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The Manchester Art Fair is back and you can get FREE tickets today

Pieces from world renown artists like Banksy will be up for grabs across the weekend

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One of the UK’s most ambitious art fairs is coming back to Manchester this year and you can get your hands on free tickets for the exclusive event TODAY.

After a brief hiatus last year, the White Circle Manchester Art Fair is back with a bang and it is boasting a fantastic line up of both modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography and limited edition prints from a selection of some of the worlds most acclaimed galleries and artists.

Art work by world-renown artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and Banksy will be available to purchase at the weekend-long event, as it will from some of the UK’s finest like Saul Hay, Laura Jordan and Ian Rayer-Smith… So start getting your pennies saved up.

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Plenty of Manchester’s favourite artists will also be in attendance throughout the weekend, including Saul Hay Gallery (Castle Street), Contemporary Six (Princess Street), Hot Bed Press (Cow Lane), Simone Ridyard with her urban sketches and the wonderfully raw expressive paintings of Ian Rayer Smith.

But perhaps the most talked about aspect of this year’s fair is the booming market of the ever-so mysterious NFTs – Non-Fungible Tokens. White Circle Manchester Art Fair will demystify the world of NFTs, with advice on purchasing, the link to cryptocurrency, and a selection
of exhibitors in the fair selling exclusive NFTs.

Fair Director Sophie Helm said, “We are really excited to part of bringing live art events back to the city with White Circle Manchester Art Fair in November supporting the city’s cultural recovery. Our audience of art lovers will be able to buy art from over 130 galleries and artists who will be exhibiting at the fair over the weekend, as well as well learning more about NFTs.”

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Sarah Maskell, Founder of White Circle, added: “The opportunity to support Manchester Art Fair has been the most amazing collaboration. As we open up offices and public spaces to celebrate the role culture plays in our environment, this event is an integral part of that journey.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to help continue the support the show gives artists in reaching people, sharing their talents and the joy art brings to our community.”

The fair opens with a launch night at Manchester Central on Friday November 19th
from 5-9pm, followed by public admission the following days on Saturday November 20th, 10am-6pm and Sunday November 21st, 10am –5pm.

And guess what? For today only, you lovely Proper Manchester readers can get tickets for the event for FREE. Click here to get yours.

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NEW OPENING: A giant bar where you can do karaoke with a live band is coming to Deansgate

The bar will be a spot to ‘eat, drink, watch live sport, play and party all under one roof’

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Deansgate is set to welcome a brand new sports bar complete with twenty screens, an outdoor terrace, live bands and karaoke next month.

Box – an already well known bar in Leeds city centre – will be taking over two floors in a building down Deansgate, just a stone’s throw away from Spinningfields. 

The bar will be showing an array of sport including football, cricket and boxing and, unlike other sports bars of its nature, will also offer live entertainment including ‘bandeoke’, where customers can take over the mic and join a live band on stage. 

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@theboxbaruk / Instagram

For more on the entertainment front, there will be two 21-foot European Shuffleboard tables, twenty state-of-the-art television screens and a busy events programme of live apres-ski style bands and DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

There will also be an extensive drinks menu, including beer tanks filled with fresh Budvar, delivered weekly from the Czech Republic, and cocktails such as pornstar martinis and espresso martinis on tap, alongside cocktail steins and four-litre beer towers.

The bar comes courtesy of Arc Inspirations, the company behind existing Manchester sites Banyan and Manahatta. 

Martin Wolstencroft, CEO of Arc Inspirations, said: “We’re delighted to finally be introducing our BOX brand to Manchester for its much-anticipated launch.

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@theboxbaruk / Instagram

“It’s exciting to be opening the doors next month to guests, especially after what’s been a challenging time for everyone.

“We’re confident the good folk of Manchester will enjoy BOX’s high-energy experience and overall, come to us for some great fun.

“The bar will also create seventy new local jobs for the local community, and we’re keen to hear from people interested in working in a fast-growing, dynamic company.”

Box Manchester is set to open its doors at some point in November – head over to their website and Instagram page for news and updates.  

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Halloween event is so terrifying it comes with a warning

The Journey to Hell Freak Nights are shrouded in controversy…

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has unveiled its event line-up for Halloween and, let’s just say, it isn’t for the faint of heart.

A number of creepy going-ons will be taking place across the spooky season, including the Day of the Dead Ghost Train, a Scare Maze, The Circus of Horrors and the theme park’s resident werewolf Lougarock, who will prowl the park on his motorbike looking for unsuspecting victims.

And on Halloween itself, the park will be running all of its rollercoasters until 10pm for their Late Night Riding programme, which will allow guests to enjoy their favourite rides in the darkness of night.

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But perhaps the most formidable event on the bill is the infamous Journey to Hell Freak Nights, terrifying, experience led events featuring live actors through nine themed areas of Blackpool Pleasure Beach after closing time. 

Bosses at the theme park have previously said that the Journey To Hell Freak Nights ‘set a new bar for the fear factor’, prompting a warning to prospective visitors.

The events warning includes latex, confined spaces, uneven surfaces, damp conditions, offensive language, blackout hoods, low/no visibility, loud noises and strobe lighting.

It was also advised that the whole experience is a ‘physically demanding environment and is in no way suitable for those with a nervous or weak disposition.’

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Journey to Hell takes place on selected nights from October 8th to 31st after the amusement park has closed to the public – scare zones include The Legend of the Cursed River Caves, Blind Faith, Day of the Dead, the BIG Dark Abyss and more.

Some scare zones will also incorporate ride experiences, including intense high-speed rollercoasters.

If you manage to survive the Journey To Hell, you’ll be able to celebrate with your favourite ‘guys and ghouls’ at the Devils Gate where there will be food, drinks and live entertainment.

Feel brave enough? Tickets for the Journey To Hell are priced at £32pp and are available here. Meanwhile, visit the Blackpool Pleasure Beach website for more information on their Halloween events.

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Alton Towers’ Scarefest is back with a new ‘killer clown maze’ and rides in the dark

As well as new mazes and features, Alton Towers will be bringing back their late night rollercoaster rides

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Alton Towers has brought back its popular Scarefest event just in time for Halloween, and it features some wonderfully spooky new surprises.

The popular theme park has always gone all out for Halloween, but it was the birth of Scarefest in 2007 that really kick-started the park’s love for all things spooky – and this year could be their biggest and scariest yet.

So, what’s on the bill?

Well, brand new for this year Alton Towers has introduced its Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard, a spine-tingling maze full of ‘killer clowns’ looking for victims to feature in their next ‘big show’. Guests will be required to make their way through the maze to stop the clowns’ evil plans… though they’ll have to work very hard in order to not get caught themselves.

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Also on the maze front, the theme park is hosting the Darkest Depths, a nautical-themed maze telling the story of The Mutiny Ship which was pulled to the bottom of the sea by the Kracken.

Guests will have to make their way through the ‘ship’ while a number of ghoulish pirates lurk in the shadows. 

Though there has also been the return of old Scarefest favourites such as The Attic: Terror of the Towers, which has made a comeback for 2021. This maze is set in the rooftops of the Alton ruins, and is based on the story of the governess who is said to haunt the ruins in revenge for the death of two young children she once cared for.

The Altonville Mine Tours are also back for another year, telling the eerie tale of the ‘skin snatchers’, who are rumoured to have lived down in the mines as outcasts from society. Guests will get a tour of the old mines, though they need to beware as, according to rumours, some of the ‘skin snatchers’ still live in the darkness…

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Oh, and as per tradition, Alton Towers will be operating all of its most popular rollercoasters such as The Smiler, Oblivion, The Wickerman and Nemesis until 9pm, so ultimate thrill-seekers can enjoy the unique experience of night-time rides.

There is also a number of new activities ideal for families and for those with younger children, such as the Alton Towers’ Trick O’ Treat Town, an immersive indoor walk through a fictional town featuring Treat Street, Witchy Woods, The Graveyard and The Hill.

In true trick or treating style, families can knock on doors to be greeted with either a handout of sweets or a squirt of a water pistol – the risk is yours to take.

Scarefest will be running for the rest of the month until Halloween, October 31st. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Alton Towers website here.

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