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.
Huge line-up revealed for Leeds International Festival of Ideas
The 2023 line-up for Leeds International Festival of Ideas has been released, and it’s all taking place in a brand new venue.
The huge event will bring together some of the most thought-provoking speakers of our time and is well worth the trip across to our neighbouring city.
Taking over the Leeds Playhouse will be a diverse programme and educational discussions, The Hoot reports.
Giving a glimpse of what we’re in store for this year, LIFI has announced the first of its highly-anticipated speakers.
Best-selling author and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax will be bringing her unique brand of humour to the festival as she takes the audience on her journey to address the importance of mental wellness.
The author, performer and activist is excited about joining the festival: “Leeds International Festival of ideas 2023 looks really exciting and I’m thrilled to be part of the line-up this year. I can’t wait to visit Leeds again and take audiences on my journey to mindfulness.”
Steven Bartlett, perhaps most notably known as the podcaster Diary of a CEO, co-Founder of Social Chain, and also as an investor on Dragon’s Den, amongst other business endeavours, will be taking to the stag to share an insight into ‘how he spots the next big thing’.
Bringing an insight into representation and inclusivity in the media, reality TV star and LGBTQ+ activist Bimini, will also be a key speaker at the International Festival of Ideas.
And this is just the beginning.
The four day festival promises to host a programme of panels and keynotes which focus on topics such as grief, political systems, womxn’s health inequalities and self-sufficiency, among others from Wednesday 27 September – Saturday 30 September 2023.
And what better venue than the Leeds Playhouse?
The award-winning cultural hub was recently recognised at the UK Theatre Awards as the Most Welcoming Theatre in 2022. With a mission to seek out the best companies and artists to create inspirational theatre in the heart of Yorkshire, Leeds Internationals Festival of Ideas, will be joining the long list of exciting productions, festivals and events that Leeds Playhouse have hosted over the past 50 years.
Martin Dickson, Leeds International Festival of Ideas has commented: “We are thrilled with the programme we are bringing to the city for LIFI23, built on the outstanding success of last year, we think it is our strongest speaker line-up yet.
“We’re also hugely excited to be presenting the festival at the incredible Leeds Playhouse, on of the most famous theatre venue in the city, a privilege and an honour.
“LIFI23 will once again address some of the most important social issues affecting us all, taking them on over 4 inspirational days across 11 events and shining an outspoken light on Leeds, projecting the city once again as a bold, innovative thought-leading city.”
The full lineups and tickets will be available from Tuesday 4 April but in the meantime those wanting to grab tickets are encouraged to visit the Leeds International Festival of Ideas website to sign up for announcements and ticket updates.
Ricky Gervais adds ANOTHER Manchester date to Armageddon tour – how to get tickets
Ricky Gervais has added a third gig in Manchester on his upcoming Armageddon stand-up tour due to phenomenal demand.
The comedy legend announced this week that he’ll be playing the O2 Apollo on 24 and 25 April, plus the new date on 30 May.
The first two nights sold out in a flash, and tickets for that third date go on sale this week.
Armageddon is the award-winning comedian’s seventh international tour.
Ricky Gervais is famed for his TV shows, including the record-breaking After Life, The Office, and Extras.
He further cemented his global reputation with his dry sense of humour and sharp wit while presenting the Golden Globes.
The comedian is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time – and is known for his satirical comedy that often divides opinions.
After performing Armageddon in London last year, the comedian took to Twitter to say he’d have his fans ‘reported for hate crimes’ for laughing at the new material, according to The Independent – just to give you an idea of what may lie ahead.
The tour has already sold out its first five dates, with the rest (including a Leeds stop) going on sale this week.
You can get tickets from 10am on Friday 31 March through Ticketmaster.