A former Southport soft play centre has announced it is reopening after rebranding into a fitness and entertainment centre for children.

Playtown, along with other soft play centres located in areas under Tier 3 were ordered to close as part of tougher lockdown restrictions.

The team at Playtown have now taken to its Facebook page to say it is reopening tomorrow (Friday, October 30) with all soft play removed and its previous frames now classed as an "obstacle course".

Instead, the focus will be on the "physical, nutritional and mental health" of children in a bid to help them through the pandemic.

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According to the post, Playtown will also be incorporating a dance studio, cheerleading classes, ballet classes and other physical activities too.

Its post says: "We are rebranding as fitness and entertainment centre for children. Focusing on the physical and nutritional and mental health of children to help them through this difficult time.

"In light of this we will be reopening from Friday 30th October with the same booking system. All soft play will be removed from the frame (any loose items) but both frames will be open to use and now classed as an obstacle course.

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"We will be incorporating a dance studio, cheerleading classes, ballet classes along with other physical activities. We will be giving extra advice on nutrition to those who need it.

"This has been given the green light by out EHO to go ahead and we have completed a full, substantive risk assessment accordingly.

"Thank you all so much for your support."

Adding to the post the team said they believe this change is important as they hope it will have a "bigger and better impact" on children.

They also confirmed Halloween events will be going ahead as planned.