Mixed summer for town seafront attractions

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 15:22 13 September 2012

The carousel and log flume could be joined by a rollercoaster next year

The carousel and log flume could be joined by a rollercoaster next year

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WESTON'S summer may have been a washout weather-wise, but it has still proved a positive one in some quarters.

The log flume, installed on the Beach Lawns by Event Attractions in July, has been hailed a ‘success’ by its operators.

The firm’s managing director, James Rogers, said 30,000 people had visited the attraction and the neighbouring waveswinger carousel and he is now hoping to extend their stay in Weston until the town’s carnival on November 9.

He added that he hoped to arrange a deal for them to return to the resort next year, from spring until the carnival.

He said: “The log flume has been a success. We had high expectations for the site and they have been met.”

One attraction that has experienced a good summer despite facing vandalism and torrential rain is the Sand Sculpture Festival on the town’s beach.

Despite an incident which saw vandals damage several sculptures, including one of the Queen, almost 50,000 people have visited the festival site over the summer.

The high footfall has encouraged its organisers to extend its stay on the beach until September 30.

The festival, which swallowed up 4,000 tons of sand, is open from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The water park in Knightstone Road, run by Weston Town Council, has proved a hit since opening in July 2010, but is roughly a quarter down on its revenue from last year.

Last year the attraction brought in £10,375 but town council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said the income had fallen to £8,250 this year.

He said: “I think it’s totally down to the weather. I think we have had the wettest summer on record.

“We had to close the water park twice because of flooding in the grassy areas.

“The council is committed to keeping the water park going so there probably won’t be any repercussions, we’ll just have to find that extra £2,000 from somewhere else.”

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