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’.
£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.