Cheltenham Observation Wheel
We have some ‘wheely’ exciting news! The Cheltenham Observation Wheel is returning to Imperial Gardens for three weeks in February.
This is your chance to enjoy bird’s-eye views over Regency Cheltenham.
The wheel, operated by de Koning Leisure and hosted by Cheltenham BID, will operate daily 4 – 26 February, with extended opening times at weekends, and throughout the half-term holiday.
Free entertainment in Imperial Gardens
Enjoy an evening romantic stroll 10-20 February through six illuminated heart arches. Take a selfie with your loved one before treating yourself to an evening ride with birds-eye views over Regency Cheltenham.
Local circus entertainers, Thomas Trilby and friend, will be roaming around the gardens demonstrating juggling and stilt walking skills Saturday 11 February, at intervals from 12.15pm - 4.30pm. Free heart balloon wands, whilst stocks last.
Paddington will be making personal appearances on Saturday 18 February at intervals from 12.15pm - 4.30pm. An unmissable treat for Paddington fans! Don't forget to bring your camera.
FAQ's Cheltenham Observation Wheel / Cheltenham Big Wheel
Location - Cheltenham Imperial Gardens, opposite the Queens Hotel.
Dates - Daily from Saturday February 4 until Sunday February 26.
Opening times - Weekdays from 4pm - approx. 9pm. Weekend and half term holidays (20 - 24 February) from midday to approx. 9pm
Cost - Adult ticket £7, child under 1.4m £5 and a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children under 1.4m) £20.
How to book - Via this booking link.
How long is the observation wheel ride? The wheel rotates a minimum of 3 times.
How long will I have to wait? The wheel has a large number of pods and can accommodate five people per pod, so queues empty fairly quickly. Usually not longer than 10 minutes.
Can wheelchair users ride on the pods? Yes, the pods are accessible for wheelchairs and there is access assistance too.
How many people can fit into a pod? Five.
Are the pods covered? Yes, there is roof to each pod.
Are dogs allowed? Guide and assistance dogs are allowed a ride with owners.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult ride||£7.00 per ticket|
|Child ride (under 1.4 m)||£5.00 per ticket|
|Family ticket||£20.00 per ticket|
Adult ticket will be £7, child under 1.4m £5 and a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children under 1.4m) £20.
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