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An epic drive-in Britain’s Got Talent show in a big-top tent is coming to Manchester

Perfect family day out!

Alex Watson



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Stars of Britain’s Got Talent are taking to the stage again for a family-friendly one-night-only special in Manchester.

This year’s comedy juggling man, and Manchester’s very own Steve Royle will be making an appearance, along with Alesha’s Golden Buzzer act, Nabil Abdul. 

Guests are also promised some huge laughs, with BGT’s first-ever comedian to win the show Lost Voice Guy also on the lineup. 

Expect some surprises from close-up magician Ben Hart, and some laughs from the host for the evening, 2017 Golden Buzzer act Daliso Chaponda.

As well as being a completely family-friendly event, the show will also have plenty of Covid-safety measures in place to ensure all guests feel safe during the event. 

Each car will be given a marked area where you and your ‘bubble’ can enjoy the show from a safe distance. 

There will be a full PA rig to ensure you can hear everything from the stage, plus LED screens hung over the stage to make sure you get a glimpse of all the action. 

The whole show will be on stage inside a giant big-top tent, which means you can also take shelter from the weather undercover and crack those windows open! Although the tent has sides, they are raised to allow for ventilation.

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For those not driving (and above the age) you’ll be pleased to hear there are alcoholic drinks (as well as soft drinks and food) circling throughout the event. 

You’re also invited to bring deck chairs and a picnic to make the most out of your bubble while you enjoy the show. 

The drive-in event is taking place at Medlock Street on Saturday October 3rd – you can find more info and get your hands on tickets here

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A brand new interactive bowling alley and arcade has opened in the Printworks

This looks mint.

Alex Watson




There’s a brand new one-stop-shop for all your entertainment needs now open in the Printworks.

Tenpin is taking over the Hard Rock Casino unit in the Printworks and will span over two floors. Guests can expect new interactive bowling lanes that even have high-speed infrared cameras to detect movement and project graphics onto the lane.

There will be a massive 12 lanes of bowling plus a state-of-the-art arcade, as well as Table Tennis, American Pool tables, Beer Pong, Shuffleboard tables and a Karaoke room. 

There’s a totally new look that will give you old-school entertainment vibes, something Tenpin has never done before.


There will also be an American style eatery, making the space a one-stop-shop for food and drink. Plus – you’ll be pleased to hear there will also be two bars serving up a delicious array of cocktails. 

You can feast on the likes of burgers, hot dogs & sharers and you can even get it all straight to the lane with the on-lane service.

Paul Grayson, GM of the new venue, said: “We’re really pleased to finally be able to reveal our incredible new Manchester venue to the city.

“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build something that Manchester will love and the team have created an incredible space where guests can drink, eat and play all under one roof.

“We’re excited to be the first Tenpin venue to have all interactive lanes, and we’ve also added Beer Pong, Shuffleboard tables and a Karaoke room to our range of entertainment options for the first time too. We want every person who visits us to feel like they could lose a whole day in here!”


The Manchester site will be Tenpins first new venue this year, and is expected to create more than thirty new jobs in Manchester.

To ensure Covid-compliance, guests can only attend in groups of six people from one social bubble. There will also only be eight bowling lanes open at first to give each group plenty of room to bowl.

Each lane will be completely sanitised after a customer finishes their game, so you can rest easy knowing the area will be nice and clean before your game. 

And for the fashionistas who love bowling shoes – you’ll have to wait a little longer to get your toes inside them again. Wear your own shoes (no heels or wedges or open toes!) for now.


Following the rules, unless you are drinking or eating a face mask must be worn at all times.

Tenpin is open now with prices for a game of bowling, food and drink coming in at just £15pp, and a game of bowling and a drink just £9pp.

Find out more and make a booking here!

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A new play centre cafe has opened with something for the whole family

The kids will love this!

Alex Watson



The Play Cafe

Stretford Mall is now home to a pop-up play centre which gives each family its very own themed pod. 

Eight pods have opened up in the cafe, each filled with plenty of toys and activities that families can book out for two hours at a time. 

The Play Cafe is also serving up food from Stretford Canteen including picnic platters for children, fresh bread and cakes, pies and cheese platters.

For the parents, you can also grab a beer or gin and tonic as well as a range of locally supplied hot drinks. 

The Play Cafe

The pod’s themes include Lego, messy play, role play and classic games. There’s also a nature pod, small world babe in arms and active pod.

The Play Cafe is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Haylea Osborne who is also behind Placemaker events. 

Haylea said: “The Play Cafe is a concept that we have evolved and adapted numerous times to meet the requirements of the current climate.

“Our aim has always been to provide affordable family fun in an environment that is both inspiring to adults and children.

“We are proud to deliver something that is local to the Stretford area and are grateful to Bruntwood Works for their support in helping us trial something different.

The Play Cafe

“Like many people, COVID-19 has affected me personally and it hasn’t been easy to keep going when myself and my business partner are working full time…I hope us finally opening our doors will be an inspiration to others.

“We think it essential that we work with local suppliers such as Stretford Canteen, The Urban Preserver, Mancoco and Dunky spoons hot choc – keeping our business local is the least we can do to support the local economy.

“We look forward to welcoming the families of Stretford along for some good old fashioned fun!”

You can book The Play Cafe every Saturday for a two hour slot. Guests should also allow for the 30 minute gap between slots designated for cleaning. 

Slots available include: 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm – you can find more info here.

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A magical real-life mermaid show is coming to Sea Life Manchester this Autumn

This looks incredible!

Alex Watson



Sea Life Manchester

Sea Life Manchester is launching limited-edition evening events to keep you and the kids entertained throughout Autumn, and they’re kicking off with a mesmerising mermaid event. 

If you’re looking for a spectacular show to treat the kids to – this is definitely it! 

Complete with actual real-life mermaids (sort of), watch an enchanting routine of the magical creatures swimming alongside the many other creatures at Sea Life. 

The after-hours event is taking place on Friday nights, starting this Friday, September 25th, until October 16th, giving guests plenty of chance to witness the magical mermaid show. 

Sea Life Manchester

Speaking on the launch Stuart Jarman, General Manager at Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, said: ”The response of guests to the re-opening of our attractions Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre here at Barton Square has been incredible.

“As we continue to safely and responsibly welcome guests back to SEA LIFE Manchester, we’re delighted to launch a programme of extra-special events that promise to inspire, excite and educate guests of all ages on the wonders of ocean life.

“Our real-life mermaids are incredible and a real visual experience. They’re loved by our creatures, who love to engage with them, as much as our visitors.”

Sea Life Manchester

Tickets, which are £21.95 for adults and £16.95 for children (kids under three go free), also get you full access to the family attraction. 

You can get up close to sharks, octopuses, stingrays, and giant green sea turtles. Plus there are loads more to see, as Sea Life is home to over 1,000 wondrous creatures! 

Tickets are limited and the Mermaid event, the first in the series, is likely to sell out quickly! 

Find out more information and book tickets here

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