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New £3.5bn UK theme park is set to rival Disney World and it looks epic

This will be so good…

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The UK is set to get a massive theme park to rival Disneyland in size, and from the first pics it looks like it’s going to be mint.

We’ve still got a few years to wait, however, as The London Resort isn’t expected to be finished until 2024.

According to developers the £3.5 billion theme park – the first like this to be built in Europe since Disneyland Paris in 1992 – will be as big as 136 Wembley Stadiums.

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It’s going to be located on a 535 acre site near Gravesend at the Swanscombe Peninsula, and construction starts in 2021, Kent Live reports.

The resort is set to become one of the most ambitious projects of its kind in Europe, and it’s partnered up with Paramount Pictures, the BBC and ITV so they can use their brands and franchises in the park.

It’ll open in two stages, the first in 2024 and the second in 2029, and will feature six islands with their own theme, including Starport, The Jungle, The Kingdom, The Woods, The Isles and The Studio.

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There’ll also be a High Street complete with hotels, shops, restaurants, a convention centre, and even a waterpark.

Starport will be a futuristic ‘23rd century landing zone’, complete with aliens and big rides, The Jungle island is set to feature ancient ruins pushing up through the trees, while The Kingdom is a legendary realm containing all the classic swords, dragons and sorcery you’d expect.

The Woods is an enchanted area steeped in fantasy and fairy tales, while The Isles will be full of mythical beasts and huge creatures, and The Studio is set to be a little different – a warehouse-themed district showing the biggest films.

This is going to be so good!

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Tinsel Town festive fairground and ice rink returns to Trafford Centre this Christmas

There’s even a festive funfair with an ice rink and a big wheel

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The Trafford Centre has the festive season covered with plenty of events planned for all the family – check out what’s on.

From Santa’s Grotto to Tinsel Town, as well as exciting new store openings, book signings and exclusive brand pop-ups, there’s always something new to discover.

Here’s what’s happening at the Trafford Centre this festive season:

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November is coming to an end and Christmas shopping is well underway, so why not head over and grab some deals while you’re on the hunt for presents – you could even treat yourself.

Many sales have already gone live with the rest happening this Black Friday, November 24th.

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Black Friday highlights include up to 50% off at Lakeland and Levi’s, 30% off everything at Ted Baker, and 25% off at Molton Brown and Carvela. 

The Grotto: Dear Santa

Step into the immersive wonderland of Santa’s Grotto this Christmas. Families will journey through the Candy Cane Land and Enchanted Forest in search of Santa’s Merry Mailroom. 

The Grotto can be found on Lower Peel Avenue, near the Dolphin Fountain. ‘Whispering Winter’ inclusive sessions are also available for those families who prefer a more relaxed experience.

The Grotto is open now until December 24th. Tickets cost £25 for children / £7.50 for adults and are available now, click HERE

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Tinsel Town

The huge festive fairground is back and has plenty of exciting rides suitable for younger kids and older thrill-seekers too.

Open now until January 1st, 2024,  attractions include teacups, a caterpillar rollercoaster and funhouse. There is also the thrilling Snow Jets ride or the Starflyer, as well as a brand new attraction VOID – calling all you dare devils!

Christmas market stalls will be dotted around with a variety of food and drink vendors selling Yorkshire Pudding wraps, bratwurst, burgers pancakes, donuts, mulled wine, hot chocolates and plenty more.

Tinsel Town entry costs £2 if booked online in advance, or £2.50 on the day, with ice skating sessions sold separately. Purchase tickets by clicking HERE.

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Skate at Tinsel Town

This ice rink is covered in a traditional-style canopy decorated with twinkling fairy lights and is open now until January 1st, 2024.

Take to the ice on a 25m x 20m shimmering, covered ice rink for a 45-minute ice skate session to celebrate the winter season. Glide away under a sky full of twinkling lights whilst festive music transports skaters to a whimsical, festive haven.

Ice skating tickets are £12.50 for adults and £10 for children off-peak / £15 for adults and £12.50 for children peak, for a 45-minute ice skating session, with entry to the Tinsel Town fairground sold separately. 

Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE

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Gandy’s Snowstorm 3: Northern Lights

Don’t miss this sensational ice-skating show live from the heated theatre big top, on 200 sq. meters of shimmering real ice. Be wowed by this all new production featuring 16 ice skaters, international circus stars, amazing special effects, and the return of the massive ice bears! 

The show begins on November 24th and runs until January 1st, 2024. Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE

Big Wheel

It’s back and it’s here until January 7th, 2024. 

You’ll be able to enjoy all the glittering lights and sights as you soar above the ground at a staggering 55 metres high. Take in the incredible views and a little piece of magic this Christmas.

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Letters to Santa at Selfridges

Bring the little ones along to post their Christmas lists to Santa. Don’t forget to include your return address – Santa just might write back. Make sure to get them in on time; last posting date is Monday, December 4th. Find out more on the Selfridges website HERE.

Charity gift wrapping 

This handy service will be here to help with a dedicated team of volunteers from a number of North West charities from December 14th – 21st.

Volunteers will expertly wrap your gifts in return for a donation. Find them on lower Regent Crescent, outside JD Sports.

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Ladbaby book signing at WH Smith

Ladbaby will be in-store on November 25th.

Social media phenomenon Ladbaby, aka Mark and Roxanne Hoyle, are the creators of the bestseller ‘Greg the Sausage Roll: Santa’s Little Helper’ and will be joining WHSmith for a Christmas signing of ‘Greg the Sausage Roll: 12 Days of Christmas: A LadBaby Board Book’. 

Tickets are £7.99 includes entry and a of the book to be collected at the event. 

Parents accompanying their children do not require a ticket (one accompanying adult per child with ticket.) Find out more and book HERE.


Get Prepped for Party Season at Selfridges

Don’t miss Selfridges Beauty Workshop Series from November 22nd – 26th where beauty brands CHANEL, Dior & YSL Beauty and more will be sharing their expert tips and favourite looks for party season. Find out more and book HERE

New store openings

Lululemon and Lounge have opened new stores, ‘Skinwear’ brand Narvvi will be joining the centre this month, and Holland & Barret has had a store makeover. LEGO fans of all ages will love discovering their brand new store, and Marks and Spencer’s much anticipated new store will open on November, 30th.


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Girls Aloud announce huge reunion tour with two nights in Manchester

They’re coming to Manchester!

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Noughties pop sensation Girls Aloud have announced a huge reunion tour next year, including two nights in Manchester.

Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola Roberts, Kimberly Walsh and Nadine Coyle will regroup to embark on a massive arena tour to mark their 21st anniversary.

It’s been over two decades since they won over the nation on reality TV programme PopStars: The Rivals. It’s also been 10 years since they last performed together.

The anniversary tour, called ‘The Girls Aloud Show’, is set for next summer and will honour band member Sarah Harding who died of breast cancer at the age of 39, in 2021. The tour will include two dates in Manchester at the AO Arena on May 23rd and 24th, 2024.

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The band have confirmed the show won’t feature any new music but instead will ‘be a celebration of Girls Aloud’s rich back catalogue and all the groundbreaking success they have achieved as a band’.

The hugely anticipated shows will feature all of the band’s historic pop hits including No.1 songs ‘Sound Of The Underground’, ‘The Promise’ and ‘I’ll Stand By You’, alongside cast-iron classics such as ‘Love Machine’, ‘Call The Shots’, Biology’, ‘Something New’ and ‘The Show’.

Rumours of a reunion started circulating online on Wednesday evening (November 22nd) after eagle-eyed fans spotted each band member had posted something to their Instagram platforms.

The posts were vintage cinema screens with numbers, seeming to create a countdown to something.

It started with Nicola on Sunday as she posted the image with the number ‘four’. Kimberly did the same on Monday with the number ‘three’, followed by Nadine posting the number ‘two’ on Tuesday. 

Social media users soon understood that some big news would be announced. On Wednesday, Cheryl dropped the number ‘one’ and sent fans into a complete frenzy as her caption simply read ‘8:30am tomorrow’. 

Information regarding tickets can be found on Ticketmaster, with Tickets due to go on presale on November 29th.

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About the upcoming reunion tour, Cheryl said: “We all started talking about the possibility of doing something to celebrate Girls Aloud’s 20-year anniversary a few years ago.

“The anniversary seemed like an obvious thing that we would celebrate. But when Sarah fell ill all priorities changed.

“She passed away a year before the anniversary and it just didn’t feel right, it felt too soon. But now, I think there is an energy that does makes it feel right.

“It’s the right time to celebrate Sarah, it’s the right time to celebrate the band and the right time to celebrate the fact we can still do this 21 years later. That’s a big honour in lots of ways.”

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Kimberley said: “It feels like something has changed and it does feel like the right time to celebrate Sarah and the 20-year anniversary that we didn’t celebrate at the time.”

Nicola continued: “It will be massive celebration of everything we’ve done up to this point. We want people to leave being like, ‘Wow, I’ve just had one of the best nights of my life’.”

And, Nadine added: “Girls Aloud are a band that made such a huge impact on people’s lives.So for us not to do something again feels like such a shame and a waste. We want to have that moment with fans where we can all enjoy it together.”

To find out information about the The Girls Aloud Show arena tour and tickets, visit Ticketmaster by clicking HERE.

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Festive Sundays return to Manchester with huge FREE Christmas events line-up

They’re free to attend and welcome families

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After a successful launch last year, Festive Sundays are set to make a return as part of the line-up of fantastic events happening across the city in the run up to Christmas.

The series of Festive Sundays will enchant the city with some winter magic as thousands are expected to flock to the streets once again while stunning parades dance and sing their way around town.

The countdown is officially on after the Manchester Christmas Markets opened on Friday November 10th, Big Santa took up residence in St Peter’s Square, and the ice-rink returned to Cathedral Gardens for all the skate enthusiasts.

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To add to the list of seasonal activities, Festive Sundays are back this Sunday, November 26th, and will take place every following Sunday until December 17th.

Visitors to the city can embark on a wonderful wintery journey watching a parade of captivating street performers and illuminated acts take to the shopping streets across St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square and Manchester Arndale.

Spectators can expect giant roaming puppets, street performers, live music and much more.

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All will be accompanied by the vibrant sights and sounds of the Fat Cat Brass Band and Bloco Band, who will bring ‘Christmas cheer and tunes’ to the streets of Manchester.

The magical takeover will also feature bewitching woodland creatures including larger-than-life robins, the meandering arctic fox, a giant snowy owl – and Handmade Parade’s beautiful, illuminated reindeer.

The parades promise to ‘capture the imaginations’ and ‘bring festive magic’ to all. Come along with friends and family and enjoy an unforgettable day in the city together.

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The Festive Sundays will see parades taking place all over the city. Here’s a quick run down of where and when they will be taking place:

Sunday November 26th

Parades will be held in Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street, and Deansgate from 12-7pm.

To kick start the season, street performers will be accompanied by musical bands as contagious Christmas cheer quickly spreads across town.

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Sunday December 3rd

Parades will seen all across the city centre starting from 1pm.

Processions of spectacular characters, magical performances, and extraordinary acts will weave their way through the city’s streets to ‘sprinkle pure festive magic’.

Sunday December 10th & 17th

Visitors will see a stunning ‘Toy Procession’ take to Manchester’s iconic Christmas Markets as we edge closer to the big day.

Parades will take place at St Ann’s Square at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

Festive Sundays are free to attend and welcome families and all to enjoy.

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