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Manchester Carnival

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Manchester Carnival has brought Caribbean culture for over 30 years, and is the North West’s largest celebration of Caribbean music and carnival arts. A colourful exoplosion of the celebrations of Caribbean music, dance, theatre and costume. Enjoy the singing and dancing floats of bands, DJs and dancers.

The Carnival highlights will include the carnival parade with over 20 troupes, a main stage featuring the best of calypso, soca and reggae music, mouthwatering Caribbean food and much more.

Naples comes to Leeds

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Whether it’s a work trip to Manchester or a city break in Leeds, there’s no shortage of showbiz types for you to rub shoulders with in both cities. You just might not expect them to turn up with the intention of washing their underwear.

So it should have surprised a few people when one of the UK’s most innovative theatre companies, Flying Cloud, checked into their Leeds City Roomzzz, whites and all. But rather than searching for the perfect spin cycle, the thespians were in town preparing for their latest performance, Napoli, at The West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Set in an Italy torn apart by fascism and conflict, the story centres on World War Two era Naples, as British troops begin their occupation. Part love story and part social drama, the action unfolds on stage from behind the many washing lines that act as a meeting point for local gossips, not to mention star crossed lovers.

The play will be supported by traditional Neapolitan folk music, to truly transport the audience to the Mediterranean coast. Scheduled for a 2011 UK production, followed by an Italian tour, Flying Cloud hope to follow in the footsteps of past performances and take in theatres from Europe to the U.S.

Our aparthotel provides an ideal place for the board-treading visitors to stay. The perfect marriage of self-catering and serviced accommodation means there’s no better way to unwind after a hard day’s rehearsal than by putting your feet up, some food in the oven, and enjoying a film on our stunningly sharp LCD TVs, with your Roomzzz-mates.

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Whether it’s a work trip to Manchester or a city break in Leeds, there’s no shortage of showbiz types for you to rub shoulders with in both cities. You just might not expect them to turn up with the intention of washing their underwear, though.

So it should have surprised a few people when one of the UK’s most innovative theatre companies, Flying Cloud, checked into our Leeds City site, along with their whites. But rather than searching for the perfect spin cycle, the thespians were in town preparing for their latest performance, Napoli, at The West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Set in an Italy torn apart by fascism and conflict, the story centres on World War Two era Naples, as British troops begin their occupation. Part love story and part social drama, the action unfolds on stage from behind the many washing lines that act as a meeting point for local gossips, not to mention star crossed lovers.

The play will be supported by traditional Neapolitan folk music, to truly transport the audience to the Mediterranean coast. Scheduled for a 2011 UK production, followed by an Italian tour, Flying Cloud hope to follow in the footsteps of past performances and take in theatres from Europe to the U.S.

Our Aparthotel provides an ideal place for the board-treading visitors to stay. The perfect marriage of self-catering and serviced accommodation means there’s no better way to unwind after a hard day’s rehearsal than by putting your feet up, some food in the oven, and enjoying a film on our stunningly sharp LCD TVs, with your temporary roomzzz-mates.

X Factor… it’s Your Choice

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The red carpet is ready. The champagne is chilled. And now ladies across the north are looking forward to the perfect pop party.

Thursday October 28th sees Manchester’s Tiger Tiger succumb to a tuneful takeover as Your Choice, the lifestyle magazine for NHS staff, hosts a Charity Extravaganza. The Printworks venue will see former X Factor finalists Stacey Solomon, Ruth Lorenzo and Jamie ‘Afro’ Archer performing live for fans and charitable supporters alike.

The party hopes to raise funds for six NHS Trusts based in the North West; including Europe’s leading cancer centre, The Christie, and Central Manchester University Hospitals, which incorporates the largest single-site children’s hospital in the UK. Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries will host the party, making it something of a reunion for the pair, best known for their time as Hollyoaks’ loveable likely lads, Max and OB.

Early-bird tickets are available for what promises to be a bright and beautiful bash, at the bargain price of £20, until October 19th. They then jump to £25, though we’d still say it’s worth it to be part of this exclusive event. What’s more, with our Roomzzz Manchester City site just a short cab ride from the venue, there’s very little reason not to get all the girls involved and make it an overnight stay to remember. And with Friday off work, you can enjoy the shopping, salons and sights.

For more information and ticket bookings go to http://www.eventelephant.com/yourchoice

The Northern Championships: Manchester v Leeds II

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Blood, sweat and tears spilled last week as clubs and live venues in Leeds and Manchester went head to head. This time we’re looking for the best pubs and bars for you to visit while on your city break or business trip, and the competition is just as tight.

Round 2- Drink


Leeds

Dr Wu’s, 35 Call Lane, LS1 7BT

Hidden amongst the brash drinking haunts of Leeds’ busiest booze-street, Dr Wu’s is an intimate, relaxed and unpretentiously cool gem.

A Nation of Shopkeepers, 27 Cookridge St, LS2 3AG

A Nation marries traditional pub with contemporary bar, and offers a wonderful selection of ale and events- from live bands to film festival hosting.

Sela, 20 New Briggate, LS1 6NU

Small but beautiful, quality lagers and pizzas match sleek décor giving you very few reasons to leave before last orders are called.

Sandinista, 5/5a Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP

Explore this South American canteen for mouth-watering cocktails, and then moderate the effects with a few bowls of delicious tapas.

Smokestack, 159a Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY

This speak-easy style bar smacks of sophisticated cool, while the upstairs music hall keeps things New Orleans with jazz and blues.

Manchester

Cloud 23, Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, M3 4LQ

Head up the highest point of living in Western Europe to enjoy stunning views from the Beetham Tower’s Hilton bar. Champagne, anyone?

Sinclair’s Oyster Bar, 2 Cathedral Gates, M3 1SW

The history behind this old public house in the heart of Exchange Square is worth the trip alone. Oh, and you can still get a pint for £2.50.

The Marble Arch, 73 Rochdale Road, M4 4HY

Escape the city centre to visit the Marble Brewery’s own, critically acclaimed beerhouse. Award winning ales and local food abound.

A Place Called Common, 39-41 Edge Street, M4 1HW

The bar of choice in the effortlessly cool, artsy Northern Quarter offers live electronic music, European lagers and stylish locals.

The Old Nags Head, 19 Jackson’s Row, M2 5WD

Used in the series Cold Feet, one of the busiest pubs in town dates back to 1880 and offers roaring fires, a rooftop patio and real beers.

It’s been a grueling test of endurance, and as they cross the line it’s looking distinctly like a photo-finish. Let us know your thoughts on which city has the best pedigree in pint pulling establishments, and then we might have a better idea which town should take the trophy.

The Northern Championships: Manchester v Leeds I

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50 miles, around a million people and a county border separate Manchester from Leeds. Perfect for short breaks or business trips, both offer the best in culture, sport and shopping. We’d advise a stay at luxury city centre accommodation in either. But if you can’t decide which to stay at first let us help.

Read on for the first of our series of city comparisons where we’ll be pitting them head to head in crucial areas such as sport, arts, food, nightlife etc. After all a little friendly competition never hurt…





Round 1- Nightlife

Leeds

Stinky’s Peephouse, 1 Brick Street, LS9 8AA

Taking its name from a 19th Century San Francisco burlesque club this prominent venue offers multi-tiered dancing and people watching from the balcony.

The Mint Club, 8a Harrison Street, LS1 6PA

This Polo-inspired venue hosts the cream of city centre clubbing, guarantees a great party and a forward thinking soundtrack.

The Elbow Room, 64 Call Lane, LS1 6DT

Part live venue, part bar and part American Pool Hall, there’s no better place to mingle with native scenesters and catch an intimate gig.

The Hi Fi Club, 2 Central Road, LS1 6DE

Winning “Best Nightclub” and “Best Live Music Venue” at the Leeds Bar & Club Awards between 2004 and 2006 speaks volumes. If you’re looking for the jewel in the crown, consider the search over.



Manchester

Sankey’s, Radium Street, M4 6AY

Former mill, winner of DJ Magazine’s 2010 ‘Best Club In the World’ award, huge soundsystem and groundbreaking lighting. Enough said.

Night & Day Café, 26 Oldham Street, M1 1JN

Legendary live music venue, not to mention favourite hangout of touring and local bands, catch tomorrow’s Mercury winners, today.

Matt & Phred’s, 64 Tib Street, M4 1LW

Late night pizza and jazz are perfect together, which is exactly why this backstreet cellar works so well in attracting the cool sophisticates.

The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE

The downstairs bar is decent enough, but the traditional music-hall style room in the attic- complete with smoker’s balcony and raised seating- has quickly established itself as the city’s trendiest live venue.

The bell rings, it’s looking tight and could go either way. As always in a tie-break situation, the judges decide. So if you’ve got any recommendations that can sway them, now would be a good time to speak up…

Britain’s Got Talent tour Manchester


The Britain’s Got Talent tour is set to come to Manchester’s MEN Arena on 19th June 2010 at 14:30 & 19:30.

With less than two weeks to go have you booked you hotel? If your still wondering which hotels in Manchester are the best, then look no further. Roomzzz should be your first and last call. With LCD TVs (with freeview), Apple Mac computers, kitchen, memory foam bed and a true boutique hotel experience, you’ll be pushed to find better in Manchester.

Make a weekend of your visit to Manchester when watching Britain’s Got Talent. Book into Roomzzz, relax and get ready to go out, then come back to a divine nights sleep. Why not experience shopping on King Street and Deansgate on Sunday.

If you’ve already booked into a different hotel, then we’re sorry. You’ll just have to remember to book Roomzzz next time your looking for hotels in Manchester.

Enjoy Britain’s Got Talent.

Dragon Boat Race 2010 Hotel Leeds

The Leeds Community Foundation is holding the biggest city centre waterside event for the third year running on Saturday 26th June at Clarence Dock.
The colourful ‘Dragon Boat Race’ will have 40 teams competing against each other and the fastest teams battling it out in the Grande Finale. All teams have to dress up and they are getting wilder and whackier each year! It’s a family day out so there will be BBQs and child’s entertainment for friends, family and spectators – all this for free!
Come and join in the fun: paddles, splashing, drums beating and crowds of people cheering as the dragon boats race to the line. This is without doubt one of the must see events this summer in Leeds.
Not just for fun and games, the Boat Race is also hoping to raise £40,000 for the Leeds Community Foundation.
Coming from further afield? It’s definately worth the trip! After exhausting yourself at the fast paced, fun boat race and enjoying the delights of the Barbeque, stay here with Roomzzz and be sure not to miss out on this fantastic free event in Leeds. To make your Dragon Boat Race Leeds 2010 perfect, choose Roomzzz Hotel Leeds. We have two sites in Leeds, a Hotel in Leeds City Centre and another Hotel just outside of Leeds City Centre, making both ideal for those looking for a Dragon Boat Race Hotel in Leeds. Relax in a luxurious boutique hotel in Leeds before and after what promises to be an extraorinary spectre!

Leeds Loves Food Hotel

Food Lovers Rejoice!

The Leeds Loves Food festival is set to return with a bang this year from the 1st-4th July. The festival aims to highlight the excellent choice of restaurants available around Leeds and also to promote the diversity and benefits of sourcing from local producers.

This year, Marketing Leeds, City Centre Management, and Leeds City Council’s events team, partnered with Leeds Restaurant Association are bringing together an exciting and jam packed calendar of activity over the festival weekend. The city’s Restaurants will be hosting a delicious selection of events from cocktail master classes to pasta making workshops.

For a full list of events making up the Leeds Loves Food festival, visit: www.leedslovesfood.com/events-calendar

Love Food? Then stay on your extended weekend and stay at one of our hotels in Leeds – Roomzzz Central is offering 3 nights for only £169 – Stay in one of our Grande Studio’s and we are also offering a free breakfast hamper on arrival (in the fridge). To book please click HERE, select Roomzzz Central with dates arriving on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2010 using Promo code – LLF10.

Opera in the Park Hotel

The annual Leeds free music festival, “Opera in the Park” is set to return this year with a bigger and better line up. The evening of the 24th of July see the biggest free outdoor Opera festival in the UK invite artists such as Alfie Boe, Natasha Marsh and the Halle Symphony Orchestra to name a few. 50,000 fans are expected to reign on Newsam Park, Leeds on the July weekend.

Opera in the Park will once again be supported by media partners Magic 828 and the Yorkshire Post. Party in the Park, the brother event of Opera will also be held the day after at Temple Newsam on Sunday 25 July when the latest chart toppers will take to the stage in front of 70,000 people.

Ticket
Tickets for both Opera and Party in the Park will be available at a special Ticket Launch event on Millenium Square in Leeds City Centre on Saturday 5th June.
Tickets will be available to collect in person between 10am-2pm with a maximum of four tickets allocated per person.

The launch event will feature a special live broadcast by 96.3 Radio Aire.

Be sure not to miss out on this fantastic free event here in Leeds. To make your Opera in the Park perfect, come stay with Roomzzz Hotel in Leeds. We have to sites in Leeds, a Hotel in Leeds City Centre and another Hotel just outside of the city centre, making both ideal for those looking for an Opera in the Park Hotel close to Temple Newsam Park, being just a 15 minute car drive away and fantastic Bus route connectivity. Relax in a luxurious boutique hotel in Leeds before and after what promises to be an extraordinary lineup of acts. So, be part of the UK’s biggest free Opera festival and make Roomzzz your choice of Opera in the Park Hotel