A packed programme of family fun has been announced for the return of Liverpool’s KidsFest, with organisers promising a bigger event than ever.
The free children’s festival was first launched in 2015 to honour the short life of James Bulger.
James Bulger Memorial Trust, which is working alongside Orb Events, is bringing the fun day back on 20 August to Stanley Park, where it has previously attracted more than 8,000 visitors.
New for this year’s event will be a full main stage programme of entertainment for children of all ages, with the line-up still to be announced, and a toddler and pre-school area for mini festivalgoers.
Other attractions will include fairground rides and a bouncy castle world, a Royal Marines assault course and a giant dart ball game.
Meanwhile a balloon artist will be flying in from Poland to create larger than life-size balloon sculptures, and there’ll also be a zip wire, kid’s cookery classes, a mini food festival, yoga, sport, soft play and planting workshops.
Announcing the 2017 event yesterday, Denise Fergus of James Bulger Memorial Trust said: “We are excited to announce to return of KidsFest for 2017. It is especially poignant today which would have been James’ 27th birthday.
“We launched Kidsfest in 2015 in the hopes that it would become a great celebration that would leave a legacy of inspiration and positivity and be a fitting tribute to the short life of James, which was so cruelly taken away from him.”
“We have been delighted with the success of the festival so far with over 8,000 people turning up in glorious sunshine to support the event which was held in honour of our son James.
“It was a fantastic day of fun and laughter and the perfect way to bring together families, communities and different cultures together encouraging the feeling of pride and positivity amongst the people of our great city.”