Clevedon Pier’s record-breaking year as footfall reaches five-year high

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 February 2017

Clevedon Pier trustees and volunteers who are celebrating its best ever year. Picture: Jeremy Long.

Clevedon Pier trustees and volunteers who are celebrating its best ever year. Picture: Jeremy Long.

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Clevedon Pier is celebrating one of the most successful years in its history.

Since opening its new visitor centre in May last year the pier has recorded record-breaking visitor numbers, with the highest level of footfall since 2011.

Despite increasing its adult admission price to £3 in the same month, more than 89,000 people visited the Grade I-listed attraction in 2016.

The visitor numbers round off what had already been an extremely successful year for the pier, which saw it win two prestigious awards for the opening of its £2.25million centre.

It picked up a prize at the North Somerset Tourism Awards before being named winner in the public vote category at the Historic England Angel Awards during a star-studded ceremony in London.
Nicole Laken, business manager at the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, said: “We are delighted with our first year since opening the visitor centre.

“We have had such wonderful feedback from our customers and with the support of the local community were delighted to win the Historic England Angel’s People’s Choice award hosted by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber earlier in the year.

“We are now preparing for a very busy year with lots of community-based activities all included in the pier entry.”

Trustees are hoping to build on the success in 2017, with the venue granted a wedding licence and the first ceremony set to be held in April.
A variety of activities will also be held during the school, half-term from February 11-19, including a senses weather walk and a cosy writers’ den set up in the pier’s porthole room.

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