One of Southport’s most iconic attractions will remain open in the lead-up to Christmas and throughout winter.
Herbert Silcock’s 121-year-old Carousel will thrill visitors every weekend and will also be open every day except Christmas Day during the school Christmas holidays.
The remarkable ride was built in 1901, in the reign of Queen Victoria, and has entertained hundreds of thousands of delighted families ever since.
It stands proudly at the entrance to Southport Pier, next to Silcock’s Funland and Silcock’s Pier Family Restaurant.
As the Southport Festive Fun Day takes place today (Saturday 19th November 2022), it’s the perfect place for families to enjoy while they’re in town beginning this year’s Christmas celebrations.
Silcock’s Operations Manager Serena Silcock-Prince said: “We are delighted that the Carousel is open for people to enjoy.
“Last winter it was closed while we carried out a refresh on it. It just needed a little TLC.
“It was taken down and was thoroughly cleaned and completely repainted, ensuring that we can keep it exactly how it should be for people.
“We are delighted to see it open throughout these winter months, putting smiles on people’s faces.
“As an attraction, it really is quite something. It really is very special.
“It is a big part of our family and is such an important symbol for Southport too.”
The Gallopers ride, on Southport Pier Forecourt, weighs 18 tons, is 42 ft in diameter and 18 ft tall.
It features two beautifully painted carriages and 30 horses, each named after members of the Silcock family or family friends.
The horses on the inside of the ride are original Anderson carvings and date to when the ride was built at the turn of the century.
On Sunday 11th December, the Pier Forecourt area will once again be a sea of red when the annual Southport Santa Sprint takes place.
Serena Silcock-Prince said: “Silcock’s is looking forward to once again sponsoring this year’s Santa Sprint for Queenscourt Hospice.
“We are happy to offer a free ride to every Santa taking part in this year’s race!”
Tickets for all riders on Silcock’s Carousel are £2 each. Small children must be accompanied by an adult.