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Manchester is getting the UK’s biggest outdoor heated winter market this Christmas

Christmas is saved!

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Escape to Freight Island

The sad but inevitable news that the Manchester Christmas Markets have officially been cancelled was announced today.

While some people will be absolutely gutted about this, fear not, there is still some hope for the festive season in Manchester this year.

Escape To Freight Island has announced the next stage of its evolution at Depot Mayfield this week, revealing that the new Winter Island markets will join The Ticket Hall.

You can expect family-friendly enchantment and festive food, drink and entertainment this Christmas, when Winter Island opens its doors on Thursday November 12th.

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When it opens, Winter Island will become the UK’s largest fully outdoor, heated winter market, with a 45ft Christmas tree and a massive 1500sqft garden tent full of festive traders and stalls to get you in the Christmas spirit.

The likes of Great North Pie, a bratwurst grill, traditional hog roast, a mulled wine and hot cider hut, local chocolatier and artisanal cheese stall will be in attendance, to keep you fed and watered.

This is just some of what you can expect at Winter Island:

  • Traditional Hog Roast
  • A Mulled Wine and Hot Cider Hut
  • A Local Chocolatier
  • An Artisan Cheese Stall
  • Winter Ice Curling Rink
  • Hot Chip and Alfos
  • Just The Tonic Comedy Nights
  • A Festival No.6 Take Over
  • A Big Brass Band
  • Disney Singalong
  • A Stunning Installation Feature By Lightopia
  • A Huge 45ft Christmas Tree

Escape to Freight Island recently confirmed the first part of its new development over at Depot Mayfield, following a hugely successful launch and summer, revealing The Ticket Hall – which opens on October 30th and will see the venue double in capacity.

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.

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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.

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”.

You can get booked in for the Ticket Hall and Winter Island here.

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There’s a Halloween-themed fancy dress competition for dogs this weekend

It’s Howl’oween…

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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.

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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

 

 

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A bottomless bingo brunch with naked butlers is coming to Manchester

Eyes down!!

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Erm hello…

Let’s hope all those years you’ve been going to bingo with your gran finally pay off!

The UK’s favourite game has been reimagined for 2020 with the help of everyone’s favourite Boy Toy Butlers.

Taking over one the Gay Villages’ favourites, On Bar, the Grand game of Bingo will be the focus for one crazy afternoon. 

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Not just that, the lads will also be bringing along 2 very special guests with them, London and Manchester’s biggest drag queens: Kitty Scott Claus and Donna Trump.

There’s plenty of prizes up for grabs throughout the evening – so keep your eyes down (as much as you can). 

The menu is designed to cater for all, so you can expect corn chips and fresh homemade salsa dip on arrival, plus a brunch dish of your choice.

You also get one and a half hours of bottomless bubbles, making that a total of four hours of cheeky entertainment. 

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Oh, and did we mention the buff Toy Boys will wait on you hand and foot throughout it all?

It’s all happening Saturday, November 14th and Saturday, December, 12th. There are two slots each day, the first at 12:30pm and second at 5pm.

Live entertainment and bottomless bubbles will start from 1:30pm. Tickets will set you back £43.95 per person.

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There’s a Mamma Mia-themed bottomless brunch coming to Manchester next weekend

Gimme Gimme Gimme!

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Calling all you ABBA fans there’s a Mamma Mia inspired musical brunch coming to Manchester next weekend and it’s BOTTOMLESS!

If you think you know everything there is to know about the Mamma Mia films, put your knowledge to the test on this boozy brunch club!

There will be quizzes and plenty of prizes to be won so… take a chance on Revolution for one night and one night only… you can be Donna and the Dynamoooooos! 

For grub, you can opt for the Brunch Grill, Gluten-Free Brunch Grill, Avocado Brunch or a sweet Blueberry, Bannaan and Nutella Pancake dish.

And to wash it all down there’s plenty of choices to drink from Aperol Spritz to Bloody Mary’s and Prosecco.

There will even be prizes for the best competition, so get out the flares, blonde wigs and platform boots baby we’re going back to the 70s!!!

There will be plenty of Mamma Mia songs throughout the quiz and while you eat. Plus you’ll even get your very own microphone to take home. Tickets start at £35. 

So warm up those vocal cords and slip on some flares! Gimme Gimme Gimme tickets

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