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Kids go free at massive Lego exhibition in Manchester this month

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Art of the Brick

If you’re looking for a way to get the kids out of the house this half term, we’ve got the perfect thing for you.

For two weeks this February, the Art of the Brick is doing free tickets for children with every paying adult.

The globally renowned Lego touring exhibition opened in Manchester last November, and boasts nearly 100 pieces of art.

Art of the Brick

Created by award-winning artist Nathan Sawaya, Art of the Brick showcases a whole load of stunning sculptures made up of more than a million Lego bricks.

The exhibition has spent the last five years touring the world, and will be residing in Manchester until April 2020.

Sawaya said: “My goal with this exhibition, when it first debuted in 2007, was to elevate this simple plaything to a place it had never been before.

“I use Lego bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home.

“The museum exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts.”

Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick is being held at Unit 5 in the Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester, and prices currently start from £9.50 for children and £14.50 for adults, while concessions get in for £12.00 and a family of four for £42.00.

However, if you book online to go between Monday February 10th and Sunday February 23rd, you’ll get one free child’s ticket with every paying adult ticket.

Head over to the ticket site here for more info and to take advantage of the offer.

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Tickets for Manchester Pride 2021 are now on sale

They start from as little as £7.50

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Following the news last week that Manchester Pride is planning to go ahead with a physical festival this year, tickets are now on sale.

The event is a chance for LGBTQ+ people and their allies to come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester, and will take place over the August Bank holiday.

Tickets went on sale today, Thursday March 4th, at 9am, with the festival launching tickets for all the events across the weekend.

Mark Fletcher, CEO for Manchester Pride, said: “Manchester Pride Festival is one of the world’s leading celebrations of LGBTQ+ life.

“The Festival is made up of a number of events, some are free to attend and some require you to purchase a ticket. Our events fall under the six key strands of the Festival: Equality, Arts and Culture, Community, Party, Activism and Youth and Family.

“A huge thanks goes out to those who purchase tickets to attend our events. Because of you, we can continue to support and empower LGBTQ+ people all year round.

“Find out more about the work of that charity and how your support helps to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people on our website.”

Rainbow passes, which allow access to the Manchester Pride Festival as well as four days at the Gay Village party, start at £38.50 for a day or £69.50 for the weekend, and Gay Village Party tickets are £15 for one day or £22.50 for all four days.

New to this year is the introduction of Low Income Tickets, which are reserved for participants on a limited income.

The Low Income Ticket Programme offers a reduced ticket price of 50%, and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis up to June 30th – or until they have sold out, whichever comes first.

These tickets are available for both the Gay Village Party and MCR Pride Live, and due to there being a limited number of Low Income Tickets available, they are restricted for Greater Manchester residents only.

To qualify for the Low Income Ticket Programme, attendees will need to provide evidence of one of the following:

  • Universal Credit 
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

They will start at £22.50 for a Rainbow Day Pass or £39.75 for the weekend, and £7.50 and £12.50 for Gay Village Party tickets – more information on how to apply can be found on Manchester Pride’s website.

Tickets are on sale now, for more info and to grab some head over to the website here.

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A family-friendly dinosaur jungle adventure land is coming to Greater Manchester

The perfect socially-distanced family day out!

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The social-distanced outdoor dino adventure in Hyde is set to reopen this spring following the lifting of restrictions.

Families loved Totally Roarsome when it opened to the public in the middle of last year once restrictions were eased.

Created in an untouched woodland in Hyde, the trail featured dinosaurs, jungle animals and Arctic creatures as well as a couple of superheroes, pirates and cartoon characters too. 

Named as one of the safest attractions for the family in Greater Manchester, families have been eagerly awaiting the news as to when the adventure will reopen after closure during the cold winter. 

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The attraction has officially announced that it will be reopening for the Easter Holidays following Boris’ latest announcement.

Announcing on social media, Totally Roarsome wrote: “Enter into Jurassic Land, then onto the Jungle and once you’ve encountered our dinosaurs, lions, and tigers, it’s off on a Bear Hunt.

“Then take a trip through the Wild West and head down the rabbit hole into Alice’s Wonderland, before making your way into Neverland, where there are pirates everywhere you turn.

“Then we are off to the world of superheroes [where] Batman, Superman and Spiderman will all be there to greet you, before finally wandering through our fantasy land with dragons, unicorns and knights of the realm.

“With Dinosaurs, unicorns and superheroes all on the same day, what else do you need?”

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The attraction now has a new home at Mottram Hall with strict Covid restrictions in place to ensure the safety of guests. 

Tickets are on sale now and will set you back £7.95 (plus a £1.50 booking fee per transaction). They must be booked in advance to enable for monitoring of numbers to follow the Covid-safety precautions and social distancing measures.

Find out more information and book your tickets here

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Manchester Pride confirms the festival will be happening this year

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Manchester Pride has today confirmed the good news that it will be going ahead this year.

Plans for a physical festival to celebrate LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester are coming together for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The charity is planning to hold the Manchester Pride Festival, in partnership with Virgin Atlantic, in its regular spot from Friday August 27th until Monday August 30th. 

On Monday Boris Johnson outlined England’s roadmap out of lockdown, with the plan that live events will be able return this summer. 

But with the pandemic always front of mind, Manchester Pride has revealed that it has alternative exciting plans which can be activated if the proposed dates for the roadmap out of lockdown change.

The four day event, which brings thousands of people to the city centre each year, is set to return for another weekend of campaigning, celebrating and fundraising for LGBTQ+ life, featuring activism, equality, youth and family, arts and culture, community and partying.

The team behind the festival is working towards a programme of events that includes all of the traditional elements, with some tweaks and allowances for the new restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The biggest difference will be a reduced capacity MCR Pride Live, which in response to audience feedback will be held at a smaller venue to ensure that the event is accessible, safe and viable. 

To ensure the safety and comfort of festival-goers, artists and the Manchester Pride team the event’s capacity will be reduced by 50% – the venue will be revealed later this year.

Manchester Pride Festival 2021 will be made up of:

  • THE GAY VILLAGE PARTY, 27th–30th August 2021
  • MCR PRIDE LIVE, 28th– 29th August 2021
  • MANCHESTER PRIDE PARADE, 28th August 2021
  • THE CANDLELIT VIGIL, 30th August 2021
  • SUPERBIA WEEKEND, 28th- 29th August 2021
  • HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM, 29th August 2021
  • YOUTH PRIDE MCR, 29th August 2021
  • FAMILY PRIDE MCR, 28th August 2021
  • + MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, said: “Manchester Pride is proud to part of a global Pride movement that celebrates advancements in equality and challenges discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ people. As both a charity and organisers one of the UK’s largest Pride festivals, we had to fight for our survival throughout 2020.

“Having to postpone the Manchester Pride Festival in 2020 was necessary but extremely hard for myself and the team and I am so pleased that we are able to plan for an event in 2021. Naturally there is some uncertainty over what will happen in the coming months but we have to plan now in order to be able to deliver a festival of this scale.

“We are confident that by reducing the capacity of MCR Pride Live we can deliver the event, as long as the government’s plans for vaccinations and reopening of events and hospitality remain on track. With the health and safety of everyone involved our key priority, we remain cautiously optimistic and have plans in place to respond to a number of potential scenarios.

“Whatever happens Manchester Pride will deliver a celebration of LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester this August and we will do everything we can to make it a Covid safe, live, in person event across the city. 

“If this just isn’t possible then we will host an alternative, innovative, world class celebration that incorporates socially distanced events and digital elements to ensure that LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester can come together to celebrate and ensure that our campaign for greater LGBTQ+ equality continues at this vital time.”

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic added: “We’re delighted that the Manchester Pride Festival is back for 2021 uniting people to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture. It’s been a difficult year for everyone and we look forward to working with Mark and the team to bring this much-loved festival safely back to the heart of Manchester.

“Virgin Atlantic has long been staunch supporters of LGBTQ+ rights and we strongly believe in making our business as inclusive and welcoming as possible. Although we haven’t been flying as many passengers as we’d like over the last year, we certainly haven’t been sitting still. 

“We are working with Open for Business to show the economic impact that anti-LGBTQ+ laws have on countries around the world and how these laws restrict tourism and limit growth.  In a post-Covid world, as travel and tourism recovers, it’s more important than ever for destinations to be open and welcoming to everyone.  

“It’s an exciting time for us and as travel restrictions relax, we look forward to welcoming people back onboard Virgin Atlantic, flying them safely from Manchester to their favourite destinations including  Orlando, Barbados, New York , Los Angeles, Islamabad and Atlanta.”

Tickets for all events, from Superbia Weekend to Youth Pride MCR, will be released over the next few months so keep your eyes peeled.

For those who bought tickets for the events due to take place in 2020, tickets were automatically rolled over to 2021. 

Should the event be cancelled or rescheduled, all tickets will be automatically rolled over to 2022, and anyone who doesn’t want to roll forward their ticket will have the option for a refund at face value. 

For more information about the festival, head over to the website here.

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