Bournemouth is about to get one of its biggest ever attractions – a 33-metre high big wheel – thanks to the Town Centre BID.
The wheel will go up next week in The Triangle in the run-up to Bournemouth Wheels Festival and will stand almost twice the height of the library, giving spectacular views across the town and seafront.
It will be open from Friday May 13 until Sunday June 5 and is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Bournemouth Town Centre.
Steve Hughes, Manager of the Bournemouth Town Centre BID, said: “We are delighted the BID has been able to bring such a big attraction to Bournemouth Town Centre. It will certainly be a big boost for the town centre economy in the run-up to the Wheels Festival and create a real buzz in the Triangle area.
“As well as adding a new dimension to the Wheels Festival this also gives us a great opportunity to showcase the town centre and help promote Bournemouth as a first-class shopping and leisure destination.
“ The Wheel and other events in the town centre during the festival gives businesses a great opportunity to join in and get more customers through their doors through their own marketing channels.”
To celebrate the opening anyone with any BH postcode is being offered a special 20% discount on the standard ticket price for the first week 13th – 19th May (inclusive). Simply bring a driving licence or utility bill as proof of address.
Open from 10am – 10pm, 7-days a week tickets are priced at £5 per adult and £3.50 for children under a metre tall.
The Wheel will offer spectacular views at a quieter pace with each of the 27 gondolas rotating a full 360 degrees.
In addition to the Big Wheel there’s lots of fun for all the family during the Wheels Festival (3rd – 5th June). In The Square you’ll find classic and vintage cars and talented riders from BMX display team, Savage Skills not only performing impressive jumps and twists but also running ‘have-a-go’ sessions (Friday evening only) for children who want to try freestyle riding for themselves. This is alongside a host of children’s entertainers in the Lower Gardens on Friday and Saturday.