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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.

Escape to Freight Island

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.

Escape to 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.

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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£2.5bn ‘UK Disneyland’ will go ahead next year, theme park boss confirms

It will be the biggest theme park investment in Europe since Disneyland Paris

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London Resort

The ambitious theme park billed as the ‘UK Disneyland’ will be going ahead next year, the project’s boss has confirmed.

The huge theme park was originally announced in 2012, with hopes to be open to the public in 2019. However, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, disagreements by locals and wildlife protection laws, the opening date has been repeatedly pushed back.

But now, London Resort boss Py Gerbeau has confirmed that works will indeed be starting at the park next year, with plans to open by 2024.

London Resort

London Resort

Gerbeau said, as per Kent Online: “We remain committed to providing the examining authority with the new and updated documents as previously promised.

“We can also confirm, as previously indicated that we will be addressing the full range of issues in relation to time-dependant information being sufficiently current and will, as a matter of normal process in any examination, be supplementing our reports with additional information.”

He added that there will be no ‘material changes’ to the bid for the theme park to be built with ‘subtle’ design changes to protect the lands near the resort.

The 535-acre site, which will be located between Gravesend and Dartford just outside of London, will be the biggest brand new theme park investment in Europe since Disneyland Paris in 1992.

London Resort

London Resort

The theme park is reportedly working with BBC Studios, ITV and Paramount to build six different themed lands along with a water park, three hotels and a shopping district.

This includes ‘The Studios’, a warehouse district with blockbuster movie features, fairytale land ‘The Woods’ and King Arthur-themed ‘The Kingdom’. There will also be a futuristic land and a Jungle-themed land, as well as an area dedicated to dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures. 

Reports also suggest there will be two rollercoasters at the park, one of which will be the fastest in Europe reaching speeds in excess of 70mph.

Visit the London Resort website for more information.

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A Christmas Grotto with immersive performances from Santa and his elves is coming to Manchester

Mancunia is the Christmas fairy tale of our dreams…

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Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse will be transforming into Mancunia, a magical fairy tale land complete with immersive performances from Santa and his posse of elves.

Following its overwhelming success last year, The NQ Grotto will be making its grand return to give you and your family the perfect festive escape this Christmas with three theatre performances scheduled across the month.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

The grotto will give guests the opportunity to dance with the Ice Princess, have a singalong with Mrs Claus, enjoy story time with the Snow Queen, fun time with the brother and sister elves and of course, a chance to meet Santa himself.

The shows are perfect for the whole family, and guests can even grab comfortable floor cushions to sit together and truly immerse themselves in the world of Christmas.

Alongside the Grotto experience, there will also be food stalls in the atrium available with festive food and drink offerings courtesy of Ducie Street Warehouse.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

The NQ Grotto will be hosting sixty-minute sessions across three dates this month; Saturday December 11th, Saturday December 18th and Sunday December 19th, all at 10am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 3:14pm and 5pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for children and free for those under the age of two.

Get your tickets here.

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Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester and tickets are on sale now

Crepe City is back and you can get your hands on VIP tickets today…

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If nothing brings you joy quite like a fresh pair of trainers, you’ll be pleased to hear that Europe’s largest trainer festival is coming back to Manchester.

And, luckily for you, tickets for the event are on sale TODAY.

Crepe City experienced massive success when it last arrived in Manchester, with it bringing a massive selection of rare and exclusive shoes courtesy of over 150 traders, who each showcased the ‘rarest and most desirable’ pairs of trainers money can buy.

Crepe City

Crepe City

This time round, the event will be bringing its iconic traders back alongside a number of Manchester-based DJs, live performers, street food from local vendors and a bar sponsored by Manchester-born rum brand Rockstar Spirits.

The official event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.

“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.

“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented.”

Crepe City

Crepe City

Crepe City will be coming back to the Bowlers Exhibition Centre at Trafford Park on Sunday March 13th, 2022 from 11am-6pm, and tickets are on sale NOW.

Early bird standard tickets and VIP tickets – which get you early entry at 11am, one hour before general entry, and a drink on arrival – are both available to buy for £10 and £20 retrospectively.

Get your tickets booked here. 

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