Giant observation wheel to offer panoramic views from Great Yarmouth seafront
Visitors to Great Yarmouth seafront this season will have the chance to ride on a 50-metre tall observation wheel and enjoy panoramic views over the coastline, under plans by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
The council has secured the landmark temporary attraction, at no cost, in order to provide an additional covid-safe draw, as part of supporting the important visitor economy when restrictions are lifted to allow tourism again.
The Cityliner giant observation wheel features 36 capsules, each with a capacity of up to six people, and will operate from the SEA LIFE Centre Gardens this summer, subject to planning consent and coronavirus restrictions in place at the time. The council would like to thank Merlin Entertainments for allowing this space to be used.
To ensure the safety of employees and guests, enhanced cleaning of the ride will take place during working hours. Guests will also have their temperatures taken before boarding and required to wear a face covering boarding, during and exiting the ride.
Cllr Carl Smith, the council leader, said: "This temporary landmark attraction will enhance the seafront's overall offer in the 2021 season, boost footfall and add to the profile and vitality of our resort during a challenging period for our visitor economy.
"It will also be covid-safe fun for visitors and residents alike, offering fabulous views across our coastline and historic skyline, out to the Broads. Slightly taller than the Revolving Tower which famously stood on the seafront until the war, the wheel will be visible from the Acle Straight and will form a spectacular backdrop particularly when illuminated in the evenings."
Jake de koning of The Giant Wheel Company, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be presenting our flagship state-of-the art Cityliner Observation Wheel at the iconic Great British seaside resort of Great Yarmouth for 2021.
"This is a landmark attraction that will offer views of Great Yarmouth and Norfolk for over 10 miles distance and we believe it will be a great attraction to what this beautiful seaside resort already has to offer."
Subject to planning consent and coronavirus restrictions, the wheel will be place for the main summer holiday period.