Families And TV Stars Set For Magical Day in Blackpool

Blackpool will be transformed into a Wonderland of magical fun events for all the family to raise awareness of children’s health charities.

One Great Day – a major UK-wide fundraising event – will be held in Blackpool town centre on Saturday June 4.

Featuring live performances by Cbeebies stars Cat Sandion, Rebecca Keatley and Mr Yipadee in St John’s Square, there will also be plenty of fun and games inside Houndshill – Blackpool’s premier retail destination.

Houndshill has linked up with Blackpool BID and Healthy High Streets for the day which will raise money for both Great Ormond Street Hospital and Blackpool-based charity Aspired Futures which provides therapeutic support packages to vulnerable children and young people across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

With an Alice in Wonderland theme, there will be live entertainment, chances to win prizes and special guest appearances.

Debbs Lancelott, Houndshill Centre Manger, said: “This is going to be a wonderful day of family entertainment, fun, games, activities and special appearances by our friends from Cbeebies.

“It will be a colourful and creative day for all the family which we feel sure will raise a lot of money for two hugely deserving causes that do so much nationally and locally to help children.

“We are going to transform the centre into our very own Wonderland. We will have a craft activities area where children can make Mad Hatters Hats and masks, have their face painted as well as a magical photo booth to get a picture in a Tea Party setting with characters from the film.”

Children’s TV stars Cat, Rebecca and Mr Yipadee will be performing on stage in St John’s Square (from 12pm to 4pm) as part of the BID-organised open air event as well as making appearances inside Houndshill throughout the day.

The St John’s Square stage will be decorated with Blackpool’s very own world famous Alice in Wonderland Illumination pieces.

As part of the fun and games inside Houndshill, which begins at 10am, Millie’s Cookies will be having a Queen of Hearts cookie decorating table and Greggs will be giving out heart shaped cookies.

Stores in Houndshill are raising sponsorship money to take part in the White Rabbit Races while Wonderland characters will be mingling with the customers throughout the day performing magic tricks and entertaining visitors.

Check out Houndshill’s Facebook page for opportunities to get involved in competitions and find out the latest information about all things taking place in the Houndshill Centre.

For more information call Houndshill Shopping Centre on 01253 624722 or visit www.houndshillshoppingcentre.co.uk

27 MAY 2016

One Great Day in Wonderland will take part in Houndshill Shopping Centre, Blackpool, on Saturday June 4, between 10am and 5pm.

Cat Sandion, Rebecca Keatley and Mr Yipadee will be getting in to the spirit of the event and coming as their characters from Alice in Wonderland and performing on stage in St John’s Square from 12pm to 4pm. They will be make appearances in the Houndshill throughout the day.

4 Pictures attached: (1) Houndshill staff get in the mood for One Great Day in Wonderland (Jen Banister (Queen of Hearts) Claire Purcell (Alice), Leanne Jones (Fundraising rep) and Harry the Hound (Centre Mascot)); (2) Cat Sandion (3) Rebecca Keatley and (4) Mr Yipadee


Houndshill is the only fully covered shopping centre in Blackpool, a popular seaside town in Lancashire that attracts some 13 million visitors a year. Located in the shadow of the world famous Blackpool Tower, the centre underwent a £40 million extension and refurbishment in 2008. It has 68 retail units and 750 parking spaces, with Debenhams the main anchor and other major retailers including New Look, River Island, Next and H&M.


Aspired Futures is a local independent voluntary charitable organisation offering long term, bespoke therapeutic support packages to the most vulnerable children and young people across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre who are living in complex, chaotic home environments and are at risk.

Aspired Futures offers weekly group support at our “home form home” therapeutic centre alongside one to one mentoring/coaching during times of additional stress and transition. It offers a wide range of play, leisure and educational activities and provide transport to and from all services as well as specialising in working with children with complex emotional needs.

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