Manchester’s Chinatown is set to host a FREE three-day-long ancient moon festival to commemorate the national Chinese tradition.
After a three-year break, the Manchester Moon Festival will be coming back to Manchester to bring the cultural atmosphere of the traditional celebration to the city.
The ancient moon festival – sometimes known as the mid-autumn festival – is held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night, and has been celebrated in China for over 3,000 years.
According to Chinese legend, the Moon Festival relates to the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese Moon goddess of immortality.
In one legendary tale, Chang’e flew upward past Heaven and chose the moon as her residence, meaning that Chinese people use the Moon festival to respect and make offerings to the goddess.
The festival traditionally brings together families and communities to give thanks and pray with quality food, drink and an array of celebrations and festivities.
And next week, Mancunians will be able to immerse themselves within these historic traditions thanks to the return of the Manchester Moon Festival.
From Friday September 9th – Sunday September 11th, local businesses will be dishing up some incredible Chinese street food in Chinatown’s central car park, including Wang Wang Bakery, PinWei, Chatime Manchester, and many others.
Alongside the delicious selection of Chinese cuisine, visitors will also be able to join in with traditional Chinese lion dancing, street kung fu lessons, and archery at its archery game stall.
A mystery Chinese legend is also expected to make an appearance at the festival, so make sure to stay posted for further announcements from the organisers.
The Manchester Moon Festival will be open from 2pm – 9pm on Friday September 9th, and from 12pm – 9pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th.
The festival is completely free to enter – for more information, visit the official Manchester Moon Festival website.
Chester Zoo launches spooky Halloween trail with dragons, spiders and snakes
Guests will be tasked with identifying a ‘magic word’ hidden across the indoor trail
Chester Zoo has unveiled its first ever immersive Halloween-themed trail complete with dragons, spiders and snakes.
Luna’s Lost Spell Halloween Trail will take place at the conservation zoo from October 1st – October 31st, and will give guests the chance to learn about a variety of ‘sinister’ species with six animal stations.
Along the indoor trail, visitors will encounter the formidable Komodo dragon, gaboon viper,
poison dart frogs, blue Komodo viper, tarantula and the eerie upside-down jellyfish.
Each animal station will boast spellbinding facts about these hair-raising species, all of which will contain a secret letter.
Using augmented reality, visitors will be tasked with identifying and collecting these letters to form a ‘magic word’. Each letter will be revealed through a QR code with a fun and interactive experience before being stamped on a virtual postcard.
Those who can crack the code and figure out the magic word will be rewarded with a sweet treat.
Gemma Bamford, Chester Zoo’s Admissions and Membership Manager, said: We’re so excited to launch our very own Halloween themed trail around the zoo this October.
“As well as learning cool facts about animals around six locations in the zoo, guests can collect a letter at each area that spells out a secret word. Once visitors uncover ‘Luna’s lost spell’ they can head to the apothecary at the zoo entrance for a sweet treat.
“Halloween is the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the unknown species Chester Zoo is home to, inspiring visitors to care for our cause of preventing extinction of not only the renowned species like elephants, giraffes and rhinos, but the more unusual and extraordinary animals that may just shock, surprise or spook you!”
The trail will be completely free to take part in, and will take around two hours to complete.
The theme of the trail is linked to the BIAZA Vital Venom and Practical Poisons campaign which aims to raise awareness of the ‘cool, perhaps creepy, but crucial creatures venomous and poisonous’.
Throughout October, Chester Zoo will also be running a Halloween-themed bus tour where guests are driven to each of the six locations on the trail before the zoo opens.
The bus will also make a stop at the Fruit Bat Forest, giving guests the rare opportunity to see the bats before the lights go down.
Luna’s Lost Spell Halloween Trail will take place at Chester Zoo from October 1st – October 31st.
Entry to the trail is free, though slots will need to be booked in advance.
For more information and to book your tickets, visit the Chester Zoo website.
There’s a FREE ’80s disco night with cocktails and live music coming to Manchester
Live DJs will be spinning classic anthems from the 1980s across the night
The disco night to trump all disco nights is coming to Manchester this weekend with the promise of cocktails, dancing, and some good old fashioned nostalgia.
Prestwich Social will be bringing a taste of the ’80s to the popular Manchester suburb, which was recently named as one of the best places to live in the whole of the UK.
The 350-capacity bar and restaurant is nestled within the heart of Prestwich, and has become a firm favourite among locals thanks to its varied food menu, tempting deals and expansive list of unique and quirky cocktails.
And now, Prestwich Social has unveiled its brand new Social 54 ’80s Party Night, which will take place every Saturday night from 9:30pm til late.
The event is completely free to attend, and will include live DJs spinning classic anthems from the 1980s and a whole array of ’80s-themed cocktails, such as a boozy Ghostbusters-centric drink complete with sparklers, marshmallows and, of course, a giant figurine of the famous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Fancy dress is also encouraged, with free wigs, glasses and visors straight from the legendary nightclub era available to use and try on throughout the night.
Prestwich Social is the only late-night bar in the neighbourhood, so the Social 54 ’80s Party Night is certain to be an evening to remember.
The first event is set to take place this Saturday (October 1st) from 9:30pm til late with free entry all night long.
Walk-ins are welcome, but to book a table, visit the Prestwich Social website.
Victoria Baths to be transformed into night market with street food and live music
As well as over 100 local vendors, there will be an array of tasty street food and live entertainment across the evening
Manchester’s historic Victoria Baths is set to be transformed into a magical night market with over 100 independent vendors, street food and live music.
The Night Market will be taking over the iconic building next month to showcase the very best talent Manchester’s local business scene has to offer.
There will be everything any passionate shopper could hope for, varying from artisans, artists, jewellers, designers, bakers and candlestick makers.
Also in attendance will be an outdoor street food village for hungry shoppers, complete with numerous themed bars and a ‘Vintage Pool Party’ filled with vintage treasures with a live DJ.
And this year there will be The Turkish Rest Room Salons, which will see three of Manchester’s most exciting singer-songwriters – Dilettante, Anna McLuckie and Ellen Beth Abdi – transform the exquisite Turkish Rest Room into a performance space.
This unique concert venue promises to be a ‘hidden delight and an oasis of calm within the bustling market’, and has been handed over to the artists themselves, who will each ‘own the room’ for their one hour concert set.
The Night Market will be taking over Victoria Baths on Friday October 7th from 7pm til late.
Early Bird tickets are £6, though two can be bought on offer for £10. There is also the option to purchase a Night Owl ticket for £4 for those planning on arriving later in the evening.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.