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The best pumpkin picking spots near Manchester this Halloween

Perfect half-term activities!

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You’re never too old for a bit of pumpkin picking!

How fast has this year really gone!! Physically we are just days away from Halloween, mentally I’m still processing March.

So long the pre-picked pumpkins from the Supermarkets, this year it’s all about supporting your local pumpkin patch from the ultimate Spooktacular experience.

Wrap up, grab yourself a pumpkin spiced latte and get picking!

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Dunham Pumpkin Patch, Dunham Massey

Three generations of the Hewitt family have come together to make this time of year so special at Dunham Pumpkin Patch. Harvesting pumpkins for over 30 years now head down to enjoy the ultimate picking experience with wood-fired pizzas, award-winning apple juice and cider.

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Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream

Just down the road, there is another three-acre patch full of every type of pumpkin you can imagine. From colour to size they’ve got it all, grown by the guys at Red House Farm.

They’re also offering a variety of autumnal hot chocolates including mint, Ferrero Rocher, and coffee – it’s almost worth going just for that.

There is no need to book here, they’re open every day during half-term from 10am!

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Smithills Open Farm, Bolton

For the first time ever, Smithills Open Farm in Bolton is hosting its new pumpkin picking event. To add to the mood, all farm staff will be dressed up in fancy dress, with a spooky sweet treasure hunt, a super fun event for kids in the half term.

For dates and booking head to their website, booking is essential.

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Kenyon Hall Farm

Kenyon Hall Farm has been planting pumpkins in Greater Manchester for over 30 years, now one of the biggest destinations in the north of England.

Their pumpkin patch is running up until Saturday 31st October, due to Covid restrictions the team are restricting numbers and all visitors to the pumpkin patch areas must pre-book an entry slot in advance.

Create some spooky memories with their unique photo backdrops too!

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Lancaster Park and Animal Farm, Oldham

The Lancaster Park and Animal Farm has a humongous pumpkin patch, as well as a haunted house, spooky tales with a witch and fancy-dress competitions!

Aside from this, the farm is also open to the public so you can enjoy petting and feeding small animals, riding the caterpillar ride as well as the mini quads and the adventure zip lines!

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Malpas Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Cheshire

Which pumpkin will you choose? Find your way through their spooky maize maze to their hidden pumpkin patch. Transport it back to your car with one of their wheelbarrows before visiting their Halloween shop and cosy café.

Set over 30 acres, I’m sure there are enough pumpkins for just about everyone. No booking required, just check out their website for opening times.

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A huge first-of-its-kind live entertainment venue is opening in Manchester this year

A fantastic new addition to our city

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Circle Square Manchester

A new ‘first-of-its-kind’ entertainment venue is set to open this year in Manchester.

The one-stop destination will see a combination of live music, events, entertainment, food, drink and socialising all in the venue. 

Canvas will be home to three different areas: Canvas Kitchen, Canvas Club and Canvas Events.

The development will take place at Circle Square and have space for 100 in Canvas Kitchen and a further 400 people in the live music and events space.

Circle Square Manchester

The venue will be open from 7am until 4am every single day meaning you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a night out all in one place. 

You’re guaranteed to be in good hands too with the team behind Canvas Manchester responsible for the likes of Hammersmith Apollo, Brixton Academy and G-A-Y Manchester.

The calendar for events is expected to be well-rounded with the likes of wellbeing events, room for social activism, plus gigs, networking events and workshops. 

Gavin Aldrich, CEO at BeSixth, said of the new development: “We’ll be in the heart of a thriving, city centre neighbourhood that brings together people from all walks of life – be it students, shoppers, business owners or academics – and it’s this community that makes us confident Circle Square will be the perfect destination to launch Canvas Manchester.”

Circle Square Manchester

Tom Renn, Managing Director of Bruntwood SciTech – Manchester added: “Our ambition for Circle Square was always to create a destination – a place that would bring people together morning, day and night and a place that would become part of the fabric of the city. Somewhere tourists and innovators would see as a must-visit when coming to Manchester.

Adding: “The live music industry has understandably suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but where better to drive its resurgence than in the ‘City that thinks a table is for dancing on’?”

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Bez is launching his own lockdown fitness classes called Get Buzzin’ With Bez

He wants to inspire the nation like Joe Wicks

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Bez is set to launch his very own fitness classes online to see everyone through lockdown.

The Happy Mondays maraca-shaking dancer is releasing his own series of classes called ‘Get Buzzing With Bez’, as he attempts to shift his own lockdown weight. 

The classes will launch on January 17th showing Bez being trained by a fitness instructor, something he’s describing as ‘somewhere between Joe Wicks and Mr Motivator’. 

He said: “I’d like to think I’m somewhere between Joe Wicks and Mr Motivator. I’ve started this new year seriously unfit, with a fat belly and creaky hips, and I can’t stop eating chocolate.

“Last lockdown I got unfit, fat, lazy and into some seriously bad eating habits.

“This year, this lockdown, I need to sort it out sharpish.”

He added that people can join him ‘on this mad journey or just sit on the sofa and have a good laugh at me’.

He added: “At the very least, I know I’ll be making people smile, at best I’ll be helping people get fit and mentally happier alongside me.”

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Get Buzzin’ With Bez is launching over on YouTube on Sunday January 17th, with Bez encouraging us to get active every week for three months.

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A huge £4.5m Nerf laser combat arena is opening at the Trafford Centre

The brand new experience will feature laser guns and virtual reality

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Hasbro

A brand new Nerf experience is set to open in Greater Manchester incorporating laser guns and virtual reality. 

The new ‘Nerf Action Experience’ is set to open in 25,000 square feet of the Trafford Centre, costing owner’s Hasbro £4.5m.  

The new activity centre will be the first to open in the UK in collaboration with games giant Hasbro and Rocafella Leisure Group.

The news of the plans were revealed via LinkedIn from Phil Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Rocafella.

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He wrote “I’m excited to announce that we are launching the UK’s first Nerf Action Experience at the Trafford Centre in early 2021. Taking UK family Entertainment Centres to the next level with the first of its kind. A huge thank you to @hasbro and their dedicated team.”

The applications for the plans reveal that Nerf is ‘a family entertainment leisure experience, incorporating laser guns and virtual interactions and is a market-leading attraction with 20 attractions across Europe’.

Guests can expect a massive space for the attraction spanning three first floor units. There will also be a 4,000 square foot mezzanine for a café and viewing platform.

The attraction is also set to create 50 jobs, according to bosses.

Nerf Experience Singapore

A spokesperson for Barton Square said: “We’re in talks with a number of exciting brands who are looking to open at Barton Square following its transformation last year.

“This is part of plans to build a vibrant retail and leisure destination that our visitors will enjoy.”

The first Nerf Experience in the world opened in 2019 in Singapore which gives us an insight into what to expect from the Manchester site, such as multiple ‘zones’ with a variety of challenges and games split over different themes.

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