Free family fun weekends announced

by Nigel Brown Mar 04 2024 0     2,201
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March 4, 2024


Two free family fun weekends have been announced at Clacton Pier for Emergency Services and the Armed Forces.

The annual events in June and September always prove popular and are staged as a huge thank you to all the organisations involved for their continued efforts on behalf of the community.

The weekends are not just restricted to local families and are open to all who are eligible to attend.

The event for the Emergency Services will be staged on June 15 and 16 while the weekend for the Armed Forces and Veterans takes place on September 14 and 15.

Pier general manager Harry Peek said the aim is to give them the chance to relax and enjoy some family time together.

“Down time for those in the Emergency Services and Armed Forces is very precious. We recognise that and want to show they are not taken for granted,” he added.

“We want them to be able to come along and enjoy our attractions and facilities and we provide the families with free rides wristbands.”  

The pier normally gives out around £15,000 to £20,000 worth of wristbands to those attending the two weekends.

“We receive a lot of positive feedback from those who come along to make happy memories with us and it gives them a few hours away from their very demanding jobs,” said Mr Peek.

“We are putting the dates out there as early as possible so families can plan ahead and get them in their diaries.”

Those who want to attend the Emergency Services event will need to provide a staff ID card at the ticket box and work on the frontline for either the Police, Fire, Ambulance, RNLI or Coastguard. A Forces ID card will be required for the Armed Forces weekend.

There are up to four free rides wristbands available to each family. It is hoped to have some involvement from the Emergency Services and Armed Forces providing displays on the attraction’s forecourt.

The pier will remain open to other customers on both weekends.


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