THE RETURN of The Hoppings to Newcastle this week (21 June) is going to be hard to miss -thanks to the arrival of the largest big wheel the event has even featured.

For the first time the fair will include a 60m high big wheel – the biggest mobile travelling wheel in Europe.

The massive wheel will take pride of place at the centre of this year’s event, alongside hundreds of favourite rides and attractions which are returning again.

Challenges with the weather damaged Town Moor has meant that there has been a slight reduction in the size of The Hoppings, but around 90 per cent of all the attractions will be in place as usual.

As well as the giant wheel, visitors will also be able to enjoy another first – the only XXL white knuckle ride in the UK.

The ride – the ultimate experience for thrill seekers – has a G force pendulum and swings up to a height of 47m.

Although some of the smaller rides and a handful of food stalls may not be present this year, The Hoppings still retains its title as Europe’s largest travelling fair and will still include live musical entertainment every day and a special kids club.

The fair will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle on Friday 21 June and then will begin its ten day stint, with a later opening until 9pm on its final day.

As usual there will be hundreds of rides suitable for everyone from those who like white knuckle adventures to more sedate, family friendly offerings.

Ryan Crow of Crow Events which organises The Hoppings, promises that nobody will feel disappointed.

“Because of the damage done to the Town Moor through the terrible weather last year, we have had to rethink slightly for this year,” he said.

“We have done our best to ensure that the majority of rides and attractions will be in place as usual and we will still have absolutely tons on offer for everyone.

“We have had to make a very minor reduction in some areas because of the challenges caused by the rain last year and it’s knock on effect to the moor, but as far as we’re concerned it’s absolutely business as usual.”

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