Broadmead big wheel to tower 55m over Bristol
A HUGE observation wheel offering panoramic views of Bristol is set to open in the middle of Broadmead next week.
The Evening Post revealed at the end of Decemberthat the smaller version of the London Eye would be coming to the city centre.
And we can now reveal that people will be able to take rides on the 55m-high wheel from February 11.
Mellors Group, which operates the attraction, was last month given planning permission by the city council to set up the observation wheel in the heart of the shopping centre.
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Street furniture is being removed from The Podium – the open space in the centre of Broadmead – to make way for the arrival of the huge structure, which was last used in London's Hyde Park last Christmas. Fencing has also been erected on the site.
It is anticipated that between 30,000 and 50,000 people will take a ride in one of the wheel's enclosed pods within the first month of its opening.
It has 40 pods, including a VIP pod, which can each hold up to six people. Rides on the wheel last between 13 and 15 minutes.
Nick Vass, event planning manager for Nottingham-based Mellors Group, said the wheel was being stored in Nottingham ahead of it being transported south to Bristol.
He said: "We're very confident it will be a success in Bristol."
The wheel in Broadmead will be running in Bristol until May 8.
It will be open for rides between 10am and 8pm, Sunday to Thursday, and between 10am and 10pm on Fridays, Saturdays and bank holidays.
Rides cost £6 for adults, £5 for concessions and £4 for children over three years old and shorter than 1.4m tall. Children under three go free.
For more information visit www.bristolwheel.co.uk.