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The Lion King musical is returning to Manchester

Make sure you don’t miss out on tickets.

Jamie Roberts

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If you missed it last time round, now’s your chance to catch The Lion King musical in Manchester.

The hugely popular show is returning to our city for a three-month run starting next year, and tickets will be out soon.

The stage adaption of the classic Disney film’s first run in Manchester was between 2012 and 2015, and it went down a storm.

It features a massive cast, with over 50 actors, dancers and singers involved in telling the story of Simba using puppets, costumes and masks.

It’s set to return to the Palace Theatre late next year, from October 22nd 2020 until January 31st 2021.

If you want tickets, they’re going on sale next year, in February 2020, and if you really don’t want to miss out you can sign up here from today to get first access.

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A new play centre cafe has opened with something for the whole family

The kids will love this!

Alex Watson

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The Play Cafe

Stretford Mall is now home to a pop-up play centre which gives each family its very own themed pod. 

Eight pods have opened up in the cafe, each filled with plenty of toys and activities that families can book out for two hours at a time. 

The Play Cafe is also serving up food from Stretford Canteen including picnic platters for children, fresh bread and cakes, pies and cheese platters.

For the parents, you can also grab a beer or gin and tonic as well as a range of locally supplied hot drinks. 

The Play Cafe

The pod’s themes include Lego, messy play, role play and classic games. There’s also a nature pod, small world babe in arms and active pod.

The Play Cafe is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Haylea Osborne who is also behind Placemaker events. 

Haylea said: “The Play Cafe is a concept that we have evolved and adapted numerous times to meet the requirements of the current climate.

“Our aim has always been to provide affordable family fun in an environment that is both inspiring to adults and children.

“We are proud to deliver something that is local to the Stretford area and are grateful to Bruntwood Works for their support in helping us trial something different.

The Play Cafe

“Like many people, COVID-19 has affected me personally and it hasn’t been easy to keep going when myself and my business partner are working full time…I hope us finally opening our doors will be an inspiration to others.

“We think it essential that we work with local suppliers such as Stretford Canteen, The Urban Preserver, Mancoco and Dunky spoons hot choc – keeping our business local is the least we can do to support the local economy.

“We look forward to welcoming the families of Stretford along for some good old fashioned fun!”

You can book The Play Cafe every Saturday for a two hour slot. Guests should also allow for the 30 minute gap between slots designated for cleaning. 

Slots available include: 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm – you can find more info here.

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A magical real-life mermaid show is coming to Sea Life Manchester this Autumn

This looks incredible!

Alex Watson

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Sea Life Manchester

Sea Life Manchester is launching limited-edition evening events to keep you and the kids entertained throughout Autumn, and they’re kicking off with a mesmerising mermaid event. 

If you’re looking for a spectacular show to treat the kids to – this is definitely it! 

Complete with actual real-life mermaids (sort of), watch an enchanting routine of the magical creatures swimming alongside the many other creatures at Sea Life. 

The after-hours event is taking place on Friday nights, starting this Friday, September 25th, until October 16th, giving guests plenty of chance to witness the magical mermaid show. 

Sea Life Manchester

Speaking on the launch Stuart Jarman, General Manager at Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, said: ”The response of guests to the re-opening of our attractions Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre here at Barton Square has been incredible.

“As we continue to safely and responsibly welcome guests back to SEA LIFE Manchester, we’re delighted to launch a programme of extra-special events that promise to inspire, excite and educate guests of all ages on the wonders of ocean life.

“Our real-life mermaids are incredible and a real visual experience. They’re loved by our creatures, who love to engage with them, as much as our visitors.”

Sea Life Manchester

Tickets, which are £21.95 for adults and £16.95 for children (kids under three go free), also get you full access to the family attraction. 

You can get up close to sharks, octopuses, stingrays, and giant green sea turtles. Plus there are loads more to see, as Sea Life is home to over 1,000 wondrous creatures! 

Tickets are limited and the Mermaid event, the first in the series, is likely to sell out quickly! 

Find out more information and book tickets here

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The UK’s first socially distanced outdoor drag show is coming to Manchester this week

This will be amazing!

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Freight Island will be hosting the UK’s very first outdoor and socially distant drag tour, and it features some massive names. 

The show, Klub Kids Manchester presents Squirrel Friends 2, is coming to Escape to Freight Island this week. 

In September there will be a huge line up of pop and drag acts, fully following the government’s social distancing guidelines. 

Book your table at Escape to Freight Island and get tickets to the two-hour show, Drag Market, food stalls plus drinks via table service and plenty of artist merchandise too!

The line-up includes The Vivienne who fans will know from Drag Race UK, Jimbo the drag Clown and Rock M Sakura from season 12 of Drag Race.

There will also be S Club, Vinegar Strokes, Erika Klash and Donna Trump on the lineup, so safe to say you’re in good hands! 

The night will be packed full of entertainment from 5pm all the way until midnight. 

Squirrel Friends 2 will be at Freight Island Wednesday, September 23rd, and tickets cost £20 per person.

You can book your tickets here now. 

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