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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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Spinningfields has some incredible festive food and drink offers this Christmas

The ultimate guide to festive fun in Spinningfields

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Spinningfields has launched a huge range of Christmas food and drink fun, taking place across its many bars and restaurants.

From Indian street food medleys and smoking cocktails, with some ‘wineoke’ and festive faux fur filled teepees along the way, Spinningfields has got it all going on this winter.

Serving as a cosy retreat to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Christmas, here’s the very best things to eat, drink and do across the next month at Spinningfields.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Starting off with a local favourite, The Alchemist is inviting people to enjoy either a two or three-course menu with a welcome festive cocktail, nibbles and a digestif shot to end the night.

Famous for always going all-out with its drinks menu, the bar has launched some Christmas-themed specials including a Mulled Belini, Winter Colada and White Chocolate and Raspberry Martini to enjoy across the season.

Get booked in here.

The Ivy

With three special dining offers; the Ivy Brasserie, Ivy Asia and the botanical roof garden, The Ivy gives guests a magical setting to enjoy its vast menus of winter warming seasonal food.

Offering afternoon tea, brunch, lunch and dinner, it’s serving the likes of Duck Liver Parfait, Goose and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie and Lobster and Prawn Cocktail, alongside a huge menu of limited edition curated cocktails in collaboration with Chivas XV Gold Whisky.

Get booked in here.

Australasia

Subterranean neighbourhood eatery Australasia is serving coastal-inspired three and four-course menus this Christmas, which features British ingredients with a distinctive Australian twist.

With dishes such as Wagyu Nigiri and Matcha Kombu Cured Salmon making the menu, alongside Miso Bakes Cod and Goose Fat Roast Potatoes – it’s a great destination for alternative dining after a rummage around the Christmas markets.

Get booked in here.

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The Oast House

One of Manchester’s most iconic venues for good, old fashioned festive fun, The Oast House is offering a dazzling programme of events in and around its curious teepee.

Enjoy live music from local acts, festive tipples and delicious menus full of hearty dishes such as Bratwurst Hot Dogs, Yorkshire Pudding Wraps, Loaded Pies and Turkey Hanging Kebabs.

With fire pits, faux fur throws, festive fairy lights and warming drinks, The Curious Teepee is one of Manchester’s most atmospheric winter venues.

Get booked in here.

Fazenda

Fazenda is transporting guests to the shores of South America this Christmas and New Year with its renowned menu of century-old gaucho traditions combined with rodizio dining.

Guests can enjoy Brazilian influenced food, with the option to upgrade to silver, gold or platinum packages which include a glass of fizz or Veuve Clicquot and five Brazilian sweet treats.

Get booked in here.

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20 Stories

Serving as a serene sanctuary up in the skies above the city, 20 Stories has launched a bespoke cocktail menu curated in collaboration with Ciroc vodka.

For Christmas Day, the venue is also relieving all of the stress of home cooking with its five-course tasting menu, designed by the restaurant’s executive chef Daniel Scott.

The dishes combine seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce and can be joined by three wine pairings, carefully curated by head sommelier Andreas Rosendal.

Get booked in here.

Comptoir Libanais

With a mix of Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine, Comptoir Libanais offers an all-day dining experience full of healthy, fresh and honest food.

The laid-back setting makes for authentic feasting, and the festive menu offers diners two-courses and mint tea for £28.95 and three-courses and tea for £34.95.

Stand-out dishes include the Mixed Grill with lamb kofta, chicken kofta and chicken taouk, as well as the Seabass Sayadiyah and Vanilla and Mango Cheesecake.

Get booked in here.

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Tattu

Tattu has launched a stunning winter campaign, ‘The Great Snow’ where guests can experience the wonder of Aurora Borealis dancing across the restaurant whilst dining under the frozen cherry blossom.

The restaurant has created a special cocktail for Christmas that’s a blend of Grey Goose vodka, white chocolate and sparkling cherry.

The desserts follow suit, with the restaurant’s signature Cherry Blossom snow-topped with icy blue candyfloss plus a new Mount Heng Flambe, an indulgent baked Alaska with marashino cherry, coconut, hazelnuts and meringue structured to resemble China’s Mount Heng.

Get booked in here.

Sakku Samba

Sakku Samba is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet of elegant excess, with an endless selection of dishes including nigiri, gyoza, sashimi, picanha, carneiro and much more.

Alongside this, diners can also enjoy the restaurant’s A La Carte menu of Brazilian/Japanese fusion food, which centres on traditional grill dishes, noodles and more.

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The Lawn Club

The Lawn Club has reinvented itself as a winter wonderland this season, complete with a brand new fairy-light adorned pergola for walk-in guests, as well as festive pods that have been upgraded with cosy blankets.

A welcoming social spot, located in the heart of Spinningfields, guests can also enjoy an all-day food and drinks menu which offers something for everyone, from antipasti boards and burgers, to craft beers and cocktails – perfect for lunchtime meetings, mate dates, and after work drinks.

Get booked in here.

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Provence Wine

Nothing says Christmas more than a wineoke session with bottomless bottles, right? Provence Wine is offering this for group bookings with the option to add on entertainment, games and wine tastings hosted by an in-house wine aficionado.

The wine bar and coffee house caters for every occasion and guests can select from a menu categorised by ‘wine occasions’, as well as a menu of light bites and nibbles.

Get booked in here.

Scene Indian Street Kitchen

Taking customers on a journey through the flavour filled streets of India, Pakistan and South Asia, Scene Indian Street Kitchen offers diners authentic street food.

The tranquil riverside terrace overlooks the River Irwell, offering visitors an excellent option for enjoying food al fresco, the traditional way.

The outdoor heated garden veranda caters for those wanting to relax and unwind with some drinks and shisha while dining on some authentic street food.

Get booked in here.

Thaikhun

If turkey with all the trimmings isn’t quite up your street, Thaikhun kicks off its own Christmas party with a fantastically affordable set menu and a range of festive cocktails to wash it down.

Beginning at just £17.50pp, the tinsel-strewn Thai feast promises dishes guaranteed to please the fussiest of eaters, complete with curries, noodle dishes, sharing platters and more.

Get booked in here.

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A Rock ‘N’ Roll Bingo night where ‘cheating is encouraged’ is happening in Manchester

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The humble game of bingo is set to undergo a head-banging makeover with the arrival of Manchester’s first ever Rock ‘N’ Roll Bingo at Cooper Hall.

The concept was dreamt up by Mancunian ‘Bingo Matt’, who has spent the last few years growing and establishing Rock ‘N’ Roll Bingo over in Indonesia.

And now, the musical game is coming back home to Manchester, where it will be taking over the Northern Quarter’s Cooper Hall this Friday, December 2nd.

Rock N Roll Bingo

Rock N Roll Bingo

The rules of Rock ‘N’ Roll bingo are simple; bingo-goers will have to identify and cross off artists and musicians along with the songs played by the resident DJ.

There will be a mix of rock, metal, indie, pop, soul, and rhythm and blues on the set list, and guests will be expected to get up and dance throughout the game – yep, this will be a far cry from your usual game of bingo down the local Mecca.

And for those whose music knowledge is a little rusty, the game’s number one rule states that ‘all cheating is fully encouraged’, so get your Shazam apps at the ready.

Other rules include:

  • All cheating is fully encouraged!
  • Five rounds of Rock ‘N’ Roll Bingo will crown the victor.
  • If multiple ‘Rock N Roll Bingo-ers’ win on the same round, a suitable competition will ensue to decide the winner!
  • The Bingo Master is always right!
  • Should one fall foul of a FALSE BINGO, an appropriate shaming will ensue.

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Rock N Roll Bingo

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Bingo will be taking place this Friday, December 2nd at Cooper Hall, with doors opening at 7pm and last entry at 7:45pm.

Going forward, the event will be happening every second Friday at Cooper Hall, where you can expect ‘high-energy, musical bingo with absolutely banging tunes, a plethora of prizes and lots and lots of dancing’.

Early bird tickets are just £8 (fees excluded), so make sure to get yourself booked in for what is billed to be the greatest bingo night in the land.

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Manchester’s first ever Christmas Parade is coming to town next month

Make sure you don’t miss this!

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A festive first for Manchester is happening this year, with the announcement that our city is holding its first ever Christmas Parade. 

The magical parade will be filled with all things Christmas, and will weave its way through the streets of the city centre to bring some extra special Christmas cheer.

Building on the success of the city’s world-famous Manchester Day Parade – which after starting small back in 2010 now regularly sees thousands of people flock to the city to watch it – the inaugural Manchester Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday December 11th.

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Working in partnership with Manchester Business Improvement District and outdoor art experts, including Walk the Plank, Global Grooves, Handmade Parade and others, the city’s first-ever Christmas Parade promises to delight young and old.

With well over 100 parade participants, spectators will see everything from Jacks of Frost and Fairy stilt-walkers, an Arctic Fox, and runaway Christmas Presents, to Cocky Robins, Glowing Gastropods with elf riders, and a never-before-seen Christmas Toy Procession.

Also making a special appearance in the parade will be the Town Hall Clock, wound up and looking its very festive best.

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Councillor Pat Karney, Christmas spokesperson for Manchester City Council, said: “Nowhere else does a parade quite like Manchester and and we can’t wait to bring the first-ever, not-to-be-missed Manchester Christmas Parade to Santa’s favourite city.

“Of all the places in the world that Santa could have chosen for this magical festive first, Manchester is the obvious choice. 

“It’s going to be fabulous and we can’t wait!”

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Jane Sharrocks, Manchester BID Chair and General Manager at Selfridges Exchange Square added: “We’re delighted to be involved in what will be Manchester’s first official Christmas Parade!

“As well as being a huge draw for families, it’s also a fantastic headline event for our programme of Festive Sundays which will see sparkling street performers including illuminated bands, roaming puppets, stilt-walkers, supersized penguins and more, take to the city’s main shopping streets for six consecutive Sundays during November and December.”

Starting at 1pm on Sunday December 11th, the Manchester Christmas Parade will head down Deansgate, St Ann’s Street, Cross Street and St Mary’s Gate.

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