Double celebration as Clevedon Pier welcomes milestone visitor

Business manager Nicole Laken presenting 100 000th visitor Sam Hall with her prize.

Business manager Nicole Laken presenting 100 000th visitor Sam Hall with her prize. - Credit: Archant

Clevedon Pier has welcomed its 100,000th visitor on the anniversary of the opening of its multi-million pound visitor centre.

Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust treated lucky visitor Sam Hall to a free annual pass, a meal for two at Tiffin @ The Pier and a bottle of Prosecco to mark the occasion.

The landmark moment also took place the week of the first year since the completion of the Grade I-listed pier’s £2.25million visitor centre.

The past 12 months have seen the pier host an increased variety of events including live theatre performances and outdoor cinema screenings, while it was also one of the locations for North Somerset Arts Week.

It also stars as the backdrop for one of the BBC’s new idents featuring members of Clevedon Swimming Club.

Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust’s business manager, Nicole Laken, says this has all contributed to a ‘significant’ increase in visitor numbers.

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She said: “We are delighted with our first year and have seen a significant increase in our footfall.

“We are confident that this year will be as successful, and have some new and exciting attractions in the pipeline for our visitors.”

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The pier’s new visitor centre was built following a £750,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund and a £720,000 donation from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Money also came through a community scheme which saw more than £30,000 raised in exchange for shares in the pier.

The pier’s centre features a viewing deck, seafood restaurant and interactive exhibition in the toll house.

This week also saw Phil Curme assume the role of Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust chairman, taking over from Simon Talbot-Ponsonby who announced in April he would step down after nearly eight years.

The venue has also been awarded with a wedding license, which allows ceremonies to be held in the venue’s porthole room, with the first ceremony held in April.

It will also be visited by the MV Balmoral 26 times this summer.

The pier will be open until sunset throughout the summer months for visitors to enjoy a glass of Prosecco in its pagoda.

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