The Grand Pier stretches out into the Bristol Channel and features a large pavilion at the end of the pier which hosts a variety of rides and arcade machines.
|Opened||11 June 1904|
|Owner||Michelle and Kerry Michael|
|Nearby||Brean Theme Park (4 miles)|
Tewkesbury Mop Fair (57 miles)
Paultons Park (68 miles)
West Midland Safari Park (77 miles)
Folly Farm (80 miles)
Weston-super-Mare's Grand Pier was originally opened in 1904 and has entertained generations of seaside holidaymakers since then.
Originally there was a large 2000 seater theatre at the end of the pier, but this was destroyed by fire in 1930 and replaced with a pavilion housing a variety of fairground rides. Sadly, the Grand Pier suffered a second fire in 2008 in which this pavilion burnt down just months after it had passed to new owners, Kerry and Michelle Michael.
The Michaels committed to restoring the Pier and oversaw construction of a new £39million pavilion which opened on 23 October 2010, with the whole Grand Pier officially reopened by Princess Anne on 25 July 2011. The new pavilion houses a variety of modern rides and attractions including a Robocoaster arm, ghost train, laser maze and a 300 metre two-level go-kart track.
The Grand Pier feels revitalised by the investment, and is clean and modern with little of the tackiness often associated with the old fashioned British seaside. While the ride lineup is not particularly large, there's plenty to do to while away a couple of hours on the pier with the addition of arcade machines, some decent restaurants, a museum and soft play for younger children.