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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

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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. 

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A huge pumpkin picking festival with pumpkin pizza and ice cream is starting this weekend

Guests will be able to stroll through three acres of home-grown pumpkins

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Pumpkin patch season is officially upon us and, to celebrate appropriately, a new patch is opening near Manchester this weekend.

Mrs. Dowsons Park Farm, located in Ribble Valley, Lancashire, will be relaunching its annual pumpkin patch with a number of exciting new additions.

As per pumpkin patch tradition, guests will be able to stroll through three acres of thousands of home-grown pumpkins, twelve of which are rare imported varieties. 

Each ticket includes one pumpkin to choose and take home, while guests wanting to take back a whole haul of the autumnal veg will be able to buy extra there and then on the patch.

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And new to the dairy farm this year will be a whole host of autumnal activities and attractions, including an interactive experience with the resident farm animals.

Mrs. Dowsons is passionate about giving children – and adults alike – the opportunity to see, touch and handle a variety of different farm animals, and the park has been built with that in mind. 

There will also be a cafe serving up a whole host of pumpkin-flavoured delights across the Pumpkin Festival, including warming pumpkin soup, pumpkin pizza, pumpkin pie punch and even pumpkin corn dogs.

And on the drinks side of things, the pumpkin theme continues, with a selection of pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pie ice cream, cinnamon ice cream and salted caramel apple pie.

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The family-run dairy farm is also known for making its own ice cream, too, using milk from its own cows to create delicious, refreshing desserts using no artificial ingredients or flavours.

Mrs. Dowsons’ Pumpkin Festival kick starts this Saturday (October 8th), and will run every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday October 30th.

Additionally, the Pumpkin Festival will be open for the full week of October 24th.

Get tickets here.

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The Black Friar is transforming into a magical winter tavern for Christmas

The tavern will boast roaring fires, cocktails and festive feasting

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The Black Friar pub is set to be transformed into a magical winter tavern with festive tipples and open fires this Christmas. 

The historic Salford pub – which reopened last year after standing derelict for nearly two decades – will provide a candlelit and cosy retreat complete with roaring fires, rugs and furs, ready for a season filled with warmth, nostalgia and festive feasting.

The Winter Tavern will boast the perfect space for celebrating Christmas with a selection of á la carte, festive dining and cocktail menus, providing plates of festive grazing and winter tipples. 

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The Black Friar has also partnered with Highland Park 12 Whisky to provide the drinks at the new Winter Tavern.

Distilled in the Scottish Orkney Islands – which is historically known as the ‘Viking Kingdom’ – Highland Park will be bringing its Celtic charm and expertly crafted spirits to the venue, giving guests the chance to warm up with cocktails and hot toddies on tap.

Additionally, the Tavern will be available for private hire throughout the festive period, with the space accommodating up to forty-five seated for the festive sit down menu.

It can also be booked out for canapés for a more casual affair, with a standing capacity of fifty-five people.

The Black Friar

The Winter Tavern comes complete with a full private bar, bathrooms and space for a DJ – which The Black Friar can help plan and provide entertainment for.

The Black Friar’s Winter Tavern will be open from November 21st, and bookings for tables and private hires are open NOW.

Get booked in here.

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A HUGE wine festival is coming to Manchester this weekend

10 independent wine traders will be bringing their very best vinos for guests to taste and sample across the event

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The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is set to host a HUGE wine festival with over 100 vinos to sample this weekend.

MFDF’s Wine Festival is set to take over the newly-refurbished New Century Hall, where a whole host of independent traders will showcase the very best vinos their wine lists have to offer.

Attendees will be able sip their way through some of the most exciting and interesting wines from across the globe, all carefully selected by the city’s best wine experts.

Guests will also get the chance to chat directly to some of the industry’s most passionate retailers, who will guide them through the vast selection of wines they have on offer.

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This year’s participating wine traders include Le-Social, Grape to Grain, Italy Abroad, Cork of the North, That Wine Cellar, Sip Wine Bar, UkiYo Republic, Ad-Hoc and Suppher.

A programme of tutored wine tastings and specialist masterclasses will also take place across the weekend, offering extra opportunities to delve into specific wine topics, themes and regions.

All the masterclasses are free to attend and come included in the ticket price.

As well as wine tutorials there will also be free flower workshops and even the chance for guests to try their hands at a spot of painting.

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Also at the festival this weekend will be a number of market stalls from some of the cities most beloved vendors, including Ancoats Coffee, Mello.Haus, Trafford Horticulture, MFDF Award-winner Dormouse Chocolates and Caroline Dowsett.

Additionally, there will be music provided by Babyflxcko and Lebo across the event, and the bar will be open throughout.

The MFDF Wine Festival is taking place this weekend from Friday October 7th (6-9pm) to Saturday October 8th (12-5pm and 6-9pm).

Tickets cost £16.99pp. Get yours booked here.

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