British Tourism Week Begins

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Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare

Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare

Today is the start of British Tourism Week. There are hundreds of events over the coming week, most starting on Monday but today is the big launch day with the follow up to last year’s very successful lighted beacons which stretched the length of Hadrian’s Wall. This year it is the party on the pier and it all begins in Weston-super-Mare.

You will remember that the revamped Grand Pier in Weston re-opened last October. Today the local MP, John Penrose, – who just happens to be the tourism minister as well – opens the party there. Around the countries there will be similar parties on piers, jetties and in harbours. In many ways it is appropriate that Weston is the official choice as the Grand Pier there had to recover from a devastating fire in 2008. Reborn, it has had considerable success with 110,000 people alone visiting it just in half term last month. Over half a million people visited it in the five weeks after opening with almost a quarter of a million in December. The pier is still part of our life and today’s parties in at least 42 locations will help explain the meaning of life for day trippers and visitors.

If you haven’t decided which to attend today then visit for a fuller list of what’s on. And for all the dozens and dozens of events next week look at our events listings. Not all piers will have parties. Not all will have them today. Burnham-on-sea and Southport will have their parties tomorrow and Rochester, next weekend. Not all are on piers. One is on the East Greenwich Coaling Jetty in south London. Lowestoft has its at the Heritage Quay and there is another at Keady Lock in Lincolnshire. And although Scotland has already enjoyed their tourism week, Anstruther Harbour in Fife will have its party today as well. Not all parties are in this country. In one of America’s leading family holiday resorts, Myrtle Beach, they have piers as well. With a Bristolian heading international tourism for the area that might be why there may be some parties there as well.

15 years ago we celebrated the Year of the Pier. Today it is the Party on the Pier that will launch British Tourism Week.

Enjoy it.

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