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Friday, August 15, 2014

Everyone can enjoy a great day out at Sandy Lane with free fun family activities

The whole family can enjoy two exciting events which are being planned as part of the ‘Get Creative at Sandy Lane’ programme.

There will be free fantastic craft activities at the Teddy Bears Picnic on Saturday 23 August from 11am – 2pm.

Everyone can come along and join the fun, and don’t forget to bring along your best dressed teddy as prizes are on offer for the most extravagant looking bear. There will be face painting and special guests Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be meeting and greeting while proving lots of entertainment for visitors to the event. Those who arrive in fancy dress will be able to have their face painted for free by our amazing face painter. The activities will take place around Sandy Lane Shopping Centre and Stanley Coronation Park, depending on the weather. Please look out for the signs on the day.

For those budding gardeners amongst you we are launching a garden in a shoebox competition. You will be able to pick up information and the application forms at the Teddy Bears Picnic.

The Vintage and Handmade Fair on Saturday 27 September, between 10.30am and 3.30pm will provide lots of fun for grown up and children alike. The fair will provide a range of creative demonstrations, from calligraphy to making Victorian Christmas decorations. There will be a variety of stalls including true vintage items, recycled items and handmade goods.

Street entertainment will be provided by one Mad Hatter and a friend called Alice, plus the great sounds produced by the Vintage DJs, who are guaranteed to get your feet tapping. The garden in a shoebox competition will also be judged at the fair, so don’t forget to bring your entry along.

To have a free stall at the Vintage and Handmade Fair please contact Jenni Ashcroft at the Chapel Gallery on 01695 571328 for an application form or further information. You can also contact Jenni for a form for the garden in a shoebox competition, or pick one up at the Teddy Bears Picnic.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The whole family will enjoy these activities, so come on down and have a great day out.”

The events are part of a wider scheme West Lancashire Borough Council is looking to work on in partnership with Lancashire County Council. This aims to make the centre an even more inviting place to shop, work and visit. Consultation events have been held for local people to give their views and ideas.

The final one of these, entitled ‘On the Fence’, takes place on Friday 22 August. Visitors can also work with artist Sarah Jane Richards to design and create carnival creatures to adorn the street furniture at Sandy Lane. For further information please contact West Lancashire Borough Council Arts Development Services at the Chapel Gallery on 01695 571328, or email jenni.ashcroft@westlancs.gov.uk.

Councillor Andrew Fowler, portfolio holder for Regeneration, said: “We are very grateful for the ideas we have received through the consultation events. We look forward to seeing some proposals being drawn up which the local community will be able to have their say on.”

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