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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 Local Offer.

The many different bikes/trikes/quads at Lifted's Festival in the Park 2018 in Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track

The many different bikes/trikes/quads at Lifted’s Festival in the Park 2018 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. There will be lively music playing throughout the afternoon and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will also be there with a fire engine.

Tickets cost only £3 per family of 4.

There will be a toy stall, as well as snacks and refreshments stalls. We’ll have a hot food van where you can buy burgers and chips. We will also have a tombola and a raffle with some fantastic prizes to be won.

The Local Offer team at Lifted's Festival in the Park 2018 in Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track

Manchester Local Offer stall

It’s not all for the kids, though, as we have invited a few fantastic organisations that support families of children and young people with disabilities.

We currently have the Manchester Carers Network, Barnardo’s Early Years, Coaten SEND Services, and IAS Manchester confirmed to come. Some Parent Champions will also be there on the day, if anyone needs information about Manchester’s SEND Local Offer.

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 Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

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