Lancaster brings in giant wheel for Christmas

The organisers of Lancaster on Ice have imported Europe’s biggest portable big wheel and opened a city centre ice rink as part of its expanded Christmas offering.

The 35-metre-high Simpson Millar Lancaster Eye, which takes its name from the law firm which sponsors it, provides views across the historic city and beyond.

The wheel is a major addition to Lancaster on Ice which in its debut year attracted more than 35,000 skaters from as far afield as Scotland and the Midlands. It is hoped the wheel will double those figures this year.

The festivities, which are organised and run by the managers The Borough pub, also includes adjoining Christmas market and tipi bar with smokeless fire pits for marshmallow toasting.

Martin Horner, organiser, said: “We knew from the planning documents the wheel was going to look pretty spectacular, but now it has arrived we are just blown away. The square looks absolutely magical, just like the Christmas wonderland we dreamed of looking out of The Borough for years before we decided to go ahead and do it.

The square looks absolutely magical, just like the Christmas wonderland we dreamed of.

“We hope everyone from Lancaster and as many as possible from across Lancashire and Cumbria or further afield will take the opportunity while the wheel is here to come and experience something unique and incredible this Christmas.”

  • Photograph by Nick Dagger.
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