About Wigan Youth Zone

Wigan Youth Zone is a purpose built, youth facility in the town centre which opened in June 2013. The facility is prominently positioned for accessibility and designed to make an impact on the young people of Wigan and the surrounding area.

Wigan Youth Zone is the brainchild of Wigan businessman Dave Whelan, who with Martin and Bill Ainscough, donated over half the development costs. The scheme was OnSide’s first Youth Zone to be largely funded by private sector money and occupies a striking new purpose-built accommodation at Mesnes Field in Wigan town centre.

  • Prince Harry visits Wigan Youth Zone

Have a look around Wigan Youth Zone


The Youth Zone is crammed with incredible facilities that young people from Wigan can access for a cost of £5 for an annual membership and 50p per visit.  Wigan Youth Zone provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, enabling young people to raise their aspirations and confidence, to create a happier and healthier generation.


Take a look at the Youth Zones that are part of our national Network to learn more about how we are providing access to incredible spaces and exceptional youth work, delivered by outstanding people, where they are needed the most.

Each Youth Zone is an independent charity, working tirelessly to meet the needs of local young people and the community of which they are a part of.

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Wigan Youth Zone

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“Young carers selflessly give their time to others, we want to be here for them.”

31st March 2022 by Nicola Varley, Deputy Head of Youth Work at Wigan Youth Zone

A new survey released earlier this month by Carers Trust to mark Young Carers Action Day reported a dramatic rise in the number of hours…

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...and see for yourself the difference we make

Whether you are interested in supporting your local Youth Zone or want to understand how your community project can work with us to create a better future for the young people of our area we’d recommend that you come and see us in person!

We look forward to welcoming you into the Onside network.

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