Looking for something to do with the kids in time for the school holidays? Well, Haydock Park Racecourse have got you sorted for Easter weekend with their Superhero Family Day.
For anyone that’s never made it down to Haydock Park and The Jockey Club before, there’s a reason they’re the biggest horse racing organisation in the UK. There’s much more to it than just watching the horses.
Hosting numerous events throughout the year, Jockey Club are once again turning Haydock into a fun venue for all the family with their superhero-themed Easter celebration, with a whole host of activities, crafts and entertainment, as well a series of jump races.
Taking place on Saturday, 8 April, it’s set to be a great day out whether you bring the kids or go along to soak up the festivities solo.
Bringing characters straight from the comic books to life, Haydock will be offering free children’s entertainment throughout the day, including an inflatable assault course, superhero crafts, face painting, magicians, pony shows and more.
There’s even going to be a kid’s costume competition where they can win an Easter chocolate hamper, so make sure they bring along their mask and cape — after all, people always get dressed up when they go to the races!
Adult tickets start from just £25 but, crucially, under 18s go absolutely free so they can enjoy the day and if you’re feeling fancy, you can always book full hospitality packages, complete with a private table, a two-course carvery menu, special access around the venue and more.
You can grab your tickets for the Superhero Family Day HERE.
Drunk Histories: Project Halcyon Distillery launch ‘Still Room Sessions’ where you drink whilst learning about drinking
Project Halcyon Distillery is well and truly up there with our favourite new openings in Manchester city centre and after having enjoyed many unique visits already, the speakeasy-style bar is now offering up yet another interesting drinking experience: their ‘Still Room Sessions’.
There’s a lot to it and we’ll get to all that in due course but, put in simplest terms, it’s kind of a bit like if the TV show Drunk History and a tasting event had a baby. Sold.
Still Room Sessions are Project Halycon‘s brand new monthly interactive workshop experience which will be held on the second Sunday of every month.
Each month, a member of their award-winning bartending team — and trust us, they really are worthy of the recognition — will cover a completely new topic as they take guests through a guided talk on various aspects of the history and ongoing drinking culture behind drinking.
Now, before any of jump the gun and say ‘I don’t want a history lesson, I want a drink’, let us stop you right there; each session revolves around tasting various different cocktails and spirits for the bar’s incredible drinks selection, as well as specials that they create for events like this.
Tickets to one of Project Halcyon’s Still Room Sessions include a drink upon arrival, at least two cocktails during the sessions and a spirit tasting. Oh yes, you might have some trouble concentrating by the end but god knows you won’t be even more interested with a few drinks down you.
Also, it is worth reiterating that the subject matter the guys will be covering is genuinely interesting stuff, not just if you’re a history buff but a fan of drinking in general. In fact, we can personally vouch for that.
After going along to their first session in September, simply entitled, ‘A Century Later’ — an exploration of the effects of the infamous American prohibition 100 years on, its lasting impact on today’s drinking culture, bartending style, as well as how the whole idea of a speakeasy bar came about — we were hooked inside the first five minutes.
After being presented with a refreshing G and T on arrival, we were welcomed into the still room for our first couple of drinks, which came in the form of their irresistible Bees Knees cocktail (created exclusively for this first event) as well as a taste of their house gin. Strong start — literally.
Then, as we prepared for the second 30-minute segment of knowledge and knocking back a few, everyone received an Apple Blossom cocktail along with a taste of Calvados as a nod to both gin and the distilled type of cider being two of the most bootlegged spirits ever.
Finally, to tie things off, the last 10 minutes saw them open up the floor for a more casual discussion and Q&A of sorts, with people asking everything from ‘why do people shake instead of stir for certain cocktails?’ (that one’s for you, Mr Bond) to tips on how to make a proper drink at home.
Oh, and did we mention that everyone got 33% off their bill for the rest of the night? Oh yes, all 12 of us stayed behind to enjoy a few more drinks afterwards. We could hardly turn an offer like that down.
Their second session kicks off this weekend next week on Monday, 9 October, with ‘The Journey of Juniper‘, which will see the staff talk about the world of gins and its illustrious history.
Starting all the way back with Dutch genever and the bathtub gin craze of 18th century London, to newer, more modern style expressions, including their very own, made on sight in the back of house, guests won’t just be sat listening, they’ll also be taught how to make the perfect martini at home.
We’ve always believed in the importance of education…
We think this is a really exciting opportunity for guests to learn and interact with Halcyon’s already rich, culturally-infused drinking space. Each event is limited to just a dozen tickets, so these talks and tasting sessions really are exclusive. You can secure your place on the next one HERE.
The Manchester business busting mortgage myths and helping Mancs buy homes
A business that wants to make mortgages and buying a house more friendly and approachable has recently expanded to Manchester.
Sett Mortgages, founded in 2021 by Elliot Benson, provides free advice and support throughout the home-buying process.
They specialise in helping first-time buyers, promising to ‘hold your hand’ throughout, from starting your house hunt to getting your keys, and beyond.
And as anyone who has tried to get on the property ladder for the first time will tell you, it can be daunting.
Elliot spotted a gap in the market for a friendly, approachable and easy to understand mortgage brokerage.
He has worked in property for 10 years, and is a two-time British Mortgage Award Nominee and one time finalist.
And now Sett Mortgages offer a start-to-finish service where they’ll narrow down thousands of mortgage options and badger all the banks to find you the cheapest deal possible, help with all the legal bits, and even catch up after your house purchase completes to answer any final questions.
All that with no broker fee and no hidden costs at any time, and one point of contact throughout.
Sett Mortgages wants to bust some mortgage myths and help everyone from first-time buyers to remortgagers to have the least stressful house-buying experience possible.
Five common mortgage myths busted by Sett Mortgages
The bank I use will give me the best deal! – Not true, they treat you as a new customer and will only offer you what they offer everyone else. Always shop around!
You need a 10% deposit to buy a house – Not true, if you have been renting over a year you don’t even need a deposit, otherwise you can use anything from 5% upwards
I’m self employed, it’s really difficult to get a mortgage – Nope! As long as you have been self employed at least a year, we can get you a mortgage
I need three payslips to get a mortgage – Nope, as long as you have a contract you can get a mortgage, even without your first payslip
Rates are really high at the moment! – Actually fixed rates are coming down even though the base rate has been going up