Spooktacular event for half term

by Nigel Brown Oct 10 2023 0     3,266
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October 10, 2023


Work is underway to transform Clacton Pier for a truly spooktacular nine-day event later this month.

The attraction’s Halloween Festival is being staged from October 21 to 29 with a host of thrills and fun lined-up.

The forecourt will once again play host to Misery Mansion haunted house walk-through experience which was introduced for the first time last autumn.

It will also be home to the event’s biggest ever pumpkin patch and the venue for the ever-popular Stiles family to perform their freak shows and entertainment.

A totally new attraction – Gellyball Blast Battle for those aged nine and above – will be set up in the Jolly Roger Theatre. A cross between laser tag and paintball, the action will take place in a huge inflatable battle ground inside the arena firing gel orbs.

The pier will become a colourful themed area with decorations, a monstrous model display, Halloween archway entrance as well as a range of ghoulish foods and drink.

There is a special all-in price of £27.99 for a fangtastic deal, which includes entrance to Misery Mansion; one Gelly Ball Blast Battle; 18-holes of adventure golf; unlimited rides, one  go-kart race; unlimited video games; entrance to the pumpkin patch and a cobweb candy floss. Anyone paying this price will be able to upgrade to an annual rides pass for a further £13.99.

The cost of the deal will be reduced to £13.99 for the pier’s annual ride pass holders.

Also those who pay the full price and want to return for a second visit will be charged £13.99.

Pier director Billy Ball said he is looking forward to the festival which always pulls in the crowds.

“We have just staged our very first Oktoberfest which went down extremely well with customers and we now have just over a week to get everything ready for Halloween,” he added.

“Staff will be working flat out to complete the transformation and we want to make sure the pier looks every bit the part for the event, including the new Gellyball Blast Battle in the Jolly Roger.

“We have around 2,000 pumpkins on order and there will be plenty of fun for all the family across the nine days of half term.”

James Magic will be entertaining children while Operation Party Time will provide face painting.

There will also be free live music on both weekends. On October 21 Steve Ritchie will be performing from 1-4pm and then Just Lee from 6-9pm. The following day Sean Connelly will provide the entertainment from 1-4pm.

Lee Kamara kicks things off from 1-4pm on Saturday October 28, followed by Tim Hackford from 6-9pm and on Sunday October 29 it’s Madsyp Sax from 1-4pm.

Tickets can be booked at clactonpier.co.uk


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