£130,000 revamp for Boardwalk Bar

  • 17 April, 2023
  • On the pier


Clacton Pier’s Boardwalk Bar and Grill is undergoing a significant £130,000
plus facelift.

The scheme, which began this week, will include the latest in social
entertainment technology, new seating and a complete redecoration.

Augmented reality darts is to be installed in the bar area located at
the front of the seaside attraction.

It involves an autoscoring darts system that projects all game play
graphics, targets and scores directly into the board itself.

The aim is to engage players of all ages and ability and it is designed
to bring people together in a new way that traditional darts cannot achieve.

Pier Director Billy Ball said it is an exciting new concept for the
Boardwalk which is likely to attract a strong following.

“The system combines the warmth and nostalgia of traditional British
pubs that many love with the high energy of social darts where everyone has a
chance to win, whether an expert or beginner,” he added.

“These are fast and furious exciting multi-player games in mind-blowing
augmented reality. It is truly reinventing darts for the 21st

There will be three darts boards along with two shuffle boards
incorporated into the project with the system supplied by 501 Darts.

Mr Ball said that it is the first time that the Boardwalk Bar and Grill
has undergone a major refurbishment since 2009.

Formerly the Cockney Pride Pub, it was one of the first areas of the
pier that was renovated after the Ball family bought the attraction.

“The majority of the work will be carried out by our own in-house team
and the idea is to give it a significant facelift and freshen it up,” added Mr

“The floor has already been completed and the whole scheme will take
around six weeks with the bar remaining open throughout.”


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