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UK’s largest open-air dance floor is coming to Manchester alongside a full line-up of entertainment

The Frost Fair is back, and it’s looking bigger and better than ever before

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The annual Frost Fair is returning to Whitworth Park next month and, alongside a full line up of entertainment, it is bringing with it the ‘UK’s largest’ open-air dance floor.

Across the weekend of December 4th and December 5th, Frost Fair will once again take over the Whitworth grounds at the University of Manchester to bring a whole array of festive fun to the much-deserving people of Manchester.

The theme for this year’s Frost Fair is ‘reflection and celebration’, which will encourage visitors to reflect on the challenges of the past year and to celebrate being back together for the festive period.

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So, what can visitors expect from the Frost Fair?

First thing’s first; the Sculpture Terrace located at the front entrance of the gallery will be transformed into a dazzling entertainment square, which will play home to the main stage and the largest outdoor dance floor in the city.

Over on the main stage there will be a plethora of local musical talent; on Saturday, the legendary MC Kwasi will be hosting the stage, while Manchester’s favourite duo Mr Scruff and Mikey D.O.N will take to the stage at later in the afternoon.

On Sunday, visitors can expect to see Manchester rock band PINS, followed by the fabulous DJ Paulette and the iconic A Certain Ratio, who will be closing the stage from 6pm.

And for the families in attendance, The Playhouse Project featuring the Disco Mums will be entertaining the grown-ups and the little ones from 11am. 

Frost Fair’s grand finale will feature a grand firework display from Walk the Plank, one of the UK’s foremost outdoor arts companies, which will pay tribute to all the front-line workers who risked their lives during the pandemic.

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There will also be an outdoor cinema, craft market stalls from local artisans, tempting international street food and a number of fun and hands-on activities.

Francine Hayfron, Cultural Park Keeper of Whitworth Gallery said: “We are thrilled for The Frost Fair to return, bigger and better than before; a weekend full of arts, music and culture, there’s something for everyone.

“Whether you want to get creative in a workshop, watch some amazing acts and have a dance, enjoy some food and drink, or relax and watch a film we’ve got you covered.”

Frost Fair will be completely free to attend, and will run from Saturday December 4th to Sunday December 5th at Manchester University’s The Whitworth. See what else is on at The Whitworth here.

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All the amazing things happening at Cheshire Oaks this Christmas

From the UK’s tallest Christmas tree to breakfast with Santa, there’s tons on at Cheshire Oaks this Christmas…

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The festive season is well and truly upon us and, to get us truly into the Christmas spirit, Cheshire Oaks has pulled out all the stops with a whole selection of activities and attractions. 

From a magical drive-in cinema experience, a festive bauble bar and even breakfast with Santa Claus himself, the designer outlet has something for everyone this Christmas.

Here’s what’s on…

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The UK’s tallest Christmas tree

Incase you hadn’t already heard, Cheshire Oaks this year boasts the UK’s tallest Christmas tree, standing at 100 feet tall and boasting 100,000 baubles and five miles of sparkling fairy lights. 

The baubles, some of which are as large as footballs, are accompanied by 20,000 red bulbs to accompany the fairy lights, not only giving the tree that truly traditional festive look and feel, but putting all of our own Christmas tree efforts to shame.

Winter Village

Thanks to popular demand, Cheshire Oaks has brought back its iconic Winter Village, which comes complete with magical VIP Christmas huts, each of which offers festive food and drink platters for groups of up to six people.

The restaurants and cafes on site have also thrown themselves into the festive spirit with a range of new menus boasting some tasty winter warmers, such as mulled wine, steaming hot chocolates and freshly baked mince pies.

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Wreath Making Workshops

These two hour wreath making session will give guests the opportunity to make their very own luxurious festive door wreath using a mix of locally sourced and seasonal foliage.

A variety of wreath making techniques and skills will be taught throughout the duration of the class, as will a personal tuition from a professional florist. 

Drive-In Cinema

Guests will be able to enjoy an evening of ‘movie magic under the stars’ with the return of Cheshire Oaks’ popular drive-in cinema nights, with a 7pm showing of Elf  kicking off the festivities on Tuesday December 7th. 

The iconic family favourite Home Alone will then be shown the following evening on Wednesday December 8th at 8pm. 

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Breakfast with Santa

Families will be able to sit down and enjoy a magical breakfast with the main man himself and his trusty elves this at Cheshire Oaks’ resident restaurant Carluccio’s. 

And better yet, children eat for free when two adult breakfasts are ordered from the main breakfast menu. 

Bauble Bar 

The famed Bauble Bar has made its glorious comeback this year, and is armed with the usual festive tipples. 

Guests will also receive a complimentary personalised bauble when spending over £200 – the perfect addition to your Christmas tree.

For more information and to make a booking, head over to the Cheshire Oaks website.

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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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