The ‘Llandudno Eye’ set to return to the pier!
Llandudno Pier’s popular Ferris wheel is set to make a comeback in the coming weeks. Dubbed ‘The Llandudno Eye’, the 69-foot tall structure will return to its home with visitors expected to be able to start riding on it soon.
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Prince Charles unveils new trains at Southend Pier
The much-anticipated unveiling of the new train was held after the Royal couple presented Letters Patent from the Queen, officially conferring city status on Southend. The £3.2million pier train project has seen two eco-friendly vehicles added to the huge attraction with the technology described as state-of-the art.
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Weston-Super-Mare (and its piers) voted one of the top places to visit in 2022!
Weston-Super-Mare, which sits by the Bristol Channel is one of the best UK holiday destinations in 2022 according to The Times. It’s classic bucket-and-spade territory with it’s long, sandy beach, the Victorian pier, amusement arcades and donkey rides.
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Clacton Carnival returns in style this summer
The carnival celebrates its centenary in 2022 and is looking to mark its special anniversary in style. Pier Director Billy Ball said it was felt important to back the carnival again this summer as it plays such a big role in the town’s diary. “We are currently celebrating our 150th anniversary and now the carnival has reached the significant milestone of 100 years,” he added.
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The one and only Chesney Hawkes visits the one and only Brighton Palace Pier!
The 50-year-old was visiting Brighton with his son Casey, during a break on his UK tour. Chesney, who shot to fame in 1991 when The One and Only was at number one in the UK charts for five weeks, stopped off at the tourist attraction for fish and chips at the Palm Court restaurant.
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National Piers Society launches the Peter Mason Award for engineering excellence in Piers
The National Piers Society is pleased to accept applications for its Peter Mason Award in memory of Peter Mason, past Chairman of the Society and past President of the Institution of Structural Engineers.
The Award, which was instituted in 1996 as part of the first Year of the Pier, will be made in 2023 when the Society will again be celebrating its Year of the Pier as part of a nationwide Year of the Coast.
The Peter Mason Award recognises engineering excellence in the restoration or building of a British pier. It is presented to the engineers rather than the pier and applications should therefore come directly from the firm involved.
The judging panel will be assessing projects on the calibre of engineering solutions, sustainability criteria and, where appropriate, the quality of restoration work. Qualifying projects will need to be completed by the end of 2022.
Applicants should send a full description of the works including design brief, drawings, photographs, heritage and environmental impact statements to David Spooner
Submission deadline 1 March 2023

Exhibition to celebrate Bangor Garth Pier’s glorious 125 years!
The Friends of Bangor Pier group, along with Bangor Council, will be presenting the exhibition, running from March 26 until June 4 at Storiel gallery, with a focus on history and stories from the area.
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A wonderful look-back at Weymouth’s Bandstand Pier
Sadly, this glorious structure was demolished in 1986. Although the seaward end of the structure was blown up, the amusement arcade at the entrance lived on. It was later refurbished – the original 1930s art deco style was restored complete with a brand-new restaurant.
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Roker Pier engineer commemorated with a blue plaque
A Blue Plaque has been unveiled at Roker Pier in honour of the man behind Sunderland’s seafront attraction. Engineer Henry Hay Wake, appointed Chief Engineer of the River Wear Commissioners in 1868 when aged just 25, designed, engineered and constructed Roker Pier, Tunnel and Lighthouse between 1885 and 1903.
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Work on Southend Pier’s new cafe to begin this autumn?
Work on a new cafe at the end of Southend’s iconic pier could begin in Autumn, with a consultation currently seeking views on the plan. If plans go ahead, retail huts to the east side of the railway at the pier head would be transformed into a cafe.
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UFOs spotted over Boscombe Pier!
A man has described three unidentified flying objects (UFOs) he saw in the sky above Boscombe Pier as “metallic, silver and spinning”.
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Staycation boom for Brighton Pier Group
The popularity of staycations has prompted the company that owns Brighton Palace Pier to deliver its second profit upgrade in less than six months. Brighton Pier Group, which also owns Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park and the Paradise Island crazy golf chain, said that its performance had been better than expected in the half-year to December 27 amid an easing of restrictions and pent-up consumer demand.
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The wheel’s in motion at Llandudno Pier!
The wheel, which has garnered the nickname of the “Llandudno Eye” due to its likeness to the London landmark, returned to the pier on March 11 after proving a successful new addition between August and November of last year. The wheel can be seen for miles when illuminated
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Folk on the Pier returns to Cromer
It has been called “the best gig on the North Sea”, and now Folk on the Pier is set to return to Cromer for the first time since 2019. The festival will feature musicians including Bafta-nominated TV entertainer of the year Richard Digance, Wizz Jones, TRADarrr and festival patron Ashley Hutchings. Gigs will take place at the pier’s Pavilion Theatre from May 6-8.
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