Legoland coming to the West Midlands

The plans to bring the LEGOLAND attraction to Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena are set to be approved.

LEGOLAND’s owner Merlin plan to create an indoor version of the Windsor resort, which will be housed over three floors of the arena, ideally situated near Brindleyplace. It will boast a mix of rides, interactive Lego themed attractions and games, 4D cinema, café and Lego shop.

It will be similar to the hugely popular LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Greater Manchester.

The planning report states it will be a two-hour attraction open from 10am to 6pm daily and is expected to receive up to 2,560 visitors on its busiest days.

Approx. 40-50 staff will be employed, about a quarter part-time as well as some extra staff at peak times of the year such as school holidays.

There has only been one objection to the proposals which came from the Symphony Court apartment block management regarding possible noise nuisance from crowds of excited children.

In planning officer Victoria Chadaway’s report she said “This proposal would reinforce and promote Birmingham’s role as a centre for tourism, culture and events.

“It would support the city’s existing tourist facilities by providing a new family-focused attraction which would contribute to the city’s continued success as a destination for visitors.”

She also stated that it complied with council planning policies and should be approved.

Published 09/02/2017

Sarah Bates

PAW Patrol at Telford Town Centre

The PAW Patrol gang will be in Telford this month.

Marshall & Chase will be visiting Telford Shopping Centre on Sunday 19th February to meet and greet local children.

Fans of the action-packed series will be able to see and photograph their heroes in Sherwood Square (outside Debenhams) at intervals between 11am and 4pm.

Katie Broome, marketing manager for Telford Shopping Centre, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the PAW Patrol pups to Telford and I’m certain their visit will prove a massive success with Shropshire families.

“We know how popular the characters are with children so having Chase and Marshall in the Centre is going to be very exciting day for everyone. “

PAW Patrol follows the adventures of six rescue dogs and a tech-savvy boy named Ryder, as they work together to protect their community. The series has captured the imagination of pre-school children with its mixture of excitement and community-focused messages.

Chase and Marshall will be making appearances at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm and families are advised to arrive early as the event is expected to be very popular.

Visitors will also be invited to join in with a range of fun activities in New Row (next to House of Fraser), including ‘make and take’ craft sessions.

The Centre has scheduled a series of craft activities from Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd February, designed to help keep kids busy over half term.