If you feel in the mood to "whack a banker" look no further than Southwold's pier.
Despite being completely re-built in 1999, the pier retains a refined sea-side resort ambience, full of places to grab a cuppa or sit in the sunshine and eat ice creams. It is good for a stroll at any time of the year, but when you need some respite from Suffolk's relentless buffeting winds, I recommend the "Under the Pier Show". Full of slot machine games hand-built by Tim Hunkin, the wooden room is fun for all ages. I particularly liked THE BATHYSCAPE which pretended to take me underwater to look at all the poo being pumped into the sea, several radioactive plastic fish, Robert Maxwell's skeleton and finally started leaking as it hurtled to the surface. The psycho-killer chiropodist manipulated my feet far more gently than I expected. Cutting close to the bone of good taste with his MOBILITY MASTERCLASS "Start training for your future today", Tim gives you the opportunity to practise crossing a motorway, lane by lane, pushing a zimmer frame. I was mown down several times.
On the way out I was taken by a mallet and a series of holes in a table, and worked up a sweat whacking several bald bankers as they popped their heads up through the holes. Very therapeutic.
Southwold Pier Limited, North Parade, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6BN
+44 (0)1502 722105
More on Tim Hunkin's machines: www.underthepier.com/10_current_machines.htm
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