As the temperature in Manchester starts to plummet and the city turns its attentions to thoughts of seasonal festivities, Spinningfields’ has a line-up of activities to appeal to one and all.
Winter at Spinningfields is set to provide the perfect environment to get everyone in the mood for Christmas, starting with the return of the ice rink in Hardman Square. Back for its seventh year, the only outdoor ice rink in the city centre offers a range of activities to suit all ages. Family skate packages, Skate with Santa slots and discounted students nights will yet again be gracing the calendar, not forgetting the penguin skater supports for young children, which are once again, back by popular demand.
From November 6th to January 4th, the rink will be open to the public seven days a week from 10.30am until 9pm at weekends and 3.10pm until 9pm Monday – Friday. It will also provide a viewing platform for those who would rather spectate than skate. STYLEetc readers also have the chance of winning a pair of tickets on our Twitter so head over to @STYLE_etc to win!
Resident transitional venue The Lawn Club, which has always proved a massive draw during the winter season with their open log fires and cosy faux fur throws, will continue to provide the best seat in the house for ice rink viewing.
A hop, skip and a step across the ice is new festive pop-up #HAIGCLUB, promoted by David Beckham, at The Reserve Bar. Open for just ten weeks, #HAIG CLUB at The Reserve Bar will provide a backdrop like no other in the region – from those attending festive gatherings and post work toasts to the well-versed and new to the category whisky drinkers.
Throughout the winter, The Reserve Bar will be showcasing their luxury whisky with a series of unique events, including tasting evenings, whisky talks and grooming nights. The bar will be open from 4pm during the week and 1pm at weekends until late each day.
Nestled behind The Reserve Bar is everyone’s festive favourite, the helter skelter. Back by popular demand, the ride will be in situ until Sunday 4th January.
Crown Square is set to join in the fun this year, with Manchester’s first ever ‘Crispmas tree’ which will be alight until 4th January. The installation will feature favourite Pringles Christmas flavours Sour Cream & Onion and Original Salted, which will set the scene in traditional red and green colours.
Made by local construction company Papyrus Design, the installation consists of 1,600 Pringles cans, which racks up a grand total of 144,000 individual crisps. Designed especially to be portable and reusable, the tree already has plans to pop up again around the UK and beyond.
Pringles will also be running a special competition, via Twitter @Pringles_UK during its eight week stay at Spinningfields with a prizewinner announced every week. Each weekly winner will receive one of the following prizes: a case of Pringles (18 cans), 4 cinema tickets, a Google Nexus and iTunes vouchers to the value of £60. Entrants are asked to follow @Pringles_UK and post a photo of themselves next to the tree with the accompanying hashtag #MerryPringlesTree to be in the running.
Crown Square is also home to Bar Hütte this winter, offering Christmas cocktails, beers and winter warmers, all set within an authentic alpine atmosphere. Based in six hüttes across the Square and run by Bitter Twisted, there’s plenty of opportunities for Christmas Carol-oke, with the hüttes also available for private hire.
The Christmas Markets will also be returning every weekend in the run up to Christmas, from Thursday-Sunday from 14th November until 21st December with a mixture of bespoke gifts, artisan treats and one-off crafts to set the bustling scene. With 101 stall-holders taking part over the course of the winter, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
The market will also feature leading North West street food operators and inspiring cuisines changing weekly, making Spinningfields Christmas Market a must visit for all foodies. Adding to the festive feel, there will be live music performances every evening.