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A drive-in cinema event to raise money for The Christie’s vital cancer treatment work is happening

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A new Drive-In cinema is launching next weekend in the tropical oasis of Arley Hall and Gardens with some cracking films. 

Who’d have thought we’d all be spending the second half of 2020 watching films in drive-thru cinemas?! Not me, anyway. 

 This one is a bit different because by watching films you’ll also be helping The Christie’s work towards cancer treatment. 

The Drive-In for The Christie is the perfect socially distant night out with some of everyone’s favourite films, including Mamma Mia! and The Greatest Showman. 

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You’ll also find food vendors including pizza and donuts, and a bar serving up soft drinks all throughout the night, available to buy before and after the screening.

The cinema is taking over Arley Hall and Gardens from next weekend, from Friday September 18th to Sunday 20th. 

The fun-filled weekend is the perfect family trip out and will help to provide vital support to cancer patients. 

To ensure everyone has a cracking view there will be a huge iCONIC 100 HD screen and state-of-the-art sound. 

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Tickets cost just £30 per car which can have a max of five people in – all from the same household or bubble of course! 

Films and showing times:

  • Friday September 18th, 7pm: Mamma Mia! (PG)
  • Saturday September 19th: Pixar’s Coco (PG) 
  • Saturday September 19, 5.30pm: The Greatest Showman (PG)
  • Sunday September 20, 3pm: The Lion King (PG)
  • Sunday September 20, 7pm: Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

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A Christmas spa with a mulled wine hot tub has opened just outside Manchester

It’s definitely mulled wine time!

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The only way to get in the festive spirit this year? Quite literally bathe yourself in mulled wine.

The unusual Christmas experience is just a short distance from Manchester and will have you soaking up the spice and warmth of mulled wine.

The spa gives guests a much-needed winter wonderland experience that is actually supposed to be beneficial.

The warmth opens your pores, releasing toxins and allowing your skin to embrace the tannins in the mulled wine, according to the spa.

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The hot tub is filled with the festive hot drink and helps ‘fight viruses and fungi whilst also improving cardiac health and increasing blood flow’. Some also say the polyphenols found in grapes and citrus fruits help improve circulation.

For those looking for a detox – it will do that too! The orange, cinnamon and star anise found in the wine have a ‘high level of antioxidants’.

And if you thought you wouldn’t be able to taste it – think again, you’ll even get a nice mug of the delicious festive drink while you soak in it. It’ll be from a fresh bottle though not the bath.

Other festive treatments include a 45-minute Frankincense massage or a body scrub using brown sugar, cinnamon and orange which is supposed to bring blood flow back to the skin and ‘leave you glowing’.

If you fancy getting in the festive spirit, the Christmas spa is in Cheshire, at the newly refurbished Bazaar Spa & Silk Garden at Shrigley Hall in Macclesfield. Prices start at £60pp. 

You can book here. 

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These cosy Alpine-themed huts with festive drinks and karaoke are back this Christmas

This will get you in the festive spirit!

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Christmas this year isn’t going to be as festive as usual, but there are still some events happening that can help take your mind off the awful year we’ve just had.

Earlier today we brought you the news that Dunham Massey’s light trail is still happening, and now we’ve got something else to get you in the festive spirit.

Bar Hütte is returning to Manchester this year, bringing with it some magical, cosy Alpine huts where you can drink festive booze and singalong to karaoke.

This year, however, it will be moving from its traditional spot at Spinningfields to the Great Northern Square from December 3rd, with – of course – a new Covid-secure approach.

The epic Christmas village will come complete with a giant Christmas tree, and you’ll be able to book your very own private ‘hütte’, which will be perfect for social distancing.

Once in your hütte, you’ll be able to order festive drinks like hot gin and mulled wine, as well as Irish hot chocolates, and there’s also oven-baked pizzas on offer – you can also grab the classic ‘Bombardino’ cocktail, which is complimentary for all bookings.

This year there’ll be even more hüttes to choose from, with 24 set to make an appearance, each complete with a karaoke machine loaded with festive hits.

The event runs from December 3rd throughout the month and you can book here now – each hütte costs £50 for an hour and 45 minutes use, and comes with complimentary pizza, a Bombardino and karaoke machine.

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Dunham Massey’s festive illuminated Christmas light trail is still happening

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Christmas isn’t looking as festive as usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, but there is a small ray of light.

While it’s still up in the air whether we will be able to have a big family get together on Christmas Day, Dunham Massey has spread some festive cheer, confirming its stunning festive illumination trail IS still going ahead.

Due to the current restrictions it’s now expected to start on December 3rd when the lockdown is lifted, and is being extended into January 2021 to make up for the cancelled dates in November.

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The stunning light show has taken place each Christmas for the last three years and sold out each time. The after-dark event brings visitors through a winding path of lights trail through the park.

Huge snowflakes create an aerial kaleidoscope over the gardens, there are colour-changing reflections on the lakeside and trees dripped with silvery shards of lights, baubles and stars.

This year the tunnel of light will return and visitors can expect some brand new installations too.

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Tickets are still on sale but are selling out fast – currently there are only a couple of tickets left for December, with quite a few still available in January.

Tickets cost £20 for adults and £13 for children three to 16. You can opt for a £60 family ticket instead which includes admission for two adults and two children.

The event is planned to run from December 3rd through to January 10th, and you can find more info and book tickets here.

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