues, something that is set to be not only a point of pride for the site but an invaluable promotional...

Grand Pier: The Phoenix of Weston, 10 years on

Michelle Michael
It has been a decade since a fire destroyed Weston-super-mare’s premier attraction, and while the memory of that day still stings for operator Michelle Michael MBE, the new Grand Pier has done its predecessor more than proud. Weston-super-mare’s Grand Pier “looks like it’s been part of the landscape forever now”, according to opera- tor Michelle Michael, who appeared on ITV...

Grand Pier returns as Midnight Beach Walk main sponsor for third year

grand pier halloween
The Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier will be the main sponsor of Weston Hospicecare’s Midnight Beach Walk for the third year running, following on from two hugely successful iterations. Last year saw 342 women register and complete the route, raising a total of £26,553.30 to support the hospice in the process.The 2018 event will take place on Friday 7 September and will...

Grand Pier looks for peas in a pod

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier
The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare is celebrating Great British Pea Week, which runs until Sunday 15 July, by launching a look-a-like competition. The Peas In A Pod competition is inviting those who believe themselves a bit of a celebrity doppleganger to submit their photographs to the Pier’s Facebook page. The Pier’s general manager, Tim Noyle, said: “We’re always looking for ways...

Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier to participate in fund-raising appeal

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is set to host Nick Park’s Academy Award-winning character Gromit this summer as part of a massive fundraising appeal. A sculpture of the much-loved character will be based at the seafront attraction from 2 July until 2 September in support of The Grand Appeal’s Gromit Unleashed 2 trail. More than 60 sculptures of Gromit, his best friend Wallace,...

Funland ‘pops-up’ in style in Weston-super-Mare

Funland at the Tropicana may sound like a line from a kitsch Wham song, but it’s more than that, much more in Weston-super-Mare. The annual amusement park took up residence at the Tropicana over the recent bank holiday - its third in as many years - with the mayday marking its opening with ‘thousands of people’ visiting the seaside town’s...

Michelle Michael: Set-up for success with social media investment

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier
Having invested in a new website, communications staff, a museum attraction and disco bikes, Michelle Michael, owner of the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, has plenty of excitement to share - and she’s hired a social media team to do it. After experiencing a “pretty poor easter” along with the rest of the seaside sector, Michelle Michael, operator of the Grand...

Parking price increase hits Grand Pier footfall

People are voting with their feet and leaving earlier due to a rise in the cost of parking their cars. Grand Pier, Weston’s most popular amusements attraction, is paying the price.   The owners of Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier have blamed a hike in parking charges after it saw a loss of 65,000 visitors last year. The pier suffered a 63 per cent...

Grand pier gears up for early Easter

Easter is coming early in 2018, and while that poses challenges for the amusements industry, Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare is preparing by “offering customers more than ever”.   Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is upping its entertainment offering in time for a 30 March Good Friday, as it prepares for a “tricky” early Easter. Coming more than two weeks later than in 2017, this...

Gender no barrier to success, says Grand Pier co-owner

michelle michael grand pier
The gender diversity debate has been a powerful jolt to the way business, politics and society sees itself. Change is definitely coming, and long overdue, but there are pioneers that have been setting the standards. Among them is Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare who believes the amusements industry, and the hospitality sector in general, is...