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A special drive-in Christmas panto is coming to Manchester this year

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This Christmas a special drive-in festival is coming to town with a big programme of films, party shows and family events – including a socially distanced panto. 

Brought to you by the Parking Lot Social team, the Winter Festival will bring the first parking lot pantomime to Manchester, keeping the centuries-old tradition of the Christmas panto alive.

With theatres set to be closed over the winter months, organisers have commissioned a brand new, 2020 drive-in version of the panto classic Cinderella, with all the essential elements that make the tale so special, as well as a few twists unique to the special ‘drive-in’ format. 

A troupe of nine professional actors will melt hearts as audiences follow Cinders on her adventures, helped by the Fairy Godmother. The specially written show has song and dance routines a-plenty, audience participation galore and a script that takes a light-hearted dig at some of the challenges thrown up by this strangest of years.

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As it’s a drive-in event, there will be a crew filming the action and broadcasting the panto from the stage directly onto two massive 40 foot screens – meaning that there’s not a bad seat in the house. 

Safety is at the heart of the event, and audiences take part in the immersive, interactive shows from their own cars. It’s also a completely contactless event ensuring a safe and socially distant experience.

The Winter Festival will feature a 60ft tall rainbow coloured Christmas tree, a giant DJing Santa Claus and the coolest Reindeer to have ever left the North Pole – if the panto isn’t enough for you.

On top of that, a selection of classic and modern Christmas films for all ages will be shown on two gigantic screens with the sound broadcast straight to cars.

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There’s also the ‘Big Weekender’, a Silent Disco, Live Cam ‘Car-A-Oke’, Party Bingo and Interactive Quiz, and a Social Kids event for the youngsters, featuring ‘Christmas car-a-oke’, an interactive quiz, three DJ silent disco and Party Bingo hosted by Santa Claus himself.

If you get hungry some of the best local food trucks around will be on site, with customers able to have their orders delivered directly to their cars. Expect classic gourmet burgers, loaded fries, wood-fired pizzas and hot dogs alongside sweet winter warmers including hot chocolate, donuts, toasted nuts, gingerbread men and more. 

To top it off, each night, events finish with a fantastic, festive firework finale.

Tickets are now on sale for the Winter Festival in Manchester, which will take place at the Trafford Centre from December 1st to the 6th – head over to the Parking Lot Social site here for more info and tickets.

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£2.5bn ‘UK Disneyland’ will go ahead next year, theme park boss confirms

It will be the biggest theme park investment in Europe since Disneyland Paris

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The ambitious theme park billed as the ‘UK Disneyland’ will be going ahead next year, the project’s boss has confirmed.

The huge theme park was originally announced in 2012, with hopes to be open to the public in 2019. However, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, disagreements by locals and wildlife protection laws, the opening date has been repeatedly pushed back.

But now, London Resort boss Py Gerbeau has confirmed that works will indeed be starting at the park next year, with plans to open by 2024.

London Resort

London Resort

Gerbeau said, as per Kent Online: “We remain committed to providing the examining authority with the new and updated documents as previously promised.

“We can also confirm, as previously indicated that we will be addressing the full range of issues in relation to time-dependant information being sufficiently current and will, as a matter of normal process in any examination, be supplementing our reports with additional information.”

He added that there will be no ‘material changes’ to the bid for the theme park to be built with ‘subtle’ design changes to protect the lands near the resort.

The 535-acre site, which will be located between Gravesend and Dartford just outside of London, will be the biggest brand new theme park investment in Europe since Disneyland Paris in 1992.

London Resort

London Resort

The theme park is reportedly working with BBC Studios, ITV and Paramount to build six different themed lands along with a water park, three hotels and a shopping district.

This includes ‘The Studios’, a warehouse district with blockbuster movie features, fairytale land ‘The Woods’ and King Arthur-themed ‘The Kingdom’. There will also be a futuristic land and a Jungle-themed land, as well as an area dedicated to dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures. 

Reports also suggest there will be two rollercoasters at the park, one of which will be the fastest in Europe reaching speeds in excess of 70mph.

Visit the London Resort website for more information.

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A Christmas Grotto with immersive performances from Santa and his elves is coming to Manchester

Mancunia is the Christmas fairy tale of our dreams…

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Ducie Street Warehouse will be transforming into Mancunia, a magical fairy tale land complete with immersive performances from Santa and his posse of elves.

Following its overwhelming success last year, The NQ Grotto will be making its grand return to give you and your family the perfect festive escape this Christmas with three theatre performances scheduled across the month.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

The grotto will give guests the opportunity to dance with the Ice Princess, have a singalong with Mrs Claus, enjoy story time with the Snow Queen, fun time with the brother and sister elves and of course, a chance to meet Santa himself.

The shows are perfect for the whole family, and guests can even grab comfortable floor cushions to sit together and truly immerse themselves in the world of Christmas.

Alongside the Grotto experience, there will also be food stalls in the atrium available with festive food and drink offerings courtesy of Ducie Street Warehouse.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

The NQ Grotto will be hosting sixty-minute sessions across three dates this month; Saturday December 11th, Saturday December 18th and Sunday December 19th, all at 10am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 3:14pm and 5pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for children and free for those under the age of two.

Get your tickets here.

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Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester and tickets are on sale now

Crepe City is back and you can get your hands on VIP tickets today…

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If nothing brings you joy quite like a fresh pair of trainers, you’ll be pleased to hear that Europe’s largest trainer festival is coming back to Manchester.

And, luckily for you, tickets for the event are on sale TODAY.

Crepe City experienced massive success when it last arrived in Manchester, with it bringing a massive selection of rare and exclusive shoes courtesy of over 150 traders, who each showcased the ‘rarest and most desirable’ pairs of trainers money can buy.

Crepe City

Crepe City

This time round, the event will be bringing its iconic traders back alongside a number of Manchester-based DJs, live performers, street food from local vendors and a bar sponsored by Manchester-born rum brand Rockstar Spirits.

The official event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.

“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.

“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented.”

Crepe City

Crepe City

Crepe City will be coming back to the Bowlers Exhibition Centre at Trafford Park on Sunday March 13th, 2022 from 11am-6pm, and tickets are on sale NOW.

Early bird standard tickets and VIP tickets – which get you early entry at 11am, one hour before general entry, and a drink on arrival – are both available to buy for £10 and £20 retrospectively.

Get your tickets booked here. 

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