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Two mini Christmas Markets are going ahead in Manchester from this week

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The most popular traders from the Christmas Markets can be found in pop-ups in Piccadilly Gardens and St Ann’s Square, the council has confirmed. 

From this week, Manchester will be hosting a scaled down version of its world-famous Christmas Markets, including a new Winter Market pop-up in St Ann’s Square.

The two mini markets will take place over the next two weeks and will feature some of the most popular food vendors.

At St Ann’s Square visitors can expect gooey cookie dough creations from Elsie May, and Porky Pig will be serving up their famous Yorkshire pudding wraps. 

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Eat Greek will also be serving up their halloumi fries and you can get your hands on the market staple mini pancakes and bratwurst, as well as burritos from Mango Rays. 

Unfortunately, if you’re prone to a festive tipple, alcohol will not be permitted at the mini-markets meaning no mulled wine or steins.

The existing Winter Market in Piccadilly Gardens has also now been expanded so there will be a range of craft and gift stalls. 

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As well as being smaller, the markets are likely to look a lot different with social distancing measures in place.

The number of people who can access the stalls will be limited and there will be a one-way system. 

Coun Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “We know people were so disappointed to hear this year’s Christmas Markets could not go ahead.

“Public safety must be at the heart of everything we do, and we could not put on our usual world-class event while keeping people safe.

“Since then, we have been looking at ways of supporting the Christmas traders at an important time of year for their businesses, while also attracting people to the city centre in a safe and manageable way.

“Our Winter Markets have attracted some of the city’s – and region’s – top makers and traders, who provide a real alternative to the high street.”

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Piccadilly Gardens Market 
Open now until December 23rd

Week one:

  • The Crusty Pie Company
  • Popsters
  • The Great British Cheese Company
  • Johnsons Toffees
  • The Closet Boutique
  • Zen Experimental
  • Mandalay Accessories
  • The Cocktail Co
  • Amazonas Gifts
  • Cheshire Cheese Company
  • Personalised Gifts
  • Paul Collins
  • Trolle Trading Limited
  • Snugglebottle
  • Priya
  • Sticky Chocolate 
  • The Olive Tree

    Week Two:
  • Snugglebottle
  • Chi CHi’s
  • The Little Gift Hut
  • Mayflower Apiaries
  • Priya
  • The Cheese Board
  • Sticky Chocolate
  • The Closet Boutique
  • From the Olive Tree
  • O’Donnell Moonshine
  • Malvavisco
  • Just The Cheese
  • Amazonas Jewellery
  • Johnsons Toffees
  • The Crusty Pie Company
  • Popsters
  • The Cocktail Co
  • Paul Collins

St Ann’s Square
Open December 9th-13th & December 16th-20th

  • Porky Pig
  • Eat Greek
  • Elsie May’s 
  • Traditional Christmas Pancakes
  • Gourmet English Sausage & German Bratwurst
  • Mango Rays

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Glastonbury cancelled for the second year running due to coronavirus

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Glastonbury Festival has officially been cancelled for the second year running.

It will no longer take place in 2021 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The news was announced on the festival’s official Twitter page today, Thursday January 21st.

The post said: “With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place.

“And that this will be another enforced fallow year for us. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily.”

Organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC last month that she hoped the festival could still happen, despite ‘huge uncertainty’ surrounding live music at the moment.

She said: “We’re doing everything we can on our end to plan and prepare, but I think we’re still quite a long way from being able to say we’re confident 2021 will go ahead.”

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A huge first-of-its-kind live entertainment venue is opening in Manchester this year

A fantastic new addition to our city

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A new ‘first-of-its-kind’ entertainment venue is set to open this year in Manchester.

The one-stop destination will see a combination of live music, events, entertainment, food, drink and socialising all in the venue. 

Canvas will be home to three different areas: Canvas Kitchen, Canvas Club and Canvas Events.

The development will take place at Circle Square and have space for 100 in Canvas Kitchen and a further 400 people in the live music and events space.

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The venue will be open from 7am until 4am every single day meaning you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a night out all in one place. 

You’re guaranteed to be in good hands too with the team behind Canvas Manchester responsible for the likes of Hammersmith Apollo, Brixton Academy and G-A-Y Manchester.

The calendar for events is expected to be well-rounded with the likes of wellbeing events, room for social activism, plus gigs, networking events and workshops. 

Gavin Aldrich, CEO at BeSixth, said of the new development: “We’ll be in the heart of a thriving, city centre neighbourhood that brings together people from all walks of life – be it students, shoppers, business owners or academics – and it’s this community that makes us confident Circle Square will be the perfect destination to launch Canvas Manchester.”

Circle Square Manchester

Tom Renn, Managing Director of Bruntwood SciTech – Manchester added: “Our ambition for Circle Square was always to create a destination – a place that would bring people together morning, day and night and a place that would become part of the fabric of the city. Somewhere tourists and innovators would see as a must-visit when coming to Manchester.

Adding: “The live music industry has understandably suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but where better to drive its resurgence than in the ‘City that thinks a table is for dancing on’?”

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Bez is launching his own lockdown fitness classes called Get Buzzin’ With Bez

He wants to inspire the nation like Joe Wicks

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Bez is set to launch his very own fitness classes online to see everyone through lockdown.

The Happy Mondays maraca-shaking dancer is releasing his own series of classes called ‘Get Buzzing With Bez’, as he attempts to shift his own lockdown weight. 

The classes will launch on January 17th showing Bez being trained by a fitness instructor, something he’s describing as ‘somewhere between Joe Wicks and Mr Motivator’. 

He said: “I’d like to think I’m somewhere between Joe Wicks and Mr Motivator. I’ve started this new year seriously unfit, with a fat belly and creaky hips, and I can’t stop eating chocolate.

“Last lockdown I got unfit, fat, lazy and into some seriously bad eating habits.

“This year, this lockdown, I need to sort it out sharpish.”

He added that people can join him ‘on this mad journey or just sit on the sofa and have a good laugh at me’.

He added: “At the very least, I know I’ll be making people smile, at best I’ll be helping people get fit and mentally happier alongside me.”

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Get Buzzin’ With Bez is launching over on YouTube on Sunday January 17th, with Bez encouraging us to get active every week for three months.

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