Swansea’s Alpine Village is closing this weekend

Swansea’s festive Alpine Village will close this weekend, the local council has confirmed.

The attraction, located in the city’s Museum Park, has been open since November 14.

However, following the Welsh Government’s announcement on Friday that all outdoor attractions must close, the Alpine Village will shut its doors on Saturday night.

The park’s big wheel, funfair ride, game stalls and food and drink outlets will all close, but the city centre’s Christmas Market will remain open in line with current restrictions, although a fairground carousel located there will stop operating.

The changes to the Alpine Village, announced by Swansea Council on Friday, follow a huge rise in Covid-19 infection rates in the city, its surrounding areas, and in Neath Port Talbot.

The attraction has been open since mid-November
(Image: WalesOnline/ Gayle Marsh)

The latest infection rate in Swansea is 580.6 per 100,000 people, while the rate is even higher in Neath Port Talbot at 718.0 – the second highest in the whole of Wales behind Merthyr Tydfil.

Swansea Council said the closure of the Christmas attraction is “the right course of action”.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “Both Swansea and Neath Port Talbot are facing daily rises in the infection rate. More and more people are becoming infected and we need to take steps to reduce the amount of social mixing.

“All the Museum Park Christmas attractions have complied with guidelines to date and the operator, Sayers Events, has worked closely with the council to ensure this. However, the Welsh Government now want outdoor attractions to close across Wales.

“Given the worrying level of infection in the community this is the right course of action – it will protect the public from the potential of spreading the virus.

“Our health and social services are under immense pressure and we need to do all we can to help stem the rising tide of Covid cases.”

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Mr Francis-Davies added: “We are complying with Welsh Government regulations and we hope that others may also consider what actions they can take to protect the public. The level of risk in Wales is very high.

“We apologise to those who may have been planning to visit Swansea’s Museum Park Christmas attractions, but we know people will understand that the priority for us all should be to protect people and our vital services at this very difficult time.”

WalesOnline – Swansea