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Buckt: The UK’s only activity subscription service will push you out your comfort zone

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If you’ve been in a long term relationship or had the same mates for the past 10 years, trying to find something new to do together can be a proper mission.

If it doesn’t involve the same sticky-floored pub or aimless wander around your local park, it can sometimes feel impossible to think outside of the box.

But that’s where Buckt comes in.

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The UK’s only activity subscription service, Buckt saves you hassle and avoidable arguments, sending you tickets for two people to 5 mystery activities each month for less than the price of a round of drinks.

The subscription service works through mystery and surprise, pushing you out of your ‘usual’ routine and offering a range of activities perfect for date nights or overdue catch ups.

You could receive anything from axe throwing to alpaca walking, rage rooms, restaurants, cocktail masterclasses and more directly to your phone each month – a unique mix of the brilliant and bizarre, as well as the tried and tested, expertly put together by the Buckt team.

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Some of the activities subscribers have received over the past 6 months include:

  • Rev De Cuba – cocktail masterclass = £25.00pp
  • Adventure Now – archery = £30.00pp
  • Gandeys Circus – circus = £24.00pp
  • Whistle Punks – axe throwing = £20.00pp
  • Whiskey Jar – whiskey tasting = £15.00pp
  • Stitched Up – wreath making workshop = £25.00pp
  • SnowStorm2 – ice skating show = £21.00pp
  • Nia Makes – origami class = £15.00pp
  • Laugh and Let Die – murder mystery evening = £22.25pp
  • Good Life Skates – Roller Disco = £12.00pp
  • Exit The Room – escape room = £19.50pp
  • Wythenshawe Farm – farmer for a day experience = £15.00pp

With the current cost of living crisis, Buckt offers an affordable way to find and enjoy something new.

The RRP of the activities is around £100, however the Buckt subscription service comes in at £30 a month for two people – however, Proper Manchester readers can get an exclusive discount.

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It’s offering the first month of a two-person subscription for just £9.99 with code MCR999TREAT. This will give you the entire first month of a two-person subscription for less than half price, as opposed to the regular £30.00.

There’s no minimum commitment with Buckt and you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time.

It gives you three months to complete the activities sent, which explore a range of categories including; food and drink, action, shows and events, animal encounters, workshops and classes.

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One week you could be enjoying a meditation session and the next smashing up a rage room. Buckt is designed for spontaneity and aims to push you out of your comfort zone, offering something new every single month without breaking the bank.

You can purchase a subscription now via the link below. Remember to use the code MCR999TREAT to receive your first month for two people for just £9.99.

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An all-you-can-eat cheese party is coming to Manchester for Valentine’s Day

Calling all cheese lovers!

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A pub in Manchester is doing an all-you-can-eat cheese party to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Pie and Ale, based in the Northern Quarter, will be hosting this very cheesy evening in collaboration with Homage 2 Fromage, on Thursday February 16th at 7pm – 9.30pm.

The Leeds-born cheese tasting company will be laying out a selection of cheeses decked out on slabs in a help-yourself buffet style, called ‘Cheese of Love’ – perfect for lovers of the creamy delight.

The event promises to showcase a selection of ‘eight sexy, sultry, sensuous cheeses’ with some ‘soft and yielding’ and others ‘big and strong’, and a serving of the molten good stuff to make an appearance amongst the layout also.

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You can have your fill as the portions of cheesy goodness will be unlimited for the two and half hours.

You’ll be needing something to wash it all down with, and at Pie and Ale you can also get stuck into a large selection of ales and craft beers, with six rotating cask ales, craft lager and beer on tap, and plenty of cans and bottles to choose from in the fridge.

Put together by Nick and Vickie, who created Homage 2 Fromage in 2011 after a random conversation on Twitter, the event will be a laid back and casual evening where you can take someone special and indulge in a pungent banquet together while sipping on some good ales.

Tickets cost £40 for a table for two and drinks are not included in the price. You can purchase tickets here.

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Biddulph Grange: The unique garden where you can walk through Ancient Egypt, China and Italy in a day

You can explore Ancient Egypt, China and Italy all in one walk.

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Biddulph Grange is a unique garden where visitors can walk across continents all in one day.

Based at Biddulph Grange Country Park in Staffordshire, this unusual National Trust landscape is a real hidden gem and has even been coined as a ‘horticultural Disneyland’.

Right near the border of Cheshire, the ‘playful paradise’ was designed by horticulturist and British landowner James Bateman after moving there in 1840, and offers a quirky masterpiece for all to enjoy. He lived there with his wife Maria for 27 years, and developed the masterpiece with her help and that of his friend, painter Edward William Cooke.

While exploring the fascinating grounds of the Grade-II listed garden, you can climb its 400 steps, pass by stone sphinxes, before you come across a bright red Chinese pagoda by a lake, and stumble upon a tiered Italian-style garden.

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Walkers can take a step back in time — or all 400 of them — through a Tudor-style cottage and a Victorian garden, which overlooks the valley. Featured gardens include:

The China Garden

Bright reds and trimmings of gold make this little piece of an oriental haven stand out from the crowd. It even has a joss house, a tower and a ‘Great wall’ all of its own.

The Egyptian Garden

Walk through a tomb-like tunnel where a grand stone temple doorway bears an image of the sun god Ra along with four stone sphinxes, surrounded by clipped yew.

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The Italy Garden

It features a series of magnificent trickling terraces, one after the other, in an Italian style. 

The incredible terraces are packed with plants from around the world – it might be Italian in style, but Italian plants apparently don’t grow well on a wet and windy English hillside.

The Stumpery

Here is where old tree stumps are used as makeshift scaffolding for climbing plants and is the oldest stumpery in the country. It has even been copied by Prince Charles’ home in Gloucestershire.

The Cheshire Cottage

This Tudor-style cottage dates back to 1856 and its facade includes the initials of James and his wife Maria.

The National Trust has drawn possible links between the Cheshire Cottage and Queen Victoria’s famous Swiss Cottage, which she built for her nine children around the same time.

In Bateman’s time, the cottage would have been the commanding focus surrounded by small trees – now it’s dwarfed by towering conifers.

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More than just acres of stunning garden grounds, Biddulph Grange also has a Geological gallery, with a ‘unique Victorian display of fossils and geological strata laid out according to the Biblical days of creation’ — offering a ‘fascinating journey through time’.

There is also a woodland adventure play area, with see-saws, climbing frames and balancing beams — great for the young ones with plenty of energy to burn. Afterwards, you can wind down and take it all in at the tea rooms, where hot and cold food is served fresh daily.

Biddulph Grange is open from 10am to 3.30pm, Saturday to Wednesday, throughout January. Tickets for adults cost £12 and £6 for children.

It’s between 45 minutes and an hour to drive to Biddulph Grange Garden from most parts of Greater Manchester. You can also get to it by taking the train to Congleton then a short bus ride on the 94 service to St Lawrence’s Church.

You can find out more about Biddulph Grange Garden at the National Trust website here.

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An all-new Hot Wheels Monster Trucks ‘Glow Party’ is coming to Manchester this weekend

The kids will love this!

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The all-new Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party will be coming to Manchester this weekend.

Fans of all ages will be left dazzled at the family friendly event, as they watch the iconic trucks light up the floor, which showcases at the AO Arena on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th.

This one-of-a-kind, high-energy Glow Party experience will see huge rip-roaring trucks rolling onto the floor to hold outrageous competitions and battles.

The thrilling new experience brings audiences the only opportunity to watch their favourite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks – Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Boneshaker™, Bigfoot® and more, plus the all-new Gunkster™, as they light-up the room.

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Event performances will also feature spectacular laser light shows, exhilarating dance parties, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. 

Plus, a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot, Megasaurus, and the electrifying high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross.

An exciting Crash Zone Pre-Show Party will be held before every performance, providing fans access to the competition floor to see the outrageous designs and epic size of Monster Trucks along with autograph signings from the drivers and performers.

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Each ticket includes an autograph card plus a souvenir pass and lanyard exclusive to Crash Zone attendees.

Senior Vice President Touring, International Music, Live Nation, Tim McWilliams said: “We are thrilled to be embarking on our third UK tour of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live.

“As the world’s largest live-entertainment company, we are part of many incredible shows, but Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live provides a new dimension in family entertainment that never fails to impress. 

“We can’t wait for these shows so we can all join the Glow Party.”

Ken Hudgens, CEO of Family Entertainment Live, added: “With the success of the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party thus far, we’re excited to continue the amazing experience into 2023, both in the United States and internationally.”

Special children’s pricing is available for all shows providing great value for the whole family. 

There’s four shows over the weekend, and you can grab tickets here: Saturday 14th 11:30am; Saturday 14th 6:30pm; Sunday 15th 11:30am; Sunday 15th 6:30pm.

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