Santa to zip into Magna

23 November 2012

Santa will swap his sleigh for a 25 miles-per-hour zip wire when he makes an unusual entrance at Magna Science Adventure Centre.

For the first time in several years, the South Yorkshire visitor attraction will be offering children the chance to visit Santa in his magical grotto.

And the man in the red suit will whizz in next Tuesday via a 75-feet-high and 250-feet- long zip wire, to be greeted by local schoolchildren.

Visitor services manager Richard Smith said: “All year round we offer plenty of excitement for young visitors but this Christmas we’ve got added magic in the shape of Santa’s glittering grotto.

“Since Santa’s arrival is so special, we wanted him to make a memorable entrance and a zip wire seemed just the thing.  Once he’s on firm ground, he’ll be setting up in his grotto ready to welcome our young visitors each weekend in the run-up to Christmas.”

Magna, which is run as a charity, is housed in the former Templeborough steelworks which were once the biggest in the world and employed 10,000 people. The works were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They remained derelict until being transformed into an award-winning visitor attraction in 2001. 

Magna has four pavilions on a theme of air, earth, fire and water, which house over 100 interactive exhibits. The centrepiece Big Melt uses stunning pyrotechnic and audio techniques to recreate steel making using a huge original electric arc furnace.

Santa's grotto will be open from 11am to 3pm on the following Saturdays and Sundays – December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd.  

That’s not all; Magna will also be hosting a range of Christmas craft workshops during these weekends. The first – Christmas decoration-making - will take place on December 1 at 11am and 1pm.

Meanwhile choirs from local hospices will be adding to the festive atmosphere by performing at the attraction; Rotherham Hospice on December 1st and Sheffield’s St Luke’s Hospice on December 8th,9th, 15th and 16th.

A grotto visit costs £4.95 per child and includes a science-themed gift. This is in addition to normal entry charges to the attraction. 

Each full paying visitor to Magna can upgrade free of charge to a season pass that enables them to return to Magna free of charge for a further 12 months.

Magna is located two minutes from Junction 34 of the M1, close to the Meadowhall shopping centre.

For more information about any of the seasonal events and activities, visit www.visitmagna.co.uk or call 01709 720002.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Photographers are invited to take pictures of Santa’s arrival by zip wire at Magna Science Adventure Centre at 11am on Tuesday, November 27th

The Templeborough steelworks were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They remained derelict until being transformed into an award-winning visitor attraction in 2001. 

Magna has four pavilions on a theme of air, earth, fire and water, which house over 100 interactive exhibits, and it also boasts outdoor and water play areas. The centrepiece Big Melt uses stunning pyrotechnic and audio techniques to recreate steel making using a huge original electric arc furnace. Magna is open daily, from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm. 

Full day tickets to Magna include entry to the indoor attraction as well as the Sci-Tek outdoor play area, or families can pay to just visit the outdoor play area.

Magna also plays host to all kinds of events and exhibitions and offers a range of corporate and party facilities.

For more media information contact marketing manager Joanna Dunn on 01709 723146 or email jdunn@magnatrust.co.uk

Additional media contacts for Magna: Deborah Wain on 07903 466228 or at deborah@capitalbmedia.co.uk or Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at

kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk

 

 

 

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