It appears that Manchester is to be blessed with not one but two Christmas ice skating rink experiences this festive season.
During the build-up to Christmas, revellers will be able to “float on ice in the sky” thanks to Escape To Freight Island, whichis bringing its own ‘skate in the sky’ ice rink experience to Manchester.
By hoisting an ice rink up onto the mezzanine floor at The Ticket Hall inside Depot Mayfield, the venue promises to give skaters “remarkable views” as they look down on all the entertainment taking part on its inside stage this festive season.
It will sit on a brand-new mezzanine floor made by concretene – a newly developed graphene-enhanced concrete created at the University of Manchester.
Skaters will be able to soak up Christmas entertainment from below – gliding across the ice to the sounds of Christmas covers from The Untold Orchestra, or to the soundtrack of some all-time festive Christmas movie favourites.
The ice rink will be part of the venue’s winter village festivities, which will also see Escape To Freight Island welcome in festive traders, a Christmas tree forest, a hog roast grill, mulled wine and hot cider huts, and more.
Transformed into a winter wonderland from Friday, 5 November, the Winter Island experience will combine a traditional Christmas market with an immersive series of live events.
The ‘skate in the sky’ ice rink, however, will not open to the public until Friday, 12 November.
The ice rink opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 4 pm until 11 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10 am until 11 pm. Tickets are priced at £13 / £10 for adults (peak / off-peak times); £11 / £8 for children (peak / off-peak times); and £10 for students.
General sale is on Wednesday, 3 November at 9 am – but you can sign up now to get access to pre-sale bookings.
A Horrible Histories Christmas-themed stage show is happening in Manchester this month
You can discover the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today in a new Horrible Histories stage show in Manchester later this month.
With the festive season officially upon us, temperatures dropping by the day, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, parents and guardians who are keen to keep the kids entertained but still educated while schools are out can grab tickets to a special Christmas-themed Horrible Histories stage show.
Heading out on a UK tour and stopping off at The Bridgewater Hall here in Manchester in a couple of weeks time, the impressive stage show is described as a festive celebration in the most “wonderful, funny, and moving way you’ll ever see”.
For many of us, when we think of Christmas, the magic of family, joy, goodwill, presents, and more usually come to mind, but how about Oliver Cromwell? Or even Henry VIII?
When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young courageous boy to save the day – but can he rescue Christmas? From Victorian villains, to medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, you can join the Horrible Histories presents cast on a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas.
You’ll be in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII ,and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season.
Horrible Histories Christmas is coming to The Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 20 December at 11:30am.
You can go on a festive tour of the Coronation Street set this Christmas
One of TV’s most famous streets has had itself a festive makeover, and fans can hear the stories of Christmas past on a behind-the-scenes tours.
In case you missed it, the ever-popular Coronation Street: The Tourreturned back in March after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s been giving fans of the iconic Manchester-based soap – which has recently celebrated 60 years on air – the chance to discover the hidden world that lies behind the camera at the external sets at MediaCityUK in Salford once again.
The 90-minute tours let you follow in the footsteps of all your favourite characters, and give you the chance to walk around the famous sets of the Rovers Return, Roys Rolls, Underworld, The Kabin, and so much more.
Tour guides are also known for sharing secrets of the show as they take you round the set too.
But now, with the festive season officially upon us, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, Coronation Street has been turned into “the ultimate festive experience” for the all new behind-the-scenes tour – Christmas on the Cobbles.
This is your chance to experience the nation’s most famous street like never before.
Organisers are encouraging fans of the iconic soap to wrap up warm as they head out on an expert tour Coronation Street “dressed in its finest festive grandeur” to hear stories of Christmas past and spread yuletide cheer.
There’ll be carol singers dotted around the street’s famous sites, and festive treats like mince pies and gingerbread lattes to feast on.
The whole street will be festooned with lights and Christmas decorations
Christmas on the Cobbles Tours are running on selected dates this month up until 31 December, with tickets setting you back £28 for adults, £25.50 for under 16s, and £80 for families.