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The Christmas events still taking place in Manchester to get you in the festive spirit

How to get in the festive spirit in tier 3…

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Some festive events will still be taking place across Manchester despite Tier 3 restrictions. 

Over the festive period, up to three households can gather in the five-day Christmas plan set out by the government.

And despite the Tier 3 restrictions across Greater Manchester, some festive events can still take place.

Be sure to check with the event organisers before you travel as everything is subject to change and it could be last minute!

Lightopia

Lightopia

Taking over Heaton Park, Lightopia has announced they will continue the twinkling event from December 2nd until January 10th. They will be following the rule of six across the event. Tickets are £20 for adults and £13 for children.

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The Parking Lot Social

The Parking Lot Social’s Winter Festival

Drive-in pantomime performances are taking over intu Trafford Centre, with food delivered right to your car as well as winter warmers like hot chocolate and gingerbread men. Tickets cost £37.38 per car and you will get a full refund if the event has to be cancelled.

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ChristmasCity

ChristmasCity

Another drive-in event but this time showcasing all your favourite Christmas films including a selection of ‘Nice’ films for kids such as The Grinch and Elf, as well as ‘Naughty’ films for adults like Bad Santa and Die Hard.

There will also be live actors as you pass through Santa’s mailroom tunnel, Santa’s House and the elf workshop. Tickets cost £40 per car.

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Dunham Massey National Trust

Christmas at Dunham Massey

Another Christmas light trail, Dunham Massey will be taken over with a glittering festive winter wonderland. You’ll be ale to get mulled wine and hot chocolate as you take in the sights. Family tickets cost £60, adults cost £20 and children cost £13 with kids under the age of under two going free.

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Car Park Panto

The best way to get your panto kick this year is via a car park! Taking over AJ Bell Stadium in Salford on December 26th and 27th, expect five productions of Horrible Christmas across two days from Horrible Histories and Birmingham Stage Company. Tickets are £47 per car (plus £2.50 booking fee).

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Manchester, Albert Square

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Manchester’s Virtual Christmas Light Switch On

Three of Manchester’s NHS frontline workers will be switching on the lights this week while it is live streamed across the city. Exact details are yet to be confirmed so keep your eyes peeled!

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Santa’s Grotto

Book a virtual trip to Santa’s Grotto in Lapland via the magic of video calls. You’ll get a fully personalised HD video experience and you can add on multiple guests so the whole family gets to experience the special occasion. Tickets are on sale now with dates from November 28th to December 20th.

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A magical new woodland adventure park with treehouses, mazes and slides is opening next month

Tickets are available now

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BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood Cheshire is set to open on April 12th after being set back for almost a year due to coronavirus.

Based on the BeWILDerwood book series by Tom Blofeld, the adventure sites feature aerial ropewalks, climbing wales and even mazes high up in the treetops. 

The first adventure site opened in Norfolk over 13 years ago and the Cheshire site was originally supposed to open in May 2020 but has been pushed back until now. 

The 70-acre forest will feature over ten giant structures to run ‘WILD’ on.

BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood

Author and BeWILDerwood founder Tom said of the original 2020 launch: “Following the success of our Norfolk site which has been bringing joy to families for over 13 years now, we are thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for BeWILDerwood Cheshire.

“It has been in development for 3 years following enormous customer demand, and we look forward to customers from all over the North-West of England, and further afield coming to our amazing new site.

“BeWILDerwood really is a breath of fresh air compared to other attractions, and we are unique in our approach to play, with no noisy rides, no electronics, and no junk food. We can’t wait until we open our Wonky Wooden Gates on May 23rd and welcome all of our loyal and new customers to the wonderful world of BeWILDerwood.”

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

This looks very proper good

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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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The ‘biggest ever’ ’90s pop throwback concert is coming to Manchester this year

JUST A LITTLE bit excited for this

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Playojo

Everybody Get Up there’s a new ’90s pop ‘throwback’ concert that is coming to Manchester with a huge lineup of stars!

‘The biggest live pop show of the decade‘ is getting prepped to return, following prime minister Boris Johnson’s unveiling of the potential return of large events later this year.

By June 21st at the earliest, all limits on social contact could be lifted and what better way to celebrate than with a massive 90s themed party?! 

Featuring 18 huge artists such as Peter Andre, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, Damage, S Club 7, Blazin’ Squad and more all under one roof you know you’re in for a cracking night. 

90s Baby POP is scheduled for September 18th, 2021, with 6,000 people allowed to attend the event at B.E.C arena. 

The unmissable event says: “bring back some of your favourite nostalgic memories from the 90’s era, as well as recreating those unforgettable moments one more.

“Expect breathtaking productions, spectacular SFX shows and live performances all evening.”

Tickets are on sale now – you can grab them here

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