Jurassic Pier to open on May 27

  • 3 April, 2023
  • On the pier


Clacton Pier’s latest £500,000 attraction is set to open next month.

The gates to Jurassic Pier will be unlocked on Saturday May 27 with a
whole weekend of spectacular dinosaur events and activities.

The new roof to part of the building is nearing completion and the 4-D
special effects cinema with motion seating is almost finished bar the final set

Work will continue on creating the dinosaur enclosures and walk-through experience
over the coming weeks, along with installing the audio visual lighting and
sound systems in readiness for the grand Whitsun weekend opening.

Pier director Billy Ball said that there has been a great deal of
interest in the project, and it has created a lot of excitement.

“Things have certainly ramped up since we announced the arrival of the
dinosaurs a few weeks ago,” he said.

“We have had some brilliant feedback, and everyone has been asking when
the attraction will open. Due to that we have decided to announce the date now,
so that families can put it in their diary.

“We are planning a spectacular weekend of specially themed activities,
including dinosaur meet and greets, a dinosaur trail, a special celebrity guest
and fireworks.

“We are certain that Jurassic Pier will draw a large number of visitors
not only to the pier but also be a boost for the town and Tendring.”

Mr Ball admitted that it had not been planned to introduce a new
attraction this year but after taking the decision to close the 40-year-old
seaquarium it was decided to go-ahead.

“Our own in-house team and outside contractors have worked hard on what
is a major project and one which will provide something totally new on the
pier,” he added.

“Our herd of giant animatronic pre-historic creatures are getting used
to their new home and will be nicely settled in by May 27.”

The individually commissioned dinosaurs have come from Asia and include
an eight metre long Tyrannosaurus-Rex, four metre Dilophosaurus and
Velociraptor, a Bambiraptor, and a Pterosaur.

This weekend the pier will be staging its Easter Eggstravaganza with
free activities, children’s entertainment, live music and a fireworks display.

These include an Easter egg hunt around the attraction on Sunday with
the first 200 children taking part receiving a free egg. There is also an
annual rides pass up for grabs in a free draw.

Also on Sunday, the first 300 children paying to go into Discovery Bay
will be given a free egg.

Full details can be found at www.clactonpier.co.uk


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