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15th October 2020

Living on top of the city: How Manctopia’s Sarah Lomas sees Manchester differently from above

“This is what you call city centre living…”  Dazzled interior designer Sarah Whatmore is stood on top of Manchester, gawping at the city below her feet. She’s been tasked with kitting out a luxury penthouse in West Tower – one of Britain’s tallest skyscrapers outside the big smoke – but the view is distracting her. During a conversation with the building’s general manager, she gazes through the floor-to-ceiling windows at the concrete labyrinth wriggling away into the ...
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15th October 2020

Manchester’s unique shooting simulator bar Point Blank is offering free sessions this week

Popular shooting simulation bar and restaurant Point Blank is offering thrill-seekers the chance to book shooting sessions for free this week. Following the news that the venue is able to remain open under Tier 2 restrictions, Point Blank is celebrating. And it’s doing so in a way that only Point Blank knows how by giving visitors the chance to book shooting simulation sessions for free all day every day when you spend over £15 per head on food and drink at the Manchester and Newcast...
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15th October 2020

An exciting new winter market is arriving at Depot Mayfield next month

An exciting new COVID-secure winter market is arriving at Manchester’s newest social experience Escape to Freight Island at Depot Mayfield next month. It follows the sad news that the Manchester Christmas Markets have officially been cancelled this year. Winter Island adds to the site’s recently-announced Ticket Hall annex, which has been the much-anticipated second phase for the indoor food market and entertainment space and is heralded as a carefully-planned and exciting expan...
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14th October 2020

Unmissable offers and a tentacled Halloween monster are taking over Great Northern this half term

School’s are out for half term in Greater Manchester at the end of this month and there’s plenty of “fang-tastic fun” for all the family to be getting up to at Great Northern. Just like everything else amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the spooky season is gearing up to be a little different this year, but with the nights drawing in and Halloween just around the corner, you can still make the most out of October half term at Great Northern. With offers and events suitable f...
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13th October 2020

Deansgate Grade II building – home to House of Fraser – to be renovated as office space

The Grade II listed Kendal Milne building on Deansgate – best-known as home to House of Fraser – is set to undergo major refurbishment and be transformed into a premium workspace. Asset Management Group, Investec, has confirmed it will redevelop the department store into a modern office block – with a new floor being added in the process. The nearby multi-storey car park is also set to be replaced – freeing up 500,000 sq ft of fresh workspace. Investec’s proposal aligns with t...
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13th October 2020

Salford set to see the return of ‘play streets’ after 90 years

Salford is set to see ‘play streets’ reintroduced to the borough once again 90 years after it pioneered the scheme in England. The launch of the pilot scheme was confirmed by Salford City Council during a council meeting yesterday. As part of the project, streets in the borough of Salford will be shut for four hours a day to allow children to safely play out and residents of the streets will be in charge of the closures with help from the council. The streets will be put forward by the...
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12th October 2020

More than 1,300 arts organisations to receive share of Culture Recovery Fund

More than 1,300 arts and music organisations are to be awarded a financial boost from the government’s #HereForCulture campaign – and forty-eight are Manchester-based. Up to £257million is being dished out to the cultural businesses that applied for the fund back in September. Mission Mars, the team behind some of the city’s top venues, has been granted £1million – the highest sum of the Manchester applicants. The beloved Gorilla and Deaf Institute are also set to take som...
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12th October 2020

This is what Manchester record label owners had to say about the impacts of COVID-19

It’s a bleak time for the music and events industry – what with limited capacities, the rule of six, mandatory masks, and not to mention the ludicrous 10pm curfew. An entire culture is being crippled – with livelihoods at risk. Hospitality and music venues argue they’re not the problem, yet these sectors have been shackled more than most. Now, with a second hospitality closure on the horizon, it’s difficult to see how much good could come from it all. But in what’s been extre...
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10th October 2020

Manchester Mind: The charity fighting for better mental health, 30 years and counting

For too long, Hulme went unheard.  Pleas for help came from beyond the Crescent-shaped skyline hanging heavy over Manchester’s most dilapidated neighbourhood. But they all fell on deaf ears. A disastrous social housing experiment had left an entire community abandoned on the doorstep of the city for years. But then, in 1989, some people started listening. A cluster of of mental health workers moved into the Z-Arts (originally the Zion Arts Centre) building on Stretford Road, setti...
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