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

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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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Tickets for magical Harry Potter forbidden forest experience are out now

A truly magical experience for all Harry Potter fans

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Calling all Harry Potter fans: An enchanting forest trail inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter is set to come to Cheshire later this year. 

Warner Brothers Themed Entertainment have teamed up with Thinkwell in a partnership that will see Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience –  taking place usually in the United States – arrive just around the corner from Manchester over in Cheshire.

The exciting Forbidden Forest attraction will debut this autumn in the beautiful woodlands at Arley Hall & Gardens, giving fans of the magical franchise the chance to experience a night time trail akin to the films.

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Visitors will be able to make their way through the magical woodland and follow an illuminated path on which they will discover not only a whole array of surprises, but some of their favourite moments from the books and the films.

After watching the beautiful forest come to life, visitors can then go on to enjoy a wide range of food and drinks at the nearby village, before perusing the on-site shop for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise to take home.

Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Themed Entertainment, said: “The Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience offers fans a new way to enjoy some of the most iconic and magical wizarding world moments.

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“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Thinkwell to bring this incredible light trail to life at Arley Hall & Gardens, a perfect location where the natural beauty of the forest trail and illuminated sets filled with familiar creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, will make for a magical experience for fans of all ages.”

The trail will follow a one-way route through the gardens, and will also be fully accessible to all as well as Covid secure in adherence with the latest Government safety guidelines.

The event is on from October 16th until November 22nd and you can grab tickets here.

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Peter Kay announces return to stage with two special live shows next month

He’s been out the spotlight since 2017

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Peter Kay is finally returning to the stage with two new special live shows next month.

The Bolton legend has announced he will be doing two Q&As in aid of Laura Nuttall. The 20-year-old was diagnosed with a fast-growing, aggressive brain tumour called Glioblastoma multiforme back in October 2018.

The special shows will be happening at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on August 7th, at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.

Laura’s mum wrote: “Still can’t believe this is actually happening! So incredibly grateful to Peter for doing this and just cannot wait for August 7th.’”

Peter has been out of the spotlight since 2017, when he cancelled his 14-month tour out of the blue, citing ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.

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A statement from the time read: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

“My sincerest apologies… I’m sure you’ll understand that my family must always come first.

“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.”

Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday, July 30th, at 9am – you can find them here.

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Crepe City is coming to Manchester this weekend with tickets for just £10

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If nothing makes you happier than a good pair of trainers, then you need to get yourself down to Crepe City.

Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester this weekend, after it was forced to cancel last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Crepe City will bring with it absolutely loads of rare and exclusive shoes, with more than 150 traders ‘showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers’.

There’ll be more than just trainers there as well, with DJs and performers, street food, bar, a sneaker-cleaning service, competitions and panel discussions.

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The event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.

“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.

“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented. Don’t miss it!”

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Crepe City is happening this Sunday, August 1st, from 12pm-5pm, over at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park.

Tickets are live now and are only £10 each – you can grab them here.

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