Christmas has come early for Penarth following the reopening of its iconic pier pavilion, set to become a multi-purpose complex for local residents.
Originally opened in 1930, the building was a hub for community activity and seaside entertainment – used as a cinema, dance hall, nightclub and snooker club over the years.
Nearly 80 years on, the Grade II listed building was a shell of its former self and in a dilapidated state. As a result the charity, Penarth Arts and Crafts LTD, formed in 2008 to renovate the pier using a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Following a refurbishment worth £4.1 million, the pavilion building is now open to the public, including features such as a café, bar, 70-seat cinema and meeting rooms. The main hall will be used as an exhibition centre and ballroom.
With its breath-taking views over the Bristol channel, the pavilion will become a cultural centre and invaluable community resource for residents, even offering services for veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, carers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers.
As a multi-purpose centre fit for many uses, the restoration is brilliant news for anybody living in Penarth or looking to buy. The building will create a modern entertainment hub with a vintage twist for the area, which has already been voted one of the top places to visit in the UK by The Times.
The revamp will help to attract more prospective house buyers and holidaymakers, cementing Penarth as an ideal place to visit and live, helping to boost house prices.
Ultimately, there is no doubt that the pavilion will become Penarth’s significant attraction and a natural part of family life – whether it’s watching a new film, hosting a glamorous ball or even a life-changing meeting. From business owners, stay at home mums and the elderly, it will draw in people from all walks of life pleased to see it restored to its former glory.