Pier unveils packed programme of events

Thursday 5th March

Thrills, chills, sunset sessions, murder, music and mayhem – they’re all there in a packed programme of events at the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare.

From the outside, things may have looked quite peaceful on the Pier over the past few weeks but behind the scenes, the Events team has been working flat out to put together a calendar full of fun for all the family.

There will be plenty of thrills on April 4 when the Easter Holidays kick off with the Pier’s latest Fireworks At Sea spectacular, ensuring that the school holidays - and the traditional start of the main holiday season – begin with a bang.

That’s followed by mealtime mayhem when the extremely popular Faulty Towers Dining Experience returns on April 17. While guests do their best to enjoy some fabulous food, a talented team of actors will be bringing TV sitcom favourites Basil Fawlty, Manuel and Sybil back to life in a show which features a huge amount of improvisation, so no two performances are ever the same.

Also back by popular demand is the Concierge Killer Queen concert, which returns on May 8 after being a huge hit in 2019, recreating the music of Freddie Mercury and friends.

Things take a more sinister turn in June, with “A Midsummer Murder”, when diners turn detective in a bid to catch a killer.

No programme of events at the Pier would be complete without scrumpy and western legends The Wurzels bringing their songs of Somerset and cider to the seafront.

They will be playing on Friday July 3, and since they are so synonymous with cider, it’s only fitting that the following two days – Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5, sees the Pier host the Somerset Cider and Produce Festival.

A series of Sunset Sessions has been scheduled for the summer Saturdays through August.

The sprawling seafront at Weston sees some stunning summer sunsets and guests at the Pier will able to have superb views, while enjoying the special themed Saturday nights, with the line-up including Prosecco & Pizza, Rum & Reggae, Cider & Sausage, and Gin & Jazz.

September welcomes another Faulty Towers Dining Experience and then a menu of musical events, from a 90s night, featuring a live performance by N Trance, to a Concierge Punk on the Pier night.

The events team has put the oomph into October with The Grand Pierkeller evening, before things turned decidedly darker with the return of the increasingly popular Halloween Unfairground spooktacular, four evenings of scares and screams.

The terror doesn’t stop there, because November begins with Murder at the Manor House, another chance for seafront sleuths to show off their detective skills.

The December diary is all about festive fun, with another series of themed party nights, aimed at repeating – if not beating - the success of December 2019, which was the Pier’s best festive period yet.

It all ends in the Roaring 20s Ball on New Year’s Eve.

There is also a number of charity events taking place through the year, including the Axentis Michael Memorial Ball, which always brings a flood of famous faces to the Pier.

Event Manager, Hollie Otley said: “Other events are still being confirmed, so this is not, by any means, the final list.

“Our intention for 2020 is to offer something to appeal to all tastes, on top of which we have our many rides and arcade attractions.”

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