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The prettiest walks in the north west to try this spring
The warm weather has FINALLY made a return after we were all surprised by spring-time snow and frost last month – it’s time for a walk.
Spring has properly sprung up north with temperatures nudging into 20 degrees – and we’re all ready to come out of hibernation and head outside.
Some of the green spaces that wrap around Greater Manchester are in their prime right now.
We’re talking fields full of daffodils and bluebells and trees dripping with blossom.
Here are some of the prettiest walks to tackle this season to make the most of the north west.
Loughrigg Fell, Lake District
It may be a bit of a schlep up the road, but Manchester’s relative proximity to the Lake District is something we should all be taking advantage of.
Although Cumbria is known for its big hills, you don’t have to climb high to get the best spring experiences at Loughrigg Fell.
The lower slopes are often ablaze with beautiful bluebells at this time of year.
Countryfile has pulled together a lovely walking route
here. Salthill Quarry, Clitheroe
This spot in Lancashire actually once lay at the bottom of the ocean, but it’s now a shining example of a northern nature reserve.
It’s home to an incredible array of wildlife and plant life, including masses of wildflowers in the spring and summer that makes for a dream walk for nature lovers.
All those blooms bring loads of birds and butterflies to the area too.
The Geology Trail is a circular walk that will show you all the best bits, with QR codes to scan for extra information on your way round.
Monsal Dale, Peak District
Monsal Dale is beautiful spring walk. Credit: Unsplash
Surrounded by dales scenery, hiring a few bikes to cycle the Monsal Trail is an absolute Peak District must-do.
But for wildflower lovers, you want to duck off the former railway line and explore Monsal Dale instead.
handy walking route from Countryfile includes viaduct views as well as encounters with all the new-season blooms.
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The Brockholes Nature Reserve spans a massive 250 acres and actually only opened around 10 years ago.
It’s drawn in more than one million human visitors and even more feathered and furry ones, including different species of deer, badgers, hares, osprey and red kites.
The whole site is managed by the
Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, who regularly update followers with which species pass through as the seasons change. Tegg’s Nose, Cheshire
Tegg’s Nose Country Park really comes into its own in spring, when clambering around the rocky landscape isn’t such sweaty (or slippery) work.
From May, the meadows around this corner of Cheshire will be a blanket of yellow when the pansies bloom.
This AllTrails loop around Tegg’s Nose and Macclesfield Forest is a real winner. Quarry Bank, Cheshire
Ahead of the National Trust’s annual BlossomWatch event, the charity has pulled together a list of where to see the best blossom trees across the country.
In the north west it’s Dunham Massey, Speke Hall, Rufford Old Hall and Little Moreton Hall, as well as the grounds around the old mill at Quarry Bank.
The National Trust says: “The walled garden bursts into life in April with the blooming of the apricot tree, followed by the arrival of apple, pear, nectarine and peach blossom. The Apprentice House Garden is home to apple, plum and pears trees, making it the perfect place to enjoy a picnic under a canopy of blossom.”
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Manchester’s most epic club night returns to Albert Hall this weekend
La Discotheque, one of the world’s best club nights, is making its return to Manchester this weekend and will be taking over the Albert Hall.
Famed for throwing immersive disco and house parties, La Discotheque will be heavy on the confetti, the feathers, and the sequins, as well as its unrivalled production.
This Saturday, the event will be hosting the legendary Kenny Dope, the La Discotheque Orchestra, Jeremy Underground, O’Flynn, Heléna Star, Guy Williams (Flash), BB (Supernature) and What She Said.
Oh, and don’t forget the La Piscotheque party down in the loos…
The news of the event’s return to Manchester follows an impressive set at London’s Drumsheds opening party (that’s the new super club built inside an old IKEA).
There’ll be an 18-piece La Discotheque Orchestra with brass, strings, percussion and vocalists breathing new life into iconic disco anthems.
And the whole roster is packed with disco and house legends, like four-time Grammy-nominated producer Kenny Dope, also one half of Masters At Work.
He’s also behind significant releases such as The Bomb! & Get Up (Clap Your Hands).
La Discotheque’s homecoming gig is taking over the grade II-listed Albert Hall, a converted Wesleyan chapel in the heart of the city centre.
The creators of the iconic night say: “Through unity, and freedom of expression, we give music lovers what they want: a space to be beautifully and unapologetically themselves…
“We are family, I’ve got all my sisters with me.”
La Discothèque is at the Manchesters Albert Hall on Saturday 24 February – get your tickets
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Ticket prices for Peter Kay at Co-op Live arena as comedian sticks to low price promise
Peter Kay has officially been announced as the opening act for Manchester’s new Co-op Live arena – and he’s sticking to his affordable ticket price policy.
The Bolton-born comedy legend has already sold out more than a hundred shows across the UK, including a multi-year-long-run at the AO Arena.
And now he’s ready to take to the stage at the city’s soon-to-open Co-op Live, an arena that will be the largest in the country with a 23,500 capacity.
He’ll be performing at the venue on Tuesday 23 April – the very first act they’ll welcome.
Just like with his initial ‘Better Late Than Never’ tour announcement, Peter Kay is sticking to his promise to keep tickets affordable.
The comic has pledged to keep prices the same level they were 12 years ago when he was last on tour.
That means that
will be priced from just £35. tickets for Peter Kay’s Co-op Live show
The smart bowl at Co-op Live arena, which will host Peter Kay as its opening act with tickets from £35. Credit: Supplied
It’s basically unheard of for an arena show of any kind to be priced this low, never mind a superstar like Peter Kay, who has sold out countless arena shows in his career.
Peter Kay will perform on 23 April 2024, with exclusive pre-sale access to Co-op Members from 10am on 21 February.
General sale tickets will then go on sale at 10am on 23 February through
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The best seat ticket package – £135 (£151.20 with booking fee). Price includes top price seated ticket, limited-edition Peter Kay gift, tour programme, and VIP laminate and lanyard. Seats – £65 (£74.50 with booking fee) Seats – £50 (£58 with booking fee) Seats – £35 (£41.50 with booking fee)
Gary Roden, Executive Director and General Manager at Co-op Live, says: “When you think of Manchester, it’s hard not to think of Peter Kay.
“He embodies what this city is about, and to have him headlining Co-op Live is tremendously exciting.
“We’re creating an arena that is truly part of the community around it, and having Peter as our opening act is a perfect reminder of that.”
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