There’s loads of festive film favourites showing at Manchester‘s huge new rooftop cinema right through until Christmas.
In case you haven’t heard, Backyard Cinema has brought its immersive moviegoing experience to the north for the first time ever, and it arrived on the rooftop of Depot Mayfield in the heart of the city centre at the end of last month
Here in Manchester for a limited time only, the impressive 330-capacity indoor cinema venue not only features a cosy purpose-built cinema room, but it also comes complete with an Enchanted Forest, two bars, a whole host of different street food trucks, and even a live music stage too.
Having popped-up on what was the 150-year-old former Mayfield Railway Station platform, the whole magical Backyard Cinema experience transports you to a theatrical land – using film sets, themed tunnels, and live actors to bring it all to life.
The station’s old waiting room has been converted into a pizza and pints bar, while a huge fairytale-style shopping street now takes up most of the platform space with snow-covered shop windows, and a Tavern bar with a castle turret jutting out of it – including Dr Portelli’s Antiques and Curiosities, which is a mock-shop filled with colourful glass bottles and trinkets.
Inside the cinema itself, audiences are taken on a magical journey to a cinema like no other.
The cinema room is filled with custom-made giant bean bag seating for guests to get cosied up in, and there’s even ushers walking around serving seasonal cocktails and sweet treats to create the most magical place to watch a movie.
If all of this didn’t sound exciting enough as it is, there’s of course a full lineup on the agenda to suit absolutely everyone.
Movie lovers have already been able to catch a series of brand-new releases, including the acclaimed Elvis biopic starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks (2022), the new Top Gun: Maverick (2022), and The Batman (2022) – but, with the festive season right around the corner, the cinema has now begun showing everyone’s favourite classic Christmas films.
During these last few weeks of November and throughout December, you can settle down to watch screenings of cult-classic Christmas films like Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, The Holiday, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, and Miracle on 34th Street.
Die Hard, The Grinch, Gremlins, Bad Santa, The Best Man Holiday, and The Greatest Showman are also all on the agenda during the festive season.
Dance icons Faithless to host huge outdoor DJ party in north west
Faithless, one of the biggest names in dance and electronic music, will be hosting a blistering DJ set in a beautiful outdoor setting this summer.
World-renowned DJ and record producer Sister Bliss will be taking to the decks at Carlisle Racecourse, as part of a packed calendar of events for The Jockey Club Live.
Taking place on Saturday 8 July after the racing, the plan is to transport this corner of Cumbria back to the heyday of dance music.
Sister Bliss was the musical force behind Faithless, together with the band’s late, great frontman Maxi Jazz and producer Rollo Armstrong.
The group’s music career spanned 17 years, selling more than 15 million records worldwide and playing live to millions across the globe.
They’ve headlined festivals and arenas and released timeless songs like ‘Insomnia’, ‘God is a DJ’, and ‘We Come 1’.
Following her 28-year career that went from the underground UK club scene to the biggest stages in the world, Sister Bliss has deservedly established herself as one of Britain’s most iconic electronic artists.
Helen Willis, general manager of Carlisle Racecourse, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sister Bliss to Carlisle Racecourse for a Faithless DJ Set.
“Faithless are one of the most iconic giants of electronic music and we know fans will be dancing the night away to their biggest hits and more on Saturday 8 July.”
Sister Bliss said: “Summer outdoor shows are some of my absolute favourites and the crowd response is always remarkable.
“We have a spectacular show planned so can’t wait to see you all there!”
The Jockey Club Live events blend an exciting evening at the races with spectacular live music, with other names performing across the north west this summer including Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classic, Craig David, and Nile Rodgers & CHIC.
Coronation Street legend Hilda Ogden has been recreated from flowers at The Royal Exchange in Manchester
A floral tribute to Coronation Street great Hilda Ogden has appeared in the heart of Manchester this week.
The iconic soap character has been recreated from flowers, grasses and other plant life, down to her ever-present hair curlers.
The floral Hilda is in position at The Royal Exchange this week, ready for the Manchester Flower Festival.
The beautiful building will also be hosting a Bee Trail treasure hunt for the occasion on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May.
Friends, families, couples and any other fun-seekers are invited down to solve the clues and find the bees, with prizes up for grabs like a £100 voucher to spend at French Connection, Afternoon Tea for Two at Annies, a £50 floral bouquet from Royal Exchange Flowers, a meal for two at Pastan, vouchers from TGI Fridays and Michaels coffeehouse, and gifts from Hotel Chocolat, L’Occitane, The Body Shop and Sostrene Grene.
All you need to do is come along, pick up an entry form from one of the above-mentioned participating stores and get stuck in.
The entire city will burst into colour with blooms installed all over our shops and streets for the late May bank holiday weekend.
You can find the floral Hilda in the Royal Exchange Arcade from today.
She stands in a garden of late spring flowers, alongside an armchair where people can capture a selfie, with hair fashioned from various grasses wrapped around curlers underneath her head scarf and her tabard recreated from a mosaic of fresh flowers including orchids, craspedia, thistles, Limonium and chrysanthemums.
Anyone who snaps a selfie with Hilda, then posts it on Instagram tagging @royalexchangemanchester (you need to follow the page too), could win a £50 voucher to spend at The Royal Exchange.
How to take part in the Bee Trail for the Manchester Flower Festival
Grab an entry form on the day from any of the participating outlets*
Each of the clues will, when solved, direct you to a specific outlet.
Once there, locate the hidden Bee picture and note its unique number down on the entry form next to the store or eatery’s name.
Once you’ve completed the Trail, fill in your contact details and hand your entry form back in to one of the participating stores so that you will be entered in to the draw.
Keep your fingers crossed that you’ve won a prize!
Winners will be drawn and notified within two weeks of the closing date.
Participating outlets: French Connection, Annies restaurant, Pastan, Royal Exchange Flowers, L’Occitane, TGI Fridays, Michaels coffeehouse, Hotel Chocolat, The Body Shop and Sostrene Grene.
The Royal Exchange Manchester Bee Trail runs all day on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May.
And don’t forget your Hilda selfie for an extra chance to win! #HildaSelfie