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.
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.
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!
A huge new ‘oriental grocery experience’ and sushi restaurant is coming to Chinatown
Manchester’s Chinatown is set to get an exciting new addition…
A huge ‘oriental grocery experience’ and sushi restaurant has been given the go-ahead to set up shop in the heart of Manchester’s Chinatown.
Now, the best part of going on holiday abroad is browsing the foreign supermarkets to see what weird and wonderful things they have on offer – and now, you’ll be able to do that right here in Manchester (though Fanta Lemon may not be included, sorry).
The Blue Whale Supermarket, which has stores dotted across not only the North West but the whole world, will be opening a 5,500 square foot high-end ‘oriental grocery experience,’ offering up fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and seafood, and a whole array of the wonderful foods and drinks from the other side of the world.
Shoppers can expect to find a selection of goods from countries like Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and beyond.
The supermarket will also boast a sixty-cover sushi restaurant – details surrounding their dining experience have been kept tightly under wraps so far, but it is known that they will be using fresh ingredients directly from their shelves, so it’s bound to be a good one.
A further description of the project on Skyscraper City read: “Excited to have completed on yet another leasehold site acquisition for a new brand to enter the market – Blue Whale Oriental supermarket @ St James Tower, Manchester.
“From the team at Bon Pan Asian restaurants, Blue Whale will be a brand new circa 5,500 sq ft high end oriental grocery experience offering fresh fruit and veg, Fish and Seafood, with a large 60 cover Sushi restaurant counter under a new brand Aka Sushi.”
The application to fit out the supermarket and restaurant at Unit 1 Charlotte Street has been accepted according to the Manchester City Council website, so we can hopefully expect some exciting things very soon!
Two new food halls opening in Manchester and Cheshire from the team behind Stretford Foodhall
Good news for Sale and Northwich foodies
The team behind the popular General Store and Stretford Foodhall sites across Manchester has announced two new foodhall projects for Sale and Northwich.
Store Group’s foodhall concept, which includes a constantly changing line up of local and independent food and drink vendors, has proved to be a huge success in their flagship location, Stretford – so now seems the perfect time to roll out two more venues further out of Manchester and into Cheshire.
The Sale Foodhall will be opening this summer – an exact date is yet to be confirmed – and will feature a dining and drinking space large enough for 150 guests.
It will replace the ‘Groceries and Beer’ unit already operated by the Store Group, and will be relocated around the corner at Stanley Square Shopping Mall to create a bigger 5,500 sq ft food, drink & retail destination.
The Northwich site, meanwhile, will follow in Autumn and will be taking over a two-storey unit in the town centre, formerly known as Baron’s Quay Social.
The 9,000 sq ft unit will feature a rooftop terrace where customers will be able to dine outside – when the weather allows them to, of course.
Both projects will have the trademark feature of rotating food vendors, local craft beer, wine and spirit vendors, coffee shops with bakery units and one of the General Store’s iconic ‘cornershop’ retail spaces.
Mital Morar, Founder of Store Retail Group said: “This is a really exciting moment for us as we announce our second and third Food Halls. It’s been a long time coming as, like everyone, we’ve battled against Covid over the last year, so we’re hugely excited that the plan is now taking shape.
“We’ve made Sale our home over the last eighteen months, and as we expand and put down even stronger roots in the town we look forward to celebrating an exciting new chapter with the community.
“Northwich is also a really exciting location for us, taking the step out of Manchester for the first time is a big deal for our brand and we are looking forward to the challenge. The location is really important to us – we want to be able to create our own community in Northwich.”
For updates on both new venues, follow Foodhalls on their Instagram page.
A huge beer festival is coming to town and the food lineup has just been revealed
Calling all craft beer lovers
Having just announced its colossal lineup of local restaurants and breweries, the Manchester Craft Beer festival is set to be one hell of an event.
Whether you’re a lover of sour beers, IPA is your go-to tipple, you keep it simple with lager, or whether you’re wanting to simply take it easy with low ABV beers, the MCBF is here to celebrate beer in all of its glory with the help of fifty world class breweries.
Representing Manchester will be local brewing legends Manchester Union, Marble, Pomona Island, Track Brewing Co, Beatznikz Republic, and the brand new Bundobust Brew Pub.
Coming from overseas, on the other hand, breweries such as Norway’s Lervig, Denmark’s Mikkeller and Netherlands’ Fontaal and Kees will be on hand to give you a taste of their homeland brews.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – some seriously decent scran will be needed to soak up all of this beer, won’t it?
Well, the MCBF has also partnered with the Kantina Weekender, a self-described ‘feast for the city’ celebrating the joy of food and drink in all of their depths and diversity.
And naturally, where there are beers there are burgers, too. Patty Queen will be serving up LA inspired burgers, fries and shakes – some of the best burgers you can get outside of Santa Monica.
Alternatively, Belzan Pasta Kitchen will be dishing up some authentic Italian grub infused with seasonal British produce, Madre X AngloThai will be on hand to serve non-traditional, upscaled, tacos packed full of delicious Thai flavours, and Higher Ground X Things Palace will be collaborating to offer incredible Asian feasts.
And for the veggies and vegans in attendance – fear not! Freight Island’s in-house residents Plant Grill are teaming up with Green Lights to rustle up some fantastic plant-based dishes.
There will also be DJ sets throughout the event by acclaimed local artists Craig Charles, Daddy G, Django Django and Queen B.
The festival will be taking place at Depot Mayfield between July 23rd-July 24th. Each ticket is priced at £49.50 and allocates guests entry to a five-hour session on the Friday or Saturday, includes all beer, access to all food traders and a special festival beer glass.
Tickets are on sale now here if you want to get involved.