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“Lots to do on the pier”
Review of Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier
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Owner description: Clacton Pier is officially the largest pleasure pier in the UK covering a staggering 6 1/2 acres. First opened in July 1871 as a landing stage for goods it was the first construction in the "new" town of Clacton-on-Sea. The town was initially built as a Holiday Destination for Londoners and with poor road access and no railway the pier was the main gateway for goods, holiday makers and locals alike.By 1922 the pier had fallen into receivership and was bough by Ernest Kingsman a businessman who saw the potential to start developing the wooden structure into an amusement destination. Amongst many other things he was responsible for all of the piers main extensions, including building the swimming pool, at least three theatres, adding the original steel Stella roller coaster and the blue lagoon dance hall. Since the kingsman family sold the pier in 1971 there has been a string of owners with the pier going into steady decline, until March 2009 when it was bought by the newly formed Clacton Pier company who has been investing heavily in the attraction. The pier now boasts a selection of new and refurbished family fun rides, Seaqurium sealife centre, 10 Pin bowling, the boardwalk bar, American diner, loads of eating places, great fish and chips, an activity zone and a function room named....The Kingsman Room................and there's a hell of all more in store so LIKE us on Facebook and visit our website to keep updated.
Reviewed April 1, 2013

We took our 3 yr old to the seaside, and it was great that it was free entry onto the pier. We visited the Seaquarium which was good value for money, plenty to see in there, it kept us all occupied for quite a while. Our daughter loved the rides. We got her a wristband. £8 for all day which was excellent considering most rides for her height would have cost about £1.50 each if we'd been paying with the token. She found the trampolines far too tame and preferred the litte rollercoaster. We weren't aware that the rides didn't open until 11am but a walk along the pier was lovely while we waited, alll be a little cold.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

the hole of clacton was very clean not one bit of litter anywere, an every one we spoke to was verey pleasent, a lovley place an wecoming too , lots for all ages.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

its a pier in Essex! there are slot machines etc, we went out of season to visit family and most of the attractions were closed as out of season! gotta love the sea side though :)

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

I enjoyed having some delicious noodles as i visited the pier. It was sunny and i ate outside. I loved the arcades and I spent a good time enjoying myself there. I'd recommend visiting here. I enjoyed winning tickets and choosing a prize.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Like so many of the nation's piers,this one has had some money spent on it, but needs more. Still, it's jolly for kids and the wristband-based pricing for the rides is reasonable. Note: very little ones (up to 3) have far less choice of rides. The cafe at the end of the pier is basic at best.

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