A newly discovered comet, Comet Neowise, will be flying over UK skies at its peak brightness tonight.
Comet Neowise will be visible in the UK tonight as it is at its peak brightness on July 23rd.
The comet reached its closest approach to the sun on July 3rd, and is now getting closer to Earth.
It will be just below the famous constellation of the Northern Hemisphere, the Big Dipper, around 64 miles away from Earth.
Tonight might be the last chance you’ll get to see the comet for more than 6,000 years, as on July 25th it’ll be directly under the constellation before it continues moving away from us.
Astronomers have said for your best chances to see it head outside just after the sun goes down, as it will only be visible once it is dark.
This will be after 10:30pm, however the best visibility is expected to be around 80 minutes before the sun rises at around 3:30am.
Author of Skymania, Paul Sutherland said: “By the third week of July, the comet will be on view all night long and stargazers will be able to view it before going to bed, rather than having to get out of their warm beds before dawn!”
Many people have already seen the comet over the past few weeks as it is getting higher each night. Those who have seen it report that once you find it with binoculars you can get a great view of its’ split tail.
Alternatively set your camera to long exposure to get a great picture of the slightly turquoise colour.
For your best chance to see the comet head as high as you can get where there is little light pollution and look eastwards.
A bottomless bingo brunch with naked butlers is coming to Manchester
Let’s hope all those years you’ve been going to bingo with your gran finally pay off!
The UK’s favourite game has been reimagined for 2020 with the help of everyone’s favourite Boy Toy Butlers.
Taking over one the Gay Villages’ favourites, On Bar, the Grand game of Bingo will be the focus for one crazy afternoon.
Not just that, the lads will also be bringing along 2 very special guests with them, London and Manchester’s biggest drag queens: Kitty Scott Claus and Donna Trump.
There’s plenty of prizes up for grabs throughout the evening – so keep your eyes down (as much as you can).
The menu is designed to cater for all, so you can expect corn chips and fresh homemade salsa dip on arrival, plus a brunch dish of your choice.
You also get one and a half hours of bottomless bubbles, making that a total of four hours of cheeky entertainment.
Oh, and did we mention the buff Toy Boys will wait on you hand and foot throughout it all?
It’s all happening Saturday, November 14th and Saturday, December, 12th. There are two slots each day, the first at 12:30pm and second at 5pm.
Live entertainment and bottomless bubbles will start from 1:30pm. Tickets will set you back £43.95 per person.
Victoria Baths set to reopen with a Christmassy winter fair
Perfect to get in the festive spirit!
The Festive Winter Fair will feature a variety of unique and handmade gifts – perfect for Christmas gifts.
For the first time in 6 months, Victoria Baths will be reopening its doors as it welcomes visitors to its Festive Winter Fair.
Happening over two weekends, (Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd) the stunning Grade II* listed building is the perfect spot to host a 2020 version of a winter fair.
Welcomed by the Bath’s award-winning volunteers, mulled wine and mince pies will be amongst the treats on offer.
Supporting local makers from in and around Manchester, the fair will feature up to 30 stalls selling a beautiful range of art, jewellery, ceramics, festive decorations and much more.
Victoria Baths’ will also have their own stall which will feature everything from small trinkets to fine art, all inspired by the history of the Grade II* listed building.
It’s a great way to not only get you in the festive mood but also give you a chance to support and shop local during these difficult times, especially for what has been a very tough year for small businesses.
Elizabeth Sibbering, Operations Manager at Victoria Baths, says, “We’re delighted to be opening our doors again, for what has to be one of our favourite events of the year. The beautiful tiles and stained glass found throughout the building make a really stunning backdrop to all the maker’s stalls.
“There are lots of spaces for people to explore – including the Turkish Baths suite and two of the former swimming pools, despite some areas needing to be closed for Covid safety reasons – and we aren’t dependent upon the weather.”
“Victoria Baths is incredibly lucky to have had such amazing support over the years, from those who campaigned to save this building right through to those who’ve helped us to face the many challenges of 2020.
“This event will be an opportunity for those who love VictoriaBaths as much as we do to enjoy spending some time in one of Manchester’s favourite buildings.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be timed entry tickets, capped visitor numbers, signposted one-way routes, hand sanitiser stations, friendly volunteer ushers and much more to ensure a relaxed, safe visitor experience.
All money raised from Victoria Baths’ events helps to keep this stunning, grand building open for everyone to enjoy.
Manchester is getting the UK’s biggest outdoor heated winter market this Christmas
Christmas is saved!
The sad but inevitable news that the Manchester Christmas Markets have officially been cancelled was announced today.
While some people will be absolutely gutted about this, fear not, there is still some hope for the festive season in Manchester this year.
Escape To Freight Island has announced the next stage of its evolution at Depot Mayfield this week, revealing that the new Winter Island markets will join The Ticket Hall.
You can expect family-friendly enchantment and festive food, drink and entertainment this Christmas, when Winter Island opens its doors on Thursday November 12th.
When it opens, Winter Island will become the UK’s largest fully outdoor, heated winter market, with a 45ft Christmas tree and a massive 1500sqft garden tent full of festive traders and stalls to get you in the Christmas spirit.
The likes of Great North Pie, a bratwurst grill, traditional hog roast, a mulled wine and hot cider hut, local chocolatier and artisanal cheese stall will be in attendance, to keep you fed and watered.
This is just some of what you can expect at Winter Island:
- Traditional Hog Roast
- A Mulled Wine and Hot Cider Hut
- A Local Chocolatier
- An Artisan Cheese Stall
- Winter Ice Curling Rink
- Hot Chip and Alfos
- Just The Tonic Comedy Nights
- A Festival No.6 Take Over
- A Big Brass Band
- Disney Singalong
- A Stunning Installation Feature By Lightopia
- A Huge 45ft Christmas Tree
Escape to Freight Island recently confirmed the first part of its new development over at Depot Mayfield, following a hugely successful launch and summer, revealing The Ticket Hall – which opens on October 30th and will see the venue double in capacity.
This next chapter at Platform 15 will see a whole host of new food vendors arrive at the venue, taking over the industrial indoor area, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy top scran from some of your favourite local eateries down at Freight Island.
Taking over the original structure within Depot Mayfield, there will be a fully heated area with table seating, a wine shop, bars, a bike cloakroom, as well as a new stage and top entertainment lineup.
Joining the amazing Baratxuri, Voodoo Rays, Patty Queen and Madre, there will be some of Manchester’s favourite food and drink vendors, including:
- Sugo Pasta Kitchen – The famous pasta restaurant based in Ancoats bringing stunning Italian food will be setting up shop.
- Mi & Pho – An award-winning family-run restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese dishes.
- Plant Grill – From Dan Hope of Fire Bird Hope and Krum fame, Plant Grill will be a vegan offering of modern cuisine.
- El Boleto – A San Sebastian-style Deli serving up delicious small plates and freshest
produce to enjoy at home or on-site.
- The Jane Eyre – Classic drinks with a twist.
There will also be two taprooms in The Ticket Hall from Camden Town and Pomona, alongside Forever Changes – an independent wine shop.
The site will continue to operate under the world leading ‘Safe + Social Manifesto’, meaning Escape to Freight Island is committed to maintaining a safe environment for everyone.
This means it’s: “A space where you are able to socialise safely with your party, maintaining social distance from others and remaining alert to the risks of coronavirus, while being part of the overall urban festival atmosphere of Freight Island”.