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New tenants begins set up of rides on Barry Island Promenade


A new tenant for Barry Island’s promenade amusements has begun the set up of children’s rides ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Charles Harris from Gloucester is the sites new operator, after the Vale of Glamorgan Council put the site up for tender in February.

The tender allows the operator to operation children’s rides daily at the location for a minimum period of 1 year, with the opportunity to extend for a further 2 years at the discretion of the Council and terminating on 29th February 2024.

The previous operator of the Barry Island Promenade Amusements ran the location for the past 12 years, with the rides proving to be a big hit in the summer months with residents and visitors.

The new amusements include a Disney themed Helicopter Ride. Credit: Visi

The new operator, Charles Harris has begun filling the open space on Barry Island’s promenade with children’s amusements including a helicopter ride, trampolines, mini merry-go-round, tea cups and carts, with Charles telling Bro Radio that more rides are set to arrive.

Charles said “I was planning to move to the area and when the opportunity came up, I had to put a tender in.”

“We are brining in more rides for all ages today and plan to be open seven days a week from tomorrow, just in time for the May Bank Holiday weekend.”

The funfair rides and attractions have graced the Island’s promenade for the past 12 years, proving a hit in the summer months with tourists and visitors from the Vale alike, but they have now been cleared from the space to make way for new features.

A spokesperson for the Vale of Glamorgan Council said “The concession has recently been re-tendered and, following a diligent assessment process, the current provider on this site has not been re-awarded this concession, due to another bidder being selected.

“Therefore, the current attractions are being removed and we anticipate that new attractions will be in place in the coming weeks.

“We hope that residents and visitors will enjoy the new attractions, which will be in place for the next three years, and we look forward to seeing this exciting new offer at Barry Island.”

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