Frenchgate Shopping Centre is the place to celebrate happiness this summer with the launch of the Happy Festival from 15th July to 30 August.

As part of the Centre’s enriching Happiness Movement the Happy Festival will see free happy workshops for children every Monday 11am until 4pm, silent disco’s every Tuesday 11am until 4pm all run by local students taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme.

There is also a designated happy zone, which includes a happiness garden filled with calming lavender and scented herbs.

Whilst all activities are free, charitable donations are welcomed from the activities and will allow the NCS students to deliver a weekly social event for the six-week holiday period for elderly citizens at Age UK Doncaster’s Silver Tree Centre.

Frenchgate is promoting positivity in all forms with this new campaign and is asking shoppers to get involved and share what it is that makes them happy while they are visiting Frenchgate. As well as the Happy Festival the Centre also be launching a happy manifesto, competitions and shoppers will see happiness facts and quotes popping up around the Centre to inspire them to think positive.

Karen Staniforth, Assistant General Manager at Frenchgate, said: “We want to send a really positive message to our customers and hope that they will embrace our happiness movement.

“It is often in the most unusual places where we find the most joy. Our aim is to make Frenchgate our shoppers happy place – surrounding people with positives, liberating them from feeling glum, giving an overall lift and a joyful experience.

“The Happy Festival is a key element of our latest campaign and its great to partner with both the NCS and Age UK Doncaster.

“The NCS students are really looking forward to delivering the activities and raising as much money as possible for Age UK Doncaster. They are hoping to raise enough funds to deliver weekly tea dances for the citizens at Age UK Doncaster’s Silver Tree Centre, which will be wonderful and is a fantastic way for the young and elderly communities in the Borough to engage with each other.

“As a shopping centre we are very mindful that we play an important role within the community that we serve and want to try and empower our shoppers and to focus on what makes them happy. We are excited about the launch of the Happy Festival and I am sure it well be very well received.”