Giant wheel to offer views of Exmouth seafront

PUBLISHED: 11:22 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:00 27 July 2017

The observation wheel which is being installed on Exmouth seafront.

The observation wheel which is being installed on Exmouth seafront.

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Exmouth seafront is getting a new temporary landmark – a 28-metre-high observation wheel.

It will open for rides on Friday, July 28, and will offer spectacular views over the town, the Exe Estuary, and out to sea.

The wheel, which has 20 six-seat gondolas, is located on East Devon District Council (EDDC) land at Beach Gardens, opposite Exmouth Pavilion, and is operated by Somerset-based MI-Wheel.

Councillor Phil Skinner, EDDC’s portfolio holder for the economy, said: “The wheel signals a new era in visitor attractions in Exmouth that offers something new for all ages in a prominent seafront location.

“The wheel really has the wow factor as you approach Exmouth seafront and riding it will give you a fantastic view and new perspective over the town, the seafront, the estuary and across the English Channel.

“Siting the wheel there is a good use of council land and we hope it will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”

The wheel will be on site for 28 days, and the wheel operators are seeking planning permission for a further two week extension to mid-September.

Prices for rides are £5 for adults, £3.50 for children and OAPs, and £15 for a family ride - two adults and two children.

It will be open from 10am to 6pm every day and each ride will last for eight minutes. No booking is required.


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