Roller rink, rides and astro turf beer garden coming to Rainton Arena from Monday, April 12

A roller rink, a host of rides and street food traders are set to be the star attractions at a Spring Fair spectacular..

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 7:00 am
The new roller rink at Rainton Arena with staff member Lauren Ferguson.

After the success of its Winter Wonderland, Rainton Arena is running a Spring Fair from Monday, April 12 to Sunday, May 9 in its large car park area, ahead of live performances resuming inside from May 21.

It’s hoped the outdoors event will provide some much-needed entertainment for families as the country emerges from lockdown.

Highlights will include a roller rink, more fair ground rides than ever before, an astro turf beer garden, street food from the likes of The Calabash Tree, who specialise in Caribbean food, and a crêperie.

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The new roller rink at Rainton Arena with Lauren Ferguson.

Emma Grainger, administrator at the arena, said: “The Winter Wonderland was really popular and really helped to get people in the festive spirit. Since then things have been a bit sombre in Lockdown, but we hope this Spring Fair will give families a good excuse to come out and enjoy themselves together again.

"We will have more rides and stalls this time and we’re hoping to attract more people. There’s been a great response on Facebook so far when we’ve posted about the event.”

The arena was taken over in October 2019 by businessman Jay Johal who’s aiming to stamp it firmly on the touring circuit.

With venues allowed to reopen for live performances from May 17, the arena already has a number of shows lined up, including Circus of Horrors on May 22, Bounce ‘n’ Bingo on July 2, Little Fix on July 20, The Ultimate Girl Power Concert on August 26, Soul II Soul on August 28, Lady Boys of Bangkok on October 5-6 and Judge Jules on November 19.

Boots are available from a kids size 6


::Entry to the fair is free, but charges apply to the rides and for roller skating sessions, which last 60 minutes. There is no need to book for rides, except the roller rink, which can be pre-booked at

::Ride prices start from £2.50. Skating starts from £2.50 for children and £3.50 for adults.

Covid measures

::Social distancing will be in place at the fair and people will be required to wear masks, apart from when sat in the beer garden.


::There is free parking to the rear of the arena.

Opening times

::Monday to Thursday 4pm to 9pm. Friday to Sunday 11am to 9pm.

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