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The Refuge is opening its new hidden outdoor terrace from April 12th

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The Refuge by Volta has announced that they’ll be reopening on Monday April 12th, with a brand new hidden outdoor terrace.

On this date the venue will unveil its beautiful new outdoor area in the courtyard at Waterhouse Way, tucked away on an industrial hidden street.

They’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes throughout lockdown, redeveloping the soon-to-be-revealed al fresco dining area.

This will be Manchester’s best-kept secret, and the outdoor area will offer food, drinks and good times for hotel guests and locals alike.

The heated and covered outdoor area will be one of the few restaurants opening in Manchester, and the plant-filled space will be sound-tracked by the city’s finest DJs.

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Guests at the Kimpton® Clocktower Hotel, which will also reopen on April 12th for essential business travel, will benefit from the brand-new refurbishment in the courtyard as well.

Luke Cowdrey, of The Refuge by Volta, said: “We literally can’t wait to open our magical al fresco restaurant in the city for people to stumble across and eat, drink and be happy. It will be a great space to come together and reignite human connection in a safe and social environment after a tough few months.”

To mark the reopening of the outdoor space, The Refuge has curated a selection of new dishes, which will feature meat and fish sharing platters.

Some of their favourite dishes will remain on the menu, including the smoked feta, beetroot, hazelnuts, dill, and lamb shawarma, alongside the Voltini classics, inspired from the Volta travels.

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Manchester’s ultimate Sunday Roast will also be available to order for the perfect weekend feast, and in addition, The Refuge will be launching a new dessert and drinks menu featuring a special ‘Refuge Lager’.

The Refuge outdoor area will open on:

  • Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 9pm
  • Friday to Saturday from 12pm to 10pm
  • Sunday from 12pm to 8pm

Online bookings in advance are recommended if you want to avoid disappointment, with each table having a two-hour slot – and food must be purchased along with drinks.

Seats will be limited for the foreseeable future to allow for social distancing, and limited walk-ins will be available only during late evenings in the weekend.

You can book in here.

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Tickets for magical Harry Potter forbidden forest experience are out now

A truly magical experience for all Harry Potter fans



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Calling all Harry Potter fans: An enchanting forest trail inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter is set to come to Cheshire later this year. 

Warner Brothers Themed Entertainment have teamed up with Thinkwell in a partnership that will see Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience –  taking place usually in the United States – arrive just around the corner from Manchester over in Cheshire.

The exciting Forbidden Forest attraction will debut this autumn in the beautiful woodlands at Arley Hall & Gardens, giving fans of the magical franchise the chance to experience a night time trail akin to the films.

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Visitors will be able to make their way through the magical woodland and follow an illuminated path on which they will discover not only a whole array of surprises, but some of their favourite moments from the books and the films.

After watching the beautiful forest come to life, visitors can then go on to enjoy a wide range of food and drinks at the nearby village, before perusing the on-site shop for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise to take home.

Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Themed Entertainment, said: “The Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience offers fans a new way to enjoy some of the most iconic and magical wizarding world moments.

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“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Thinkwell to bring this incredible light trail to life at Arley Hall & Gardens, a perfect location where the natural beauty of the forest trail and illuminated sets filled with familiar creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, will make for a magical experience for fans of all ages.”

The trail will follow a one-way route through the gardens, and will also be fully accessible to all as well as Covid secure in adherence with the latest Government safety guidelines.

The event is on from October 16th until November 22nd and you can grab tickets here.

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Peter Kay announces return to stage with two special live shows next month

He’s been out the spotlight since 2017



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Peter Kay is finally returning to the stage with two new special live shows next month.

The Bolton legend has announced he will be doing two Q&As in aid of Laura Nuttall. The 20-year-old was diagnosed with a fast-growing, aggressive brain tumour called Glioblastoma multiforme back in October 2018.

The special shows will be happening at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on August 7th, at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.

Laura’s mum wrote: “Still can’t believe this is actually happening! So incredibly grateful to Peter for doing this and just cannot wait for August 7th.’”

Peter has been out of the spotlight since 2017, when he cancelled his 14-month tour out of the blue, citing ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.


A statement from the time read: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

“My sincerest apologies… I’m sure you’ll understand that my family must always come first.

“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.”

Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday, July 30th, at 9am – you can find them here.

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Crepe City is coming to Manchester this weekend with tickets for just £10

Know anyone who loves trainers?



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If nothing makes you happier than a good pair of trainers, then you need to get yourself down to Crepe City.

Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester this weekend, after it was forced to cancel last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Crepe City will bring with it absolutely loads of rare and exclusive shoes, with more than 150 traders ‘showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers’.

There’ll be more than just trainers there as well, with DJs and performers, street food, bar, a sneaker-cleaning service, competitions and panel discussions.

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The event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.

“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.

“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented. Don’t miss it!”

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Crepe City is happening this Sunday, August 1st, from 12pm-5pm, over at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park.

Tickets are live now and are only £10 each – you can grab them here.

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