Manchester residents invited to attend free weight management event

Each January thousands of us decide to start the New Year with a fresh start and begin new diet and fitness regimes. Whatever you want to accomplish, help is at hand this January as Manchester residents are invited to attend a free ‘Meet our Experts Weight Management’ themed event at the Nuffield Health Manchester Fitness & Wellbeing Gym at The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove.

The free one-day event, which takes place on 24th January and is open to both non-members and members, will give guests the opportunity to meet a team of Nuffield Health experts such as personal trainers, physiologists and nutritional therapists. These experts will share their knowledge and tips on meal structure and portion sizes, and what everyday activities count as physical activity.

Guests will also be encouraged to share their health and wellbeing goal by completing a pledge card in the gym and share via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ontrack and tagging @nuffieldhealth All entries will have the chance to win prizes to help them stay on track with their goal.

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Celebrate the year of the rooster at Hilton Manchester Deansgate

This year, the largest Chinese festival in the UK has now become the highest.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Hilton Manchester Deansgate is offering exclusive Asian inspired food and drink from 23rd – 29th January, and what better place to enjoy the festival than Manchester, as the city was recommended as one of the top 10 European cities to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Transport yourself to the streets of Beijing in a lobby adorned with red lanterns, before heading up to the luxurious sky bar, Cloud 23. There, guests can kick off the celebrations with Chinese inspired cocktails and fortune cookies to see what surprises 2017 holds. Indulge in a two course Chinese feast at Podium for £24.95 or three courses for £29.95. Try Asian favourites such as salt and pepper squid or duck spring rolls with sesame, soy and honey dipping sauce, followed by delicious mains including bok choy vegetable stir fry and tempura king prawn garlic, chilli and ginger chow mein. Finally, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a lychee fruit salad or banana fritters in syrup, accompanied by a cup of traditional Chinese tea.

Why not try your hand at the ancient Chinese art of calligraphy and improve linguistic skills with Mandarin lessons. They are available on request for group bookings or as add-ons with pre-booked meetings.

So, say goodbye to the year of the monkey and hello to the rooster by celebrating Chinese New Year with Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

Altrincham Unlimited Christmas festivities raise over £600 for The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust

Activities arranged by Altrincham Unlimited over the Christmas period in Altrincham town centre have raised over £600 for The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), the Cheshire based charity providing a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

The fundraising initiative was launched by CAFT patron Noddy Holder at Altrincham’s Christmas lights switch-on, and over the following weeks families were treated to a number of free festive events and activities. These included Art with a Heart’s Santa’s Grotto, a popular giant snow globe and professional face painting. The public responded with generous donations amounting to £620 in total.

Katie Bland, Altrincham Unlimited Manager, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to support the Children’s Adventure Farm this Christmas. Over the course of the six weeks leading up to Christmas, hundreds of children enjoyed some fantastic activities in Altrincham, and this contributed to a real buzz in the town centre. Offering these free of charge was a win-win for everyone concerned. It brought footfall to the town centre, enabled families to have fun in Altrincham and donate what they could afford, and in the process raised a substantial sum of money for an extremely worthwhile charity.”

Pippa Watton, Senior Events Fundraiser at The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust said: “We’re so grateful to Altrincham Unlimited for supporting us in the lead up to Christmas in 2016. Everyone worked so hard to make the festive period fun for all involved, and we were honoured to be part of their fantastic events. The money raised will make a huge difference to the children we support here at CAFT, together we really can change lives.”

North West Award winning law firm expands into London

Cheshire based law firm, Blackstone Solicitors have just announced that for 2017 they have opened a London office to service their continued expansion of London and International based clients.   Located in Mayfair and specialising in commercial litigation, property law for commercial and residential clients, corporate legal services, and family law and wills and probate.

Established in 2010 and lead by Award winning lawyer, Emma Nawaz the firm has grown quickly and in 2016 announced a turnover of just over £1million – an increase of 34% on the previous year.  For 2017 the firm forecast a further 50% growth.

Blackstone Solicitors achieved national and international fame in 2014/15 when they took on and won cases against high street banks over accusations of racial discrimination concerning British citizens with Iranian backgrounds or Iranians living in the UK.

Commenting on the expansion into the Capital, Managing Director, Emma Nawaz said, “Our portfolio of London based clients is continuing to expand.  Opening this Mayfair office will allow us to service their needs locally and to expand our client base further. We are a passionate and tenacious law firm totally focused on winning cases for our clients.  We are delighted to open this London office.”                                    

Founders Day is icing on the cake for Manchester’s oldest school for girls

The dining room at Manchester High School for Girls was busier than usual today as each and every one of the School’s 938 pupils, from the Preparatory Department through to Sixth Form, received a piece of birthday cake with their lunch.

The special treat was part of the School’s Founders’ Day celebrations, marking the day that Manchester High first opened back in 1874. At 143 years old, MHSG is the oldest all girls’ school in the city. Its roll call of alumnae boasts prominent figures from history, such as the pioneering Pankhurst sisters to women like Libby Lane, the first female bishop of the Church of England, and Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice-President of Facebook, who continue to smash through the glass ceiling today.

Mrs Claire Hewitt, Head Mistress, commented: “Healthy eating is always the focus of meals here at Manchester High and we encourage pupils to choose foods that promote concentration, energy and well-being. That said, we did think the School’s 143rd birthday called for something a little extra special. It’s been another great year for MHSG, from being recognised by The Times as having the highest percentage of A* to B grades at A-level in the North West, to our Under 16 hockey team being crowned champions of Greater Manchester. Other highlights include a sold-out production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and over 300 students from schools across the region joining us for our model United Nations conference. Today’s Founders’ Day celebrations are just the icing on the cake and we’re ready for 2017.”

The School’s extensive archive collection shows that just 60 girls were enrolled in lessons on Manchester High’s first day in 1874. The youngest was Jane Porter, seven years old and the daughter of a pawnbroker. At 18, Annie Worthington was the oldest pupil. She came from a family of merchants. Today, Preparatory pupil, Safa Bilal from Withington is Manchester High’s youngest girl, aged four years and five months. She said: “This morning’s special assembly was really good fun. I always enjoy it when we get to come together with the big girls and see what we’re going to be like when we grow up.”

Maria Hussain from Fallowfield is the School’s oldest pupil at 19 years old. She commented: “I was unwell for a significant amount of my first year in Sixth Form so, with the support of my teachers, I decided to repeat the year. It was definitely the right move for me as I am now on course to achieve straight As at A-level and can apply to study Medicine at university. While Manchester High is undoubtedly forward-thinking we are all so proud of the School’s rich history and it’s always inspiring to hear the stories of the women who have gone before. It’s even better discussing them over a piece of cake!”

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Photo one: The icing on the cake at school Founders’ Day. Safa Bilal from Withington (left) is the School’s youngest pupil, aged just four years and five months, while Maria Hussain from Fallowfield (right) is the oldest at 19.

Photo two: Pupils at Manchester High School for Girls certainly had their cake and ate it on Thursday to celebrate the School’s Founders’ Day. Left to right are: Safa Bilal from Withington (the School’s youngest pupil), Natasha Oldbury, Niamh Tooher, Lolu Ayanniran, Bella Qureshi and Maria Hussain from Fallowfield (the School’s oldest pupil).

Mascots to be brought to life by Blue Peter viewers

Blue Peter viewers will be given the chance to create two mascots that will support the IAAF World Championships London 2017 and the World Para Athletics Championships taking place in London this summer.

Tickets might be selling out but one lucky Blue Peter viewer will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to design the mascots for this year’s hottest sporting spectacle. The IAAF World Championships London 2017 and World Para Athletics Championships will be taking place this summer and sporting legends Jessica Ennis-Hill and Richard Whitehead MBE will be leading the search and casting their experienced eyes over the entries.

Blue Peter viewers will have the responsibility of designing and naming two great mascots that are original, unique characters that are passionate about athletics – one for the IAAF World Championships London 2017 and one for the World Para Athletics Championships. The lucky winner will get tickets to the events and see their mascot designs brought to life in front of thousands of people. Jessica Ennis-Hill said: “This is such a great way to get kids excited about sport. They’ll need to be creative, whilst showing their passion for athletics. I can’t wait to see the winner’s designs cheering on the likes of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt on the world’s biggest sporting stage this year.” Richard Whitehead MBE said: “This is the first year the IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics Championships will be held in the same city, in the same year.  We definitely need some seriously impressive mascots to support this and what better way than for them to be designed by the very creative Blue Peter viewers!”

Blue Peter is a trailblazer in inspiring the next generation of sporting talent. The long-running children’s TV show has awarded over 10,000 Blue Peter Sport badges in the last year to viewers who have inspired a friend to take up a new sport. Ewan Vinnicombe, Editor, Blue Peter said: “This competition pays homage to those Blue Peter Sport badge winners who have shown unequivocal enthusiasm whilst inspiring their friends and family to take up sport. Our viewers have continuously shown their creativity and innovation when tasked with extraordinary opportunities and I know that these new mascots are going to be the finest supporters to our sporting heroes.”

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester brings ‘The Big Game’ to the UK

On Sunday 5 February 2017, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will stay open extra-late for The Big Game. Fans can head to Hard Rock to celebrate the American football final, which is this year taking place at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with the two teams yet to be decided.  American Football fans can cheer on their favourite team and watch all the action as Hard Rock’s big screen and plasma TVs project the game around the Cafe.

For £10 per person, customers will get entry to the cafe and a seat with a fantastic view of the sporting spectacle, a beer on arrival and chilli nachos at half time. Tables for The Big Game at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester are available from 10pm – a night that’s guaranteed to bring the all excitement of the big American Football final straight to the Cafe.

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Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital calls all runners, joggers and walkers to help raise money

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is asking all members of the public to take part in a number of races to help raise money for the hospital.

The races include Wilmslow Half Marathon, Sunday 19th March, Greater Manchester Marathon, Sunday 2nd April, and the Great Manchester Run, Sunday 28th May.

A number of free charity places are available for each event. Interest can be registered online at or you can contact the charity team on 0161 276 4522.

Forget New Year’s Resolutions, it’s all about New Beer’s Resolutions at Hispi

Hispi, from the team behind Sticky Walnut, opened its doors in October on School Lane in Didsbury.  Spotting Manchester’s appetite for craft beers and just in time for Manchester’s Beer & Cider festival, the bistro has launched an exciting ‘New Beer’s Resolution’ menu, for a limited time.

The menu features four courses perfectly paired with four craft beers from Alphabet Brewing Company, and begins with Beer battered salt pickles and Citrus cured sea trout, paired with ‘Hoi Polloi’ ABC beer. No visit to Hispi should be without the signature Featherblade, and this firm favourite has been revamped using Crate Digger beer for the menu. Next up is Caramel baked cheese with poached pear and puffed rice, paired with ‘A to the K’ beer. To finish, Flat white ice cream and flourless chocolate cake is paired with its namesake beer, ‘Flat White’.

General Manager, Gareth Jones, said: “Our bistro is about offering people the freedom to eat really great food on their doorstep. The world is filled with exceptional, but often pretentious restaurants where you feel that you need to put on a tie to eat well. You can walk into Hispi knowing that you will get good, inspired food in a relaxed atmosphere at a really amazing price.”

The restaurant was part-funded by Usher’s massively successful, Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which received nearly £60,000 in pledges, almost 20% more than the original target.

The ‘New Beer’s Resolution’ menu is available until 29th January and features four courses and paired beers from Alphabet Brewing Company, for £50 per person. To book, call 0161 445 3996 or email and state that this is your preferred menu.

Invoke your inner Victoria, alert your dearest Downton Abbey, spruce up your smartest Sherlock and prepare your Poldark!

The five-star Lowry Hotel is teaming up with Greater Manchester’s “Building of the Year” – Maggie’s cancer support centre – to deliver a grand costume ball based on one of the region’s most glamourous historic events on Saturday 4 March.

The Lowry Hotel and Maggie’s are seeking support to recreate the evening of 1828 where generous philanthropists of the North West attended an extravagant costume ball to raise money for local charity. Prominent citizens at the 19th century celebration included the Lord Mayor, MPs, industrial magnates, journalists and Home Secretary Robert Peel. The scene was captured by artist Arthur Perigal and the magnificent portrait now sits in Salford Art Gallery as a social record of ‘the cream of Manchester society.’

Lowry Hotel General Manager Adrian Ellis was inspired to organise a similar event when he saw Perigal’s exotic painting in Salford Museum and Art Gallery. He said: “The painting is so impressive and it inspired me to do something similar. I’m delighted we will be marking The Lowry Hotel’s 15th anniversary year with an event which promises to be something very special, and we are enthusiastic to repeat this every year.”

Tickets include entertainment, a three course dinner, DJ, disco, singer, raffle and auction. They cost £99 per head and can be reserved by purchasing direct from the Lowry Hotel 0161 827 4000 and from Maggie’s Manchester 0161 641 4857.

Guests can design their own costumes, or the event is being supported by The Royal Exchange costumes which cover all periods including Roman, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian costumes. A reduced rate is being offered of £45 for hire of the costume which includes all accessories. See

Sinead Collins, Centre Head at Maggie’s, said: “Art and architecture are important to Maggie’s. Our beautifully designed centre, which features artwork from the Whitworth Art Gallery collection, helps provide an uplifting and therapeutic space for our visitors to gather, so we’re delighted to have the link to this fabulous painting. We wish to bring back the splendour of that night in 1828 when the great and the good of the city attended to raise money for charity. It will be huge fun and all for a very worthy cause.”

Manchester City FC and England star John Stones visits Manchester Grammar School

Pupils at The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) were delighted when Manchester City FC star John Stones dropped into the school for a kickabout and a question-and-answer session.

The England defender visited MGS in support of the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) PlayStation Schools’ Cup. There have been fewer rises to the top of the English game than John Stones in recent years and the Manchester City FC defender dropped into MGS to take part in a question-and-answer session with pupils, pass on some expert tips during a coaching session, try his hand at FIFA17 on the PlayStation 4 and pose for pictures with excited pupils.

Among the questions he faced were his toughest opponent, favourite goal, who is in charge of music in the Manchester City FC dressing room and who is the best dancer!

John Stones also met both teams a friendly match between MGS’s Under-12s team and Audenshaw School, presenting a commemorate trophy to MGS captain Josh Trickett, 12, from Didsbury, after MGS won 3-2. Josh was also chosen to face John in a special PlayStation 4 game of FIFA17. MGS’s new, state-of-the-art sports facility, The Michael Atherton Sports Hall, named after the former England cricket captain Michael Atherton who was a pupil at MGS, was transformed into a Playstation 4 gaming zone for the day, giving boys the opportunity to play video games on large gaming stations, including an MGS FIFA 17 tournament.

John was also put through his paces by MGS boys as he took on the ‘Tip, Question or Trick?’ challenge for the Sky Sports show Game Changers, before two lucky MGS pupils, Daniel Rose, 13, and Aryan Abrol, 12, interviewed the star defender for the Match of the Day Kickabout programme which will be broadcast on CBBC in the coming weeks. John said: “I was delighted to be asked to help encourage more kids to get involved in the PlayStation Schools’ Cup, which has grown into the biggest grassroots football competition in the country. Seeing the passion and enthusiasm from pupils at The Manchester Grammar School was great to see and there were certainly some talented future stars on show.”

MGS Director of Sport Mark Walmsley said: “Today was a fantastic occasion for The Manchester Grammar School and we were really happy to not only host this event but give our boys the once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of it. It is always great for them to meet role models such as John Stones, someone who has made it to the top of his sport at such a young age, and to learn about the hard work and sacrifices he has made in order to get there. His success will undoubtedly prove an inspiration for the many boys we have at MGS who love their football. Our boys thoroughly enjoyed all the activities on offer today and we would like to thanks all those from the English Schools’ FA PlayStation Schools’ Cup who made today possible. Most importantly, seeing our boys get so much out the day will continue to give them the enthusiasm and passion to participate in sport at whatever level.”

For more information please contact Stefan Jarmolowicz, Director of Communications at The Manchester Grammar School, on 0161 224 7201 extension 255, or email

Manchester Florist Crowned Country’s Best

Didsbury florist, The Flower Lounge, is celebrating after being crowned the UK’s Wedding Florist of the Year, at the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards held at Café de Paris in London’s West End.

The awards seek to recognise and reward excellence within the £10 billion UK wedding industry and after winning the title of North West Florist of the Year in late 2016, the team at The Flower Lounge went on to claim the title of the country’s best wedding florist.

Sian Wild, owner of The Flower Lounge said: “This award is a huge achievement for us and really helps us to put florists north of the M25 on the map! We have been designing beautiful and innovative creations from our shop in Didsbury for the last 7 years and have worked with some fantastic brides and grooms. I was overwhelmed to learn that over 60 couples nominated and took the time to vote for us. This makes the award all the more special!”

Sian and her team went on to compete against the best in the industry; creating sample floral designs for the prestigious judges to examine and make their final decisions.

World renowned florist and judge, Paula Pryke OBE, commented: “It was a very high standard of work this year. Sian understands how much hard work the process is and her work made my heart skip a beat and that is what the magic is.” Sian has nurtured and grown the wedding floristry side of her business, operating out of her boutique shop on Barlow Moor Road. Her artistic flair and attention to detail has not only brought her to the attention of the top wedding industry awards, but also to the floristry industry across the UK. She has recently taken on the role of Retail Director for the British Florist Association and was selected to be on the advisory board of newly launched The Good Florist Guide.

Image: Sian and Steve (centre) being awarded their trophy by Damian Bailey, founder of The Wedding Industry Awards and Olympian Roger Black MBE at Café de Paris, London.

Manchester music star Rowetta launches charity fashion event at Manchester Arndale

Happy Mondays and X Factor singer Rowetta officially launched The Empty Shop 2017 at Manchester Arndale last on 19th January 2017. The VIP event was hosted by local singer songwriter, blogger and star of First Dates, Jsky. Bloggers and stylists joined Rowetta and Jsky in Exchange Court along with fantastic local artist Dave Draws, who illustrated 12 wardrobes and a limited-edition tote bag especially for this year’s campaign.

In its fourth year consecutive year, The Empty Shop has teamed up with Rowetta and the Musicians Against Homelessness initiative to raise the profile of the project and encourage people to donate pre-loved clothing in support of charity partners Mustard Tree and Goodstock by vInspired.

On her role as ambassador, Rowetta said: “I’m honoured to have been asked to be the official ambassador for The Empty Shop 2017. I’m in awe of the work that Mustard Tree does in our community and the issue of homelessness is something that is close to my heart following my involvement with Musicians Against Homelessness. It’s also fantastic to see a second charity on board for 2017. Goodstock by vInspired is an incredible initiative as it encourages the youth of tomorrow to volunteer their time within their local community and give back.  I really hope that the people of Manchester can dig deep and donate to The Empty Shop and I’ll be encouraging my colleagues and friends to do the same.”

As well as a personal donation from Rowetta, The Empty Shop received substantial donations from retailers and local businesses at the launch event. N Brown Group PLC, which has a Simply Be store at the shopping centre, donated £56,000 worth of brand new stock and Manchester based design and app development agency Dreamr, co-ordinated a generous donation from their clients of £13,000 of brand new items. A further £10,000 of clothing was donated by other local businesses.

The Empty Shop invites Mancunians to donate their quality pre-loved and unworn garments in one of twelve ‘empty wardrobes’ at participating Manchester Arndale retail stores for ten days between January 20 and January 29. As a further incentive, retailers will offer discounts or a prize draw entry to shoppers making donations in store.

Mustard Tree Communications Manager Soraya Sheikh said: “We are overwhelmed with the support that Manchester Arndale and the people of Manchester have been able to provide to what is becoming an epidemic; not just in Manchester but all over the UK. Year on year The Empty Shop initiative exceeds all expectations as our local community go over and above. I am hopeful that 2017 will echo, and exceed previous year’s numbers.”

vInspired Partnerships Manager Tim Charlton said: “It’s so important, now more than ever, to encourage younger members of our community to volunteer their time to those less fortunate and to help them understand that they really can make a difference. We are thrilled to join The Empty Shop family in its fourth year and are honoured to be involved in such a worthwhile event that really does give back.”

David Allinson, Centre Director for Manchester Arndale said: “It’s fantastic that The Empty Shop has been recognised internationally whilst also capturing the interest and charitable nature of Manchester residents. We have been consistently overwhelmed by the generous donations from shoppers, brands and retailers across the city and the impact this has on raising awareness and support for our charity partners.’’

The Empty Shop donation points will take pre-loved clothing donations from Friday 20 January- Sunday 29 January 2017 at 12 Manchester Arndale retailers:

· Accessorize · Burton · Dorothy Perkins · Evans · Jacamo · Jack & Jones · Lipsy · Luke · New Look · Next · Quiz · Simply Be

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Bride: The Wedding Show celebrates its 15th anniversary

Cheshire’s most prestigious wedding show will be return to Knutsford in February for it’s 15th year anniversary.

The show, which is the North West’s most prestigious bridal event will be held at Tatton Park, Knutsford on February 4th and 5th 2017. Over 150 wedding suppliers will be setting up shop, guaranteeing that guests will be left brimming with inspiration for their own big day. Those brides still on the lookout for the dress of their dreams can enjoy one of the iconic catwalk shows full of the latest styles – and when all the wedding hype is over, a champagne bar will be available onsite for a glass or two!

CGI designs of the all new LEGO® Ninjago City Adventure play feature

Brick by Brick… ‘All New’ LEGOLAND Discovery Centre to launch in 2017

Prepare to be wowed as LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, at intu Trafford Centre Manchester, gears up for an all-new LEGO Ninjago build makeover. Launching in Spring 2017, the new-look LEGOLAND Discovery Centre will include a brand new LEGO Ninjago City Adventure play feature, new floor-to-ceiling window café, a new bigger and better Creative Workshop where LEGO fans can watch the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Master Model Builder at work, a newly located LEGO Racers Build & Test Zone and new Birthday Party rooms with three brand new Birthday Party experiences.

Families and children can reignite their imaginations when the all new attraction launches in April this year, and here’s a taster of what’s to come…

The new play feature will immerse visitors into a world of Ninjago; putting their Ninja skills to the test as they embark on a journey through the LEGO Ninjago City Adventure, as they fight to save the city! Before entering the three tiered temple, children can practice their Ninja moves in the training camp, from interactive play to imaginative play, the Ninjago Training Camp teaches all there is to know on becoming a Spinjitzu Master. At the Ninja Temple, children will be greeted with virtual message from Master Wu, before being given their mission. The temple will test LEGO fans’ time and reaction skills before they venture through physical courses and test their own agility – play features include the Batak Game, a climbing wall, LEGO Ninjago characters stories, crawl through tunnel, ballpool, sky wheels, bash bags, buzz bars, mirrors and much more! LEGO Ninjago City Adventure will also feature an interactive play table, where young Ninjas can add to the brick built structure of the City and create their own buildings and temples for the Ninjas to train. Plus there will be another large-scale addition; a LEGO build, which will be revealed very soon!

The new Creative Workshop will feature a bigger and brighter space for little builders to spend time with LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Master Model Builder, Alex Bidolak. Here, guests will have the chance to learn from the Master himself, with hands-on tuition and insider tips on how to create their very own incredible models. There will be thousands of bricks waiting for you in the new look LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s Build & Test Zone. What shapes and vehicles will your imagination create next? Time your racing car on the speed test track; the stopwatch is exact to the hundredths of a second, so even the smallest change could make all the difference! Ready, set, go!

The brand new Birthday Party rooms will offer three new premium and unique birthday experiences for children aged three to ten years old. With colourful and inspiring LEGO builds in the Birthday Rooms, new themes include LEGO Friends, LEGO Ninjago and LEGO Classic. Ideal for little builders with big imaginations, party packages come complete with activities, party food, cake, lots of LEGO and birthday party goody bags for all guests.

And the perfect new addition for parents is the new-look café, Coffee Shop – an ideal retreat for those that want to take some time out while the children play. Coffee Shop will feature an internal and external seating area within the attraction, comfy sofas and relaxed seating inside and a larger dining area that’s positioned alongside floor-to-ceiling windows. Menus are featured on digital screens and LEGO artwork is displayed throughout. Visitors can enjoy fresh coffee, juices, frappes, sandwiches, wraps, cake and kid’s lunch boxes.

The all new LEGOLAND Discovery Centre will be even bigger and better than before, with even more fun to be had for all the family; its three LEGO Rides (Kingdom Quest, Merlin’s Apprentice and LEGO City: Forrest Pursuit) MINILAND, City Builder, LEGO Studios – 4D Cinema, DUPLO Farm, Factory Tour and The LEGO Shop all still remain. Jenn McDonough, General Manager of LEGOLAND Discovery Centre said: “LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a popular attraction for families, and we wanted to build on that, by offering much more interactive and imaginative play. LEGO Ninjago is so iconic for LEGO fans, we wanted to give our young visitors an immersive adventure, combined with fantastic play. This all new-build is the biggest investment, since launch and we can’t wait for families and children to enjoy it for themselves.”

Families planning their next visit should book online, for the best price around, with prices start from just £11 per child and £15 per adult when purchased in advance online. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit and for regular news, fun LEGO ideas and fantastic competitions join us on Facebook/ldcmanchester and Twitter @ldcManchester