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Christmas Markets 2013 in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle

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With Christmas just around the corner, we take a look at the annual Christmas and German markets that land in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle. Offering stalls with quirky gift ideas, Christmas decorations, assorted foods from across Europe and plenty of warming winter drinks, Christmas markets have something to suit every taste and get you in that festive mood.

Leeds

Always a favourite when the festive period comes around, the Leeds Christkindelmarkt sees the residents of Leeds and surrounding areas flock to Millennium Square for a real taste of an authentic German Christmas. Opening on Friday 8th November, it’s no surprise that this market is one of the best attended in the country, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling lights all creating a unique festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.

Undeniably the most popular attraction at Leeds’ market is the German pub which occupies the very centre of Millennium Square. It provides refuge from the cold weather and offers German-themed food and drinks throughout the daytime and evening. Be sure to pick your visiting time carefully though, as the large venue often fills up quickly at peak times. Enjoy a ‘stein’ of beer, bratwurst hot dog and evening of Oom-pah band entertainment.

Manchester

Offering a wider range of shopping options than the other markets in this list, the Manchester Christmas Market provides more than 300 stalls to choose from and is dotted around numerous locations in the city centre. This year sees an even bigger selection of stalls than ever before, and you won’t be disappointed when taking a browse. The vast range of stalls means you can easily find gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and a vast selection of food and drink on offer. Head to this market and you’ll also discover mouth-watering delicacies from all over Europe, so why not treat yourself to Dutch mini pancakes, Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or French profiteroles. The market heads to Manchester later this month, from 15th November right through until 22nd December.

Newcastle

Newcastle’s Christmas Market might not be the largest of Christmas markets in the UK, but when you mix in what else Newcastle has to offer, it’s well worth making the trip and spending your weekend in the ‘Toon’. While it’s only in the city for five days, running from 4th December until Sunday 8th, the set up at Grey’s Monument in the centre of town gives a great, if quick feel of Christmas right in the centre of Newcastle.

Stalls offer foods like chocolate, jams and cakes; whilst also giving you the chance to shop for some great gifts, with handmade clothing and jewellery stalls. It’s only there for one weekend, so make sure you plan your Christmas shopping for the beginning of December if you want to catch the short stay of Newcastle’s Christmas Market. If you simply can’t wait until December, why not check out the Continental market at the same location, which arrives on Friday 15 November and stays until Saturday 30th November. Similar to Manchester and Leeds, this European themed market provides Christmas style gifts and delicious foods, so make a weekend of it, enjoy Newcastle and sample some European Christmas treats.

If you’re heading to Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle this Christmas, then make sure you plan early and make a weekend of it. Head to our website, where you can plan a luxurious weekend stay to truly enjoy the city Christmas experience.

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Christmas Shopping…? Leeds has it covered!

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We found this handy guide to Christmas Shopping in Leeds on www.visitleeds.co.uk have a read and make sure you don’t miss out on your next trip! And after a busy day on your feet in the shops why not stay with us? We have 3 hotels in Leeds and a wide choice of Leeds accommodation… visit our website or give us a call on 0844 499 4888…
And don’t forget our double discount January… if you can’t make it for Christmas Shopping how about coming along for the January sales?
“Leeds boasts a wide variety of shopping options from boutiques to markets and department stores as well as plenty of great cafes and restaurants well worth a visit during the festive season. Not only does Leeds have a compact shopping quarter, but many of the shops are located within beautifully presented shopping centres and cosy arcades perfect for Christmas shopping.
A visit to Christkindelmarkt is the ultimate festive experience and the ideal way to combine a day of shopping, entertainment and relaxation to help chase away those winter chills.
 
Christmas shopping at the Victoria Quarter is a truly magical experience. The beautiful architecture of the centre’s historic Grade II* buildings, coupled with its’ renowned festive decorations – including the magnificent 20m tree, make it a is a must see destination this Christmas. VQ is home to 76 of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands, including Harvey Nichols, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Links of London and new arrivals Liz Earle, many of whom are open late during December.

A warm welcome awaits shoppers at Europe’s largest indoor market, Kirkgate Market. With over 500 stalls, the market offers the best in quality, variety and value for money, combined with friendly service and a warm vibrant atmosphere.
 
The St Johns Shopping Centre, Leeds, will be bringing shopping magic to customers this year with a host of events designed to make them and their loved ones sparkle! 

Leeds Corn Exchange is one of Britain’s finest Victorian buildings and has recently undergone a major restoration. Shoppers can choose from an array of independent stores ranging from eclectic jewellery, artwork, home accessories, designer fashion including a good range of menswear and speciality shops such as maternity and vintage wear.
 
Connecting the newly refurbished Lands Lane and Briggate, Thorntons and Queens Arcades house some of our cities finest independent retailers and boutiques bursting with gift solutions and festive treats. Visit OK Comics, Bon Bons chocolatiers, Yum Yum Beads and Mr Chimp for some unique presents to please all the family.
Leeds Christmas & Gift Fair is heading to The Light on 10th and 11th December! Complete with everything to caters for all your festive needs, from Christmas cakes, Vintage gifts and Party Outfits through to Christmas decorations and Handmade Jewellery to name but a few.”
Thanks to www.visitleeds.co.uk for this handy guide!

Leeds City Reviewed on Trip Advisor

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Omsall from Birmingham left us this review of Leeds City!

 

“Woah”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 14 November 2011

Wow – what an awesome place to stay, very close to all the local amenities, the room was super stylish and modern, its larger than it looks on the photos, theres free internet and the staff are very friendly.

I would recommend this to anybody thinking of staying in the local area. The only downside is that there is no hotel parking, on the steet parking has a limit of 30-minutes at certain intervals although there is a city council car park across the road. 

 James M from Toulouse had this to say…

“Brilliant….”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 8 November 2011

Couldn’t have asked for more – everything was clean, it’s just like staying in a fancy apartment for the weekend. No problems at all.

IT’S FINALLY HERE! Treasure Hunt Day… The last clue…

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Whoooohoooo… It’s Treasure Hunt Friday!


Here are the clues….

Which birthday was Stockportracca’s wife celebrating?

X (times)
How many years has the Christmas Market been in Manchester?
/(divided by)
How many days did Skarch stay at Roomzzz Leeds City?
+ (plus)
How many times must a Royalty Club member stay at Roomzzz before they are upgraded to a gold membership? 
- (minus) 
How many times the word Roomzzz is mentioned in this blog?
=
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Entry into our competition to win a weekend at Roomzzz Leeds City!

Don’t forget to post your answer onto our Facebook page for Leeds or Manchester with the words “I am a Roomzzz Treasure Hunter” onto our wall

Don’t forget that the winner will get a weekend away on us at Roomzzz Leeds City – you could come along and visit the Christmas Markets in Leeds or how about the Victorian Quarter? Perfect festive fun!

Win a weekend @ Roomzzz…

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Well here it is….  the final week of this month’s  Roomzzz Treasure Hunt! Are you a Roomzzz Treasure Hunter? If not… why not?
This week our lucky winner gets to win a weekend in Roomzzz Leeds City… a whole weekend… on us… and all you have to do is follow the clues…

So what could you expect at check in?

36 luxurious apartments with one and two bedrooms to choose from, each one has been individually designed to create a stylish interior where you’ll feel totally at ease. And as you’d expect, every apartment is fully kitted out with all mod-cons such as an Apple Mac, an integrated safe and a widescreen LCD TV. 
Harvey Nichols the lavish department store and the shopping quarter – home to international chains and independent shops are all within walking distance, and Leeds Railway Station is just under 5 minutes walk away, an apartment here puts you right where the action is.
Grab & Go complimentary breakfast is always available between 6.30am and10.30am to kick start your day, including hot drinks, pastries and fruit. We’ve thought of everything, so you can experience Leeds the way you want.
What are the apartments like?
Our Smart studios have been cleverly thought out to provide you with a thoroughly functional, yet highly stylish living space. The open-plan design includes a well-equipped compact kitchen for preparing lavish lunches or late-night snacks. And there’s a host of clever features like the super-comfy memory foam bed, the combination wardrobe/bookcase and the desk that doubles as a dining table. For comfort and practicality, it’s the smart choice.
Five top floor Smart studios enjoy the added luxury of, you guessed it, a balcony – the perfect vantage point from which to survey city life.

Step into one of our Grande studios (accessible) and you’ll immediately be struck by the light, airy feel of the open-plan interior. Everything’s been arranged to give you the extra space you need to relax in complete comfort. There are double or twin options available. Worked up an appetite in the city? The large L-shaped kitchen provides everything you need for dining in, or for late-night snacking.

Space to stretch out. Space to relax. Space to live. That’s the thinking behind the Liberty suite. Here, you’ll discover a generously-proportioned open-plan living area with a good-sized kitchen, fully-equipped of course, and a dining table for sharing pasta, papers and opinions. There’s a separate bedroom, fitted with a stylish walnut wardrobe and dressing table. And because we know how hard it’ll be to leave your incredibly comfortable bed, we’ve added a wall-mounted plasma screen in there too.
Travelling as a family group? There’s no need to compromise, either on comfort or style. The Maxima suite features a master double bedroom overlooking the grand elevations of Sovereign Street, along with all the usual refinements such as fitted walnut furniture and a wall-mounted plasma screen. There’s also a second bedroom with bunks, desk and wardrobe – an ideal, and separate, space for the younger members of your party. In between, there’s a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, as well as acres of comfy seating where you can spread out and plan your days together.
So all you have to do is stay tuned to the Roomzzz blog and Facebook this Friday…. work out the clues… post your answer onto our facebook page in either Leeds or Manchester, tell us you’re a Roomzzz Treasure hunter and if you’re right, you’re in the draw…. Happy hunting!

Ho ho ho… nearly time for the Christmas Markets!

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As we are now into November I feel that we can legitimately mention Christmas… and one of our favourite parts of Christmas is a trip to the Christmas Markets…. and we are particularly lucky here in Manchesteras we have a particularly fine and famous one!
From the 17 November – 21 December 2011 it’s time to don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Markets.

Attracting shoppers from all over the UK and beyond, the market has put Manchester city centre firmly on the Christmas map – the Christmas Market has become not just a fabulous place to shop but also a hugely popular leisure destination in its own right. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets.

This year the market will be celebrating its 13th year and will take over eight different spaces around the city, each with it’s own distinct character and atmosphere.

The array of over 200 stalls is mind-boggling, with mouthwatering delicacies from all over Europe. The choice is getting bigger and bigger and includes gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink. Treat yourself to anything from Dutch mini pancakes, to Hungarian goulash to Spanish paella to French profiteroles. Relax with a hot chocolate, German or Spanish beer, or French wine. Soak up the atmosphere of a truly international event with a uniquely Mancunian flavour.

And after a hard day of shopping and sampling the goods you can make your way back to Roomzzz to relax and unwind! What could be better?

*information supplied by www.christmasmarkets.com

Back by popular demand!

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Aaaaaahaaaaaa! Me hearties… this week’s Friday Favourites is indeed a Treasure Hunt… we’re glad that you enjoy solving them as much as we enjoy creating them!
So what’s the deal? Follow the clues and solve ye olde riddle, swing by our pages on Facebook in Leeds or Manchester and post your answer on our wall! Don’t forget to use the words “I am a Roomzzz treasure hunter and my answer is….. “! 
We’ll pick a winner from the right answers, who will win a free night in one of our fantastic Roomzzz locations!
So to the treasure!
From Monday’s blog:-
1. Which room did Chalky31 stay in?
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2. Which day in October did Peedlewif review Roomzzz Manchester?
+ plus
3. How many nights did AndyH stay in Roomzzz Manchester?
- minus
From Tuesday’s blog:-
4. Which day in November must you have joined the Royalty Club by to take part in the Blue X Sale?
+ plus
5. How much % discount can you get in the Blue X Sale?
x times
6. Which day in November is the Blue X Sale on?
/ divided by
7. What is the minimum % discount you can get at any time as a Royalty Club member?
+ plus
8. How many times do the words Blue X Sale appear in this blog?
 Add one and divide by
9. The number of times the word Roomzz  is mentioned in the body of Thursday’s blog?
Well there you have it… the clues are laid before you… Watch out for tomorrow’s blog to put the final piece in the jigsaw! Good luck treasure seekers…!

Bites and sips…

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From the 7th – 17th October, The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is a nationally acclaimed event that has developed to its current level over 14 years. Conceived and developed in 1998, the event originated as a means of showing the rest of the nation that there was more to Manchester dining than the stereotypes that existed at the time.
In the 13 annual Festivals that have taken place over that time, the Festival has achieved a national status. It is an urban food and drink festival, there is no single location, rather the Festival takes over as much of the City Centre and surrounding districts of Greater Manchester as possible, with a huge programme of events taking place, both indoor and outdoor.
The Festival highlights a number of ‘Festival themes’, issues which affect the food and drink industry in the region.
Like Manchester itself, the Festival is both Original and Modern. Events and participation have ranged from a children’s food workshop at a community library in Salford, to a glittering Gala Dinner at Manchester’s Town Hall.
Over the years the Festival has drawn names as diverse as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Bill Wyman, this year sees Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall headlining!
Check out the website for more details http://foodanddrinkfestival.com/
If you’re heading to the festival… why not check in at Roomzzz? You could spend your day eating and drinking, exploring fabulous food and wine , then returning to Roomzzz  for relaxation in our luxurious surroundings – a weekend of delightful treats for body, mind and soul!

German Christmas Markets – Millennium Square, Leeds

12th Nov – 20th Dec

This year, the thriving German Christmas Market, namely Christkindelmarkt, will arrive in Leeds on 12th Nov (provisional dates listed above). You’ll find plenty of arts & crafts, food stalls selling traditional German food and beer, plus plenty of entertainment within the centre bar area. It’s definitely worth a visit.

If you plan on coming from further afield, then why not make a weekend of it, and stay at one of our hotels in Leeds. With our two bedroom suites you can fit all the family in one apartment, watch TV on the LCD TV with freeview, or perhaps book a restaurant using the Apple Mac computer in the lounge. However you choose to spend your time, you can expect to spend it in luxury and comfort at one of the Roomzzz hotels in Leeds.