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Blackpool Illuminations will be on for two months longer than usual this year

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Blackpool illuminations are set to be extended for an additional two months this year to help boost the seaside resort’s tourism.

VistBlackpool has revealed that the Illuminations will run for an extra two months this year from September 4th to January 3rd 2021.

They have also announced they will be hosting their first-ever virtual Switch-On concert in association with MTV Music UK.

This means the switch-on will be free-to-access for all in the online streamed event taking place on Friday September 4th.  

Originally the Switch-on was scheduled for the same date, but with an audience of 20,000 people at the Tower Festival Headline. 

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Due to social distancing, this event cannot go ahead in its usual format. So instead, for the first time in 70 years, the resort will be holding an accessible virtual Switch-On event that can be seen all over the world.

There will be an hour-long concert with a mixture of pre-recorded and at-home performances as well as live performances filmed at a closed event in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

The event will be hosted by Diversity’s Ashley and Jordan Banjo, and will feature a star-studded line-up of talent, leading up to the all-important Switch-On moment.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Cabinet Member for Tourism & Culture for Blackpool Council, said: “The annual Switch-On event is the biggest night in Blackpool’s events calendar. Sadly, it is simply not possible to stage an event of that scale given the current restrictions around social distancing and mass gatherings.

“However, it would be unthinkable not to launch our Blackpool Illuminations season with an extraordinary event. Staging the first-ever virtual Switch-On concert to a mass audience watching from home does exactly that. 

“We are very much aware of how much our tourism businesses are suffering as a result of the pandemic and we hope that by extending the Blackpool Illuminations season by two months, it will give them an opportunity to bring in some additional trade.

“We are planning for a safe, socially distanced Illuminations experience and will be keeping all Government health guidance under review as we move towards the autumn season.”

Details of the Switch-On concert’s line-up will be revealed over the course of the next few weeks, along with how you can view the streamed event. 

Plus VistBlackpool will also be releasing a preview of new features on the 2020 illuminations display. 

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The ‘biggest ever’ ’90s pop throwback concert is coming to Manchester this year

JUST A LITTLE bit excited for this

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Everybody Get Up there’s a new ’90s pop ‘throwback’ concert that is coming to Manchester with a huge lineup of stars!

‘The biggest live pop show of the decade‘ is getting prepped to return, following prime minister Boris Johnson’s unveiling of the potential return of large events later this year.

By June 21st at the earliest, all limits on social contact could be lifted and what better way to celebrate than with a massive 90s themed party?! 

Featuring 18 huge artists such as Peter Andre, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, Damage, S Club 7, Blazin’ Squad and more all under one roof you know you’re in for a cracking night. 

90s Baby POP is scheduled for September 18th, 2021, with 6,000 people allowed to attend the event at B.E.C arena. 

The unmissable event says: “bring back some of your favourite nostalgic memories from the 90’s era, as well as recreating those unforgettable moments one more.

“Expect breathtaking productions, spectacular SFX shows and live performances all evening.”

Tickets are on sale now – you can grab them here

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Tickets for Manchester Pride 2021 are now on sale

They start from as little as £7.50

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Following the news last week that Manchester Pride is planning to go ahead with a physical festival this year, tickets are now on sale.

The event is a chance for LGBTQ+ people and their allies to come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester, and will take place over the August Bank holiday.

Tickets went on sale today, Thursday March 4th, at 9am, with the festival launching tickets for all the events across the weekend.

Mark Fletcher, CEO for Manchester Pride, said: “Manchester Pride Festival is one of the world’s leading celebrations of LGBTQ+ life.

“The Festival is made up of a number of events, some are free to attend and some require you to purchase a ticket. Our events fall under the six key strands of the Festival: Equality, Arts and Culture, Community, Party, Activism and Youth and Family.

“A huge thanks goes out to those who purchase tickets to attend our events. Because of you, we can continue to support and empower LGBTQ+ people all year round.

“Find out more about the work of that charity and how your support helps to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people on our website.”

Rainbow passes, which allow access to the Manchester Pride Festival as well as four days at the Gay Village party, start at £38.50 for a day or £69.50 for the weekend, and Gay Village Party tickets are £15 for one day or £22.50 for all four days.

New to this year is the introduction of Low Income Tickets, which are reserved for participants on a limited income.

The Low Income Ticket Programme offers a reduced ticket price of 50%, and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis up to June 30th – or until they have sold out, whichever comes first.

These tickets are available for both the Gay Village Party and MCR Pride Live, and due to there being a limited number of Low Income Tickets available, they are restricted for Greater Manchester residents only.

To qualify for the Low Income Ticket Programme, attendees will need to provide evidence of one of the following:

  • Universal Credit 
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

They will start at £22.50 for a Rainbow Day Pass or £39.75 for the weekend, and £7.50 and £12.50 for Gay Village Party tickets – more information on how to apply can be found on Manchester Pride’s website.

Tickets are on sale now, for more info and to grab some head over to the website here.

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A family-friendly dinosaur jungle adventure land is coming to Greater Manchester

The perfect socially-distanced family day out!

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The social-distanced outdoor dino adventure in Hyde is set to reopen this spring following the lifting of restrictions.

Families loved Totally Roarsome when it opened to the public in the middle of last year once restrictions were eased.

Created in an untouched woodland in Hyde, the trail featured dinosaurs, jungle animals and Arctic creatures as well as a couple of superheroes, pirates and cartoon characters too. 

Named as one of the safest attractions for the family in Greater Manchester, families have been eagerly awaiting the news as to when the adventure will reopen after closure during the cold winter. 

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The attraction has officially announced that it will be reopening for the Easter Holidays following Boris’ latest announcement.

Announcing on social media, Totally Roarsome wrote: “Enter into Jurassic Land, then onto the Jungle and once you’ve encountered our dinosaurs, lions, and tigers, it’s off on a Bear Hunt.

“Then take a trip through the Wild West and head down the rabbit hole into Alice’s Wonderland, before making your way into Neverland, where there are pirates everywhere you turn.

“Then we are off to the world of superheroes [where] Batman, Superman and Spiderman will all be there to greet you, before finally wandering through our fantasy land with dragons, unicorns and knights of the realm.

“With Dinosaurs, unicorns and superheroes all on the same day, what else do you need?”

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The attraction now has a new home at Mottram Hall with strict Covid restrictions in place to ensure the safety of guests. 

Tickets are on sale now and will set you back £7.95 (plus a £1.50 booking fee per transaction). They must be booked in advance to enable for monitoring of numbers to follow the Covid-safety precautions and social distancing measures.

Find out more information and book your tickets here

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