Real snow sledging, a Guinness World Record attempt and Jedi school are all set to entertain families this summer in Wakefield.
Trinity Walk shopping centre is hosting nine major free events to celebrate its fifth birthday.
The fun kicks off with three appearances from Titan the Robot – in partnership with Arriva Yorkshire – on Monday July 25. At nearly 8ft tall, the biomechanical being will put on a show and interact with the audiences between 11am and 3pm.
Tonnes of real snow courtesy of SnoZone at Xscape Yorkshire will land on July 29 and 30 where visitors can enjoy free rides down the mini-sledging run. Plus, they can test out their skills on the snowboard simulator on both days.
One of the UK’s leading Harry Potter lookalikes will be joined by a cosplay Hagrid as they do mini-magic performances to celebrate Wakefield Comic Con on August 6. There will also be a free wand-making workshop for young wizards and witches to try.
Then people are invited to help try and break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as a princess on August 7. To take part, you just need to wear a long gown or dress and a crown or tiara. The fun starts at 10.30am, with the official count taking place at 11am.
The Jedi Fight Academy, run by Andrew Lawden who played Liam Neeson’s stunt double in The Phantom Menace, will be transported in to the centre where groups of 20 children can learn lightsaber techniques. Places must be pre-booked from 10am that morning.
Cormac Hamilton, Trinity Walk’s centre manager, said: “We wanted to do something special, not just to celebrate our fifth birthday, but for our shoppers and their families. The summer holidays are a long time to keep kids occupied, so by offering some unique and exciting free events, it gives people a chance to go and do something fun without breaking the bank.
“We’ve specifically chosen a mix of events – some are a first for a shopping centre like ours, others are firm favourites and some, like the world record attempt, will be what people make them. We really hope people help us put Wakefield on the map and break the current record of 351 – plus, it’s a great excuse to dress dad as a princess.”
Captain Jack and a free pirate workshop will sail into Trinity Walk on August 13, followed by a superhero day on August 18 and visit by the double decker soft play bus on August 24.
The fun finale will be a two day baby rave featuring music, dancing, singing, bubbles, snow, soft play, mascot appearances and more. To book on this event, please see www.boomchikkaboom.com as this is ticket only although another free event.
For full details of events, guidance, terms and conditions, please see www.trinitywalk.com/events