The UK’s tallest Christmas tree has been unveiled today just in time for the festive season, and it is under an hour’s drive from Manchester.
Standing at a staggering 100 feet tall, boasting 100,000 baubles and five miles of sparkling fairy lights, the Christmas tree at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks isn’t one to be missed.
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.
Kenny Murray, general manager at Cheshire Oaks, said on the festive new addition: “Our Christmas tree has become a symbol of the spirit of the region and given the events of last year, we’re thrilled to be back with a tree which really makes a statement.”
And that isn’t all that’s on the bill at the designer outlet this Christmas; Cheshire Oaks is also playing home to a winter village complete with magical VIP Christmas huts, each of which will offer festive food and drink platters for groups of up to six people.
The restaurants and cafes on site will also be getting 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.
A number of the designer stores will also be offering promotional deals – up to 60% off in some places – throughout the next month, including top brands like Nike, Tommy Hilfiger , Hugo Boss, and Michael Kors.
The Christmas tree and winter market has been unveiled today, and will be open for shoppers and members of the public alike to view and enjoy throughout the build up to Christmas.
For more information, head over to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks website.
£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
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.
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.
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.
A Christmas Grotto with immersive performances from Santa and his elves is coming to Manchester
Mancunia is the Christmas fairy tale of our dreams…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 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.