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Manchester’s huge New Year’s Eve fireworks show will be held somewhere else this year

The perfect way to ring in the New Year…

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It’s been confirmed there will be a huge fireworks show to ring in the New Year in Manchester on December 31st, although it’ll be held in a different location.

Manchester City Council confirmed the news, and by the sounds of things it’s going to be mint.

The major public fireworks celebration is usually held at Albert Square, but will be moving this year due to refurbishment work.

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After the success of the Christmas lights switch-on earlier this month, the New Year’s Eve event will take place in the same spot at the end of Deansgate, just next to Manchester Cathedral.

The event promises to be a family friendly extravaganza, but if you fancy a pint you’re in for disappointment as there will be strictly no alcohol allowed.

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This year it’s going to kick off around 10.30pm on Tuesday December 31st (obviously), with music and a big screen for the crowds.

After that the big countdown will begin, accompanied by a 10-minute fireworks display over the city.

And of course the best part is the whole thing is free, so get yourself down early to bag a good spot.

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A magical new woodland adventure park with treehouses, mazes and slides is opening next month

Tickets are available now

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BeWILDerwood Cheshire is set to open on April 12th after being set back for almost a year due to coronavirus.

Based on the BeWILDerwood book series by Tom Blofeld, the adventure sites feature aerial ropewalks, climbing wales and even mazes high up in the treetops. 

The first adventure site opened in Norfolk over 13 years ago and the Cheshire site was originally supposed to open in May 2020 but has been pushed back until now. 

The 70-acre forest will feature over ten giant structures to run ‘WILD’ on.

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BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood

Author and BeWILDerwood founder Tom said of the original 2020 launch: “Following the success of our Norfolk site which has been bringing joy to families for over 13 years now, we are thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for BeWILDerwood Cheshire.

“It has been in development for 3 years following enormous customer demand, and we look forward to customers from all over the North-West of England, and further afield coming to our amazing new site.

“BeWILDerwood really is a breath of fresh air compared to other attractions, and we are unique in our approach to play, with no noisy rides, no electronics, and no junk food. We can’t wait until we open our Wonky Wooden Gates on May 23rd and welcome all of our loyal and new customers to the wonderful world of BeWILDerwood.”

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Plans for a huge new water park resort with swim-up bar just over an hour from Manchester

This looks very proper good

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Amber Rock Resort

There’s plans for a huge new water park resort, complete with hotel, zip-line and pool with a swim-up bar, just over an hour’s drive from Manchester.

Plans for the new water park resort could be submitted to Derbyshire County Council as soon as April for the new development.

Public consultation on the proposals is now underway with construction estimates coming in at around five years by developers Hillcrest (Crich) Limited. 

The resort called ‘Amber Rock Resort’ would take over the derelict 44-acre Crich Quarry just north of the Derbyshire village.

Amber Rock Resort

The resort will feature a giant indoor water park as well as a 166-bed hotel, 148 straw bale lodges – seven of which will float on the quarry lake – and 210-holiday apartments.

Some of the quarry faces will be turned into climbing walls. There will also be a zip-line running across the site from a viewing platform on the top of the quarry. Visitors can also expect a bowling alley, shops, a restaurant, swim-up bar and a sports hall.

The waterpark will be built across two levels and feature the usual waterslide, raft ride, lazy river and outdoor pool as well as the rather tropical addition of a swim-up bar.

The website hosting the consultation reads: “Combining a mix of eco-friendly accommodation and exciting leisure activities, our vision for Amber Rock will restore the old quarry set within this beautiful rural backdrop, preserve its heritage, and boost the local economy.

“We want the Amber Rock resort to become an asset for the community.

Amber Rock Resort

“The Amber Rock resort will actually increase the environmental value of the area through improved biodiversity and added landscape amenities.

“Celebrating the unique features and history of its location, Amber Rock will also preserve the local environment and protect the community for years to come, ensuring the site will never be used for mineral extraction or future industrial use.

“Plus, a unique mix of leisure activities suitable all year round, making it a destination with the community at its heart and somewhere to create unforgettable memories.

“Amber Rock’s diverse facilities will actively encourage longer stays to reduce the number of day trips, while specific check-in/check-out times will be applied to reduce effects of peak traffic flow. We’ll also arrange various shuttle buses to transport guests to local attractions.

“Our vision is also about restoring this beautiful setting. Carefully designed to blend into the stunning rural landscape, and to be constructed using locally sourced and sustainable materials where possible, it will deliver minimal visual impact beyond the quarry.”

Amber Rock Resort

The project will be built using many of the materials from the quarry itself and generate 200 jobs. The resort will also have 100 full-time and part-time staff once open.

The developers explain that extensive work has been carried out to assess the impact of traffic on the village of Crich itself, the nearby tramway village and Sherwood Foresters Monument.

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The ‘biggest ever’ ’90s pop throwback concert is coming to Manchester this year

JUST A LITTLE bit excited for this

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Everybody Get Up there’s a new ’90s pop ‘throwback’ concert that is coming to Manchester with a huge lineup of stars!

‘The biggest live pop show of the decade‘ is getting prepped to return, following prime minister Boris Johnson’s unveiling of the potential return of large events later this year.

By June 21st at the earliest, all limits on social contact could be lifted and what better way to celebrate than with a massive 90s themed party?! 

Featuring 18 huge artists such as Peter Andre, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, Damage, S Club 7, Blazin’ Squad and more all under one roof you know you’re in for a cracking night. 

90s Baby POP is scheduled for September 18th, 2021, with 6,000 people allowed to attend the event at B.E.C arena. 

The unmissable event says: “bring back some of your favourite nostalgic memories from the 90’s era, as well as recreating those unforgettable moments one more.

“Expect breathtaking productions, spectacular SFX shows and live performances all evening.”

Tickets are on sale now – you can grab them here

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