A massive multi-million-pound redevelopment of Clacton Pier has been unveiled in Essex. Bosses have spent a whopping £4 million on the facelift in a bid to make the entertainment venue one of the region’s top attractions.
They claim it represents the “dawn of a new era” for the pier, which was built in 1871 and draws up to 500,000 visitors a year. The revamp is designed to make the Pier a 52-week a year undercover heated facility and help bring in extra visitors to the Tendring District.
A split-level Skull Point American-style adventure golf course and Discovery Bay adventure play area have been built, costing £500,000 each. These two facilities alone will take up 30,000 square feet and will be in a heated area with special landscaping and lighting. There is also a new Galley family restaurant, Captain’s Table coffee shop and Dockside Dodgems, and the Seaquarium has been revamped.
Pier boss Billy Ball said the redevelopment has taken the pier to a new level: “The new all-weather adventure golf really is for the kids right up to grandparents to have fun together and enjoy themselves as a family,” he said.
“Obviously the state-of the art adventure play area has been specifically designed for the children and will be a place where they can play in safety, meet new friends and just have a great time.
“The fact that this will be open all the year round will make it a regular venue whatever the weather with the convenience of TV screens and free wi-fi for parents as they wait for their children.”
The new development includes under-floor heating and a 1930s art deco feel. The eastern wall of the building has been replaced with large glass panels giving an unbroken sea view.
Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism attended the opening event in July. He said: “It is truly amazing what has been achieved at the Pier and this latest massive investment is a real boost for Clacton and the whole District.
“It will attract new visitors to the area for sure and, along with other investment along our seafront, shows that we are really on the up and moving forwards all the time.”