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Spectacular new Christmas light trail coming to Heaton Park this December

Tickets are now on sale for the spectacular light trail

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Heaton Park will host a brand new festive light trail bringing a wonderful addition to Greater Manchester’s Christmas calendar.

The multi-sensory, family-friendly Sony Music trail will feature breathtaking never before seen lights, colour-changing orbs, larger-than-life flowers and neon strings that reach high into the sky. 

Visitors can also wander through a laser garden filled with thousands of tiny beams of light and into a giant twinkling tunnel that will surround them with sparkle. 

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Hungry guests can tuck into delicious treats at the fairground village or grab a seasonal snack from one of the hand-picked street food vendors, with a selection of festive hot drinks to help keep people warm.

The brand new trail comes from Culture Creative – the makers of Christmas at Kew – and will provide another festive highlight for Manchester this Christmas, with the event running from December 1st – 31st.

The Sony Music trail will open from 4.45pm throughout December, with last entry being at 8pm and closing time at 10pm. Capacity is limited so book early to avoid any disappointment.

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Tickets are on sale now with advanced tickets costing from £18 for adults, £14.00 per child (age 3-16) and £69 for a family (two adults & two children).

Off Peak advanced tickets cost from £15 per adult, £10.00 per child and £55 per family.

Matthew Findlay, Head of UK Trails for Sony Music/Raymond Gubbay Ltd, said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing this beautiful new trail to Manchester for 2023. 

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“We’re collaborating with the team at Culture Creative, who have a wealth of expertise in designing and delivering light trails. 

“Working sympathetically with the landscape and history of Heaton Park, we have created an unforgettable, immersive experience illuminating the special beauty of the location, suitable for all the family to enjoy this Christmas.”

Tickets are now on sale for the NEW Sony Music trail Christmas at Heaton Park. Book now to secure the date and time of your choice early by clicking HERE

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Avril Lavigne announces huge outdoor gig in Manchester next summer

The ‘00s icon is coming to Manchester!

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Avril Lavigne is coming to Manchester to perform a huge outdoor gig at Castlefield Bowl next summer.

The Canadian singer-songwriter has announced two outdoor shows in the UK in 2024.

She will be performing at Cardiff Castle on July 2nd before heading to Manchester to play at Castlefield Bowl on July 3rd, as part of the Sounds Of The City series.

The star will be supported by Canadian rock band Simple Plan, best known for their song ‘I’m Just a Kid’.

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Lavigne enjoyed success with her pop-punk songs in the noughties, including the hits ‘Sk8er Boi’, ‘Complicated’ and ‘Girlfriend’. 

She is best known for her monochrome punk-style, smokey eyes and long blonde hair – something every skater girl wannabe copied.

The punk-pop star shared her latest studio album back in February 2022 under the title ‘Love Sux’. She later released an expanded deluxe version of the LP in November of that year.

She has received eight Grammy Awards nominations, including Best New Artist.

The UK tour will be a celebration of her Love Sux album and will be part of wider touring throughout Europe in 2024, taking place at festivals including I Days in Milan on July 9th, Festival de Nîmes in Nîmes on July 10th, and Festival Cruïlla in Barcelona on July 12th.

The singer is yet to announce any more UK dates as of yet, but the upcoming dates in Manchester and Cardiff won’t be her only shows lined up for next summer.

Tickets to see Avril Lavigne perform next year will go on sale this Friday, December 1st, at 10am and will be available to buy HERE.

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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:

Black Friday Sales

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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