Get ready for Singapore's 'biggest carnival'

Far left: The Star Flyer, a ride that enables visitors to take in a 360-degree view of the Singapore skyline while experiencing the sensation of flying. It is the first time the ride is in Singapore. Left: One of the game stalls which will be availab
One of the game stalls which will be available at the carnival.PHOTOS: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Far left: The Star Flyer, a ride that enables visitors to take in a 360-degree view of the Singapore skyline while experiencing the sensation of flying. It is the first time the ride is in Singapore. Left: One of the game stalls which will be availab
The Star Flyer, a ride that enables visitors to take in a 360-degree view of the Singapore skyline while experiencing the sensation of flying. It is the first time the ride is in Singapore.PHOTOS: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Fairground in Marina Bay will feature more than 40 rides, games - many from Europe

The carnival is coming to town. The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, which will occupy an area the size of 31/2 football fields, will open in the Marina Bay area on Dec 8.

The 25,000 sq m fairground will span The Promontory and the Bayfront Event Space, and is billed as the largest carnival ever - or travelling funfair - in Singapore.

More than 40 rides and games - many brought in from European countries such as Germany, Italy and Britain - will be set up.

At a media conference yesterday, Mr Barnabas Chia, 36, who heads the carnival's organising team, said: "This event is the first of its scale. We are bigger than any other carnival ever held in Singapore. We have also brought in Singapore's largest collection of more than 30 game stalls, and over a million prizes await."

Among the rides unveiled at the conference is the Star Flyer, a 35m-tall tower ride that enables visitors to take in a 360-degree view of the Singapore skyline while experiencing the sensation of flying. This is the first time the ride is in Singapore.

Another ride is the Booster Maxx, which goes up 55m above ground and spins clockwise and counter-clockwise at up to 96kmh.

For families seeking milder rides, there is the Log Flume, with its gentle turns, and the Apple Coaster, where the little ones can get their first taste of a roller-coaster ride.

  • BOOK IT

  • Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

    Where: The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space

    When: Dec 8 to April 1, 2018, 4pm to 11pm (except on Christmas and New Year's Eve, when it will open at 3pm)

    Admission: Free, credits for the rides and games start from $4, and can be purchased onsite or online at http://marinabaycarnival.sg

The rides are owned and operated by an international community of showmen of 22 nationalities, who have been enthralling and delighting audiences at the biggest fairs and carnivals around the world, such as Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park and The Great European Carnival in Hong Kong.

One of them is Mr Frederick Stokes Jr, 34, a Briton, whose family has been in the carnival business for at least six generations.

He said that from what he was told, his great-great-grandfather had worked in a travelling freak show and funhouse in Britain in the late 1800s and early 1900s. His nomadic family has travelled all over Europe, as well as to Dubai, Thailand, China and Oman.

This will be the first time his family is working in a Singapore carnival. Together with his brothers Spencer and Davis, he will bring in rides such as Booster Maxx and Cyclone Coaster, a classic coaster ride.

He said: "I have been in charge of rides since I was 16 years old. Operating them is my life. Over the years, I know everything about my rides - how to maintain them, how fast they should go, and what makes them fun.

"I'm sure we can give Singaporeans an experience to remember."

During the carnival, musicians such as local powerhouse Tay Kexin and hip-hop rapper TheLionCityBoy will entertain audiences. Food lovers will also be able to enjoy fare such as chendol soft serve and lemongrass chicken rice bowls.

The event is presented by Pico Pro, and its title sponsor is Prudential Singapore.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2017, with the headline 'Get ready for S'pore's 'biggest carnival''. Print Edition | Subscribe