The Trafford Centre is opening its doors to a brand new Peter Rabbit themed ‘secret garden’ that will make for the perfect family day out.
Peter Rabbit, brought to life by author Beatrix Potter in 1901, has enchanted millions of children all across the world for over a hundred years – and now, children here in Manchester can immerse themselves within the character directly on their doorstep.
Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed by Mrs. Rabbit, who will be in need of some help decorating and filling her flower pots. She will then explain that the adventurous Peter has run off to Mr McGregor’s garden.
Mrs. Rabbit will ask families if they can go and look for Peter, but are brave enough to sneak past Mr McGregor with a little help from Squirrel Nutkin?
As you can imagine, it’ll be a very wholesome experience.
Activities such as flower pot decorating and seed planting will be included, as well as a Peter Rabbit costume character meet and greet for each family or group, which includes a professional photo opportunity.
Relaxed and inclusive sessions will also run every Wednesday at 10am and 4.30pm, featuring smaller groups of visitors and quieter music.
Zoe Inman, Centre Director at The Trafford Centre, said: “The charming stories of Peter Rabbit are timeless and treasured by all generations, so we’re delighted to be bringing a new indoor summer experience that the whole family will enjoy.”
Thomas Merrington, Creative Director at Penguin Ventures added: “We are thrilled to be partnering once again with The Trafford Centre to bring a new summer experience! Families will love exploring this new installation, especially as they’ll get to meet and greet the official Peter Rabbit costume character at the end.”
‘The Peter Rabbit Secret Garden’ will be running from July 22nd – August 30th and tickets are available now, priced at £10 for children and £12 for adults.
For more information, visit the Trafford Centre website here.
NEW OPENING: The hidden neo-Bangkok basement bar inspired by Blade Runner
District has officially unveiled it’s new basement bar
Tucked away under Oldham Street’s new wave Thai kitchen District, you will now find a brand new Blade Runner-inspired basement bar serving up unique Thai cuisine-infused cocktails.
District, a project by the founders of Tokyo Ramen, has made quite the name for itself since its opening back in June, thanks mainly to its futuristic vision of Bangkok’s fire and barbecue lined streets being brought to the Northern Quarter.
District adopts a wildly progressive approach to its menu with wood-fired, modern barbecue cookery that creates an engaging, long-lasting dinner experience that promises to ‘touch mall the senses’.
And this week, District are welcoming a whole new concept to their already celebrated kitchen – a neo-Bangkok Blade Runner inspired basement bar.
Yep, the basement of the restaurant has been transformed into a space perfect for those wanting to enjoy the District experience both before and after their meal.
The cocktail menu, like every part of District, has been developed to draw on every sense, with sight, smell and taste being heightened with every sip. All eight cocktails have been inspired by Thai cuisine, combining the best of bar and culinary techniques.
Menu highlights include the FORNAX, made using smoked beef fat rum, fish sauce caramel, tomato, Thai parsley; and DREAM GUN with grilled banana bourbon, milk of the poppy and turmeric.
The drinks menu also includes a ‘DISTRICT THAI-PA’ in collaboration with local brewery Shindigger, a selection of wines and in house made soft drinks such as the ‘TUMERIC POP’ and the ‘SCREWPINE SODA’.
District’s basement bar is open NOW from 5pm – late Thursday – Saturday. Make sure to follow the District Instagram for news and updates.
There’s a massive free fitness class taking place in Manchester this week
Fancy trying out David Beckham’s workout for free?
A huge – and completely free – fitness class is happening in Manchester this week, and it could very well be the opportunity to kickstart your health and fitness journey you’ve been waiting for.
Now, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that mustering the strength, the energy and simply the sheer will to attend exercise classes can be a challenge but, as the festive season and an abundance of booze and pigs in blankets approach, it is more important than ever to stay on top of your health.
And luckily for you lot, the opportunity to test the waters for free will be presenting itself this week courtesy of the globally acclaimed fitness company, F45 Track.
Having made its debut in LA back in 2019, F45 Track does what it says on the tin by hosting forty-five minute outdoor training sessions that offer both the public and F45 members a variation of in-studio sessions, all with the aim to burn 750 calories in the forty-five minute time slot.
The ‘F’ stands for ‘Functional Training’, which is a mix of circuit and HIIT style workouts geared towards everyday movement. And the forty-five? Well, that’s the total amount of time for, in their words, ‘sweat-dripping, heart-pumping fun’.
The company has since expanded to locations all across the globe and has enjoyed a number of celebrity clients like Man United legend David Beckham, who took part in F45 Track workouts during the 2020 lockdowns.
But putting the glitz and the glamour of celebrity clients to one side, F45 Track’s latest project here in Manchester is offering a FREE fitness class this week courtesy of F45 NQ and the F45 Salford Central.
Yep, completely free for anyone who wants to take part, no strings attached.
The ‘biggest fitness class in Manchester’ will be taking place this Thursday, September 21st and will be hosted by Cory George, F45’s Global Head of Fitness, who will be flying in from LA specially for the event.
There will also be fresh smoothies, drinks, and healthy snacks provided throughout the event.
Those wanting to take part will simply need to bring a towel, a water bottle and plenty of energy to The Love Factory at 5:30pm, rearing and ready for the 6pm start.
A Manchester bar is giving away free drinks to anyone who beats the bartender at ping-pong or darts
Reckon you have what it takes?
Manchester’s resident ping-pong bar Twenty Twenty Two is giving away free drinks to anyone who can beat their bartenders at ping pong or darts.
While Twenty Twenty Two has always been famous for its abundance of ping pong tables, underground brick bunker vibes, indoor cinema screenings and cool wall art, it is now known for something else: Darts.
The establishment’s Dead Eye Dart Club is a fantastic new addition to the Northern Quarter’s drinking scene; a no-fuss darts dive bar that pairs the game with music and signature cocktails.
There’s also a wide selection of drinks available for guests to sip while they play, with happy hour offers including £15 bottles of prosecco and £5 cocktails every Wednesday.
And now, the venue has combined its love of both ping-pong, darts and booze with the launch of its ‘Beat The Bartender’ competition.
Every Thursday night, guests are given the opportunity to double their round for the price of one by taking on one of the bartenders in a game of ping pong or darts. If they win, they get their next round on the house.
Speaking previously to the MEN, owner Jamie Scahill explained the inspiration behind the unusual concept, saying it actually came from a ‘drunken conversation in Dr Pong in Berlin’.
He said: “We had plans to open the ping-pong room and needed ideas for the Saturday night, and came up with the idea of combining the three together with a free party every week.
“I think because it’s off the beaten track a little bit it takes a bit more effort to find and we have interesting events mixed with some fine DJs and good booze.”
Beat The Bartender is available every Thursday – just ask your friendly bartender for more details.