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A brand new interactive VR games room and bowling alley are opening in the Arndale

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Roxy Lanes and a new VR ‘Playbox’ are set to open in Manchester Arndale, making it a day-out destination.

It’s great news for fun-seekers as a brand new immersive digital adventure is set to open in Halle Place in the Arndale, the first for the company outside of London.

Electric Playbox is an entirely interactive digital room that features projection mapping, touch screens, motion tacking and surround sound for a hyper-immersive 60 minute adventure. There are loads of games to play from searching for aliens to saving the Queen’s corgis. 

The Arndale is also set to get a new 14,000 sq ft Roxy Lanes, the company’s second site in Manchester, at Withy Grove on the site of the former Birdcage nightclub – the venue will feature activities like bowling, beer pong, pool and indoor golf.

Colin Flinn, regional managing director at intu, said the owners want to make the Arndale a day-out venue.

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He added: “Manchester Arndale is an iconic city-centre destination and the introduction of Electric Playbox and Roxy Ballroom is a testament to the centre’s enduring success and popularity and its ability to adapt to new trends.

“Extending our leisure offer means we’re providing something people can’t just purchase online. These two venues are great additions to the dynamic mix of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities people can enjoy.”

Will Dean, co-founder of Electric Playbox, said: “Manchester is the perfect location for our second venue in the UK. Manchester Arndale sits in the heart of this vibrant city and we are confident customers will enjoy everything we have to offer.

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“There’s a real buzz in Manchester and it has such a unique personality. We can’t wait to be part of the city’s spirted community and introduce Electric Playbox to the city.”

A spokesperson from Roxy Lanes, said: “We’ve always wanted to open a second site in the city and Manchester Arndale is a perfect location. It’s a great space for our customers to enjoy our fun and exciting activities we have in store.”

Both venues are expected to open at the start of August, in line with government advice, according to Property Week.

Roxy Ballroom on Deansgate is also open from August 1st and now has ping pong, mini golf, pool and shuffleboard!

You can stay up to date with the new Roxy Ball Room and Electric Playbox on their socials.

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Manchester’s ‘biggest beer garden’ is now taking walk-ins

Just in time for the weekend!

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Just to make that Friday feeling a little sweeter, Manchester’s biggest beer garden is now accepting walk-ins.

It’s no secret that the whole ‘bookings-only’ system that many venues have been adopting across not only Manchester but the whole country is less than ideal – long gone are spontaneous trips and day seshes in the pub; strategically planning your impulsive pint is now a sad reality of post-lockdown Britain. 

So this news really couldn’t have come at a better time – the sun is shining, Manchester has gone longer than a week without any rain, and England are playing Scotland in the Euros tonight.

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Life. Is. Marvellous. 

Escape to Freight Island, the venue to boast Manchester’s biggest beer garden, has announced that its doors are now open to walk-ins, just in time for the weekend and Father’s Day on Sunday (you haven’t forgotten, have you?)

Since opening after the pandemic, the Depot Mayfield-based food and drinks hub has operated a strict ‘bookings only’ system under the ‘Safe + Social Manifesto’, a plan committed to maintaining a safe environment for everyone amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

But now that the world is starting to resemble a little normality again, the venue is starting to accept walk-ins.

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Freight Island boasts an impressive lineup, with a huge array of local food and drink vendors. 

Guests can swig on beers from Camden and Pomona Island, sip natural wines from Forever Changes, enjoy BBQ food from Baratuxri, pizza from Voodoo Rays, tacos from Madre, a selection of Italian dishes from Belzan Pasta Kitchen, delicious burgers from Patty Queen, Vietnamese delights from Mi & Pho, vegan offers from Plant Grill – and that doesn’t even scratch the surface.

So, if you’re fancying an evening (or an entire day) at this fabulous venue, you can now stroll on down without a booking – though, due to it’s popularity, walk-in space may be limited, so make sure you get down nice and early!

For more information, visit their website here.

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Legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes to host special black tie event in Manchester

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For the first time ever in the North West, the legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be hosting an intimate black tie event. 

The evening, hosted at Altrincham’s Bowdon Rooms, will give guests the opportunity to experience an authentic red carpet event with live entertainment and art installations showcasing Sir Ranulph’s many expeditions.

The Grand Edwardian Ballroom will also be serving a spectacular three course meal as guests enjoy live on stage entertainment and take part in an auction offering one of a kind pieces of memorabilia.

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Sir Ranulph himself will also be in attendance where he will be doing meet-and-greets and photographs.

The explorer is famed for leading twenty-two major expeditions to remote parts of the world, including both the South Pole and the North Pole. 

He is also the only man alive to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface, and was the first explorer to completely cross the Antarctic continent unsupported.

Since 1969, when he led the British Expedition on the White Nile, Sir Ranulph has been at the forefront of many groundbreaking exploratory expeditions.

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And, in 2009 at the age of sixty-five, the explorer climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. As a result, he became the oldest Briton ever to summit the tallest mountain in the world.

Tickets include a three course meal with dietary options available. For more information and to buy your tickets you can head here.

Located in Bowdon, Altrincham, The Bowdon Rooms is an example of stunning Edwardian architecture with Art Deco influences in the immaculate interior. 

Dating back to 1903, the award-winning venue is a great choice for exclusive events with its abundance of old style charm and grandeur, authentic character and beautiful features.

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A huge new ‘oriental grocery experience’ and sushi restaurant is coming to Chinatown

Manchester’s Chinatown is set to get an exciting new addition…

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A huge ‘oriental grocery experience’ and sushi restaurant has been given the go-ahead to set up shop in the heart of Manchester’s Chinatown. 

Now, the best part of going on holiday abroad is browsing the foreign supermarkets to see what weird and wonderful things they have on offer – and now, you’ll be able to do that right here in Manchester (though Fanta Lemon may not be included, sorry).

The Blue Whale Supermarket, which has stores dotted across not only the North West but the whole world, will be opening a 5,500 square foot high-end ‘oriental grocery experience,’ offering up fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and seafood, and a whole array of the wonderful foods and drinks from the other side of the world.

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Shoppers can expect to find a selection of goods from countries like Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and beyond.

The supermarket will also boast a sixty-cover sushi restaurant – details surrounding their dining experience have been kept tightly under wraps so far, but it is known that they will be using fresh ingredients directly from their shelves, so it’s bound to be a good one. 

A further description of the project on Skyscraper City read: “Excited to have completed on yet another leasehold site acquisition for a new brand to enter the market – Blue Whale Oriental supermarket @ St James Tower, Manchester. 

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“From the team at Bon Pan Asian restaurants, Blue Whale will be a brand new circa 5,500 sq ft high end oriental grocery experience offering fresh fruit and veg, Fish and Seafood, with a large 60 cover Sushi restaurant counter under a new brand Aka Sushi.”

The application to fit out the supermarket and restaurant at Unit 1 Charlotte Street has been accepted according to the Manchester City Council website, so we can hopefully expect some exciting things very soon!

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