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Our guide to a refined evening in Leeds

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As one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, it’s hardly surprising that visitors travel from all around to spend time in Leeds and enjoy a weekend break. Whether you’re heading to the city for a weekend with friends or your partner, you’re likely to have plenty of entertainment on offer for the duration of your stay. 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 evening in Leeds, then we’ve got you covered.

360 Champagne and Cocktails

Start your night off in one of the city’s newest and most trendy locations – Trinity Kitchen. Part of the year old Trinity Shopping Centre, Trinity Kitchen brings together a wide range of cuisines, from permanent residents to street food style vendors. Located in the heart of the kitchen area sits 360 which, as you can probably guess from the name, is a circular bar offering some of the best quality champagne and cocktail options in the city. The popular nature of the area means that you can enjoy your favourite drinks in a buzzing but not overly loud environment.

Restaurant Bar and Grill

Restaurant Bar and Grill, situated on Leeds’ City Square is a good old fashioned grill, and whilst it isn’t exclusively meats on the menu, the quality of the steak cuts on offer along with the overall ambiance of the place makes it a prime Leeds destination. Restaurant Bar and Grill offers customers classic seasonal dishes, with amazing steaks and an assortment of exquisite sides. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the drinks menu, but we recommend one of their brilliant cocktails. Serving only the very best, natural, British beef reared on farms selected farms, the restaurant takes great pride in putting out a top quality product.

Epernay

Whilst many head to Leeds for a loud and energetic night, it isn’t to the taste of everyone.  If you’d rather relax and enjoy a more elegant evening, then there are plenty of refined bar areas available to enjoy. Epernay, located just a short walk from Millennium Square in Leeds’ Electric Press is a high end champagne bar frequented by those wishing for a quieter and more laid back environment.  Offering a selection of high end wines, spirits, champagnes and cocktails, as well as artisan beer and cider options, heading to Epernay is a classy way to end your evening.

If you’re looking to enjoy a weekend of entertainment this month in Leeds, 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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The best city entertainment

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Newcastle

Chris Ramsey
If you’re spending the weekend in the area, what better way to enjoy your Friday night than laughing along to one of Newcastle’s favourite sons, Chris Ramsey. The Geordie stand up heads back to his hometown for this intimate concert at the city hall on 21 March.

Franz Ferdinand
After seeming to disappear for a number of years after initially bursting onto the scene with their 2005 album You Could Have It So Much Better, Franz Ferdinand have made somewhat of a resurgence of late, and on 27th March, head to the Newcastle O2 Academy.

Elbow
Over a decade since their Mercury-nominated debut album Asleep in the Back was released, the Manchester band are still receiving critical acclaim, and head to Newcastle on their latest chart topping The Take Off and Landing of Everything tour. Playing at the O2 Academy in an intimate warm up concert, the five piece play the small venue on 31 March, and tickets are likely to be limited.

Leeds

Miranda Hart
Another comedic offering to line up for your weekend city break, arguably the biggest name in female comedy heads to Leeds’ prime venue this month. The set of dates at the First Direct Arena still have tickets available, and with showings on both Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd March, you can easily plan your weekend around the performance timings.

Johnny Marr
It’s not often that rock royalty heads to Leeds, so when someone of Johnny Marr’s musical calibre heads to the city, it’s tough not to snap up tickets. The former Smith is playing one of Leeds’ smaller and newest venues, playing at the popular Belgrave Music Hall on the 24th March.

Manic Street Preachers
The renowned Welsh rockers have enjoyed just short of 30 years of success career in the industry, and with hit after hit still rolling into the charts, the three piece band from the South Wales Valley play First Direct Arena on Friday 28th March.

Manchester

OneRepublic
Arguably the American pop band of the year, OneRepublic have received masses of airtime since releasing their newest album, Native last year. With hits ‘If I Lose Myself’ and ‘Counting Stars’ receiving many plaudits, their catchy style of alternative pop heads to Manchester on Friday 21st March.

Bombay Bicycle Club
Since establishing back in 2005, Bombay Bicycle Club have seen a rapid rise through the music industry. Having progressed from smaller venues throughout their inaugural ‘I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ tour, the band have rapidly risen between 2008 and the present day, to the extent that their recent tour was performed on a global scale. Heading to Manchester on Friday 21st, make sure you grab a ticket for their Albert Hall date.

Tinie Tempah
This rescheduled concert was due to take place back towards the back end of 2013 finally arrives in Manchester on the 28th of March. With hits including ‘Pass Out’, ‘Wonderman‘ and ‘Written In The Stars‘, this is one concert you won’t want to miss.

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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St Patrick’s Day weekend events

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This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday, opening up the whole prior weekend for city breaks to enjoy Ireland’s biggest national celebration. From city centre paradestaking place throughout England, to bar and food promotions, there’s plenty happening to celebrate the Irish patron saint. We might not originate from the Emerald Isle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of these great events as part of your weekend city break.

Leeds

On Sunday 16th March, Leeds celebrates St Patrick’s day with the city’s annual parade, taking place in the iconic Millenium Square. Now in its fifteenth year of running, the event which is free to attend, provides fantastic entertainment for families and friends of all ages who are all welcomed to come down and join in the fun.

If you’re after something a little less rowdy, and are looking to sample Irish food and drinks options over the St Patrick’s Day weekend, there are plenty of options in Leeds, however if you’re wanting to extend the weekend into Monday, we recommend heading to New Station Street and enjoying an evening of top quality charcuterie and cheese, all washed down with craft beer and great wine at Friends Of Ham. The ‘Paddy’s Day’ event, which kicks off at 19:30pm gives you the opportunity to sample special edition beers from Eight Degrees Brewing in Cork, accompanied by delicious Irish cheeses and delicacies.

Manchester

Not satisfied with simply one day of celebrations, Manchester’s annual Irish Festival has turned Albert Square green from Friday 7th March all the way through to the big day itself on Monday 17th.

The square, which is an iconic Manchester location is the place to head if you want to sample some of the country’s finest offerings, with an assortment of products from both local traders and ones travelling over from their Irish homeland. Irish treats like Tayto Crisps will be available in abundance, and you can stock up on the likes of Clonakilty Black Pudding and Galtee Cheese.

If you’re in the city for the weekend and want to sample the traditional Irish pub feel, you have plenty of potential evening destinations. Manchester’s renowned Printworks area is packed with bars and restaurants, and with many offering Paddy’s Day themes over the course of the weekend, you can head in to enjoy ta full weekend celebration at Waxy O’Connors which includes live music, sport and drinks. Elsewhere, The Living Room are celebrating St Patricks Day this year in serious style. Offering a fantastic 3 course set menu for just £14.95pp served all day and night, the Head Chef at the restaurant will be cooking up some Irish Style Specials to give you a genuine taste of Ireland.

 

Newcastle

If it’s a traditional Irish feel you’re searching for in Newcastle this weekend, then head to O’Neills pub for a huge celebration on their biggest day of the year. Complete with Irish drinks and patriotic dancing with live music, O’Neills is an option for a quick drink, or a full evening of St Paddy’s traditions.
It might not immediately spring to mind as being synonymously Irish, however heading to Newcastle Racecourse is a great option this St Patrick’s Day weekend. Get your friends and family together and join in the craic at this very popular event, which incorporates live racing all afternoon, coupled with entertainment in Grandstand Hall and a selection of food options. Taking place on Saturday 15th, tickets start from £15 per person.

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

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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.

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.

If you’re planning a night of music this month, make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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