28 October 2017
Safe Trick or Treating Success
The Port Arcades Shopping Centre’s Safe Trick or Treating, which took place on Saturday 28th October, is being hailed as an absolute success. The Centre was bustling with a whole assortment of little witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls, as families flocked to trick or treat the shops and join in the fun at the Centre’s Safe Trick or Treating event.

Shoppers who dared to enter the Cursed Castle were entertained by spooky optical illusions, there was a walkabout Wizard, Skeleton and Mr Pumpkin Head. With an interactive pumpkin carving workshop youngsters got creative with their designs and each received a pumpkin to take home. Free face painting and glitter tattoos, bag decorating, balloon modelling, and an abundance of sweets on offer, ensured there really was something for everyone.

Many of the shop staff joined in the fun too, decorating their stores and dressing in an amazing array of spooky costumes and offering 'spooky discounts and promotions'. Costa Coffee, Bright House and Supercuts were joint winners of the best dressed shop competition having totally transformed their stores.

Prizes for the fancy dress competition were awarded to Ellie Melvin aged 8 and Jack Moody aged five in the first competition, Harvey Green aged 8 and Emily Hardy age 12 in the second, and Benjamin Jones aged 9 and Lacie Copeland aged 6 in the third.

The largest pumpkin in Britain also proved to be a massive hit with shoppers. Suspended above the Rotunda in the Centre, the six metre inflatable pumpkin is now a regular feature each Halloween.

Michelle Pickstock from The Port Arcades Shopping Centre said “Our safe trick or treating event has been an absolute success. There was a real sense of community around this event, and the fact that children could trick or treat in the warmth and safety of the Centre was a massive plus for parents. The efforts people of all ages went to with their costumes, as well as our retailers was fantastic."

20 October 2017
Special Olympics Homecoming Parade
On Saturday 21st October the Port Arcades hosted the Homecoming Parade for local athletes who had recently taken part in the Special Olympic Games. The event was a fantastic day, supported by the amazing volunteers who run the multi sports club, North West Special Olympics Ambassador Derek Mountfield, Mayor of Ellesmere Port Councillor Nicole Meardon and Justin Madders MP, as well as shoppers who spontaneously burst into applause as the athletes entered the Centre.

15 October 2017
The largest pumpkin in the UK is now back in residency at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre. Measuring over six metres in diameter the gigantic pumpkin takes pride of place in the Rotunda, suspended high above shoppers in the Centre. With its friendly face this larger than life pumpkin will once again delight shoppers old and young alike and will remain in place until after Halloween.

The largest pumpkin in Britain proved to be a massive hit with shoppers when it was first installed at the Centre six years ago. Such was its popularity with shoppers that it continues to be a regular feature each Halloween and forms an important part of the Port Arcades Shopping Centre’s much enjoyed annual Halloween celebrations.

Now that October is here the countdown has started to Saturday 28th October and the Port Arcades Shopping Centre’s ‘Safe trick or treating day’ when children in fancy dress can trick or treat the shops. The Centre has lined up spooky entertainers and a cursed castle. As a special treat, the shopping centre is also hosting a free pumpkin carving workshop for children to design their own pumpkin ready for Halloween. There will also be free face painting and balloon modelling sessions and fancy dress competitions at intervals throughout the day.

Staff from stores in the Port Arcades Shopping Centre will also be dressing up and decorating their shops, and several stores will be offering discounts to customers whose children are in fancy dress.

Michelle Pickstock from the Port Arcades Shopping Centre said “Our safe trick or treating event is now a well established date in the events calendar here and is something that we all look forward to. It’s a free family event which allows children to enjoy the delights of trick or treating in a safe and warm environment.”

15 October 2017
Ellesmere Port, Chester and Neston Special Olympics athlete achieve great success at National Games
A home coming parade will be held for the Ellesmere Port, Chester and Neston Special Olympics athletes at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre this coming Saturday (21st October) at 12.30pm.

Ellesmere Port, Chester and Neston Special Olympics (EPCNSO) athletes attended the National Summer Games in August this year competing amongst 2,600 athletes from across the country. The National Summer Games is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities and takes place every four years like the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Athletes from the local branch competed as part of the North West region after been carefully selected to compete. Athletes took part in Boccia, Equestrian, Football, Table Tennis and Ten Pin Bowling. Competing within a variety of divisions, the teams total medal haul was 12 gold, 6 silver 5 bronze.

Supported by 7 volunteer coaches, the 27 athletes travelled and competed over 5 days in Sheffield. The event was all kicked off by an opening ceremony hosted at Bramhall Lane, Home to Sheffield United FC.

Whilst the achievements at the national games are something all the athletes and coaches are proud of; the work doesn’t stop there. The group offer year round training and competition based at the UCE Academy in Ellesmere Port (Saturday mornings) and at Ten Pin Cheshire Oaks (Monday evenings). The group offers opportunities for Boccia, Football, Netball, Table tennis and Ten Pin bowling alongside a number of social and recreational activities. The group is open to any individual with a learning disability, aged 8+ and are always on the look-out for new members and volunteers.

Chair of the Committee, Corrina Thorley said;

“The athlete’s achievements at the national games goes someway to rewarding the hard work, progress and talent of all our members. Our coaches work hard on a weekly basis to support and develop athletes, enabling them to increase their ability and confidence. All the coaches, volunteers, parents and committee are very proud of the athletes for taking part, achieving great success but more importantly demonstrating sportsmanship at all times.”

A celebration event has been scheduled for Saturday 21st October from 12:30- 2pm at the Port arcades in Ellesmere Port. The Port Arcades management have kindly agreed to host a parade through the main centre and finishing at the space opposite costa coffee. The group are seeking the support of local people to come along and make the athletes feel proud of their achievements. For more information about the opportunities available and to find out if the group could be suitable for someone you know, please email and a member of the volunteer team will contact you to arrange your first session.