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Afflecks transforming into Halloween House of Horror with ghost tours and more

The 180-year-old venue will be given a spooky makeover

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The iconic indoor shopping emporium Afflecks will undergo a Halloween makeover to celebrate spooky season with plenty of haunting goings on and themed activities.

The 180-year old building will be transformed into a Halloween House of Horror on Saturday, October 28th where visitors can get in the spooky spirit with the plenty of spine-tingling experiences on offer.

Guests are invited to explore the haunted structure where they can join a ghostly food and drink tour, which will include a guided ghost tour of all four floors of the building.

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Tour-goers will also receive a specially created Halloween treat – no tricks –  from all of Afflecks’ food and drink traders along the way.

The tour will be led by long-standing Afflecks trader Karen from Mad for Art, who will host the haunted adventure around the grounds and explore the spooky heritage of the venue and its tales of ghostly goings on over the years.

The tour is ticketed and costs £10.

Each ticket includes the following Halloween specials:

  • Seasonal pumpkin soup with Welsh Rarebit soldiers from retro-inspired cafe Third Floor Rising.
  • Beetlejuice themed ice cream (complete with green candy hair!) from the iconic Gingers Emporium.
  • Spookylicious dumplings from Desert Island Dumplings (including the spaghetti and eyeballs and chopped up Suzie ‘Pork’ dumplings).
  • Animaid Cafe will also be serving a special edition Halloween milkshake – made with ice cream, strawberry sauce, strawberry pearls, and topped with whipped cream and pocky biscuits.
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AJ Martyn, General Manager at Afflecks, said: “Spooky season is upon us here at Afflecks and the traders have really pulled out the stops to make our favourite time of year extra special!

“There have been many supernatural happenings reported by Afflecks over the years, with some dating right back to the 1800s.

“Halloween is the perfect time to come and learn more about one of the most haunted buildings in Manchester and refuel along the way with some eerie-sistible treats from the traders whilst you’re here. See you there!”

Those with a ticket can also participate in a spirit stones and spell casting session which will be hosted by the witches and wizards that reside in Occult, located on the ground floor.

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Guests will receive a free spirit stone and candle gift to take home and continue with any spooky practices during the witching season.

Afflecks will look nightmarishly decked out with creepy arrangements as each trader wll turn their shops into spooky dens located off weird walkways and strange stairwells.  

Desert Island Dumplings will be entertaining with Halloween inspired GameCube activities with prizes to be won on their wheel of Fortune.

Ghost tours will run throughout the day from 11am, 12pm and 4pm, and will last around 35 minutes.

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Tickets will allow guests to join the Halloween Haunted Tour at their allotted time and will include all the Halloween food and drink treats listed as well as a spell casting session led by Occult.

The tickets come with a 20% discount on Afflecks merchandise which includes t-shirts, bucket hats, posters and the Afflecks 40th commemorative book.

Afflecks is open from 10am – 6pm. Tickets cost £10 with booking fee and can be purchased by clicking HERE.

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Huge beer festival with more than 500 different varieties coming to Manchester

Can’t wait for this!

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Manchester Craft Beer Festival is back for another year, bringing with it more than 80 breweries and 500 different beers to sample.

The fourth edition of the festival will be taking place at Depot Mayfield on Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6th.

Cloudwater, Track, Marble, Northern Monk, Bundobust, Sureshot and Seven Brothers will be there to represent Manchester, alongside other UK stalwarts like Deya, Verdant, Siren and Leeds’ North Brewing Co.

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Heritage breweries like Timothy Taylor’s, Chouffe and Timmermans will also be there, as well as international breweries from the US, Greece, Spain and Australia.

There will also be some great food options to line your stomach, including bao buns, crispy chicken and katsu tater tots at Bone Daddies, as well as Almost Famous, Bundobust, MorMor and Voodoo Rays.

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Greg Wells, director of Manchester Craft Beer Festival, said: “It’s been a disheartening year for Manchester’s beer scene so far with closure of the beloved Indy Beer Con Fest and the unsuccessful debut of the International Brewing and Cider Festival, but we’re pleased to announce our return and bring more of what has been loved in the past three years.

“With even more breweries and experiences on offer and larger capacity this year, we’re buzzing to be back to satisfy all the beer lovers out there.

“The addition of a complimentary trade session to our programme is all about promoting this world class beer city and a small gesture to support all the incredible people who work across the drinks and hospitality industries.

“We all have a mutual understanding of the hardships our industries have faced in recent times so we thought it’d be a nice gesture to get everyone together for the love of drinks, food and music to celebrate beer and ourselves!”

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The entry price includes all your drinks throughout your session, as well as festival glass and access to all the events happening.

And as it’s on during the Euros, it will be screening the football too.

Day tickets cost £57 per day session – with a discount for four tickets – or £145 for the whole weekend. Grab tickets HERE.

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

Get this one in your diary!

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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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