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Harrogate Helter-skelter: Everything you need to know

A helter-skelter has been installed in Harrogate town centre overnight as the build up to Christmas begins.

A full sized helter-skelter has been installed in Harrogate town centre overnight as the build up to Christmas begins. Installed by Harrogate Borough Council to coincide with the Harrogate Christmas Fayre, the helter-skelter is just one of a number of exciting entertainment pieces coming to the town. Here's everything you need to know and what else to keep an eye out for... Where is the helter-skelter? The helter-skelter was installed just outside Betty's on Parliament Street last night (Monday 15th November). https://twitter.com/Silverginger/status/1460367753660047364 How long will it be up? The helter-skelter and other incoming fairground rides will remain in place until 2nd January 2022. Throughout November and December, rides will operate during the afternoon from early lunchtime, subject to weather and footfall. Who put it there? Visit Harrogate are working alongside Harrogate BID to fund the fairground rides, with the BID also supporting the upcoming Harrogate Christmas Fayre. [video width="848" height="480" mp4="https://vouchers.yourharrogate.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/WhatsApp-Video-2021-11-16-at-07.33.17.mp4"][/video] What else is coming? Last month, Harrogate Borough Council announced that it would be bringing a number of exciting events and attractions during the countdown to Christmas. As well as the helter-skelter, there will also be a ferris wheel and victorian carousel to keep people entertained in Harrogate town centre. And to ensure families don't miss everything the town is offering, a festive road train will travel around the town centre from Friday 3rd December until Sunday 12th December.

To encourage footfall to town centres across the Harrogate district, a magical window trail will also be unveiled.

Funded by the government's Welcome Back Fund, the window trail will feature 12 festive depictions that have been designed by local people.

Gemma Rio, head of destination management at Harrogate Borough Council, said:

"We have been working hard to ensure festivities return this year in order to drive visitors to our district's shops, restaurants, visitor attractions, hotels and B&Bs.

"We are also about to launch the biggest Christmas marketing campaign in Visit Harrogate history to ensure all towns enjoy the benefits the additional footfall brings."

The campaign is also being supported by Harrogate BID to ensure Harrogate is 'Destination Christmas' this year.

Matthew Chapman, Harrogate Business Improvement District manager, said:

"We are incredibly excited to be playing our part in delivering what we believe will be one of the most impressive festive offerings Harrogate has seen in many years, one that will see the town centre becoming a magnet for families, shoppers and revellers alike.

"In addition to supporting the Harrogate Christmas Fayre and co-funding the Ferris wheel, Victorian carousel, and helter-skelter, in just a few weeks our Christmas lights will be illuminating more streets than in previous years."

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