Aptly described as “a stab in the (almost) complete dark”, diners will enter a warmly-lit waiting space and be asked to hand over their phones, watches and any other light sources, before being blindfolded, accompanied by waiters into the dining room and plunged into utter darkness to enjoy an unusual dining adventure.
Wondering what the benefit to this concept is? Well, you’re not the first to question that.
The absence of, quite literally, all visual distractions is believed to promote the idea that eating in the dark heightens diners’ senses and makes for a more pleasurable experience.
The focus is instead on taste, smell, feel and sound of the food, as well as promoting the art of conversation.
When it comes to the food on offer, there will be the option of three set menus at the Manchester event, but just like the location, the courses are to be kept secret – with dietary requirements and allergies still catered for – and diners will also have the option to pre-order all of their favourite drinks to accompany their food, before entering the dark dining room.
Arriving in Manchester from 1st – 8th July 2021, each Pitch Black dining experience lasts 90 minutes.
This gives diners an ample amount of time to get comfortable with their new surroundings and enjoy a delicious two-course meal with a drink, all while blindfolded.
With a cash bar on site, diners are also invited to hang around after their meal too.
Pre-booking is essential and tickets are set to go on sale very soon, so if you’re keen to be one of the first to bag yours when they do, you can register your interest now and you’ll also be sent a Google Form prior to the event to fill in your dietary requirements.
Printworks to unveil its £21m transformation with huge free party
Manchester’s landmark venue Printworks will be celebrating the completion of its £21m refurbishment with a massive free party.
The huge new-look venue will have TikTok sensation DJ SUAT headlining the launch party on 21 March.
SUAT will be live-streaming from Manchester city centre during the day, running around town on his signature portable DJ decks and handing out VIP tickets for the Printworks party.
He’ll be performing around Exchange Square and streaming live from the roof of Printworks, with a third location yet to be revealed.
SUAT now has more than one million followers on social media thanks to his viral public live streams, which have included him DJing while paragliding over a festival and kayaking down Amsterdam Canal.
When the launch party itself kicks off in the evening, SUAT, who has played at some of the biggest club nights and festivals in the world, will be delivering a crowd-pleasing dance party for hundreds of guests at the city centre venue.
He’ll be joined for the evening by Bohemian House Choir and a host of other performers and dancers.
It’s all to celebrate the new-look Printworks, which will be an immersive, digital-first leisure destination and entertainment venue.
As part of the refurb, Printworks will be home to the largest digital ceiling in Europe, bathing the internal streets in colourful light and sound.
Printworks will throw a huge free launch party after its refurb.
Lydia Ellis from Printworks comments: “SUAT has been on a mission to change stereotypes in electronic dance music and has captured the hearts of fans across the globe.
“He’s the perfect star to celebrate the new, digitally immersive Printworks. The Centre will always be free to enter so everyone can come and experience the spectacular content, which has to be seen to be believed.
“We’re breaking new ground with our digital screens and SUAT is breaking new ground musically and with his style of performance. It’ll be a launch party like no other.”
The free Printworks launch party will take place from 7pm on Thursday 21 March, with SUAT headlining at 8.30pm.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents
A Greater Manchester care home is calling on locals to take their dogs down to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to help cheer up the residents.
After recent studies have shown that introducing dogs into care home settings can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction among the community, Abney Court Care Home in the Trafford town of Cheadle – which sits within the picturesque grounds of Abney Hall Park – has decided to host its very-own ‘Canine Café’ next week.
But in a bid to make sure there’s enough canine cuddles for all the residents, staff at the home are asking the public to bring their own four-legged friends down to the party.
Abney Court created the canine-themed event after being inspired by the positive impact previous animal visits have had on residents’ wellbeing in the past, and after hearing how much they missed the company of their own pets from their younger years.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents / Credit: Care UK (via Facebook)
Taking place next Friday 8 March from 11am-12pm, Abney Court’s ‘Canine Café’ gives attendees the chance to enjoy loads of tasty puppy-themed treats and drinks, all while being in the company of furry friends.
Of course, all four-legged guests will be taken good care of too.
Not only will the pups be able to enjoy plenty of fuss from the home’s residents, but they’ll also get the opportunity to play with the other pooches, and be treated to their very-own ‘pup cake’ too.
There’ll also be lots of garden games and a raffle too, so everyone has a shot a winning a whole host of goodies to take home.
Inviting the Greater Manchester public down to the party next week, Amcia Hara, who is the Home Manager at Abney Court, said: “We are looking forward to inviting the local community to our Canine Café, as atudies have shown that introducing dogs into care homes can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction.
“The human-animal bond is powerful in promoting self-esteem and wellbeing, which is exactly why we feel our Canine Café is set to be a brilliant event.
“Whether you have your own dog or simply an animal lover, we’d encourage you to come along to our event.”