Bournemouth’s Pier Theatre converted into Rock Reef centre with climbing walls, aerial course and pier caves

VIDEO: First look: How the Pier Theatre was transformed into £2million indoor adventure area set to attract 50,000 visitors

First look: How the Pier Theatre was transformed into £2million indoor adventure area set to attract 50,000 visitors

First look: How the Pier Theatre was transformed into £2million indoor adventure area set to attract 50,000 visitors

First look: How the Pier Theatre was transformed into £2million indoor adventure area set to attract 50,000 visitors

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BOURNEMOUTH’S former Pier Theatre has been converted into an indoor adventure centre set to attract more than 50,000 thrill-seekers every year.

The newly opened £2million Rock Reef centre currently offers three exciting experiences – 25 different ‘Clip ’n’ Climb’ climbing walls, an aerial obstacle course and 65m of pier caves.

In July, they will be joined by the world’s first zip line that takes the rider on an adrenaline-filled journey over the sea from pier to shore.

The converted theatre also contains a terrifying vertical drop slide, a leap of faith jumping challenge and a cafe. It has already created almost 50 new jobs, including five apprentice positions.

Operators Openwide International, who have invested £3m into the Pier since 2007, say it brings it into the 21st century.

It also provides Bournemouth with an additional wet weather attraction but Steve Cutbush, Openwide’s managing director, said it was not solely aimed at tourists.

“It’s a year-round attraction so it’s got to fit lots of target markets,” he said.

“We know many locals haven’t visited the pier in years, we hope we’re now giving them something worth coming down for.”

Openwide had considered various ideas for a new attraction before winning approval for the activity centre and zip wire. A standing surf wave will follow in the future. “We always liked the idea of outdoor pursuits and adventure sports and we wanted to try and bring the great outdoors indoors,” said Steve.

“We were also aware of the widespread concern about high obesity levels and lack of activity amongst children. It just seemed like a win win.”

He said they lost £300,000 trying to make the Pier Theatre work but found it impossible with no council subsidy. “Hopefully the people who enjoyed it as a theatre will bring themselves and their families and enjoy it as something very different.”

The centre got a thumbs-up from 13-year-old Aiden Ganly and his father Mike, visiting from London. Mike said: “We knew nothing about this but it’s great. Aiden has found it very testing and exhilarating and it’s great the parents are involved too.”

And nine-year-old Freddy Woodall, who was there with younger brother Joe and dad Tom, said: “I think it’s amazing, the best climbing place I’ve ever been too.”

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6:45am Wed 28 May 14

Peggy Babcock says...

It would cost around £30 for a child aged 6-15 (more for an adult) to do all the activities - they are all priced individually. Then factor in parking costs plus entrance to the pier.

So for a family of 4, it will be well over £100. Far too expensive so will not be on my 'to do' list.
It would cost around £30 for a child aged 6-15 (more for an adult) to do all the activities - they are all priced individually. Then factor in parking costs plus entrance to the pier. So for a family of 4, it will be well over £100. Far too expensive so will not be on my 'to do' list. Peggy Babcock
  • Score: 38

7:06am Wed 28 May 14

master plan says...

I was looking forward to the flo rider but to add it later is losing you and local tourism a lot of money. Me and a group of friends travel to Newquay 2or3 times a month to use the one down there and could spend as much as £100+ at a time. Seeing as there's 8,10 or 12 a time when we go down times that x3 it's a whole lot of cash spent.
I was looking forward to the flo rider but to add it later is losing you and local tourism a lot of money. Me and a group of friends travel to Newquay 2or3 times a month to use the one down there and could spend as much as £100+ at a time. Seeing as there's 8,10 or 12 a time when we go down times that x3 it's a whole lot of cash spent. master plan
  • Score: -2

7:15am Wed 28 May 14

Baysider says...

Peggy Babcock wrote:
It would cost around £30 for a child aged 6-15 (more for an adult) to do all the activities - they are all priced individually. Then factor in parking costs plus entrance to the pier.

So for a family of 4, it will be well over £100. Far too expensive so will not be on my 'to do' list.
Don't do it then. You were probably one who claimed the ice rink would be empty too yet they were queuing out the door any time I went past.
[quote][p][bold]Peggy Babcock[/bold] wrote: It would cost around £30 for a child aged 6-15 (more for an adult) to do all the activities - they are all priced individually. Then factor in parking costs plus entrance to the pier. So for a family of 4, it will be well over £100. Far too expensive so will not be on my 'to do' list.[/p][/quote]Don't do it then. You were probably one who claimed the ice rink would be empty too yet they were queuing out the door any time I went past. Baysider
  • Score: -7

7:17am Wed 28 May 14

bsjc1234 says...

It's not the worlds first zip line as I know there is one in Chile and I think there is also one in South Africa
It's not the worlds first zip line as I know there is one in Chile and I think there is also one in South Africa bsjc1234
  • Score: -12

8:17am Wed 28 May 14

billy bumble says...

Let's give it a chance- anything is preferable to what the theatre had so sadly become- a run down , dirty flea pit
Let's give it a chance- anything is preferable to what the theatre had so sadly become- a run down , dirty flea pit billy bumble
  • Score: 30

9:15am Wed 28 May 14

MrPitiful says...

Excellent idea. A family based attraction. Usable in all weathers. Geat fun.
Does sound pricey but then again people are prepared to spend more these days for a quality leisure activity. This is why centre Parcs, theme parks etc. are so successsful/

I used to like the theatre but it had had its day years goa so this new venture is a great use for the building.
Excellent idea. A family based attraction. Usable in all weathers. Geat fun. Does sound pricey but then again people are prepared to spend more these days for a quality leisure activity. This is why centre Parcs, theme parks etc. are so successsful/ I used to like the theatre but it had had its day years goa so this new venture is a great use for the building. MrPitiful
  • Score: 22

9:36am Wed 28 May 14

BoscVegas says...

Peggy Babcock wrote:
It would cost around £30 for a child aged 6-15 (more for an adult) to do all the activities - they are all priced individually. Then factor in parking costs plus entrance to the pier.

So for a family of 4, it will be well over £100. Far too expensive so will not be on my 'to do' list.
it is better that it is priced individually as people can do as little or as much as they would like/can afford. If the price was £30 on the door nobody would go in. Works on the same principle as the fair you go in thinking you wanna do maybe two rides and end up going on everything after all monkey see monkey do.
[quote][p][bold]Peggy Babcock[/bold] wrote: It would cost around £30 for a child aged 6-15 (more for an adult) to do all the activities - they are all priced individually. Then factor in parking costs plus entrance to the pier. So for a family of 4, it will be well over £100. Far too expensive so will not be on my 'to do' list.[/p][/quote]it is better that it is priced individually as people can do as little or as much as they would like/can afford. If the price was £30 on the door nobody would go in. Works on the same principle as the fair you go in thinking you wanna do maybe two rides and end up going on everything after all monkey see monkey do. BoscVegas
  • Score: 6

9:50am Wed 28 May 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

bsjc1234 wrote:
It's not the worlds first zip line as I know there is one in Chile and I think there is also one in South Africa
It is the first zip line to go over the sea (supposedly) if you read it carefully. I have seen at least 2 ziplines in Alaska and I am sure there are hundreds more worldwide. I still think people won't want to go there if it is tipping down with rain as they would get soaked just walking from a car park and along the pier!
[quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: It's not the worlds first zip line as I know there is one in Chile and I think there is also one in South Africa[/p][/quote]It is the first zip line to go over the sea (supposedly) if you read it carefully. I have seen at least 2 ziplines in Alaska and I am sure there are hundreds more worldwide. I still think people won't want to go there if it is tipping down with rain as they would get soaked just walking from a car park and along the pier! Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 8

10:03am Wed 28 May 14

BoscVegas says...

Bob Bournemouth wrote:
bsjc1234 wrote:
It's not the worlds first zip line as I know there is one in Chile and I think there is also one in South Africa
It is the first zip line to go over the sea (supposedly) if you read it carefully. I have seen at least 2 ziplines in Alaska and I am sure there are hundreds more worldwide. I still think people won't want to go there if it is tipping down with rain as they would get soaked just walking from a car park and along the pier!
is certainly the only zipline I have ever seen that transports you to Harry Ramsden's so that's something.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: It's not the worlds first zip line as I know there is one in Chile and I think there is also one in South Africa[/p][/quote]It is the first zip line to go over the sea (supposedly) if you read it carefully. I have seen at least 2 ziplines in Alaska and I am sure there are hundreds more worldwide. I still think people won't want to go there if it is tipping down with rain as they would get soaked just walking from a car park and along the pier![/p][/quote]is certainly the only zipline I have ever seen that transports you to Harry Ramsden's so that's something. BoscVegas
  • Score: 17

10:05am Wed 28 May 14

Glashen says...

Let's give it a chance, I know many will be nostalgic for the Pier Theatre but Bournemouth has many alternative venues and at least this isn't just another drinking establishment for the 18-24s. Hard to make much else pay it seems, so all credit to Openwide for this investment.
Let's give it a chance, I know many will be nostalgic for the Pier Theatre but Bournemouth has many alternative venues and at least this isn't just another drinking establishment for the 18-24s. Hard to make much else pay it seems, so all credit to Openwide for this investment. Glashen
  • Score: 21

10:32am Wed 28 May 14

TheDistrict says...

Its a shame that the Bournemouth Council could not have achieved a similar result with the Surf Reef. By the way, has anyone seen the surf wave proposed for a site in Wales, and inland. It looks great. There is one in Portugal which was seen on the news broadcast, and with a wave every minute, it was a success and looked great. Far better than the design used at Boscombe, filled sandbangs, no doubt based on many of the Council Representatives.
Its a shame that the Bournemouth Council could not have achieved a similar result with the Surf Reef. By the way, has anyone seen the surf wave proposed for a site in Wales, and inland. It looks great. There is one in Portugal which was seen on the news broadcast, and with a wave every minute, it was a success and looked great. Far better than the design used at Boscombe, filled sandbangs, no doubt based on many of the Council Representatives. TheDistrict
  • Score: 6

10:56am Wed 28 May 14

raffertyj4 says...

Brilliant! What a good bit of news. The old pier theatre was so out-dated not doing anything there, I hope this is a success! Looking forward to trying the zipwire...!
Brilliant! What a good bit of news. The old pier theatre was so out-dated not doing anything there, I hope this is a success! Looking forward to trying the zipwire...! raffertyj4
  • Score: 9

11:10am Wed 28 May 14

BmthNewshound says...

Another advertising feature masquerading as a news story. Absolutely no mention of the prices being charged. There doesn't appear to be any coherent strategy Bournemouth's Council. It seems to be a case that profits of attraction operators - all of which are not Bournemouth based companies - come before positioning Bournemouth as a family friendly resort.
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By the time a family has been to the pier, been up in the balloon and on a couple of the S&D fairground rides, paid for parking and food they are going to be seriously out of pocket and feeling pretty short changed as none of the attractions are particularly good compared to whats on offer elsewhere.
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Bournemouth is popular for its reasonably unspoilt beach. As the beach becomes increasingly commercialised parents are going to think twice about bringing their kids who will be constantly pestering their parents to spend money.
Another advertising feature masquerading as a news story. Absolutely no mention of the prices being charged. There doesn't appear to be any coherent strategy Bournemouth's Council. It seems to be a case that profits of attraction operators - all of which are not Bournemouth based companies - come before positioning Bournemouth as a family friendly resort. . By the time a family has been to the pier, been up in the balloon and on a couple of the S&D fairground rides, paid for parking and food they are going to be seriously out of pocket and feeling pretty short changed as none of the attractions are particularly good compared to whats on offer elsewhere. . Bournemouth is popular for its reasonably unspoilt beach. As the beach becomes increasingly commercialised parents are going to think twice about bringing their kids who will be constantly pestering their parents to spend money. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 3

11:21am Wed 28 May 14

samjdavis says...

Peggy Babcock wrote:
It would cost around £30 for a child aged 6-15 (more for an adult) to do all the activities - they are all priced individually. Then factor in parking costs plus entrance to the pier.

So for a family of 4, it will be well over £100. Far too expensive so will not be on my 'to do' list.
Thank you for telling us what you don't spend your money on Peggy. Insightful.
[quote][p][bold]Peggy Babcock[/bold] wrote: It would cost around £30 for a child aged 6-15 (more for an adult) to do all the activities - they are all priced individually. Then factor in parking costs plus entrance to the pier. So for a family of 4, it will be well over £100. Far too expensive so will not be on my 'to do' list.[/p][/quote]Thank you for telling us what you don't spend your money on Peggy. Insightful. samjdavis
  • Score: -3

11:43am Wed 28 May 14

dorsettech says...

A barely used building has been re-developed into an indoor area. I might be wrong, but isn't this what Bournemouth has needed since the IMAX closed?
I think it looks great and my kids would probably love it.
Reading some of the comments on here I am baffled as to what people actually DO want for the town because no matter what we get there seems to be the "I certainly won't be using it" contingent who bemoan almost everything that happens here.
A barely used building has been re-developed into an indoor area. I might be wrong, but isn't this what Bournemouth has needed since the IMAX closed? I think it looks great and my kids would probably love it. Reading some of the comments on here I am baffled as to what people actually DO want for the town because no matter what we get there seems to be the "I certainly won't be using it" contingent who bemoan almost everything that happens here. dorsettech
  • Score: 20

11:44am Wed 28 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

billy bumble wrote:
Let's give it a chance- anything is preferable to what the theatre had so sadly become- a run down , dirty flea pit
The last time I was there was for a body building competition hosted by Jodie Marsh.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: Let's give it a chance- anything is preferable to what the theatre had so sadly become- a run down , dirty flea pit[/p][/quote]The last time I was there was for a body building competition hosted by Jodie Marsh. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 6

12:05pm Wed 28 May 14

poolebabe says...

I personally think hats off to Bournemouth council for trying to turn the town into a year round tourist spot with plenty to do. A lot of events are free, and this is all benefiting the town. We just need Poole to do a bit more. Bournemouth are leading the way IMO.
I personally think hats off to Bournemouth council for trying to turn the town into a year round tourist spot with plenty to do. A lot of events are free, and this is all benefiting the town. We just need Poole to do a bit more. Bournemouth are leading the way IMO. poolebabe
  • Score: 9

12:44pm Wed 28 May 14

Bombay fish shop says...

Would have prefered they spent the money on an ice rink
Would have prefered they spent the money on an ice rink Bombay fish shop
  • Score: -4

12:57pm Wed 28 May 14

Buzetti says...

I think the loss of the traditional Pier Theatre, Summertime Specials etc. is a shame.
Would have preferred to see the theatre comprehensively updated/ refurbished and promoted as a year round venue for live music, comedy, cinema (like the Poole Arts Centre cinema) and obviously theatre and shows.
Another little bit of our seaside tradition dumbed-down and lost forever
I think the loss of the traditional Pier Theatre, Summertime Specials etc. is a shame. Would have preferred to see the theatre comprehensively updated/ refurbished and promoted as a year round venue for live music, comedy, cinema (like the Poole Arts Centre cinema) and obviously theatre and shows. Another little bit of our seaside tradition dumbed-down and lost forever Buzetti
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Wed 28 May 14

raffertyj4 says...

Buzetti wrote:
I think the loss of the traditional Pier Theatre, Summertime Specials etc. is a shame.
Would have preferred to see the theatre comprehensively updated/ refurbished and promoted as a year round venue for live music, comedy, cinema (like the Poole Arts Centre cinema) and obviously theatre and shows.
Another little bit of our seaside tradition dumbed-down and lost forever
It's the 21st century, things need to move with the times and to just keep refurbishing the theatre would be, as they've already said has been, a waste of money.

Some people need to accept that changes happen. Without change, the town would suffer.
[quote][p][bold]Buzetti[/bold] wrote: I think the loss of the traditional Pier Theatre, Summertime Specials etc. is a shame. Would have preferred to see the theatre comprehensively updated/ refurbished and promoted as a year round venue for live music, comedy, cinema (like the Poole Arts Centre cinema) and obviously theatre and shows. Another little bit of our seaside tradition dumbed-down and lost forever[/p][/quote]It's the 21st century, things need to move with the times and to just keep refurbishing the theatre would be, as they've already said has been, a waste of money. Some people need to accept that changes happen. Without change, the town would suffer. raffertyj4
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Wed 28 May 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Sadly it would seem the company is trying to re-coup it's investment quickly this price maybe okay for some holiday makers pockets but out of season if the prices are not reduced it will struggle. With Go Ape at Moors Valley and the High ropes at Littledown both better value for money locals will be deterred, an indoor ball pool type centre would og been better!
Sadly it would seem the company is trying to re-coup it's investment quickly this price maybe okay for some holiday makers pockets but out of season if the prices are not reduced it will struggle. With Go Ape at Moors Valley and the High ropes at Littledown both better value for money locals will be deterred, an indoor ball pool type centre would og been better! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 4

1:56pm Wed 28 May 14

Bob49 says...

dorsettech wrote:
A barely used building has been re-developed into an indoor area. I might be wrong, but isn't this what Bournemouth has needed since the IMAX closed?
I think it looks great and my kids would probably love it.
Reading some of the comments on here I am baffled as to what people actually DO want for the town because no matter what we get there seems to be the "I certainly won't be using it" contingent who bemoan almost everything that happens here.
What many want is that council owned assets are not allowed to be run down so they can then be handed over to developers to built flats upon.

Places like the Pier to be used to provide quality ........ not the cheap tat that currently clutters up the pier area. Stop charging to use the pirer and built a qualitycafe/evening restaurant. Something that area lacks.

Have a council that aspires to better, not tat. That provides/facilitates stuff that delivers, not surf reef (unworkable), wedding shed(unused), Ice rink(unbuilt) and Boscombe as the new Sandbanks(unsound thinking).

Sadly, as long as there are the 'not too bright' who will over excite themselves about anything however absurd and unworkable it is, the council will continue with it's incompetence, virtually unchecked.

The town needs, and deserves better
[quote][p][bold]dorsettech[/bold] wrote: A barely used building has been re-developed into an indoor area. I might be wrong, but isn't this what Bournemouth has needed since the IMAX closed? I think it looks great and my kids would probably love it. Reading some of the comments on here I am baffled as to what people actually DO want for the town because no matter what we get there seems to be the "I certainly won't be using it" contingent who bemoan almost everything that happens here.[/p][/quote]What many want is that council owned assets are not allowed to be run down so they can then be handed over to developers to built flats upon. Places like the Pier to be used to provide quality ........ not the cheap tat that currently clutters up the pier area. Stop charging to use the pirer and built a qualitycafe/evening restaurant. Something that area lacks. Have a council that aspires to better, not tat. That provides/facilitates stuff that delivers, not surf reef (unworkable), wedding shed(unused), Ice rink(unbuilt) and Boscombe as the new Sandbanks(unsound thinking). Sadly, as long as there are the 'not too bright' who will over excite themselves about anything however absurd and unworkable it is, the council will continue with it's incompetence, virtually unchecked. The town needs, and deserves better Bob49
  • Score: 1

2:11pm Wed 28 May 14

Bournefre says...

It would be interesting to see if this works as it's supposed to, or if it ends up being another Imax/Surf reef.
It would be interesting to see if this works as it's supposed to, or if it ends up being another Imax/Surf reef. Bournefre
  • Score: 2

3:15pm Wed 28 May 14

Phixer says...

TheDistrict wrote:
Its a shame that the Bournemouth Council could not have achieved a similar result with the Surf Reef. By the way, has anyone seen the surf wave proposed for a site in Wales, and inland. It looks great. There is one in Portugal which was seen on the news broadcast, and with a wave every minute, it was a success and looked great. Far better than the design used at Boscombe, filled sandbangs, no doubt based on many of the Council Representatives.
It would have worked better if the sand bags had been filled with the 'council representatives'. They could have kicked their legs and flapped their arms to create some waves.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: Its a shame that the Bournemouth Council could not have achieved a similar result with the Surf Reef. By the way, has anyone seen the surf wave proposed for a site in Wales, and inland. It looks great. There is one in Portugal which was seen on the news broadcast, and with a wave every minute, it was a success and looked great. Far better than the design used at Boscombe, filled sandbangs, no doubt based on many of the Council Representatives.[/p][/quote]It would have worked better if the sand bags had been filled with the 'council representatives'. They could have kicked their legs and flapped their arms to create some waves. Phixer
  • Score: 4

3:18pm Wed 28 May 14

Phixer says...

raffertyj4 wrote:
Buzetti wrote:
I think the loss of the traditional Pier Theatre, Summertime Specials etc. is a shame.
Would have preferred to see the theatre comprehensively updated/ refurbished and promoted as a year round venue for live music, comedy, cinema (like the Poole Arts Centre cinema) and obviously theatre and shows.
Another little bit of our seaside tradition dumbed-down and lost forever
It's the 21st century, things need to move with the times and to just keep refurbishing the theatre would be, as they've already said has been, a waste of money.

Some people need to accept that changes happen. Without change, the town would suffer.
Why the obsession with change for the sake of change? The Regent, Tivoli and others have shown that there is a demand locally for shows, films, etc., if down properly.

The problem with BBC is that it tries to be like grown-ups but couldn't run a whelk stall on a beach. It has farmed out concessions to its friends that have no interest in Bournemouth.
[quote][p][bold]raffertyj4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzetti[/bold] wrote: I think the loss of the traditional Pier Theatre, Summertime Specials etc. is a shame. Would have preferred to see the theatre comprehensively updated/ refurbished and promoted as a year round venue for live music, comedy, cinema (like the Poole Arts Centre cinema) and obviously theatre and shows. Another little bit of our seaside tradition dumbed-down and lost forever[/p][/quote]It's the 21st century, things need to move with the times and to just keep refurbishing the theatre would be, as they've already said has been, a waste of money. Some people need to accept that changes happen. Without change, the town would suffer.[/p][/quote]Why the obsession with change for the sake of change? The Regent, Tivoli and others have shown that there is a demand locally for shows, films, etc., if down properly. The problem with BBC is that it tries to be like grown-ups but couldn't run a whelk stall on a beach. It has farmed out concessions to its friends that have no interest in Bournemouth. Phixer
  • Score: 7

3:47pm Wed 28 May 14

MrPitiful says...

Bob49 wrote:
dorsettech wrote:
A barely used building has been re-developed into an indoor area. I might be wrong, but isn't this what Bournemouth has needed since the IMAX closed?
I think it looks great and my kids would probably love it.
Reading some of the comments on here I am baffled as to what people actually DO want for the town because no matter what we get there seems to be the "I certainly won't be using it" contingent who bemoan almost everything that happens here.
What many want is that council owned assets are not allowed to be run down so they can then be handed over to developers to built flats upon.

Places like the Pier to be used to provide quality ........ not the cheap tat that currently clutters up the pier area. Stop charging to use the pirer and built a qualitycafe/evening restaurant. Something that area lacks.

Have a council that aspires to better, not tat. That provides/facilitates stuff that delivers, not surf reef (unworkable), wedding shed(unused), Ice rink(unbuilt) and Boscombe as the new Sandbanks(unsound thinking).

Sadly, as long as there are the 'not too bright' who will over excite themselves about anything however absurd and unworkable it is, the council will continue with it's incompetence, virtually unchecked.

The town needs, and deserves better
What exactly would you suggest then Bob?

Give us an idea of the "quality" facilities you imagne would keep everyone happy and how these would be run and financed.

There are already quality cafe/evening/restaur
ants down by the pier - unless you haven't noticed Aruba, Hot Rocks, West Beach, The Crab, Chimichanga, not too mention the restaurants that are open to the public within the Royal Bath, Marriott & Days Hotels, too mention just a few.

I'm not particularly over excited about this new facility myself but I do think it is a much better and more forward thinking way of using the old theatre rather than peddling dated "shows" and has-been artists to half-empty audiences. It is certainly better than just leaving the building to decay and become unusable.

I would be most interested to tap into your expertise & know what facilities you would offer if you were in charge of the purse strings, how you would market them and most importantly, how you would guarantee success, especially if these facilities were to be paid out of the public purse.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dorsettech[/bold] wrote: A barely used building has been re-developed into an indoor area. I might be wrong, but isn't this what Bournemouth has needed since the IMAX closed? I think it looks great and my kids would probably love it. Reading some of the comments on here I am baffled as to what people actually DO want for the town because no matter what we get there seems to be the "I certainly won't be using it" contingent who bemoan almost everything that happens here.[/p][/quote]What many want is that council owned assets are not allowed to be run down so they can then be handed over to developers to built flats upon. Places like the Pier to be used to provide quality ........ not the cheap tat that currently clutters up the pier area. Stop charging to use the pirer and built a qualitycafe/evening restaurant. Something that area lacks. Have a council that aspires to better, not tat. That provides/facilitates stuff that delivers, not surf reef (unworkable), wedding shed(unused), Ice rink(unbuilt) and Boscombe as the new Sandbanks(unsound thinking). Sadly, as long as there are the 'not too bright' who will over excite themselves about anything however absurd and unworkable it is, the council will continue with it's incompetence, virtually unchecked. The town needs, and deserves better[/p][/quote]What exactly would you suggest then Bob? Give us an idea of the "quality" facilities you imagne would keep everyone happy and how these would be run and financed. There are already quality cafe/evening/restaur ants down by the pier - unless you haven't noticed Aruba, Hot Rocks, West Beach, The Crab, Chimichanga, not too mention the restaurants that are open to the public within the Royal Bath, Marriott & Days Hotels, too mention just a few. I'm not particularly over excited about this new facility myself but I do think it is a much better and more forward thinking way of using the old theatre rather than peddling dated "shows" and has-been artists to half-empty audiences. It is certainly better than just leaving the building to decay and become unusable. I would be most interested to tap into your expertise & know what facilities you would offer if you were in charge of the purse strings, how you would market them and most importantly, how you would guarantee success, especially if these facilities were to be paid out of the public purse. MrPitiful
  • Score: 8

6:40pm Wed 28 May 14

Bob49 says...

Oh dear, poor old pitiful

never quite thinks his posts through

firstly I never claimed that this stuff should be financed through the public purse

secondly if those outlets can make a profit, then something on the pier with all it's advantages of location and view certainly would

thirdly simply replacing something that doesn't work with something that certainly won't work does not improve the situation

but at least the poor fellow is starting to come round to our way of thinking and appears to be thinking that Bournemouth can look forward and become a quality resort, not the 1970's style holiday camp he has previously wished upon the town

ps not too sure when West Beach or the Marriot hotels relocated to the pier but i suppose we must forgive pitiful's regular innaccuracies as he doesn't really know the area (so he claimed)
Oh dear, poor old pitiful never quite thinks his posts through firstly I never claimed that this stuff should be financed through the public purse secondly if those outlets can make a profit, then something on the pier with all it's advantages of location and view certainly would thirdly simply replacing something that doesn't work with something that certainly won't work does not improve the situation but at least the poor fellow is starting to come round to our way of thinking and appears to be thinking that Bournemouth can look forward and become a quality resort, not the 1970's style holiday camp he has previously wished upon the town ps not too sure when West Beach or the Marriot hotels relocated to the pier but i suppose we must forgive pitiful's regular innaccuracies as he doesn't really know the area (so he claimed) Bob49
  • Score: -4

8:04pm Wed 28 May 14

MrPitiful says...

Bob49 wrote:
Oh dear, poor old pitiful

never quite thinks his posts through

firstly I never claimed that this stuff should be financed through the public purse

secondly if those outlets can make a profit, then something on the pier with all it's advantages of location and view certainly would

thirdly simply replacing something that doesn't work with something that certainly won't work does not improve the situation

but at least the poor fellow is starting to come round to our way of thinking and appears to be thinking that Bournemouth can look forward and become a quality resort, not the 1970's style holiday camp he has previously wished upon the town

ps not too sure when West Beach or the Marriot hotels relocated to the pier but i suppose we must forgive pitiful's regular innaccuracies as he doesn't really know the area (so he claimed)
I think you must have me confused with someone else Bob - I guess things get a bit confusing at your age what with your lack of fresh air from being stuck behind your net curtains.

If you can inform me where I have wanted the town to regress back to the 70's, please do. In fact I feel very much the opposite.

I am one of a few who comment on here who do not support the view that Bournemouth would be better off back in the old days with a town centre bus station, ice cream parlour, ice rink and its own local airline where the owner cheerily waves you off to Torremelinos from the runway!

If you can actually recall some - or any - of my posts from the past, you will know this to be the case. But obviously from your ill-thought retort above, your memory is obviously clouded, just like many of your opinions.

I welcome any progression in the town and also anyone willing to give it a go. Some things fail - just like the ventures of your old hero and mentor Mr Carr - and some things work. That's life and all part of change. I for one support the proposals for the new hotels and all the businesses that go along with them. Anything that breathes life into any area of the town is a good thing is it not?

Whether or not this new attraction on the pier will work is for us all to find out. Neither your, I or anyone else knows at this stage. We can all have our opinions on its potential success or failure but we don't know for sure. For the record, my opinion at this stage is this - it is a bit pricey for the locals to support it all year round but for the holidaymakers who visit with cash in their pockets ready to be spent, it is definitely another worthwhile attraction to have. If they are going to expand on it with the zipwire etc. then all the better. As I said in my previous post, it's better than the building not being used at all.

With regards to my knowledge of the area - it is as good as most other's thanks. My references to restaurants in the local hotels was purely a response to your comment about - and I quote - " qualitycafe/evening restaurant. Something that area lacks " . Not just the pier itself but the area - your words Bob, not mine. And to my knowledge, the hotels I mentioned along with the West Beach etc. would be considered by most to be in the "area" around the pier.

Anyway Bob, now I have cleared up the usual clouded inaccuracies we all expect in your responses, could you now please answer my original question?

As you comment on here so often by way of berating the efforts of others in improving the town, what would you actually suggest is built in the "area" which will be commercially successful and beneficial to Bournemouth? How would you fund it and if it was in any way publicly-funded, how would you guarantee the local rate-payers a successful return?

If you could answer this directly please Bob and educate all us "not too bright" then we would be all so grateful.

If not, ask anyone you know who works for the very council you constantly bemoan as they might be able to help you out a little bit.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, poor old pitiful never quite thinks his posts through firstly I never claimed that this stuff should be financed through the public purse secondly if those outlets can make a profit, then something on the pier with all it's advantages of location and view certainly would thirdly simply replacing something that doesn't work with something that certainly won't work does not improve the situation but at least the poor fellow is starting to come round to our way of thinking and appears to be thinking that Bournemouth can look forward and become a quality resort, not the 1970's style holiday camp he has previously wished upon the town ps not too sure when West Beach or the Marriot hotels relocated to the pier but i suppose we must forgive pitiful's regular innaccuracies as he doesn't really know the area (so he claimed)[/p][/quote]I think you must have me confused with someone else Bob - I guess things get a bit confusing at your age what with your lack of fresh air from being stuck behind your net curtains. If you can inform me where I have wanted the town to regress back to the 70's, please do. In fact I feel very much the opposite. I am one of a few who comment on here who do not support the view that Bournemouth would be better off back in the old days with a town centre bus station, ice cream parlour, ice rink and its own local airline where the owner cheerily waves you off to Torremelinos from the runway! If you can actually recall some - or any - of my posts from the past, you will know this to be the case. But obviously from your ill-thought retort above, your memory is obviously clouded, just like many of your opinions. I welcome any progression in the town and also anyone willing to give it a go. Some things fail - just like the ventures of your old hero and mentor Mr Carr - and some things work. That's life and all part of change. I for one support the proposals for the new hotels and all the businesses that go along with them. Anything that breathes life into any area of the town is a good thing is it not? Whether or not this new attraction on the pier will work is for us all to find out. Neither your, I or anyone else knows at this stage. We can all have our opinions on its potential success or failure but we don't know for sure. For the record, my opinion at this stage is this - it is a bit pricey for the locals to support it all year round but for the holidaymakers who visit with cash in their pockets ready to be spent, it is definitely another worthwhile attraction to have. If they are going to expand on it with the zipwire etc. then all the better. As I said in my previous post, it's better than the building not being used at all. With regards to my knowledge of the area - it is as good as most other's thanks. My references to restaurants in the local hotels was purely a response to your comment about - and I quote - " qualitycafe/evening restaurant. Something that area lacks " . Not just the pier itself but the area - your words Bob, not mine. And to my knowledge, the hotels I mentioned along with the West Beach etc. would be considered by most to be in the "area" around the pier. Anyway Bob, now I have cleared up the usual clouded inaccuracies we all expect in your responses, could you now please answer my original question? As you comment on here so often by way of berating the efforts of others in improving the town, what would you actually suggest is built in the "area" which will be commercially successful and beneficial to Bournemouth? How would you fund it and if it was in any way publicly-funded, how would you guarantee the local rate-payers a successful return? If you could answer this directly please Bob and educate all us "not too bright" then we would be all so grateful. If not, ask anyone you know who works for the very council you constantly bemoan as they might be able to help you out a little bit. MrPitiful
  • Score: 4

10:38pm Wed 28 May 14

Baysider says...

MrPitiful wrote:
Bob49 wrote:
Oh dear, poor old pitiful

never quite thinks his posts through

firstly I never claimed that this stuff should be financed through the public purse

secondly if those outlets can make a profit, then something on the pier with all it's advantages of location and view certainly would

thirdly simply replacing something that doesn't work with something that certainly won't work does not improve the situation

but at least the poor fellow is starting to come round to our way of thinking and appears to be thinking that Bournemouth can look forward and become a quality resort, not the 1970's style holiday camp he has previously wished upon the town

ps not too sure when West Beach or the Marriot hotels relocated to the pier but i suppose we must forgive pitiful's regular innaccuracies as he doesn't really know the area (so he claimed)
I think you must have me confused with someone else Bob - I guess things get a bit confusing at your age what with your lack of fresh air from being stuck behind your net curtains.

If you can inform me where I have wanted the town to regress back to the 70's, please do. In fact I feel very much the opposite.

I am one of a few who comment on here who do not support the view that Bournemouth would be better off back in the old days with a town centre bus station, ice cream parlour, ice rink and its own local airline where the owner cheerily waves you off to Torremelinos from the runway!

If you can actually recall some - or any - of my posts from the past, you will know this to be the case. But obviously from your ill-thought retort above, your memory is obviously clouded, just like many of your opinions.

I welcome any progression in the town and also anyone willing to give it a go. Some things fail - just like the ventures of your old hero and mentor Mr Carr - and some things work. That's life and all part of change. I for one support the proposals for the new hotels and all the businesses that go along with them. Anything that breathes life into any area of the town is a good thing is it not?

Whether or not this new attraction on the pier will work is for us all to find out. Neither your, I or anyone else knows at this stage. We can all have our opinions on its potential success or failure but we don't know for sure. For the record, my opinion at this stage is this - it is a bit pricey for the locals to support it all year round but for the holidaymakers who visit with cash in their pockets ready to be spent, it is definitely another worthwhile attraction to have. If they are going to expand on it with the zipwire etc. then all the better. As I said in my previous post, it's better than the building not being used at all.

With regards to my knowledge of the area - it is as good as most other's thanks. My references to restaurants in the local hotels was purely a response to your comment about - and I quote - " qualitycafe/evening restaurant. Something that area lacks " . Not just the pier itself but the area - your words Bob, not mine. And to my knowledge, the hotels I mentioned along with the West Beach etc. would be considered by most to be in the "area" around the pier.

Anyway Bob, now I have cleared up the usual clouded inaccuracies we all expect in your responses, could you now please answer my original question?

As you comment on here so often by way of berating the efforts of others in improving the town, what would you actually suggest is built in the "area" which will be commercially successful and beneficial to Bournemouth? How would you fund it and if it was in any way publicly-funded, how would you guarantee the local rate-payers a successful return?

If you could answer this directly please Bob and educate all us "not too bright" then we would be all so grateful.

If not, ask anyone you know who works for the very council you constantly bemoan as they might be able to help you out a little bit.
Cracking post Mr Pitiful but I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for Bobbie to come back with his own ideas.
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, poor old pitiful never quite thinks his posts through firstly I never claimed that this stuff should be financed through the public purse secondly if those outlets can make a profit, then something on the pier with all it's advantages of location and view certainly would thirdly simply replacing something that doesn't work with something that certainly won't work does not improve the situation but at least the poor fellow is starting to come round to our way of thinking and appears to be thinking that Bournemouth can look forward and become a quality resort, not the 1970's style holiday camp he has previously wished upon the town ps not too sure when West Beach or the Marriot hotels relocated to the pier but i suppose we must forgive pitiful's regular innaccuracies as he doesn't really know the area (so he claimed)[/p][/quote]I think you must have me confused with someone else Bob - I guess things get a bit confusing at your age what with your lack of fresh air from being stuck behind your net curtains. If you can inform me where I have wanted the town to regress back to the 70's, please do. In fact I feel very much the opposite. I am one of a few who comment on here who do not support the view that Bournemouth would be better off back in the old days with a town centre bus station, ice cream parlour, ice rink and its own local airline where the owner cheerily waves you off to Torremelinos from the runway! If you can actually recall some - or any - of my posts from the past, you will know this to be the case. But obviously from your ill-thought retort above, your memory is obviously clouded, just like many of your opinions. I welcome any progression in the town and also anyone willing to give it a go. Some things fail - just like the ventures of your old hero and mentor Mr Carr - and some things work. That's life and all part of change. I for one support the proposals for the new hotels and all the businesses that go along with them. Anything that breathes life into any area of the town is a good thing is it not? Whether or not this new attraction on the pier will work is for us all to find out. Neither your, I or anyone else knows at this stage. We can all have our opinions on its potential success or failure but we don't know for sure. For the record, my opinion at this stage is this - it is a bit pricey for the locals to support it all year round but for the holidaymakers who visit with cash in their pockets ready to be spent, it is definitely another worthwhile attraction to have. If they are going to expand on it with the zipwire etc. then all the better. As I said in my previous post, it's better than the building not being used at all. With regards to my knowledge of the area - it is as good as most other's thanks. My references to restaurants in the local hotels was purely a response to your comment about - and I quote - " qualitycafe/evening restaurant. Something that area lacks " . Not just the pier itself but the area - your words Bob, not mine. And to my knowledge, the hotels I mentioned along with the West Beach etc. would be considered by most to be in the "area" around the pier. Anyway Bob, now I have cleared up the usual clouded inaccuracies we all expect in your responses, could you now please answer my original question? As you comment on here so often by way of berating the efforts of others in improving the town, what would you actually suggest is built in the "area" which will be commercially successful and beneficial to Bournemouth? How would you fund it and if it was in any way publicly-funded, how would you guarantee the local rate-payers a successful return? If you could answer this directly please Bob and educate all us "not too bright" then we would be all so grateful. If not, ask anyone you know who works for the very council you constantly bemoan as they might be able to help you out a little bit.[/p][/quote]Cracking post Mr Pitiful but I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for Bobbie to come back with his own ideas. Baysider
  • Score: 4

10:39pm Wed 28 May 14

Charly374 says...

My question is can over 25s use it or is it just aimed at kids?
Is there going to be a charge still to get on the pier?
And most of the time the pier got closed in bad weather are they still going to do this?
The zip line dosnt appeal to me and I think it's going to look tacky but as longas it dosnt get so busy that you ddon't get a fair chance to use everything g Ibbelieve it will be good.
My question is can over 25s use it or is it just aimed at kids? Is there going to be a charge still to get on the pier? And most of the time the pier got closed in bad weather are they still going to do this? The zip line dosnt appeal to me and I think it's going to look tacky but as longas it dosnt get so busy that you ddon't get a fair chance to use everything g Ibbelieve it will be good. Charly374
  • Score: 4

11:32pm Wed 28 May 14

Bob49 says...

oh dear, poor old pitiful and his 'multiple' personalities

for the record I have just got back from the town centre along the seafront by bike

if you wish to include in my supposed innaccuarcies the statements made before, that the reef would fail, there would be no ice rink and that Richard Carr was a crook then you go ahead

likewise if west beach and the marriot hotel is in the area of the pier then again go ahead

just as you have put up this old tosh about "a town centre bus station, ice cream parlour, ice rink and its own local airline where the owner cheerily waves you off to Torremelinos from the runway"
that not one else claims so that you can knock it down, instead of dealing with real points

as to the pier I will nail my colours to the mast and state that it will fail

I will repeat I have NOT stated that any development on/around the pier should be publically funde, so stop making up stuuf - and stop trying to claim athat anything different is an improvement, it is not

you might want the tat on the pier approach, the shabby xmas market and the garden shed that purports to be a wedding venue ... because it is a change

so given how close it is to the aforementioned trial of mr carr. perhaps you could remind us how vigorously you defended him prior to his arrest - and maybe how enjoyable was that re-opening night that you had a ticket for, but never happened

Quality. not tat is what the town wants - shame some others don't
oh dear, poor old pitiful and his 'multiple' personalities for the record I have just got back from the town centre along the seafront by bike if you wish to include in my supposed innaccuarcies the statements made before, that the reef would fail, there would be no ice rink and that Richard Carr was a crook then you go ahead likewise if west beach and the marriot hotel is in the area of the pier then again go ahead just as you have put up this old tosh about "a town centre bus station, ice cream parlour, ice rink and its own local airline where the owner cheerily waves you off to Torremelinos from the runway" that not one else claims so that you can knock it down, instead of dealing with real points as to the pier I will nail my colours to the mast and state that it will fail I will repeat I have NOT stated that any development on/around the pier should be publically funde, so stop making up stuuf - and stop trying to claim athat anything different is an improvement, it is not you might want the tat on the pier approach, the shabby xmas market and the garden shed that purports to be a wedding venue ... because it is a change so given how close it is to the aforementioned trial of mr carr. perhaps you could remind us how vigorously you defended him prior to his arrest - and maybe how enjoyable was that re-opening night that you had a ticket for, but never happened Quality. not tat is what the town wants - shame some others don't Bob49
  • Score: -8

12:07am Thu 29 May 14

AnastasiaB says...

raffertyj4 wrote:
Buzetti wrote:
I think the loss of the traditional Pier Theatre, Summertime Specials etc. is a shame.
Would have preferred to see the theatre comprehensively updated/ refurbished and promoted as a year round venue for live music, comedy, cinema (like the Poole Arts Centre cinema) and obviously theatre and shows.
Another little bit of our seaside tradition dumbed-down and lost forever
It's the 21st century, things need to move with the times and to just keep refurbishing the theatre would be, as they've already said has been, a waste of money.

Some people need to accept that changes happen. Without change, the town would suffer.
Too late the Town is already suffering from the previous changes which were supposed to help the town. Wrong.
[quote][p][bold]raffertyj4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzetti[/bold] wrote: I think the loss of the traditional Pier Theatre, Summertime Specials etc. is a shame. Would have preferred to see the theatre comprehensively updated/ refurbished and promoted as a year round venue for live music, comedy, cinema (like the Poole Arts Centre cinema) and obviously theatre and shows. Another little bit of our seaside tradition dumbed-down and lost forever[/p][/quote]It's the 21st century, things need to move with the times and to just keep refurbishing the theatre would be, as they've already said has been, a waste of money. Some people need to accept that changes happen. Without change, the town would suffer.[/p][/quote]Too late the Town is already suffering from the previous changes which were supposed to help the town. Wrong. AnastasiaB
  • Score: -1

12:11am Thu 29 May 14

AnastasiaB says...

Remember the Local elections next year if you want to change the Council. If you don't bother to vote you have no right to complain.
Remember the Local elections next year if you want to change the Council. If you don't bother to vote you have no right to complain. AnastasiaB
  • Score: 2

12:42am Thu 29 May 14

wadjit says...

get rid of the pier entry charge please. its a disgrace. also make the russell cotes museum free again, advertise and sign it properly from the pier so that people know its there, money from donations can go up instead charging entry.
get rid of the pier entry charge please. its a disgrace. also make the russell cotes museum free again, advertise and sign it properly from the pier so that people know its there, money from donations can go up instead charging entry. wadjit
  • Score: 4

12:49am Thu 29 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Sounds great! If we have anymore cinemas Hollywood and Bollywood might start suffering stress issues.
.
These indoor activities should be supported because if you leave it to the council it will just be more expensive movie theatres with more expensive sweets playing musical chairs with 'their' construction businesses and losing out to more savvy investors each time..!
.
Unfortunately
'Fees' and 'expenses' all the way (whichever way) WINK WINK hey councillors???.

Ask Beesley what he wants on his deathbed sometime from now and I bet he says Cinemas everywhere!
Sounds great! If we have anymore cinemas Hollywood and Bollywood might start suffering stress issues. . These indoor activities should be supported because if you leave it to the council it will just be more expensive movie theatres with more expensive sweets playing musical chairs with 'their' construction businesses and losing out to more savvy investors each time..! . Unfortunately 'Fees' and 'expenses' all the way (whichever way) WINK WINK hey councillors???. Ask Beesley what he wants on his deathbed sometime from now and I bet he says Cinemas everywhere! HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 1

2:07am Thu 29 May 14

MrPitiful says...

Bob49 wrote:
oh dear, poor old pitiful and his 'multiple' personalities

for the record I have just got back from the town centre along the seafront by bike

if you wish to include in my supposed innaccuarcies the statements made before, that the reef would fail, there would be no ice rink and that Richard Carr was a crook then you go ahead

likewise if west beach and the marriot hotel is in the area of the pier then again go ahead

just as you have put up this old tosh about "a town centre bus station, ice cream parlour, ice rink and its own local airline where the owner cheerily waves you off to Torremelinos from the runway"
that not one else claims so that you can knock it down, instead of dealing with real points

as to the pier I will nail my colours to the mast and state that it will fail

I will repeat I have NOT stated that any development on/around the pier should be publically funde, so stop making up stuuf - and stop trying to claim athat anything different is an improvement, it is not

you might want the tat on the pier approach, the shabby xmas market and the garden shed that purports to be a wedding venue ... because it is a change

so given how close it is to the aforementioned trial of mr carr. perhaps you could remind us how vigorously you defended him prior to his arrest - and maybe how enjoyable was that re-opening night that you had a ticket for, but never happened

Quality. not tat is what the town wants - shame some others don't
So come on then Bob - I'm going for the "thirdd time lucky" approach here as it's the third timeI am asking - what are your ideas of "quality" attractions that we should have down on the seafront and/or in around town that will definitely work? What would you introduce? How would you fund it? How would you guarantee commercial success?

Give us all your answers from your wide expertise and nail them to your mast.

The town awaits your revelations....


PS - The club opening night you refer to actually did go ahead - successfully and without incident.I did invite you along as VIP but you never got back to me. I was disappointed.
The management of the club have been successfully running the club since and now have one of the best reputations on the local licensing panel. Surely your council connections can confirm that?

PPS - Nice to know you still actually venture into town on the old bike. Pity it is seemingly with your eyes shut.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: oh dear, poor old pitiful and his 'multiple' personalities for the record I have just got back from the town centre along the seafront by bike if you wish to include in my supposed innaccuarcies the statements made before, that the reef would fail, there would be no ice rink and that Richard Carr was a crook then you go ahead likewise if west beach and the marriot hotel is in the area of the pier then again go ahead just as you have put up this old tosh about "a town centre bus station, ice cream parlour, ice rink and its own local airline where the owner cheerily waves you off to Torremelinos from the runway" that not one else claims so that you can knock it down, instead of dealing with real points as to the pier I will nail my colours to the mast and state that it will fail I will repeat I have NOT stated that any development on/around the pier should be publically funde, so stop making up stuuf - and stop trying to claim athat anything different is an improvement, it is not you might want the tat on the pier approach, the shabby xmas market and the garden shed that purports to be a wedding venue ... because it is a change so given how close it is to the aforementioned trial of mr carr. perhaps you could remind us how vigorously you defended him prior to his arrest - and maybe how enjoyable was that re-opening night that you had a ticket for, but never happened Quality. not tat is what the town wants - shame some others don't[/p][/quote]So come on then Bob - I'm going for the "thirdd time lucky" approach here as it's the third timeI am asking - what are your ideas of "quality" attractions that we should have down on the seafront and/or in around town that will definitely work? What would you introduce? How would you fund it? How would you guarantee commercial success? Give us all your answers from your wide expertise and nail them to your mast. The town awaits your revelations.... PS - The club opening night you refer to actually did go ahead - successfully and without incident.I did invite you along as VIP but you never got back to me. I was disappointed. The management of the club have been successfully running the club since and now have one of the best reputations on the local licensing panel. Surely your council connections can confirm that? PPS - Nice to know you still actually venture into town on the old bike. Pity it is seemingly with your eyes shut. MrPitiful
  • Score: 1

11:40am Thu 29 May 14

TheDistrict says...

At one time I like the Pier Theatre, and likewise I would imagine that the Inddor Centre will prove to be a reasonable assett to the Pier instead. However, as an Indoor Centre it implies it will also be available when the frequent wet weather hits our town. Will the Indoor Centre be able to handle the vast numbers who may flock onto the pier to get out of the rain. Doubtful.
On the other hand who in their right mind would want to trapes a family off the beach, along the promenade, onto the pier, tranverse the pier (after possible charge, Council are not going to lose out), entrance fee into the Indoor Centre (and the sun comes out again, can we go back to the beach Mum).
Answer, not many. In fact the venture will not really serve its purpose of being an alternative weather venue.
In time, it will fail I am sorry to say. But in the meantime, have a go.
At one time I like the Pier Theatre, and likewise I would imagine that the Inddor Centre will prove to be a reasonable assett to the Pier instead. However, as an Indoor Centre it implies it will also be available when the frequent wet weather hits our town. Will the Indoor Centre be able to handle the vast numbers who may flock onto the pier to get out of the rain. Doubtful. On the other hand who in their right mind would want to trapes a family off the beach, along the promenade, onto the pier, tranverse the pier (after possible charge, Council are not going to lose out), entrance fee into the Indoor Centre (and the sun comes out again, can we go back to the beach Mum). Answer, not many. In fact the venture will not really serve its purpose of being an alternative weather venue. In time, it will fail I am sorry to say. But in the meantime, have a go. TheDistrict
  • Score: 0

3:11pm Thu 29 May 14

Rhoditzgirl says...

Oh please stop moaning the lot of you!!! I've just spent a fantastic couple of hours in there, facilities are great, staff were so helpful I really can't fault it. We didn't have to pay to get on the pier. Yes, it does cost a bit to do all the activities but there is enough to do to visit more than once and spread the cost. Compared to other activities it is actually good value for money.
It is a much needed resource.
Some people are never happy!
Oh please stop moaning the lot of you!!! I've just spent a fantastic couple of hours in there, facilities are great, staff were so helpful I really can't fault it. We didn't have to pay to get on the pier. Yes, it does cost a bit to do all the activities but there is enough to do to visit more than once and spread the cost. Compared to other activities it is actually good value for money. It is a much needed resource. Some people are never happy! Rhoditzgirl
  • Score: 3

12:35am Fri 30 May 14

guisselle says...

Hooray a positive response at last,this new venture sounds great to me!
Onwards and upwards Bournemouth and no I don't mean the balloon!
Hooray a positive response at last,this new venture sounds great to me! Onwards and upwards Bournemouth and no I don't mean the balloon! guisselle
  • Score: 1

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