Free family fun weekends announced

  • 4 March, 2024
  • On the pier


Two free
family fun weekends have been announced at Clacton Pier for Emergency Services
and the Armed Forces.

The annual
events in June and September always prove popular and are staged as a huge
thank you to all the organisations involved for their continued efforts on
behalf of the community.

weekends are not just restricted to local families and are open to all who are
eligible to attend.

The event
for the Emergency Services will be staged on June 15 and 16 while the weekend
for the Armed Forces and Veterans takes place on September 14 and 15.

Pier general
manager Harry Peek said the aim is to give them the chance to relax and enjoy some
family time together.

“Down time
for those in the Emergency Services and Armed Forces is very precious. We
recognise that and want to show they are not taken for granted,” he added.

“We want
them to be able to come along and enjoy our attractions and facilities and we
provide the families with free rides wristbands.”  

The pier
normally gives out around £15,000 to £20,000 worth of wristbands to those
attending the two weekends.

receive a lot of positive feedback from those who come along to make happy
memories with us and it gives them a few hours away from their very demanding
jobs,” said Mr Peek.

“We are
putting the dates out there as early as possible so families can plan ahead and
get them in their diaries.”

Those who
want to attend the Emergency Services event will need to provide a staff ID
card at the ticket box and work on the frontline for either the Police, Fire,
Ambulance, RNLI or Coastguard. A Forces ID card will be required for the Armed
Forces weekend.

There are
up to four free rides wristbands available to each family. It is hoped to have
some involvement from the Emergency Services and Armed Forces providing
displays on the attraction’s forecourt.

The pier
will remain open to other customers on both weekends.


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