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A huge new roller skating rink ‘in the sky’ is coming to Manchester

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A huge new roller skating rink ‘in the sky’ is coming to Manchester, opening at Escape to Freight Island this summer.

Good Life Skates will be home to an inclusive melting pot for the skating and wider community, from accomplished skaters and beginners alike, to those who are simply here for the ride and fun try-outs.

The 8,000-square-foot roller-skating rink will open to public from Wednesday 1st June 2022.

Located underneath the industrial roof of Depot Mayfield, Good Life Skates will be a remarkable destination in its own right – positioned in the sky, on the mezzanine level inside the inspiring urban landscape at Escape to Freight Island, guests at Good Life Skates will have a bird’s-eye view of the entertainment inside the bustling venue.

In addition to the exciting roller-skating rink, Good Life Skates will also present its own unique and special apparel collection, including high-quality hoodies, t-shirts and bucket hats.

Completing the Good Life Skates experience, guests at the mezzanine can order food from Escape to Freight Island as usual, in addition to the exciting drinks offering – which is an accessible, colourful and vibrant non-alcoholic base cocktails menu where guests can top up with a spirit of their choosing. This playful concept is perfect for drinkers and non-drinkers alike.

Promoting the good life and a new world on wheels, Good Life Skates is set to be the city’s next hot destination this Summer. Perfect for individuals, groups, families and all – the new roller-skating rink is the perfect hangout for all parties’ purposes.

The mezzanine level is available for exclusive hire. Private self-contained room adjacent to the roller-skating rink is also available with an array of packages ranging from the ultimate kids’ parties to fun groups’ day out for all ages. 

General tickets are on sale now at www.goodlifeskates.com

Tickets are priced from £8.50 for off-peak hours and £10 for peak hours, which include a 50-minute session per ticket per person, with reduced price for double sessions booked together.

Good Life Skates opening hours, from Wednesday 1st June 2022, are Wednesday and Thursday (from 4pm to 11pm), Friday (from 4pm to 1am), Saturday (from 10am to 1am) and Sunday (from 10am to 8pm).

Follow @goodlifeskates on Instagram for the latest update and offers.

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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

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Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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Billie Eilish announces FOUR Manchester shows as part of world tour

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Pop star Billie Eilish is coming to Manchester, with four dates confirmed at the new Co-op Live arena.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning pop icon will be playing Manchester’s newest arena on July 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd, 2025.

The dates are part of a full world tour taking place next year, in the wake of Hit Me Hard And Soft, her fourth studio album which is due out on May 17th.

The full UK dates:

  • 7 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 8 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 10 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 11 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 13 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 14 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 16 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 17 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 19 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 20 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 22 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 23 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester


Presale tickets go live tomorrow, Tuesday April 30th, at 12pm and are exclusive for Co-op members only.

To become a Co-op member, click HERE, and enjoy exclusive benefits.

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