Bike, blade and roller fans went off-road for the day as Stretford Mall’s multi-storey carpark was transformed into a giant skatepark.

More than 500 adventure-loving children and adults joined a day of car-free fun, which was organised by the M32 Circuit.

One floor of the car park was turned into a cycle circus, there was a pop-up skate park by skateboarding experts Subvert MCR, and there was roller disco run by Trafford youth organisation Tuf*C Urban Leisure, as well as a biking circuit around the venue.

Free skateboarding coaching was laid on by Subvert MCR’s Bruno Lins-Aires from Brazil, and Cath Shanks who is Head of Female development at Manchester skatepark Projekts MCR and has a growing audience of more than 2,700 followers on Instagram.

With skateboarding to be recognised as an Olympic sport for the first time at the coming 2020 Olympics, Cath and Bruno are working hard to open it up to more participants and a bigger audience.

Cath said: “The response has been tremendous. We hoped it would be popular but we never expected anything like this - demand was really high.

“What’s doubly great is that there’s so many girls. A lot of skate parks are male dominated but the day was as much about girls getting involved as boys. It’s so heartening to see.

“Skateboarding is a huge confidence builder, improves agility and is a brilliant way to keep fit for everyone, no matter what gender or age.”

Bruno said: “There’s lots of potential, whether you want to go far in the sport competitively or just to skate board as a way to chill out and have fun.”

M32 Circuit event organiser Heather Garlick also runs a pop-up market at Stretford Mall as well as Stretford’s Sip Club bar, and previously organised the pop-up Spirit of the Essoldo cinema weekender also in the Stretford Mall car park.

She said: “It’s nice to see what is usually a very practical space adopted for more fun pursuits. It’s been a lot of fun and great to hear the feedback. We are over the moon.”

Stretford Mall’s centre manager Gareth Wilkins, was bowled over by the extent of positive feedback.

He said: “It was a success on every level, and by that I mean literally every floor was buzzing.

“We had everything possible that could go round on two wheels on the top floor Cycle Circus, skateboarding in the middle, and a roller disco on the next floor.

“Families went from one to the other, more excited with every new adventure. It was right up there with the most successful events we’ve ever had staged here.”