BRIGHTON'S Palace Pier welcomed more than 6,000 people back on its first day after lockdown - despite the cold weather and scatterings of snow.

As lockdown restrictions eased on Monday, rides and outdoor attractions on the pier were able to open once again, with food and drink also available from its bars and restaurants outside and heated spaces to relax in.

Visitors can book their wristbands online in advance, or on their arrival.

Brighton Pier Group chief executive Anne Ackord said: "With the weather it was a slow start, but it picked up throughout the day.

"We welcomed over 6,000 visitors and it looks like more today.

The Argus: Anne Ackord, chief executive of Brighton Pier GroupAnne Ackord, chief executive of Brighton Pier Group

"All our outside venues are open and we are very happy with how it's gone, and very happy to welcome people back."

Ms Ackford said staff monitor how many people are on the pier at any one time, and can restrict capacity if needed, but they are not anticipating having to limit overall numbers.

Covid safety measures remain in place, including a one-way system and hand sanitising points dotted across the site.

The pier's indoor attractions, such as its arcades, Palace of Fun, soft play and VR dome, are due to reopen next month on May 17.

The Argus: Photo: Scott MillerPhoto: Scott Miller

Later this summer, live football will be shown on the attraction's big screen during the European Football Championships, while there are several "big names in store" to perform on the pier this summer.

Following the Euros in June, there will also be plays, concerts, magic, children's events and more as part of a Big Brighton Summer Festival, including 'Shakespier on the Pier'.

The pier is now open from 10am every day, with rides open until 6pm.

For more information or to book wristbands, visit