Pier named as one of UK’s ‘best tiny attractions’

PUBLISHED: 21:00 13 June 2018

Burnham on Sea Pier Pavilion.

Burnham on Sea Pier Pavilion.

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A Somerset landmark has received national recognition.

Burnham Pavilion, in the Esplanade, has been named as one the UK’s ‘best tiny attractions‘ by The Guardian newspaper for its short pier which, at only 37 metres in length, is the smallest in the country.

MORE: Historic pavilion under new ownership.

In the article, the Guardian said the ‘pier’s true glory is its amusement arcade and bingo hall’.

It also noted how the building ‘has all the essentials of a pier with the bonus that it looks like a model of a proper one, which somehow adds an extra layer to the entertainment on offer’.

MORE: New look for famous landmark.

Construction work began in 1911 and the building opened in 1914, just before the First World War.

The Parkin family took over the derelict pavilion in 1968 and spent significant funds maintaining and renovating the site.

J Holland and Sons purchased the building from them in December last year.

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