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“Festival in the Park” is Lifted’s annual disability-friendly fun day, held at Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track with the support of Simply Cycling, a non-profit organisation that offers accessible cycling to disabled people across Manchester.


As in previous years, this year’s summer fair is dedicated to our late friend and avid supporter, Deborah Platt, and doubles as a fundraising activity for the centre.

The event is partly sponsored by Manchester City Council’s Directorate for Children and Families (Local Offer team).

Tandem cycling at the Festival in the Park 2017 in Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track

Tandem cycling at the Festival in the Park 2017 in Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track

In addition to the wide range of specialist and regular bicycles, our inclusive fun day will also feature a bouncy castle and soft play area for the little ones, free outdoor activities such as draughts & colouring pages, and pay-to-play ones such as hook-a-duck & face painting. We have also hired a DJ to play lively music throughout the afternoon and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will also be there with a fire engine for the kids to look at. Tickets cost only £3 per family of 4, and every ticket entitles you to a free prize draw*.

There will be tables selling all sorts of small items (bric-a-brac, toys), as well as snacks, iced lollies and refreshments stalls, and a hot food station where you can buy burgers and chips. We will also have a teddy tombola and a raffle with some fantastic prizes to be won.

It’s not all for the kids, though, as we have invited a few organisations to come over and set up stalls, where you can get information and ask about services and support they provide to children and young people with disabilities.

Together Trust and IAS Manchester at the Festival in the Park 2017 in Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track

Information table for Together Trust and Information, Advice & Support (IAS) Manchester

We currently have the Department for Work and Pensions’ Carer’s Allowance Unit, IAS Manchester, Manchester Carers Network, and the School Nurse Health Service confirmed to come. Some Parent Champions will also be there on the day, if anyone needs information about Manchester’s SEND Local Offer.

Some people from PleydellSmithyman Limited will man a stand in the venue to do a consultation about Wythenshawe Park. Have your say on how to make Wythenshawe Park more accessible and how we can make the park a place where you want to spend time and have fun.

This event doubles as a fundraiser for the centre so please support us by coming over and sharing with your friends and family who care for people with disabilities.

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