Greater Manchester’s favourite market is planning to return on Saturday 17th April.
Following the recent announcement of the roadmap out of lockdown, things are looking brighter in Levenshulme as their award-winning market gears up to return.
As Manchester’s go-to for the best of local talent, Levy Market is perhaps one of the county’s most adored and jampacked markets, so its reopening can’t come quick enough.
Levenshulme Market will currently be operating as a ‘Shop & Go’ model, meaning there will be no eating, drinking or socialising at the market.
You’ll still find the same great stalls but we ask that people make their purchases and head home to safely enjoy them rather than sticking around at the market,” says Richard, Levenshulme Market’s manager, when asked about their new strategies.
Although we’ll happily get on board with this small change to have Levy Market back in our lives, sharing all of the delicious food we’ve bought when back at home will be a struggle.
They will also be operating a socially distanced market with a one-way system, so you can safely travel through without missing anything, and their night markets – which usually take place on the third weekend of every month – are currently on hold as Levy Market’s return is phased.
Levenshulme Market launched in 2013 in an effort to improve their high street. Who knew that 8 years later, the market would have such a massive impact on the entire county.
“We work hard to offer our customers a balance of stalls selling arts and crafts, street food, general groceries and all the strange and wonderful things in between”, says Richard.
But Levy Market is more than just a shopping opportunity for many, it’s a community of Manchester’s greatest makers and loyal visitors.
“The secret ingredient in what makes Levy Market what it is, is Levenshulme itself”, comments Richard.
“Our market shares its home with the warmest, kindest, most welcoming community you could hope to find.”
While Levy Market has always been a highlight of our Saturdays, the uncertainty of the past year has cemented it as a rite of passage for Mancunians.
“It became evident last year that Levenshulme Market was even more of a weekly fixture for locals than it had been in pre-Covid days,” says Richard.
“With everyone having so few opportunities to go anywhere or do anything different, having a handful of new shops popping up in the neighbourhood and finding the opportunity to say a quick and safe hello to friends and neighbours took on an additional importance.”
If April 17th still feels like a lifetime away, you can support their creators online in the meantime with their online directory of food stalls and arts & crafts items.
You can also keep up-to-date with their proposed markets and which traders will be attending on their Instagram and Facebook pages.
Pretty Woman The Musical at Palace Theatre Manchester – a Hollywood dream come true
“Welcome to Hollywood. What’s your dream?” goes one of the most iconic lines in Pretty Woman, the musical version of which has just landed in Manchester.
And after the opening night of the theatre production of this beloved film, mine is to relive the experience over and over again.
There are tears, incredible voices, amazing outfits, and just generally the perfect remake of my favourite film.
After a record-breaking run on Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical opened at The Palace Theatre in Manchester last night, and my god it was brilliant.
If you don’t know the story line by now… then come on? Set in the 1980s, it begins with Edward (in the film, a suave Richard Gere) asking for directions in Hollywood Boulevard, and finding all the answers from Vivian (played by Julia Roberts in the film). And so the romance begins.
On stage, we kick off in the Blue Banana, and exactly like the film, we meet Vivian, Kit and the homeless man (or Paige Fenlon, Natalie Paris, and Ore Oduba, plus Ben Darcy as Edward). Their CVs include stints on SIX The Musical, Les Miserables, and Strictly Come Dancing.
Their voices will all blow you away, but my favourite on stage has to be Ore, transforming from the homeless man shouting ‘what’s your dream!’ to Mr Thompson in the hotel teaching Vivian to dance, to the conductor at the opera, a shop owner on Rodeo Drive and loads more roles.
He delivers brilliant transitions into every scene.
The theatre show has all the major moments from the film, like the iconic shopping scene, the day trip to a polo match, when he finally ‘sleeps’, and down to the most perfect costume of the red dress and the necklace for the opera. The voices of the opera singers are staggering, too.
With its own soundtrack compared to the film, there’s enough to lure in even those of us who have re-watched the film 100 times and can quote it line-for-line.
But Pretty Woman The Musical does wrap up with the titular song from the classic hit, and there’s something about the finale – the standing ovation, huge cheers and applause – that brings me to tears.
If you don’t have tickets yet, big mistake… HUGE!
Pretty Woman The Musical is on at the Palace Theatre in Manchester until Saturday 16 March, and it’s definitely not one to miss.
New ‘hobby house’ with loads of FREE crafty workshops opens in Manchester city centre
A new ‘hobby house’ with loads of FREE creative and crafty workshops to attend has just opened in Manchester.
Having opened down at Manchester’s growing neighbourhood, NOMA, the innovative new concept is called Altogether Otherwise, and is setting out to provide the Greater Manchester public with a welcome relief from all the demands and fast-paced culture of city centre life that we’ve, sadly, all become so used to.
Dubbed a ‘hobby house’, Altogether Otherwise is a “place to pursue creativity” and a chance to explore and get stuck into some new activities, all while bumping into like-minded people in an ever-changing gathering space.
An exciting lineup of workshops and events that are free to attend have also been announced.
A new ‘hobby house’ with loads of FREE crafty workshops has opened in Manchester city centre / Credit: NOMA (via Instagram)
Altogether Otherwise has seen a former disused printing house on Hanover Street in NOMA be transformed into 6,500 sq ft community space that’s open daily to the public.
Visitors can either step straight off the pavement into a welcoming front-of-house shop, or make their way through into a large workshop that’s apparently meant to offer “endless possibilities for making and meeting”.
On top of this, there’s also be a larger ‘village hall’-style space that’s dedicated to hosting participatory events and activities.
Pottery workshops, woodwork classes, mushroom growing sessions, an evening gardening club, sewing and knitting groups, running teams, and a book club are just some of the exciting interactive events already planned in the calendar for when the new space.
‘Altogether Otherwise’ is the latest venture for creative urbanist Ben Young / Credit: Supplied
‘Altogether Otherwise’ is the latest venture for creative urbanist Ben Young, and is a culmination of a decade of building a participatory neighbourhood down at NOMA.
Ben Young has described the new concept as a place where be people can “simply be”.
“Altogether Otherwise provides an escape from the results-orientated efficiency that has infiltrated every part of our lives,” he commented. “We’re providing a place to simply be, without having to justify or account for ourselves, as the hobbies we encourage are free-wheeling pursuits of aimless pleasure which act as a much-needed salve for a world dominated by achievement.