Big fes­ti­val of win­ter fun has just booked in

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By EMMA GILL emma.gill@men­

WE know the sun’s shin­ing but when it comes to big news for the fes­tive sea­son, it’s never too early to talk Christ­mas.

And that’s es­pe­cially true when a new fam­ily ex­trav­a­ganza is com­ing to town.

Win­ter Fun­land has been un­veiled as the new fes­tive at­trac­tion to take over Even­tCity, near the Traf­ford Cen­tre, this De­cem­ber.

And what’s even bet­ter is that the event is the brain­child of Si­mon Gold­man - the man be­hind the Geron­imo fam­ily fes­ti­val com­ing to Ar­ley Hall and Gar­dens later this month - which means he’s al­ready got some chil­dren’s TV favourites on board.

Head­line acts in­clude Cbee­bies’ Andy Day and his Odd Socks Band as well as the pop­u­lar Cirque de Hi­lar­i­ous - and there are plenty more to come.

The new-look ‘im­mer­sive event’ will play host to ‘the UK’s largest in­door theme park’ and tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Geron­imo - the fes­ti­val dubbed ‘Glas­ton­bury for kids’ - it will fea­ture fair­ground at­trac­tions in­clud­ing waltzers, a hel­ter skel­ter and an or­nate Vic­to­rian carousel.

A new ad­di­tion will be a cus­tombuilt 800 sq m in­door ice rink and there’ll be an ex­panded 1,200-seat au­di­to­rium to fit even more peo­ple in­side.

There’ll also be a Santa’s Grotto and post of­fice and the chance to feed Santa’s rein­deer.

Si­mon Gold­man, Geron­imo founder and Win­ter Fun­land or­gan­iser, said: “We want to de­liver an unforgettable Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ence from start to fin­ish for fam­i­lies and en­sure that they leave Even­tCity feel­ing truly fes­tive with lots of mem­o­ries to trea­sure.

“We un­der­stand how ex­pen­sive the fes­tive sea­son can be and so visi­tors to Win­ter Fun­land will have noth­ing ex­tra to pay. Once in­side, all the fes­tive fun in­clud­ing ice skat­ing, shows and fair­ground rides are all free of charge.”

Si­mon Jones, from Even­tCity, said: “Geron­imo Fes­ti­val is now a sta­ple of the an­nual fam­ily cal­en­dar and the ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­ativ­ity they bring to ev­ery event they or­gan­ise will en­sure that Even­tCity will be the most fes­tive place out­side La­p­land this Christ­mas.

“Our venue is per­fectly sized to host this event and fam­i­lies can en­joy ev­ery­thing un­der one roof with 17,000 free car park­ing spa­ces and easy ac­cess to all the intu Traf­ford Cen­tre has to of­fer.”

The event will run with two ses­sions a day be­tween De­cem­ber 7 and Jan­uary 1. Tick­ets will cost £22.50 and chil­dren three and un­der go free.

The an­nounce­ment comes as King­pin Events, the com­pany be­hind Win­ter Won­der­land, con­firm they will not be re­turn­ing to Even­tCity this year ‘due to a sub­stan­tial in­crease in rent.’

Tammy Sil­cock, CEO, said they are ‘cur­rently look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive venue that can ac­com­mo­date the show.’

The Fun­land will fea­ture a whole host of chil­dren’s rides and ac­tiv­i­ties un­der one roof

At­trac­tions will in­clude an 800 sq m in­door ice rink

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