Irn Bru Carnival returns to the SECC
- Kirstyn Smith
- 19 November 2015
Featuring thrill rides, family rides and children's activities
It's made of girders, it's fizzy, it's ginger, it's phenomenal, and now it's Europe's largest indoor funfair. The Irn Bru Carnival has cemented its status as the go-to post-Christmas day out for thrill-seekers (although there's plenty to do if you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground too).
Held at Glasgow's SECC from Wed 23 Dec–Sun 17 Jan (plus a day off for Christmas), the event is a family-friendly day out that really does cater to all generations. Sure, there's no disguising the fact that it's a funfair - thrill rides are the biggest draw – but there's no shortage of family rides – dodgems, carousel, ghost train fun house, climbing wall – and activities aimed squarely at kids, including a mini ferris wheel, cups and saucers and trampolines.
But your idea of fun might be the ever-present danger of losing your breakfast candy floss, right? Look no further than the likes of Speed Buzz, Sea Storm, Experience Miami, Extreme (and Extreme XL – so extreme it's been shunted outdoors) and the not-so-scary sounding (but we're sure it is) Frog Ride.
After all that, you'll probably need a lie down in a darkened room, but instead there are stalls and attractions to wander through: the well-known Hook-a-Duck and Penalty Shoot-out stand alongside more intriguingly-named Catch a Dog and Spill the Milk (a normal morning in our house).
Thirteen quid gets you a standard entrance and ten vouchers – a ride is one voucher and a stall costs two. It's more exciting than your Boxing Day walk, anyway.
The Irn Bru Carnival runs from Wed 23 Dec–Sun 17 Jan, SECC, times and prices vary.