Lightopia is returning to Heaton Park this year, and you can still get 20% off tickets until the end of the month (use code august20).
The award-winning lantern and light spectacular, Lightopia, made its European debut in Manchester last year.
The event features a festival of immersive lights, lanterns and installations. This year there will be a specially curated illuminated trail that ensures everyone can keep a safe distance.
Guests are ensured they will feel safe this year with wider footpaths, three entry points to reduce queuing and direct access to two car parks.
The festival will be lighting up Heaton Park this winter and throughout the festive season.
There will be a brand new Christmas showcase, which uses the Grade I-listed Heaton Hall as its sparkling backdrop, and will feature Santa’s sleigh and glistening snowflakes.
The showcase is complete with a giant interactive walking piano, meaning you and the kids can make up your own festive soundtrack.
There will also be the addition of a new Astronomy display which features a beautiful moon installation and a robotically controlled pad, which when stepped on creates an interactive Zodiac Sign installation.
There will also be an area dedicated to the Manchester Skyline, and an immersive Musical City encouraging visitors to dance their way through the lights.
This year’s festival will see the return of the much-loved Animals attraction and the Woodland Fairytale area.
There will also be the Lakeside water show, which is a visual masterpiece created by state-of-the-art projection.
Ian Xiang, Creative Director of Lightopia, says: “We are excited to bring Lightopia back to Manchester, and have once again created a world in which light, sculpture and art combine with traditional, Chinese lantern-making techniques to create an immersive experience, full of light and stories.
“We want our guests to become part of the Lightopia story, helping to create new forms of art as they interact and engage with the luminescent sculptures that trail through Heaton Park.”
Lightopia opens November 20th and runs until January 3rd, and will be open Wednesday-Sunday (it’ll also open Mondays and Tuesdays in school holidays).
Kids under three go free and child tickets are priced at £13, adults at £20 and family tickets are available for £60.
Tickets are on sale now – and there’s a special limited run of 20% off tickets available until August 31st, just use code ‘august20’.
The ‘biggest ever’ ’90s pop throwback concert is coming to Manchester this year
JUST A LITTLE bit excited for this
Everybody Get Up there’s a new ’90s pop ‘throwback’ concert that is coming to Manchester with a huge lineup of stars!
‘The biggest live pop show of the decade‘ is getting prepped to return, following prime minister Boris Johnson’s unveiling of the potential return of large events later this year.
By June 21st at the earliest, all limits on social contact could be lifted and what better way to celebrate than with a massive 90s themed party?!
Featuring 18 huge artists such as Peter Andre, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, Damage, S Club 7, Blazin’ Squad and more all under one roof you know you’re in for a cracking night.
90s Baby POP is scheduled for September 18th, 2021, with 6,000 people allowed to attend the event at B.E.C arena.
The unmissable event says: “bring back some of your favourite nostalgic memories from the 90’s era, as well as recreating those unforgettable moments one more.
“Expect breathtaking productions, spectacular SFX shows and live performances all evening.”
Tickets are on sale now – you can grab them here.
Tickets for Manchester Pride 2021 are now on sale
They start from as little as £7.50
Following the news last week that Manchester Pride is planning to go ahead with a physical festival this year, tickets are now on sale.
The event is a chance for LGBTQ+ people and their allies to come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester, and will take place over the August Bank holiday.
Tickets went on sale today, Thursday March 4th, at 9am, with the festival launching tickets for all the events across the weekend.
Mark Fletcher, CEO for Manchester Pride, said: “Manchester Pride Festival is one of the world’s leading celebrations of LGBTQ+ life.
“The Festival is made up of a number of events, some are free to attend and some require you to purchase a ticket. Our events fall under the six key strands of the Festival: Equality, Arts and Culture, Community, Party, Activism and Youth and Family.
“A huge thanks goes out to those who purchase tickets to attend our events. Because of you, we can continue to support and empower LGBTQ+ people all year round.
“Find out more about the work of that charity and how your support helps to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people on our website.”
Rainbow passes, which allow access to the Manchester Pride Festival as well as four days at the Gay Village party, start at £38.50 for a day or £69.50 for the weekend, and Gay Village Party tickets are £15 for one day or £22.50 for all four days.
New to this year is the introduction of Low Income Tickets, which are reserved for participants on a limited income.
The Low Income Ticket Programme offers a reduced ticket price of 50%, and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis up to June 30th – or until they have sold out, whichever comes first.
These tickets are available for both the Gay Village Party and MCR Pride Live, and due to there being a limited number of Low Income Tickets available, they are restricted for Greater Manchester residents only.
To qualify for the Low Income Ticket Programme, attendees will need to provide evidence of one of the following:
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
They will start at £22.50 for a Rainbow Day Pass or £39.75 for the weekend, and £7.50 and £12.50 for Gay Village Party tickets – more information on how to apply can be found on Manchester Pride’s website.
Tickets are on sale now, for more info and to grab some head over to the website here.
A family-friendly dinosaur jungle adventure land is coming to Greater Manchester
The perfect socially-distanced family day out!
The social-distanced outdoor dino adventure in Hyde is set to reopen this spring following the lifting of restrictions.
Families loved Totally Roarsome when it opened to the public in the middle of last year once restrictions were eased.
Created in an untouched woodland in Hyde, the trail featured dinosaurs, jungle animals and Arctic creatures as well as a couple of superheroes, pirates and cartoon characters too.
Named as one of the safest attractions for the family in Greater Manchester, families have been eagerly awaiting the news as to when the adventure will reopen after closure during the cold winter.
The attraction has officially announced that it will be reopening for the Easter Holidays following Boris’ latest announcement.
Announcing on social media, Totally Roarsome wrote: “Enter into Jurassic Land, then onto the Jungle and once you’ve encountered our dinosaurs, lions, and tigers, it’s off on a Bear Hunt.
“Then take a trip through the Wild West and head down the rabbit hole into Alice’s Wonderland, before making your way into Neverland, where there are pirates everywhere you turn.
“Then we are off to the world of superheroes [where] Batman, Superman and Spiderman will all be there to greet you, before finally wandering through our fantasy land with dragons, unicorns and knights of the realm.
“With Dinosaurs, unicorns and superheroes all on the same day, what else do you need?”
The attraction now has a new home at Mottram Hall with strict Covid restrictions in place to ensure the safety of guests.
Tickets are on sale now and will set you back £7.95 (plus a £1.50 booking fee per transaction). They must be booked in advance to enable for monitoring of numbers to follow the Covid-safety precautions and social distancing measures.
Find out more information and book your tickets here.