Free family activities in Knowsley
A range of fun-filled, family activities are available at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on Thursday, 5 April from 9.30am until 1pm. What’s more, they are completely free of charge!
From swimming to cycling through to a cycle museum and treasure hunt, there really is something to suit all ages and interests.
The full range of activities can be found below and if you’d like to come along on 5 April, simply register your interest today on Eventbrite. Once registered, you can also book on to sessions where there are restrictions on group sizes.
- Disney Inspired 10 minute shake ups. The kids will love playing these Disney inspired Shake-Up Games including Toy Story’s Bullseye Race, Beauty and the Beast’s Cogsworth time trial and Frozen Olaf’s summer dance. Whatever your Disney favourite, there’s bound to be an 10-minute activity burst for you!
- Open swimming session & swimming lesson assessments – The teaching pool at the centre will be available from 11am until 12pm for families to have a swim. Parents who are thinking of booking their children onto swimming lessons can also book a free 15 minute swim assessment to determine which stage they should book their children on to.
- Cycle Museum – The Cycle Museum, based at Walton Hall and Gardens, will have a display of vintage bikes dating from the 1800’s to the 1990’s, including Bone Shakers, Penny Farthings, and other weird, wonderful and wacky bikes.
- BMX track taster sessions – Children over age 5 and over can book onto a free BMX taster session. Bikes helmets and knee pads are included. The sessions will be around one hour long – from 10am until 11am and then another session from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Book your place on Eventbrite. Children should already be able to ride a bike.
- Ditch your stabilisers – Bring the kid’s bikes and take part in an interactive session which will help the kids ditch the stabilisers. There is no minimum age. It will take place by the velodrome track. Sessions are available from 9.30am and they will run throughout the morning. If possible, please book a place through Eventbright.
- Cycling obstacle course and wheels for all sessions on the velodrome – Come and test your riding skills on an obstacle course set up on the velodrome. Whilst there will be a limited number of bikes available, you may want to bring your own along. The sessions are for anyone aged 8 years and above and two sessions will take place from 10am until 11am and from 11.30am until 12.30pm. Book your place on Eventbrite.
- Make your own smoothie using pedal power alone on the smoothie bike! We’ll provide the ingredients, you just need to provide the pedal power!
- Nordic walking sessions – Sessions are available to give Nordic walking a try – all the equipment will be available for families to use. Two sessions will take place – one at 10am and another at 11am. Please report to the main reception desk at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. Please book on a session if possible through Eventbrite and these are adult-only sessions.
Treasure hunt quiz – Families can enjoy a walk around the centre and its grounds finding the answers to our clues. Once you have the answers give your treasure hunt sheet into the registration desk and enter a draw to win one of our family swim passes.
- Face painting – Free face painting for all the family throughout the morning.
- Soft play – At Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park there is a small soft play centre for smaller children under the age of five.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services said
“We know that during the school holidays, finding something that the whole family can enjoy can be difficult. The activities at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park cater for all ages and abilities and with the fantastic range available, there really is something for everyone. It’s a great opportunity to try out new things for free, plus with certificates to be given out and prizes to be won, it really does promise to be a family-fun filled morning.”
In addition to the activities, a range of information and support will be available throughout the morning helping you and your family to be active, be safe and be suitably equipped. This includes leisure membership opportunities through the five Volair centres across the borough, Decathlon, MerseyCycle and Barry’s Mobile Bicycle Maintenance will have a range of bikes on display and can offer advice on the right bike for you, British Cycling and Go-Ride about the range of cycling opportunities and activities available in Knowsley and the Green Spaces service will be on-hand to tell you about the range of activities taking place in the borough’s parks and green spaces.
In addition, Merseyside Police and the Healthy Knowsley Service will be on-hand to provide a range of information and advice around safe cycling and ways to boost your own and your family’s health and wellbeing.
The launch of Cycling Projects North Wales Wheels for All was a great success.
Thanks to funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation, Cycling Projects is able to set up Wheels for All centres across Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and potentially Gwynedd. The settings will be a mix of local parks, cycle greenways and athletics tracks, safe spaces for those trying cycling for the first time or returning after a long period away.
Find a Wheels for All or Pedal Away centre local to you on our interactive map.
Below are some photos taken on the day.
Through the Sport England Opportunities Programme, Cycling Projects is pleased to announce the creation of a national volunteer campaign that will recruit and retain new volunteers and support existing volunteers as they continue to play a crucial role in the successful delivery of Wheels for All and Pedal Away programmes.
To deliver the series of volunteer campaigns, we are recruiting a national volunteer co- ordinator who will work with a number of our partners including County Sports Partnerships, English Federation of Disability Sport, Mencap, Leonard Cheshire and British Cycling.
As the national volunteer co-ordinator you will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of new volunteers through the creation of effective volunteering campaigns. The work themes will focus on creating volunteering opportunities for disabled people and creating volunteering opportunities for people not involved in sport but keen to support the aims and objectives of the charity.
You will also work closely with the existing Wheels for All network to create volunteering pathways through to existing cycling clubs and to create formal partnerships with Wheels for All Centres and disability support organisations. You will also manage a growing network of partners, recruiting and retaining volunteers to support the Wheels for All programme in specific regions across the country.
You will be a highly motivated individual with experience of working across a broad section of partners. You will ideally have experience of working within the volunteer sector and experience of working with people of all abilities and community members. You will be enthusiastic, driven, well organised and able to engage with people on a daily basis.
Essentially, we want you to create a solid movement of volunteering activities across the Wheels for Al network. You will be part of an effective and exciting movement of bringing cycling to people on a daily basis across many locations regardless of their ability.
Application deadline is Monday 12th March at 5pm & Interviews will be held week commencing 19th March
To apply, please request an application pack and return the application form along with your covering letter & email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 12th March at 5pm
Cycling Projects, the national inclusive cycling charity, is pleased to announce the launch of the North Wales Wheels for All on 21st February in Prestatyn.
Wheels for All enables children and adults with disabilities or differing needs to enjoy the benefits of cycling regularly in a safe, sociable environment using a range of specially adapted bikes supported by experienced staff and trained volunteers.
A drop in event will take place on Wednesday 21st February between 11am to 3pm at Alive Church, 200 Victoria Road, Prestatyn LL19 7TL. Tricycles, hand cycles, side by sides and bikes for wheelchair users will be available to try out. No need to book.
The charity, Cycling Projects has secured funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation to set up Wheels for All centres over the next three years across Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and potentially Gwynedd. The settings will be a mix of local parks, cycle greenways and athletics tracks, safe spaces for those trying cycling for the first time or returning after a long period away perhaps due to limiting health conditions.
New project co-ordinator, Janet Gregory, is working closely with occupational therapists, sports development, local council and healthcare staff.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to extend the 50+ Wheels for All centres already running successfully. We welcome the involvement of individuals, groups and families. If you would like to find out more, perhaps train as a volunteer, donate a bike, fundraise for us then please do get in touch with me.”
Janet Gregory, Wheels for All Co-ordinator North Wales: email@example.com 0746 914 8247
Steve Morgan Foundation: https://stevemorganfoundation.org.uk/
Founded in 2001 by Steve Morgan CBE, to support projects that help children and families, people with physical or learning disabilities, the elderly, or those that are socially disadvantaged in North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire.
Donate to Marlow Wheels For All and be entered in our prize draw
Our friends at Saddle Safari in Marlow are raffling a Trek road bike (worth over £2,000) with all proceeds going to Marlow Wheels For All.
There is a special JustGiving page (with a target of £2,500) for people to donate £5 and be entered in the draw. Tickets are also available in the Saddle Safari shop.
The Justgiving page is:
The draw is open to everyone and the winner will be chosen on 1st June.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest edition of Enable – the newsletter for the Wheels for All network.
In this latest edition of Enable – The national Wheels for All newsletter we have features on –
New centres that have recently been launched in different parts of the country
Partnerships with Leonard Cheshire to bring cycling to the communities of Gloucester
The powerful impact the volunteers has on the Wheels for All experience
Case studies with people such Aaron who is a regular at Woking Wheels for All (often in fancy dress!)
Partnerships with Kendal Cycling Club and South Lakes District Council working together to bring Wheels for All activities to the region
Articles on inclusive cycle training and maintenance support
So we hope you like and we hope it inspires to get involved with Wheels for All in anyway possible as a participant , as a volunteer or as a supporter of the inclusive cycling movement.
Congratulations Cliff at our Knowsley Pedal Away
Cliff, from Prescot, came to an evening Pedal Away ride last September. Having not ridden a bike for over 50 years he struggled with a relatively short ride of an hour along the Liverpool Loop Line and even fell off a couple of times. His personal challenges were: ‘is there a bike big enough?’, overcoming the ‘self-confidence’ issues and could he remember how to ride a bike?
Wanting to lose weight and increase his fitness levels with cardio-vascular exercise, hitting the gym was not something Cliff wanted to do. He had previously tried football, badminton, swimming, gym workouts.
Cliff went from cycling 8 miles on our Thursday evening ride to changing his busy work schedule (he runs a residential home) so he could also fit in our Tuesday morning Court Hey park rides (12+ miles) and then do our Thursday rides at Kirkby (20 miles), Cliff has come a long way!
This April he did a 170 mile charity ride from the Lake District to Rainhill. Cliff trained hard for it, joining both Pedal Away rides at Court Hey and Kirkby during the winter to help clock up training miles. He raised nearly £2000 for a charity close to his heart; he reckoned he got so much sponsorship because nobody believed he could do it! He was determined not to let them down.
One year on from that first ride Cliff has won Adult Active Achiever of the year in Knowsley! The awards took place at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park and rewarded individuals, teams and schools who have made great achievements in sports or culture, or who have helped and inspired others to do so.
He says “I owe it all to my very first rides with the Pedal Away Court Hey group, in the September evening sunshine on the Loop Line!”
“What has changed on this journey is the desire to do more and more, to take on the
challenges, to cycle the extra miles and to take part in organised cycle events like The Great Pedal Away. Now I can’t get enough of it!”
Lou Henderson, Pedal Away Lead said: “riding on a Pedal Away ride is a sure fire way to improve your cycling skills and to learn more about the bike. It’s also a great chance to meet new people and turn cycling into a social activity.”
If you fancy getting into cycling in Knowsley but don’t know how. You can start with a 3 mile park ride at Stadt Moers Park, Whiston and then progress to cycling up to 12 miles with a café stop from Court Hey Park, Huyton you can be cycling further still in a matter of weeks from our base at Mill Dam Park, Kirkby. We have bikes and helmets to borrow and our leaders make sure nobody gets left behind.
To get involved in our Knowsley rides:
We are very excited to announce that through the great support of Steve Morgan Foundation we will be able to create a comprehensive cycling offer for all abilities through the Wheels for All programme across the North Wales region.
Working closely with various partners including sports development, adults services, SEN schools and colleges and various disability support agencies we will be bringing Wheels for All to Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and potentially Gwynedd.
The aim is to offer a regular grassroots cycling activity embracing the efforts and achievements of everyone involved regardless of their ability. The venues and settings will be a mix of parks, cycle greenways and athletics tracks, which are ideal settings for those trying cycling for the first time or returning to cycling after long period way from cycling.
The support from Steve Morgan Foundation over a three year period will allow for adapted cycles to be based in various locations, supported with a strong training programme, Wheels for All engagement festivals, regular sessions, which will all be co-ordinated by a Wheels for All projects officer.
We are truly excited about creating a sustainable community cycling offer for the regions of North Wales – its a complete honour to bring the Wheels for All programme to North Wales.
Wheels for All activities will give inactive people regular opportunities to be active in settings that are relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable for everyone. We will focus on offering activities that will allow all of the family to participate.
So if you want to get involved as a participant, as a partner, or perhaps you may want to volunteer for the North Wales Wheels for All programme? then please get in touch
If you want to know more about the forthcoming Wheels for All activities across North Wales, where and when? then please get in touch….. 01925 234213 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
A Generous Donation from Wirral Wheelers.
We would like to send a huge thank you to a local cycling club Wirral Wheelers. With amazing fundraising efforts, have donated a brand new low rider recumbent to our Wheels for All project at Birkenhead Park. On the 30th of April, 220 riders for Wirral Wheelers, set off on a 70 mile ride. And by doing so they raised the funds for the bike.
It is fantastic to see that local cycling clubs, such as Wirral Wheelers understand the need for inclusive cycling and are extremely grateful for their support. Cycling Projects hope that this will encourage other clubs to get involved in many ways and welcome support through not just fundraising, but other ways including promoting the services on offer and even volunteering at Wheels for All sessions.
Our Wheels for All sessions at Birkenhead, run year round.
Every Wednesday and Thursday from 10-3.
If you are a large booking please get in touch via email: email@example.com
Dorset Wheels for All at Moors Valley, a twice weekly accessible cycling session.
Dorset Wheels for All is a partnership between Wessex Accessible Cycling and Christchurch and East Dorset Councils. Offering biweekly sessions, every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, the guided sessions run for approximately an hour. Those wishing to attend are best to do so at 10.40am to make sure everyone is ready and set up at 11am.
Throughout the year there will be aditional rides on Saturdays as well as “Explorer” rides, that go out of the park into surrounding areas using nearby off road tracks. Please visit www.moors-valley.co.uk/events to find out more and request a brochure.
Cost: There is no fee but a suggested donation of £3 which is very appreciated.
Booking the Right Bike: There is a variety of bikes available, and it is best to call via a 1-2-1 consultation with cycle leaders.
To book the consultation please called the Health and Activity Team on 01425 480811
send an email for more info at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have to right bike, booking the session online or over the phone is the next step.
Where the ride takes place.
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET.