Friday 22 September 2017

Record numbers visit Winter Funderland at RDS despite stormy weather

Model Nadia Forde launched visited Winter Funderland in the RDS. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Model Nadia Forde launched visited Winter Funderland in the RDS. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Model Nadia Forde launched visited Winter Funderland in the RDS. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Model Nadia Forde launched visited Winter Funderland in the RDS. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

John Brennan

Record numbers of people visited Winter Funderland in the RDS over Christmas – with revellers consuming over 1m churros and enough candy floss to fill a school bus.

The hugely popular Christmas event finishes its Christmas run this coming Sunday, January 10.

Crowds flocked to the indoor event, one of Europe's largest, despite stormy and wet weather conditions.

Over 1 million churros were consumed by visitors to the funfair this year, while almost 700,000 sticks of candy floss were sold.

People skated a combined 35,000km on the rink – the equivalent of travelling to and from New Zealand – with nearly 900,000 skates tearing it up on the ice.

Over 10,000 stuffed toys were won, and over 100,000 bumper cars were bumped as families enjoyed the wealth of games on offer.

Winter Funderland organiser Don Bird said, “With some new thrilling white knuckle attractions this year, alongside Ireland’s only outdoor ice skating rink and a big continental market, we wanted to offer visitors lots of newness this year.”

He added, “Even through the stormy weather this year, we had a steady flow of visitors through our doors and are confident that our final weekend in the RDS will be busy too.”

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