Bolton set for ‘revolutionary’ Christmas as 100ft Ferris wheel rolls into town with bumper festive package

By Matthew Ord & Ben Butler

Bolton is set for a ‘revolutionary’ Christmas as a 100ft Ferris wheel rolls into town as part of the council’s bumper festive package.

The wheel is expected to be the only one of its kind in Greater Manchester during the festive period and will be in Victoria Square from December 12 and will be open on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day and into the New Year.

It will not be the first time the wheel has been in Greater Manchester, having recently been situated at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

Leader of Bolton Council Councillor Cliff Morris said the giant wheel would be a ‘fantastic’ addition to the town centre that would appeal to people of all ages.

He added: “Together with everything else we’ve got happening, it really will be a winter wonderland experience not to be missed.”

The ride seats 144 people and will allow for a bird’s eye view of the Pennine Countryside.

Crompton Place manager, Malcolm Angus, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the council to deliver a healthy dose of festive fun and Christmas cheer for the town.

“While parents are doing their Christmas shopping with us, there will also be the opportunity to bag one of 300 family tickets for a free ride on the giant wheel and skating for an hour on the ice rink when shoppers spend £30 or more in one go at the participating Crompton Place retailers.”

The ride costs will cost £3.50 for adults and £2 for under-16s, and £2.50 for senior citizens and students.

Family tickets are available at £7 and cover two adults and two children or one adult and three children.

Tickets can be bought online from from Monday, October 28, and in person from box offices on Victoria Square when the attraction opens.

Bolton Market is also looking for quality festive crafts, gifts and decorations traders for a four day specialty market taking place from December 12 to December 15. Opening times vary and deadline for traders to apply is October 30.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Image courtesy of amber.kennedy, with thanks

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