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Cosy Alpine-themed huts with karaoke and festive drinks return this Christmas

Here for eight weeks of Christmas sing-alongs, the karaoke huts will wrap-up on New Year’s Eve 

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Get all festive and have some fun this year by taking a group of friends to try Bar Hütte’s pop-up Christmas karaoke huts, in the city centre.

This year will be extra special with not one, but two Christmas courtyards in the city.

Bar Hütte has confirmed it will be returning to Great Northern Square, at Deansgate, with an added second canal-side location at Kampus.

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Decked with cosy furnishings and twinkling lights, with live music sessions and flowing drinks, guests can expect to feel as though they are in a miniature rustic alpine village based in the heart of the buzzing city.

Inspired by some of Europe’s coolest après ski bars, Bar Hütte combines super snug karaoke with a vibrant and cheerful Alpine atmosphere.

Now in its seventh year, it has become a festive staple of the city – perfect for your work’s Christmas party, a family day out or an evening spent with friends.

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On the weekends, in the run up to the big day, there will also be family Santa Claus Club one-hour sessions for kids to enjoy. These include a hut, hot chocolate, colouring pads and a chance to meet Santa himself. 

Creative and crafty people can have a go at making their very own Christmas wreath, which is on offer at both locations, and comes with a complimentary glass of prosecco or mulled wine.

The new Bar Hütte at Kampus will see an outdoor terrace with eight karaoke huts nestled beneath the trees, and an Alpine ski bungalow serving as a bar.

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The Kampus site has also teamed up with Nell’s and The Great North Pie Co for hungry foodies to order pizza and pies straight to their hut, using the QR code ordering system.

Bar Hütte at Great Northern Square will feature 15 wooden huts under a heating stretch tent dressed in twinkling lights.

Here, there’ll also be a full entertainment schedule of live music and DJs as well as winter serves, cocktails so fancy they’d look good on the ‘gram, plus, the legendary Bombardino – which in Italian translates to ‘It’s like a little bomb!’ – and the famous Bar Hütte shot-ski. 

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Those taking part in the festivities can book a cosy hut which sits up to eight people or for larger groups, a party lodge can be booked for up to 20 people.

Both Bar Hütte at Kampus and Bar Hütte at Great Northern Square will be open to the public on Wednesday, November 8th, and bookings have just launched. 

Weekends and key dates are set to fill up fast, so book now to guarantee you don’t miss out – head HERE to claim your spot for this year’s Christmas karaoke festivities.

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Huge beer festival with more than 500 different varieties coming to Manchester

Can’t wait for this!

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Manchester Craft Beer Festival is back for another year, bringing with it more than 80 breweries and 500 different beers to sample.

The fourth edition of the festival will be taking place at Depot Mayfield on Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6th.

Cloudwater, Track, Marble, Northern Monk, Bundobust, Sureshot and Seven Brothers will be there to represent Manchester, alongside other UK stalwarts like Deya, Verdant, Siren and Leeds’ North Brewing Co.

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Heritage breweries like Timothy Taylor’s, Chouffe and Timmermans will also be there, as well as international breweries from the US, Greece, Spain and Australia.

There will also be some great food options to line your stomach, including bao buns, crispy chicken and katsu tater tots at Bone Daddies, as well as Almost Famous, Bundobust, MorMor and Voodoo Rays.

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Greg Wells, director of Manchester Craft Beer Festival, said: “It’s been a disheartening year for Manchester’s beer scene so far with closure of the beloved Indy Beer Con Fest and the unsuccessful debut of the International Brewing and Cider Festival, but we’re pleased to announce our return and bring more of what has been loved in the past three years.

“With even more breweries and experiences on offer and larger capacity this year, we’re buzzing to be back to satisfy all the beer lovers out there.

“The addition of a complimentary trade session to our programme is all about promoting this world class beer city and a small gesture to support all the incredible people who work across the drinks and hospitality industries.

“We all have a mutual understanding of the hardships our industries have faced in recent times so we thought it’d be a nice gesture to get everyone together for the love of drinks, food and music to celebrate beer and ourselves!”

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The entry price includes all your drinks throughout your session, as well as festival glass and access to all the events happening.

And as it’s on during the Euros, it will be screening the football too.

Day tickets cost £57 per day session – with a discount for four tickets – or £145 for the whole weekend. Grab tickets HERE.

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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

Get this one in your diary!

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

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Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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