A favourite Christmas destination, Winter Wonderland is no stranger to Londoners and tourists. However, this year a rival festive fair has started in East London, rising in Victoria Park. Intrigued by this alternative, I treked allk the way across East London to investigate this new destination, wondering how different it could be to Winter Wonderland.
Winterville First Impression
At first glance on their website, Winterville appears to have everything Winter Wonderland has and more. However, it is in fact much smaller than expected, with a selection of rather disappointing, small fairground rides and an equally unremarkable ice rink. If what you want to experience is the Christmas vibes, go on rides and take festive photos, then Winter Wonderland is a much better choice. Winterville, however, has a small, non-touristy marketplace of traders, food halls, roller disco, and an entertainment tent for those who are not so keen on rides and enjoy food, then this is the place to go.
Winterville photo guide
Here are some photos of Winterville for you to get an idea of what’s the place is like. After all a picture is worth a thousand words:
Kids quarter greets you past the entrance
Spiegeltent – you can check what’s on through this website: http://christmasspiegeltent.co.uk/whats-on/
small Ferris Wheel – the old fashion way
the small selection of rides on offer
Ice rink at Winterville
Roller skating disco
Tent with a selection of street food stalls.
Here’s me binging on Churros, which only costs 4 pounds, and comes with chocolate dips 🙂
For those who don’t know what it is, it’s kind of like fried bread stripe coated with sugar. We also brought some chips from Holy Cow, which only costs 2 pounds and are well seasoned.
I didn’t do much in Winterville apart from eating. Originally I wanted to go on the Roller Disco, however, my sister wasn’t very keen on that. Even though the ring doesn’t look too big, roller skating disco still looked quite fun.