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Muppet Christmas Carol screening with live orchestra coming to Manchester

The screening will be extra special alongside a fantastic orchestra

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One of the best-loved Christmas films will be screened alongside a live orchestra here in Manchester to create the most magical experience for families this December.

We’ve not had Halloween yet but we know the Christmas countdown is just around the corner as seasonal gifts and decorations fill the aisles of shops and festive dates have already come flooding in.

It’s almost that time where we check the TV schedule, plan what to watch and get in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol, from 1992, will undoubtedly be watched by millions of households again this December as families settle in together on their sofas while the weather outside is frightful.

This Christmas film is a version of the Charles Dickens classic starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge alongside a whole cast of Jim Henson’s Muppets.

The cuddly musical cast includes the likes of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat and co.

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The movie tells the classic tale of Ebenzer Scrooge, a cold-hearted miser disliked by many and who is visited by three spirits who walk him through moments throughout his life from the past, present and future.

They reveal his best kept secrets and show him what his future could hold if he continues on the path he is taking, as he realises his wrongs and changes his ways.

The Muppet’s movie version of this Dickens novel holds many laughs and lovely moments told in the style of a musical and millions enjoy watching it year in and year out.

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If that includes you, then how would you fancy watching this wonderful musical but alongside an incredible orchestra live in concert? 

Well, The Muppet Christmas Carol is coming to The Bridgewater Hall, in Manchester, this December to do exactly that.

The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert is touring the UK starting from late November and Manchester is one of the lucky cities it will be stopping off at – with our city having the closest date to Christmas Day.

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It would be a different way to watch the seasonal favourite and would make for a perfect festive treat to see with family and friends.

The event will feature a screening of the Christmas classic with award-winning composers Miles Goodman and Paul Williams and their magical musical score performed live to accompany it.

The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert will perform at The Bridgewater Hall on December 20th at 3pm. Tickets are now on sale and cost between £34-£70.

To find out more or book a ticket visit The Bridgewater Hall website by clicking HERE.

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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

Get this one in your diary!

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

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Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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Billie Eilish announces FOUR Manchester shows as part of world tour

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Pop star Billie Eilish is coming to Manchester, with four dates confirmed at the new Co-op Live arena.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning pop icon will be playing Manchester’s newest arena on July 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd, 2025.

The dates are part of a full world tour taking place next year, in the wake of Hit Me Hard And Soft, her fourth studio album which is due out on May 17th.

The full UK dates:

  • 7 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 8 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 10 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 11 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 13 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 14 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 16 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 17 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 19 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 20 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 22 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 23 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester


Presale tickets go live tomorrow, Tuesday April 30th, at 12pm and are exclusive for Co-op members only.

To become a Co-op member, click HERE, and enjoy exclusive benefits.

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