A brand new first-of-its-kind floating obstacle course has opened up near Delamere Forest and it’s only 40 minutes away from Manchester.
Aqua Chimp is the latest instalment at watersports park Wild Shore Delamere in Northwich.
The huge new attraction, which is based at Delamere Lake Sailing and Holiday Park, is described as being “super unique” and is packed full of fun and challenging elements featuring obstacles, rope swings, climbing walls, ziplines and more.
It promises to offer visitors an “endless opportunity for fun”.
Deemed a “world’s first” of its kind, Aqua Chimp is for adults and children (aged eight and above) of all abilities. It has different coloured runs/courses to match the participant’s level, but what makes the concept so unique is the lack of harnesses, meaning if you fall off, you will get wet.
There is also a minimum height restriction of 1.2m and you must be able to swim 25m.
If this sounds a little daunting though, don’t worry because instructors deliver a safety briefing before each session and offer full support/instruction throughout.
Speaking on the opening of Aqua Chimp, Wild Shore Delamere’s Tim Woodhead said: “It is the world’s first Aqua Chimp, it is based on a fixed course that is very similar at one of our parks in Edinburgh.”
“Aqua Chimp is extremely unique.”
“It is mega easy to socially distance on too, which is great during these strange COVID times.”
A number of strict COVID-safe measures have been put in place and must be adhered to by all visitors.
These measures include pre-booking only (no walk-ins), a one-way system, on-site hand sanitising stations, outdoor changing cubicles, no on-site picnics, and after every use, the kit is washed in a special solution and left to soak for 15 minutes, before being hung outside to dry.
Aqua Chimp sessions cost £20 per person, last for a total of 50 minutes and must be booked online in advance.
All kit hire is included in the session price, so participants just need a swimming costume, a towel and a pair of closed-toe shoes that they don’t mind getting wet.
For bookings and more information, visit the Wild Shore Delamere website here.
Viral sportswear brand Gymshark is holding a huge free fitness event in Manchester this weekend
Some of the biggest names in the fitness community are coming together for a huge Gymshark event at Manchester Central this weekend.
The fitness brand’s previous Lift events have had queues stretching down the street as thousands flock to see figures from the worlds of lifting, fitness and bodybuilding.
Gymshark’s first post-pandemic Lift event is taking place right here in Manchester, featuring a programme of athlete seminars, meet and greets, competitions, challenges, and prizes – and it’s free.
It promises to be their biggest event yet, with the huge events space split into four zones.
There’ll also be a pop-up shop selling the brand’s activewear range, loved by fitness influencers across the globe.
Famous faces appearing at Lift this weekend will include Whitney Simmons, whose hilariously honest and educational fitness content has pulled in 3.5m Instagram followers (plus another 2.1m on YouTube and 1.4m on TikTok).
Also taking part are Gymshark’s creative director of lifting David Laid, Instagram star Libby Christensen, and power lifter Jamal Browner.
More than 10,000 tickets have already been sold for Lift at Manchester Central.
Gymshark itself was founded by Ben Francis in his garage in 2012. He used YouTube tutorials – and a little help from his grandmother – to learn to sew.
Now, there are more than 18 million Gymshark customers across 180 countries, and it’s achieved ‘unicorn’ status after being valued at more than £1bn.
The brand turned over around £500m in its last financial year and employs around 800 people worldwide.
You can book your spot at Gymshark’s Lift event at Manchester Central, taking place on 1 and 2 April, here.
Eurovision 2023 grand final to be screened live in cinemas across the UK
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest is to be screened live in cinemas across the UK for the first time ever.
With fans from across the globe set to descend on Liverpool in a couple of months time as the UK hosts the 2023 edition of the world’s biggest song competition on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine, those who weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets will instead by able to head to their nearest cinema to experience the action on the big screen.
Distributor CinemaLive has announced it will be broadcasting the Eurovision grand final show live in cinemas nationwide for the first time ever.
It means that Eurovision fans up and down the country who missed out on grabbing tickets to the final – which sold out in under 40 minutes after going on sale earlier this month – will be able to come together to celebrate what is set to be the “biggest, brightest, boldest music party of the year”.
500 cinemas across the UK, including several here in Greater Manchester, will be screening the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, and Everyman are just some of the cinema chains taking part.
Vue Manchester Printworks, Odeon Great Northern, and Everyman Manchester are the Manchester city centre venues lined-up to screen the event – with cinemas in the The Lowry Outlet Mall, Trafford Centre, Didsbury, Heaton Moor, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, and more also set to welcome Eurovision fans through their doors.
Event organisers say the screenings will encourage singalongs and fancy dress.
“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC to bring Eurovision’s grand final live into cinemas across the UK for the first time ever,” said John Travers from CinemaLive.
“We want audiences to enjoy themselves, so get your fancy dress on, and come together to enjoy this historic occasion on the big screen.”