Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland closed on Sunday after its “best ever” season – in the number of visitors, the quality of attractions, and the amount raised for its designated charity.

More than 250,000 people visited the attraction in the heart of the city across seven weeks, with more than 60,000 skaters taking to the Admiral Ice Rink. The new ride, the 90-metre Drop Tower proved a hit with visitors, and was visible for miles around, plus an expanded site this year brought more to the Alpine Village, with the double decker Sur La Piste French ski lodge themed bar offering après-skate in the heart of the city.

Winter Wonderland worked once again with local charity NSPCC Cymru and raised more than £5,000 for its Light Up Christmas for Children Campaign and Childline. Nigel Impey, head of fundraising for NSPCC Cymru, said: “We had a fantastic time at Winter Wonderland this year, fundraising through crafts, selling NSPCC pin badges and decorations, a tombola and from donations. The public support and the support from the Sayers family was once again incredible.”

Norman George Sayers, operator of Winter Wonderland, commented: “It’s been a great season, with record numbers and further additions and improvements made to the site, plus the public responded really well to our NSPCC campaign. But we never rest on our laurels and are already looking at ways we can enhance the visitor experience for next year.”

John Davies, director of 11th Hour Events, added: “Everyone now knows they can skate in dry comfort at any time with our roof in place, so the rink has been busy and full of atmosphere throughout, whatever the weather. As the first outdoor ice rink in the country to get access accreditation, it was great to once again welcome wheelchair users and those requiring additional support to experience the thrill, excitement and enjoyment of outdoor skating in Cardiff.”