Manchester’s Printworks says it is “helping Mancunians make up for lost time” as it plans to reopen to customers from May 17.
Indoor drinking, dining and entertainment is soon returning to the city, and all nineteen resident venues at the entertainment neighbourhood are springing back into action this month – including Vue Cinema, Treetop Adventure Golf, Frankie and Benny’s, Tenpin, Wasabi and Escape Reality.
With most of Printworks’ restaurants, bars and gaming centres remaining closed throughout 2021 so far, the excitement for their big relaunch is palpable. And they’ve got a few special promotions to celebrate.
Jason Shay, Centre Director at Printworks, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back and helping visitors make up for lost time and creating memories to last a lifetime!
“Sit back and relax with family and friends, and leave the cooking and days out to Printworks with delicious indoor dining and entertainment.
“We’ll be making sure the reopening of Printworks goes smoothly and safely with plenty of safety measures in place to protect visitors and staff.”
Some of the offers available at Printworks venues from this month include:
Bierkeller – 50% off food Monday-Friday, £5 on selected cocktails, £2.50 pints and student prices.
Escape Reality – 50% off an escape on any weekday before June 18 using the code WEAREBACK50.
Frankie and Benny’s – Register with Frankie and Benny’s Rewards online for a free main meal or one bottle of Prosecco (worth £10) on your birthday. Vouchers are sent via email 10 days before your birthday and are valid for 50 days. Terms and conditions apply.
Tenpin – 50% off bowling and drinking on Tenpin Tuesdays, 25% off on Fridays, 1 game for a family of 4 from £23.20 and more.
Vue Cinema – £2.49 for both children and adults at Vue Cinema’s mini mornings kids’ film screenings.
Walkabout – Discounted drinks every Friday and Saturday from 3pm onwards, including 2 for £12 cocktails.
Wasabi – 30% discount off food and drinks for all NHS staff as a thank you to frontline workers.
Health and safety measures will be in place at Printworks during the grand reopening, including the Rule of Six or two households only for all indoor venues.
Visitors are being asked to book in advance at venues where possible.
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.