The Big Wheel - Stratford upon Avon
Panoramic views of William Shakespeare’s hometown
The Big Wheel in Stratford upon Avon is now open for the 2020 Summer season. It arrived in town a little later than previous years due to COVID 19 but our children were so excited to see it return and couldn't wait to ride on it.
Now if you live in Stratford upon Avon then you'll know that each year it is surrounded by controversy. There are two teams - lovers or haters. Our children are definite lovers and for them it marks the start of the Summer.
The views from the observation pods are absolutely amazing. You can see for miles. Make sure you choose a clear day to ride it otherwise you won't see a lot.
Each pod seats 6 people and they are weather proof.
It is situated on the entrance into the Recreation Ground and faces the river. You honestly can't miss it. .
The boys scooted down and we were able to leave their scooters with a staff member for safe keeping. I'm sure this would be the case for pushchairs too.
Tickets are £6 for each rider and Under 1's are FREE. We went around 6 times and stopped at the top which the boys loved.
Once you join the queue there are social distancing markers and hand gel to use. It looked busy but everyone was distancing perfectly.
The Big Wheel is fully wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible. There is one specially designed with our disabled car. You don't have to transfer to the seats as you can ride straight into the cart and off again.
We ride on it once a year and is a lovely experience for the whole family. It is a perfect day out for families of all ages. Yes, it's not cheap but it's a lovely treat and lets us appreciate our beautiful home town.
The nearest car parking for The Big Wheel is at the Recreation Ground. Postcode: CV37 7LS.
To access The Big Wheel from town you need to cross the pedestrian bridge over the river and take a right at the end, behind the rowing club. You won't miss it.
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