Hopes for bumper half term

  • 8 February, 2022
  • On the pier


Hopes are high for a bumper February half term of family fun at Clacton

Rides – including the return of the popular big wheel – will be open
throughout the school holiday and many visitors will be looking to make the
most of several special offers.

The pier has teamed up with the National Lottery this winter to help
reduce costs for its customers.

This includes a half price annual pass for £24.99 and the opportunity to
get a free Big Day Out Band, also worth £24.99. Both are available when buying
a lottery ticket.

Alternatively, families can make the most of half price rides during
half term and the remaining weekends in February.

Pier director Billy Ball said that the discounts through the National
Lottery scheme have gone down well.

“With the cost of living rising across the board, families are looking
for good deals where they can save a few quid,” he said.

“After the past couple of years, parents still want to take the kids out
for some much-needed fun but without breaking the bank.

“The offers in place at the moment mean it will never be cheaper to get
an annual pass and a Big Day Out Band is free when buying a lottery ticket.”

Mr Ball added that the attraction was closed last February due to Covid
rules, and everyone is looking forward to a bumper week.

“Fingers crossed we are going to have a normal trading year in 2022
which is great news for the leisure industry which has had to survive very
difficult times,” he said.

“I think some people are still looking at staycations as a better alternative
to going abroad and that has to be good for towns like Clacton and Tendring as
a whole.”

The big wheel structure is already in place and the cars and canopies,
which are being refurbished, will be installed ready to go operational at half

Other rides, such as the flying elephants and waltzers have undergone a
facelift and will be back soon.

“The number of rides operating at this time of year is always weather dependent
but even if some have to close, we have a host of indoor attractions for all
ages to enjoy,” added Mr Ball.

Details of all offers are on the pier website www.clactonpier.co.uk


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