After a four year hiatus, the UK’s largest indoor Christmas theme park is making its grand return to Manchester.
The iconic Winter Wonderland will be coming home to Trafford’s indoor venue EventCity to celebrate the 2021 festivities with magical Christmas experiences such as reindeer, elves, fairies and even Father Christmas and his famous grotto.
There will also be a number of child-friendly theatrical performances taking place on the main stage with daily performances ideal for the whole family, including shows like the Ice Princess Show, Christmas Meltdown and the return of Winter Wonderland’s spectacular Christmas Circus.
And it wouldn’t be a Christmas bonanza without an abundance of festive food, would it? From German bratwursts to waffles and crepes, plus lots of Christmassy games stalls to keep the kids happily entertained, there’ll be something for everyone to feast upon.
Elsewhere, a German bar will also serving up fresh Bavarian beers and other festive drinks and adult refreshments.
Speaking on the grand return, Winter Wonderland’s organisers Tammy and Billy Silcock of Kingpin Events said: “We are absolutely delighted to be returning to Manchester this Christmas after a four-year gap, after the last eighteen months we all need to create magical memories with our families, and we hope the return of the event will spread joy across the region.
“And, as a special thank you for the hard work of our NHS and Armed Forces, we are introducing reduced ticket prices on specific days throughout the run.”
Tickets for the event are now on sale now and are priced at £29.50 for adults and children off-peak, and £35 at peak times. OAPs are priced at £20 and £27.50 while those under the age of three can visit for free at any time.
Located at Event City next door to the Intu Trafford Centre, Winter Wonderland will be running from Saturday December 4th 2021 to Sunday January 2nd 2022.
To book your own tickets and for more information about the event, click here.
Here’s how Manchester is celebrating Chinese New Year
Manchester will be welcoming the Year of the Tiger in style…
The Chinese New Year is nearly upon us, and Manchester has a whole week of celebrations planned to mark the occasion.
Chinese New Year – also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival – will fall on Tuesday February 1st this year, starting the year of the Tiger.
According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in a year of the Tiger are predicted to be brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident. However, they will also experience their zodiac birth sign year, benmingnian, in 2022, which is considered bad luck.
But let’s not worry about that because Manchester has a ton of exciting events and activities lined up to welcome in the Year of the Tiger.
While the annual parade won’t be going ahead due to Covid restrictions, there will be the grand unveiling of a huge tiger art sculpture at St Ann’s Square on February 1st.
Commissioned by Manchester BID, the installation will take on the form of a traditional tiger from wood and recycled corrugated plastic.
While the tiger is a symbol of power, bravery and force in Chinese culture, the origami-esque sculpture will give the illusion of being weak and easily broken when, in fact, it will remain strong and tall for the city to see.
The tiger’s inner structure will also match the stripes and markings of a real-life tiger, which will cast stunning shadows at night with the help from surrounding lights.
And, on February 6th, Manchester’s Chinatown will come to life to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a whole host of family-friendly activities including lion dancing, Chinese dancers, street food stalls and Chinese arts and crafts events.
Thousands of traditional red lanterns will gradually adorn Chinatown and the rest of the city’s streets from today, too.
The Chinese New Year will be celebrated from February 1st – February 6th. Make sure to follow Manchester’s Chinese New Year celebrations Instagram page for news and updates.
A new £1m immersive Peter Rabbit attraction is coming to Blackpool’s seafront
This will make for an exceptionally wholesome day out with the little ‘uns
A new £1m attraction based on the beloved Peter Rabbit is set to open on Blackpool’s seafront next month.
‘Peter Rabbit Explore and Play’, which has been eighteen months in the making, will be opening next door to Madame Tussauds and will join Merlin’s six other attractions, including The Blackpool Tower and Sea Life Blackpool.
In what will be Merlin’s first stand-alone visitor attraction experience based on the cartoon, visitors will be able to fully immerse themselves in the world of Peter Rabbit and ’embark on an adventure across five fluffy-tailed themed zones’.
Guests will also be able to meet, greet and ‘high-paw’ Peter the Rabbit himself when the attraction opens in February.
Merlin said on the new opening: “Guests will need to think like a rabbit, move like a rabbit and deploy rabbit-like senses with a whole burrow-full of creativity in order to complete the challenges and earn badges – seeing if they have the skills to join the secret treehouse club.”
The regional director Kate Shane added: “We are thrilled to be welcoming such an icon to Blackpool.
“Peter Rabbit is a well-loved household name for young and old and is globally renowned. We are delighted that this new attraction concept will be created here in Blackpool first.
“We firmly support Blackpool’s overall ambition to be the UK’s number one family seaside resort and with such a family-favourite brand joining our Blackpool Cluster of attractions we can’t wait to ‘hop’ to it and get the experience open.”
An exact opening date is yet to be announced, though it has been confirmed for February 2022.
For news and updates, make sure to follow the official Peter Rabbit: Explore and Play Blackpool Facebook page here.
A huge sushi festival is coming to Manchester this spring
Calling all sushi fanatics!
A festival dedicated entirely to the wonderful world of sushi is coming to Manchester this year.
Whether you love a good plate of makizushi, if you’re more of a Nigiri person, or your go-to is a temaki, this event is bound to your cup of tea.
Pencilled in for April 21st – 23rd 2022 at Audacious Church on Trinity Way, the Manchester Sushi Festival will welcome some of the city’s best sushi parlours and chefs, who will give guests the opportunity to sample everything the Japanese cuisine has to offer.
Sushi lovers will be able to sample a whole array of unusual delicacies, such as ‘designer sushi’ and ‘super sushi’ – if you know, you know.
There will also be a selection of other Japanese specialties on offer, including ramen and tempura.
And vegans and veggies – fear not! There will be plenty of plant-based options for guests to enjoy, too.
As well as the vast selection of sushi vendors to choose from, there will also be workshops hosted by Food Sorcery that will teach guests how to make their very own sushi from home – though it is worth noting that the workshops run every hour and are on a strictly first come first served basis.
There will also be Japanese inspired art classes, fashion pop ups, live music and DJs – as well as plenty of Japanese beer to hand, too.
The festival will run for four hours each day between the hours of 3pm and 7pm.
For more information and to buy tickets, which are priced at an outrageously reasonable price of £20pp, by the way, click here.