Walton Pier has reopened its arcade for the first time this year, with the revamped 115 metre gaming centre the precursor to a range of new attractions at the Tendring landmark.
Walton Pier has completed the first stage of its reopening, with the attraction’s new 115 metre arcade welcoming guests on 1 July, with further attractions set to launch on the Tendring landmark next week.
As well as the arcade, billed as “the longest in the UK,” the pier will offer rides, a bowling alley, VR experiences and escape rooms, following a “substantial investment” from owner Russell Bolesworth.
“We are open tonight for people to have a look round from 6pm,” said a spokesperson via social media on 30 June. “The arcade machines are up and running so if you’d like to see the new pier come for a look!”
“We are open tomorrow from 12pm so we hope to see you all soon!”
The revamped attraction had been scheduled to welcome guests as of 20 June after development approvals were granted in January this year, however full reopening will now be undertaken in stages, with soft play not expected to open until October.
The pier’s distinctive red and yellow cladding is also due to be replaced, with Bolesworth noting the exterior changes will be made “hopefully by next season.”
“A lot of hard work and money has gone into this,” commented Judith Warrior on the reopening post, while Janet Greenfield added, “I knew it would be worth the wait! Excited to see the rest of it completed.”
And old traditions are back on the boards; fishing access returned on 4 July, however the pier has temporarily suspended 24-hour fishing in order to secure the pier at night, with platforms open until 10pm.