Escape to Freight Island has confirmed the next stage of its development over at Depot Mayfield, and it sounds like it’s going to get even more exciting.
Following a hugely successful launch and summer, Escape to Freight Island has announced the next stage of the unique destination’s evolution: The Ticket Hall.
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.
Co-creator Luke Cowdrey said: “When we launched Platform 15 at Escape to Freight Island this summer, we created one of the most forward-thinking venues of its time, in this country.
“It’s a place of positivity; somewhere that people can safely meet with their family and friends and experience some of the most beautifully crafted food and drink with world-class entertainment.
“The Ticket Hall is the next phase in our long and interesting journey developing Escape to Freight Island.”
James Heather, the Development Director at U+I for the Mayfield Partnership, added: “The extraordinary success of Escape to Freight Island this summer has underlined Mayfield’s role as an outstanding location for culture and entertainment.
“With Freight Island expanding further into Depot Mayfield, we’re excited to welcome yet more visitors to enjoy this distinctive space and contribute to the soulful regeneration of Mayfield.”
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”.
Platform 15 is set to change even further, and more information regarding this will be announced soon.
In the meantime, you can get booked in here.
Printworks is giving away more prizes at another huge interactive quiz next week
Calling all quiz experts…
Manchester’s number one entertainment venue Printworks is putting on some big interactive quizzes this month.
Printworks is officially ‘Open for Quizness’ with the launch of the two online game shows offering the chance to win £500 worth of prizes, as well as the chance for one lucky Mancunian to be crowned the city’s ultimate quiz champion.
When looking back over the last year, quizzes will be remembered for keeping us entertained and connected with our loved ones.
So in celebration of the Printworks reopening on May 17th, the venue is hosting two interactive events in partnership with local game developers Piing.
The first one happened on Tuesday, May 4th, and went down a storm, delivering hours of top class quiz-based entertainment – as well as prizes.
The next one is happening next week, on Tuesday May 11th at 6:30pm, and Manchester is invited to pick up its phones and meet friends, family or colleagues on the leaderboard.
This isn’t just any old online quiz, and whether you’re at home with a takeaway, in the park or in a beer garden, you can join in for the chance to win prizes including vouchers to spend in your favourite Printworks destination – as well as a few booby prizes.
Jason Shay, Centre Director at Printworks, said: “Over the last 20 years, Printworks has been the number one destination for entertaining family and friends with fun-filled days and vibrant nights out.
“We’re looking forward to hosting the quiz to end all quizzes to treat our much-loved and loyal customers ahead of the reopening of our indoor venues from the 17th May.”
There’ll be five quiz rounds to take part in including Food and Drink, British Pop Culture and Manchester, with a sports round to discover if Manchester is truly Red or Blue.
You can even make a night of it with some takeaway scran from Nando’s, Hard Rock Café or Wasabi. Wagamama and Hard Rock Café are also open for outdoor drinks and dining, although you’re best prebooking a table.
To take part in the quiz live you can visit the website here on your mobile (or desktop).
Here’s what you can win:
- 1st Prize: £150 spending spree at Printworks – to be spent in a venue of choice
- 2nd Prize: £50 to spend at a Printworks venue of choice
- 3rd Prize: £25 to spend at a Printworks venue of choice
To find out more about future Printworks quizzes, head over to their website here.
A load of Marvel and DC superheroes have appeared in the Trafford Centre
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Superhero fans are in for a treat as several of them have appeared down at the Trafford Centre.
Both big and little superhero fans will be able to head down to the shopping centre and get photos with their heroes.
Whether you prefer Marvel or DC, there’s a range of different characters from both currently down at Barton Square.
Seven superheroes have descended on the venue, including Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.
The characters are free to visit.
The Trafford Centre posted about the event on Instagram and Twitter, saying: “Have you seen the latest visitors to Barton Square?
“Don’t miss your chance to visit 7 superheroes including Hulk, Iron Man, Aquaman and more. They won’t be here for long so don’t miss out on your #SuperheroSelfie!”
The post has proved popular, with hundreds of people liking and commenting on it in just a few hours.
Responding to someone on Instagram, the Trafford Centre confirmed that the superheroes will be in Barton Square until Sunday May 23rd.
An immersive ‘Fawlty Towers’ dining experience is happening this summer
Make sure you don’t miss this at The Bowdon Rooms
Fawlty Towers is an iconic piece of British television history, and has had audiences in stitches ever since it first aired in the 1970s.
Now you can live out an authentic Basil Fawlty dining experience at ‘Faulty Towers’, an immersive restaurant event which is happening at The Bowdon Rooms this summer.
The audience will become diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant, and pretty much anything can happen – with 70% of the show being improvised.
The fun starts as guests wait to be seated, before two-hours of jokes and shambolic service ensue, as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a ‘70s-style three-course meal together with a good dollop of mayhem.
Internationally acclaimed, Faulty Towers was born in April 1997 as a loving tribute to the BBC’s much-loved TV series, and nearly a million people around the world have now seen it.
As of 2019, 11 teams of cast working from England and Australia tour around 20 countries a year performing it – the show is in its eighth year in London’s West End, where it holds TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
It’s won rave reviews as well, with The Advertiser at Adelaide Fringe saying: “A solid two hours of madness and a fantastic tribute to the much-loved BBC sitcom that leaves you bursting in laughter”.
Broadway Baby at Edinburgh Fringe called it ‘Outrageously funny’, while Best of Toronto, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts added: “Hilarious… catch it before it leaves”.
The ticket price includes a three course meal, and special dietary requirements must be made directly with the venue a minimum of one week before the event.
It’s coming to The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday June 20th 2021, with events at 12:00pm and 17:00pm.
You can grab your tickets here – for bookings of 10 or more you’ll need to contact the venue directly.
Located in Bowdon, Altrincham, The Bowdon Rooms is an example of stunning Edwardian architecture with Art Deco influences in the immaculate interior.
Dating back to 1903, the award-winning venue is a great choice for exclusive events with its abundance of old style charm and grandeur, authentic character and beautiful features.