News Archive For: 2011
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is to host an end of term party headlined by the X Factor’s Lloyd Daniels on Wednesday 21st December.
Sixteen year old Welsh youngster Lloyd took the X Factor by storm and is still buzzing after the release of his new album Suburbian Girl. He will be supported by the popular local bands ‘Show it Off’ and ‘Bodyshock’.
To celebrate the end of term and the start of the Christmas holidays, the Grand Pier will also be laying on half-price rides all night, plus a club DJ to make sure everyone gets into the party mood.
Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael...
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is to host a Drifters concert on Friday 24th February 2012. The booking follows on from a hugely successful Three Degrees concert staged at the Pier in October of this year.
The Drifters, who formed in 1953, are one of the biggest selling bands of all time. They have a huge catalogue of over 50 hits, including classics like ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Up on the Roof’ and ‘Kissing in the Back Row of the Movies’.
The group have sold in excess of 214 million singles and 114 million albums across the world, and they...
Come and see Santa in his magical grotto at the end of the Grand Pier this Christmas! Santa and his helpers will be landing in their winter wonderland on Saturday 26th November.
They will stay there until Christmas Eve, when they must leave to make sure all the Christmas presents are delivered on time!
Follow the snowy footprints as you enter the Grand Pier, to guide you to the winter wonderland, with its moving penguins and polar Bears. You will be transported down an enchanted path to Santa’s very own grotto. Santa’s reindeer and his elves will be on hand to make sure you don’t get...
BBC Children in Need came live from the Grand Pier on 18th November.
An audience of just over 2,000 people watched choirs from Broadoak School and Bridgwater College. The choirs linked up with other choirists from across the UK to sing along together in a massive sing along. A total of just under £1 million was raised in the South West region.
The Grand Pier is to hold a free firework display on Sunday 20th November following a disappointing firework display on the beach on Saturday 5th November.
Pier owner Kerry Michael has decided to re-stage a free event having seen last Saturday’s display, which he decided was too short.
He said: “Last Saturday’s firework display was not up to the Grand Pier’s exacting standards. As a result we have decided to stage a ‘Free Firework Display’ for everyone to enjoy on Sunday 20th November at 6.30pm”.
“I can only apologise for the Bonfire Night display and to invite everyone along...
Bristol racing driver and Formula One hopeful Dino Zamparelli is training on the Formula 1 simulators at the Grand Pier.
Dino has just won the Formula Renault BACS Championship and has now been shortlisted as one of the six finalists in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Awards.
The Grand Pier is the only place in the UK where members of the public can experience the thrill of driving real simulators, as used by professional racing drivers.
The Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael has launched a competition where members of the public can try to beat Dino Zamparelli’s lap time...
BBC Points West’s David Garmston and Alex Lovell joined Pudsey at the Grand Pier this week to launch the West’s BBC Children in Need Spectacular.
On Friday November 18th they will be coming live from the Grand Pier and they would love as many people as possible to join them. The entertainment on the night will include children from Broadoak School in Weston-super-Mare taking part in a special choir which will link up with chorists across the UK.
Free tickets are now available. To apply for tickets call 0370 901 1227. When you ring you should press 1 for show information followed by 3 to...
The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare celebrates its first birthday on 23rd October. In the first year of opening the attraction has welcomed just over 3 million visitors.
To celebrate the birthday the Grand Pier will be putting on entertainment and special ride offers over the party weekend of 22nd – 23rd October.
Visitors to the Grand Pier will be greeted by clowns, mascots and fire eaters. Throughout the weekend dancers, children’s entertainers and gymnasts will perform and a giant ‘special birthday offers wheel’ will be spun. Each segment of the wheel will have a very special...
Thousands of visitors are expected to enjoy a night of fireworks and fun at the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 5th November.
People who come along will be able to watch a large firework display on the beach from the comfort of the new giant Grand Pier conservatory on the South Deck and enjoy the rides.
Visitors who pay a £5 admission fee will receive a free £5 Grand Pier ride voucher and visitors to pay a £10 admission fee will receive a free £10 ride voucher, plus a burger or hot dog.
Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael said: “I am looking forward to watching the Grand Pier...
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is to install a giant glass conservatory on the South Deck of the Pavilion building.
The conservatory, which will be more than 50 metres long and 10 metres wide, will cost over a quarter of a million pounds. The roof will open and retract electronically and the doors will all slide open and stack, so the whole area can be opened up on sunny days.
Work will begin this week and the conservatory will be ready for the October half-term holiday, one year on from when the Grand Pier re-opened after the fire.
Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael said: “The...
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is to host a Three Degrees concert on Friday 7th October. The famous trio had been asked to play live at the Pier by two local fans, Richard Buckner and Gary Langdale.
Richard and Gary, who run the Weston based energy surveying business, A1 Home Inspectors, have become friends with the Three Degrees after years of attending their concerts all over the world, and were delighted when the trio agreed to perform at Grand Pier.
Richard Buckner, 34, said: “The Three Degrees always said they would come to our home town if they were invited and now that the Grand...
Following the hugely successful Wurzels concert at the Grand Pier in May, the band has been booked to play again on Friday 11th November.
The last Wurzels concert on 21st May played to a crowd of over 2,000 fans in the Great Hall and was a sell out, with hundreds more disappointed. Tickets for the next concert are once again expected to sell out quickly.
After the last concert The Wurzels Tommy Banner said: “We had a fantastic gig with a crowd of over two thousand to welcome us onto the Grand Pier. We honestly did not know what to expect, because none of us could picture exactly where in...
The Grand Pier welcomed 12 youngsters from the area of Belarus close to the Chernobyl border this week. The children come from poor communities within 20 miles of the nuclear explosion site.
The youngsters, aged between seven and eleven years old, were treated to free ride vouchers and spent the morning experiencing the thrills to be had inside the Pavilion building.
Belarus is a land-locked country, so for almost all the youngsters this was the first time they had ever seen the sea and none of them had ever visited a Pier before.
Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael said: “This is not the first...
The Wurzels played to a crowd of over 2,000 people in the Great Hall on the Grand Pier on 21st May. The event was so successful that the band will be re-booked to play another concert in the Autumn. The date will be announced on this website shortly.
The Wurzels Tommy Banner said: “We had a fantastic gig with a crowd of over two thousand to welcome us on the Grand Pier. We honestly did not know what to expect, because none of us could picture exactly where on the Pier they could accommodate so many people.However, the management and staff did a brilliant job and when we came on to the stage...
The Grand Pier welcomed over 100,000 visitors over the Easter weekend.
With the Royal Wedding weekend to follow, the owners are confident they will exceed half a million visitors for the month of April.
Before the fire of July 2008 on the Grand Pier’s busiest day ever, 18,500 people visited the attraction, but Easter Sunday saw more than 25,000 visitors.
Sunshine brought the crowds flocking to Weston-super-Mare. Visitors to the Grand Pier ate their way through a staggering 32,000 ice creams and 24,000 donuts.
The Grand Pier’s street party to celebrate the Royal Wedding on 29th April will be featured live on Day Break and on ITN throughout the day. It will be the biggest street party in Weston-super-Mare.
Day Break will be filming live from 6am on the covered South Deck of the Pier, while the first 100 party-goers who arrive before 6am in fancy dress enjoy a free traditional full-English wedding breakfast and watch the build up to the ceremony on outdoor screens, plus a giant screen inside the Pavilion building.
There will be live music, with bands playing all of the old favourites. The Grand...
The Grand Pier has been chosen as the National Piers Society Pier of the Year 2011. This follows on from the NPS presenting Pier owners Kerry and Michelle Michael with an Outstanding Achievement Award last November.
The Grand Pier now becomes the first ever pier to win the NPS award twice, having been chosen by members back in 2001.
Kerry Michael said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award on behalf of everyone who has worked so hard in helping us rebuild this magnificent structure, which we hope will be enjoyed by future generations for many years to come”.
The Grand Pier has just published a pictorial book which charts the progress of the re-build, from the devastating fire of July 2008 to the opening day in October 2010
The full-colour, 92 page book has an introduction by the Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael and it is dedicated to his mother, Mrs Nitsa Michael.
The book, which is titled ‘The Grand Pier – A 21st Century Icon’ contains some fascinating facts about the pier and the logistics the team faced, building such a large structure, a quarter of a mile out to sea.
Kerry Michael said: “We had regular photographs taken during the...
The Grand Pier is on the lookout for a multi-skilled performer to keep people entertained throughout their visit.
The attraction, which is now open all year, is searching for an engaging all-rounder who can keep visitors in the holiday mood by modelling balloons, walking on stilts, juggling or doing magic tricks and the like. The role of Grand Pier entertainer will be a full time job, and the successful performer will be required throughout the year.
Pier owner Kerry Michael said: “I am looking for an outstanding performer, similar to those who keep passengers entertained on cruise ships....
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.
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is about to stage the town’s biggest ever indoor concert.
Ticket sales are well on target for the Legends of Weston concert, which is due to take place in the Great Hall of the Pavilion building on Friday 18th March. At least one and a half thousand people are expected to attend the gig.
The Legends of Weston Charity Concert, which is aid of Weston Hospice, is for one night only. Four of Weston’s famous bands will take part, one of them re-forming just for this evening. The bands are Evanfly, Eastertown, the Cliff Moore Band and The Orphans.
The Grand Pier is planning to stage a giant street party on 29th April to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
A big screen will be set up from 9am in the Pavilion for visitors to watch the build up to the wedding ceremony and tables will be set out all along the South deck of the Pier. Party-goers will be entertained by live bands playing some of the old favourites out on the deck.
The Grand Pier will also be holding a Royal Wedding fancy dress competition on the day and the winner will receive a weekend for a family of four people in London, with trips to some of the Capital’s top attractions....
The Grand Pier is rapidly becoming the most popular tourist destination in the South West.
Last week, during February half term, just over 110,000 visitors came to the Grand Pier and while they were there, they ate their way through 11,500 portions of fish and chips and an incredible 35,000 donuts.
When the Grand Pier opened its door in October half-term it received 300,000 visitors in the first week and visitor levels have remained consistently high since then.
Pier owner Kerry Michael said he was: “surprised by the number of visitors to the Grand Pier, in what was traditionally the...
The Grand Pier has been chosen to launch British Tourism Week this year. The owners are looking for local groups and individuals to help them celebrate Party on the Pier, which is the theme of the week, by joining in a massive Conga on Saturday 12th March at 11.30am.
The plan is to create a huge Conga of people up the quarter mile length of the Grand Pier – from the shore to the Pavilion building. Piers around the UK will also be celebrating and staging Congas up and down the country.
The week will be launched by Tourism Minister and Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose.
Grand Pier Public...
On March the 18th 2011 something amazing is happening on The Grand Pier!
All in aid of Weston Hospice four of Weston’s most legendary bands will be joining forces to bring the house down and attempt to raise a record amount of money! So you can enjoy an evening of fantastic music, dance the night away and all in the name of a very good cause.
Performing on the evening will be Evanfly, Eastertown, Cliff Moore Band and The Orphans.
Doors open from 5:30pm and show starts at 7:30pm
Tinchy Stryder was the first headline act to perform at the Grand Pier and The Star in the Hood stole the limelight on the night.
Tinchy emerged to a rapturous welcome by hundreds of fans, many of whom had waited outside the entrance to the Grand Pier for hours before the concert started.
He kicked off the concert with Stryderman, from his first album Take Me Back. That was superbly followed by more recent hits from his new album Third Strike, Let It Rain, Gangsta and In My System.
That was followed by Never Leave Your Not Alone and he delighted the audience by finishing with Number 1.
Kerry Michael was presented with a specially commissioned Bristol Blue Glass plate by Mike Davies from the National Piers Society.
It is the first time the Society has presented such an award and it is in recognition of the speed with which the Pavilion was re-built and the quality of the finished attraction.
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier has been chosen as the venue to launch British Tourism Week (BTW). This year’s BTW theme is Party on the Pier.
The week will be launched on Saturday 12th March by Tourism Minister and Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose.
Party on the Pier will kick off the fifth annual BTW, with simultaneous parties hosted on seaside piers, harbours and jetties around the coast and on inland rivers, canals and lakes up and down the country.
John Penrose MP said: “Party on the Pier is a great opportunity to showcase a unique part of British heritage. I, for one, will be...
Rap artist Tinchy Stryder is to play a concert at Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier on Friday 28th January. It is the first major music concert to be held at the venue since it re-opened to the public in October 2010. The Rapper will play to 2,000 people in the Pavilion’s Great Hall.
Tinchy Stryder will be supported by BBC 1 Xtra’s Vis & Ace, Bristol hip hop artist K Ner Messy and local group sensation Nancy.
Tinchy Stryder rose to popularity with the song ‘Take Me Back’ which reached number three in the UK Singles Chart in January 2009. His next hit‘Number 1’ (a collaboration...
The owners of Weston’s Grand Pier are launching a junior karting school on their 300 metre long Go Kart track.
Children aged eight to fifteen, who enrol in the school, will be taken through beginner, intermediate and advanced driver training.
Lessons can now be booked on either Saturday or Sunday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am.
Each child will be issued with its own driving licence, which charts their progression through the school and includes ‘endorsements’ for bad driving. They will be trained in safety, kart control and race technique.
The racing school will also be staging its...
The BBC Stargazing Live team paid a special visit to the Grand Pier to film in December.
The programme presenter, Professor Brian Cox, wanted to talk about horizons – and what better place as a backdrop than Weston bay and the Grand Pier.
Brian Cox also talked about gravity and why planets are spherical. He even used some of the arcade machines to demonstrate gravitational pull.
The programme was aired as the first programme in three on BBC 2 on Monday 3rd January. The programme is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer web site until Wednesday 12th January.
Read more about Stargazing...