Manchester is set to embrace the unusually chilly World Cup with the arrival of an immersive covered football fan park.
The highly-anticipated football tournament is set to look slightly different this year, with it being hosted in the middle of winter over in Qatar from November 21st to December 18th.
This means instead of soaking up the summer sun with jugs of beer, football fans will this year be forced to don scarves and hats, all while retreating to the warmth of pubs and any establishment with decent central heating.
But luckily for Mancunian fans, a covered football fan park will be arriving at Soccer 6’s in Trafford Park to host the ultimate viewing experience.
Trafford Park will be transformed into the ultimate football venue, with huge anti-glare screens, world-class sound systems, an exclusive bar, local food traders, DJs, and competitions with huge prizes to be won.
And as per 4TheFans tradition, each match screening will welcome a footballing legend, with favourites last year including Paul Merson, Tony Cottee, Trevor Sinclair, Wes Brown and Stuart Downing.
These football icons will provide exclusive match analysis throughout the games, alongside ‘bags of banter’ as they engage with fans.
The football legends confirmed for Manchester are:
- Monday November 21st: Wes Brown for England v Iran. Doors open at 10am for 1pm kick off.
- Friday November 25th: Joleon Lescott for England v USA. Doors open at 5pm for 7pm kick off.
- Tuesday November 29th: Wes Brown for England v Wales/Scotland/Ukraine. Doors open 5pm for 7pm kick off.
4TheFans will be taking over Trafford Park for the full duration of the tournament from November 21st to December 18th. The line up of local food vendors will be confirmed at the end of August.
General admission starts from £12pp, while VIP tickets start from £30. Season tickets are available for all three games in England’s group and the final, with prices starting from £40. Groups of six can also get 30% off their tickets.
Manchester’s legendary Contact Theatre is celebrating its 50th birthday with a series of giveaways
Contact kick started festivities this week with a fifty hour poet lock-in…
Manchester’s historic Contact Theatre is marking its fiftieth birthday this month and, to celebrate, is throwing a whole host of unique and exciting events and giveaways.
The theatre, which recently underwent a massive £6m refurbishment, opened all the way back in 1972 as the Manchester Young People’s Theatre, with it eventually changing its name to Contact Theatre in the 1990s.
The theatre was made a reality by Hugh Hunt, the man responsible for producing and directing some of the UK’s most successful and critically acclaimed shows throughout the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.
After serving in the war, Hunt settled in Manchester and founded the drama department at the university, eventually instigating the University Theatre building which opened in 1965.
Contact Theatre was born nearly a decade later to give students and other young people a chance to ‘change their lives through the arts’, taking on a unique approach of placing the students at the heart of everything, including programming, decision-making and even staff appointments.
It was revolutionary for its time, and still is to this very day, fifty years on. So, to celebrate half a century of Contact Theatre, there’s a whole host of very special events and giveaways… fifty of them, to be precise.
Contact has already kickstarted its eclectic roster of events, activities, competitions and giveaways to mark the special anniversary, with the theatre starting celebrations with its first ever ‘Poet Lock-In’ earlier this week.
This saw poet Georgie Brooke be locked in the building for fifty long hours to write a fifty word poem.
Other events on the line up include a 50m walk, which will see the first person seen receive a £50 ticket voucher, and 50% off shows for Contact members.
And throughout November, anyone who calls Contact on the fiftieth minute of the hour gets a 50p ticket to a show and, on National Hot Chocolate Day, there will be a free hot chocolate given to the first fifty people in the building.
Keisha Thompson, Artistic Director and CEO of Contact said: “Contact has been a huge part of my life for almost two decades, but our organisation’s incredible history, and its impact on Manchester, reaches far beyond that.
“I’m so excited to look back at our achievements during our birthday, but even more excited to set the vision for what the next fifty years of Contact could look like.”
For the listings of all of Contact’s 50th birthday celebrations, including exclusive productions, events, workshops and more, head on over to their website.
Gok Wan is hosting a FREE Pride party here in Manchester
A whole host of parties and events are taking place at Ducie Street Warehouse
To celebrate fifty years of Pride, Gok Wan will this month be hosting a FREE party right here in Manchester.
While Gok is known best as a fashion designer and for his work as a television presenter, he is also an accomplished DJ, with him having performed sets at prestigious venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall.
And now, Gok is set to bring his house mixes to Manchester to headline an epic party celebrating Pride’s fiftieth birthday.
His headline slot comes as part of Ducie Street Warehouse’s series of Freedom to Be parties across August, with the first event kicking off this weekend on Saturday August 20th from 5pm until late.
Gok was asked to headline the event in ode to the inspiration he has become for the LGBTQIA+ community, and will be joined by Manchester’s very own queer collective Queer Latifah.
Continuing into the August Bank Holiday next week, Ducie Street will also be hosting its famous BIG disco brunch for Freedom to Be on Saturday August 27th from 11am until 4pm.
The disco brunch will be soundtracked by by The Niallist bringing in the finest disco playlist, plus performances from Poppy Lah, Monopoly Phonic, Dakota Schiffer, Sharon Legrand and Banksie.
And, of course, there will be bottomless Glam Daiquiris flowing throughout the event.
Carrying on the party until 9pm that day, DJ collectives Girls On Film and Fat Camp will be in charge of the sound system to keep the groove going.
Sunday Bank Holiday the following day on August 28th will welcome more DJs and performances curated by vogue collective Ghetto Fabulous from 11am until 4pm with another disco brunch back in full swing.
This will be followed by a High Hoops takeover, bringing a variety of disco and psychedelic house to the dance floor until 9pm.
The Freedom to Be parties are completely FREE to attend across the whole weekend – visit the Ducie Street Warehouse website for more information.
Heaton Park’s lakeside dining domes unveil evening picnic sessions for the summer
The perfect way to spend those long summer nights
With the summer in full swing, Heaton Park’s luxury lakeside dining domes have unveiled brand new menus ideal for the warmer weather.
The domes have proved to be hugely popular with visitors since their debut last year, and now boast shaded glazing and air conditioning, making them the ideal spot to soak up the rays.
And this month has seen the launch of the Heaton Park Summer Picnic package, which allows guests to enjoy a summery picnic feast late into the evening.
On the menu, diners can expect Heaton Park’s take on all the picnic classics, including roasted cauliflower Mac & Cheese with a molten camembert, free-range Heaton Scotch Egg and a homemade signature Sage and Onion Sausage Roll.
There is also a selection of delicious salads, from Mediterranean pearl couscous salad, a classic Caesar salad and the Harissa Chickpea and Orange salad.
But the real stars of the show are the sweet offerings, which include indulgent chocolate-filled Churros served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate orange Sauce and cookie crumble, plus a homemade scone with vanilla clotted cream and champagne strawberries.
Each picnic session offers a children’s menu and a vegan menu, and runs later than the park’s usual slots until 7pm.
The Dining Domes’ usual Afternoon Tea package will also be available throughout the day, with a menu carefully curated by Heaton Park’s cafes to offer the perfect balance of quintessential classics – as well as some imaginative variations of afternoon tea favourites.
The traditional signature menu includes a selection of delicious sandwiches, a free-range Heaton Scotch Egg and a homemade signature Sage and Onion Sausage Roll.
Sweet offerings include a homemade chocolate brownie with salted caramel ganache, a freshly baked Victoria Sponge, house scones with homemade jam and vanilla chantilly and a baked meringue with pineapple and passionfruit.
Also this Summer, Heaton Park will be offering a 10% DISCOUNT on their boats using the following promo codes, both of which are valid until September 5th:
- SWANBOAT22 – Valid on Swan Pedal Boat bookings on Monday-Thursday only.
- ELECTRICBOAT22 – Valid on Electric Boat bookings on Monday-Thursday only.