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NEWS RELEASE 24/11/16: Festive fun beside the sea as big wheel comes to Bournemouth

In an exciting new addition to Bournemouth’s Christmas line-up, from Thursday 8 December visitors and residents will be able to experience panoramic views of the resort’s award-winning seafront as a big wheel arrives in Pier Approach for the festive period alongside an enchanted Christmas tree walkway and Santa’s post box.

The wheel, which features 23 gondolas and stands at 35m tall, will add to the town’s festive appeal with its clean white appearance and magical lighting.

Priced at £5 for adults and £4 for children, the big wheel will be in Bournemouth’s re-landscaped Pier Approach area from 8 December 2016 – 7 January 2017 and will run from 11am – 10pm daily (except for Christmas day) Bournemouth residents will also be entitled to 50p off the ticket price with proof of a BH postcode.

Also adding to the seasonal spirit, from Monday 12 December, there will be an enchanted spiral walkway in Pier Approach lined with 68 Christmas trees and leading to Santa’s post box where children can post letters to the North Pole.

The wheel and walkway come courtesy of Bournemouth’s Coastal BID whose members have rallied together to bring a new experience to the seafront for 2016.

Stefan Krause, Coastal BID Manager, enthused: “’After the successful Christmas Celebration launch event on the seafront, I can’t wait to see these seasonal attractions in the same location, adding more bright sparkles to the festive skyline and attracting more visitors to our beloved coastal destination, Bournemouth!”

Meanwhile, the Christmas offer continues in the gardens and town centre until 3 January 2017 thanks to Bournemouth’s Town Centre BID.

Steve Hughes, Town Centre BID Manager, said: “Bournemouth is putting on a real show this Christmas. In the town centre we have a bigger and better ice rink, illuminated gardens, Nutcracker Trail and our popular Snow Globe still to come. With our great shops, bars and restaurants, as well as free parking on late night shopping Thursdays and Sundays, Bournemouth is the place to be.”

For more information, go to bournemouth.co.uk/christmas

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Please contact Bournemouth Tourism PR office for more information

pr@bournemouth.gov.uk or call 01202 451750

Notes to Editors

  • Big wheel: 8 December 2016 – 7 January 2017. 10am – 10pm daily. Adults £5, children (up to 1.4m) £4, OAP / student £4 and family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) £15.
  • Enchanted Christmas tree walkway: 12 – 30 December 2016. Free of charge.
  • The rest of Bournemouth’s Christmas offer includes ice skating and après-skate winter warmers in the Lower Gardens, Panto at The Pavilion, a Victorian Christmas Fayre at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, a Nutcracker Trail, the return of Giant Snow Globe and late night Thursday shopping, as well as free parking from Thursday 24 November. In addition, many seasonal events can be enjoyed in the coastal villages of Westbourne, Southbourne and Boscombe. For more information, go to co.uk/christmas

 

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