Pier to party as new visitor centre gets ready to open

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 May 2016

Construction work is still underway at Clevedon Pier's new vistor centre.

Construction work is still underway at Clevedon Pier's new vistor centre.

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Clevedon Pier will host an all-day party this month to celebrate the official opening of its new visitor centre.

The £2.25million centre, which includes a restaurant and viewing platform, has been hit by a number of delays during its construction but will finally be revealed to visitors at a celebration to be held on May 30.

The event will start on the pier at 10am and will include music, displays from the RNLI and Clevedon Pilot Gig Club and music from the Funhouse Ukelele Orchestra and Barnacle Buoys. About 20-30 stalls will also be set up along the pier.

Children will also be entertained during the day with activities including a Punch and Judy show, picnic on the pier and pirate and princess promenade.

The pier will then reopen from 5.30-10pm for a night-time celebration featuring live bands, dancing and a firework display.

A community share scheme was launched in August last year which saw around £250,000 raised by more than 1,000 investors, who will get a sneak preview of the centre, and new Toll House gift shop, before it opens to the public.

Shareholders will also get free entry on to the pier while Nicole Laken, business manager at the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, revealed that annual entry passes to the Grade I-listed structure will not increase despite the new attractions.

She said: “I think the public will be pleasantly surprised at the transformation that has been made to the Toll House.

“We will now have a shop that offers all year round gifts and an inter-changeable visitor attraction that our customers will want to keep coming back to.

“Careful consideration has been given to entrance price increases to ensure we are realistic in what we charge whilst considering our local customers.

“With that in mind, we will not be increasing the price of our annual passes, which at £25 per annum offers excellent value for money.”

Work on the new centre began after a £750,000 grant was received from the Coastal Communities Fund while a £720,000 grant was also donated by the Heritage Lottery Fund. North Somerset Council and Clevedon Town Council also provided financial support to the project.

For more information on the celebrations and visitor centre, email enquiries@clevedonpier.com

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