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A huge festival with motorbikes, stunt riders, beer and BBQ is coming to Manchester

The unique festival will be taking over Depot Mayfield in May…

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Manchester is set to welcome its first ever motorbike festival this spring, complete with stunt riders, booze and the city’s finest BBQ food.

The Mancunia Motorcycle Festival will be bringing the very best of custom motorbikes, food, drink, and entertainment to Manchester for the first time, alongside a whole host of live entertainment and quality food and drink.

There will be a variety of factory and custom motorcycles to see throughout the festival, courtesy of shed builders, hand-built specialists and major manufacturers.

And for those wanting to see the bikes in action, the festival’s headliners, Motorbike giants Royal Enfield, will be bringing their official stunt rider Lee Bowers, who will be on hand to show off his incredible skills across the weekend.

Mancunia Motorcycle Festival

Mancunia Motorcycle Festival

But the line-up isn’t strictly limited to motorbikes; festival organisers have secured a number of Manchester’s finest hospitality vendors to provide some quality food and drink across the weekend.

On the drinks front, Manchester Union will be hosting a mini craft beer festival within the festival, featuring local breweries Cloudwater Brew CoPomona Island BeerWild Beer Co and Rivington.

There will also be a guest ‘low and no’ alcohol bar for those travelling by bike to the festival. 

And to soak up the beer, the legends over at Bunny Jacksons will be throwing open the doors of their brand-new ‘Wing Wagon’, which will be serving up their famous chicken wings and a selection of cocktails.

Red’s True BBQ will also be on hand at the grill, alongside local heroes the Butchers Quarter and Manchester’s own Meat + Three experts Kong’s Chicken Shop. 

Mancunia Motorcycle Festival

Mancunia Motorcycle Festival

The weekend will also see demos from Master Built and Kamado Joe, who will be serving up bites with some serious guest chefs.

The festival’s co-promotor Will Evans, who owns Manchester’s Union Brewery, said: “This is an event I have wanted to create for some years now. The north of England isn’t well-served when it comes to motorcycle shows of any kind and we really want to bring something fresh and new to Manchester.

“Depot Mayfield is an amazing venue, and we have a huge amount of space to be able to put on something truly special bike wise, add in some amazing entertainment alongside some amazing food and drink offering from our partners at Escape to Freight Island.”

The Mancunia Motorcycle Festival is scheduled for May 6th – May 8th 2022 at DEPOT MAYFIELD in Manchester’s city centre. 

Tickets go on sale March 4th, but early bird tickets are available with a special discount offer NOW. Get tickets here.

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An all-you-can-eat cheese party is coming to Manchester for Valentine’s Day

Calling all cheese lovers!

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A pub in Manchester is doing an all-you-can-eat cheese party to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Pie and Ale, based in the Northern Quarter, will be hosting this very cheesy evening in collaboration with Homage 2 Fromage, on Thursday February 16th at 7pm – 9.30pm.

The Leeds-born cheese tasting company will be laying out a selection of cheeses decked out on slabs in a help-yourself buffet style, called ‘Cheese of Love’ – perfect for lovers of the creamy delight.

The event promises to showcase a selection of ‘eight sexy, sultry, sensuous cheeses’ with some ‘soft and yielding’ and others ‘big and strong’, and a serving of the molten good stuff to make an appearance amongst the layout also.

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You can have your fill as the portions of cheesy goodness will be unlimited for the two and half hours.

You’ll be needing something to wash it all down with, and at Pie and Ale you can also get stuck into a large selection of ales and craft beers, with six rotating cask ales, craft lager and beer on tap, and plenty of cans and bottles to choose from in the fridge.

Put together by Nick and Vickie, who created Homage 2 Fromage in 2011 after a random conversation on Twitter, the event will be a laid back and casual evening where you can take someone special and indulge in a pungent banquet together while sipping on some good ales.

Tickets cost £40 for a table for two and drinks are not included in the price. You can purchase tickets here.

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Biddulph Grange: The unique garden where you can walk through Ancient Egypt, China and Italy in a day

You can explore Ancient Egypt, China and Italy all in one walk.

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Biddulph Grange is a unique garden where visitors can walk across continents all in one day.

Based at Biddulph Grange Country Park in Staffordshire, this unusual National Trust landscape is a real hidden gem and has even been coined as a ‘horticultural Disneyland’.

Right near the border of Cheshire, the ‘playful paradise’ was designed by horticulturist and British landowner James Bateman after moving there in 1840, and offers a quirky masterpiece for all to enjoy. He lived there with his wife Maria for 27 years, and developed the masterpiece with her help and that of his friend, painter Edward William Cooke.

While exploring the fascinating grounds of the Grade-II listed garden, you can climb its 400 steps, pass by stone sphinxes, before you come across a bright red Chinese pagoda by a lake, and stumble upon a tiered Italian-style garden.

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Walkers can take a step back in time — or all 400 of them — through a Tudor-style cottage and a Victorian garden, which overlooks the valley. Featured gardens include:

The China Garden

Bright reds and trimmings of gold make this little piece of an oriental haven stand out from the crowd. It even has a joss house, a tower and a ‘Great wall’ all of its own.

The Egyptian Garden

Walk through a tomb-like tunnel where a grand stone temple doorway bears an image of the sun god Ra along with four stone sphinxes, surrounded by clipped yew.

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The Italy Garden

It features a series of magnificent trickling terraces, one after the other, in an Italian style. 

The incredible terraces are packed with plants from around the world – it might be Italian in style, but Italian plants apparently don’t grow well on a wet and windy English hillside.

The Stumpery

Here is where old tree stumps are used as makeshift scaffolding for climbing plants and is the oldest stumpery in the country. It has even been copied by Prince Charles’ home in Gloucestershire.

The Cheshire Cottage

This Tudor-style cottage dates back to 1856 and its facade includes the initials of James and his wife Maria.

The National Trust has drawn possible links between the Cheshire Cottage and Queen Victoria’s famous Swiss Cottage, which she built for her nine children around the same time.

In Bateman’s time, the cottage would have been the commanding focus surrounded by small trees – now it’s dwarfed by towering conifers.

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More than just acres of stunning garden grounds, Biddulph Grange also has a Geological gallery, with a ‘unique Victorian display of fossils and geological strata laid out according to the Biblical days of creation’ — offering a ‘fascinating journey through time’.

There is also a woodland adventure play area, with see-saws, climbing frames and balancing beams — great for the young ones with plenty of energy to burn. Afterwards, you can wind down and take it all in at the tea rooms, where hot and cold food is served fresh daily.

Biddulph Grange is open from 10am to 3.30pm, Saturday to Wednesday, throughout January. Tickets for adults cost £12 and £6 for children.

It’s between 45 minutes and an hour to drive to Biddulph Grange Garden from most parts of Greater Manchester. You can also get to it by taking the train to Congleton then a short bus ride on the 94 service to St Lawrence’s Church.

You can find out more about Biddulph Grange Garden at the National Trust website here.

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An all-new Hot Wheels Monster Trucks ‘Glow Party’ is coming to Manchester this weekend

The kids will love this!

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The all-new Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party will be coming to Manchester this weekend.

Fans of all ages will be left dazzled at the family friendly event, as they watch the iconic trucks light up the floor, which showcases at the AO Arena on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th.

This one-of-a-kind, high-energy Glow Party experience will see huge rip-roaring trucks rolling onto the floor to hold outrageous competitions and battles.

The thrilling new experience brings audiences the only opportunity to watch their favourite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks – Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Boneshaker™, Bigfoot® and more, plus the all-new Gunkster™, as they light-up the room.

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Event performances will also feature spectacular laser light shows, exhilarating dance parties, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. 

Plus, a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot, Megasaurus, and the electrifying high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross.

An exciting Crash Zone Pre-Show Party will be held before every performance, providing fans access to the competition floor to see the outrageous designs and epic size of Monster Trucks along with autograph signings from the drivers and performers.

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Each ticket includes an autograph card plus a souvenir pass and lanyard exclusive to Crash Zone attendees.

Senior Vice President Touring, International Music, Live Nation, Tim McWilliams said: “We are thrilled to be embarking on our third UK tour of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live.

“As the world’s largest live-entertainment company, we are part of many incredible shows, but Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live provides a new dimension in family entertainment that never fails to impress. 

“We can’t wait for these shows so we can all join the Glow Party.”

Ken Hudgens, CEO of Family Entertainment Live, added: “With the success of the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party thus far, we’re excited to continue the amazing experience into 2023, both in the United States and internationally.”

Special children’s pricing is available for all shows providing great value for the whole family. 

There’s four shows over the weekend, and you can grab tickets here: Saturday 14th 11:30am; Saturday 14th 6:30pm; Sunday 15th 11:30am; Sunday 15th 6:30pm.

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