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There’s a Brexit Escape Room in Manchester and it’s scarily realistic

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Whichever side of the Brexit debate you’re on, the one thing I think we can all be united in is the fact that the whole process has been a complete unremitting disaster, which has not only divided the country, but also made us an international laughing stock. Merry Christmas!

With much of the debate just seeming to centre around people on both sides trying to shout or condescend their opinion into the brains of people with a differing view, a bit of a light-hearted escape from the whole thing sounded fun to me. An escape room, to be more precise. 

Alternate Escapes, one of the residents at the new Pollard Yard, located on Pollard Street next to Wellington Mill – a hub for creative independent businesses housed in repurposed shipping containers, run by a company called Meanwhile Creative – offers themed escape room challenges. The current theme is The Battle of Brexit and there are new themes in the pipeline for 2020.  

Ben Fowler, the man behind Alternate Escapes, explains: “The escape room is about giving people the chance to take a fairly exhausting, serious topic, and enjoy it in a far more light-hearted and satirical way”. 

Before you start you have to pick a side: Remain or Leave. We picked Remain, and you have a quick introduction in a separate cabin to go over the rules.

The set up being that our host is our campaign manager, and he has surreptitiously gained access to our rivals HQ for a short time and in the true spirit of real life Brexit, our objective is to try and gather sensitive, confidential information to besmirch our rivals by seeding their grubby secrets out to the press. 

It’s not really a case of escaping per se, but if you get all the secret documents, you succeed in destroying your rivals credibility, and ultimately win your chosen Brexit outcome. Or you fail, and they win. 

It was at this moment I made a decision. When I was younger, if there was a big football game approaching, I’d often play the game virtually on Fifa beforehand, deciding that whatever the outcome on Fifa would be the outcome in real life in some sort of inexplicable cosmic quirk, with myself at the centre of the universe. 

That’s what I decided would happen with Brexit, 100%, without question. Whatever happened in our Battle of Brexit escape room would manifest in real life. 

Naturally, being an escape room, they haven’t made it easy. In order to get our hands on confidential documents we have to work out access to various cupboards, drawers, cabinets, lockers and rooms by following a series of cryptic clues dotted around, with our campaign manager watching over from our HQ and able to provide clues on a screen occasionally, for which you’re notified by a little gong sound.


One such gong during our session was to dissuade one of our team Danny from trying to hack into a tablet, which we weren’t quite ready to use at that stage as we hadn’t discovered the clue to do so yet. 

While Danny didn’t quite manage to hack into the rival’s profile, he did somehow manage to log out of it completely and, impressively, hack in to the Alternate Escapes chap’s girlfriend’s personal profile, which we quickly were notified wasn’t part of our game, leaving us having to un-hack and re-hack back in when we were ready.  It was some serious espionage. 

I’ve done a couple of escape rooms before, with mixed success and experiences, and this one was well put together, good fun, and actually quite tough. It’s a simple-looking layout at first, but the complexity of it builds out as the game progresses. 

We had waves of being pretty prolific, then hitting a roadblock, with each new discovery greeted with a collective cheer. With actual seconds to spare, we managed to get the last clue and succeed in getting all documents, meaning that we won. 

Therefore, the cosmos has spoken, the outcome of Brexit will be Remain

Then again, if the universe was as aligned around me as I like to think, England would have won every major football tournament since about 1998 based purely on my Fifa endeavours, so I won’t hold my breath. 

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A new Brazilian bottomless brunch with endless sangria on tap is coming to Manchester

This looks so good!

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You can’t beat a bottomless brunch, with nonstop booze and good food – it’s what Sundays are made for.

But what could make a bottomless brunch even better? Well, how about ENDLESS SANGRIA ON TAP alongside some top notch Brazilian food? Yep, that’ll do it.

And Manchester’s very own KBOM Bar & Kitchen is doing just that, launching their ‘Domingo sem Fundo‘ – which roughly translates as ‘Bottomless Sundays’ – this weekend.

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You can choose a starter and a main alongside bottomless drinks for 90 minutes for just £22.95 per person, with a wide range of Brazilian and Portuguese dishes to pick from.

Starters include Rissois de Quejio – deep-fried cheese croquettes – or Pao de Quejio, cheesy dough balls which are the most popular street food snack over in Brazil.

You can also grab Asas Grelhadas, which is Portuguese style grilled chicken wings, marinated and cooked in either lemon and herb or KBOM’s very own Piri Piri seasoning.

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When it comes to mains, there’s loads of authentic Brazilian and Portuguese dishes, like Bitoque – a Portuguese take on steak and eggs – and Frango Grelhado, which is half a grilled Piri Piri spiced chicken with fries.

There’s also the Burger da Onda – a steak and king prawn burger – alongside Espetada de Gambas, grilled king prawn skewers brushed with in-house made chilli and garlic seasoning.

If you want to go all out there’s the Picanha à Brasileira, Brazilian-style grilled sirloin steak served with black beans, rice and farofa seasoning.

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When it comes to drinks you’re really spoiled for choice, with bottomless Sangria straight from the tap, Caipirinhas (a top quality Brazilian cocktail), red, white or rose wine, Super Bock or Sagres lager, or if you’re off the booze there’s soft drinks as well.

KBOM’s bottomless Sunday brunches start this Sunday, September 20th, with three slots at 12:15-13:45, 14:00-15:30 and 15:45-17:15 – you can book in here.

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A terrifying drive-in cinema event with actors lurking in the shadows is coming to Manchester

If you think you can handle it…

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An immersive drive-in cinema event is coming to Manchester for Halloween, and who knows what will be lurking in the shadows…

ScareCity is set to take over EventCity in Manchester from October 12th to November 1st with live socially-distant entertainment.

You can enjoy the world’s scariest films on the big screen, all from the comfort of your own car. 

You’ll just have to drive through the ‘scare tunnel’ first…

The schedule is full of Halloween classics such as The Ring, The Conjuring, and the creepy clown from It will also be making an appearance.

There will also be some kid-friendly films, including Coraline, Hocus Pocus and Coco – you can see the full schedule below. 

Food and drink is also available on site, that will all be served safely and in compliance with Covid-19 precautions. 

Tickets cost £35 per vehicle, and you can grab them here now.

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ScareCity Film Schedule: 

  • 12th October: The Invisible Man at 9pm
  • 13th October: The Ring at 9pm
  • 14th October: Insidious at 9pm
  • 15th October: Get Out at 9pm
  • 16th October: Blair Witch Project at 9pm
  • 17th October: Frankenweenie at 12pm, Beetlejuice at 4pm, US at 8pm
  • 18th October: Goosebumps at 12pm, 28 Days Later at 4pm, The Hills Have Eyes at 8pm
  • 19th October: The Conjuring at 9pm
  • 20th October: Annabelle at 9pm
  • 21st October: The Conjuring 2 at 9pm
  • 22nd October: Annabelle Creation at 9pm
  • 23rd October: Hocus Pocus at 6pm, The Nun at 9pm
  • 24th October: Coraline at 12pm, The Curse of La LLorona at 4pm, Annabelle Comes Home at 8pm
  • 25th October: Monster House at 12pm, The Grudge at 4pm, The Exorcist at 8pm
  • 26th October: It at 4pm, Crawl at 8pm
  • 27th October: It Chapter 2 at 4pm, The Lighthouse at 8pm
  • 28th October: Scary Movie at 4pm, Paranormal Activity at 8pm
  • 29th October: The Witch at 4pm, Cabin in the Woods at 8pm
  • 30th October: Child’s Play at 6pm, The Descent at 9pm
  • 31st October: Coco at 12pm, The Invisible Man at 4pm, Halloween (2018) at 8pm
  • 1st November: The Haunted Mansion at 4pm, The Ring at 8pm

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There’s a massive Bongo’s Bingo coming to Blackpool Pleasure Beach

This will be mental!

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Bongo’s Bingo will be hosting two massive events on Blackpool beach to ends this surreal summer.

The iconic seaside resort will open its arms to two massive open-air shows this month featuring the usual Bongo’s Bingo magic and mayhem.

Bongo’s Bingo has been on an extended break this year but has recently launched a series of safe but fun events in a new outdoor format.

They debuted in Newcastle at the UK’s first socially distanced music venue, Virgin Money Unity Arena, with two sell-out events. 

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Next up is Blackpool Pleasure Beach that will feature Jonny Bongo himself for two epic nights at the iconic seaside resort. 

Jonny Bongo says: “Our Outdoors shows have been simply amazing so far and it has been so good bringing people back together for some much-needed escapism.

“Doing what we do outdoors, socially-distanced and seeing everyone go wild is very special – the energy from everyone so far has been electric. We know Blackpool always likes to party and in such a jaw-dropping location it’s going to be pure class. There’s no excuse now not to join us – our two shows are going to be mega!”

Guests can expect the usual antics from the show and weird and wonderful prizes as ever! 

Friday evening has sold out but there are still tickets available to the event on Thursday 24th September.

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