The opening of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland has been delayed by 24 hours because of the bad weather forecast for later on today.
The Christmas attraction outside City Hall was scheduled to open tonight, with Only Boys Aloud and No Fit State Circus set to perform, but the heavy rain and strong winds forecast for this afternoon made Cardiff Council decide to postpone the event.
Winter Wonderland will now open at 6.30pm on Friday, with Only Boys Aloud and No Fit State Circus still able to perform on the postponed date.
This year’s Winter Wonderland will once again feature the Admiral Open Air Ice Rink, which is expected to welcome 60,000 skaters between now and January 6. There will also be the 60m high Star Ride, and other fairground rides.
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for much of South Wales, including Cardiff. Forecasters are predicting a spell of very wet and very windy weather from around 2pm this afternoon, with winds of 50-60mph expected in many places, and possible disruption to transport.
Cardiff’s cabinet member for sport, culture and leisure, Councillor Huw Thomas, said: “With heavy rain and strong winds forecast for this afternoon it seems only sensible to postpone the start of Winter Wonderland so those people who do want to come along and enjoy all the festivities can do so without getting caught in torrential downpours.
“Wales’ own Only Boys Aloud and the No Fit State Circus are fortunately able to postpone their performances by 24 hours so will still be bringing their added bit of sparkle to this great Christmas event.”
Tickets for Winter Wonderland are now on sale and can be bought in advance here.