Santa swaps his reindeer for zip-wire

17 November 2014

Santa will be swapping his sleigh and reindeer for a zip-wire this year to kick-start Christmas at Magna Science Adventure Centre.

Santa will be performing his stunt inside Magna on Monday 24 November via a 75-feet-high and 250-feet-long zip-wire.

Donna Shaw, marketing co-ordinator at Magna, said: “Santa has arrived by zip-wire before and it proved to be a big success. Once he’s completed his daring stunt, he’ll be setting up in his magical grotto ready to welcome our young visitors this festive season.”

A Winter Wonderland event will take place at Magna on the following weekend, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November from 10am to 4pm.

Children will have the chance to visit Santa in his grotto during the weekend – and also every weekend in the run up to Christmas.

The annual Winter Wonderland event will include a Christmas fayre with seasonal stalls, entertainment from brass bands and pop-up science workshops.

New this year, there also be a UV puppet show suitable for all ages, with aliens, dancing robots, and a festive appearance from Santa.

Donna said: “The Winter Wonderland weekend will be great for kids and adults alike, with a range of activities which will be fun for all the family.

“We hope to make this year’s Winter Wonderland the best one yet. We’re really excited about the UV puppet show and it will be a great addition to an already great event.”

A Christmas carvery will be served on both the Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-2pm too. Prices are as follows; 1 course £5.00, 2 courses £7.95 and 3 courses £10.95. Children under the age of 10 eat for half the price. The main meals are roast turkey, roast beef or mushroom and red currant filo tart.

The UV puppet show lasts for 30 minutes and will take place at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:15pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The show is priced at £2 for both adults and children.

As part of the celebratory weekend, Magna is offering free entry to the Adventure Centre and to Sci-Tek outdoor play area all weekend. This includes a children’s Christmas trail, steel guided tours and forge demos.

A visit to the grotto to meet Santa costs £4.95 per child and includes a gift. Santa’s grotto will be open during Winter Wonderland Weekend and on every Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas from 11am-3pm.

For bookings and enquiries call 01709 723 112 or email

Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steel works near junction 34 of the M1, has space that can be hired to cater for between 30 and 3,000 people. Magna is an award-winning visitor attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire, and it hosts regular school trips.

Notes to editor

Photographers are advised to contact Magna to arrange times for taking photos/footage of the zip-wire stunt on Monday November 24th. Please let Magna know if will be attending by contacting Donna on 01709 723 146 or at

Attached photograph is Santa at Magna Science Adventure Centre.

The Magna zipwire is operated by UK Bungee Club as part of a package of activities including bungee jump, segway and abseil experiences.

For more information see or contact Donna Shaw on 01709 723 146 or at

At its height Templebrough steelworks employed 10,000 people. It shut in 1993 and was mothballed until its conversion to Magna in 2001. At one time the steelworks, which were a mile long, were said to be Europe’s largest. There were 14 open-hearth furnaces and 14 chimneys, which were replaced in the 1960s with electric arc furnaces. One of the arc furnaces is now a giant pyrotechnic display in the visitor centre called the Big Melt. The steelworks, which became known as Steelos, after the owners Steel, Peech and Tozer, produced up to 18 million tonnes of steel a year. Regular steel tours telling the story of Magna are led by former steel workers.

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