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There’s a new Italian Christmas Market in Manchester selling pizza, pasta and mulled wine

There’s a new Christmas market in town…

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As the festive season gets into full swing, Manchester has gained the unlikely addition of an authentic Italian Christmas Market, and it is the thing of dreams.

Now, Italian Christmas Markets do things a little differently to the typical German-style markets we’ve become so accustomed to; instead of bratwursts and spiced cider, the Christmas Markets over in Italy boast a selection of tasty pastries, traditional cookies, fresh pasta and, of course, their finest regional wines.

So we can expect some fantastic things from Manchester’s new Italian Christmas Market, which has come courtesy of a collaboration between local Italian restaurant Salvi’s and contemporary neighbourhood Deansgate Square.

The unique markets have come as the family-run restaurant prepare the launch of its own eclectic food hub, which is billed to open at Deansgate Square in the new year.



So, what can we expect from Manchester’s Italian Christmas Market?

The markets, which opened over the weekend and will run until December 22nd, are serving up the very best in authentic Italian food and drink from a two-tipi hub, four festive huts and a cosy fire-pit with complimentary blankets.

Also on the bill is a number of DJs, live music, entertainment, Christmas gifts, hampers, panettone and tiramisu making workshops, kids events, and plenty of other exciting seasonal extras.

There is also the Aperol and Campari Bar, which is serving up a number of unconventional festive tipples such as a Hot Mulled Negroni, a Fig Negroni, Aperol Spritz (obviously) and Vin Brule, a special mulled wine hailing from Piemonte, a northern region at the foot of the Italian Alps.

On the food side of things, guests will be able to indulge in a selection of Salvi’s finest Italian street food, such as freshly baked pizza, pasta and sweet treats like soffietti. There will also be hampers, panettone cakes, oils, pasta, aprons, pasta sauces, cheese, salamis and limoncello up for grabs, too.



There will also be live music every Thursday and Sunday, DJs every Friday and Sunday, lots of events with music and entertainment, interactive workshops including panettone and tiramisu making, and a variety of kids and family-friendly classes that will be announced by Salvi’s very soon.

Salvi’s owner Maurizio Cecco said on the new markets: “We are so excited to be involved in the Christmas market at Deansgate Square; with our new venue opening there in early 2022 we want to create an authentic Italian festive wonderland for customers old and new.

“Come along for food, drinks, dancing, or just a chat if you’re passing… The Salvi’s door is always open.”

The Italian Christmas Markets are open at Deansgate Square now. Head over to the Salvi’s Instagram page for news and updates.

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Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic is coming to Manchester

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Disney in Concert is coming to Manchester featuring all your family favourites performed by a live orchestra.

The special concert tour will celebrate 100 years of Disney classics through music as it takes place at venues across the UK this June.

Disney In Concert: The Sound of Magic will feature best loved Walt Disney scenes and characters with classic soundtracks brought to life by the Novello Orchestra.

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Live music will transport the audience on a magic carpet ride through the most memorable song, score and movie moments of The Walt Disney Company.

Classic soundtracks include: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Moana, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Frozen, The Lion King, Fantasia, Encanto, Beauty and the Beast, and more.

The show premiered in London at the Coliseum last year, with London Theatre Reviews awarding it five stars in their review, saying: “It is a truly sumptuous multimedia experience: iconic film scenes throughout the decades are projected on a giant screen, whilst the magical musical moments are brought to life by The Novello Orchestra.”

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Following on from its London debut last year, Disney In Concert: The Sound of Magic will come to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on June 4th. 

Tickets for the show will go on presale via Ticketmaster from Wednesday, February 21st, with general onsale tickets available on Friday, February 23rd at 10am. For tickets, click HERE.

The Disney in Concert UK tour dates 2024 are as follows:

  • June 4th – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
  • June 5th – Bath Forum
  • June 6th – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
  • June 8th – Edinburgh Usher Hall
  • June 9th – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • June 10th – Liverpool Empire
  • June 11th – Birmingham Symphony Hall
  • June 13th – London Eventim Apollo

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Sausage dog party with 150 cute dachshunds returns to Greater Manchester

It’s a sausage dog party!

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Proud owners of sausage dogs get ready as a pop-up dachshund party is returning to Greater Manchester.

Owners and fans of the adorable little four-legged friends can come along to the one-day event where 150 dogs can have the time of their lives.

Party Like A Dachshund is coming to Westhoughton Dog Park, in Bolton, on Saturday, March 9th from 9am – 3pm.

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Pups can get to meet other sausages, where they will enjoy 60 minutes off-lead time at the outdoor dog park as well as unlimited puppuccinos and doggy treats.

There will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture your little loves living life to the full and making memories, as well as a variety of props, tunnels, toys, ball pools and other fun equipment to keep your sausages entertained.

There’s also prizes to be won for the best dressed dachshund and plenty of stalls where you can purchase all sorts of cute doggy stuff.

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The pop-up is a family friendly event for which only your doggo requires a ticket. ‘Hoomans’ go FREE, including one car.

You will have the chance to meet up with other dog owners and sausage fans where you can become part of the community while watching your beloved fur ball having fun.

A selection of snacks and soft drinks will be available to purchase, so bring your other half or the kids to this event that welcomes the whole family. 

The pop-up is organised by Pawesome Parties who is raising money for the DMT Dog Rescue Charity, which helps rescue dachshunds from the dog meat trade and bring them to loving homes.

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All friendly dogs are welcome but there are some doggy do’s and dont’s:

  • Do bring friendly and socialised dogs
  • Do feel free to let your Dog off lead but..
  • Do keep a close watch over your dog
  • Don’t leave dog poo behind – bag it and put it in the bin
  • Don’t bring aggressive dogs to the event
  • Don’t bring dogs in season

Would you like to see your dog socialise with other sausages, meet like minded owners and watch as your dogs play in a secure off-lead environment? If so, tickets to Party Like A Dachshund can be purchased, HERE.

Tickets cost £12 per doggo and owners are asked to book in advance. The event will take place on Saturday, March 9th with one-hour time slots available throughout the day.


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Hollywood star Keanu Reeves is playing a gig in Manchester this summer

Keanu fans will be pleased to hear this!

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Keanu Reeves will be heading to Manchester for a gig with his band Dogstar later this year.

Best known for his role as Neo in The Matrix, but also for playing characters John Wick and Ted in Bill and Ted, Keanu has announced he will take to the stage with his band Dogstar this summer.

The band will perform at New Century Hall in June as part of their UK and European tour.

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Fans will get to see the 59-year-old in a whole new light as he swaps the big screen and red carpets for bass guitar and the stage lights of a Manchester live music venue.

The American alternative rock group’s members are: lead vocalist Bret Domrose, bassist Keanu Reeves and Robert Mailhouse on drums.

They first formed in 1991 and after 22 years of being inactive, they reformed in May last year. 

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The band have released three studio albums including their latest one which was released last year, called Somewhere Between the Power Lines and Palm Trees.

In an Instagram post shared with their 194k followers yesterday, the band announced: “We’re coming back to Europe & the U.K. this Summer!

“So stoked to announce our new headline tour in Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

“General on sale starts on Friday, February 16th at 10am local. A limited quantity of VIP Soundcheck packages will be available at all headline shows.

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“View all tour dates – including the previously announced festivals in Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia & Serbia – now at dogstarofficial.com.”

Kicking off, the trio will perform in Madrid, Spain on May 30th before heading to Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Zurich and Berlin.

From there they will head to Manchester on June 18th and then play in London at the Electric Ballroom on June 19th.

Dogstar will then go on to play in Brescia, Udine, Bologna and Turin to conclude their tour.

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Tickets go on general sale on Friday, February 16th at 10am via Ticketmaster, HERE.

Dogstar’s UK and European tour dates 2024 are:

May 30th – Madrid, La Sala Teatro
June 2nd – Paris, La Cigale
June 3rd – Antwerp, Trix
June 5th – Amsterdam, Melkweg
June 9th – Luxembourg City, Den Atelier
June 11th – Zurich, Kaufleuten
June 15th – Berlin, Columbia Theater
June 18th – Manchester, New Century Hall
June 19th – London, Electric Ballroom
June 23rd – Brescia,Teatro Del Vittoriale
June 24th – Udine, Castle
June 29th – Bologna, Bonsai Garden
June 30th – Turin, Sonic City 

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