LED set to take over Exmouth sea front facility

PUBLISHED: 11:45 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:45 26 March 2015

Ocean Blue. Ref exe 1212-33-14SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Ocean Blue. Ref exe 1212-33-14SH. Picture: Simon Horn


Leisure East Devon (LED) has announced it has agreed a 25-year lease to manage the Ocean Blue complex on Exmouth seafront.

The complex, owned by Mark and Rachael Quinn of Harlequinns Leisure, will be renamed ‘Ocean’ and will continue to offer a 12-lane ten pin bowling area and a bar and grill restaurant.

The SEGA entertainment centre and retail units will also remain on site and a new state-of-the-art bowling system is due to be installed later this year.

The first floor will contain one of the largest soft play centres in the region along with a family-friendly viewing area and café, with views over the seafront.

The second floor Ocean Suite will continue to operate as a venue for weddings, conferences and events, providing panoramic views of the coastline and estuary.

LED chief executive Peter Gilpin said: “This is a very exciting development for LED as the Ocean Blue complex has tremendous potential and is already an iconic building on Exmouth seafront.

“I have no doubt that Ocean will become a prized asset for the people of Exmouth and East Devon, as well as drawing even more visitors to the town.”

LED expects to take over the management of the building by June and will be working with Mark and Rachael Quinn in the meantime to complete a programme of works and fitting out in order to be ready for the summer season.

The leisure trust has also confirmed that it will honour all existing bookings and quotations, and that all staff will also transfer to LED with their terms and conditions of employment fully protected.

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