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Grand Pier pulls crackers from Christmas party nights

Tuesday 26th November

A top tourist attraction aims to be kinder to the planet during the forthcoming season of goodwill by pulling Christmas crackers from its festive party nights.

The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare is making the move as part of its ongoing efforts to help protect the planet for future generations. It’s estimated that 154 million crackers are pulled in the UK during every Christmas season, many of which are filled with plastic novelties that either end up in landfill or in our oceans. Hollie Otley, event manager at the Grand Pier, said: “Last year alone, nearly 6,000 crackers were pulled at the Pier’s Christmas party nights, and we’ve seen for ourselves the piles of rubbish that are left behind as a result. “We have therefore taken the decision not to provide crackers this year at any of our Christmas party events. “With everyone becoming much more aware of the threat plastic poses to the world, Christmas crackers are no laughing matter anymore. “But to show that we are not being party poopers, and that the Christmas spirit is very much alive at the Grand Pier, instead of providing crackers on the tables, we’ll be donating the £2,500 we usually spend on them to charities which support the homeless, on behalf of all our customers. “This means that we will be reducing our impact on the environment while at the same time spreading some Christmas cheer to those who need it most.” While the crackers may be missing, the Grand Pier team has been pulling out all the stops to ensure that the festive party nights still go with a bang by increasing the wow factor and ensuring that the entertainment is bigger and better than ever. Even without crackers, revellers have been snapping up tickets for the Pier’s party nights, and the Saturday evenings are already sold out. But there are still some tickets available for other festive party nights through December. The Spectacular Spectacular Christmas Parties promise to be the ‘greatest show’ of this season. The Great Hall will provide the perfect place for ‘The Showman’ and his troupe to lead the seasonal celebrations. Tickets include an hour of unlimited rides, three course feast, stage performances and aerial acrobatics. The Festive Fever Christmas Parties are based in the beautifully-decorated Tiffany Room, where a two-course Christmas carvery will be served. The Casino Noel Christmas Parties will bring a touch of Las Vegas to the Pier. A sumptuous three-course dinner will be followed by a flutter on the fun-casino tables, with such favourites as Blackjack and Roulette to try before taking a spin on the dancefloor. The popular Lipinski brothers are hosting a carvery party on Saturday 21 December, although tickets are selling very quickly for this one. If you’re ‘still alive’ by Saturday December 28, then one ‘cracker’ of an event is The Christmas Cracker night, featuring top Bee Gees tribute act, Stayin’ Alive. And when Christmas is done, there’s no better place than the Grand Pier in which to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 by taking a trip back in time to The Roaring 20s at the attraction’s annual New Year’s Eve Ball. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the era of hedonistic parties, bootleg liquor, flapper girls and gangsters, the Charleston and jazz. There’s a lavish drinks reception, four-course banquet, a showering of confetti when the clock strikes midnight and, for those partying hard into the early hours, a survivor’s breakfast.

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