An alternative Christmas market is coming to Manchester’s stunning water palace, Victoria Baths.
Bringing together mince pies and mulled wine in the Tea Room, alongside plenty of stalls and a brand new Manchester-made gin inspired by the historic building, if you needed a sign to start your Christmas shopping in earnest then let this be it.
Taking place across Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 November 2021, organisers promise the alternative market’s stalls will be bursting with creative gift ideas for both family and friends. Guided tours will also be taking place throughout the weekend.
The two pool halls will be filled with a whole host of different stalls including various foodie gifts, ceramics, pet products, jewellery, prints, decorations and items for the home.
Look out for hand-poured candles from Old Man and Magpie, bobble hats from Urban Bear, handcrafted ceramics, jewellery and more from Elizabeth Emmaus-Wilson, hand-knitted products inspired by the Pennines from Bracken and Moss design, plus colourful homeware gifts from designer Lydia Meiying.
The weekend will also give local gin lovers the chance to get their hands on the first bottles of the new Victoria Baths gin, which has been created especially for the venue in collaboration with Cheshire-based distillery Winding River.
Combining kaffir lime leaves with liquorice root and coriander seeds, the gin is pried at £40 a bottle and will make a welcome addition to any local gin-lover’s collection.
The distillery has been part of the Festive Winter Fair for many years and was “so excited” to work on the creation of the new gin with the Victoria Baths’ team.
Matthew Fox, the co-founder of Winding River, said: “We are so excited to be working with Victoria Baths on their first-ever gin; we’ve been part of their Festive Winter Fair for many years and love this building and the community behind it.”
Tickets to the Festive Winter Fair at Victoria Baths are priced at £5 (including a £1 optional donation), free for Friends and Under 16s.
A Horrible Histories Christmas-themed stage show is happening in Manchester this month
You can discover the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today in a new Horrible Histories stage show in Manchester later this month.
With the festive season officially upon us, temperatures dropping by the day, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, parents and guardians who are keen to keep the kids entertained but still educated while schools are out can grab tickets to a special Christmas-themed Horrible Histories stage show.
Heading out on a UK tour and stopping off at The Bridgewater Hall here in Manchester in a couple of weeks time, the impressive stage show is described as a festive celebration in the most “wonderful, funny, and moving way you’ll ever see”.
For many of us, when we think of Christmas, the magic of family, joy, goodwill, presents, and more usually come to mind, but how about Oliver Cromwell? Or even Henry VIII?
When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young courageous boy to save the day – but can he rescue Christmas? From Victorian villains, to medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, you can join the Horrible Histories presents cast on a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas.
You’ll be in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII ,and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season.
Horrible Histories Christmas is coming to The Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 20 December at 11:30am.
You can go on a festive tour of the Coronation Street set this Christmas
One of TV’s most famous streets has had itself a festive makeover, and fans can hear the stories of Christmas past on a behind-the-scenes tours.
In case you missed it, the ever-popular Coronation Street: The Tourreturned back in March after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s been giving fans of the iconic Manchester-based soap – which has recently celebrated 60 years on air – the chance to discover the hidden world that lies behind the camera at the external sets at MediaCityUK in Salford once again.
The 90-minute tours let you follow in the footsteps of all your favourite characters, and give you the chance to walk around the famous sets of the Rovers Return, Roys Rolls, Underworld, The Kabin, and so much more.
Tour guides are also known for sharing secrets of the show as they take you round the set too.
But now, with the festive season officially upon us, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, Coronation Street has been turned into “the ultimate festive experience” for the all new behind-the-scenes tour – Christmas on the Cobbles.
This is your chance to experience the nation’s most famous street like never before.
Organisers are encouraging fans of the iconic soap to wrap up warm as they head out on an expert tour Coronation Street “dressed in its finest festive grandeur” to hear stories of Christmas past and spread yuletide cheer.
There’ll be carol singers dotted around the street’s famous sites, and festive treats like mince pies and gingerbread lattes to feast on.
The whole street will be festooned with lights and Christmas decorations
Christmas on the Cobbles Tours are running on selected dates this month up until 31 December, with tickets setting you back £28 for adults, £25.50 for under 16s, and £80 for families.