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Tinsel Town festive fairground and ice rink returns to Trafford Centre this Christmas

There’s even a festive funfair with an ice rink and a big wheel

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The Trafford Centre has the festive season covered with plenty of events planned for all the family – check out what’s on.

From Santa’s Grotto to Tinsel Town, as well as exciting new store openings, book signings and exclusive brand pop-ups, there’s always something new to discover.

Here’s what’s happening at the Trafford Centre this festive season:

Black Friday Sales

November is coming to an end and Christmas shopping is well underway, so why not head over and grab some deals while you’re on the hunt for presents – you could even treat yourself.

Many sales have already gone live with the rest happening this Black Friday, November 24th.

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Black Friday highlights include up to 50% off at Lakeland and Levi’s, 30% off everything at Ted Baker, and 25% off at Molton Brown and Carvela. 

The Grotto: Dear Santa

Step into the immersive wonderland of Santa’s Grotto this Christmas. Families will journey through the Candy Cane Land and Enchanted Forest in search of Santa’s Merry Mailroom. 

The Grotto can be found on Lower Peel Avenue, near the Dolphin Fountain. ‘Whispering Winter’ inclusive sessions are also available for those families who prefer a more relaxed experience.

The Grotto is open now until December 24th. Tickets cost £25 for children / £7.50 for adults and are available now, click HERE

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Tinsel Town

The huge festive fairground is back and has plenty of exciting rides suitable for younger kids and older thrill-seekers too.

Open now until January 1st, 2024,  attractions include teacups, a caterpillar rollercoaster and funhouse. There is also the thrilling Snow Jets ride or the Starflyer, as well as a brand new attraction VOID – calling all you dare devils!

Christmas market stalls will be dotted around with a variety of food and drink vendors selling Yorkshire Pudding wraps, bratwurst, burgers pancakes, donuts, mulled wine, hot chocolates and plenty more.

Tinsel Town entry costs £2 if booked online in advance, or £2.50 on the day, with ice skating sessions sold separately. Purchase tickets by clicking HERE.

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Skate at Tinsel Town

This ice rink is covered in a traditional-style canopy decorated with twinkling fairy lights and is open now until January 1st, 2024.

Take to the ice on a 25m x 20m shimmering, covered ice rink for a 45-minute ice skate session to celebrate the winter season. Glide away under a sky full of twinkling lights whilst festive music transports skaters to a whimsical, festive haven.

Ice skating tickets are £12.50 for adults and £10 for children off-peak / £15 for adults and £12.50 for children peak, for a 45-minute ice skating session, with entry to the Tinsel Town fairground sold separately. 

Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE

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Gandy’s Snowstorm 3: Northern Lights

Don’t miss this sensational ice-skating show live from the heated theatre big top, on 200 sq. meters of shimmering real ice. Be wowed by this all new production featuring 16 ice skaters, international circus stars, amazing special effects, and the return of the massive ice bears! 

The show begins on November 24th and runs until January 1st, 2024. Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE

Big Wheel

It’s back and it’s here until January 7th, 2024. 

You’ll be able to enjoy all the glittering lights and sights as you soar above the ground at a staggering 55 metres high. Take in the incredible views and a little piece of magic this Christmas.

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Letters to Santa at Selfridges

Bring the little ones along to post their Christmas lists to Santa. Don’t forget to include your return address – Santa just might write back. Make sure to get them in on time; last posting date is Monday, December 4th. Find out more on the Selfridges website HERE.

Charity gift wrapping 

This handy service will be here to help with a dedicated team of volunteers from a number of North West charities from December 14th – 21st.

Volunteers will expertly wrap your gifts in return for a donation. Find them on lower Regent Crescent, outside JD Sports.

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Ladbaby book signing at WH Smith

Ladbaby will be in-store on November 25th.

Social media phenomenon Ladbaby, aka Mark and Roxanne Hoyle, are the creators of the bestseller ‘Greg the Sausage Roll: Santa’s Little Helper’ and will be joining WHSmith for a Christmas signing of ‘Greg the Sausage Roll: 12 Days of Christmas: A LadBaby Board Book’. 

Tickets are £7.99 includes entry and a of the book to be collected at the event. 

Parents accompanying their children do not require a ticket (one accompanying adult per child with ticket.) Find out more and book HERE.

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Get Prepped for Party Season at Selfridges

Don’t miss Selfridges Beauty Workshop Series from November 22nd – 26th where beauty brands CHANEL, Dior & YSL Beauty and more will be sharing their expert tips and favourite looks for party season. Find out more and book HERE

New store openings

Lululemon and Lounge have opened new stores, ‘Skinwear’ brand Narvvi will be joining the centre this month, and Holland & Barret has had a store makeover. LEGO fans of all ages will love discovering their brand new store, and Marks and Spencer’s much anticipated new store will open on November, 30th.

 

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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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Shania Twain announced as final headliner for Lytham Festival 2024

This might impress you much!

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Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain has been announced as the fifth and final act to be headlining at Lytham Festival this summer.

The ‘You’re Still the One’, ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman!’ hitmaker will be taking to the stage at the five-day festival, alongside artists including US rock star Brittany Howard, pop icon Rick Astley, British music legend Johnny Marr and English pop-rock outfit The Kooks.

Shania has sold over 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time and the best-selling female artist in country music history.

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Dubbed the ‘Queen of Country Pop’, the five-time Grammy Award winner will perform at the North West’s largest music festival on Thursday, July 4th and will be supported by triple BRIT and Ivor Novello Award winner Rag’n’Bone Man, aka Rory Graham.

Headliners already announced are:

  • Hozier – Wednesday, July 3rd
  • Courteeners – Friday, July 5th
  • Madness – Saturday, July 6th
  • James – Sunday, July 7th

Festival co-founder Peter Taylor said: “We have a complete line up and I am delighted. Shania Twain is the queen of country music. She is a global icon and we cannot wait to welcome her to TK Maxx presents Lytham Festival.”

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He continued: “This will be an amazing night and announcing her as our fifth headliner is the icing on the cake for the summer.

“Every headline artist we have on the bill for 2024 is in the top 20 of artists we are repeatedly asked to deliver, and once again we have programmed five very different nights of live music appealing to a very wide audience.

“Alongside our headliners we also have incredible special guests and support artists and to quite literally have the giant that is Rag’n’Bone Man joining our bill is fantastic.”

Individual tickets to see Shania Twain go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 16th. 

Lytham Festival

Five-day passes and all other tickets are on sale now. Lytham Festival is held in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire from July 3rd – July 7th, 2024.

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