Tuesday 23 February 2016

Thrill-seekers will soon be able to take in the heights of Sheffield when the Sheffield Starflyer, the UK’s largest transportable attraction standing at a thrilling 220ft tall, is installed in the heart of the city next month.

The ride will sit at the top of Fargate and operate from 18 March to 5 June, at the site of former attraction the Wheel of Sheffield, which saw thousands of people taking in the views of the city.

Following an application for planning permission by Mellors Group, the request was approved at today’s Planning & Highways Committee meeting.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development at Sheffield City Council said: “This is a fantastic attraction which will bring many visitors to the city centre. The location is perfect for shoppers and those enjoying an evening out, plus families using other city centre leisure facilities like the Central Library or theatres – it will be a thrilling experience with spectacular city centre views day and night.

“The Sheffield Starflyer will make a valuable contribution to the vitality of our city centre. Working alongside the city centre BID this is one of many events and attractions planned to make our city centre a busier and vibrant place to visit. I hope that all those who dare, will take this opportunity to look on Sheffield from a whole new angle.”

The ride will be available for 3 months, from 18 March to 5 June and open between 10am to 10pm. Riders must be above 1.2m in height and at least 6 years old and children under 1.4m tall and age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Edward Mellors, Director of Mellors Group said “We are pleased to be bringing one of our major attractions to the city of Sheffield and look forward to working with Sheffield Council on this project which is fully funded by the Mellors Group. In the Sheffield Starflyer, we have an attraction that offers not only white knuckle excitement but is also a brand new icon of the Sheffield skyline.”

A dedicated website will be available from 24 February at www.sheffieldstarflyer.co.uk plus a Facebook page www.facebook.com/sheffieldstarflyer where you can find more information and share your snapshots and video clips of the city from above.