The stage is all set for two days filled with fam­ily fun

Middleton Guardian - - GOFEST 2017 -

FAM­ILY fes­ti­val GoFest launches in Manch­ester for the first time this week­end, bring­ing two days of sport, dance and live en­ter­tain­ment.

More than 40 ac­tiv­i­ties are tak­ing place over the week­end with master­classes from top sports clubs such as Sale Sharks, Sal­ford Red Devils and BatFast.

GoFest am­bas­sadors and Olympic cham­pi­ons, Gail Emms and Roger Black, will also be there, shar­ing their suc­cess sto­ries and giv­ing bud­ding sports stars some tips on how to go pro.

Sprint­ing Gold Medal­list Roger Black said: “It’s just a bril­liant week­end of fun and va­ri­ety and I think va­ri­ety is the key with so many peo­ple play­ing sports they have never tried or maybe even seen be­fore.”

There is a wide va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­ity tak­ing place, from rugby, bad­minton and dodge­ball to kayak­ing, scuba div­ing and snorkelling,

The water ac­tiv­i­ties take place at East Manch­ester Leisure Cen­tre, on the same site as SportCity - so fam­i­lies should bring their swimwear along if they want to take part.

Helly Han­son Wa­ter­Sports Cen­tre will also be giv­ing pad­dle­board­ing classes, how­ever you must be able to swim 25m to take part in the ses­sion.

For those who want to bust a move, SOSA Dance fit­ness will be tak­ing the main stage at 4pm on Satur­day to teach a Latin car- ni­val dance rou­tine.

Not only that, but there’ll be a 45-minute Disco Fever party, where dancers can learn some 80s moves and take a step back in time.

From 5pm on Satur­day acous­tic singer from Duk­in­field, Ryan Duck­worth, will be singing some pop­u­lar tracks and lively su­per­hero dance act KerPow will be putting on a show for chil­dren. Take That 2 will also be per­form­ing, singing a med­ley of the bands clas­sic 90s tracks.

On Sun­day, Manch­ester Rock Choir, Ta­sia Sky and boy band Exit 7 will bring the fes­ti­val to a close as they per­form through­out the day un­til 6pm.

Fam­i­lies can pre-book up to four ac­tiv­i­ties on­line, how­ever it’s based on a first come first serve ba­sis and pre-book­ing close to­day (June 22) so you need to be quick to avoid miss­ing out.

Al­ter­na­tively, adult tick­ets are £14 for one day and £20 for en­try on both days.

Tick­ets for kids under 16 are £7 for one day and £10 for the full week­end.

The all-in­clu­sive week­end ticket gives a fam­ily of four en­try on both day and is £49.50. To book your tick­ets and view the full timetable visit WHAT is GoFest? GoFest is the UK’s Fam­ily Fes­ti­val of Sport, Dance, Health and Fit­ness

Set to unite fam­i­lies through sport, GoFest is the big­gest and best mul­ti­sport and fit­ness fes­ti­val in the UK that also in­cludes a fan­tas­tic line up of main stage en­ter­tain­ment. Ticket hold­ers can take part in as many of the 400 dif­fer­ent sport and dance ses­sions on of­fer and en­joy all the en­ter­tain­ment with no ex­tra charges. HOW to Book Tick­ets – On­line or On the Day?

You can buy tick­ets in ad­vance from www.gofest., how­ever tick­ets are also avail­able on the gate but are 20% more ex­pen­sive.

The ben­e­fit of buy­ing in ad­vance also al­lows ticket hold­ers to pre-book their favourite ac­tiv­i­ties. Four ac­tiv­i­ties per per­son can be booked in ad­vance. Many more ses­sions can be booked on the day.

Fam­ily tick­ets ad­mit four peo­ple (in­clud­ing at least one adult), which works out at only £6 a head per day if you buy a whole week­end ticket, en­abling ev­ery­one to take part in ev­ery­thing! WHAT’S On? All ac­tiv­i­ties in­volve fam­ily-friendly, small group coach­ing ses­sions through­out the week­end. Most start on the hour and last 45 min­utes. They are pitched at an all abil­ity level so you’ll know what you are in for be­fore you take part. BOOK­ING Ac­tiv­i­ties You can pre-book four ac­tiv­i­ties per per­son per day when you have purchased a ticket on­line at You can also book more ses­sions when you get to GoFest on the day at the book­ing points at the Manch­ester Re­gional Arena.

Maps of the event show­ing where the ac­tiv­i­ties are tak­ing place

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