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The full list of Manchester Christmas Market traders at each location has been released

Over a hundred traders have been confirmed for this year’s markets

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The full list of traders in attendance at this year’s Manchester Christmas Markets has been released and it looks like we’re in for one hell of a treat.

Things are going to be little different this year: while the heart of the markets is usually centered around Albert Square, ongoing renovations to the Town Hall have forced them to move to Piccadilly Gardens, the council confirmed earlier this month. 

The area will be transformed into the ‘Winter Gardens’, with all the usual yuletide bars, market stalls and food huts still at familiar locations such as St. Ann’s Square, Exchange Square and King Street. 

We haven’t got long to go until the markets grace us with their presence once again on November 12th, so it’s about time we get to see which food, drink and retail traders have been confirmed for the line-up, isn’t it? 

Here’s who’ll be there this year…

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Piccadilly Gardens

  • Little Spain
  • Mexico Joes Ltd
  • Bars&Yours Ltd
  • One Catering
  • Porkys of Yarm
  • Clowbecks
  • The Pancake House
  • Brook’s Mill / Hollies
  • The Manchester Winter Ale House
  • Elsie Mays
  • Cheshire Cheese Company
  • Silver Flowers
  • G&J Catering
  • de Creperie 
  • The Great British Cheese Company
  • MM Coffee Company Ltd

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St. Ann’s Square

  • Star Bakery GMBH 
  • The Pancake House
  • Yard & Coop
  • Manke Markets UK Ltd
  • Gingerbread House Confections 
  • Pure Indulgence
  • Johnsons Crafts
  • Metal Art Productions
  • Winbridge
  • Drydock Driftwood
  • Manc & Proud
  • The Cheese Board
  • Continental Cottage
  • Bellapaella
  • Amber Jewellery
  • Wraptious
  • Eat Liquorice

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King Street

  • O Sweet Home
  • N & P Events Ltd
  • Cuisine Provencale
  • Xmas Food & Drinks Ltd
  • Eat Grk 
  • Le Moulin Au Chocolat
  • Urban Colours
  • Terrasa Ltd
  • The Salford Rum Company
  • Charles Taylor Trading
  • N & P Events Ltd
  • Dorri Limited
  • Small Batch Cocktails Ltd
  • Soaps of Provence Limited
  • M Crafts
  • Malvavisco
  • Johnsons Toffees
  • The Best Of Italy
  • Frank’s Jewels
  • Cherry Tree UK Ltd
  • The Toast Italiano

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Exchange Street

  • The Great North Pie Company
  • Birchwood Leather
  • Earth, Rock & Stone
  • MCR Wall Art
  • Angel Belle Jewellery
  • Dontbitchstitch
  • Trolle Trading Limited
  • Lakeland Picnic Ltd
  • Mamma Mia

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New Cathedral Street

  • Eat New York
  • Mango Rays (MCR) LTD
  • Bar 3 
  • The Witch House
  • Zen Experimental Ltd
  • SGB Trading
  • Mantra
  • Cheshire Cheese Company
  • Birchwood Leather
  • The Little Gift Hut
  • Eat Liquorice
  • Celtic Spirit Co
  • Unikalus Vaizdas
  • Mouse And Moon 
  • Artesania 
  • The Cocktail Co
  • Laura’s Fudge
  • Mayflower Apiaries
  • Java Bar Espresso Ltd
  • The Buddha Beauty Company
  • Lanx Group Ltd

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Exchange Square

  • The Mill Exchange Ltd
  • Tikka Kebab Kitchen
  • Forum Foods Ltd 
  • de Creperie
  • Turks Charcoal Pit
  • Round Food House
  • Elsie Mays
  • Gingerbread House Confections
  • The Crusty Pie Company
  • Wall Art Collective Ltd
  • Zakad d.o.o.
  • Crios Gifts 
  • Zara Cakes Ltd
  • Faith & Sons 
  • De Luciano
  • Priya Trading
  • The Cheese Board
  • Artisan Farm
  • The Festive House
  • Terrasa Ltd
  • Pineapple Events Solutions Limited
  • Pure Indulgence
  • Riverside Spirits
  • Dorri Limited
  • Mosaic 
  • Grey Thread 
  • Sasha Ray Photography
  • From The Olive Tree

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Market Street

  • Garlic Grater
  • Popsters
  • Ken The Hat Man
  • Baby Leon
  • Amazonas Jewellery
  • Exglo UK
  • Carpe Diems Finest Ltd
  • Kingdom Of Sweets
  • Edges Arms
  • Personalised Gifts
  • Xtravertz
  • The Great British Cheese Company
  • Mandalay Accessories Ltd
  • Crios Gifts
  • VietnamUKConnect Ltd
  • Tiger Mountain
  • O’Donnell Moonshine Ltd
  • Silver Flowers 
  • Pretty Little Princess
  • Amazonas Gifts 
  • M & C Crafts
  • Vybrid
  • The Melting Pot

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Cathedral Gardens

  • Continental Catering
  • de Creperie
  • Well & Spruce
  • Windmill 
  • The Dog House
  • Agathas Farm
  • Farman & Son LTD
  • The Great British Cheese Company 
  • Sorelle
  • The Closet Boutique

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Free festivals coming to Freight Island for ‘most electrifying season yet’

Get ready for a festival season of great food, drink and music at Freight Island!

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Freight Island is gearing up for an epic free festival series throughout the spring and summer months, which promises to be its ‘most electrifying season yet’.

Back open in full swing on Easter weekend, Freight Island is set to re-open fully on Friday, March 29th featuring world-renowned DJs and the city’s finest talents to present top tier entertainment.

All free to attend, this year’s epic series is set to welcome some of the music scene’s most revered talents such as David Rodigan, Greg Wilson, Norman Jay, Luke Una and his special É Soul Cultura, Crazy P (DJ Set), Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, and many more.

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Supporting acts include some of Manchester’s most celebrated DJs and collectives, including the likes of Sit N Bun, Supernature Disco, SK1 Records, Me Gusta Collective, Semi Skimmed Edits, Ghosts of Garage, and more.

In addition to the sensational spring/summer programming, Freight Island also hosts regular events including the famous pop club night Cherrybomb, mass karaoke, creative workshops, and more. 

Continuing to champion independent traders from the North West, Freight Island will see a new addition to this year’s festival season with Liverpool institution Pattersons.

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Guests can tuck into the North West spot’s famous mouth-watering fried chicken, which is brined for over 24 hours in Pattersons’ special mix of herbs and spices and dusted in secret recipe flour.

Hungry guests can also expect all of Freight Island’s amazing traders to be back open, including the premium smashed burgers from Burgerism, giant 22” pizza and slices from Voodoo Ray’s, slab shack from Lazy Tony’s Lasagnaria, and Indian and Nepalese street food from Payal.

As well as Greek street food from Mega Gyros, Venezuelan cuisine from Mia’s Arepas, pan-Asian cuisine from Fuku, open fire cooking from Smoking Coal, and cheesecake on a stick from Oh My Cheesecake.

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Foodie programme resumes with Seconds carvery every Sunday, featuring quality roast meats and unlimited access to all the trimmings.

To book your FREE tickets for the Freight Island festivals, click HERE.

Freight Island opens for its epic spring/summer festival from Friday March 29th. Opening hours are Thursday from 4pm until 11pm, Friday from 4pm until 12am, Saturday from 12pm until 12am, and Sunday from 12pm until 10pm.

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Chester Zoo letting school children visit for FREE to ‘inspire new generation of conservationists’

More than 35,000 of the free educational visit tickets are up for grabs

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Chester Zoo is inviting children in education to visit for free as part of its aim to inspire a new generation of conservationists.

Pupils from nurseries, primary, secondary schools, and colleges can take advantage of the free places, which gives them the chance to explore conservation up close at the charity’s 128-acre zoological gardens.

Running since 2017, the zoo’s free ticket scheme has already seen more than 100,000 children and young people experience the wonders the zoo has to offer. This year, more than 35,000 of the free educational visit tickets are up for grabs.

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This time round, the zoo is also opening the initiative to nurseries, schools and colleges that haven’t benefited from the scheme within the last three years.

Every school participating in the programme will receive a free resource pack to help maximise the educational impact of their zoo visit.

Charlotte Smith, director of conservation education and engagement at Chester Zoo, said: “Every one of us is a custodian of our natural world but it’s the next generation of conservationists – children and young people today – who are fundamentally important to overcoming the environmental and biodiversity challenges our planet is facing.

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“They are inspiring and they give us hope, which is why we’re so keen to connect them with the awe and wonder of nature and help to nurture their passion and desire to make a difference.

“It’s proven that a visit to the zoo can significantly enhance people’s understanding of the huge efforts that go into conserving highly threatened species, while also bringing physical and mental health benefits, too.

“That’s why we particularly want to reach youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds and ensure they are the primary beneficiaries of the initiative – so we can provide them with the skills and know-how to go on and make a real, positive difference to wildlife in their everyday lives.”

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Chester Zoo’s free educational visits are for between November 2024 and February 2025. 

To apply you will need to fill out an application form and submit it online. The deadline is March 22nd.

To apply for a free educational visit to Chester Zoo, click HERE.

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LS Lowry’s Sunday Afternoon painting to go on public display for first time in 57 years

It will go on display for the first time in 57 years before it goes to auction

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LS Lowry’s painting Sunday Afternoon is to go on public display for the first time in 57 years.

The painting, worth more than £4 million will go on display in Christie’s London on March 13th before it goes to auction on March 20th.

Lowry, who was born in Stretford in 1887, painted industrial districts in Greater Manchester and around the North West. He mainly depicted Salford in his works.


Laurence Stephen Lowry’s Sunday Afternoon illustrates a densely populated industrial landscape, which shows what Lowry described as the ‘battle of life’. 

Before his death in 1976 at the age of 88, Lowry produced more than 1,000 artworks.

Auctioneers expect the painting to go for between £4 million and £6 million at the Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale on March 20th.

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The artwork was previously sold at the Christies in 1967 for a ‘record price’ and was obtained from the collection of Keith Showering, who was a former chief executive of Europe’s biggest drinks business Allied Breweries.

Phillip Harley, senior director at Christie’s, said: “Sunday Afternoon by LS Lowry will return to the public eye at Christie’s for the first time since it was last seen here 57 years ago.

“This important painting has remained in the collection of Sir Keith and Lady Showering since 1967, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acquire a work of this magnitude and scale.

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“The composition represents the wonder the artist felt as he recorded his many observations of the evolving society around him.

“We are thrilled to bring Sunday Afternoon back to auction in the Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale. We look forward to welcoming our clients and visitors alike to view the painting when it goes on free display in London on 13 March.”

LS Lowry’s Sunday Afternoon will go on public display at the Christie’s London from March 13th to 20th.

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