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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 London Resort

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.

The London Resort

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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A Christmas spa with a mulled wine hot tub has opened just outside Manchester

It’s definitely mulled wine time!

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The only way to get in the festive spirit this year? Quite literally bathe yourself in mulled wine.

The unusual Christmas experience is just a short distance from Manchester and will have you soaking up the spice and warmth of mulled wine.

The spa gives guests a much-needed winter wonderland experience that is actually supposed to be beneficial.

The warmth opens your pores, releasing toxins and allowing your skin to embrace the tannins in the mulled wine, according to the spa.

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The hot tub is filled with the festive hot drink and helps ‘fight viruses and fungi whilst also improving cardiac health and increasing blood flow’. Some also say the polyphenols found in grapes and citrus fruits help improve circulation.

For those looking for a detox – it will do that too! The orange, cinnamon and star anise found in the wine have a ‘high level of antioxidants’.

And if you thought you wouldn’t be able to taste it – think again, you’ll even get a nice mug of the delicious festive drink while you soak in it. It’ll be from a fresh bottle though not the bath.

Other festive treatments include a 45-minute Frankincense massage or a body scrub using brown sugar, cinnamon and orange which is supposed to bring blood flow back to the skin and ‘leave you glowing’.

If you fancy getting in the festive spirit, the Christmas spa is in Cheshire, at the newly refurbished Bazaar Spa & Silk Garden at Shrigley Hall in Macclesfield. Prices start at £60pp. 

You can book here. 

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These cosy Alpine-themed huts with festive drinks and karaoke are back this Christmas

This will get you in the festive spirit!

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Christmas this year isn’t going to be as festive as usual, but there are still some events happening that can help take your mind off the awful year we’ve just had.

Earlier today we brought you the news that Dunham Massey’s light trail is still happening, and now we’ve got something else to get you in the festive spirit.

Bar Hütte is returning to Manchester this year, bringing with it some magical, cosy Alpine huts where you can drink festive booze and singalong to karaoke.

This year, however, it will be moving from its traditional spot at Spinningfields to the Great Northern Square from December 3rd, with – of course – a new Covid-secure approach.

The epic Christmas village will come complete with a giant Christmas tree, and you’ll be able to book your very own private ‘hütte’, which will be perfect for social distancing.

Once in your hütte, you’ll be able to order festive drinks like hot gin and mulled wine, as well as Irish hot chocolates, and there’s also oven-baked pizzas on offer – you can also grab the classic ‘Bombardino’ cocktail, which is complimentary for all bookings.

This year there’ll be even more hüttes to choose from, with 24 set to make an appearance, each complete with a karaoke machine loaded with festive hits.

The event runs from December 3rd throughout the month and you can book here now – each hütte costs £50 for an hour and 45 minutes use, and comes with complimentary pizza, a Bombardino and karaoke machine.

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Dunham Massey’s festive illuminated Christmas light trail is still happening

This will be mint!

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Christmas isn’t looking as festive as usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, but there is a small ray of light.

While it’s still up in the air whether we will be able to have a big family get together on Christmas Day, Dunham Massey has spread some festive cheer, confirming its stunning festive illumination trail IS still going ahead.

Due to the current restrictions it’s now expected to start on December 3rd when the lockdown is lifted, and is being extended into January 2021 to make up for the cancelled dates in November.

Dunham Massey National Trust

The stunning light show has taken place each Christmas for the last three years and sold out each time. The after-dark event brings visitors through a winding path of lights trail through the park.

Huge snowflakes create an aerial kaleidoscope over the gardens, there are colour-changing reflections on the lakeside and trees dripped with silvery shards of lights, baubles and stars.

This year the tunnel of light will return and visitors can expect some brand new installations too.

Dunham Massey National Trust

Tickets are still on sale but are selling out fast – currently there are only a couple of tickets left for December, with quite a few still available in January.

Tickets cost £20 for adults and £13 for children three to 16. You can opt for a £60 family ticket instead which includes admission for two adults and two children.

The event is planned to run from December 3rd through to January 10th, and you can find more info and book tickets here.

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