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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 Newcastle

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Newcastle is known as a great location for a big night out. Whether you’re heading there with friends, family or your partner, it’s likely you’ll have plenty to do for the duration of your visit. However, the popularity of the city also means that, on a weekend, bars can get rowdy and restaurants will inevitably get busy. With rambunctious groups of friends, stag and hen parties and large numbers of students about, it might be the case that whilst wanting to go out, you’d rather keep your evening more refined. If this is what you’re opting for during your Saturday in the Toon, then we’ve got you covered.

Drinks

Start your evening off with a classy tipple of champagne in one of Newcastle’s most exclusive bars. Silk Room, located between the vibrant Newcastle city centre and the stylish quayside is one of the city’s more elegant evening destinations. Far enough away from the city centre to retain an air of relaxed atmosphere, you’ll avoid the rowdy beginnings of a Newcastle night out by selecting this bar to commence your night out. Both a restaurant and champagne bar, you could enjoy your full evening of drinks and food in this trendy location, however we’d advise enjoying some of Newcastle’s finest cocktails and champagnes here before moving on to further your night with food in the city.

Dinner

Marco Polo is one of Newcastle’s prime dining locations, so if you’re looking to sample the very best food offerings available, book a table at this quality Italian located on Dean Street. A hugely popular restaurant, you’ll undoubtedly have to book your table in advance. Having been recently renovated, and with an elegant split level seating arrangement and great ambience, it’s no surprise that Marco Polo is such a popular restaurant. Priding itself on using locally sourced ingredients, the team behind the restaurant aim to offer a creative menu, quality ingredients and consistency’. Near enough to the city centre to still be bustling with a busy vibe, Marco Polo is a great spot to enjoy a meal before moving on to your nights entertainment.

Entertainment

Entertainment in any major city is rife, and in Newcastle it’s no different. There are many options depending on how you want to spend time after your evening meal. If you want to continue with a classy drink, then Newcastle has plenty to offer. Bars like Babucho and Popolo exude an air of elegance when you sit down to enjoy a relaxed drink. Offering extensive cocktails, spirits and more continental lagers on tap, these two locations are more refined bars, and the ban on large parties of stag and hen do’s means you won’t be interrupted by rowdy groups. Pleased To Meet You is another elegant bar that specialises in Gin drinks, and whilst it gets busy on a weekend, the selection of exotic drinks on offer more than makes up for the somewhat bustling atmosphere on a Saturday night.

If a relaxed evening drink simply doesn’t cut it for you during your weekend break, there are more lively options available. The Livello cocktail bar and club on Lower Dean Street is an exclusive nightlife spot frequented by many of the areas celebrities, and if you want to enjoy drinks in contemporary and busy surroundings, Livello is the place to head.

Alternatively, if you’d rather enjoy an evening performance, the Metro Radio Arena and Theatre Royal both offer performances most nights of the week.

If you’re looking to enjoy a weekend of entertainment this month in Newcastle, 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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Hot sun… ? Sizzling offer at Roomzzz!

Yes it’s our fabulous summer of Double Discount in our Manchester city centre hotel and our accommodation in Leeds! Join our Royalty Club  – it’s free – and you will receive double the discount  – yes that’s up to 40% off – on all new reservations made directly with us for stays between the 1st June and 31st August 2012!
So give us a call now on 0844 499 4888 or you can book online!
PS We now have a new Facebook page - for more offers and competitions please like us and stay in touch!

Great views of Newcastle – #7

Grey’s Monument is a Grade I listed monument built in 1838 in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. It was erected to Earl Grey for the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832 and stands at the top of Grey Street.
A spiral staircase leads to a viewing platform at the top of the monument, which is occasionally opened to the public. Old photographs show that the monument was originally on a traffic island but these days the area around the monument is now pedestrianised and is home to many shops.
Our favourite FACT is that in 2007 the Monument hosted the first major Newcastle Flash mob event when over 500 people gathered around the landmark joined in a conga line.
And the final Grey’s Monument FACT is…. The Maxïmo Park song By the Monument refers to Grey’s Monument.
We are loving finding out all these FACTs and taking in the views… it won’t be long now before our very own hotel in Newcastle City Centre is up and running…

Ding ding…. tour of Manchester anybody?

Whenever I visit a new city I always try to do an open top bus tour… it’s a fantastic way to get your bearings and make a note of things to go back and see later! So here at Roomzzz we were very excited to learn that Manchester now has it’s very own tour… so if you are staying in our city centre hotel in Manchester why not take a trip around the city on the bus… the tours take in the city’s landmarks such as the Town Hall, Eastlands and Old Trafford, MediaCity, Chinatown and more!
 
For more information visit www.manchesterbustours.co.uk

“Very impressed, wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Manchester now!”

“Very impressed, wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Manchester now!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 30 March 2012 
Just returned from a two day trip to Manchester and I was really very impressed by the service and quality received at Roomzzz. We usually stay in hotels but i’d read lots of good reviews on here and thought the price was excellent so decided to book us into the Liberty Suite.

On arrival we were welcomed with a free complimentary upgrade to the Maxima Suite! The room was stunning, really spacious with lots of little luxury touches. Staff at reception were really friendly and very helpful. The grab and go breakfast in the morning which is included in the price of your room is just perfect – wide range of pastries and fresh fruit, juices, hot drinks etc which you can sit and enjoy in the breakfast area or take back to your room which we did as we loved the room so much!

Overall Roomzzz is really great value for money. It is right in the heart of Manchester and we would definitely stay here again on our next trip up north.

Welcome to our new followers! Do you know about our club?

As you may be aware we here at Roomzzz just love to treat our loyal guests and so we created the Royalty Club… So that you can stay in our accommodation in Leeds or our city centre hotel in Manchester with a proper discount! We have a whole host of new members and so we thought we’d make life simple and put the facts and the most frequently asked questions down together….
How much does it cost to join? Its free of charge, there are no fees to participate
How does it work? The membership number on the card relates to your discount entitlement. Once you log in on the Roomzzz website you will be recognised as a Royalty member and the discount will be applied
Do I need to take my card to the aparthotel to check-in? Yes, you will be required to present your Royalty Club card and membership number when you check-in
Can I recommend to others? Yes, you can recommend to friends and family to apply for their own membership. Members must be over the age of 18 and a UK resident.

Can my company join the scheme? Yes, we also have a Corporate Royalty Club, please contact sales@roomzzz.co.uk for details on how to join

What discount do I get? You will start on the Silver level which entitles a 10% discount
How do I reach the Gold and Platinum levels? You will be automatically rewarded with the Gold membership after staying with us for 25 room nights and Platinum membership after 75 room nights
Will I get the discount each time I book? Yes, as long as you use your personal login when booking online or quote your membership number when calling the central reservations team
Can I use it at any Roomzzz Aparthotel? Yes, and we are actively seeking opportunities to expand, so keep an eye out for new aparthotels in a city near you
Can I let my friends and family use it? No, the card is specific to you
Do I have to stay a minimum number of nights? You only need to stay once to be eligible to join. After booking 25 room nights you will move to the Gold membership which increases your discount to 15%
What if I lose my card? Simply email royalty@roomzzz.co.uk to request a new one
So that’s all you need to know about our Royalty Club Membership… now all you have to do is click here to sign up!