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A huge Mr Men and Little Miss-themed maze is coming to the North this summer

The perfect family day out!

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York Maze has unveiled its latest attraction after two years of closure – a giant Mr. Men maze to celebrate fifty years of the iconic children’s books. 

Huge figurines of the favourite Mr. Men and Little Miss characters have been carved into the maze as a way to mark their fiftieth anniversary.

The characters included are Mr. Tickle – the first of all the Mr. Men to be created – Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Tall, Mr. Bump, and the latest fiftieth anniversary character, Little Miss Brave.

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York farmer and maze owner, Tom Pearcy, carved the figurines himself in what he believes to be the world’s biggest Mr. Men characters, covering an area the size of eight Wembley football pitches.

He spent a whole month designing the maze, cutting more than five kilometres of pathways in his fifteen-acre field of over one million maize plants.

Speaking about his accomplishment and his love for the cartoons, which were created by West Yorkshire born Roger Hargreaves back in 1971, Pearcy told the York Press: “I grew up with the Mr. Men characters and loved watching the original TV series as a kid and rediscovered it when my children were young. Its multigenerational – everybody loves Mr. Men, don’t they?”

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He added: “I’m delighted with how the design has turned out and the maize plants are nice and tall – some are seven feet!

“We were not able to open last year at all due to Covid so we’re really looking forward to welcoming visitors back for the first time in nearly two years.”

Previous themes at the York Maze include Star Wars to commemorate its 40th anniversary, Doctor Who for the shows fiftieth anniversary, and Harry Potter.

For bookings and more information, visit the York Maze website here.

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The Black Friar is transforming into a magical winter tavern for Christmas

The tavern will boast roaring fires, cocktails and festive feasting

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The Black Friar pub is set to be transformed into a magical winter tavern with festive tipples and open fires this Christmas. 

The historic Salford pub – which reopened last year after standing derelict for nearly two decades – will provide a candlelit and cosy retreat complete with roaring fires, rugs and furs, ready for a season filled with warmth, nostalgia and festive feasting.

The Winter Tavern will boast the perfect space for celebrating Christmas with a selection of á la carte, festive dining and cocktail menus, providing plates of festive grazing and winter tipples. 

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The Black Friar has also partnered with Highland Park 12 Whisky to provide the drinks at the new Winter Tavern.

Distilled in the Scottish Orkney Islands – which is historically known as the ‘Viking Kingdom’ – Highland Park will be bringing its Celtic charm and expertly crafted spirits to the venue, giving guests the chance to warm up with cocktails and hot toddies on tap.

Additionally, the Tavern will be available for private hire throughout the festive period, with the space accommodating up to forty-five seated for the festive sit down menu.

It can also be booked out for canapés for a more casual affair, with a standing capacity of fifty-five people.

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The Winter Tavern comes complete with a full private bar, bathrooms and space for a DJ – which The Black Friar can help plan and provide entertainment for.

The Black Friar’s Winter Tavern will be open from November 21st, and bookings for tables and private hires are open NOW.

Get booked in here.

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A HUGE wine festival is coming to Manchester this weekend

10 independent wine traders will be bringing their very best vinos for guests to taste and sample across the event

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The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is set to host a HUGE wine festival with over 100 vinos to sample this weekend.

MFDF’s Wine Festival is set to take over the newly-refurbished New Century Hall, where a whole host of independent traders will showcase the very best vinos their wine lists have to offer.

Attendees will be able sip their way through some of the most exciting and interesting wines from across the globe, all carefully selected by the city’s best wine experts.

Guests will also get the chance to chat directly to some of the industry’s most passionate retailers, who will guide them through the vast selection of wines they have on offer.

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This year’s participating wine traders include Le-Social, Grape to Grain, Italy Abroad, Cork of the North, That Wine Cellar, Sip Wine Bar, UkiYo Republic, Ad-Hoc and Suppher.

A programme of tutored wine tastings and specialist masterclasses will also take place across the weekend, offering extra opportunities to delve into specific wine topics, themes and regions.

All the masterclasses are free to attend and come included in the ticket price.

As well as wine tutorials there will also be free flower workshops and even the chance for guests to try their hands at a spot of painting.

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Also at the festival this weekend will be a number of market stalls from some of the cities most beloved vendors, including Ancoats Coffee, Mello.Haus, Trafford Horticulture, MFDF Award-winner Dormouse Chocolates and Caroline Dowsett.

Additionally, there will be music provided by Babyflxcko and Lebo across the event, and the bar will be open throughout.

The MFDF Wine Festival is taking place this weekend from Friday October 7th (6-9pm) to Saturday October 8th (12-5pm and 6-9pm).

Tickets cost £16.99pp. Get yours booked here.

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An all-you-can-eat cheese buffet is coming to Manchester

Guests will be able to indulge upon a selection of the country’s best cheeses for two and a half hours…

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The ultimate all-you-can-eat deal is coming to Manchester next month in the form of an epic bottomless cheese buffet.

Northern Quarter pub Pie and Ale is set to host the legendary one-off cheese buffet courtesy of Leeds-born cheese tasting company Homage to Fromage.

Homage to Fromage was founded by friends Nick and Vickie, an unlikely duo from Yorkshire who came up with the idea to run cheese-based events following a random conversation on Twitter in 2011.

And for their Manchester event, Homage to Fromage will be showcasing its top eight cheeses of 2022, alongside a selection of freshly-baked bread, crackers, chutneys and ‘all the trimmings’.

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The cheese will be served on an all-you-can-eat basis for two and a half hours, giving guests the opportunity to indulge upon a mix of cheeses, whether they be crumbly, creamy or peppery.

Pie and Ale will be on hand for the drinks side of things, with a handsome selection of rotating ales and craft beers, as well as a number of canned and bottled beverages.

And to pair with the cheese is a modest wine list, alongside a choice of cocktails and soft drinks.

Organisers have promised a ‘laid back and informal’ event, adding that there will be some ‘absolute belters’ making an appearance across the evening.

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Homage to Fromage will be bringing its epic cheese buffet to the Northern Quarter’s Pie and Ale on Thursday November 17th. The event will kick start at 7pm.

Guests will be able to take advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet for just £20pp – though it is worth noting that drinks are not included in the ticket price.

For more information and to book your own tickets, visit the Homage to Fromage website.

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