PREVIEW: What to expect at Weston-super-Mare's Icescape
PUBLISHED: 12:12 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:53 10 August 2017
The Tropicana will be the 'perfect' location to house a new winter wonderland event and ice rink, according to the man behind the festive project.
In last week’s Mercury it was revealed there would be a new attraction coming to the seafront events space in November this year.
Icescape will offer people of all ages the opportunity to strap on their skates and enjoy winter in all its glory.
The business’ director Mark Smith told the Mercury he hopes to create a ‘magical environment’ for residents and tourists.
He added: “Weston-super-Mare has a great coastal setting, local to several large towns and cities, with great road and rail links.
“The Tropicana is an iconic site in the South West, and offers the perfect space required to put on an event of this size, including easy access with ample parking.”
Mr Smith and his team approached North Somerset Council earlier this year with their plans for the venue who he said were ‘extremely keen and supportive’ of the event.
The two-month-long event will include the largest ice rink – which has space for up to 500 skaters per session – in the country as well as a Santa’s grotto, snow slide and The Igloo Bar.
Mr Smith said he hoped the event would be a ‘success’ and, by working in partnership with the council, could be made into an annual event.
He added: “The town is used to having a large influx of visitors in the summer, but not so much in the winter.
“We are confident that this event will attract people not only to the Tropicana site but to the town in general, increasing its profile and generating additional income for local businesses in the area.”
Icescape will also be offering free skating sessions to local schoolchildren in the first few weeks of the event.
Mr Smith said his company was also keen to work and support charities in the area with the possibility of free sessions.
Icescape is the latest event to be held at the Tropicana since it was reinvented as an events space in the wake of Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition.
It will run from November 3 to January 7 with sessions running every hour from 10am-10pm.
Tickets, which will start from £6.40, will go on sale at www.icescape-tropicana.co.uk