Date: 
31/01/2013

Wheely good news for the Bay!

The English Riviera Wheel is set to return some time this summer, subject to planning permission. The wheel, at a height of nearly 60 metres, is taller than Nelson's Column and provides breathtaking 360 degree views across the Bay and proved to be one of the many local highlights of 2012.  It will once again be located in Princess Gardens, Torquay. The wheel, almost completely silent in operation, features the very latest in observation wheel technology and is suitable for all ages.  It has 40 enclosed lit gondolas, each of which can carry up to six passengers and can also take wheelchairs.

Torbay’s Mayor Gordon Oliver said:  "It is great news that The English Riviera Wheel has plans to return.  It offers breathtaking views of the Bay from a rare perspective and was so warmly received last year.”

The English Riviera Wheel is being brought to the Bay by Nottingham-based business Mellors Group. Group Director James Mellor said: “Following the success of last year’s visit, we are greatly looking forward to return to Torbay with the English Riviera Wheel.  It proved very popular during its brief stay last year and has given the profile of the area a much deserved boost.  We hope that residents, tourists and businesses will once again support us.”

Carolyn Custerston, CEO, English Riviera Tourism Company, said:  “We are thrilled that the English Riviera Wheel is returning to the resort for 2013 as it proved a very popular new attraction last year and provides visitors with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the amazing panoramic views across South Devon’s Beautiful Bay.” 

The installation of the wheel will take about one week by ten fully trained and qualified personnel using an inbuilt hydraulic system, and will be transported to Torbay on ten specially adapted trailers.