NEW sensory features have been installed at The Grand Pier to make it a more inclusive and accessible destination.

Attracting over 100,000 visitors per year, the pier is dedicated to ensuring that everyone feels comfortable and at ease.

Individuals with sensory sensitivities can now minimise potential stress triggers by using the newly introduced noise-reducing headphones and tinted glasses. This ensures that everybody can enjoy the full pier experience.

These can be obtained from the Grand Cafe till on the ground floor of the pavilion and the Gift Shop till on the first floor.

Customers may keep hold of the items for the duration of the day after paying a small deposit of £5.

Visitors can also make use of a dedicated quiet room, which is designed to offer sensory reduction and a safe place to unwind.

If you wish to access the room, all you need to do is notify a member of staff who will let you in.

Tim Moyle, operations director of The Grand Pier, said: "We are incredibly proud of the steps we have taken to ensure our site is inclusive for all. By introducing noise-reducing headphones, tinted glasses, and a dedicated quiet room, we are demonstrating our commitment to inclusivity and providing a welcoming environment where everyone can fully enjoy their visit."

The Grand Pier also has accessible toilets, wheelchair access lifts with features for visually impaired individuals, and wide walkways.

The pier also welcomes assistance dogs. Their website reads: "At The Grand Pier, we strive to make sure that our rides, food and retail outlets and fun attractions are easily accessible to all our guests.

"Thousands of disabled people rely on an assistance dog to help them with day to day activities that many people take for granted.

"Assistance dogs are trained to help people with visual impairments, hearing difficulties, epilepsy, diabetes, physical mobility problems and more. Assistance dogs carry out a variety of practical tasks for people as well as supporting their independence and confidence.

"For this reason, we welcome assistance dogs to accompany their owners onto The Grand Pier where pet dogs would not be permitted."

For more information on The Grand Pier's accessibility measures, please visit their website.