Fun in the Sun for Everyone at Paignton Pier
Set in the centre of a fabulous Torbay beach, the 240-metre long Paignton Pier provides a spectacular view of Torbay as well an exciting range of amusements for the entire family. Located just 15 minutes away from Galmpton Touring Park, there is something exotic about the boardwalk type experience that harkens back to an earlier time, and something about the bright colours and the sounds of laughter than brightens even the dullest day.
The beach, the sun, the fun, and the games – all come with their own built in stress relievers. If you don’t believe us, then you’ve clearly never enjoyed riding the Orbiter Dodgems and firing an infrared beam at the others to send them into a spin!
Built in 1879 by Paignton barrister Arthur Hyde Dendy, and designed by George Soudon Bridgman, the Pier was an instant success. The pavilion on the Pier was the site of entertainment such as singing, dancing, recitals, and a music hall. In 1880, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera ‘HMS Pinafore’ was performed in the pavilion and the billiard room was constructed the following year.
In the 20th century a fire damaged the Pier, and over the years it declined until in 1980, a massive redevelopment project rejuvenated it completely with a wider shoreward end and the construction of the new pavilions that are in use today. At the Pier-head where the pavilion once stood (it had burned down in 1919), and where so much great entertainment took place in the 19th century, there is now an open amusement area with karts, slides and carousel.
The revival of Paignton Pier is a testament to what a natural place this is to relax. The sand, sea, and scenery are exquisite and the man-made entertainment has changed with the times to make this an exciting place to spend a day.
In 2014, Stade Developments (Hastings) Ltd. purchased Paignton Pier with the promise to invest heavily in new equipment. Last year, the Pier added the casino area with its popular slot machines – some with £500 jackpots!
Today, you can enjoy the latest machines, the mega slide, Orbiter Dodgems, trampolines, bouncy castle, shooting gallery, remote control cars, ten-pin bowling, and crazy golf. There is a beach shop and if you feel like a snack, there’s a cafe, takeaway, ice cream parlour, rock and sweet shop, snack bar, seafood kiosk, fresh donut stand, burgers and chips, and the homemade fudge shop.
From the Pier you can stroll to the centre of Paignton, where there is plenty of parking and the station and buses are nearby this English Riviera attraction.
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