A series of Stranger Things-themed skating sessions are taking over one of Manchester‘s newest roller rinks next weekend.
There is absolutely no denying that much of the world is Stranger Things obsessed at the moment, with all eyes firmly on the fourth series of the smash-hit science fiction horror drama – which has recently been released in two instalments on Netflix, and has broken a handful of streaming records on its way.
Starring Winona Ryder and David Harbour, and making household names out of its young cast of stars – including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, and many more – Stranger Things has gone on to develop a dedicated fanbase.
Since first hitting Netflix back in July 2016, the show has also received widespread critical acclaim for its characterisation, atmosphere, acting, soundtrack, directing, writing, and for paying plenty of homages to 1980s film and pop culture.
Most recently, Stranger Things 4 has just become the first English-language series in streaming history to rack up over one billion hours viewed in the first four weeks of release.
And now, Good Life Skates is set to properly celebrate the popular programme in style.
In case you missed it, the brand-new roller rink opened its doors above Escape To Freight Island’s main hall last month, and now, the retro venue has revealed plans for its first summer on wheels – with a whole host of events in the coming months.
One of the stand-out events has to be the ‘Skatefire Club’, with the venue inviting fans to “celebrate all things Stranger Things” next weekend.
“Lace up your skates and boogie along to the soundtrack of the show we all know and love.”
Taking over the roller rink on Friday 15-Sunday 17 July, tickets for the Stranger Things-themed ‘Skatefire Club’ are now on sale, and fans can find out more and book here.
Off peak ticket prices range from £8.50, with peak hours from £10. Bring Your Own Boots (BYOB) costs from £7. The daily sessions run on Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 10pm, Saturday from 10am to 10pm, and Sunday from 10am to 9pm.
You can expect pop classics all day on Saturdays with ‘Stop, Pop & Roll’, plus fun sing-along sessions too.
What’s more, is that the mezzanine rink can also be hired for private parties and kids parties, with a private room adjacent to the rink available.
Printworks to unveil its £21m transformation with huge free party
Manchester’s landmark venue Printworks will be celebrating the completion of its £21m refurbishment with a massive free party.
The huge new-look venue will have TikTok sensation DJ SUAT headlining the launch party on 21 March.
SUAT will be live-streaming from Manchester city centre during the day, running around town on his signature portable DJ decks and handing out VIP tickets for the Printworks party.
He’ll be performing around Exchange Square and streaming live from the roof of Printworks, with a third location yet to be revealed.
SUAT now has more than one million followers on social media thanks to his viral public live streams, which have included him DJing while paragliding over a festival and kayaking down Amsterdam Canal.
When the launch party itself kicks off in the evening, SUAT, who has played at some of the biggest club nights and festivals in the world, will be delivering a crowd-pleasing dance party for hundreds of guests at the city centre venue.
He’ll be joined for the evening by Bohemian House Choir and a host of other performers and dancers.
It’s all to celebrate the new-look Printworks, which will be an immersive, digital-first leisure destination and entertainment venue.
As part of the refurb, Printworks will be home to the largest digital ceiling in Europe, bathing the internal streets in colourful light and sound.
Lydia Ellis from Printworks comments: “SUAT has been on a mission to change stereotypes in electronic dance music and has captured the hearts of fans across the globe.
“He’s the perfect star to celebrate the new, digitally immersive Printworks. The Centre will always be free to enter so everyone can come and experience the spectacular content, which has to be seen to be believed.
“We’re breaking new ground with our digital screens and SUAT is breaking new ground musically and with his style of performance. It’ll be a launch party like no other.”
The free Printworks launch party will take place from 7pm on Thursday 21 March, with SUAT headlining at 8.30pm.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents
A Greater Manchester care home is calling on locals to take their dogs down to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to help cheer up the residents.
After recent studies have shown that introducing dogs into care home settings can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction among the community, Abney Court Care Home in the Trafford town of Cheadle – which sits within the picturesque grounds of Abney Hall Park – has decided to host its very-own ‘Canine Café’ next week.
But in a bid to make sure there’s enough canine cuddles for all the residents, staff at the home are asking the public to bring their own four-legged friends down to the party.
Abney Court created the canine-themed event after being inspired by the positive impact previous animal visits have had on residents’ wellbeing in the past, and after hearing how much they missed the company of their own pets from their younger years.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents / Credit: Care UK (via Facebook)
Taking place next Friday 8 March from 11am-12pm, Abney Court’s ‘Canine Café’ gives attendees the chance to enjoy loads of tasty puppy-themed treats and drinks, all while being in the company of furry friends.
Of course, all four-legged guests will be taken good care of too.
Not only will the pups be able to enjoy plenty of fuss from the home’s residents, but they’ll also get the opportunity to play with the other pooches, and be treated to their very-own ‘pup cake’ too.
There’ll also be lots of garden games and a raffle too, so everyone has a shot a winning a whole host of goodies to take home.
Inviting the Greater Manchester public down to the party next week, Amcia Hara, who is the Home Manager at Abney Court, said: “We are looking forward to inviting the local community to our Canine Café, as atudies have shown that introducing dogs into care homes can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction.
“The human-animal bond is powerful in promoting self-esteem and wellbeing, which is exactly why we feel our Canine Café is set to be a brilliant event.
“Whether you have your own dog or simply an animal lover, we’d encourage you to come along to our event.”