Family festival KidsFest returns for 2017

This year’s KidsFest takes place on 20 August 20 and is set to be bigger before as it expands in to a massive space in Stanley Park.

The James Bulger Memorial Trust free festival, organised by Orb Events, returns for a third year, and has seen more than 16,000 visitors to date.


The Main Stage will be presenting SingMe Merseyside, a choir boasting more than 150 members, local dance schools AJ Dance and Shirley Kelly School of Dance, and youngsters from the Liverpool Media Academy.

Also featuring are young up-and-coming artists Jack Desmond and Liv Pritchard, Chris Maloney Dance Academy and MD Productions’ Girl Talk.

There is also set to be fairground rides, bouncy castles and a dance arena.

Merseyfire and Rescue will also be in attendance inviting visitors to learn all about their fire engines.

And the team from Walton Youth Services will be on hand to organise team games, such as tug of war, a family football tournament, and a Silly Sports Day.

​The James Bulger Memorial Trust’s Stuart and Denise Fergus (mother of James Bulger) commented:“KidsFest has grown and grown since the first festival and this year it is our biggest and best event yet. And what’s even better is that it remains free to attend.

“Whatever you and your children are interested in – whether it’s music, dance, games, crafts, sport, food or fairground fun, we can guarantee you will have a brilliant day out at Stanley Park on August 20.”

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “KidsFest has quickly become one of the fixtures of the summer entertainment offer in North Liverpool, and it’s great to see so many families coming out to enjoy themselves and take part in the day.

“The James Bulger Memorial Trust does some excellent work with and on behalf of young people. And I’m delighted, as Mayor of Liverpool, to be able to do my bit to support such a brilliant and worthwhile festival in Stanley Park – one of the wonderful green gems in the north of the city.”

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