As the last of the festivities, before tier four arrived, we visited Rainton Arena for their Winter Wonderland fair.
Rainton Arena is usually an indoor venue with the capacity for 2,000 people. It normally hosts an eclectic programme of events (and reindeer at Christmas) but while all indoor events were cancelled, the festivities continued with an outdoor spectacular.
From ice skating to the ferris wheel, it was all the fun of the fair here, but safety was put first. There was sanitiser on every corner, a one way system and tickets for entry, so it didn’t get too crowded – and for that we give it a thumbs up.
We thoroughly enjoyed the waltzers and the twister, which made us pretty dizzy and we’re glad we grabbed our coffee and Cadbury’s hot chocolate afterwards (and not before). They even had mulled wine. The only thing missing was churros!
Faye even won herself an adorable teddie from one of the games and it was great to see a stall selling clothes to help local charity the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which has a big place in our hearts.
If you’re not into ice-skating, it was still a great way to while away a couple of hours.
Unknown to us at the time, this was in fact the last day of the event – and the organisers even stayed open until midnight before the tier officially changed.
We’d like to say a huge well done to the organisers of Rainton Winter Wonderland for such a well-organised event in such difficult circumstances. We’re so glad we got to visit for the festive period.