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Victoria Baths set to reopen with a Christmassy winter fair

Perfect to get in the festive spirit!

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The Festive Winter Fair will feature a variety of unique and handmade gifts – perfect for Christmas gifts.

For the first time in 6 months, Victoria Baths will be reopening its doors as it welcomes visitors to its Festive Winter Fair.

Happening over two weekends, (Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd) the stunning Grade II* listed building is the perfect spot to host a 2020 version of a winter fair.

Welcomed by the Bath’s award-winning volunteers, mulled wine and mince pies will be amongst the treats on offer.

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Supporting local makers from in and around Manchester, the fair will feature up to 30 stalls selling a beautiful range of art, jewellery, ceramics, festive decorations and much more.

Victoria Baths’ will also have their own stall which will feature everything from small trinkets to fine art, all inspired by the history of the Grade II* listed building.

It’s a great way to not only get you in the festive mood but also give you a chance to support and shop local during these difficult times, especially for what has been a very tough year for small businesses.

Elizabeth Sibbering, Operations Manager at Victoria Baths, says, “We’re delighted to be opening our doors again, for what has to be one of our favourite events of the year. The beautiful tiles and stained glass found throughout the building make a really stunning backdrop to all the maker’s stalls.

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“There are lots of spaces for people to explore – including the Turkish Baths suite and two of the former swimming pools, despite some areas needing to be closed for Covid safety reasons – and we aren’t dependent upon the weather.”

“Victoria Baths is incredibly lucky to have had such amazing support over the years, from those who campaigned to save this building right through to those who’ve helped us to face the many challenges of 2020.

“This event will be an opportunity for those who love VictoriaBaths as much as we do to enjoy spending some time in one of Manchester’s favourite buildings.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be timed entry tickets, capped visitor numbers, signposted one-way routes, hand sanitiser stations, friendly volunteer ushers and much more to ensure a relaxed, safe visitor experience.

All money raised from Victoria Baths’ events helps to keep this stunning, grand building open for everyone to enjoy.

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These cosy Alpine-themed huts with festive drinks and karaoke are back this Christmas

This will get you in the festive spirit!

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Christmas this year isn’t going to be as festive as usual, but there are still some events happening that can help take your mind off the awful year we’ve just had.

Earlier today we brought you the news that Dunham Massey’s light trail is still happening, and now we’ve got something else to get you in the festive spirit.

Bar Hütte is returning to Manchester this year, bringing with it some magical, cosy Alpine huts where you can drink festive booze and singalong to karaoke.

This year, however, it will be moving from its traditional spot at Spinningfields to the Great Northern Square from December 3rd, with – of course – a new Covid-secure approach.

The epic Christmas village will come complete with a giant Christmas tree, and you’ll be able to book your very own private ‘hütte’, which will be perfect for social distancing.

Once in your hütte, you’ll be able to order festive drinks like hot gin and mulled wine, as well as Irish hot chocolates, and there’s also oven-baked pizzas on offer – you can also grab the classic ‘Bombardino’ cocktail, which is complimentary for all bookings.

This year there’ll be even more hüttes to choose from, with 24 set to make an appearance, each complete with a karaoke machine loaded with festive hits.

The event runs from December 3rd throughout the month and you can book here now – each hütte costs £50 for an hour and 45 minutes use, and comes with complimentary pizza, a Bombardino and karaoke machine.

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Dunham Massey’s festive illuminated Christmas light trail is still happening

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Christmas isn’t looking as festive as usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, but there is a small ray of light.

While it’s still up in the air whether we will be able to have a big family get together on Christmas Day, Dunham Massey has spread some festive cheer, confirming its stunning festive illumination trail IS still going ahead.

Due to the current restrictions it’s now expected to start on December 3rd when the lockdown is lifted, and is being extended into January 2021 to make up for the cancelled dates in November.

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The stunning light show has taken place each Christmas for the last three years and sold out each time. The after-dark event brings visitors through a winding path of lights trail through the park.

Huge snowflakes create an aerial kaleidoscope over the gardens, there are colour-changing reflections on the lakeside and trees dripped with silvery shards of lights, baubles and stars.

This year the tunnel of light will return and visitors can expect some brand new installations too.

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Tickets are still on sale but are selling out fast – currently there are only a couple of tickets left for December, with quite a few still available in January.

Tickets cost £20 for adults and £13 for children three to 16. You can opt for a £60 family ticket instead which includes admission for two adults and two children.

The event is planned to run from December 3rd through to January 10th, and you can find more info and book tickets here.

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Happy Mondays and James to go on huge arena tour together in 2021

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Two massive names on the Manchester music scene have announced they will be reuniting for a huge arena tour in 2021. 

The gigs in 2021 will mark the first time the two bands have performed together in more than three decades. 

They will be heading to Manchester AO Arena on December 3rd, as well as venues in Leeds, Dublin, London and other cities too!

Tim Booth, lead singer of James, said they will be packing ‘two years of frustration’ into the gigs. 

James will be supported by fellow Factory label mates, Happy Mondays, including Shaun Ryder and Bez making a return to the stage. 

James, formed in 1982, has released 15 studio albums and have consistently had chart-topping success with more than 20 million albums sales.

Tim Booth said: “So looking forward to seeing you. We will pack two years of frustration and explosive joy into these gigs.

“It feels like a new dawn to trumpet a celebratory tour, a week after the first news of hope.

“We’re playing with the brilliant Happy Mondays. We last played with them in 1988, hopefully, this time they won’t steal our rider or try and spike my drink…”

Tickets for James with special guests Happy Mondays go on general sale November 20th. Get tickets here.

The full tour dates for next year:

Thursday, November 25th – Leeds First Direct Arena
Friday, November 26th – Birmingham Utilita Arena
Sunday, November 28th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday, November 30th – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Wednesday, December 1st – Dublin 3Arena
Friday, December 3rd – Manchester AO Arena
Saturday, December 4th – London The SSE Arena, Wembley

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