The first vegan market of 2021 is finally taking place in Rochdale this weekend.
It’s been a long time coming, but now that restrictions on mass gatherings and events have been lifted earlier this week, the Greater Manchester town will welcome its first market of the year dedicated to plant-based, vegan, ethical and sustainable lifestyles this Saturday.
Organised and hosted by Vegan Market Co – a popular events company known for bringing together a new wave of artisan producers and making vegan innovations accessible to the masses – the Rochdale Vegan Market will take over the town centre’s picturesque retail and leisure destination, Riverside, and feature up to 30 stalls.
There’s set to be a huge variety of vegan street food, artisan savouries, sweet bakes, craft cheeses, handmade cosmetics, ethical clothing and jewellery, arts and crafts, plastic-free goods, and charity stands.
Ahead of the event this weekend, Lewis Beresford – founder of Vegan Market Co – told the MEN that local and independent businesses are at the heart of what the market is about, adding: “We are so excited to be in Rochdale for the first time.
“We work hard to find the country’s leading vegan producers – from street food vendors and bakers, to ethical clothing and cosmetic producers.
“We can’t wait to give all of these fantastic producers the platform they deserve and introduce them to the wonderful people of Rochdale.”
Up to 1,200 visitors are expected at the event this weekend, according to Vegan Market Co.
As well as working hard to connect the growing sustainable, ethical and vegan population with independent, pioneering and eco-focused companies, Vegan Market Co says it’s doing its bit for the climate crisis by “offsetting the carbon footprint from each event”, and planting a tree for every business that takes part.
Rochdale Vegan Market
Saturday 24 July 2021
10am – 4pm
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Huge canal-side charity walk for The Christie will pass local landmarks in Greater Manchester
Mancs are being invited to head out on a huge organised walk along The Bridgewater Canal in the name of charity.
The beautiful route will pass some of Greater Manchester’s most recognisable landmarks, including Manchester United’s home ground at Old Trafford.
It’s all to raise money for The Christie and its world-class cancer centre, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
The 5km walk will start at Trafford Palazzo and weave its way along the Bridgewater Canal to Castlefield, with entertainment at the start and music, street food and drinks at the end.
The new challenge is the biggest-ever charity event in the waterway’s 260-year history.
Peel L&P, who own and operate the Bridgewater Canal, have organised the charity walk and hope to get more than 500 people taking part on Sunday 4 June, raising tens of thousands of pounds for The Christie charity.
All abilities and paces will be welcome to walk along the route, which has plenty of space and accessible walkways.
All money raised through The Bridgewater Way Walk will support The Christie’s pioneering bloods closer to home service.
The service allows patients to book their own appointments online at a time and location that suits them, with 11 convenient locations across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. It cuts down on travel times which can be draining for patients undergoing treatment.
The fundraising walk will take place along the picturesque and historic Bridgewater Canal, the 39-mile waterway that stretches between Runcorn and Leigh.
The canal was constructed more than 250 years ago by the Duke of Bridgewater to transport coal from his mine at Worsley in Greater Manchester efficiently and cheaply to the rapidly expanding towns and cities nearby.
Notable sites along the walk will include Old Trafford football stadium, Lancashire County Cricket Club’s ground, The Trafford Centre and the Embassy Village site which will be the UK’s largest purpose-built village for rough sleepers, being delivered by Peel L&P and partners.
Anyone who signs up will receive fundraising tips, a sponsorship pack, and a free t-shirt to celebrate participating in The Bridgewater Way Walk in aid of The Christie, as well as a medal once walkers have completed the event.
To help with The Christie charity’s goal to support its bloods closer to home service, the organisers would like to ask everyone who takes part in The Bridgewater Way Walk in aid of The Christie to aim to raise a minimum sponsorship of £50.
Peter Parkinson, director Bridgewater Canal at Peel L&P said: “We are really looking forward to delivering this event in aid of The Christie charity. The Bridgewater Canal is a fantastic location with a fascinating history and is regularly enjoyed by many individuals and communities.
“This will be the biggest charity event to ever take place in The Bridgewater Canal’s history and we are excited to welcome so many new visitors to enjoy our accessible space which encourages wellness, connecting with nature and for walkers to see the iconic Manchester skyline from the canal side.”
Anna McIntosh, major relationships development manager at The Christie charity, said: “We are extremely excited that Peel L&P is creating this event to support The Christie and its Bloods Closer to Home service.
“This type of support means a huge amount to The Christie and funds raised from this event will directly improve services and helps us to support patients by making treatments more accessible in the surrounding area for many years to come.”
Kate Holland, head of charity and community initiatives for The Peel Group said: “We are proud supporters of The Christie charity and the pioneering research and support it provides to those affected by cancer. We wanted to create an event utilising one of Peel L&P’s most historic assets, whilst promoting the health benefits of walking and exercising as well as raising much needed funds for such an important charity to our region.
“We hope that lots of families, friends, teams and individuals feel encouraged to take part in this inclusive event, going at their own pace and enjoying the surroundings of the scenic Bridgewater Canal whilst raising much-needed funds for The Christie to support its services.”
You can sign up now to take part in The Bridgewater Way Walk in aid of The Christie on Sunday 4 June by visiting the website here: bridgewaterwaywalk.co.uk.
Sign up prices are £15 per adult, £8 per child under 16, £38 for a family (two adults, two children) and £65 for a team of five adults.
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Fall Out Boy announce massive Manchester gig on upcoming tour – how to get tickets
Fall Out Boy have announced a huge UK and European tour, including a massive gig here in Manchester.
The legendary pop-punk group, who were behind hit songs like Sugar, We’re Goin Down and Dance, Dance, will be heading this way on their headline tour, So Much For (Tour) Dust.
Today, the Grammy Award-nominated noughties rock icons announced 15 dates, including a stop at the AO Arena on 29 October.
The new Fall Out Boy tour is in support of their forthcoming new album So Much (For) Stardust, which is due for release on 24 March 2023.
Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman surprised fans with a homecoming show in Chicago’s 1000-capacity Metro, which sold out immediately.
They first played the same venue back in September 2002, a pivotal gig in their huge career.
Patrick said on their return: “Twenty years ago, I told my mom I was going to take a semester off [college] because we were headlining Metro and I wanted to see how that would work out…”
Pete Wentz added: “Walking up those stairs is the closest thing this band will have to church.”
The show also featured the live public debut of both Love From The Other Side and Heartbreak Feels So Good, two tracks from the new album.
Fall Out Boy have recently taken part in The Hella Mega Tour, alongside Green Day and Weezer, playing in front of more than one million fans across the globe.