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

Will you be heading down?

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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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£2.5bn ‘UK Disneyland’ will go ahead next year, theme park boss confirms

It will be the biggest theme park investment in Europe since Disneyland Paris

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The ambitious theme park billed as the ‘UK Disneyland’ will be going ahead next year, the project’s boss has confirmed.

The huge theme park was originally announced in 2012, with hopes to be open to the public in 2019. However, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, disagreements by locals and wildlife protection laws, the opening date has been repeatedly pushed back.

But now, London Resort boss Py Gerbeau has confirmed that works will indeed be starting at the park next year, with plans to open by 2024.

London Resort

London Resort

Gerbeau said, as per Kent Online: “We remain committed to providing the examining authority with the new and updated documents as previously promised.

“We can also confirm, as previously indicated that we will be addressing the full range of issues in relation to time-dependant information being sufficiently current and will, as a matter of normal process in any examination, be supplementing our reports with additional information.”

He added that there will be no ‘material changes’ to the bid for the theme park to be built with ‘subtle’ design changes to protect the lands near the resort.

The 535-acre site, which will be located between Gravesend and Dartford just outside of London, will be the biggest brand new theme park investment in Europe since Disneyland Paris in 1992.

London Resort

London Resort

The theme park is reportedly working with BBC Studios, ITV and Paramount to build six different themed lands along with a water park, three hotels and a shopping district.

This includes ‘The Studios’, a warehouse district with blockbuster movie features, fairytale land ‘The Woods’ and King Arthur-themed ‘The Kingdom’. There will also be a futuristic land and a Jungle-themed land, as well as an area dedicated to dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures. 

Reports also suggest there will be two rollercoasters at the park, one of which will be the fastest in Europe reaching speeds in excess of 70mph.

Visit the London Resort website for more information.

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A Christmas Grotto with immersive performances from Santa and his elves is coming to Manchester

Mancunia is the Christmas fairy tale of our dreams…

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Ducie Street Warehouse will be transforming into Mancunia, a magical fairy tale land complete with immersive performances from Santa and his posse of elves.

Following its overwhelming success last year, The NQ Grotto will be making its grand return to give you and your family the perfect festive escape this Christmas with three theatre performances scheduled across the month.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

The grotto will give guests the opportunity to dance with the Ice Princess, have a singalong with Mrs Claus, enjoy story time with the Snow Queen, fun time with the brother and sister elves and of course, a chance to meet Santa himself.

The shows are perfect for the whole family, and guests can even grab comfortable floor cushions to sit together and truly immerse themselves in the world of Christmas.

Alongside the Grotto experience, there will also be food stalls in the atrium available with festive food and drink offerings courtesy of Ducie Street Warehouse.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

The NQ Grotto will be hosting sixty-minute sessions across three dates this month; Saturday December 11th, Saturday December 18th and Sunday December 19th, all at 10am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 3:14pm and 5pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for children and free for those under the age of two.

Get your tickets here.

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Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester and tickets are on sale now

Crepe City is back and you can get your hands on VIP tickets today…

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If nothing brings you joy quite like a fresh pair of trainers, you’ll be pleased to hear that Europe’s largest trainer festival is coming back to Manchester.

And, luckily for you, tickets for the event are on sale TODAY.

Crepe City experienced massive success when it last arrived in Manchester, with it bringing a massive selection of rare and exclusive shoes courtesy of over 150 traders, who each showcased the ‘rarest and most desirable’ pairs of trainers money can buy.

Crepe City

Crepe City

This time round, the event will be bringing its iconic traders back alongside a number of Manchester-based DJs, live performers, street food from local vendors and a bar sponsored by Manchester-born rum brand Rockstar Spirits.

The official event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.

“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.

“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented.”

Crepe City

Crepe City

Crepe City will be coming back to the Bowlers Exhibition Centre at Trafford Park on Sunday March 13th, 2022 from 11am-6pm, and tickets are on sale NOW.

Early bird standard tickets and VIP tickets – which get you early entry at 11am, one hour before general entry, and a drink on arrival – are both available to buy for £10 and £20 retrospectively.

Get your tickets booked here. 

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