April 16, 2019 11.04 am This story is over 29 months old

Work begins on new Skegness high wire adventure

It’s hoped it’ll open in the summer

Work is underway to build a new urban high wire attraction and cafe in Skegness.

The total investment for the two new developments is over £1 million.

As previously reported, 21-metre high structure was proposed to East Lindsey District Council by the Magna Vitae Trust.

Diggers have now moved onto land on Grand Parade in Skegness. Over the coming weeks the area right next to the town’s indoor and outdoor pools and fitness suite is set to be transformed.

Diggers moved onto land on Grand Parade in Skegness.

The current refreshment kiosk next to the outdoor pool will be removed and replaced by a new cafe.

Cafe Magna is expected to open in mid-June. It will specialise in authentic stone-baked pizza and is partnering with the Costa ‘Proud to Serve’ brand.

A view of the high wire from the proposed new cafe.

The high wire facility – Altitude44 – is being developed in association with German company KristallTurm. It is the company’s first project in the UK having completed others across the world from Australia to China.

It comprises of four giant-sized platforms within which sit 44 fun obstacles of all different shapes and sizes – all with a seaside theme.

Work on the new high wire facility will start this Spring. Photo: Magna Vitae Trust

It has a provisional opening date of late July or early August. People can register their early interest in booking by emailing [email protected]

Both the facility and the new cafe will have public Wifi facilities.

It could open this summer. Photo: Magna Vitae Trust

The two new developments will be run by Magna Vitae, which also operates Skegness Pool and Fitness suite and the nearby Embassy Theatre.

The House of Lords Select Committee recently released a report on Regenerating Seaside Towns. It cited a decline in core industries and ‘most notably domestic tourism’ as a factor in the challenges facing the UK’s coastal resorts.

Magna Vitae Chief Executive Mark Humphreys said: “The work we are doing here, along with our partners, flies in the face of what this report says. We have the confidence in Skegness as a resort with a bright future and our investment and work on these two projects is evidence of that.”

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