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You’ll be able to swim with sharks at the Trafford Centre soon

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Have you ever dreamed of diving with sharks but can’t afford to travel somewhere exotic?

Well, thanks to SEA LIFE Manchester you’ll soon be able to, as it’s providing thrill-seekers with the opportunity to get involved, as part of a brand-new snorkel cage experience.

That’s right, you can take a dip with sharks at the Trafford Centre from March 20th – you’ll swim in an unexplored underwater world and get closer than ever before to more than 1,000 creatures of the deep.

Explorers brave enough to duck their head under water in the attraction’s 500,000 litre ocean tank will come face to fin with three shark species, including Black Tip Reef sharks – measuring up to 1.6m in length – the near-threatened Brown Banded Bamboo sharks, and Tessa the resident nurse shark.

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Snorkellers taking a dip at the popular Barton Square attraction don’t need to worry about becoming shark food, however, as they’ll be fully protected by a slatted Perspex cage – providing incredible views of the underwater world from the comfort of a secure surround.

As well as sharks, swimmers can also expect to see majestic stingrays measuring more than 1m in length, and meet the king and queen of SEA LIFE’s ocean tank, Cammie & Ernie, the leading attraction’s much-loved giant green sea turtles.

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And if that isn’t enough, SEA LIFE has also launched a search for two brave people to take the very first public plunge.

If you want to get involved, comment on the attraction’s Facebook page here and share why you or your mate would love to snorkel with sharks.

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Jenn McDonough, General Manager Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, said: “SEA LIFE Manchester has been inspiring and educating families for many years on the wonders of ocean life.  Our brand-new experience, Snorkel with Sharks, is a fantastic addition to the attraction providing a truly immersive experience that promises to excite the most inquisitive ocean explorers. 

“Movies like JAWS have instilled a widespread fear in the public about sharks however they are in fact highly intelligent and on the whole, placid creatures.  With this new feature we are looking forward to further educating visitors on all our wonderful marine creatures and reiterating the importance of taking care of our oceans for generations to come.”

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Snorkel with Sharks is a one-hour surface snorkelling adventure, and you’ll get a full briefing, introduction to the incredible creatures you’ll see, and 20 minutes snorkelling in the purpose-built shark cage.

Tickets cost £65, and for more info head over to the website here.

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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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