Couple plan to open play centre in Clitheroe

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A couple from Clitheroe are fulfilling a long held ambition to open a new children’s indoor soft play centre on one of the town’s industrial parks.

Adele and Martin Aspinwall, of Moorland Avenue, have gained planning permission to open their Leaping Lizards Play Centre on Hawthorne Business Park, which is off Lincoln Way, in Clitheroe.

The new centre will cater for children aged from birth to 12 years old.

As well as a two-storey play frame, it will house a dedicated baby area, a football pitch, a party room and café.

There will also be ample parking outside the centre.

A former teacher at St Mary’s College at Blackburn, mother-of-two Adele, whose son Archie (11) and daughter Olive (seven) are pupils at St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School in Clitheroe, said: “It’s something that has been in the pipeline for a while, but it was just finding the right location.”

Former St Augustine’s RC High School pupil Adele (36) explained the new centre will be open seven days a week from 9 am until 6 pm.

Martin (38), who is a former pupil of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and runs his own lettings agency - Valley Lettings - is also well known locally as a coach for the boys’ football team Clitheroe Wolves.

Adele added: “We’re hoping to be open by early September.

“As well as making sure the children have lots of fun we are determined to make it an enjoyable experience for the adults too with free Wi-Fi, comfy seating and coffee from the Exchange Coffee Company.”

The centre will also offer themed parties, one of which will give youngsters the chance to build their own Teddy Bears through a ‘Be My Bear’ franchise.

Youngsters will first choose a skin for their bear before stuffing and fluffing them.

Adele added that she also plans to hold parties for children of toddler and pre-school age during the day.