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The world’s biggest trampoline park operator, Flip Out, is coming to Merseyside.

The £2m trampoline and adventure park is due to open at Aintree Racecourse Retail and Business Park this summer.


The 46,000 sq ft arena is set to be the biggest in Merseyside and will create 60 jobs.


Offering more than just trampolines, Flip Out Aintree’s main arena includes an 85ft horizontal climbing wall, two 24ft cyber towers for vertical races between friends, wipeout zone, battle beams, a laser maze and a huge free-running area.

Entrepreneurs Gobind and Hardip Sohal from Ormskirk are thrilled to be bringing the concept to such an iconic location and Gobind said:


“This is a first for Merseyside and sees Aintree welcoming jumpers of a different kind!


“It’s the perfect location blending the fun of a traditional trampoline arena with the excitement of an activity and adventure park.


“Flip Out Aintree is the first arena of its kind on Merseyside and will appeal to all the family, offering everything from performance trampolines to a whole zone dedicated to children and soft play for toddlers.


“We’re looking to work with local schools and other community organisations to give them the opportunity to use Flip Out as a place to exercise, socialise and have fun.”


Flip Out Aintree will also include a café, free wifi and four party rooms which can also be used as break-out rooms for corporate events.


Find out the latest about Flip Out Aintree through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @flipoutaintree.





A fabulous new family-friendly festival is coming to Warrington this August.


FamFest Warrington, the brainchild of Wire FM founder Pete Pinnington, takes place at Orford Jubilee Park on Saturday and Sunday 11-12 August and promises a weekend of amazing activities and events for all the family.


Tickets go on sale via at 9am on Friday 27 April, and there is a special early bird offer running for a limited time only.


The action-packed event runs from 11am to 10pm each day and will feature a host of fantastic activity zones, attractions and household names, including Mister Maker and The Basil Brush Show who will be on hand to entertain the little ones.


A packed programme on the main stage will feature top tribute acts paying homage to stars like Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and Little Mix.


On Saturday 11 August the weekend will kick off in style with live performances throughout the day by tributes artists who will bring crowds all the hits from Will Smith, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson.


There will also be live shows and performances by Beauty & The Beast, The Minions, Mister Maker and Basil Brush, PLUS an extra special performance by Warringtonian - and winner of BBC’s The Voice 2017Mo Jamil.


Sunday 12 August will include live performances on the big stage by tributes to Jesse J, Katy Perry, Jess Glynne, Taylor Swift, Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers, Lionel Richie, Coldplay, Little Mix, George Michael and Take That.


And young festivalgoers will love the live shows and performances from Beauty & The Beast, The Minions and Basil Brush.


Visitors to FamFest Warrington will also be able to meet a vast range of characters throughout the two-day family festival including Darth Vader and Stormtroopers, Balthazar Bratz and The Minions, Beauty & The Beast, Ironman, Hulk, Mr T (A-Team), princesses and many more! 


FamFest Warrington is a ticketed event. Along with regular ticket prices, there are also upgrade options to VIP, family VIP or weekend tickets.


Ticket entry will give visitors access to Sports Zone, Kids Zone and Circus Skills activities, the Basil Brush Show, a Kids Craft Zone with Disney's Art Attack presenter Lloyd Warbey, Character Zone and a Princesses Pamper Pavilion as well as the main stage tribute artists and shows. Mister Maker & his live shows are also there but only on the Saturday.


And there will also be food and drink, including a full licensed bar, and a VIP marquee.

Founder Pete Pinnington said: “Since helping to launch Warrington's first commercial radio station, Wire FM, in 1998, I've always wanted to launch Warrington's first major family festival. And why not 20yrs later?

My event management company Pete Pinnington Presents organises and supports numerous client events across the UK. We also create and deliver many unique events for our shopping and town centre clients. These include family-friendly half-term and summer themed events along with Christmas Light switch ons. 

My company and I have the infrastructure and excellent support team around us to ensure we deliver a truly memorable and enjoyable family festival for all ages to enjoy and Warrington to be proud of.”


Facebook:       Facebook/famfestwarrington

Twitter:           @famfestevents   



FamFest Warrington

Orford Jubilee Park

Saturday 10 August & Sunday 11 August 2018



All Under 3’s Go Free



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1 DAY:

•                    EARLY BIRD – MON 30TH APRIL – FRI 25TH MAY 2018

1 DAY:

• Child (3-15yrs) – HALF-PRICE @ £12.50 (inc fees)

• VIP Child (3-15yrs) - £22.50 (inc fees) CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED WITH A FAMILY TICKET

 • Adult £25.00 (inc fees) £5 Saving off General Release

 • VIP Adult - £40.00 (inc fees) £10 Saving off General Release


• Family (x2 Adult/x2 Child 3-15yrs) £60.00 (inc fees) £10 Saving off General Release

• VIP Family (2 Adult/2 Child 3-15yrs) - £90.00 (inc fees) £10 Saving off General Release



• Child (3-15yrs) – HALF-PRICE @ £20.00 (inc fees) £5 Saving

• VIP Child – (3-15yrs) - £30.00 (inc fees) CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED WITH A FAMILY TICKET

• Adult £40.00 (inc fees) £10 Saving off General Release

 • VIP Adult - £60.00 (inc fees) £10 Saving off General Release


• Family (x2 Adult/x2 Child 3-15yrs) £90.00 (inc fees) £30 Saving off General Release

 • VIP Family (2 Adult/2 Child 3-15yrs) - £120.00 (inc fees) £30 Saving off General Release


  • Manchester City launches free children’s app and online portal designed for young football fans everywhere
  • Man City Kids is aimed at 6-12-year olds, and is full of exclusive content that is updated weekly
  • The app will officially launch at the Man City Kids Fan Zone taking place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April


Man City Kids, a brand new free app designed just for young football fans, has landed.


The app and online portal, the first of its kind in the Premier League, is packed full of content from the Premier League Champions and includes games, quizzes, video clips and exclusive behind-the-scenes content in the weekly ‘Xtra Time’ show filmed at the City Football Academy, right where the men’s and women’s first teams train every day. 


There are plenty of exciting games to play featuring the Club’s official mascots - Moonbeam and Moonchester – including Moonies’ Dribble Dash and Tiki-Taka Tekkers.  Kids on the app can even make their very own videos and add special effects in the ‘City Editor’ that lets them add emojis and interactive stickers.

Man City Kids is also the new home for Junior Cityzens, the free membership platform for younger fans.  Junior Cityzens can now get even closer to the Club they love, win signed shirts and even get the chance to meet their favourite players at the Etihad Stadium. 


The app will officially launch at the Man City Kids Fan Zone taking place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April. From 10am-7pm on Saturday and from 11am-5.30pm on Sunday, Manchester City will run a free fan zone outside the National Football Museum, giving fans the opportunity to try out the app and take part in games and activities for the whole family.


The app is absolutely free and doesn't include any in-app purchases. Parents can also control how long their children access the app using the in-app timer function.


Vincent Kompany, captain of the men’s team: “We love meeting our young fans and this app offers fans the chance to share some really fun experiences with us, as well as see behind the scenes at the Club.”


Steph Houghton, women’s team captain added: “We have so many young fans and Man City Kids is a really cool way for them to get some unique insight into everything happening at the club. From quizzes to creative challenges, I think there’s something there everyone can enjoy.”


The app is available to download on smartphones and tablet via the iTunes App Store, Amazon and Google Play

Year 2 - Key Stage 1 SATs

At the end of Key Stage 1, Year 2 pupils sit national curriculum tests in English and Maths (more commonly known as SATs). The tests are carried out during May and pupils may not be aware they are taking them as teachers try to incorporate them into everyday classroom activities. Children take SATs in: 

Reading, English grammer, punctuation and spelling and Maths


The results of these tests will measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move on to Key Stage 2. The new reading tests for Year 2 pupils is made up of two separate papers. The first has a selection of 400-700 words interspersed with questions, and the second, a reading booklet of passages totalling 800-1100 words with answers written in a separate booklet. 


Past exam papers can be found in a variety of books and on various websites, however, it is better for parents to work on specific areas rather than work through past papers as often this is done in school in the run up to the tests anyway. 


Although Y2 SATs papers are set externally, they are marked by teachers within your child’s school. Pupils are given a scaled score. A score of 100 means a child is working at the expected standard. A score below 100 indicates that a child needs more support. The maximum score is 115; the minimum is 85. It is most likely that you will not receive your child’s results unless you ask for them.


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The National Young Writers’ Awards is set to return with a bang as world renowned best-selling children’s author David Walliams has been named judge for 2018!  The competition, organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning, has been running for ten years and has inspired hundreds of thousands of children across the UK to put pen to paper and give writing a try. 


The theme for this year is ‘Heroes’ where children are tasked with writing a 500 word story all about their hero, whether that be their parent, a policeman or an idol they aspire to be like - Explore Learning cannot wait to hear some of the very best in heroic tales!


The winner will be surprised at a school assembly by David who will announce the National Young Writer of the Year and present them with a trophy, a trip to Disneyland Paris for their family and £500 of books for their school!  Every child that enters will receive a certificate to celebrate their story, along with personalised feedback from one of Explore Learning’s inspirational tutors.


The competition runs from Monday 5th March until Sunday 29th April and is open to children aged 4-14 anywhere in the UK – from enthusiastic young writers to 

those who feel less confident. The top 10 entries will also receive £250 worth of books for their schools from Letts Revision, plus a large print of the opening line of their 

story by QuirkyLime. Each of the regional winners will

also win £50 worth of books.    


It’s very easy to enter.  Children are invited to pick up an entry form from their local Explore Learning or via Simply hand the 

story back in, file online or send to Explore Learning’s head office at NYWA, Explore Learning, 74 North Street, Guildford, GU1 4AW.  Don’t forget your contact information! 


For more information about the National Young Writers’ Awards visit 

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