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Valentine’s Day in Newcastle

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February is almost here, which means that for the loved-up couples out there, you haven’t got long left to plan that romantic evening or weekend away to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you want options for the Friday, or you’re planning to get away for a whole weekend, here are some ideas of how to wow your partner.

Dining

Silk Room

The Silk Room is a restaurant and champagne bar in central Newcastle that has been popular with diners in the city for the past 7 years. Silk Room prides itself on providing an ambient dining experience with an enjoyable atmosphere and great food. Ideal for Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a customised menu to go with the champagne bar, which is an ideal spot to for kick off your special night. The bar, upon which the Silk Room has made its name, offers over 25 champagne choices for customers, along with 16 champagne cocktails and a variety of classic and new world wines. Whether you’re after a bar to kick off the evening with a classy drink, or want to enjoy the special restaurant menu, Silk Room is a great place to head to on your big evening.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill

If you’re looking to indulge someone you love this Valentine’s Day, then a table at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill may be exactly what you’re after. Offering a specially designed Valentine’s menu, treat your loved one with three courses of arguably Newcastle’s finest food. Enjoy a starter from a range of options, including scallops and oysters before moving on to a main of seabass, beef or duck. For £50 per person, enjoy some of the best cuisine Newcastle has to offer this Valentine’s Day, and showcase your love through the highest quality of food.

Entertainment

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Theatre Royal

If you’re after a cultural evening of performance, but favour something light hearted, then The Theatre Royal has you covered. Featuring Jason Donovan in a starring role, Pricilla Queen of the Desert is heading to Newcastle over Valentine’s weekend. With a stunning selection of Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes, coupled with a huge number of musical favourites including ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Hot Stuff’, and ‘Boogie Wonderland’, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more entertaining way of spending your Valentine’s date.

Pleased To Meet You

Once you’ve enjoyed an evening of rich food and feel like you’re bursting at the seams, it’s time to visit one of Newcastle’s coolest bars. Known as the king of all gin bars, head to Pleased To Meet You if you’re a fan of Gordon’s, Bombay or a spirit of a more exotic nature. The vast range of drinks options won’t disappoint, and the relaxed ambiance in the bar will be a fitting end to your special night.

 

If you’re looking to spend the evening, or even the weekend away celebrating Valentine’s Day in Newcastle, make sure you check us out and make a booking for stylish accommodation this coming weekend.

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Valentine’s Day in Manchester

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February is almost here, which means that for the loved-up couples amongst us, we’re just over a fortnight away from a romantic weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re wanting ideas for the Friday, or you’re planning to show your love for a whole weekend, here are some ideas with how to wow your partner.

Dinner
The staple of many Valentine’s Evenings is the romantic meal as a couple, eating over candle light in an ambiant, pricey restaurant. Here are our suggestions if you want a special meal on the 14th.

Rosso
Rosso is a high-end city centre restaurant which aims to provide top quality Italian cuisine in an ambient atmosphere. On most evenings, you’ll not only be able to enjoy high quality food, but you’ll also be able to enjoy it in the presence of a superb band and guest singers. If you’re looking for a trendy and quality dining experience this Valentine’s Day, Rosso is offering couples the opportunity to enjoy a £60 per person meal, with sittings at either 5pm, 7pm or 9.30pm.

Ocean Treasure
One of Manchester’s best Chinese offerings, Ocean Treasure is really pushing the boat out this Valentine’s Day offering multiple options for loved up diners. If you’re wanting the ‘no expense spared’ evening, then private dining packages are available for couples from £140, with lesser priced options coming in at £90 for the five course Valentine’s banquet or £70 for four courses.  With modern décor and a location in the trendy Manchester 235, Ocean Treasure brings a little bit of the Far East to central Manchester.

Entertainment

If a high quality meal isn’t enough to satisfy your other half, or you need more ideas to build your weekend break around, why not check out these entertainment options in the city centre.

Hallé Valentine’s Day Concert at The Bridgewater Hall
For the true romantics amongst us, this is the only option when it comes to Valentine’s Evening entertainment. The Hallé Concert at Bridgewater Hall takes your favourite theatrical musical numbers, be they contemporary or classical, and transforms them into a seamless love themed concert. Including numbers from Guys And Dolls, West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet along with tracks composed by the likes of Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammersmith, this classy performance is one to simply sit back and enjoy. Tickets for the event are available online and start at £17.

St Valentine’s Day Massacre at The Printworks
Offering something a bit more quirky, the bars and restaurants of The Printworks are this year having a Prohibition throwback. The St Valentine’s Day Massacre event pays homage to Chicago in the 1920′s and you can expect to enjoy an assortment of well-dressed gentlemen and ladies on show, along with themed drinks and music. Get dressed up in your smartest 20′s ensemble and swing your night away like you’re back in the prime of America’s coolest period.

 

Newcastle Restaurant Week Deals

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Commencing on the 27th January, NE1 Restaurant Week hits Newcastle, which means that many eateries from big name chains to popular independents are offering great deals for their customers. The promotion runs through this week, and ends on 2nd February, however to make sure you check out, take a look at our top five below if you’re in the city for a short break.

El Coto

If you’re a fan of tapas, but want to avoid the typical high street chains, El Coto offers delicious authentic home cooked food in a spacious Spanish themed location. As with any good tapas restaurant, the key is in providing a strong menu full of varying food to dip in and out of, and El Coto does just that; offering traditional favourites like chorizo to more unique dishes consisting of chickpeas and black pudding. Their offering, as part of the NE1 Restaurant Week, allows guests to enjoy any three set menu tapas with a glass of wine for just £15 per person.

Babucho

One of the most popular restaurants in Newcastle, meaning it is also one of the most commonly recommended, Babucho is a stylish Italian  restaurant and brassiere that garners rave reviews for its food, drink and overall ambiance. Not always the cheapest of dining options in the city centre, Babucho’s participation in the week of restaurant deals means you can pick any two courses from the set menu for just £15, including chicken, pork and sea bass main courses. The restaurants location is convenient between the city centre and quayside, and the stylish bar allows you to grab a drink before or after your meal.

Barluga

Located in prime position on Newcastle’s Grey Street in the midst of the best city centre bars, Barluga is a great location to head for evening food and drink. The gastro pub offers a  varied and imaginative menu, including a range of delicious modern British dishes in a unique setting. With an extensive cocktail menu and an outside terrace, head to Barluga this week to sample two or three courses from their restaurant week menu, priced at £10 and £15 respectively.

Las Iguanas

Latin restaurant and tapas bar Las Iguanas might be a chain, but the numerous stylish locations and high food standards have seen the restaurant boom in popularity to the extent that it is fully booked on most evenings and weekends. Directly across the road from Barluga, you can enjoy tapas in the spacious bar area with an assortment of Latin influenced drinks, before you head into the restaurant area to enjoy the best of Mexican, Brazilian and Cuban cuisine. Enjoy a starter, main and drink for just £10 this week.

Fat Buddha Asian Restaurant

If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine, then the stylish and modern Fat Buddha is a restaurant you simply have to visit. Offering dishes from China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia and Hong Kong, you have ample choice to broaden your horizons and sample some of the finest tastes of Asia. Whether you’re a spice fiend, or a fan of something a little more mild, the menu offers something to suit every taste, and until 2nd February you can get two courses for £10 per person before 7:30pm or two courses for £15 after 7:30pm from the set menu. Make sure you try down a bottle of Lucky Beer, or a Fat Buddha cocktail as the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

 

Check out the full list of participants here, and determine which deals you want to take advantage of. If you’re planning a night in Newcastle, make sure you check out our website for a more luxurious end to your evening.

 

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Trendy bars in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester

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If you prefer your evening locations to be at the plush end of the market, and fancy a drink in a trendy locations with modern décor and a hint of background music, allowing you to enjoy a conversation without shouting, then try out these city centre spots.

Newcastle

Barluga

A swanky bar that offers an award winning interior to the population of Newcastle, Barluga compliments the grand façade that is Grey Street. One of the city’s most recognisable locations, Grey Street is right in the heart of central Newcastle, and whether you’re wanting to kick off your evening in style, or sit back for the evening with a drink in hand, Barluga is an ideal destination.

If you’ve got a weekend planned in Newcastle, make sure this award winning and hugely popular bar is one of your stops.

Popolo

Self-described as falling between a New York bar and an Italian coffee shop, Popolo provides a stylish environment for a drink, as well as offering a selection of food. Offering a range of great drinks and comforting food this bar is an equally amazing experience for a first date or an early drink to start a night out. Head to Popolo to enjoy a drink in the unique interior, which sets it apart from many other places in Newcastle.

Leeds

Angelica

Situated in the somewhat secluded highest floor of Trinity Leeds, Angelica is a Restaurant that transforms into a classy cocktail destination when the evening hits. Accessible only by elevator, and exuding an exclusive feel, Angelica boasts a stunning cocktail bar, which takes centre stage as night time hits. The penthouse feel of Angelica allows customers to see the stunning Leeds skyline over sunset cocktails, and the outside terrace is buzzing with atmosphere on a Friday and Saturday evening.

The Botanist

After getting the night underway at Angelica, we suggest you head all the way down to the lowest floor of Trinity for something a little different. The Botanist places emphasis on quirky design, rather than the plush feel provided by Angelica. The underground bar, which perches on the outer realm of Trinity shopping centre themes itself of natural elements. Incorporating herbs and vegetation in many of their drinks, the bar continues this theme in its décor, which includes earthy plants and wooden display shelving. If you’re a fan of an experimental cocktail then this trendy bar is the place for you, and has become one of Leeds’ favourite night time locations since its recent opening.

Manchester

Cinnabar

If you’re after something a little different, try out this self-described ‘oasis of seduction’ in Manchester. Vermillion Cinnabar is a restaurant and bar rolled into one stunning location, and provides the perfect start to your evening if you’re looking for a quality meal before retiring to somewhere swanky for a few drinks. Designed by Miguel Canico Martins, the guy behind Paris’ infamous Buddha Bar, the interior of this one of a kind location is something you won’t find anywhere else in Manchester. Decked out with Asian themed décor and offering stylish cocoon seating, Cinnabar’s buzzing atmosphere is a hidden gem of Manchester, and can be found just minutes from Piccadilly Station.

Apotheca

From the name to the style of the website, you can immediately gauge that Manchester’s Apotheca bar is aiming to provide customers with a flashy and trendy destination for drinks. Since opening in the Northern Quarter in 2008, the bar has grown a reputation as one of the première hotspots in the city. Drinks choices are in abundance, and you certainly won’t be short on choice with Apotheca’s online drinks menu spilling over ten pages. With imported lagers, creative cocktails and an extensive wine list, all situated within a comfortable and stylish environment, it’s no surprise Apotheca has a portfolio of awards and quality reviews to boast.

A weekend in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester

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Planning a weekend break and in need of inspiration on how to spend your time? If you’re heading to Newcastle, Leeds or Manchester this January, take a look at these ideas on how to spend your Saturday, to ensure you don’t waste your time in one of the north’s premiere cities.

Newcastle

Afternoon – Completely central in location, Newcastle’s Theatre Royal is a great way to spend the afternoon if you can’t face a full day of trawling the city centre shops. Opened in February 1837, the theatre is a Grade I listed building and remains one of the most historic, landmarks in the UK. Despite the development of the city centre, and becoming a real retail hotspot, the theatre continues to dominate the heart of Newcastle’s Grainger Town. One of the most famous theatres in the country, the Theatre Royal has a 175 year history of hosting the biggest names in dance, drama, music and comedy. If a Matinée performance grabs your interest then up until 18th January, you’ll be able to catch the back end of Jack and the Beanstalk’s two month run. If that isn’t to your liking why not wait for Barry Humphries five day run between the 21st and 25th as part of his farewell tour, with the month being rounded off by a four day showing of Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel.

Evening – Head down to Newcastle’s Quayside to keep up the high quality feel to your day after exiting the theatre. With restaurants and bars in abundance, the riverside location is a real night time hotspot. Occupying a fantastic site alongside the quays, Gusto offers a high quality Italian dining and drinking experience in a hugely stylish setting. Influenced by the glamour of 1950′s New York Italian Restaurants in a contemporary setting, Gusto focuses on freshly prepared classic & contemporary Italian dishes. The restaurant also incorporates a standalone bar with skilled bartenders serving an extensive range of wines, beers, spirits and cocktails including its signature cocktail the “Mucho Gusto”.

Leeds

Afternoon – If you fancy spending your afternoon being active then Leeds’ Ice Cube attraction  in Millennium Square is perfect for you. Perfect as a break from shopping or wandering the city, grab a pair of skates and head onto the ice for an hour of show-boating and fun. Taking over Millennium Square from the 24th January for a month, the rink is perfectly placed as a spectacle, so if you fancy giving it a go you’ll have to expect an audience in one of Leeds’ most popular locations. With bars and restaurants dotted around the square, you even have plenty of choice if you want to grab a snack and rehydrate upon leaving the ice.

Evening – After an afternoon of wandering the city and partaking in your winter-themed exercise you’ll have no doubt worked up quite the appetite. Found on the Headrow in prime city centre location you won’t have a long walk to Miller and Carter Steakhouse, which is easily locatable near the entrance to The Light complex. One of Leeds’ newest but most impressive steakhouses, the restaurant can be found in many city locations across the country, however don’t let the chain label deter you, as the food is of high end standard and rivals Leeds’ best eateries. Offering generous meat portions and a range of sides, Miller and Carter is definitely one to try for meat lovers.

Manchester

Afternoon – If it’s your first time in Manchester, then the city has plenty to offer. Take a stroll and sample what the city has to offer, from shopping in the Arndale Centre to relaxing with an afternoon drink. If you really want to see everything the city has to offer, then the Wheel of Manchester gives you a bird’s-eye view of the whole area from its Piccadilly Gardens location. Once you’ve absorbed the incredible aerial sights, head for an early dinner at Manchester House, one of the city’s premier restaurants. Drop in as the restaurant opens for the evening at 6pm and sample culinary delights from the youngest ever Michelin-starred chef Aiden Byrne who has ‘created a fresh and innovative menu boasting modern British cuisine with a twist.’

Evening – Searching for something a bit different to do with your evening? Whilst many visiting the city will be heading out for an early tipple, why not take in something a little different and visit the famed Comedy Store at Deansgate Locks. The Comedy Club delivers five world class comedians every Friday and Saturday, providing over two hours of side-splitting laughter. The ever-popular club has high demand for weekend showings, so make sure you book in advance for these sell out shows. Catch the 7pm show if you want to head out to a bar afterwards, or alternatively take in the later 9:30pm show if you don’t fancy the early rush.

With plenty to do this January across the north’s major cities, treat yourself to a weekend of retail, entertainment and dining, and make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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Christmas shopping in the North

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It only comes once a year, but once is enough for those looking to switch Cliff Richard off the radio and actively avoid the Mistletoe. The biggest stress of all though can come from the never-ending traipsing from shop to shop in a bid to avert any last minute panic buying. To help the cause, here is our guide to Christmas shopping in some of the UK’s leading consumer havens to help you rediscover that festive feeling.

Leeds 

Trinity Leeds

When it comes to retail in Leeds this Christmas, it’s hard to look past the recently developed Trinity shopping centre in the heart of the city. After opening in spring of this year, Trinity will be hosting its first Christmas and is sure to attract shoppers, with its Christmas light switch on already being a resounding success. It is home to over 100 shops and restaurants with the majority of the country’s biggest brands housed under this bespoke glass dome. The recently launched Trinity kitchen has also proved somewhat of a phenomenon, as the concept of bringing street food vendors indoors has really caught the imagination of locals.

Victoria Quarter

For those with more expensive taste, the glamorous and elegant Victoria Quarter arcade is the hub for premium fashion and lifestyle brands. The likes of Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nichols all sit in this beautiful, marble adorned building which boasts all the history of an ITV period drama. Certainly not a place for those stringent with money, but regardless, it is still worth visiting just to marvel at the exquisite design.

Manchester

Afflecks

An absolutely must-visit in Manchester, Afflecks is home to the weird and the wonderful, and undoubtedly offers something a bit different on your Christmas run this year. Found in Manchester’s Northern quarter, Afflecks is made up of a range of little boutiques and indie merchants with this eccentric emporium being a real magnet for vintage and the unorthodox. Based over four floors, be prepared to lose all track of time as you immerse yourself in tattoos, retro clothing and homemade accessories.

Arndale Centre

For the more conventional amongst you, the Arndale shopping centre offers everything you need from the major high street brands to those a little less known. Perfect for Christmas shopping, if not a little predictable, the Arndale is Europe’s third biggest city centre shopping facility and annually attracts more customers than the Trafford Centre.  It is also known for its seasonal events with Santa’s grotto always proving popular. Its extensive food court and fantastic location make the Arndale centre perfect for all your Christmas shopping needs.

 

Newcastle

Fenwick Department Store

Fenwick’s in Newcastle is the UK’s largest department store and is spread over five floors of a historic and character-filled building. Originally launched in 1882, Fenwick’s has expanded and specialises in a range of luxury goods with its vast food hall and enchanting toy department particularly highly thought of. It has also become famous for its Christmas window displays which is now in its 42nd year and also has a ‘Christmas village’ on the second floor for everything festive as well as top quality food and wine. Fenwick’s is a little pricey but really is a prime retail centre in the North-East.

intu Eldon Square

After much redevelopment in recent years, intu Eldon Square is home to many of the Britain’s top chains with Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Debenhams all tenants. In all, there are 150 shops spread across two floors and it regularly competes with the Arndale in Manchester to be the country’s largest city centre shopping facility. It offers plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and the continuing refurbishments promise to add some exciting dimensions to this already popular retail destination.

So wherever you are this festive season, the North’s leading cities offer a fantastic selection of shops and retailers who and can provide everything to suit your needs this Christmas.

 

 

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New Year’s Eve Meal: Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester

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Leeds

Gaucho

Gaucho is the steak lover’s dream restaurant. With an Argentinean flare, Gaucho is one of Leeds’ very best restaurants, so will undoubtedly be buzzing with diners over the festive period. Especially for the New Year celebrations, Gaucho is welcoming diners in for that special NYE meal and evening with a selection of ‘tasting’ menus, ranging from £75 to £95 per head. If this takes your fancy, get in touch with the Leeds location to secure your booking.

Angelica

Located in Trinity Shopping Centre and boasting stunning surroundings, champagne to draw in the new year and an all round classy experience, Angelica’s New Year Party provides the perfect location to draw in the New Year whilst admiring the skyline of Leeds. Entry is £20 for a standard ticket, and food options are the regular offerings from Angelica’s impressive menu. Additional food packages are available for an increased cost.

 

Newcastle

Babucho

Babucho is the dining gem of Newcastle. The perfect distance between the bustling city centre and the relaxed Quayside, the restaurant provides satisfaction through top class food, along with a trendy bar and lounge where you can relax the night away with a quiet drink. For New Years Eve, join Babucho from 8pm for their Twilight Dinner Party, which includes Babucho favourites on a set menu and a special surprise from the bartenders after midnight.

Blackfriars Restaurant

If your ideal New Years meal consists of the traditional and British goodies, then look no further than Blackfriars, located on Friars Street in Newcastle city centre. Their NYE menu consists of a classic prawn cocktail; slow-braised Northumbrian beef; suckling pig and sticky toffee pudding. New Years Eve sees all the popular spots booked up with relative speed, so make sure you move early, with Blackfriars set menus starting from £30per head.

 

Manchester

Blackhouse: The Grill On The Alley

If you’ve been to any Blackhouse before, you know that the restaurant prides itself on the use of fresh British meats and produce, and the Grill On The Alley is no different. If your ideal NYE celebration consists of a quality meal over a party theme or set menu then this is the choice for you in Manchester. Revel in the delightful tones of the in-house pianist whilst you enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, before moving on to enjoy a delectable meal in the relaxed restaurant ambiance.

James Martin Manchester

If you’ve never treated yourself to the culinary delights offered by one of TV’s best chefs, then New Years Eve is the perfect special occasion to sample what James Martin Manchester has to offer. For the big night, the restaurant is offering a set four or six course meal, complimentary bubbly and even a piano vocalist and close up magician for entertainment. Head down for the 6pm sitting if you want the meal to start your night before moving elsewhere to bring in the New Year, or opt for the later sitting if you want the meal and drinks to be the focal point of your big night.

If  fancy New Year’s Eve in the city, make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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New Year’s Eve in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle

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New Year’s Eve can often provide more stress than joy as the pressure to see out the year with a bang becomes ever more important as you try to make the most of your fading youth. Well if you’re still yet to make plans for this year’s celebrations, look no further than our guide to what’s happening on December 31st in some of the UK’s most prominent cities.

Leeds

Angelica

One of the more stylish venues in Leeds, Angelica in Trinity Leeds is giving you the opportunity to reflect on the year whilst overlooking the city’s skyline in something reminiscent of a New Year’s Eve scene in a Hollywood blockbuster. Angelica is putting on a night of music and merriment in what is likely to be one of the more suave events on offer in the West Yorkshire capital. Entrance tickets come in at just £20 which gives you access to the bar and a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. If you’re looking to splash the cash though, then you can invest in one of the range of NYE packages available.

The Botanist

If you’re looking for a vibrant and much more down to earth experience then The Botanist is probably your safest bet. Popular all year round and known for its eclectic array of cocktails and beers, The Botanist is a nice environment to ring in the New Year and they’ll also be offering the musical styling’s of Sebastopher.  Even better, it’s a non-ticketed affair although you might want to book a table in advance just to be sure of having some of your own personal space.

Manchester

New Year’s Eve Musicals Gala

If you’re feeling sophisticated then attending the New Year’s Eve Musical Gala at The Bridgewater Hall could be just what you need. The celebrations promise an evening of favourite songs from the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber, George Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein with some of the country’s leading west end star on show. There are also other performers present with stilt walking, magicians and the North Brass quintet all promising to delete the audience. Tickets start at £32 with champagne, mulled wine and mince pies all adding to the evening’s festivities.

Cloud 23

Cloud 23 is a unique and stunning destination to spend your New Year’s Eve and at £50 per head, offers decent value for money. Its elegant setting which looks over Manchester through floor to ceiling windows, is sure to add that extra sparkle in your end of year celebrations. Style and class is really of the essence here with a lavish drinks menu at its disposal and complementary champagne for all who attend.

Newcastle

Winter Carnival

Though it may not take you to midnight, the Winter Carnival will certainly be a lively and enchanting start to your evening. Floats, music and performers of all disciplines will be on display as Newcastle tries to bring a taste of the Nordic to the New Year festivities. There’s plenty of dress up and tightly rehearsed dance routines on show with a burning Viking long ship being particularly impressive. The evening culminates with fireworks at 6pm leaving you ready to tackle the rest of the night.

If that doesn’t take your fancy but you’re still in the mood for some fireworks, you can always watch the Quayside firework display which happens annually at midnight and is surrounded by bars and clubs so you can enjoy the pyrotechnics while sipping on a cocktail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas events in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle

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Now that the doors of the advent calendar have been impatiently unhinged, the season to be jolly has officially begun and nowhere is this more evident than in some of the UK’s most prominent cities. With a stream of seasonal events for all ages, there really is no excuse to not get into the festive spirit this Christmas.

Leeds

Briggate Christmas Spectacular

Running from the 6th of December, Briggate is offering a two week festive market whereby a giant marquee will become a hub for merriment and good will. Arts, crafts, demonstrations and of course food and drink will all be available from the 20 stalls that are taking part in the celebrations. As well as retail therapy, the Christmas Spectacular will feature appearances from Leeds City Varieties, Opera North and the cities major sports teams. The market runs to the 22nd of the month and even offers late night shopping on Thursdays.

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

If magic and wonder is evading you this winter then visit Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure. With breathtaking illuminations, a snowflake maze and an outdoor Ice Rink, Stockeld Park really does have it all this Christmas with a packed special events calendar ensuring that the sparkle remains for the whole festive season. Stockeld Park is also home to the largest Christmas shop in the north, and you could find that you get lost for hours in its beguiling gift emporium.

Manchester

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Event City is the UK’s largest Christmas indoor theme park and is coming to Manchester for the first time this December. Not only are there 30 fun-packed rides, but there’s also plenty of food and drink on offer. To top it all off, the Christmas Circus is in town and its array of breathtaking and entertaining performers promises to leave you in awe and put you into the festive spirit.

Spinningfields Ice Rink

Reminiscent of a scene from a Christmas card, Spinningfields Ice Rink offers you the chance to skate under the stars with friends and family and is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. The Ice Rink is open seven days a week and also offers a whole host of activities including a pop up festive village and Helter Skelter rides, making Manchester City Centre a must visit if you’re looking to soak up that Christmas atmosphere.

Newcastle

Countdown to Christmas at Belsay

Belsay Hall, just outside of the city, is putting on a plethora of festive events to take you back to Christmas past. Running every weekend up until the 14th of December, Belsay Hall creates nostalgia with a host of events including festive carols and songs and even Christmas ghost stories for adults. Enjoy the festive season in the historic surroundings of this 19th century mansion and don’t forget to sample a wintry walk around the stunning gardens.

Kielder Winter Wonderland

If you’re seeking a bit adventure and wonder, Kielder Winter Wonderland could be just what you’re looking for. Follow the Winter Wonderland star to the middle of an enchanted forest to be welcomed by a fantastic range of festive activities which will awe and amaze. Not only is there ice skating and snow tubing, but there’s also a visit to the elves workshop and of course Father Christmas himself to look forward too. Also, make sure you don’t miss the Water Birds of Prey Centre where you can get up close and personal with one of the largest collections of birds of prey in the UK.

If you’ve seen anything you fancy or you’re just visiting one of these fantastic cities, make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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December: A month in music

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Winter is well and truly here, and although that means many of us will confine ourselves to warmth, to others it means the arena concert scene is well in full swing. If you’re planning a musical themed weekend away, take a look at the music events coming up around three of the UK’s major northern cities. From mass popularity bands to something a little more refined, we’ve got your evenings sorted.

 

Leeds

If you’re looking for music in Leeds, look no further than the array of talent on show at the First Direct Arena this month. To kick off, on the very first day of the month, Xmas Party Live showcases a grand evening of pop music with  the likes of Example, The Saturdays, Eliza Doolittle, Conor Maynard, McFly and Rudimental all being pegged for the line up. If modern pop doesn’t take your fancy, Irish quartet Boyzone head to Leeds on the 9th, and you can grab your tickets for £35 if you want an evening of 90′s pop.

US smash hit show, New Jersey Nights comes to Leeds as part of the UK leg of their world tour, which is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all times. Head to the First Direct Arena on the 4th of the month if the glitz and glamour of the States is more to your liking this December.

Newcastle

If a bit of old fashioned rock music is more to your liking, then this month’s highlight at the Metro Radio Arena is Status Quo & 10cc, who combine to put on a show on the 19th on December. Joining the Quo this month, Scottish pop rockers Wet Wet Wet head to the Toon on the 17th, along with special guests for the night, Blue.

Arguably the biggest name hitting the arena this month, JLS will say goodbye to Newcastle in style with their performance as part of the group’s farewell tour. If you’re a fan of the XFactor originated group, be sure to snap up a ticket soon for as little as £25.

Manchester

At Manchester’s Phones4U Arena this month, an array of musical performances are on offer, with something to suit every taste. If you aren’t a fan of the modern radio-played pop hits, and prefer your heavy metal to any other genre, then Bullet for my Valentine’s performance on the 1st December may take your fancy. Similarly, if you’re a fan of old school heavy rock, December 18th sees the legendary original line-up of Black Sabbath perform a string of classic hits along with new tracks from recently released album, 13. Other pop performances are on show throughout the rest of December, with Will.i.am hitting the stage on the 3rd, DJ’s Tiesto & Calvin Harris light up the stage on the 21st and the Key 103 Jingle Ball takes centre stage on the 12th, as big name artists such as Robbie Williams, Pixie Lott, and Jason Derulo contribute to the ensemble cast concert.

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