Ladysmith set to keep families entertained for free every week throughout the summer holidays with “Go Wild Wednesdays”

Ladysmith set to keep families entertained for free every week throughout the summer holidays with “Go Wild Wednesdays”

Keeping the kids occupied throughout the summer holidays this year has been made a little easier thanks to an Ashton-Under-Lyne shopping centre.


Ladysmith Shopping centre has launched a 5-week series of events dubbed “Go Wild Wednesdays” as part of its Dandy Club, a free family events membership scheme with its very own Dandy Lion mascot.


The first event kicked off this Wednesday with a Deep Blue Sea theme, where children could meet magical mermaids and pirates. Over the coming weeks, visitors can expect to see life-size Gorillas, learn how to handle giant snakes rescued from the wild and get involved in live conga drumming workshops.


Sam Robinson, assistant centre manager, said: “Our launch event got off to a fantastic start and I am confident the rest of the Go Wild activities will be a huge hit with visitors.


“We pride ourselves on providing free activities and experiences that offer something a little bit different for families during the school holidays, which can end up being quite an expensive time for parents.


“It’s not every day you see a life-size gorilla roaming the streets of Ashton, so I am really looking forward to welcoming everyone throughout the 5-week event programme and seeing their reactions to our unique entertainment.”


Ladysmith will be transformed into a hub of activity every Wednesday from now until August 28 and everything is completely free to attend.


For more information about events at Ladysmith and the Dandy Club, visit or visit the centre’s Facebook page @ladysmithshoppingcentre


More about the events:


31/07/2019 - The Deep Blue Sea With mermaids and pirates we will be inviting children to challenge the captain of the ship and to look into the distance to find our beautiful mermaid. With activities such as balloon making, craft building and glitter tattoos, we promise your little one won't get bored anytime soon.


07/08/2019 - Safari Science Experiments Our wacky scientist will be loose in the shopping mall showing all the children how to conjure up elephants tooth paste.


14/08/2019 - Off the Scale Are you brave enough to handle some of the jungles wild and wonderful creatures? We'll have a selection of exotic reptiles and amphibians for you to learn about and hold.


21/08/2019 - Roarsome Safari Tour Dandy is back and with a bang! Dandy will be leading the children on a safari themed scavenger hunt but before they do, they will need to make their own pair of binoculars so they don't get caught by adults or imaginary animals.


28/08/2019 - King Conga Closing the summer with a BANG! We are having two gorillas roaming the centre with their keeper and creating mischief amongst the shoppers. As if that wasn't enough, we are also holding a LIVE drumming workshop for you to show off your skills.


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