Clevedon Pier today
In 2015 Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust Limited became a Community Benefit Society in order that it might become a community based membership organisation. Shares were offered to prospective members and In the five months that the share offer ran over £250,000 was invested in the Society by over 1,100 members.
The new Visitor Centre opened in the spring of 2016 and transformed the visitor experience. The customary walk down the pier was supplemented by a new landward end café, toilets, a new interactive exhibition (Discover @ the Pier), a much improved shop and a meeting room with a stunning round window giving a unique view of the underside of the Pier (The Porthole Room). These major enhancements to the pier’s facilities have since enabled the Trust to fund the first elements of a long-term maintenance plan. Annual visitor numbers reached 100,000 for the first time – a figure that has been sustained in subsequent years.
Since the Visitor Centre opened, the Trust has been able to generate sufficient funds to cover the first eighteen months of a twenty year long-term maintenance programme totalling £2m. However, although the operation is now on a firm financial fitting, the requirement to generate a surplus of £100,000 per annum in order to fund long-term maintenance presents a major challenge. Admission charges to the pier amount to about 65% of the required revenue. The remainder is covered by other activities such as rental from the Trust’s catering partner, weddings, room hire, filming & photography fees, educational visits, sponsorship, fishing permits, legacies and donations.
Photographs of our Grand Opening in 2016
The picture below was taken on Lifeboat Day in 2010.