The city’s first dedicated Ice Curling Rink is arriving at Manchester’s newest social experience Escape to Freight Island at Depot Mayfield next month.
Escape to Freight Island is “so excited” to announce this morning that ‘Ice Curling Lanes’ will be arriving at the brand new Winter Island in just two weeks time, and it’s set to be Manchester’s first dedicated ice curling rink in the heart of the city centre, so if you’re looking for something a little different to do this winter, this’s surely got you covered.
Opening 12th November through to 23rd December, Winter Island Curling Lanes will be open Wednesday to Sunday, with sessions lasting 50 minutes.
There will be a number of COVID-secure procedures in place, including all lanes separated and socially-distanced – with a maximum of six people from one household/bubble only – and curling stones being thoroughly sanitised after each use, so you can “unleash your inner tiger”.
Prior curling experience is not required, but spikes and brushes will be provided, so you just need to bring the will to win.
Winter Island will be the UK’s largest fully-outdoor, heated winter seated market and it arrives at Escape to Freight Island on Thursday 12th November.
It will take over the outdoor space of Platform 15 – where more than 80,000 people have visited safely since it opened in July – and it adds to the site’s recently-announced Ticket Hall annex, which has been the much-anticipated second phase for the outdoor food market and entertainment space, and is heralded as a carefully-planned and exciting expansion towards the “true vision” of what is fast becoming the most talked about and innovative venue in the UK.
The industrial space we all associate with Depot Mayfield has been filled with buzzing bars and restaurants.
And, for the festive season, a 45ft Christmas tree will be installed as the centrepiece, there’ll be a Christmas light projection in the circle area of Winter Island, and a very special installation feature by Lightopia – the stunning light festival from Heaton Park – will extend into Escape To Freight Island for a one off collaboration.
The installation of a new 1500 sqft heated Garden Tent at Winter Island also means you can sit underneath a picture-perfect festive setting.
The Safe + Social Manifesto means ‘Winter Island’ at Escape to Freight Island has been designed as a space where you are able to socialise safely with your party, maintain social distance from others, and remain alert to the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19), while being part of the overall urban festival atmosphere.
You can find more information about Winter Island and book your tickets in advance via the Escape to Freight Island website here.
Viral sportswear brand Gymshark is holding a huge free fitness event in Manchester this weekend
Some of the biggest names in the fitness community are coming together for a huge Gymshark event at Manchester Central this weekend.
The fitness brand’s previous Lift events have had queues stretching down the street as thousands flock to see figures from the worlds of lifting, fitness and bodybuilding.
Gymshark’s first post-pandemic Lift event is taking place right here in Manchester, featuring a programme of athlete seminars, meet and greets, competitions, challenges, and prizes – and it’s free.
It promises to be their biggest event yet, with the huge events space split into four zones.
There’ll also be a pop-up shop selling the brand’s activewear range, loved by fitness influencers across the globe.
Famous faces appearing at Lift this weekend will include Whitney Simmons, whose hilariously honest and educational fitness content has pulled in 3.5m Instagram followers (plus another 2.1m on YouTube and 1.4m on TikTok).
Also taking part are Gymshark’s creative director of lifting David Laid, Instagram star Libby Christensen, and power lifter Jamal Browner.
More than 10,000 tickets have already been sold for Lift at Manchester Central.
Gymshark itself was founded by Ben Francis in his garage in 2012. He used YouTube tutorials – and a little help from his grandmother – to learn to sew.
Now, there are more than 18 million Gymshark customers across 180 countries, and it’s achieved ‘unicorn’ status after being valued at more than £1bn.
The brand turned over around £500m in its last financial year and employs around 800 people worldwide.
You can book your spot at Gymshark’s Lift event at Manchester Central, taking place on 1 and 2 April, here.
Eurovision 2023 grand final to be screened live in cinemas across the UK
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest is to be screened live in cinemas across the UK for the first time ever.
With fans from across the globe set to descend on Liverpool in a couple of months time as the UK hosts the 2023 edition of the world’s biggest song competition on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine, those who weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets will instead by able to head to their nearest cinema to experience the action on the big screen.
Distributor CinemaLive has announced it will be broadcasting the Eurovision grand final show live in cinemas nationwide for the first time ever.
It means that Eurovision fans up and down the country who missed out on grabbing tickets to the final – which sold out in under 40 minutes after going on sale earlier this month – will be able to come together to celebrate what is set to be the “biggest, brightest, boldest music party of the year”.
500 cinemas across the UK, including several here in Greater Manchester, will be screening the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, and Everyman are just some of the cinema chains taking part.
Vue Manchester Printworks, Odeon Great Northern, and Everyman Manchester are the Manchester city centre venues lined-up to screen the event – with cinemas in the The Lowry Outlet Mall, Trafford Centre, Didsbury, Heaton Moor, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, and more also set to welcome Eurovision fans through their doors.
Event organisers say the screenings will encourage singalongs and fancy dress.
“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC to bring Eurovision’s grand final live into cinemas across the UK for the first time ever,” said John Travers from CinemaLive.
“We want audiences to enjoy themselves, so get your fancy dress on, and come together to enjoy this historic occasion on the big screen.”