Stars from stage, screen and sports came out in the droves on Monday to officially open the family festive extravaganza, Silcock’s Winter Wonderland Manchester at EventCity.
Organised by Kingpin Events, the theme park returned to the city for the first time in four years – and it has already been highly praised for its safety, entertainment and is welcomed back as a Christmastime favourite across the region. The cast of Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Coronation Street were all in attendance, along with players and their families from the regions biggest football and rugby clubs.
Footballers Harry Maguire, Vincent Kompany, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tom Heaton, Lee Grant, Sam Johnstone, Luke Ayling and Kyle Bartley were all present along with Natasha Hamilton, Denise Welsh, John Thompson, Katie McGlynn, Millie Gibson, Daniel Jillings and Louis Emerick were among the guests enjoying the rides, shows and games. The evening also seen the regions media attend with 4 and 5 star reviews across the board.
Silcock’s Winter Wonderland Manchester runs until Sunday 2 January 2022. EventCity is located next to the Trafford Centre, and offers 3,000 free car park space.
It was announced last week that fashion giants Boohoo and BoohooMAN – which were founded in Manchester and lead the fashion e-commerce market – were announced as headline sponsors of the festive spectacular.
Silcock’s Winter Wonderland Manchester and Kingpin Events bring the magic and excitement of Christmas back to EventCity and have transformed the indoor 22,000sqm exhibition space into an unbelievable Winter wonderland. It was a top attraction and annual highlight in the city’s events calendar between 2103 and 2017. Now the hugely popular event is open bigger and better than ever before and is an unmissable Christmas family adventure.
The festive spectacular features more than 50 family rides and attractions all under one roof including dodgems, roller coasters, waltzers, a runaway train, inflatables, baby chill out zone – and even a beach, welcome during the cold Winter season.
Silcock’s Winter Wonderland Manchester will also offer a whole host of live entertainment across the Christmas season including performances of specially created mini pantomime The Wizard Of Oz. The colourful family show will be performed at each daily session, and performances are included in the entrance fee. The entertainment programme also includes a dazzling array of theatrical shows on the main stage. Highlights include TV stars Daisy and Ollie, Ice Princess Show, Christmas Meltdown, and the return of the spectacular Christmas Circus – all with daily performances.
Organisers Tammy and Billy Silcock of Kingpin Events added: “We couldn’t have asked for a more welcome return to EventCity, from our charity night on Friday, followed by a busy weekend of attenders and our official opening nighton Monday. To see the joy on families faces following the dreadful couple of years we have had is an absolute joy. We want people to come along and feel safe and we have put stringent measures in place to ensure social distancing. Tickets are selling fast so please book early to avoid disappointment.”
Visitors will be greeted by Elves and Fairies, and the man of the moment Father Christmas will be meeting youngsters every day up to and including Christmas Eve. There is an opportunity to purchase a toy and keepsake photograph from the Father Christmas Toy Workshop.
There are also games stalls and festive foods, from German sausages to waffles and crepes, as well as an authentic German Bar for alcoholic drinks and refreshments.
Ticket admission for a Silcock’s Winter Wonderland Manchester session includes four hours of non-stop fun and entertainment for one price (excluding games and food stalls). Silcock’s Winter Wonderland Manchester is operated on a session basis to ensure visitors can enjoy a Covid-secure and enjoyable experience without overcrowding. There is also ticket insurance and a “buy with confidence, exchange with ease policy” should a ticket holder have to isolate.
Silcock’s Winter Wonderland Manchester will adhere to any Government Covid guidelines in place at the time. Hand sanitiser stations will be located around the event, with stringent additional cleaning measures in place.
Silcock’s Winter Wonderland Manchester is also available for private hire.
For full details or to book www.winterwonderlandmanchester.com