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The award-winning play area with beaches, pirate ships and dinosaurs for kids to discover

A great place to take the kiddies this Easter!

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This award-winning play centre in Cheshire is perfect for your little ones.

With a whole host of huge soft play areas, indoor beaches, pirate ships, dinosaurs and bouncy castles, it’s no wonder Castaway Play in Congleton was named best in the region last year.

This family friendly attraction is bursting with fun things to do to keep the kids entertained on a family day out.

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And it regularly changes its themes to keep it exciting and new for visitors to keep coming back for more fun days out.

This magical world of play has grown from being a popular room within a garden centre to a large space with different play zones, since opening in February 2020.

Married couple and parents Joanna and Simon Cotterall came up with the idea to create a varied play centre with plenty of facilities, including for those with special needs.

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Castaway Play was crowned ‘Best Indoor Play Centre’ for the Greater Manchester and Cheshire region last year at the Red Kite Awards, following a public vote.

The adventure play venue faced tough competition to the top spot including Clip ‘n’ Climb in Oldham, Tumble Jacks in Marple, and Head Over Heels in Wilmslow.

The popular play centre originally started out as just a pirate ship room but has since expanded to include a lost-jungle room, a construction site room and a sensory play area with plenty of things to discover, even giant prehistoric creatures and dinosaur eggs.

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On entering the exciting and imaginative centre, children will first come across Castaway Cove – a pirate ship and treasure island area.

In the far corner, they will stumble across the Lost-Jungle, where dinosaurs and hatchlings are waiting to be discovered among a huge green leafy area. 

There’s a glow-in-the-dark outer space room, before kids will enter the Magical Kingdom filled with castles, slides, princesses and plenty of sensory things to play with.

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Next, the little ones will find a huge indoor beach as they land on the Tropical Island. Making their way across wooden tree-house bridges and down more slides, they will eventually splash into the Water Park. 

Castaway Play even has party rooms that can be hired out for events along with seasonal and themed characters with staff dressed in costumes to bring the experience to life – the perfect place for your child’s birthday.

A full day of play makes for hungry children and accompanying adults, so you’ll be pleased to hear it has three different cafe areas to stop off for a bite and something to drink.

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The much-loved play centre fills up fast and so it is advised to book tickets in advance so as to avoid disappointment. Off-peak tickets cost £6.95 and peak tickets cost £10.95. Tickets can be booked via the website, HERE.

Castaway Play is open seven days a week and located at 71 Moss Rd, Astbury, Congleton CW12 3BP.

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Sausage dog party with 150 cute dachshunds returns to Greater Manchester

It’s a sausage dog party!

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Proud owners of sausage dogs get ready as a pop-up dachshund party is returning to Greater Manchester.

Owners and fans of the adorable little four-legged friends can come along to the one-day event where 150 dogs can have the time of their lives.

Party Like A Dachshund is coming to Westhoughton Dog Park, in Bolton, on Saturday, March 9th from 9am – 3pm.

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Pups can get to meet other sausages, where they will enjoy 60 minutes off-lead time at the outdoor dog park as well as unlimited puppuccinos and doggy treats.

There will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture your little loves living life to the full and making memories, as well as a variety of props, tunnels, toys, ball pools and other fun equipment to keep your sausages entertained.

There’s also prizes to be won for the best dressed dachshund and plenty of stalls where you can purchase all sorts of cute doggy stuff.

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The pop-up is a family friendly event for which only your doggo requires a ticket. ‘Hoomans’ go FREE, including one car.

You will have the chance to meet up with other dog owners and sausage fans where you can become part of the community while watching your beloved fur ball having fun.

A selection of snacks and soft drinks will be available to purchase, so bring your other half or the kids to this event that welcomes the whole family. 

The pop-up is organised by Pawesome Parties who is raising money for the DMT Dog Rescue Charity, which helps rescue dachshunds from the dog meat trade and bring them to loving homes.

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All friendly dogs are welcome but there are some doggy do’s and dont’s:

  • Do bring friendly and socialised dogs
  • Do feel free to let your Dog off lead but..
  • Do keep a close watch over your dog
  • Don’t leave dog poo behind – bag it and put it in the bin
  • Don’t bring aggressive dogs to the event
  • Don’t bring dogs in season

Would you like to see your dog socialise with other sausages, meet like minded owners and watch as your dogs play in a secure off-lead environment? If so, tickets to Party Like A Dachshund can be purchased, HERE.

Tickets cost £12 per doggo and owners are asked to book in advance. The event will take place on Saturday, March 9th with one-hour time slots available throughout the day.

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Hollywood star Keanu Reeves is playing a gig in Manchester this summer

Keanu fans will be pleased to hear this!

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Keanu Reeves will be heading to Manchester for a gig with his band Dogstar later this year.

Best known for his role as Neo in The Matrix, but also for playing characters John Wick and Ted in Bill and Ted, Keanu has announced he will take to the stage with his band Dogstar this summer.

The band will perform at New Century Hall in June as part of their UK and European tour.

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Fans will get to see the 59-year-old in a whole new light as he swaps the big screen and red carpets for bass guitar and the stage lights of a Manchester live music venue.

The American alternative rock group’s members are: lead vocalist Bret Domrose, bassist Keanu Reeves and Robert Mailhouse on drums.

They first formed in 1991 and after 22 years of being inactive, they reformed in May last year. 

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The band have released three studio albums including their latest one which was released last year, called Somewhere Between the Power Lines and Palm Trees.

In an Instagram post shared with their 194k followers yesterday, the band announced: “We’re coming back to Europe & the U.K. this Summer!

“So stoked to announce our new headline tour in Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

“General on sale starts on Friday, February 16th at 10am local. A limited quantity of VIP Soundcheck packages will be available at all headline shows.

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“View all tour dates – including the previously announced festivals in Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia & Serbia – now at dogstarofficial.com.”

Kicking off, the trio will perform in Madrid, Spain on May 30th before heading to Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Zurich and Berlin.

From there they will head to Manchester on June 18th and then play in London at the Electric Ballroom on June 19th.

Dogstar will then go on to play in Brescia, Udine, Bologna and Turin to conclude their tour.

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Tickets go on general sale on Friday, February 16th at 10am via Ticketmaster, HERE.

Dogstar’s UK and European tour dates 2024 are:

May 30th – Madrid, La Sala Teatro
June 2nd – Paris, La Cigale
June 3rd – Antwerp, Trix
June 5th – Amsterdam, Melkweg
June 9th – Luxembourg City, Den Atelier
June 11th – Zurich, Kaufleuten
June 15th – Berlin, Columbia Theater
June 18th – Manchester, New Century Hall
June 19th – London, Electric Ballroom
June 23rd – Brescia,Teatro Del Vittoriale
June 24th – Udine, Castle
June 29th – Bologna, Bonsai Garden
June 30th – Turin, Sonic City 

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Shania Twain announced as final headliner for Lytham Festival 2024

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Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain has been announced as the fifth and final act to be headlining at Lytham Festival this summer.

The ‘You’re Still the One’, ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman!’ hitmaker will be taking to the stage at the five-day festival, alongside artists including US rock star Brittany Howard, pop icon Rick Astley, British music legend Johnny Marr and English pop-rock outfit The Kooks.

Shania has sold over 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time and the best-selling female artist in country music history.

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Dubbed the ‘Queen of Country Pop’, the five-time Grammy Award winner will perform at the North West’s largest music festival on Thursday, July 4th and will be supported by triple BRIT and Ivor Novello Award winner Rag’n’Bone Man, aka Rory Graham.

Headliners already announced are:

  • Hozier – Wednesday, July 3rd
  • Courteeners – Friday, July 5th
  • Madness – Saturday, July 6th
  • James – Sunday, July 7th

Festival co-founder Peter Taylor said: “We have a complete line up and I am delighted. Shania Twain is the queen of country music. She is a global icon and we cannot wait to welcome her to TK Maxx presents Lytham Festival.”

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He continued: “This will be an amazing night and announcing her as our fifth headliner is the icing on the cake for the summer.

“Every headline artist we have on the bill for 2024 is in the top 20 of artists we are repeatedly asked to deliver, and once again we have programmed five very different nights of live music appealing to a very wide audience.

“Alongside our headliners we also have incredible special guests and support artists and to quite literally have the giant that is Rag’n’Bone Man joining our bill is fantastic.”

Individual tickets to see Shania Twain go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 16th. 

Lytham Festival

Five-day passes and all other tickets are on sale now. Lytham Festival is held in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire from July 3rd – July 7th, 2024.

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