By now we’re all dreaming about this summer, with the return of live events, pubs and festivals.
If it’s festivals you’re after, then look no further than Velio, a brand-new event celebrating life on two wheels.
Its debut festival is arriving in the North West this September, with three days and nights of cycling, immersive rides, music, comedy, food and drink, wellness and good times – and tickets are on sale now.
Located at the beautiful Cholmondeley Castle in the countryside of Malpas, Cheshire, Velio will be the first event in a series of pioneering cycling festivals created to provide unrivalled experiences on and off the saddle.
Both riders and non-riders can come down to enjoy the entertainment and feasts.
There will be different cycling routes and lengths for all ages, from the beginner to experienced riders, including the headline Velutopia ride – a 14km long stretch on closed roads filled with immersive entertainment, it’s a world-first cycling festival experience.
The unrivalled cycling experience will be made up of five routes – 3km,14km, 30km, 60km and 100km – and will cater from beginner to experienced riders, as well as including disabled cycling options and mini kids rides.
Velio festival will have entertainment, music and comedy, with a carefully crafted programme of international music artists, comedians and immersive moments across five stages.
Renowned vocal group Sister Sledge will be taking over the centre stage alongside fellow headliners Everything Everything. Also soundracking the mainstage will be a range of live acts including Elder Island and The Futureheads, as well as stellar DJ sets from Friendly Fires and Norman Jay MBE.
Expect a host of incredible tribute performances including The Bootleg Beatles and Da Funk (Daft Punk Tribute), as well as Mr Motivator getting the party started on the main stage.
The infamous La Discotheque will host their own stage with acts such as Crazy P Soundsystem and Disco Classics – featuring a live orchestra, with their fabulous flamingos, soul sergeants and queens to match.
Comedian Jason Manford will be providing a laugh a minute on the comedy stage presented by Altitude Comedy Festival with a stream of cherry-picked comedians, including Marcus Brigstocke, Shappi Khorsandi and Lou Conran.
The Velio Village presents a programme of day and nighttime immersive entertainment. This open-air village will play host to an eclectic mix of brass bands, DJs, cabaret & burlesque, a late-night jazz cafe, film screenings, karaoke, kids entertainment, chill out areas and much more.
Communal feasting will be at the heart of the festival with The Great Village Feast, with award-winning restaurant Volta collaborating to produce the banquets at the festival.
Foodies will enjoy long table communal feasts championing the finest local produce, while speciality bars serve up a variety of tempting tipples ranging from wine and gin to craft beers and cocktails.
Included in all tickets is standard camping for 3 days and 3 nights with access to a spacious campsite, toilets and showers. Motorhomes and campervans are welcomed, and you can also arrive to pre-erected tents.
For an enhanced camping experience, the boutique village offers a range of Bell, Lotus or Mahal tents for 2 to 8 people. All feature memory foam mattresses, premium bedding, bedside lights and tables as standard, with optional upgrades of electricity, toiletries, mirrors, and towels available.
Boutique village campers also enjoy exclusive access to speciality food vendors and bars in the area, along with VIP toilets and showers.
The onsite secure and insured bike storage system will negate any concerns about storing your pride and joy, while the bike cleaning and maintenance stations will make sure your ride is looking tip-top and podium ready.
If you don’t have a bike or don’t want to bring your own, a bike rental service is available on site. There are also physios and coaches on hand to offer tips and advice and make sure you’re fully geared up for some cycling fun and frolics. .
Add in yoga and meditation in the Cholmondeley gardens, plus wood-fired hot tubs, and you’ve got a unique and unforgettable festival experience.
Ed Norris, curator said: “We’re on a mission to get more people into cycling and bring it’s wholehearted culture to the world.
“Now more than ever we need the ability to switch off, connect with others and live a balanced lifestyle, at Velio we’re here to help celebrate the good times, indulge your senses and embrace the cycling culture.
“Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, our community is open.”
In addition to being the first immersive cycling festival, Velio is proud to be the first ‘Flexi-Distanced’ festival. All the measures and teams are in place to run the event socially distanced or non socially distanced, whichever the guidelines dictate, so you can book in confidence.
The comprehensive programme of activities and entertainment ensures there is something for all ages and disciplines at Velio, whether you’re a late-night dancer, an early morning meditator, a weekend feaster or a mid-week rider.
Pioneering a community spirit is also paramount, so we’re calling for you to get out the bike, get out of the city and gear up for an unforgettable weekend of cycle fuelled fun with family and friends, both old and new.
Tickets went on sale on Wednesday April 14th, with prices starting from just £150 (with the 25% discount code) for the entire three days and nights including camping.
Grab your tickets here, with 25% off available until Sunday April 18th.
An award-winning George Michael tribute act is coming to Manchester later this year
Calling all George Michael fans!
A live performance dedicated to the late George Michael will be taking place in Manchester later this year.
On Christmas Day 2016, the world lost an icon: Wham! frontman and pop music legend, George Michael, sadly passed away at the age of fifty-three.
Since his death, a huge hole has been left in the music industry but, later this year, fans of the singer will be able to experience the next best thing.
Award winning tribute artist Robert Taylor will be reprising his role as George Michael at a concert at Altrincham’s Bowdon Rooms this coming December.
Along with his bass player & backing singers, Robert will pay tribute to the beloved singer, covering all the George Michael and Wham! classics in a fantastic and touching tribute show.
Hits such as ‘Club Tropicana’, ‘I’m Your Man’, ‘Freedom 90’ and ‘Fastlove’ will be performed with a high level of authenticity, and will have concert-goers dancing and singing along all night long.
The concert will be taking place on Saturday December 18th at 7pm at The Bowdon Rooms. Get your own tickets and more information here.
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.
Trafford Centre unveils massive new outdoor summer event with beach, fairground rides and a bar
And people say Manchester has everything but a beach…
Our beloved Trafford Centre has today unveiled its brand new outdoor event space complete with a beach, fairground rides, pop-up bars and food stalls.
Summer Social is a huge 8,000 sq ft event space situated outside The Orient, opposite The Great Hall entrance of the shopping complex.
The aim of Summer Social is to bring together all the retro fun of the fair, the beach and live music and entertainment, alongside a whole host of fantastic food and drink by the likes of local gems The Angelic, Kitakaze and Boujee Bar.
There is a dedicated covered events space where people can relax and enjoy sports, live music and entertainment if the weather takes a turn – because let’s face it, it definitely will.
Live musicians, street artists, and buskers will also be welcomed at Summer Social, with the covered stage area set to host a number of ‘Trafford Discovers’ events over the coming weeks.
As for the fun fair, there is an offering for every member of the family – there is exhilarating rides for both little ones and grownups, including The Star Flyer, Log Flume, Apple Coaster and Cruise Ship.
Zoe Inman, Centre Director, said: “Summer Social is going to be a unique and vast outdoor area, offering people a safe space to gather, eat, drink and have some fun.
“With over 200 stores, restaurants and leisure attractions to also explore within the centre itself, it’s time to plan a sensational day out at The Trafford Centre this summer – don’t forget your sun cream!”
Opening hours are 11am – 9pm daily, with the food and events space open 12pm -10pm Sunday – Thursday, and 12pm -11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are priced at £3.50 per person, and £3 when booked in advance. Fairground rides are priced individually.
Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment, and token and wristband packages will be available to pre-book.
For more information and to make your own booking, visit the official Summer Social website here.
The free seaside Splash Park in Lytham St Annes has reopened for the summer holidays
Get your swimsuits at the ready
The popular seaside Splash Park in Lytham St Annes has reopened in time for the six week summer holidays.
With temperatures continuing to soar during this heatwave, families and their youngsters will be able to cool down at the Splash zone in Lytham St Annes’ Promenade Gardens.
The attraction – which is completely free to use and enjoy – is situated in the former disused paddling pool area, which is surrounded by amphitheatre style seating and modern landscaping.
There are a number of interactive water play features within the park, which accommodates children aged three to twelve.
These include in-ground jets, above ground features for toddlers and large above ground features for juniors. There is also a jet zone on the right of the splash pad, which produces a shallow splash zone, allowing the toddlers who are less confident with water to have a calm experience without getting sprayed or overwhelmed.
Earlier this week, the Splash Park announced on its official Facebook page that it will be reopening tomorrow, Friday July 23rd, where it will be open daily from 10am until 4pm until September 24th.
Demand is high for fun in the sun, however, so families have been advised to book a time slot in advance to avoid disappointment.
Families are also warned to arrive at the park prepared as there are no changing rooms or facilities – though there are public toilets nearby that cost 20p to use.
Refreshments including ice-creams, lollies and cold drinks will also be on sale near the site throughout the summer.
Sessions will be taking place at 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm and 3pm, and will each last for an hour.
Sessions for children under the age of five will run at 10am on Mondays, and sessions for children with disabilities and special educational needs will run at 10am on Tuesdays.
For more information and to book your own session, visit the website here.