Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tag: Weston-super-Mare

Weston Pier hails success of Emergency Services and Armed Forces Weekend

Weston Grand Pier Emergency Services and Armed Forces Weekend
Weston’s Grand Pier held a special event on 27 and 28 November honouring those who served or serve on the frontline, both at home and abroad.

Cleaning up act: Piers behind community litter-picking drive

Great British Beach Clean Marine Conservation Society Piers
Teams from Clacton Pier and Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier were on hand to drive community engagement on 26 September, as staff and residents took part in the Great British Beach Clean.

Grand Pier’s 2020 reflections

Grand Pier Weston-super-Mare reflections
Eighteen months after winning the Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award in February 2020, the Grand Pier has reflected on a year and a half of turmoil.

Birnbeck Pier restoration in Weston funding bid

Birnbeck Pier
Funding for the restoration of Birnbeck Pier has been included as part of North Somerset Council’s bid for £15m of the government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund.

Grand Pier to recruit 150 new staff

Weston Grand Pier recruit 150 staff
Weston’s Grand Pier is going on a recruitment drive, with three separate events held at the pier for seasonal staff applicants to meet their potential employers in an informal setting.

CNM finds a new owner for Birnbeck Pier…itself

Birnbeck Pier new owner
Pursuant to a High Court decision which decreed that CNM Estates must find a new owner for Birnbeck Pier, the development company has indeed sold the property - to a new iteration of itself.

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...