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The incredible pink cafe that looks like it’s straight off the Barbie film set

It’s pink heaven!

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There is an all-pink cafe in Stockport that looks perfect for the ‘gram and fit for a princess.

Stockport’s Pink Island Cafe is attracting curious crowds and pink lovers to try its sugary treats while witnessing staff serving up burgers, pizzas, desserts and cream-smothered, mallow-flurried drinks. 

The pink, pink, PINK, palace looks like it could have been taken straight from the recent blockbuster Barbie movie set, but is strangely housed inside an industrial unit on a business park, going completely unnoticed by those who are unaware.

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The picture perfect cafe opened its doors in February and is part of Makeup Artist P.Louise’s Makeup Academy – which offers courses for those looking to go into a career in the cosmetics industry.

Pink Island Cafe is open to all and not just those booking onto one of the makeup artistry courses, with the word spreading fast about this hidden gem – or rose quartz for that matter.

To get a table, you have to book a place in advance which can be done via the website. Once there, you’ll have to buzz to be let inside – so it’s not your average cafe experience.

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While it looks nothing special from the outside, upon entering, it’s like being inside a life-sized Barbie house.

Looking around, and briefly expecting Margot Robbie to float down from the ceiling, you’ll notice there are three booths with words in letters covered in Hollywood bulbs that say: ‘Blood’, ‘Sweat’ and ‘Tears’, above each one.

The wording is in reference to the owner of the P.Louise Empire – real name Paige Louise Williams. The entrepreneur grew up on a council estate in Manchester before creating a £10 eye shadow primer, and now the successful businesswoman has grown that into a multi-million pound business.

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On her website it says Paige started with ‘a huge dream to make it on her own two feet in the world of makeup’.

The cafe is the perfect setting for a birthday party, and later this month the venue will be hosting its very own princess party with face painting, food and performers, held on August 23rd and 25th.

The P.Louise website also says: ‘where dreams are made a reality and magical moments are guaranteed!’ – so if you want to make your princess dream a reality, this is exactly the place to do it.

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Over at the other side of the space, there is a castle that’s actually a shop selling P.Louise makeup products with an array of bright pop-colours and shimmery hues to die for. With 1.5 million followers on her Makeup Academy Instagram page, it’s clearly popular stuff.

You can find the cafe at Orion Business park, Bird Hall Lane, Cheadle Heath, Stockport SK3 0RT. Reservations must be made online, to book click HERE.

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Huge beer festival with more than 500 different varieties coming to Manchester

Can’t wait for this!

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Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Manchester Craft Beer Festival is back for another year, bringing with it more than 80 breweries and 500 different beers to sample.

The fourth edition of the festival will be taking place at Depot Mayfield on Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6th.

Cloudwater, Track, Marble, Northern Monk, Bundobust, Sureshot and Seven Brothers will be there to represent Manchester, alongside other UK stalwarts like Deya, Verdant, Siren and Leeds’ North Brewing Co.

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Heritage breweries like Timothy Taylor’s, Chouffe and Timmermans will also be there, as well as international breweries from the US, Greece, Spain and Australia.

There will also be some great food options to line your stomach, including bao buns, crispy chicken and katsu tater tots at Bone Daddies, as well as Almost Famous, Bundobust, MorMor and Voodoo Rays.

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Greg Wells, director of Manchester Craft Beer Festival, said: “It’s been a disheartening year for Manchester’s beer scene so far with closure of the beloved Indy Beer Con Fest and the unsuccessful debut of the International Brewing and Cider Festival, but we’re pleased to announce our return and bring more of what has been loved in the past three years.

“With even more breweries and experiences on offer and larger capacity this year, we’re buzzing to be back to satisfy all the beer lovers out there.

“The addition of a complimentary trade session to our programme is all about promoting this world class beer city and a small gesture to support all the incredible people who work across the drinks and hospitality industries.

“We all have a mutual understanding of the hardships our industries have faced in recent times so we thought it’d be a nice gesture to get everyone together for the love of drinks, food and music to celebrate beer and ourselves!”

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The entry price includes all your drinks throughout your session, as well as festival glass and access to all the events happening.

And as it’s on during the Euros, it will be screening the football too.

Day tickets cost £57 per day session – with a discount for four tickets – or £145 for the whole weekend. Grab tickets HERE.

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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

Get this one in your diary!

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

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Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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