News Archive For: 2010

Grand Pier To Host Free Carol Concert – Sunday 19th December

Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier will host a Carol Concert at 4.30pm on Sunday 19th December.

Four churches in the town have joined together to organise the event. St Paul’s, Holy Trinity, H Church and Hope Church in Worle are working together to set up the Christmas celebration.

The concert will feature traditional carols, acts from Weston’s Got talent and local schools.

Vicar of St Paul’s Andrew Alden said: “We wanted to hold the carol concert on neutral territory, and what better place than the Grand Pier. It is a fantastic venue and we are all indebted to the owners Kerry and...

Miss Great Britain at the Grand Pier

Miss Great Britain at the Grand Pier

Finalists in the Miss Great Britain contest braved a cold front on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier to pose in their swimsuits – in temperatures of -2C last week.

The 60 women lined up in skimpy outfits on the beach before the grand final on Saturday 4th December.

The finalists represented towns and cities from the length and breadth of the country, from Miss Inverness in the north to Plymouth in the South.

The title of Miss Great Britain was won by law student, Miss Liverpool, AmynCarrier.

Memorial Ball Takes Axentis Michael Charitable Trust Fund To Over Half a Million Pounds

Memorial Ball Takes Axentis Michael Charitable Trust Fund To Over Half a Million Pounds

A ball held on the Grand Pier in memory of Weston-super-Mare hotelier Axentis Michael, raised £215,000 for the charitable trust set up in his name.

This Axentis Michael Memorial Ball, which is organised by the Michael family and is held bi-annually, has now raised total of £565,000 for local good causes.

Nine hundred guests attended the black tie event, which is the first major function to be held on the Grand Pier since it re-opened at the end of October. Actor John Cleese was the guest of honour at the ball on Saturday evening (27th November).

Other celebrity guests included Theo...

Formula 1 Season Comes To Weston-super-Mare

Formula 1 Season Comes To Weston-super-Mare

To coincide with the start of the Formula 1 season, Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is launching its’ very own series of Grand Prix weekends.

During the nineteen race weekends of this year’s Formula 1 Season, everyone who tries the Pier’s Formula 1 simulators and everyone who rides on the Go Kart track will have their lap times recorded.

The person with the fastest lap time on the F1 Simulators and the person with the fastest lap time on the Go Karts, will both be declared winners of that particular weekend’s Grand Prix and will be presented with a £50 ride voucher.

The first...

Grand Pier To Host Spectacular Events

Grand Pier To Host Spectacular Events

Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is about to host its first events since the re-opening on 23rd October. Over 300,000 visitors flocked to see the new Pier in the first week.

One of the first events will take place on Thursday December 2nd when Amateur boxing makes a comeback on the Pier after an absence of 60 years.

The Grand Pier has teamed up with Britain’s five-times World Champion, Jane Couch MBE, to promote the event. A special guest at the event will be former WBC heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon. Other VIPs will be announced nearer the date.

The Miss Great Britain Final will...

Grand Pier Opening – 10am, Saturday 23rd October

We look forward to welcoming you to the opening of our brand new pier on Saturday 23rd October. We will open the gates at 10am.

We anticipate that a lot of people will travel to Weston-super-Mare to visit the Pier over the half-term week, so please come prepared for some queues and make sure you bring weather-proof, warm clothing.

Please go to for car park information.

Grand Pier Opening Announced

Pier owner Kerry Michael made the following statement today:

“Ever since the devastating fire of July 2008, the public interest in the Grand Pier has been immense”.

“We continue to be surprised every day by the amount of interest in this wonderful iconic structure and I would like to share with you our forthcoming plans as we work towards the re-opening of the Grand Pier and Pavilion”.

“We continue to work closely with our main contractors John Sisk and Son who have today confirmed that they expect to complete their works on the Pavilion by Friday the 22nd of October”.

“They have...

It’s All Go On The Karting Track

It’s All Go On The Karting Track

Engineers are currently testing out the new Karting track on the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare . The 300 metre long track is the biggest ride on the Pier and cost £1 million to manufacture. It is the only electronic floor pick-up in the UK and runs over two levels.

The Go Karts are being run flat out to make sure they will be able to deal with the hundreds of people who want to have a go on this thrilling ride when the Grand Pier opens.

Ten karts are being run at a time, with ten others loading. Two additional karts have two seats so small children can ride with their parents.

The Go...

Grand Pier Has World-First Ride

Grand Pier Has World-First Ride

Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is home to the only laser maze ride in the UK – and the only double one – where you can compete directly against your opponent – in the World. The maze was made to order by Funovation in Colorado, USA at a cost of £180,000.

This is a high-tech ride with real laser beams criss-crossing the room, protecting jewels in the safe.

In a ‘mission impossible’ challenge, people must make their way through the laser beams, in darkness to the safe. They must then break the safe and make their way back though the beams to safety.

This ride is against the...

Say ‘I Do’ on Weston’s Grand Pier

Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier has been granted a licence by North Somerset Council to hold marriages and civil partnerships at the venue.

The Pier owners Kerry and Michelle Michael have already received over 100 enquiries about weddings on the Pier, from all over the UK.

Brides will really be able to make a unique entrance on the Pier, as wedding cars will now be allowed to drive right up to the Pavilion building. The newly covered walkway will also make sure wedding guests arrive in the dry.

No less than five areas of the Pier have been licensed – including one outside space....

Boxing To Return To Grand Pier

Boxing To Return To Grand Pier

Boxing is making a return to Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier. Alex Demetriou from the Grand Pier has teamed up with Britain’s first officially licensed female boxer, Jane Couch MBE, to promote an amateur boxing event due to take place on Friday 3rd December. It will be the first of many boxing events planned throughout the year.

Boxing on Weston’s Grand Pier dates back to 1904, when boxing matches took place in the 2,000 seat pavilion, along with opera, music hall and Shakespearean plays.

Amateur boxing clubs from around the South West region are being invited to sign up for the event....

The Grand Bier For The Grand Pier

The Grand Bier For The Grand Pier

Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is to have its very own real ale. The beer, which has been christened The Grand Bier, is available on draught and also in bottles.

Regency Purchasing Group, a procurement business for food, drink, utilities and equipment, has been responsible for commissioning the beer. The beer is being brewed by the Bristol Beer Factory.

The golden ale, with an alcohol content of 4.4%, will be sold in Captain Jack’s bar on the Grand Pier and it will also be available for sale in souvenir presentation boxes, which visitors will be able to purchase in the gift shops on the...

Donkey To Be Raffled For RNLI

Donkey To Be Raffled For RNLI

One of Weston-super-Mare’s decorated donkeys will be raffled off for the RNLI later this year. Horatio, one of the 40 donkeys, has set up home in the town’s museum in Burlington Street.

Horatio was painted by local artist Renee Kilburn and he was sponsored by local businessman Nelson Penfold.

The donkey will stay at the Museum until September when he will be raffled off for the RNLI. Tickets will be available shortly from the Winter Gardens, the Tourist Information Centre, the Museum and the RNLI Shop and Heritage Centre at Anchor Head.

RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer for Weston said:...

Recycling Weston’s Grand Pier

Decking salvaged from Weston’s Grand Pier after the fire in July 2008 has been recycled into furniture.

Over 100 benches, 80 full size tables, 320 seats and seating on the new land trains have all been made from the salvaged wood.

The remainder of the wood from the Pier went to Somerset Wood Recycling, a not-for-profit social enterprise, set up early in 2007 to re-use and recycle waste wood. The organisation supports the town by offering employment, training and volunteering opportunities for long term unemployed and those affected by mental illness living in or near Weston-super-Mare.


Spider To Install Grand Pier Lighting System

A specialist piece of machinery will be arriving on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier this week (Monday 21st June), to install the three and a half kilometres of feature lighting on the new Pavilion building and covered walkway.

The narrow-entrance access work platform, or Spider as it is known in the trade, can fit through very narrow spaces and then stabilise itself by spreading out its legs. The arm of the Spider is capable of reaching working heights of up to 29 metres.

The work platform has been chosen for the job because of its versatility and also because it only weights 3.5 tonnes....

Testing Time For The New Rides On Weston’s Grand Pier

With the opening of Weston’s Grand Pier only weeks away, the owners Kerry and Michelle Michael have begun testing out the rides.

The first two rides to be ready for testing are the Side Winder and the F1 simulators. Both of these were bought at a trade show in Florida.

The Michaels’ travelled the world seeking out the best rides for the new Pier. Michelle has looked at 52 Piers across the globe and Kerry 25. They even managed to get back-of-house tours at attractions in Las Vegas and Disney in Florida.

The two Formula One simulators are exactly the same machines that are used by F1...

Grand Pier Re-Opening Will Be A Shot In The Arm To Town’s Economy

Almost three hundred local people have now secured jobs on Weston’s Grand Pier, after a recruitment spectacular dubbed Weston’s Got Talent.

The new jobs, along with the re-opening of the Grand Pier, after the devastating fire of 2008, will provide a shot in the arm to Weston-super-Mare’s economy.

Tourism in the West Country is worth more than £300 million per annum and Weston-super-Mare is the largest local destination. The Grand Pier is expecting to attract more than four million visitors a year.

Grand Pier bosses expect the income to increase five-fold when they re-open the...

Over 300 Job-Hopefulls Invited To Attend Weston’s Got Talent Finale

Over 300 Golden Tickets have been sent out to job seekers hoping to secure employment on Weston’s Grand Pier. The ticket invites them to attend the grand finale of a recruitment scheme dubbed “Weston’s Got Talent”.

The 300 plus have been whittled down from more than 2,000 applicants who attended two initial recruitments days for jobs on Weston’s Grand Pier in March. Hopefulls then queued outside the town’s Winter Gardens to apply for the 300 new jobs available including positions in security, the food and drink outlets, the accounts department and entertainment.

The final...

Motorcyclists show off moves on pier

A group of motorcyclists showed off some ‘wheely’ great work at the weekend.

Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service held an event on Weston’s Grand Pier.

The group, which provides a vital out-of-hours courier service to the area’s hospitals, was collecting money to help the worthwhile cause.

Pier co-owner Kerry Michael has shown great support for the charity and invited representatives back, despite the devastating fire that broke out at the attraction last month.

Mr Michael said: “The group does an important job and the show on the pier is an ideal showcase for it to let the...

Grand Pier Topping Out Ceremony

Wednesday 3rd February saw the “Topping Out Ceremony” carried out on Weston super Mare’s Grand Pier. The re-building of the famous landmark, which was devastated by fire in July 2008, is now well on the way and scheduled to re-open this summer.

After tightening the last bolt to secure the roof onto the north east tower, Pier owner Kerry Michael addressed more than 100 people who attended the ceremony, he thanked the Main contractors John Sisk & Son Limited and all the workforce, particularly those who had worked through the recent poor weather conditions and he also said that despite...

Grand Pier opens for Sport Relief

Sainsbury’s Sport Relief is coming to the Grand Pier. The Weston Mile has moved from its former home at Hutton Moor sports centre to Weston’s Grand Pier. The run is to take place up and down the waist (the long bit between the shore and the Pier head), so runners and spectators will get a sneak preview of the multi-million pound re-development.

Grand Pier Marketing Manager Helen Ritchie said: “We plan to stage the event along the waist of the Pier with runners going up and down each side around the spectators who will have a close up view of both the new Pavilion and the runners from...