Lancaster festivities draw 90,000

This winter's Lancaster on Ice attracted 90,000 visitors, more than doubling last year's turnout.

The event, which included an ice rink and Christmas markets, drew 35,000 visitors in 2018 and the organisers hoped that adding Europe's largest portable observation wheel would double those numbers.

As well as achieving this objective, the attraction went on to appear on a list of top Christmas Ice rinks in the Guardian newspaper.

Lancaster On Ice is organised by the owners of Dalton Square pub The Borough, and the ice rink featured the square’s iconic statue of Queen Victoria as its centrepiece.

The 35m tall Simpson Millar Lancaster Eye big wheel, named after its city law firm sponsor, towered above the Town Hall and provided views across the historic city, including Lancaster Castle and the Ashton Memorial, and over to Morecambe Bay, the Lake District mountains and wider Lancashire.

Lancaster on Ice organiser Martin Horner said: “The success of Lancaster on Ice this year defied even our wildest expectations. The square looked absolutely magical, especially at night, just like the Christmas wonderland we dreamed of.

The addition of the Simpson Millar wheel was the absolute showstopper

"Without doubt though, the addition of the Simpson Millar wheel was the absolute showstopper. Anyone visiting Lancaster over the Christmas period couldn’t fail to notice it, and it provided the rink and city centre with a stunning iconography that undoubtedly helped draw in visitors from far and wide.”

  • Image by Nick Dagger Photography
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