New children’s adventure play area is the bee’s knees

Councillor Anthony Burns (centre) pictured with GoActive staff at the launch of Willowbees adventure play area

A huge adventure play area is already proving to be the bee’s knees after opening to the public.

Based in the former sports hall at Newton-le-Willows Health & Fitness – formerly Selwyn Jones Sports Centre – Willowbees is an affordable new facility for children up to the age of 11 and forms part of an extensive £4.2m redevelopment to turn the Ashton Road sports centre into a modern, dynamic facility.

Comprising three thrilling slides, a trampoline, climbing frame, swing ball, and soft play area for under three’s, Willowbees is open seven days a week and is sure to be one of the stand out attractions at the new look Newton-le-Willows Health & Fitness – with children across the borough and beyond expected to bounce along to explore the endless fun to be had in such a spacious environment.

Speaking at the launch, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure & Libraries, Councillor Anthony Burns, said:

“As a council we’re committed to investing in and offering activities that will bring a wealth of opportunities for every age range in the borough, and Willowbees certainly fits well into that bracket for our children and young people.

“Newton-le-Willows Health & Fitness is a top-class, state of the art facility and features like Willowbees are sure to be a hit with visitors from across the borough and further afield.”

After hours of buzzing around in the play area, there will be the chance to refuel at the onsite café, serving up delicious nutritious food and drink – including Costa Coffee for adults – while children who can’t get enough can even celebrate their birthday there in one of three party rooms, with packages starting from just £99 – and private hire available, too.

Willowbees was phase two of a three-part refurbishment at Newton-le-Willows Health & Fitness Centre which has so far seen the completion of a two storey gym containing state of the art equipment, including Wattbike and Curve Runner.

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