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Strictly Star Marks 20 Year Anniversary Of Queer As Folk

Faye Tozer from Queer As Folk

Strictly Star Faye Tozer has revealed she can’t wait to perform in Manchester this February, as one of the guest artists in a musical celebration of drama Queer as Folk.

The new show, STILL DOIN IT LIVE, marks the 20-year anniversary of the cult TV programme, and will see performances of the greatest anthems from Queer as Folk, by Manchester Camerata’s 28-piece orchestra and guest singers including Faye and original soundtrack artists.

Faye said: “Manchester – I hope you are ready, as it is going to be one amazing night. The majority of these tracks are hits in their own right, but to be re-working them with Manchester Camerata has been fabulous and I am really excited for everyone to see the show.”

Save The Date - The Chef's Table Event

The Chef's Table Event Pan

The Chef’s Table Event, is a brand new food event taking place on 15-17 March 2019 in London. The Chef’s Table Event is for passionate home cooks to come together and sharpen their skills, expand their repertoires and meet some of the best chefs and cookery teachers in the industry.  As well as hands-on masterclasses, attendees will experience cookery demonstrations and enjoy great food, drink and shopping. The Chef’s Table Event has been created to offer a meaningful and memorable experience to people who love food and want to learn more!

Cookery Schools

Join Pickering’s Gin for evenings of festive frivolities to kick off the Christmas season

Join Pickering’s Gin at Christmas

Start the season in style as Pickering’s Gin open their ‘Grown-Up Grotto’ in the heart of London. For two nights only, embrace Christmas for the unadulterated joy it should be!

Inspired by the novel fun of Pickering’s Baubles, the Edinburgh distillery is encouraging adults to Grab Christmas by the Baubles and embrace the simple pleasures of the festive season, forgetting about the stress and taking a moment to enjoy what Christmas is really about – fun and frolics with the important people in life.  

Best Selling Author Milly Johnson Showcases New Book at Mosborough Hall

Milly Johnson Showcases New Book at Mosborough Hall

Sunday Times Top 5 Best Seller Milly Johnson is showcasing her new book, “The Mother of All Christmases’, at a ‘Meet the Author’ afternoon tea at Mosborough Hall hotel on November 20, 2018.

The event offers literary fans the opportunity to meet this accomplished author in person, and begins with traditional afternoon tea, after which Milly will discuss her new book – the characters, the friendships and the inspiration – and share anecdotes and stories of her career.  Guests can participate in an audience question and answer session, before meeting Milly as she signs their copy of her book. 

Loveness Lee opens first Pop-up shop in Shoreditch

Loveness Lee opens first Pop-up shop in Shoreditch

Contemporary Jewellery designer Loveness Lee is delighted to announce the opening of her first solo pop-up store in one of London’s coolest spots, Shoreditch. Opening its doors from the 26th of November to the 2nd of December, the jewellery brand will be selling their Trans- natural, Chinese Zodiac and Premice collections offering a special 10% to 20% discount during the week on selected items. Loveness Lee jewellery is hand made in London using ancient jewellery techniques and traditions. Natural forms, vivid hues and irregular textures define the brand’s unique and statement style.

When: Monday 26th of November to Sunday 2nd of December Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm and Sunday 10 am to 6pm Where: 67 Redchurch St., London, E2 7DJ

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is on the move to London’s West End!

Crystal Maze LIVE Experience moving to London’s West End!

Get ready to start the fans as The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is moving from Islington to the heart of London’s West End and tickets to discover the all-new maze will be available to purchase from Thursday 1st November.

The attraction will be opening its doors on Friday 29th March 2019, which you may, or may not know, is the start of Brexit. Regardless of whether you voted to ‘remain’ or ‘leave’ all will be welcome at the new venue!

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre at night

Located in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk the cathedral town’s Christmas fayre, which runs from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th November, showcases a huge selection of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts and gifts as well as an inspired selection of food and drink from the region and around the world.

Browse and shop at around 300 stalls set out along the town’s medieval streets and gardens as well as within the historic and contemporary venues and attractions including St Edmundsbury Cathedral, The Athenaeum, historic Abbey Gate, medieval Moyse’s Hall, The Apex and the contemporary Arc shopping centre.

The Long & Short Of Holidays At Home

Devon Coastline - Holidays in the UK

New research from outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com highlights Britain’s most popular short- and long-break holidays. From a week-long break in the Channel Islands to a short sleepover in Wales, outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com reveals the top destinations for holidays in the United Kingdom.  

With holidaymakers drawn to its relaxed atmosphere, excellent walks and intriguing history, the picturesque island of Jersey is favourite for those seeking a week away. Back on the mainland, Wrexham was the shortest break, closely followed by the Scottish central Lowlands county of Lanarkshire. 

Who's Going Where For Christmas?

Christmas at James Places

As families embark on the annual arrangements for who goes where for Christmas, a North West hospitality group is offering festive getaways perfect for those who find themselves facing a quieter time this year.

James' Places marketing manager Heidi Kettle explained: "It's a perennial issue, especially when there are young grandchildren - which grandparents to go to, host at home and invite both sets, but how about more extended families or when multiple grandparents are involved? We've got just the thing for couples who may find themselves on a family ‘bye' this year."

Top 10 Spookiest Spots in the UK

Top 10 Spookiest Spots in the UK

Britain is home to historic halls, creepy castles and plentiful of paranormal activity. From poltergeists to headless horsemen and everything in-between, there’s plenty of history hiding away in the UK’s dark shadows. 

With Halloween a short while away, Protection Supplies have mapped out 44 of the UK’s haunted hotspots: https://www.protectionsupplies.co.uk/blog/mapped-uks-spookiest-places/

You should also check out some of these spooky places in the UK!

Hampton Court Palace, London – Henry VIII’s ex-wives, Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard, are often seen running across the court, screaming for mercy.

Gloucestershire & Warwick Railway

Gloucestershire & Warwick Railway

Gloucestershire & Warwick Railway - The Friendly Line in the Cotswolds offers a unique opportunity to sample train travel from 50 years ago.  The world was changing rapidly and so on our 29 mile round trip you can sample the glory of steam and those “new” diesel railcars with the panoramic views – and for the children (young and old!) those seats right behind the driver to see what he sees.  Large diesel locos also haul some services.

You pass through glorious Cotswolds scenery; to the west the Vale of Evesham, the Malverns and Wales.  To the east the Cotswolds climb steeply uphill.  

The History of Cider

Cider Museum

The Cider Museum is a social history museum housed in an original 1889 cidermaking factory. There’s far more to the building than first meets the eye, and no wonder – it’s designed to look at the whole cidermaking industry, from its earliest beginnings through to the mass production methods which exist today. Visitors can find out about methods – how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider – and about Herefordshire’s history.

A Day at Diggerland – The Ultimate Adventure Park Experience!

Little girl on digger at Diggerland

Diggerland is the UK’s most unique attraction where children and adults have the chance to ride, drive and operate REAL full size construction machinery, under the guidance of fully trained staff - no driving licence required!

With 4 sites across the UK located in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire you’re never too far away from digging to your heart's content. 

Diggerland is the perfect place to take your kids for an action packed family day out. Experience the variety of rides and drives on offer - whether it’s enjoying the view on Skyshuttle, hanging tight on Spindizzy, or digging dirt with a 6 ton digger, there is something for all ages!

An array of festive cheer as singer announces Christmas show

Anna Reay announces Christmas show

Whickham-born singer Anna Reay will be ringing in the festive season after announcing a one off Christmas show at the Sage Gateshead.

‘Anna Reay at Christmas’, will take place in Sage Two on December 6, 2018 and follows on from the success of her previous Sage Gateshead sell out show One Enchanted Evening last year, and Great Ladies of Song. 

The classically trained songstress was inspired to create the show after receiving requests from her followers to record a Christmas EP which she has completed in time for the event.

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Step into the spotlight at Madame Tussauds Blackpool and get a selfie with your favourite stars, mingle with British TV personalities, pop royalty and even MARVEL SUPER HEROES in wax form.

Make long-lasting memories as you hang out with telly favourites; Ant and Dec, Jeremy Kyle and Paddy McGuiness. Not only that but head down to the Festival Fields area for a spot of karaoke and the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs, away from the crowds.

Throughout your visit, you’ll even have the chance to walk through the Coronation Street set and sit down for a cheeky pint in the perfect recreation of the Rover’s Return pub.

Tea Break Theatre present: Frankenstein

Tea Break Theatre present: Frankenstein

A spark of life, a flash... and something new is created. A scientist brings life from death, a young woman invents a new genre of literature and both will be known by the same name: Frankenstein.

This Hallowe’en, Tea Break Theatre unravel their new immersive production of Mary Shelley’stwisting tale of the perils of stretching the boundaries of nature. In the 200th year of its publication, this electric adaptation will transport you away from everything safe and familiar into a world of uncertainty, experimentation and danger.

Enter Sutton House, step into the past and be swept away into a story which seeks to answerthe ultimate question... who is the monster?

A Taste For Waste - Fresh Thinking Café opens

Fresh Thinking Café opens

An unusual pop-up café is opening in East London this October, where diners will be able to enjoy a tasting menu of delicious dishes, inspired by the most commonly wasted ingredients in the UK.

Every dish on the Fresh Thinking Café menu is based on suggestions from the public, and uses surplus food from local suppliers, wherever possible. The tasting menu features a variety of imaginative dishes incorporating bread, bagged salad and fresh veg – just some of the nation’s most wasted foods.

The café will be run by home appliance experts Hotpoint and opened by Jamie Oliver. It marks the finale of Hotpoint’s Fresh Thinking for Forgotten Food campaign, which encourages everyone to think differently about ‘forgotten food’ in the kitchens.

Terrifyingly great day out at Safari Park

Safari Park lions

Blair Drummond Safari Park is dialling up the fright-factor this year with a brand-new Halloween event which offers a full day of frights and fun for the whole family, HalloWild. 

A number of Alice in Wonderland-inspired Fright Rooms will be the biggest installation at the park during the event. Visitors will be immersed in a world of special effects and spooky illusions which will make pulses race.  The rooms have been created with the support of a designer in the US who has previously worked on movies such as ‘Hellraiser’. Organisers warn these Hollywood inspired fright rooms are no place for scaredy cats! 

Sea Life Launches Spooktacular In-Tank Trail For Halloween

Sealife Centre Logo

WHAT: Immersive in-tank trail at Sea Life, celebrating the creepy creatures of the deep – help the Sea Witch find the magic potion ingredients and claim your treasure

WHERE: SEA LIFE centres across the UK*

WHEN: 20 October – 4 November**

PRICE: From £9.95

Take a step into the creepy deep at SEA LIFE this Halloween and navigate the Ascarium; an immersive trail which takes you past some of the scariest sea creatures.

For a limited time only, five potion ingredients will be hidden in various tanks throughout the Ascarium, and guests will need to find them before making their way to the Sea Witch’s lair.