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The best places to take dinosaur-obsessed kids in and around Manchester

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It turns out Manchester is home to many spots that will fill your kid’s wildest Dinosaur dreams, from museums to a raptor safari.

So many kids get obsessed with dinosaurs, and if you’ve got a dino-fan in the family here are some of the fun activities and events to get involved with around Manchester.

Dippy the Dinosaur, Rochdale

Dippy on Tour opened up back in February but quickly closed due to the pandemic. Luckily, they’ll be back open from August 3rd. The diplodocus skeleton left London’s Natural History Museum to tour the UK earlier this year.

Dippy will be in Rochdale until October, before making it’s way to Norwich Cathedral as its final stop.

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Dinosaur Safari

Using the wonders of technology, many of Manchester’s parks have ranges of quiz trails and guided tours that are free to use. You simply use the app to search for dinosaurs and test your knowledge. There are also Fairy Trails available.

The app is available in Alexandra Park, Boggart Hole Clough, Debdale Park, Heaton Park, Platt Fields Park, Phillips Park, Whitworth Park, and Wythenshawe Park – you can get the app here.

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Raptor Safari

The real mini adventure at Raptor Safari near Manchester Airport is now back open following a devastating flood. They’re offering private hour-long tours for families with a Ranger, which will let you see gigantic moving dinosaurs like the famous T-Rex.

There are even some Ice Age beasts like the woolly mammoth there too. The slots run from 9am to 6:30pm daily.

Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo

Make a day of it and visit Dinosaur Safari at Blackpool Zoo, with six new mega beasts, including Dilophosaurus and a baby Stegosaurus which all make sounds and move. Tickets are just £15.25 for children and £19.75 for adults – you must pre-book online.

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Gulliver’s World

The theme park in Warrington has its very own Lost World section, perfect for any dino fans. You can dig up fossils or enjoy the Flight of Pteranodon ride. Gulliver’s World is open every weekend from 10:30am to 5pm.

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A huge first-of-its-kind live entertainment venue is opening in Manchester this year

A fantastic new addition to our city



Circle Square Manchester

A new ‘first-of-its-kind’ entertainment venue is set to open this year in Manchester.

The one-stop destination will see a combination of live music, events, entertainment, food, drink and socialising all in the venue. 

Canvas will be home to three different areas: Canvas Kitchen, Canvas Club and Canvas Events.

The development will take place at Circle Square and have space for 100 in Canvas Kitchen and a further 400 people in the live music and events space.

Circle Square Manchester

The venue will be open from 7am until 4am every single day meaning you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a night out all in one place. 

You’re guaranteed to be in good hands too with the team behind Canvas Manchester responsible for the likes of Hammersmith Apollo, Brixton Academy and G-A-Y Manchester.

The calendar for events is expected to be well-rounded with the likes of wellbeing events, room for social activism, plus gigs, networking events and workshops. 

Gavin Aldrich, CEO at BeSixth, said of the new development: “We’ll be in the heart of a thriving, city centre neighbourhood that brings together people from all walks of life – be it students, shoppers, business owners or academics – and it’s this community that makes us confident Circle Square will be the perfect destination to launch Canvas Manchester.”

Circle Square Manchester

Tom Renn, Managing Director of Bruntwood SciTech – Manchester added: “Our ambition for Circle Square was always to create a destination – a place that would bring people together morning, day and night and a place that would become part of the fabric of the city. Somewhere tourists and innovators would see as a must-visit when coming to Manchester.

Adding: “The live music industry has understandably suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but where better to drive its resurgence than in the ‘City that thinks a table is for dancing on’?”

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Bez is launching his own lockdown fitness classes called Get Buzzin’ With Bez

He wants to inspire the nation like Joe Wicks



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Bez is set to launch his very own fitness classes online to see everyone through lockdown.

The Happy Mondays maraca-shaking dancer is releasing his own series of classes called ‘Get Buzzing With Bez’, as he attempts to shift his own lockdown weight. 

The classes will launch on January 17th showing Bez being trained by a fitness instructor, something he’s describing as ‘somewhere between Joe Wicks and Mr Motivator’. 

He said: “I’d like to think I’m somewhere between Joe Wicks and Mr Motivator. I’ve started this new year seriously unfit, with a fat belly and creaky hips, and I can’t stop eating chocolate.

“Last lockdown I got unfit, fat, lazy and into some seriously bad eating habits.

“This year, this lockdown, I need to sort it out sharpish.”

He added that people can join him ‘on this mad journey or just sit on the sofa and have a good laugh at me’.

He added: “At the very least, I know I’ll be making people smile, at best I’ll be helping people get fit and mentally happier alongside me.”


Get Buzzin’ With Bez is launching over on YouTube on Sunday January 17th, with Bez encouraging us to get active every week for three months.

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A huge £4.5m Nerf laser combat arena is opening at the Trafford Centre

The brand new experience will feature laser guns and virtual reality




A brand new Nerf experience is set to open in Greater Manchester incorporating laser guns and virtual reality. 

The new ‘Nerf Action Experience’ is set to open in 25,000 square feet of the Trafford Centre, costing owner’s Hasbro £4.5m.  

The new activity centre will be the first to open in the UK in collaboration with games giant Hasbro and Rocafella Leisure Group.

The news of the plans were revealed via LinkedIn from Phil Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Rocafella.


He wrote “I’m excited to announce that we are launching the UK’s first Nerf Action Experience at the Trafford Centre in early 2021. Taking UK family Entertainment Centres to the next level with the first of its kind. A huge thank you to @hasbro and their dedicated team.”

The applications for the plans reveal that Nerf is ‘a family entertainment leisure experience, incorporating laser guns and virtual interactions and is a market-leading attraction with 20 attractions across Europe’.

Guests can expect a massive space for the attraction spanning three first floor units. There will also be a 4,000 square foot mezzanine for a café and viewing platform.

The attraction is also set to create 50 jobs, according to bosses.

Nerf Experience Singapore

A spokesperson for Barton Square said: “We’re in talks with a number of exciting brands who are looking to open at Barton Square following its transformation last year.

“This is part of plans to build a vibrant retail and leisure destination that our visitors will enjoy.”

The first Nerf Experience in the world opened in 2019 in Singapore which gives us an insight into what to expect from the Manchester site, such as multiple ‘zones’ with a variety of challenges and games split over different themes.

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