Garden Centre’s Moving Experience Lights Up Christmas

Summerseat Garden Centre in Bury is well known for its outstanding Christmas displays, which bring crowds flocking in each year. But in order to meet the high expectations of its visitors the centre felt it had to provide them with something better and brighter for the 2012 festive season.


The centre’s chosen fun fair theme, including a ferris wheel, demanded lots of movement and plenty of light, Movetech UK were able to provide several units allowing Summerseat Garden Centre to create an amazing Christmas display.


Movetech UK supplied two Mini Carousel turntables on which were mounted large wooden tea cups which themselves contained fully-dressed and lit Christmas trees. Movetech UK also rented a 3m diameter maxi carousel turntable for the Father Christmas animatronic band, this allowed for the mains powered Father Christmas’ to pay under festive lights whilst rotating.

Movetech UK also supplied a number of sealed slip ring units which allowed power to be transmitted to the rotating wheel of a very large wooden ferris wheel which the garden centre produced themselves. The slip ring units enabled the ferris wheel to be lit whilst constantly rotating as well has having further mains powered animatronic characters moving whilst sitting on the ferris wheel.

Summerseat manager Sam Ainscow said: “This is the first time ever we’ve had so much moving in a display. Movetech UK have allowed us to create a bit of atmosphere with the trees and the slip ring units have allowed us to light them as well. Customer feedback has been great.”