Ramsey Queen’s Pier awarded £50,000 lottery grant
The money was allocated from the government’s Dormant Assets Fund, which is managed by the Manx Lottery Trust. Mr McKenzie said the lottery grant had allowed the volunteer group to pay for the materials needed for bay four “completely”.He said additional funding for the next two bays was being raised through sponsorships of planks and stanchions on each part of the pier, along with donations from private and corporate supporters.
‘Pranksy Banksy’ at Birnbeck Pier vanishes!
The piece of art, which illustrates a fisherman with the words ‘No more plaice’ written above him, was put on a building at Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare last week. The enigmatic street artist has not claimed it as his work. The arrival of the artwork however has been short-lived – and just days later it has disappeared. It is not known whether the painting has been stolen or removed by its creator.
Autumn season of shows return to Cromer Pier
An autumn of music and comedy is set to return to the Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier after a coronavirus-enforced break of 16 months. Deb Lewis, the pier’s marketing, box office and retail manager, said the team is “absolutely thrilled to be staging the first of the autumn touring shows and welcoming our concert audiences back to the theatre”.
Fireworks at sea event return to Weston Grand Pier
.Weston’s Grand Pier has confirmed its Fireworks at Sea event will return later this year for the first time in 18 months. The seaside attraction had to cancel previous firework shows during 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although some safety measures will be in place this year, the event is set to return with a bang, according to the pier’s director.
New series on ITV Wales showcases Llandudno Pier
ITV Wales programme The Pier aired for the first time this week, featuring shots of stunning settings of Llandudno Pier and Llandudno Bay and interviews with pier owner Adam Williams. The six-part series on follows the lives of those who work on and around Llandudno’s Victorian pier.
Penarth Pier part of seafront refurbishment
The seafront at Penarth is set to get a major £200,000 refurbishment with the pier and pavilion repainted. The roads will also be resurfaced as part of the refurbishment plans by the Vale of Glamorgan council. The works include painting railings, benches, bollards, lighting columns, decking around the pavilion, the Pier Head Hut, and public toilets.
Oktoberfest arrives at Skegness Pier!
A lively party will be arriving at Skegness Pier this month, promising live entertainment as well as food and drink all themed around the iconic Oktoberfest festival. The party will make its debut at the pier’s new bar, Playa at the Pier, from Monday, October 18, to Sunday, October 24, transporting its guests to Munich, whilst overlooking the Skegness seaview.
Pub’s successful fundraiser for Hythe Pier – we’ll drink to that!
The Lord Nelson pub has raised £1,000 towards the cost of refurbishing Hythe Pier and its 99-year-electric railway. Publican Leighton O’Hara presented the cheque to members of the Hythe Pier Heritage Association (HPHA), and said: “The Lord Nelson has chosen to donate £1,000 to such a worthy cause.”
Clacton Pier observation wheel heads to Wales
The 33-metre wheel is being dismantled and taken to Swansea to honour plans made before it was introduced at the Clacton seaside this summer. The wheel will form part of the Swansea Winter Wonderland experience before returning to Clacton for the February half term. The wheel was originally brought to the Pier as part of its 150th-anniversary celebrations, along with two other rides.
Llandudno Pier’s General Manager steps down after 20 years
A unique chance to run Llandudno Pier has attracted dozens of applications as the current general manager steps down after 20 years on the historic attraction. The famous Victorian pier – currently the focus of an ITV series – has been attracting visitors to the resort for more than 150 years. Simon Mason has been part of its story for the past 20 – with 16 of those as manager – but is now stepping back from the role.
Bangor Garth Pier to light up for Christmas
In partnership with Bangor City Council, Awyr Las, the North Wales NHS Charity is arranging a stunning light display on Bangor’s iconic Garth Pier again this year. Combining 2,000 lights on the well-loved local landmark with an online gallery of digital tributes and travelling projection show, ‘Light up Christmas’ promises to be a moving, memorable highlight in this year’s festive calendar. Each light represents a tribute to a special person, made in memory, to give thanks or to celebrate.
‘Alien brains’ found under Blackpool North Pier!
Chairman of the Lancashire Marine Conservation Society, Dr Barry Kaye, said: “These are Honeycomb worm reefs. Larger mounds, or ‘reefs’, of this sort are common around Morecambe Bay, and one of the type species for that area. They do not form such large reefs in many other places. The reefs come and go when local conditions favour the worm”.
Llandudno Pier Pavilion site put up for auction
Developer Alan Waldron has already secured planning for 50 apartments and restaurants at the location, sited next to the historic pier. He has since applied to add four more apartments, with that application – approved by Conwy planners – facing a call-in request to Welsh Government planning inspectors. It is due to be auctioned online on November 9, with a guide price of £2.8m.
Blackpool Central Pier to get a bigger big wheel!
Blackpool Central Pier’s iconic Big Wheel will be replaced with an even ‘bigger’ wheel as part of a £4m upgrade. Owner’s The Blackpool Pier Company said the new attraction will be ‘bigger, taller and brighter’ than the existing Ferris wheel and will feature accessible carriages that are wheelchair friendly.
A preview of the new cafe at Southend Pier
An opening date is expected to be announced soon for the single-storey building that will offer spectacular views of the Thames Estuary. The café is being built on the old pier head and will largely provide life refreshments comprising of hot and cold drinks and snacks. A rooftop terrace is also being installed and will allow the public to enjoy their snacks alongside stunning views of the area.
Clacton Pier goes loop-the-loop!
The Looping Star is Clacton Pier’s third new ride of the year installed to mark the attraction’s 150th birthday. Queues for the ride built up from early in the morning and continued throughout most of Saturday as visitors made sure they were one of the first to enjoy the experience.
Protest scheduled against Llandudno Pier Pavilion development
Campaigners are set to host their protest on Sunday, November 7, from 1pm at Llandudno North Shore Bandstand., and hope to show the Welsh Government and Conwy County Borough Council how they feel about the development. It comes after more than 1,600 people signed a petition against the development.
Bangor Garth Pier gets Spooktacular!
Some frightening scenes are guaranteed for the family-friendly get-together, led by Bangor Arts Initiative and supported by Bangor City Council and Friends of Bangor Garth Pier. Mayor of Bangor, Cllr Owen J Hurcum said: “We’re delighted to have the Halloween get-together on the Pier this Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, the Encôr choir will be performing along with a Samba band and circus acts”.
Strong winds cause structural damage at Southend Pier
Southend Pier was closed ‘until further notice’ after strong winds and poor weather conditions caused structural damage. Southend Pier has suffered some damage at the Pier Head as a result of the bad weather. However, the Pier Museum and Visitor Information Centre remain open.