Visitors are guaranteed fireworks in more ways than one when the first ever Southport Pleasureland Winter Season launches this weekend.
The attraction is offering people the chance to enjoy as many rides as they like, sample some superb Christmas market stalls and end Saturday night with a bang with a crescendo of pyrotechnics in the night sky.
Due to strict Covid safety measures numbers are limited so people are being asked to book early.
To celebrate the launch of Winter At Southport Pleasureland, people in Southport and across Sefton can enjoy a special £5 discount for this Saturday (12 December), which will culminate in a special fireworks display.
The park will be open to visitors Sunday 13 December, then every day from Saturday 19 December until Sunday 3 January (except for Christmas Day).
Southport Pleasureland CEO Norman Wallis said: “We have been working all day and at weekends to get everything ready for our Winter Festivities starting this weekend.
“We are launching on Saturday with a big night for people from Southport and across Sefton, with a special £5 off offer and fireworks!
“There are a lot of things that people haven’t been able to do this year. They haven’t been able to gather at a big Christmas Lights Switch on in Southport or anything like that because of Covid-19 restrictions.
“So we are putting something on that is very festive that people can really enjoy, while still remaining Covid safe. Being outside is a great advantage as well.
“I am hoping that people in Southport and across Merseyside will want to be part of this and come down and enjoy themselves. There is limited capacity because of social distancing rules so booking early is advisable.
“People weren’t able to see any of the big bonfire and fireworks displays in November this year because of lockdown, so our fireworks this Saturday will be a great opportunity for them to see that too.
“People who come to Southport Pleasureland will be able to enjoy lots of great rides, festive food such as German sausages, and other things you would enjoy in a festive market.
“And because we have got that experience of being Covid safe from our summer opening, people can have that confidence that we are a safe place to visit.
“This has been such a tough year for families. Being able to come out of lockdown, and to enjoy visits to places like Southport Pleasureland, really helps people’s mental health. It’s important for families being able to get out together, and to see other people at a safe distance.”
All of the rides will be shimmering with gates open at 11am each day, with all the rides and fun starting from midday.
Father Christmas will be in his Covid-safe grotto residence. The elves have been hard at work building a brand-new indoor ride around Santa’s workshop to give you an experience to remember, before you go on to pay a visit to Santa himself, and receive a lovely gift to take away. You’ll have the opportunity to add this extra special treat to your booking during checkout.
In the park there will be festive food and drink, with a few other surprises and treats planned.
All tickets and Santa’s workshop experience must be booked online in advance to enable Southport Pleasurerland to manage restricted capacity in the park.
In line with government regulations, each booking is capped at a maximum of six people who must all be in your household or support bubble.
Southport Pleasureland has introduced a huge array of Covid safe measures at the park in addition to extensive staff training to ensure that customers remain safe when the gates open.
Park CEO Norman Wallis said: “We have been considering and planning a Winter event for some time.
“We’ve planted many Christmas trees and they, along with our existing established trees have been decorated with beautiful Christmas lights.
“Father Christmas – and the park is hoping to coax his reindeer to join him – will be in his Covid-safe grotto residence, with a new indoor ride around Santa’s workshop – so there will be plenty to see and do.
“Southport Pleasureland has only been open for 54 days this year. That is a lot less than hotels, pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses.
“I just love to see Southport Pleasureland open. I live for seeing people being in the park, and all the colour, and the lights, and the enjoyment people get through everything we do.
“We want people to stand up for Southport this Christmas. Buy local, shop local, support local businesses. Please book your tickets for Southport Pleasureland and come along to see us and start your Christmas season with a bang!”
For more details about Southport Pleasureland this Winter and to book tickets please visit the park’s website. www.southportpleasureland.com