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Dinosaur park where you walk among huge lifelike dinos is 90 minutes from Manchester

Have an absolute roar with the kids!

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There’s an incredible family dinosaur park just 90 minutes’ drive from Manchester and the kids will absolutely love it.

Pangea — Discovery of Dinosaurs is the newest addition to Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, and is a great family friendly place for a day out.

Better known for its wildlife including tigers, polar bears, lions, monkeys and giraffes across the sprawling nature reserve, this attraction now has its own scaled down version of Jurassic Park.

After a huge £50m investment at the site, they’ve built a park area containing huge models of prehistoric beasts that move, roar and even spit as they tower over you.

Each dino also has an information board next to it naming its modern-day animal descendant, that you are also able to go and visit in the nearby wildlife park.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

They’re not live giant reptiles but who wants live ones anyway? — I mean, you’ve seen what happened in the film, right?

For the youngsters, these huge moving figures with sound effects included are the next best thing — much safer too.

You can take a stroll along the landscaped trail located beside a lake as the kids are amazed by 35 animatronic dinos across the park’s representation of Pangea . 

This was the name of the supercontinent that existed when Earth had one huge land mass, before it began to break up causing a continental drift during the Jurassic period — about 200 million years ago.

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The dinosaur trail begins at the heart of the deep, dense forest of the Gondwana region. While you emerge from the undergrowth the ground becomes much drier and cracked as you enter the perilous region of Rift Valley.

Next up you will embark on the steep climb into the perilous heights of Cathaysia Mountains. From here, you will head down into the final land of Pangea and the mysterious murky waters of the Gondwana Swamp.

The park also contains both indoor and outdoor play areas — the perfect place to tire out your adventurers whatever the weather may hold.

In Keeping with the theme, the Uproar! Playbarn will see your little ones have a scream of a time while you relax as they entertain themselves. Here, you can book a two hour slot separately from the wildlife park entry, and the cost is £8 for ages 3-12, £4 for ages 1-2, and £1 for adults. Uproar! Is open seven days a week.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

There’s the Evolution restaurant where you can eat amongst the reptiles and get to meet some baby dinosaurs too. The restaurant has an abandoned pirate ship for children to explore and staff even dress up as pirates creating the perfect entertainment.

There’s also a large cafe area with snacks, drinks and ice creams including a full dinosaur toy shop located on The Hive site, just a couple of doors along from the playbarn.

If you want to make a night of it, the newly-opened Hex Hotel is situated on the site just metres away from the wildlife park entrance — with many of the rooms boasting views out across the zoo.

If you’d like to book passes for Pangea — Discovery of Dinosaurs, or find out more, click 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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Billie Eilish announces FOUR Manchester shows as part of world tour

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Pop star Billie Eilish is coming to Manchester, with four dates confirmed at the new Co-op Live arena.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning pop icon will be playing Manchester’s newest arena on July 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd, 2025.

The dates are part of a full world tour taking place next year, in the wake of Hit Me Hard And Soft, her fourth studio album which is due out on May 17th.

The full UK dates:

  • 7 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 8 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 10 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 11 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 13 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 14 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 16 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 17 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 19 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 20 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 22 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 23 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester


Presale tickets go live tomorrow, Tuesday April 30th, at 12pm and are exclusive for Co-op members only.

To become a Co-op member, click HERE, and enjoy exclusive benefits.

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