VISITORS at a shopping centre can test their luck soon by taking on an exciting challenge to win prizes.

There’s free family fun to be had at Friars Walk, in Newport, by entering the Cyclone Machine – as seen on television – to collect ‘eggs’ against the clock, with some amazing prizes up for grabs.

The Cyclone Machine, made famous by S4C’s Welsh kid’s show Pigo Dy Drwyn, will contain foam balls (or, for the sake of imagination, Easter Eggs) that spin around, in a whirlwind hurricane style, inside a human-sized tube.

On Friday April 19 and Saturday April 20, contestants of all ages will have 30 seconds to step inside and catch as many as they can (just one go per day per person). Green balls are worth one point but catch a white ball and it’ll take a point away.


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A leader board will keep track of the scores over the two days and the highest scorer will win a £100 Debenhams voucher.

There will be also be two golden eggs. Collect one and take home a Cadbury’s Creme Egg; catch both and pick from the lucky dip of prizes from Friars Walk retailers.

Friars Walk Centre Director, Simon Pullen, said: “We’re so excited to have the Pigo Dy Drwyn Cyclone Machine here at Friars Walk this Easter, it’s going to add lots of fun to a day out with the family.

“I’m sure many of our shoppers will have watched on TV thinking it’s easy, but let’s hope they don’t ‘crack’ under the pressure!”

Friars Walk is a 30 second walk from Newport central bus station for those commuting.

The shopping centre also has a 350-space underground car park which includes disabled, motorcycle, and parent and child spaces.

Charges are £1 for up to an hour, £.150 for up to two hours, £2.40 for up to three hours, £3.70 for up to four hours, £8 for up to 10 hours and £15 for up to 24 hours.