The Manchester Flower Show is returning this summer, and those with a green thumb are being encouraged to get themselves involved.
The city centre streets will, quite literally, bloom into life once again in just a few month’s time when the prestigious annual festival – organised and delivered by Manchester Business Improvement District (BID) – returns to celebrate the start of summer and the Queen’s Jubilee weekend from 2-5 June 2022.
You can expect to see fabulous floral trails, gardens, and green installations take over the city centre for the extended Bank Holiday weekend.
Manchester Flower Show first began all the way back in 1955, but the event has evolved in recent years, according to Manchester BID, to offer “an urban take on its predecessor”, and bring plenty of “fun and floral frivolity” to the city’s streets.
The festival is also known to bring a wide range of al fresco dining opportunities, and festival-themed cocktails and afternoon teas too.
And this year is gearing up to be the same.
The Manchester Flower Show offers the chance for the Greater Manchester green-fingered community to showcase their talent, all while helping create an unforgettable floral takeover of the city centre, Manchester BID says.
Which is why the organisation is calling on both professionals and amateurs to get involved this year.
The festival’s organisers are calling out to gardeners, florists, and landscapers, as well as local businesses, charities, and schools across the region to be a part of the “urban floral extravaganza”.
Participation to the 2022 festival is free with no cost for using the spaces allocated, although displays are required to be self-funded, and can either be a garden or large display, or a smaller more bijou container garden, Manchester BID explains.
Local businesses and offices in the city centre are also being encouraged to show their support by greening or floralising their shop fronts and offices too.
Find more information about Manchester Flower Show 2022here.
There’s a big 3D animal egg hunt happening at Chester Zoo this Easter
Chester Zoo is gearing up to launch a new Easter egg hunt when schools are out next month – but there’s a bit of a twist.
With Easter right around the corner, and schools soon to be out across Greater Manchester, if you’re looking for something a little different to do with the kids that keeps them both entertained and educated at the same time, then Chester Zoo has got you covered.
The UK’s largest charity and conservation zoo is launching the ‘Really Wild Egg Trail’ at the start of April.
All set to be a proper “educational adventure”, the trail will see giant 3D eggs hidden around the zoo’s 128-acre site – but the catch is, each of the hidden eggs belong to animals that you might not expect to hatch from eggs.
With an interactive map specially designed by National Geographic, there’ll be a total of six hidden eggs to seek out.
Once little explorers have found all six eggs hidden around the zoo, they can then make their way over to the on-site gift shop to pick up a Nat Geo Kids magazine that’s usually worth £4.99 for free.
“This Easter you can expect something a little different at Chester Zoo,” Customer Development Manager Elinor Trigg said ahead of the start of the trail next month.
“From the largest lizard in the world to tiny invertebrates, this educational adventure will help to shine a spotlight on our world-leading breeding programmes that are helping to save some of the most endangered animals on the planet, while connecting children to the natural world.”
“We’re home to more than 27,000 animals here at our charity zoo,” she continued.
“The trail is a wonderful way to learn more about some incredible, endangered species and, at the same time, take part some Easter-egg fun.”
Massive new musical featuring songs by Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley to have world premiere in Manchester
Manchester will host the world premiere of a massive new musical this autumn, when the official Stock Aitken Waterman musical debuts here.
I Should Be So Lucky will be a brand new show that will celebrate the legendary production trio, who were behind some of the biggest hits of the 1980s.
Stock Aitken Waterman worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama and Jason Donovan, and more than 30 songs from pop royalty icons will feature in the new theatre show.
You can expect to be dancing in your seat at the Manchester Opera House to songs including I Should Be So Lucky, Never Gonna Give You Up, and Love In The First Degree.
The original musical will follow young couple Ella and Nathan as they take the biggest step of their lives – marriage – but it doesn’t all go to plan.
Promotional posters for the new production say ‘the wedding is OFF, but the honeymoon is ON!’.
I Should Be So Lucky has been written and directed by Debbie Isitt and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, and will open at the Manchester Opera House on 1 November.
It will then head to play the Christmas season at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House from 12 – 30 December 2023 as part of a UK tour, the dates of which will be announced soon.
Mike Stock said: “We have been approached many times over the years to authorise a musical using the songs from the Stock Aitken Waterman catalogue and have always resisted, until now! What Debbie, Jason and the team behind the show have created is a truly original and shamelessly enjoyable rollercoaster ride through our hits.”
Debbie Isitt said: “The music of Stock Aitken Waterman has been the soundtrack to both my life and the lives of all my friends. Their songs range from wonderful ballads to real pop anthems to dance floor classics, which are all perfect for an original musical.”
I Should Be So Lucky will be at the Manchester Opera House between 1 and 25 November. You can book tickets now here.