Has Christmas come too early in Chester?

Chester's festive fairground is unusually empty.

Chester’s festive fairground is unusually empty.

THE second annual Chester Winter Wonderland is failing to attract the large amount of visitors which attended last years event despite vast improvements to the site.

People who are running Winter Wonderland are bemused at the lack of attendance so far.

This year’s event had promised to be bigger and better with the additions of a Christmas craft workshop, the Black Light Puppet Theatre and the new Grosvenor Boulevard Shopping area.

Wayne Creasey, manager of Four Seasons Pizza said : “It’s dead. It’s been like this everyday. Compared to last year this is nowhere near as busy. It opened a week earlier this year and it’s too early, if you look around there is nobody here.”

Wayne and the Four Seasons team putting on a brave face

Wayne and the Four Seasons team putting on a brave face

The event runs Thursday to Sunday from 2pm-9pm until Christmas Eve hosting a variety of activities designed to provide fun for the whole family.

Beth Hopper, barmaid at The Alpine Bar, said : “In terms of visitors it’s been very quiet, I’ve only served 2 people today. It’s a lot better organised this year and it looks much nicer as well.”

Management believe that attendance should rise dramatically as Christmas draws closer.

Mags Fraser, manager at Winter Wonderland, said : “It’s a little bit early for Christmas right now. A lot of things are shutting early, Santa went home at half 7. When it comes to December things will be rocking, we are going to have live music every night.”

“We were glad of a quiet week, it’s gave us time to train everybody properly and make sure that we are ready for when it gets busy. Everything is more organised this year, its all working really well.”

Glass fronted Restaurant 1539 is situated just outside of Chester’s Winter Wonderland so if you feel like a spot of festive food the restaurant will be serving their homemade Christmas menu with two courses for £19.50.

Restaurant 1539 also boasts a Roof Lounge with a DJ and skilled barmen, perfect for your Christmas night out.

For anyone wanting to attend Winter Wonderland, you can now buy a season pass which allows you entry through to Christmas Eve.

Children aged three to twelve can purchase a season pass for £3 and adults can either pay £7 on the day or £5 online.

Winter Wonderland also offer free entry for one person when attending in a group of 10 or more.

For more information visit : http://www.winterwonderlandchester.co.uk/

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