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TV’s Blue Peter garden becomes visitor attraction

Members of the public have been given the chance to visit the Blue Peter garden, aſter CBBC moved it to a space outside the broadcaster’s new Salford home. The children’s television programme

has relocated to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays and its garden and pools will occupy a space outside Dock House. Blue Peter editor Tim Levell said: “We

are really excited about being able to open up the garden so Blue Peter viewers can come along and visit it.” Details:

KidZania to open first UK location

KidZania, the Mexico-based educational theme park con- cept, has signed a license agreement with Longshot Kids to open its first location in the UK by 2014. Longshot Kids is an affiliate

of Longshot, led by entrepre- neurs Ollie Vigors and Joel Cadbury and former owner of private members establish- ment, Te Groucho Club. London’s KidZania joins

a development pipeline fea- turing sites in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Santiago, Chile; and and São Paulo, Brazil - all of which are scheduled to open this year. Te concept provides children between the

KidZania already has a number of global sites such as Koshien in Japan

ages of four- and 12-years-old with a realistic city environment and nearly 100 role-playing activities to cater for a range of abilities. Children will “work” across a number of jobs and earn kidZos – the concept’s own

Sites across the UK have made the award longlist

Kids In Museums 2012 award longlist revealed

Kids in Museums has announced that 20 attractions are in the running to be recogn- ised for being the UK’s most accessible and welcoming to visitors of all ages. A judging panel will now consider the

Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award longlist, before announcing a shortlist. Kids in Museums director Dea Birkett

said: “Visitors have said in their hundreds that they want the whole family, from 15 to a few months, to feel they belong among the Mummies and Old Masters.” Read more:

April reopening for new- look Roman fortp museum

Northumberland’s Housesteads Roman Fort, one of the most complete Roman forts in the UK, will reopen in April following the first phase of a renovation project. English Heritage closed the museum last

year to carry out a revamp in partnership with the Northumberland National Park Authority and the National Trust. Te first phase cost more than £1m and

includes an overhaul of the museum, which will allow visitors to access the barracks with new and improved interpretation. Details:


currency – to then spend on services through- out the purpose-built KidZania city. KidZania chief executive officer Xavier

Lopez said; “London is a flagship European market for KidZania, and we have a brilliant and creative partner in Longshot.” Details:

March launch for York chocolate attraction

A new attraction based on the history of confectionary will open on 31 March in York. Chocolate – York’s Sweet

Story, which will be operated by Continuum, will offer vis- itors the opportunity to learn about how the confectionery industry became one of the biggest employers in York. Te 6,400sq ſt (595sq m)

visitor attraction will occupy three floors in the former Alison Homes Déco building – owned by Oakgate Group. Design group MET Studio has created the attraction’s inter- active journey, which will take visitors from the rainforests of Central America to discover how confectionery found a home in York. Memories from from the families that founded confectionery companies in York

Juliana Delaney, Continuum CEO, (second from leſt) at the building site

– Rowntree’s, Terry’s and Craven’s – will also be shared for the first time using interpreta- tive techniques and rare objects from the past to bring each story to life. Details:

Forgan welcomes Smarter Loans initiative

Captain Cook Museum chair Sophie Forgan has backed a new Museum Association (MA) initiative, which is designed to help make it easier for UK attractions to loan collections. Forgan was speaking at the launch of the MA’s Smarter Loans: key principles for loans

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in the UK at the British Museum’s Hartwell Room in London earlier this month. MA director Neil MacGregor said: “Smarter

Loans is an important initiative, encouraging us all to think more pragmatically.” Details: (PDF)

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