Pier Of The Year celebration at Southend Pier!
As well as the official presentation featuring The Mayor, councillors, representatives from The National Piers Society and invited guests, the day includes lots of fun events and discounts on the pier including Punch and Judy shows at the Pier head at 12.30pm and 3pm, face painting and sandcastle competitions.
Colwyn Bay Pier to feature in ITV documentary – do you have memories of the pier to share?
Colwyn Bay Pier Trust would like to hear from people who have fond memories of the pier as a visitor, a member of staff, a performer or in anyone associated with the Pier. ITV producers will be selecting several of the memory providers to be interviewed for the programme which will be filmed mid-August 2023 and is anticipated to be screened in January 2024.
Still no ticket to Ryde as Island Line hit by further delays
Island Line trains will not run up Ryde Pier until at least July, marking yet another delay to Network Rail’s improvement project and a big blow for the tourism season – plus it has been announced the line will close again towards the end of 2023.
Clacton’s Jurassic Pier opening a huge success!
Tim Wardley, Chairman of the National Piers Society, said: “Jurassic Pier is yet another fun, educational and innovative attraction at Clacton Pier which is a big hit with all ages, children and adults.”
Weston Grand Pier has the best bank holiday weekend ever!
Bosses say the pier experienced an “overwhelming wave of support” as more than 12,000 people flocked to the iconic destination over the three days, leading to record-breaking sales.
Petition launched to restore and reopen Southport Pier
Months on, there is still no end in sight and uncertainty surrounds just how long the closure may last. Now Cllr John Pugh has started a petition to persuade Sefton Council to do “what it takes to fully restore the Pier.”
Plans for new cafe at Southend Pier scrapped
A plan for a third cafe on Southend Pier has been scrapped after it was deemed “financially unviable”. Southend-on-Sea City Council’s £10.5m pier restoration included the cafe to accompany two others that were recently built on the Essex landmark. However, rising costs have been blamed for the decision to shelve it.
Date confirmed for the reopening of Ryde Pier
Network Rail and South Western Railway have revealed that Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight will resume train services on Monday 10 July, one month later than previously hoped.
PS Waverley calls at Penarth Pier
On June 6, hundreds of people queued along the famous old pier at Penarth to board the Waverley. The famous old boat was heading from Penarth to Ilfracombe.
HOP win Peter Mason Award for work on Cromer Pier
In ‘Year of the Pier’ 2023 the award has been presented to HOP Consulting Ltd, Civil and Structural Engineers of Hove, for restoration works carried out on Grade II listed Cromer Pier.
Weston hosts NPS AGM to remember!
Tim Wardley, Chair of The National Piers Society, praised the warm welcome members received; “We had a brilliant weekend, seeing the success of the Grand Pier for ourselves and looking forward to a better future for Birnbeck Pier. As a favourite pier among members, Clevedon was the perfect place to round off our AGM weekend.”
Hamworthy Pier deemed ‘a danger to the public’
Lake Pier in Hamworthy has been shut to all visitors by BCP Council following concerns it is a “danger to the public”. Examinations of the pier have revealed issues with the struts and wooden timbers, according to ward councillor Peter Cooper.
Another bumper May Bank Holiday for Southend Pier!
May half-term saw 50,890 visitors to the pier, a huge increase in visitor numbers compared to the same week in 2022 with 19,369. Part of this huge success was down to El Galeon, a replica 17th century tall ship which was moored at the pier during that time and had over 17,500 people onboard during their visit to the City.
Beer on the Pier returns to Hastings!
Hastings Pier is bringing back its big beer garden amid a host of exciting events planned this summer with the launch of Piertown Hastings.
Ramsey Queen’s Pier volunteer honoured in King’s Birthday Honours
One of the driving forces behind a Victorian pier’s restoration has become an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours. Stuart McKenzie was honoured for his efforts on Ramsey’s Queen’s Pier and work helping businesses use computers.
Waverley sets sail from Llandudno Pier
The world’s last seagoing paddle steamer made two trips from Llandudno on June 20 and June 21. Crowds of people headed to the pier to watch the vessel head out on her cruise around the Great Orme and Puffin Island.
Full restoration of Southport Pier estimated to cost £13 million
Repairing Southport Pier could cost over £13 million as Sefton Council reaffirmed its support for the full refurbishment of the historic landmark attraction. The pier will be closed until full repairs have taken place. Sefton Council is keen to explore funding options.
The Times names its seven ‘most charming’ seaside piers
In the early 19th century, as Britain began its love affair with the seaside, its coastal towns — and especially those not yet connected by rail — realised they could cash in only if they had somewhere for the pleasure boats to dock. So they built piers: the Victorian equivalent of the airbridge, serving as a conduit to the delights ashore.
A future for Kilcreggan Pier?
The preferred option of the council, and Transport Scotland, is to build a new concrete pontoon and breakwater to accommodate the new, larger passenger ferries. That option would leave Kilcreggan’s existing wooden Victorian pier for “leisure and recreational use only” – with many people in the area worried that that course of action increases the risk of the wooden pier deteriorating to the point where it is no longer useable.
No plans for a way forward at Southport Pier
To address the significant funding gap, the Council’s Cabinet has agreed to progress engagement with potential funders and stakeholders as quickly as possible. However, no clear plan has been proposed.
The story of Westcliff’s Pier that never was
Did you know that Westcliff was once destined to get its own pier that would have rivalled not only Southend’s 1.3-mile-long pier but also Brighton’s historic palace pier?
Thankfully not going with a bang at Clacton Pier!
A cordon covering part of a seaside town and beach has been lifted after suspect ordnance was found to be safe. Essex Police said they were called to reports of “a suspected piece of unexploded ordnance” in Clacton.
July 1st is #NationalSeasideDay
Britain has a seaside heritage unlike anywhere else! With the world’s first beach hut, more than 60 piers, amusement arcades and ice-cream parlours galore, the nation’s love affair with the coast is as strong today as ever.
To mark this, the Seaside Heritage Network is celebrating National Seaside Day on 1st July and is inviting all of us to join them. Share your seaside memories, from first encounters with candy floss and sticks of rock to wearing dry robes and learning a new water sport, everyone has a seaside story to tell.
Join the celebration using the hashtag #NationalSeasideDay