Giant observation wheel at Exmouth Beach Gardens marks start of the ‘high’ season

Exmouth will have a new temporary landmark on its horizon by the end of this week – a 28 metre high observation wheel with 20, six-seater gondolas which will offer a unique viewpoint over Exmouth, the Exe Estuary and out to sea.

The wheel is located on East Devon District Council land at Beach Gardens opposite the Pavilion Theatre and is operated by Somerset-based MI-Wheel. It opens for rides on Saturday 29 July.

It will be on site for 28 days and the wheel operators are seeking planning permission for a further two week extension to mid-September.

Prices for the rides are £5 for adults, £3.50 for Children and OAPs and a family ride (two adults and two children) costs £15. It will be open from 10am to 6pm each day and each ride will last for eight minutes. No booking is required.

Councillor Phil Skinner, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the economy, said:

The wheel signals a new era in visitor attractions in Exmouth that offers something new for all ages in a prominent seafront location. The wheel really has the wow factor as you approach Exmouth seafront and riding it will give you a fantastic view and new perspective over the town, the seafront, the estuary and across the English Channel.

Siting the wheel there is a good use of council land and we hope it will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

If you are interested in hiring out any of our event spaces then please contact, skennedy@eastdevon.gov.uk or call 01395 226 961.