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This Manchester meditation event is helping boost mental wellbeing during lockdown

Meditation can reduces stress, frustration, depression and pain while increasing happiness

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Manchester Let’s Meditate is a new online community event and fundraising initiative, and it’s open to everyone to help support people during these difficult times of lockdown.

It’s set to take place over seven days, starting Monday February 8th, and was created and developed by Forever Manchester supporter, Liane Grimshaw – a local small business owner who found meditation helped to overcome her own depression and anxiety. 

Forever Manchester is a charity that raises money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester. They believe that connected communities make stronger, happier communities, and love to promote any activity that brings people together.



We all know of the increased stresses and strains of these uncertain times and more people  are suffering with stress, anxiety, sleep problems, and generally worrying about the future. 

Most of us are stuck at home, working from home while juggling added pressures of  childcare and isolation from our loved ones.

As such, you’re not alone if you find yourself struggling with negative thoughts and feelings.

But when everything seems out of our control and the uncertainty seems unbearable, there  are tools which can help you cope, like meditation, an act which enables us to slow down, let our mind unwind and our body let go of stress. 

There’s lots of benefits to meditation, including:

  • Calms your busy mind and helps you find a greater sense of peace 
  • Reduces stress, frustration, depression and pain while increasing happiness 
  • Heightens levels of acceptance and compassion 
  • Develops strength and confidence to deal with anything life throws at you 
  • Helps you learn how to let go of the things that no longer serve you 
  • Improves both the quantity and quality of your sleep 
  • Improves personal relationships 
  • Gives you greater control over emotional reactions to people and situations 
  • Reduces the physical and mental symptoms of stress and anxiety 
  • Improves memory, focus and concentration 
  • Helps you become more present and less distracted
  • Helps you develop a greater sense of enjoyment in life

Liane, the host and curator of Manchester Let’s Meditate, said: “I lead a busy life with many challenges, and I can honestly say that meditation has saved my mind and improved my experience of life.

“I am bringing many outstanding teachers, who have given their time  and energy for free to support this event.”

Vicky Procter, Assistant Marketing Manager at Forever Manchester, added: “Manchester Let’s Meditate encapsulates the essence of what fundraising for Forever Manchester is all about – helping local people do extraordinary things together.

“It’s a tough time for everyone and  Manchester Let’s Meditate is all about developing skills to improve our mental wellbeing, learn about mindfulness and generally bring our community together for something positive albeit online. We encourage everyone to book a session and donate however much or little  as you can.”

So whether you’re already an expert in meditation or simply wanting to try something new for 2021, Manchester Let’s Meditate is the perfect event to learn skills for both body and mind to last a lifetime, all while raising money for Forever Manchester to fund and support our local communities across Greater Manchester.

Meditation is a skill anyone can develop and it’s a way of training the mind, exactly like you  train your body in the gym – the more you do it, the greater the benefits you will enjoy.

Meditation costs nothing, can be done anywhere, by anyone, with no special equipment  needed. You don’t have to be religious or into spirituality and science has proved its  beneficial effect on our health, both physically and mentally.

You can find more info, view sessions, book online and make a donation by visiting the website here.

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Printworks is giving away more prizes at another huge interactive quiz next week

Calling all quiz experts…

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Manchester’s number one entertainment venue Printworks is putting on some big interactive quizzes this month.

Printworks is officially ‘Open for Quizness’ with the launch of the two online game shows offering the chance to win £500 worth of prizes, as well as the chance for one lucky Mancunian to be crowned the city’s ultimate quiz champion.

When looking back over the last year, quizzes will be remembered for keeping us entertained and connected with our loved ones.

So in celebration of the Printworks reopening on May 17th, the venue is hosting two interactive events in partnership with local game developers Piing.

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The first one happened on Tuesday, May 4th, and went down a storm, delivering hours of top class quiz-based entertainment – as well as prizes.

The next one is happening next week, on Tuesday May 11th at 6:30pm, and Manchester is invited to pick up its phones and meet friends, family or colleagues on the leaderboard.

This isn’t just any old online quiz, and whether you’re at home with a takeaway, in the park or in a beer garden, you can join in for the chance to win prizes including vouchers to spend in your favourite Printworks destination – as well as a few booby prizes.

Jason Shay, Centre Director at Printworks, said: “Over the last 20 years, Printworks has been the number one destination for entertaining family and friends with fun-filled days and vibrant nights out.

“We’re looking forward to hosting the quiz to end all quizzes to treat our much-loved and loyal customers ahead of the reopening of our indoor venues from the 17th May.”

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There’ll be five quiz rounds to take part in including Food and Drink, British Pop Culture and Manchester, with a sports round to discover if Manchester is truly Red or Blue.

You can even make a night of it with some takeaway scran from Nando’s, Hard Rock Café or Wasabi. Wagamama and Hard Rock Café are also open for outdoor drinks and dining, although you’re best prebooking a table.

To take part in the quiz live you can visit the website here on your mobile (or desktop).

Here’s what you can win:

  1. 1st Prize: £150 spending spree at Printworks – to be spent in a venue of choice
  2. 2nd Prize: £50 to spend at a Printworks venue of choice
  3. 3rd Prize: £25 to spend at a Printworks venue of choice

To find out more about future Printworks quizzes, head over to their website here.

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A load of Marvel and DC superheroes have appeared in the Trafford Centre

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The Trafford Centre

Superhero fans are in for a treat as several of them have appeared down at the Trafford Centre.

Both big and little superhero fans will be able to head down to the shopping centre and get photos with their heroes.

Whether you prefer Marvel or DC, there’s a range of different characters from both currently down at Barton Square.

The Trafford Centre

Seven superheroes have descended on the venue, including Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.

The characters are free to visit.

The Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre posted about the event on Instagram and Twitter, saying: “Have you seen the latest visitors to Barton Square?

“Don’t miss your chance to visit 7 superheroes including Hulk, Iron Man, Aquaman and more. They won’t be here for long so don’t miss out on your #SuperheroSelfie!”

The post has proved popular, with hundreds of people liking and commenting on it in just a few hours.

Responding to someone on Instagram, the Trafford Centre confirmed that the superheroes will be in Barton Square until Sunday May 23rd.

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An immersive ‘Fawlty Towers’ dining experience is happening this summer

Make sure you don’t miss this at The Bowdon Rooms

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Fawlty Towers is an iconic piece of British television history, and has had audiences in stitches ever since it first aired in the 1970s.

Now you can live out an authentic Basil Fawlty dining experience at ‘Faulty Towers’, an immersive restaurant event which is happening at The Bowdon Rooms this summer.

The audience will become diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant, and pretty much anything can happen – with 70% of the show being improvised.

The fun starts as guests wait to be seated, before two-hours of jokes and shambolic service ensue, as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a ‘70s-style three-course meal together with a good dollop of mayhem.

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Internationally acclaimed, Faulty Towers was born in April 1997 as a loving tribute to the BBC’s much-loved TV series, and nearly a million people around the world have now seen it.

As of 2019, 11 teams of cast working from England and Australia tour around 20 countries a year performing it – the show is in its eighth year in London’s West End, where it holds TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

It’s won rave reviews as well, with The Advertiser at Adelaide Fringe saying: “A solid two hours of madness and a fantastic tribute to the much-loved BBC sitcom that leaves you bursting in laughter”.

Broadway Baby at Edinburgh Fringe called it ‘Outrageously funny’, while Best of Toronto, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts added: “Hilarious… catch it before it leaves”.

The Faulty Towers Dining Experience

The ticket price includes a three course meal, and special dietary requirements must be made directly with the venue a minimum of one week before the event.

It’s coming to The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday June 20th 2021, with events at 12:00pm and 17:00pm.

You can grab your tickets here – for bookings of 10 or more you’ll need to contact the venue directly.

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Located in Bowdon, Altrincham, The Bowdon Rooms is an example of stunning Edwardian architecture with Art Deco influences in the immaculate interior.

Dating back to 1903, the award-winning venue is a great choice for exclusive events with its abundance of old style charm and grandeur, authentic character and beautiful features. 

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