Explore Manchester’s hidden underground world from the comfort of your home
Dive into what’s lurking beneath the city…
It’s no secret that there is a whole tunnel world underneath Manchester city centre. From bomb shelters to subterranean canals there’s a lot lurking below the surface…
A number of people have ventured down there and one person, Mark Crossfield has mapped the hidden tunnels which you can see here.
Manchester historian Ed Glinert even offers tours of the tunnels but like most things, they’ve been put on hold in the pandemic.
Fear not though – they’re now on ZOOM baby!
The first of its kind event has been selling out so fast they’ve had to add new dates. You can get your hands on tickets for two upcoming events still though, on Friday February 12th and Saturday February 20th (this one is nearly sold out).
The overview explains: “Explore in ravishing detail, with all the relevant pictures, the places you’d love to get down to but can’t anymore, thanks to meticulous and eye-opening research Manchester’s leading historian.
“We will take you to:
- Manchester’s biggest World War II air-raid shelter: Still there, rotting away, complete with war-time relics.
- The underground Manchester & Salford Junction Canal: From its open-air source, through to its submerged section where the water resolutely refuses to go away – what a story.
- The atomic bunker that stretches for four miles under George Street, Piccadilly Gardens and Market Street that was built at a time of government paranoia.
- The massive space under Manchester Cathedral, complete with toilets, stairs, space for bunk beds.
- Manchester’s half-hearted attempts to create a proper underground tube system – where did it all go wrong?
- Not forgetting the underground streams and rivers”
Tickets will set you back just £8.75 for the over an hour-long virtual event. You can find more info and book tickets here.
The Black Friar hosting HUGE Easter egg hunt to raise money for kid’s cancer charity
This looks eggcellent!
The Black Friar is hosting an Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ family-fun day with plenty of child friendly activities and a spring menu for all to enjoy.
The Black Friar pub in Salford will be holding an Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ family-fun day next month in their award-winning spring garden.
The jam-packed, fun-filled day will take place on Saturday April 8th between 10am and 2pm, with two time slots available to book at the historic landmark, located on the corner of Blackfriars Road.
The day will be in support of Kidscan, a local children’s cancer research charity, also based in Salford. Kidscan invests in research dedicated to either improving existing treatments for childhood cancers, developing new drug delivery systems, or finding the next generation of targeted treatments.
The Black Friar wrote: “We’re extremely grateful and excited to be working with this wonderful charity – we hope your support will aid and raise more awareness of their work.”
The event will include a chocolate Easter egg hunt, kids’ DJ, charity tombola, bubble blowing, arts and crafts table, face painting and more, all aimed to keep your little ones entertained while you enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weather in the Black Friar’s lovely spring garden.
The outdoor kitchen and bar will be open serving freshly made flatbreads, breakfast rolls, juices and coffee as well as alcoholic beverages — in case you feel like treating yourself to a little tipple over the long weekend.
Bookings are also available for lunch if you want to make a day of it and enjoy the spring a la carte menu.
Dishes on the seasonal menu will include crispy pork belly with pineapple, slaw and commit fat chips, braised octopus, black eyed bean and chorizo feijoada and pimiento, and spinach and seitan cannelloni with salsa verde, and a pine nut, lemon and herb crumb – plus its famous pies.
There’s also a ‘little tuckers’ kids’ menu with favourites like mac and cheese, chipolatas, nachos and chocolatey desserts. The Black Friar wrote: “Bring your bunnies down for a hopping good time at our jam-packed family-fun day!”
Book your tickets here.
Date: Saturday 8 April
Venue: The Black Friar Salford
Times: Either 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm
Price: £3 adults, £2 kids
Celebrate the mums in your life with something special from Selfridges this Mother’s Day
Hurry, it’s not too late to sort something special for Mother’s Day!
For this Mother’s Day celebrate the mums in your life with a special gift or experience at Selfridges.
Selfridges, based in both Manchester’s Exchange Square and the Trafford Centre, has it all covered with a range of ideas to suit every mother figure this March 19th.
At Selfridges Exchange Square you can shower her with love by gifting her a special bouquet of seasonal blooms. Frog Flowers — with a shop based in the Northern Quarter — will be selling a variety of beautiful bunches perfect for gifting from now until Sunday 19th.
If you want to treat yourself or the mother figure in your life there’s a Beauty and Fragrance Workshop from now until Saturday 18th with some of the best-loved brands. On Friday 17th you can celebrate with Armani for a Spring Glow Masterclass, starting from 12.30pm, 4.30pm and 6pm.
To introduce the new launch of My Way Parfum — an extension of one of its bestselling fragrances — the designer brand will be showcasing a fresh spring look inspired by the bottle and the iconic Armani glow products, including its brand-new eye tints.
Tickets are £10. (Please note, the price of your ticket is fully redeemable against products purchased on the day). Please call 0161 838 0613 to book now.
On Saturday 18th, Dior city artist Vicky O’Connor will be hosting a masterclass showcasing the new Dior collection along with a Fragrance Experience to celebrate Mother’s Day. A soft everyday look will be created using nude and rose tones.
The glow-up will be linked with Dior Prestige Skincare, using rose at its heart and inspired by the relaunch of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet fragrance packaging. Tickets are £35. (Please note, the price of your ticket is fully redeemable against any products purchased on the day). Please call 0161 838 0636, or email email@example.com to book now.
You can book online for any of the events held at Selfridges Exchange Square here.
Selfridges at the Trafford Centre will also be holding Beauty and Fragrance Workshops using some favourite brands, available now until Saturday 18th.
On Friday 17th at 3pm, head over to Keihl’s and discover the famous pharmacy-feel skincare products. Learn all about the natural and effective formulas of favourite products, including the Midnight Recovery and Super Multi Corrective collection. Tickets are £10 and fully redeemable against any Kiehl’s products. Call 0161 629 1146 to book now.
Musical entertainment will be playing from 12-5pm, creating an upbeat shopping experience with a DJ set across the accessories and beauty department, while you shop ‘til you drop over the Mother’s Day weekend.
It’s not Mother’s Day without perfectly picked blooms so you’ll be pleased to hear the Frog Flowers are also found on the lower level, supplying some of the most exquisite blooms to make her feel special and appreciated.
The ‘new mum’ experience will include a day of pampering and much needed ‘you time’, plus the chance to buy something special for your little one.
You can enjoy a personalised blow-dry in your preferred style at natural hair care brand Aveda, a luxurious facial by the experts at Dermalogica, and a one-on-one consultation with a children’s brand specialist and £50 gift card. Price: £135. Book now here.
And, if you’re looking for something to do together — held at both its Exchange Square and Trafford Centre stores — Selfridges is offering a Beauty Concierge for Mother’s Day. The Mum and Me package will cost £80 for 1hour 30minutes. So you can make the day extra special with a makeover for you and your lovely mum. You can book this now here.
Hurry, it’s not too late to sort something special for Mother’s Day!
Sneaker festival with ‘rarest and most exclusive’ trainers happening this weekend
Grab a ticket and check out the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers and streetwear!
Crepe City Sneaker Festival lands in Manchester this weekend — hurry, there’s still some tickets left!
The huge selection of top brands will certainly impress as you can expect to see the best trainer vendors from around the city, bringing with them some of the most exclusive and rare sports shoes and streetwear you can find to Trafford Park on Sunday 19th March.
Throughout the day, guests will enjoy the ultimate shopping experience with a live guest host and DJs pumping out the tunes while you browse in style.
The day will also include a bar to quench your thirst, and local street food vendors supplying a variety of tasty goods for you to sink your teeth into while you shop til you drop.
The official event page reads: “The Crepe City Sneaker Festival returns to Manchester! Expect to see the city’s best sneaker vendors bringing the rarest and most exclusive pairs of sneakers as well as the hottest in streetwear.
“You can also find some of the best and most varied street food on site, as well as live performances and a DJ playing throughout the day. There’s a good reason Crepe City is the leading sneaker event in Europe. Get your tickets for the Crepe City Manchester Sneaker Festival!”
Crepe City will make its return to Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park on Sunday March 19th, 12-5pm. Standard tickets cost £12.50, get yours while you can HERE.