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.
The best Autumnal walks for this weekend
Get wrapped up!
There is something about Autumnal crisp walks, especially when the skies are super blue and the colourful leaves are falling.
With the majority of our time being spent at home indoors at the moment, it’s important we take some time to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors.
Greater Manchester undoubtedly has some of the best walks in the North West with some stunning jaw-dropping views.
Make some time for these stunning walks this winter season and enjoy a nice warm mulled wine after – it is the season after all!
Saddleworth Cycle & Horse Trail
Considered to be the posher part of Oldham, Saddleworth is located on the cusp of the Pennines, with stunning landscapes, beautiful nature and some of the best walks Greater Manchester has to offer.
You’re in true God’s Country here, with the valley stretching all around you. I also highly recommend a walk down the canal in Diggle, and if they’re open – a visit
to the excellent Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream for a scoop or five.
Download a trail map here.
Located in the heart of good old Bolton, Rivington is a large rural area full of some of the most stunning woodland views. With impressive stone-built stairs and outbuildings and the shabby waterfall cascading slowly down the rock face it’s not what you expect to see in Bolton, more like Bali (maybe that’s a little extreme), especially with the charming views of the Japanese inspired pond & gardens.
Keep on winding upwards and your goal will come clearly into view, the landmark Grade II listed Pike Tower sitting proudly at the summit. It’s definitely a climb, but it’s worth it, especially when you get to see the views at the top, and for the insta obv.
A short trip from east Stockport you’ll find a peaceful walk and a very charming chapel. For anybody who’s local to Stockport will know that it’s not exactly country walk territory, however just 10 minutes out the way you’ll find Chadkirk Chapel and Estate.
The walk itself is pretty easy and certainly children and dog friendly! During this time of year all the leaves are falling and if you look up the colours are beautiful.
Derwent Reservoir, The Peak District, the walk itself is a whopping 16KM however if you’re short for time there is the option to rent bikes to speed things up a little. Not only stunning views, but there’s also a little history held at Derwent Res, about 10 minutes into the walk you’ll pass The Howden Dam, used by Lancaster Bomber pilots to practise bombing runs and targeting.
They also created the ‘Bouncing Bomb’ for the 1943 raid of the dams on the German Ruhr. Wrap up for this one, with being right on the water you’ll need hat, scarfs, gloves, the lot!
Heading a little further up North, just past Bolton, you’ll find The Entwistle Reservoir. On a crisp autumnal sunny day, you’ll feel like you’ve just hopped off a plane and landed in Canada, no joke.
The views over the water are completely breath-taking. Surrounded by rows and rows of woodland and trees the walk is only around 2.5miles long. A quick heads up, it can be super busy at the weekends and the parking can be a little manic so either get their early or park a little further up the road.
Whilst you’re there grab yourself some serious pub grub and a pint from The Starbury Duck just 5 minutes up the road.
A terrifying Horror Maze is coming to Manchester this weekend
Can you handle it?
There’s a terrifying scare attraction happening this weekend and it’s Covid and social distancing friendly!
If 2020 wasn’t scary enough for you, there’s a dark and horrifying maze waiting for you this weekend.
Into the Dark is an immersive experience that promises to be utterly terrifying and says ‘be prepared to scream like never before’.
There will be four terrifying maze arenas that will give you a glimpse into the twisted minds of iconic horror legends.
If you think you’re brave enough, there will even be an ‘Extreme Zone’.
Tickets start at £22 for the four scare zones and £33 for a chance to head into the Extreme Zone if you think you can handle it.
You’ll get 30-minutes to enjoy the truly terrifying experience with sessions split into smaller blocks to ensure government guidelines are abided.
You have to be over 14 to enter or over 18 to buy the Extreme tickets.
There’s a Halloween-themed fancy dress competition for dogs this weekend
Hatch has confirmed their alternative Halloween celebration which sees a fancy dress competition for your dog will be going ahead for this year!
It will look a little different this year with social distancing measures and curfews in place but there is still plenty of fun to be had for you and your pooch.
This will mark the third year of Howl’oween which will be taking place this Saturday, October 31st.
The Hatch team will be on the lookout for the best-dressed pooch, so get them dolled up with their best clobber.
The first 50 people down on the day will be treated to a ghoulish goodie bag full of sweet treats.
Dress up is encouraged for both dogs and owners – there will even be prizes for the best-dressed human. Howl’oween kicks off at 11am and will finish at 9:30pm, just in time for the curfew.
So if you think your four-legged friend has got what it takes to be crowned the Spooky Pooch 2020 head down this weekend!
Find out more here.