Musicians, stand-ups, poets and singers are all coming together for a live event this April – raising vital funds for five of Manchester’s favourite night-time venues.
‘Manchester’s Last Big Night In’ promises an evening of music, comedy and special performances – including sets from Justin Moorhouse; Happy Monday’s vocalist Rowetta; North Manchester band Scuttlers; and renowned poet Tony Walsh.
Legendary record-spinner Clint Boon will also round off the event with a one-hour DJ set.
Performances will be streamed from a quintet of locations across the city – including Frog & Bucket, Tribeca, Bar Pop, Matt & Phred’s, and 42s nightclub.
Hosted by Manchester media agency 1214 Media, Manchester’s Last Big Night In will take place on Saturday 10April – with proceeds going towards five night-time venues that have struggled during the pandemic.
Shaz Irshad, Director at 1214 said: “The lockdown has affected society in many ways, keeping us apart from our family and friends.
“Let’s say goodbye to these sad times and raise some funds for some iconic Manchester venues as they live stream waves of love and laughter from home grown talent.”
Jessica Toomey, Managing Director, Frog & Bucket added: “Manchester was locked down longer than any other English city and deserves to come out of it with a big bang.
“What better way to celebrate than championing home grown talent and raising vital funds for some great venues.”
Local Manchester artists Loveartpix and Suli Irshad have created bespoke merchandise that can be bought in conjunction with the fundraiser – with 100% of profits going towards the cause. These limited edition t-shirts can be purchased via the event page on 1214 Media or directly through Suli’s website.
You can get involved in Manchester’s Last Big Night In by visiting the Crowdfunder page where a minimum donation of £5 guarantees full access to the whole event.
A prize draw worth over £1,000 is also up for grabs.
You can visit National Trust sites for free this autumn
The National Trust is celebrating the arrival of a new season by offering free visits to the sites it cares for this autumn.
Families will be able to visit the many stately homes, grand gardens, beaches and countryside locations that are looked after by the charity.
The limited-time offer will allow people to book an autumn trip to a National Trust site of their choosing.
Each free ticket will admit two adults and up to four children, with hundreds of sites taking part in the campaign.
The National Trust says: “Everyone needs nature and autumn is when it really glows.
“As the scenes change around us escape into the season with a free visit to the places we care for.”
Around Greater Manchester, those include Dunham Massey with its ancient deer park, the incredible Lyme Park (famous for its role in Pride and Prejudice), and the historic Quarry Bank.
Not to mention those just across the borders into neighbouring counties, like Marsden Moor, Hare Hill, and Hardcastle Crags.
You can also use the free National Trust pass to visit Castlefield Viaduct, the sky-high urban park that opened here in Manchester this year.
The 330-metre Grade II-listed steel viaduct was transformed with plants and landscaping into a heritage park, which is technically only a temporary installation while the National Trust works on a permanent vision for the landmark’s future.
Independent Polish restaurant Platzki is bringing back its famous vodka and pierogi festival to Manchester this week, and we couldn’t be more excited for some hearty dumpling fare.
Notorious for its top-tier filled pierogi, which are made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savoury or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water, Platzki is already something of a go-to for fine Polish food in Manchester.
But now, traditional European dumpling fans have another reason to get themselves down as the restaurant will be focusing almost entirely on pierogi for two days this week.
Taking place across Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October from 3pm until sell-out (or at 9pm, whichever comes first), diners will have the chance to try Platzki’s perfect homemade pierogi in a range of mouth-watering flavours.
There will be plenty of different fillings to try, including some brand new vegetarian pierogi for non-meat eaters.
That’s not all, either. There’ll also be a midweek vodka tipple on standby as Platzki shows off its huge range of favourite Polish vodkas.
Think salted caramel vodka, strawberry vodka, golden black cherry vodka, hazelnut vodka and delicious cherry-chocolate vodka, all of which are (as we know too well from experience) dangerously drinkable.
Each day, the team will be making hundreds of pierogi for local dumpling lovers to sample.
Elsewhere, they will also be serving up some of their favourite dishes from the menu including a hearty sausage stew with freshly-baked bread, and melt-in-the-mouth karkówka roasted pork neck with spinach egg noodles.
A fixture in the city since 2018, Platzki has built up a reputation for serving an interesting list of Polish vodka and wine alongside traditional dishes like dumplings, pork neck and meatballs.
It has a gorgeous plant-filled restaurant and a bright terrace that backs onto the Great Northern Warehouse, giving diners views over the Great Northern Square as they dig into some of the best Polish food in the city.
To find out more about this week’s dumpling festival, follow Platzki on Instagram here.