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Issue Date:- 26 May 2008


MANCHESTER Central is set to open its doors this summer to a brand new, family-friendly exhibition called:- "The Kids Fun Ideas Show".  The show aims to help those looking after children aged two to twelve to find fun-filled activities to keep them entertained during weekends and the school holidays.

The show, which will be a day out in itself, will take place  Saturday  5 July 2008 through to Sunday 6 July 2008, featuring live entertainment from dance workshops to science shows and activities including a treasure hunt and goody bag worth £100 for each adult.

The show’s directors are delighted with the terrific response from exhibitors including Southport Splashworld and Events North Wales.

For a full list of exhibitors, you can visit the website

With attendance figures expected to reach 15,000 during the show weekend, there will be an array of activities organised to keep visitors entertained throughout.

Families can expect to see skateboarding stunts, circus workshops and science shows to keep the kids entertained, along with a myriad of other action-packed activities. 

Organisers of the show believe that this year will be a bumper year for Southport’s visitor attractions as people are beginning to feel both the squeeze of the credit crunch and deciding to take fewer or shorter flights due to impact on the environment.

Elizabeth Faulkner, Director of Daisy Chain Ltd, the company behind the show, said:- “Being a mum myself I’m aware of the difficulties parents face when it comes to finding ways of keeping the kids entertained, particularly over the summer holidays.

I knew that there was a demand for this type of show to give parents a helping hand in coming up with ways to do this.”

Ruth Robinson, Co-Director of Daisy Chain Ltd added:- “Elizabeth and I have worked together for coming up to eight years now and both have a wealth of experience in the tourism industry. 

We’re really optimistic about the show and with 5% of all profits made going to the NSPCC we’re hoping it will be a huge success.”

Plans are also being made to roll out the show across various destinations in the UK including London, Birmingham and Glasgow. 

For further information about the show please visit the website or telephone 01706 824468.


PARENTS are being warned to be vigilant over the bank holiday weekend as a warm spell could lead to children being exposed to unseen dangers in Merseyside's quarries. 

The warning comes from the Quarry Products Association following a nationwide survey of quarry managers and the overwhelming message is that warm weather often leads to misadventure at their sites. 

With quarries helping to produce 0.4 million tonnes of aggregates a year in Merseyside, the county is in the front line as the Quarry Products Association mounts its "Play Safe. Stay Safe" campaign.

Lynda Thompson is the QPA's chairman.  "Whilst quarries are safe places for work and have a vital role in our world they are not playgrounds.  We rely on parents and teachers to support us in delivering that essential message.  Our new safety survey shows that 62 per cent of our members' quarries in the North West have experienced trespass problems in the last two years.  We know from experience that warm weather is a particular factor in increased levels of trespass by both children and adults.   49% of our members say that trespass is a constant worry or a significant problem in their working life.  Many have employed CCTV, extra security guards, new fencing and have increased co-operation with Police Community Support Officers to try to tackle the problem."

The new survey of quarry managers also found that whilst the over-25s are the most frequent trespassers, teenage trespass is a bigger concern.

Lynda Thompson added:- "The numbers show the extent of the problem and, whilst our members try to engage with the community by visiting schools and youth groups, the support of parents in relaying the Play Safe.  Stay Safe message is vital.  It came as somewhat of a surprise that the over 25's were the most frequent trespassers.  We would urge those adults to change their behaviour because children following this example could be exposed to unseen dangers."

The Play Safe.  Stay Safe campaign raises awareness of the often unrecognised hazards of trespassing in a typical quarry, which include deep and cold water, sand piles where children could dig tunnels liable to collapse and steep drops.   QPA is particularly concerned about the potential for accidents at disused quarries, which often become beauty spots and attract whole families.  Amongst the adults who often ignore the hazards of such sites and in doing so encourage children; are divers and climbers. 

Lynda Thompson:- "We are keen to ensure parents and teachers fully understand the dangers young people can face if they trespass on active or disused sites.  One accident is one too many.".

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