Giant Ferris wheel rolls into Chorley
Chorley's Christmas is set to get even better from next Friday when the main attraction arrives to give families a ride above the town’s rooftops.
Due to popular demand, Chorley Council and Market Walk shopping centre are bringing back the 100 foot Ferris wheel that dominated the Chorley skyline in 2012 to once again transform the town centre into a winter wonderland.
The spectacular wheel is back in town until Sunday 3 January to give little and big kids a magical Christmas ride above the clouds of Chorley.
The giant wheel will be on the Flat Iron car park, just off Union Street, with some festive food and drink stalls surrounding it selling everything from German cakes, sausages and treats to mulled wine, cider, hot chocolate and more. It will also be lit up after dark to add to the fantastic light displays across the town centre.
The wheel will be open Sunday to Wednesday 12 noon to 6pm, Thursdays 12 noon to 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 8pm. The only day it will be closed is Christmas Day.
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the giant Ferris wheel and are priced £4 for adults and £2 for children and concessions or a family of four can purchase a family ticket for £10.
Anyone who purchases a giant Ferris wheel ticket and takes it into the O2 store in Market Walk, will be entered into a free prize draw to win a tablet.
Councillor Peter Wilson, who has responsibility for the town centre and events at Chorley Council, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the giant Ferris wheel back to give local people, visitors and traders another spectacular Christmas in Chorley.
“The ride opens on Friday so make sure you come and take a ride with family and friends while it’s here. It can take 144 passengers at any one time so there will be plenty of opportunity to take a ride above the rooftops of Chorley.
“We’ve brought the Ferris wheel back after people requested it and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of people enjoying the attraction and having a good time.
“There’s also lots of other activities going on in the run up to Christmas including free face painting and arts and craft in Market Walk as well as some festive entertainment in some areas of the town centre.
“Chorley’s Santa Express land train will also be running between the town centre and Astley Hall every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 5 until Sunday 20 December and people can pay on the day if they would simply like to take to ride the train. Anyone who also wishes to meet Father Christmas at Astley Hall will need to book in advance at chorley.gov.uk but there are only a few tickets remaining.
“Over the past few years, the council has worked hard to create a real festive buzz about the town and offer something different from other areas. We want to continue building on this to encourage more people to visit Chorley and boost the local economy.”
Chorley’s giant Ferris wheel will open at 10am on Friday 11 December.
To keep up-to-date with Chorley’s Christmas plans, please check chorley.gov.uk like Chorley Council on Facebook or follow @ChorleyCouncil on Twitter.