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Summer City Festivals

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As the year progresses, and summer begins to roll around festival season commences. To many, festivals immediately provoke an image of mud, music and beer, however that’s no longer the case. Here are our favourite alternative festival offerings over the next month, if you’re more partial to a bit of city living, than a weekend in a field.

Newcastle

Jesterval

From the 6th to the 14th of June, Jesterval, The North East’s Premier Comedy Festival, returns to the city. Being held for the second consecutive year at one of the North’s most iconic locations, Baltic Square at Gateshead Quays, the festival offers a range of comedy performances to entertain many tastes. Playing host to some of the finest comedians touring the UK today, the festival boasts a strong line-up for its 2014 run, including the likes of Jason Manford, Tony Law, Marcus Brigstocke, Sara Pascoe, Paul Zerdin, Simon Munnery, and Terry Alderton. From household names and hotly-tipped national ‘up and comers’  to the very best local talent, theres a huge variety in comedic styles.

With over 30 comedic performances running over the week, the festival will aim to capture the diverse, cultural and spiritual zeitgeist of the day, and, because of that, Jesterval can guarantee there will be an act for everyone – even those with the most delicate of tastes.

For further information on all the line ups, start times or to buy tickets please visit the website. Tickets are all very affordably priced, and the festival provides the opportunity to see nationally renowned comic Jason Manford for under £25 per ticket.

 

Manchester

Parklife Weekender

Parklife Weekender, held at Heaton Park in Manchester is a music festival with a difference. The June offering, which is a weekend festival without the camping element, comes courtesy of the people that brought you Warehouse Project. If it’s anything like last year, it’s sure to be a thriving weekend for the city. With the likes of Snoop Dogg, Disclosure and Bastille headlining the line-up over the strong weekend, it is an event not to be missed. The line-up is jam packed with some of the most current acts and DJ’s, set to be spread across the two day affair. Unlike many of the top festivals in the UK, there is no camping at Parklife, and although this might seem like an inconvenience, the close proximity of the location to the city of Manchester means you can enjoy the best of both worlds, by heading into the vibrant city of Manchester once the  evening music comes to a close.

Leeds

Food and Drink Festival

Running from Friday 23rd May until Sunday 8th June 2014, the Leeds Food and Drink Festival is a two week celebration of the amazing food and drink available in the city. With events running daily throughout the festival, it’s the perfect time to head to one of the country’s most exciting and vibrant cities to sample what the area has to offer.

With events that are of interest to all ages, the festival offers everything from a kid’s festival at The Tetley to an exciting pop-up dining experience in Trinity Kitchen through to cocktail classes and cake making in a range of exciting and interesting venues around the city.

 

The Leeds Food and Drink Festival grand finale will be the annual three day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show in Millennium Square between the 6th – 8th June. If you’re passionate about good, well grown Yorkshire produce there’ll be a plenty of tasty food combinations to stimulate the taste senses. There’ll be live cookery demonstrations from local chefs, artisan food specialists exhibiting delicious produce, traditional real ales, Pimms and cocktail bars and some of Yorkshire’s finest restaurants serving their signature dishes. In addition there’ll be the sizzle of delicious street food dishes from around the world being cooked right in front of you.
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A month at the theatre

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Newcastle

Theatre Royal – Dirty Dancing

Loved by millions, and seen by even more on the big screen, the story of Dirty Dancing is world renowned. Having arrived at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal earlier this month, the musical has received rave reviews from local press, and has even seen its run extend until 31 May. The classic story boasts a heart-pounding musical score, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe during its run, this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent youngsters from entirely different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. With hit songs that’ll undoubtedly have you humming along to the likes of “Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby”, “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life.”

With a cast including Gareth Bailey  as Johnny Castle, Roseanna Frascona carrying the watermelon as idealistic Baby Houseman, and Claire Rogers will play Penny Johnson, fans of musical theatre are in for a treat. Tickets for the performance are available from £16.50, with a limited number of premium seats available.

 

Leeds

The Grand Theatre and Opera House – West Side Story

Heading to Leeds’ Grand Theatre and Opera House, West Side Story is the classic tale of the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.Fresh from a sell-out season at London Sadler’s Wells and following international critical acclaim West Side Story is not playing at The Grand until the close of the month. With ground breaking choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins, an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story changed the face of musical theatre for ever. Now Joey McKneely’s vibrant stage production is thrilling audiences all over again. The show, which is based on the well known Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet comes to Leeds packed with unforgettable songs such as ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’. Drawing huge acclaim on a national scale, the Telegraph state ‘there’s nothing more exciting or engaging at the moment on stage.’

 

Manchester

Royal Exchange Theatre – The Last Days of Troy

Capping off our round up of city theatre offerings is The Last Days of Troy at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Telling the story of two civilizations at war, this theatrical offering is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breath-taking humility. Focusing on the story of a nation commemorating WWI, the story centres on a legendary battle between the ancient city of Troy and the Greek soldiers attempting to lay siege to it.

The story, which is brought together by Simon Armitage, brings the war to a brutal conclusion. Through it, he considers how we are locked in the same cycles of conflict and revenge, of east versus west, and the same mixture of pride, lies and self-deception that fed the Trojan War.

Running through until 7 June, tickets are available starting at £14.50.

 
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Our guide to a refined evening in Manchester

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If you’re looking for a diverse and memorable night, Manchester is an ideal getaway. The birthplace of timeless musical acts and cultural movements as well as being home to a host of busy clubs and bars; the city possesses an electric contemporary vibe that will carry through the night. Manchester really is the place to be for great food, music and a taste of the best of nightlife in the north of England.

Drinks

To start the night, pay a visit to Apotheca in the city’s suave Northern Quarter. Offering a range of bespoke, award-winning cocktails with a stylish backdrop, you can take a sip of the finest drinks before starting the second half of your night. Whether it’s at the vast Phones 4U Arena to see anything from a boxing match to a music concert, to a performance from one of the areas up and coming comics at the Comedy Store.

Dinner

For a bite to eat, you can stay at Apotheca and enjoy their range of evening meals or visit 63 Degrees on Church Street and enjoy their exceptional French cuisine. The food is made with a warm family feel and the restaurant is very popular for its ambiance and professional service. Not far away from the Northern Quarter, you can enjoy a delicious meal within walking distance of the city’s bars and clubs. The close knit feel of the city means you don’t have to spend too much time getting to one place from another and that makes it the perfect destination for a weekend break.

Entertainment

Long established as a go-to place for an amazing night out, Manchester doesn’t disappoint with a hostof lively nightclubs and super-cool bars. For a great nightclub experience, visit 42nd Street for a Rock n’ Roll vibe or for some smooth House sounds take a trip to Venus Club in Blackfriars. As for bars, a true VIP experience can be had at Cloud 23 Bar, located in Deansgate. The bar offers a spectacular view of the city, and you can enjoy the finest beverages whilst observing Manchester’s unique skyline – a mixture of contemporary and classic architecture. For something a little more vibrant, pay a visit to The Liars Club on Back Bridge Street and sample their vast collection of rums and cocktails which number well into the hundreds. If you’re looking for a bigger night, the Phones4u Arena offers a varied scope of events. Hosting artists from McBusted to Nine Inch Nails, there’s a performance for whatever mood you are in.

 

So, if you’re looking to enjoy a weekend of entertainment this month in Manchester, make sure you book in at Roomzzz to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

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Weekend preview: Our guide to city events

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Manchester

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club – Band on the Wall

In visiting Manchester, you’re in the city that birthed Oasis,  The Smiths, New Order and Joy Division, so it seems only fitting that whilst in the city of great musical heritage, you should take in one of the best musical offerings of the weekend. Known throughout the industry for his eclectic musical taste that has seen him broadcast on the likes of BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music, Craig Charles takes to the decks this weekend for a Saturday night fuelled with Funk and Soul classics. Taking place at Manchester’s Band on the Wall in the city’s Northern Quarter, from just £15 per person you can spend the night enjoying the biggest names in funk and soul, from James Brown to Stevie Wonder and many more.

 

Newcastle

Boxe Boxe – Theatre Royal

If you don’t want to spend your weekend in Newcastle doing the same old things, then we’ve got a great option for you to broaden your horizons and take in a performance that you might not ordinarily consider. France’s Companie Kafig return to the UK with Boxe Boxe, a breath-taking show offering the likes of which you won’t see anywhere else, which fuses the noble art of Boxing with dance. Eight industry renowned dancers mix the ancient practices of martial arts,  with street and contemporary dance to create a spirited and stunning fusion of hip-hop and fighting. Incorporating contemporary live music from an onstage string quartet, the dancers move in perfect unison on stage. The choice and meticulous timing of the music is said to “inject a further dash of romanticism and melancholy into scenes.” Taking place in the heart of the city, at the famed Theatre Royal, the performance takes place at 7:30 and lasts just over an hour, meaning that once you’ve taken in the latest offering from renowned choreographer Mourad Merzouki, you still have the whole evening to sample some of the finest bars and restaurants in the north of England.

 

Leeds

Derren Brown – The Grand Theatre and Opera House

One of the nation’s leading illusionists and performers, Derren Brown, heads to Leeds for the last weekend of March, as he performs his Infamous tour at the Grand Theatre and Opera House up until 29th March. For Infamous, a more ‘personal’ show, Derren has re-united with his close collaborator and friend, Andy Nyman, with whom he completed some of his most popular works. The Infamous show is Brown’s  sixth show since 2002, and he’s toured every year since then. With over an estimated audience of over 2 million people his shows have won two prestigious Olivier Awards, for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012), so it’s no surprise that Brown still carries a passion for performing live shows. Tickets range between £20 and £38 and performances are taking place on both Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March.

 

If you’re looking to enjoy an evening of city entertainment this month, make sure you book in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

 
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Hurry… book your Staycation with us…

Here at Roomzzz we are very much looking forward to the summer… welcoming all you lovely people who choose to spend a few days of your hard earned rest with us! Make sure you get THE best deals by booking with us before the end of April! Take a look at our accommodation in Leeds and fabulous hotel in Manchester – perfect for a city break or a fabulous base for a trip into the Yorkshire Dales or the Peak District!

With rates from £39 per apartment per night, there’s no better way to enjoy a city break, a romantic getaway or a fun filled family holiday in 2012.

City centre hotel in Manchester - Easily reached from Manchester Piccadilly station and Deansgate’s shopping, you’re never far from the heartbeat of the vibrant metropolis.
Manchester City £59
Central accommodation in Leeds – Prime location close to train station and shopping district. Ideal for those wanting to experience the true vibe of city centre living.
 
Leeds City West £39 Leeds City £49
Book your bargain break today!
Call Central Reservations on 0844 499 4888 & quote ‘STA’ or visit www.roomzzz.co.uk

Terms and conditions: rates apply to new bookings only made by 30/04/2012 for stays until 30/12/2012, subject to availability. Bookings are non-cancellable, non-amendable, non-refundable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer including royalty club discount entitlement. We reserve the right to amend or cancel any offers as appropriate without prior notice.

Great views of Newcastle – #2

The Tyne Bridge is over the River Tyne in Newcastle, linking the city to Gateshead.  At the time of its construction it was the world’s longest single span bridge. The bridge was officially opened on 10 October 1928 by King George V and has since become a defining symbol of Tyneside. It currently stands as the tenth tallest structure in the city.

Stay with us… staycation!

So what is a staycation? 
Wikipedia tells us:
“A staycation (also spelled stay-cation, stacation, or staykation) is a neologism for a period in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home, possibly taking day trips to area attractions.
Common activities of a staycation include use of the backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums, and attendance at local festivals. Some staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation.”
As a home from home this is why Roomzzz is absolutely perfect for your staycation in 2012… stay in our city centre hotel in Manchester and Leeds central accommodation and with our extra special offer you can’t possible lose!

Great views of Newcastle – #1

This is the Millennium Bridge… which opened to the public in 200. The bridge is designed to rotate in order to allow large boats to pass – it is a truely spectacular sight to see when it does this as it moves 40 degrees and takes just four and a half minutes to do so – earning itself the name ‘Blinking Eye Bridge’.

Newcastle….. here we come!

FAST TRACK EXPANSION VICTORY ACHIEVED AS ROOMZZZ APARTHOTEL WELCOMES NEWCASTLE ON BOARD

It was never the intention of the Roomzzz Aparthotel brand to be content with smashing targets or satisfied with achieving record sales figures in 2011.

Expansion through a rigorous franchise programme has always been the driving force behind the brand with Head of Roomzzz Aparthotel UK – Mark Walton at the helm. And as Newcastle City comes on board – the latest announcement from Roomzzz Aparthotel UK is that the brand is on track to achieve their forecasted double figures by 2014.

2012 sees the brand surge forward to open their fifth site within 6 years. Newcastle City is located in Friar House in the City Centre – a large Georgian House originally built in the 1700’s. Roomzzz Aparthotel is currently undergoing a sympathetic restoration programme on the Grade II listed building which will house 44 lifestyle driven and luxurious apartments and suites including a duplex penthouse.

Originating in Leeds the brand established in 2006 and remains steadfast with their strategic positioning in the hospitality industry. The brand has made a documented impact within the industry from a design point of view, as well as being a serious innovator in the industry from an operations perspective.


Head of Roomzzz Aparthotel UK Mark Walton comments ‘Our franchise team’s methodology is focused on delivering prime locations which match our brand’s principles. We also have a proven track record of delivering not only ground breaking industry averages but of developing an operations system which allows us to work on bucking trends within the marketplace. We are incredibly proud of our ability to break moulds, drive innovation which ultimately are the springboard to our brand expansion.’

Roomzzz aim to change the way a brand, which falls into the ‘affordable’ bracket is perceived, has been achieved through Roomzzz ethos and high standards since launch.

Walton continues, ‘the brand is evolving, morphing into a force which is smashing historic growth patterns and sales figures. Our investment into researching the marketplace, current and future trends is considerable and this knowledge has enabled us to make bold directional changes to drive and keep up with demand’.

Roomzzz are known for their own take on deciphering their target audience and tailoring the appeal of the brand to match and manage expectation of customers across all Roomzzz Aparthotel sites. Smart marketing techniques champions customer interaction and weaves loyalty and measurability throughout the brand.

Head of Roomzzz Aparthotel, Mark Walton concludes, ‘The Roomzzz Aparthotel franchise model is accepted as an exciting investment. We are in discussions with several more franchisee partners including a site in Glasgow.’