Knuckleheads

Knuckleheads

We’ll call this page ‘Knuckleheads’ for now, hopefully it will have a brand new name soon!

Knuckleheads – opening as a Gym

A little bird (actually our friends at The Venue) tell us here at Visit Cleveleys that the building at Jubilee Leisure Park is set to reopen again this summer – as a gym.

Looks like the little dickie bird was right. The even better news is that it’s a JD Gym, as in JD Sports. They invest a whopping £1.5m in each of their gyms – so it looks like they’ll be here to stay. Finally!

JD Gym Cleveleys
JD Gym Cleveleys

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On the Visit Cleveleys Facebook page, James Thomas Markowicz pointed out a link to their webpage, with pre-sign ups available.

We don’t know any more than that at this stage, but when we do we’ll let you know.

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Knuckleheads Before

There was a page on Visit Cleveleys about the long and chequered history of this building on Cleveleys seafront. Sadly, it seems to have been deleted in 2018 with the move to the current version.

So here are a few photos and a potted history to remind you of what’s happened there previously. If we can find anything else (or even the old page) we’ll let you know!

In the beginning…

The buildings at Jubilee Leisure Park were constructed as part of the sea defence scheme at Cleveleys, and remodelling of the seafront.

This building first opened as Sub Zero Ice Arena in May 2011. If we remember rightly, it was the year that Dancing on Ice first hit our screens. Unfortunately, the opening was delayed until just after the hit TV series finished…

Fit out at Sub Zero Ice Arena, January 2011. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Fit out at Sub Zero Ice Arena, January 2011. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Sub Zero Ice Arena opens, May 2011. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Sub Zero Ice Arena opens, May 2011. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Sub Zero Ice Arena opens, July 2011. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Sub Zero Ice Arena opens, July 2011. Photo: Visit Cleveleys

Jubilee Ice Arena

We can’t quite remember the finer details, but the original Sub Zero had been set with problems. The Directors had argued, the original company was closed, to continue with a slightly different name and some of the original owners still on board.

Eventually that went into liquidation and new owners came in to rescue the rink. Enter Jubilee Ice Arena in October 2013.

Jubilee Ice Arena, new signage in October 2013. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Jubilee Ice Arena, new signage in October 2013. Photo: Visit Cleveleys

Cleveleys Ice Arena

When the Jubilee Ice Arena people pulled out, a group of parents and skaters banded together to try to rescue the facility. They did really well with the limited resources at their disposal. Unfortunately the equipment in the building hadn’t been properly maintained. With enormous costs ahead to keep the boiler going, they were forced to close.

Cleveleys Ice Arena, more new signage in February 2015. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Cleveleys Ice Arena, more new signage in February 2015. Photo: Visit Cleveleys

Knuckleheads Opens

By now it was clear that a financially viable ice rink just wasn’t going to happen in Cleveleys. The building lay empty and closed for quite some time.

In October 2016 a local family business ripped the rink out to open a new children’s play centre – Knuckleheads.

The interior of the building was in an awful state of repair by this time. Condensation from the ice had played havoc with the building so clearing it out and making it fit to use was a huge undertaking in itself. But nonetheless, it was done and traded well until the business rates review.

Unfortunately that saw the business rates jump significantly, to an annual amount that wasn’t sustainable, and once again the building was to close.

Fitting out for Knuckleheads in October 2016. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Fitting out for Knuckleheads in October 2016. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Inside Knuckleheads. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Inside Knuckleheads. Photo: Visit Cleveleys
Knuckleheads. Photo: Visit Cleveleys, June 2017
Knuckleheads. Photo: Visit Cleveleys, June 2017

Another Children’s Play Centre

Knuckleheads wasn’t closed for long at all before it reopened as another indoor children’s play centre. The name of which we can’t for the life in us remember! Visit Cleveleys went in to meet them and we also took some photos of the new set-up (but we can’t find them for the minute either!)

To the Future for Knuckleheads

This is a prime building in an amazing spot, so let’s hope that the new owners will be able to make a go of it for once and for all.

Good luck guys!

Apologies if any of these details aren’t quite correct. We’ve gone off the date stamp on photos and written the text from memory!

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