Rollercoaster and Winter Wonderland set for town seafront?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 September 2012

Princess Royal Square could soon feature a range of attractions throughout the year

Princess Royal Square could soon feature a range of attractions throughout the year

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A ROLLERCOASTER, German market, ice-rink and a host of other attractions could be on their way to Weston as part of a deal between the council and an events firm.

Events Attractions put up a 12m-high log flume on the Beach Lawns earlier this year, stepping into the breach after Weston Wheel operators Great City Attractions broke their contract with North Somerset Council. And the firm’s managing director has said his company is now looking to bring a range of other attractions to the town.

James Rogers will meet with North Somerset Council over the coming weeks to thrash out a deal allowing him to import a host of new attractions to Weston, starting with a Winter Wonderland this festive period.

He hopes to agree a five-year contract with the authority, having already met with its executive member for tourism, Felicity Baker, over the summer.

The wonderland would be created in the Town Square and would feature an ice-rink, German market and other seasonal attractions.

Mr Rogers also said he hoped to be able to bring a rollercoaster to the town, to expand the log flume site on the Beach Lawns.

The ride could be installed next spring.

He said: “I’m waiting for a meeting with [council leader] Nigel Ashton.

“We have proposed multi-part attractions all year round for Weston.

“We’ve got a good appetite for attracting people to the resort. We’re really pleased with the location on the Beach Lawns and we can see the potential there to make use of it.”

He added that the firm also wanted to install attractions such as carousels and ferris wheels in Princess Royal Square.

As the firm’s base is only about 40 miles away, in Horton, South Gloucestershire, the company would be able to revolve the attractions in the square throughout the year.

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