Golem

Golem at HOME by Vanessa Roth

I went to see “Golem” a performance by a leading theatre company known as “1927” in Manchester’s new “HOME” theatre on the 15th October. At first I didn’t know what to expect, I saw images of the production online and thought, this looks different! The actors interact with animations, which are projected onto the background. The style of the animations and characterizations of the actors was very surreal. I knew it wouldn’t be a typical theatre performance like lion king, but I didn’t expect it to be so bizarre.

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The story follows Robert, an estranged and nerdy loner who works in an office job with other strange people. One day Robert decides to purchase a “Golem”. A Golem is a clay sculpture (presented as an animation) similar to ‘Morph’. Golem’s walk and talk and were made to obey their owners. Golem was set to obey Robert’s every command, but as the story progresses it shows how Golem ‘updates’ itself and becomes more forceful in its suggestions. Timid Robert then becomes too dependent on Golem to the point where Golem starts to dictate his every thought – from his love life to his job, to his hobbies. The concept of the story was very captivating and I could see a clear reflection of Golem symbolising a Smartphone. The story of Golem is easily relatable to modern day and shows how technology is starting to control us. It shows how the development of technology is quickly expanding and we don’t know who is in control of it. As the story goes on, Robert’s personality changes into a self-obsessed sociopath, which shows the negative effect Golem has on his persona.

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The visuals in Golem were like nothing I have ever seen before. It was truly amazing to watch. The ‘trippy’ graphics along with the music created such an atmosphere that you felt like you were in the animated world with them. It was such a new experience; the combination of physical theatre and interactive animations was done brilliantly. The actors were so in sync that it was as though they were sometimes part of the background. There wasn’t a moment when my eyes weren’t drawn to the stage. It was truly captivating.

Although I didn’t always understand the estranged humour of the play, I could still appreciate the visuals and the message. It was an overall great experience.

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Halloween Caketober at The Shriek Project by Shu-Ling Li

This Friday, October 30th SharpFutures will be hosting a fancy dress encouraged, Halloween Caketober special at The Sharp Project, all in aid of Forever Manchester, a charity that funds thousands of community projects across Greater Manchester.

Forever Manchester’s recent projects have included supporting The Film Makers Club; a fun group aimed at 8-16-year-olds to find and research ideas, direct, interview, use cameras and edit their own material. Forever Manchester has also made a positive impact supporting dementia sufferers for groups such as Singing with Dementia; which encourages the use of music to ease symptoms of dementia.

As you may well be aware the annual Great British Bake Off has resulted in a baking buzz that has gotten people eager to whip our their cake tins and sift out their favourite recipes ready to prove their Pillsbury flare! Much of this knead to roll out sponges your grandmother would be proud of has risen from baking judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (not as Tom Clarke insists Mary Shelly and that dude from Duran Duran!) simmering our senses with layer upon layer of thrilling challenges that have kept us gluten to our television sets week by week and it’s not gone amiss within The Sharp Project.

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Living with Rachael Rothwell, our resident baker and true Wednesday Adams of the Halloween season, I’ve seen her train blood, sweat and treacle for the ultimate prize of the highly sought-after Caketober Golden Rolling pin – awarded to the champion of this years #Cakecomp, just when I think everyone’s sound asleep I hear a curdling yell from Rachael’s crypt “This batch has a soggy bottom, must start again!”. She is however up against a trifle of competition from our very own Rachael McGuinness, renowned in our caverns for her striking rainbow cake creations and Kerry Parker with her flurry of iced cupcakes.

In this baker’s dozen, we also have the talented Amanda’s catering team – not ones to be outdone with plans for a spooky selection of confectionary delights and decorations to boot. Needless to say, with the likes of Claire Hinds and Brownbag Films beguiling baking skills awaiting release from the realms of their aprons, who knows how this cauldron of caramel, chocolate and cobwebs will set! It’s not just baking that will receive recognition as there will also be a prize for the #BestDressed, be it bizarre, gory or gruesome! Dusted throughout the day will be a mixture of ghoulish games and a drizzle of gruesome goodies to giveaway, folding in with our special guests to judge your beastly bakes.

Join us if you dare just doughnut forget to bake, dress up, and raise money!

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Favourite Production created at The Sharp Project or The Space Project

As part of our “Favourite…” series, we decided to create a blog about the SharpFutures apprentice team’s  favourite TV productions that have been created at either The Sharp Project or The Space Project. Below are our initial choices, part two to follow soon!

Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat’ (Objective Productions for Channel 4)

Chosen by Amy Williams

My favourite production made at The Sharp Project has to be Fresh Meat. I didn’t actually watch the series when it was on TV, I watched the whole thing on Netflix simply because I love Jack Whitehall, plus some of the other actors were instantly recognisable from other programmes like The Inbetweeners and Wild Child/Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging  which is something I look for before watching a programme.

I think the main reason I enjoyed Fresh Meat is because it’s relatable to my age group, with the storyline being about a young group of adults starting university and getting used to living with other students, so I was able to understand what they were going through. But apart from that it is hilarious, I did have high expectations for it to be funny since Jack Whitehall, a brilliant comedian, and Joe Thomas, from the comedy series The Inbetweeners, were starring in, so was really pleased. Plus it’s an easy programme to watch allowing you to be a passive viewer, you don’t have to concentrate what’s going on you can literally sit back and relax whilst watching it. I must admit I wasn’t sold straight away, I had to watch 2 or 3 episodes before I was completely into it, but then from that I couldn’t be pulled away from my TV!  I think the best part about it is that it’s realistic, nothing out of this world happens, it’s literally things you can imagine happening to yourself when you go to live with complete strangers and personalities clash but that’s what makes it so funny because you start to imagine yourself in the situations. It’s quirky, it’s simple and I love it. And since I watch everything with Jack Whitehall in, it was a must see for me! I would definitely recommend Fresh Meat to anyone!


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Dragon’s Den (BBC North for BBC 2)

Chosen by Aleena Sharif

I love watching Dragon’s Den, as inventions, new products and innovative smart services inspire me. They are fascinating, some are very simple and right under your nose- while others have been hand crafted and are more abstract. It helps me come up with ideas similar, improvements to products or services and inspires me.

I watch it from time to time when I see it on. I make my mum change the channel to Dragon’s Den. I personally prefer to watch programmes like Grand Designs, or things like Dragon’s Den – as I love seeing new products and inventions. Maybe it’s because one day I would like to pitch an idea of my own or start up my own business eventually. Dragon’s Den is definitely a programme that gets me talking, sometimes I can’t shut up when it’s on! (Yes, my mum has to rewind it a lot…)

I also like the aesthetics of it, how it is set in an industrial warehouse- like a basement underground with old rough walls. It was really cool seeing the Dragon’s Den set at The Space Project on my first visit there. I instantly recognised the big and rusty metal cogwheel – but was surprised to find out that this set was built by artists – and not everything was real! (I would have never known when watching it on TV!)

The prop and environment set artists have a lot of skill, around the edges of the set was unpainted and rough torn bits of materials the artists had used- but when on camera- this is not visible. It was fascinating seeing that right next to the finished set, as you could see the development/comparison of the raw materials underneath the finalised, realistic set.

If I had to choose a favourite dragon, it has to be Sarah Willingham – the creator of restaurant chain The Bombay Bicycle Club and co-founder of The London Cocktail Club. I like her because she seems fair and also nice, she gives people a chance. It can be hard and nerve wracking standing in front of many professionals who are very strong minded and straight to the point. Most of the Dragons are harsh and straight to the point, but Sarah seems to have a warmness about her – but knows when to back out and criticise.


 

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No Offence (AbbottVision for Channel 4)

Chosen by Dominic Corry

 I particularly enjoyed No Offence, mainly because Paul Abbot’s scripts are unparalleled and, generally, this show is a further exemplification of this he explores the gallows humour prevalent in the day to day lives of Manchester based coppers.

He is one of the writers who can display realism and actuality in the shows and fiction that he produces without the finished product being jarring or try hard. It’s brilliant that we are associated with such great drama at both The Sharp Project and The Space Project.


 

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eHarmony Adverts (422vision)

Chosen by Lewis Marsh

My choice of favourite production at The Space Project doesn’t come down to what the actual production was…

It doesn’t come down to the narrative, actors or what channel it will be broadcasted on, it comes down to the fact that the eHarmony advert filmed at The Space Project was the first professional production I had experienced first-hand, the transition between filming in the studio/stage to the final piece had only been seen on the internet by my eyes, that is until 422 Shoots came to The Space Project to film this advert and I got to see how it all works, who does what and just get a feel for the atmosphere on an actual production set.

So this is my favourite production filmed at The Space Project and The Sharp Project because it was my first experience, something I will never forget along with the fact that there was a live camel on the site!

Don’t forget the popcorn as well…

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Boy Meets Girl (Tiger Aspect for BBC Two)

Chosen by Kerry Parker

The reason why Boy Meets Girl is my favourite production is for a few reasons. The fact that it was groundbreaking in the sense of bringing the transgender community into our lives – but rather than shoving it down our throats, it was done by using comedy and a bit of romance.

It follows the lives of Leo and Judy, who meet at a bar and hit it off. The opening scene of the whole series is Judy telling Leo that she used to be a man but now a woman. It follows their relationship as they have to get over the age gap (Leo is in his 20s whereas Judy is turning 40), introducing each other to their families and of course, the whole telling Leo’s parents that Judy is transgender.

Like I said, the story is more about the relationship of Leo and Judy rather than her being transgender and it’s a good mix of both.

Another reason why I enjoy the show so much is that some of the SharpFutures team and myself have helped with the production and the Social Media afterwards. Some of the team interviewed the cast (all the interviews can be watched here) and we have also promoted their show by uploading the behind the scenes images that were taken onto our Pinterest page.

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WE’RE HIRING : Production placements at The Sharp Project & The Space Project

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SharpFutures are looking for 8 talented people for a 12-week Production and runner support Placement Programme.

Please see below for details: 

12-week PLACEMENT (full-time work experience)

REAL LIFE PRACTICAL BRIEF

START DATE: 9th November 2015

Must be available to work:

* Stage 1: 9th November 2015 – 18th December 2015

* Stage 2: 7th January 2016 – 18th February 2016

To gain a place on this work experience programme you need to demonstrate that you have the right mix of skills in addition to creativity, tenacity and perseverance. You also need to demonstrate that you would be interested in and provisionally available to join SharpFutures POD for part-time and casual work after the placement has been completed as well as during the placement. For more details on SharpFutures POD http://sharpfutures.org.uk/pod/

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You may have graduated from a Production course at University or are self-taught and passionate about working in the industry. Either way you have to have some knowledge be it camera skills, editing skills or production skills or creative project management in general. This course is not for a complete novice but equally it is not for industry professionals.

SharpFutures production placement programme will offer you the opportunity to enhance and gain valuable industry skills in addition to an insight into the many roles associated with digital production.

You will attend regular workshops held by industry professionals, whilst learning the ropes of how to be a runner for The Sharp Project and The Space Project and in the second half of the placement you will work on producing a live content brief with fellow placements.

Whether you would like experience drawing storyboards, writing scripts or scouting locations in pre-production, be part of the camera, lighting or sound crews in production or be involved with the editing in post-production. SharpFutures production placement programme will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience.

Applicants should have knowledge of the production industry and display an amount of skills relevant in producing video content. You should have either had experience in Production before be it a University course or are a keen enthusiast of all things ‘content making’ in your own time.

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Essential qualities

* Reliable

* Motivated

* Can commit to two six week work placement (a minimum of thirty five hours per week across twelve weeks in total)

* Over 18 (due to Health & Safety)

* Be able to attend The Sharp Project and The Space Project every day for the duration of the placement

* MUST NOT BE in full-time education

* Have be able to work flexibly, across a seven day week and in some cases on a twelve-hour rota

To apply you must send a short description (100 words or less) of why you should be offered this opportunity, your CV and your portfolio of previous work to talent@sharpfutures.org.uk

Placements will be paid at national minimum wage for your age.

Manchester residents will be given priority interviews.

All successful applicants will be offered a formal interview to meet the team discuss the details.

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Aleena Sharif’s First Week at SharpFutures

First day as an apprentice…

As I previously have worked as a Social Media Placement at SharpFutures and also an apprentice with Playground Squad at The Sharp Project, I was glad to be back! I am very familiar with the building and some of the people here. I understand that it is a creative, busy and hard working- environment. It is a cool place to work and there is always something new going on. The Sharp Project never sleeps!

On my first day as an apprentice, I had an induction in which I met my new colleagues- as well as people I have met before through working at SharpFutures. It was strange being classed as a new apprentice since I had worked with SharpFutures previously- but as a placement!

I came in as normal and was invited into Gold 66, where I used to have workshops in Social Media Marketing, to find notebooks and pens on the table as well as Jayne and a TV. This was the first I had seen of my new colleagues and we had to introduce ourselves.

We then watched a presentation, which was about the rules and code of conduct mainly, as well as some questions to ensure we were clear of what is required from us. After this, we had to do a short icebreaker task to see how we all perceive or interpret information differently.

It was interesting to find we all did this in a similar way – but differently at the same time. We all cut out the unnecessary parts of the conversation and concentrated on the informational elements. Essentially this task was to get to know the other person a little bit, as well as to see how we take information in differently.

We were then told we had to do a presentation by the end of the day, just after lunch and were sent content to read through- as well as questions to answer. After logging onto our laptops, we all read through the content together and suggested ways of making a more interesting presentation- in a short space of time.  Vanessa and I, since we were more familiar with SharpFutures, were told to lead on the presentation- but we all had to speak.

When we were researching and discussing, we were also getting to know each other more and having a good laugh whilst coming up with ideas. I decided it might be fun to make a few short videos of us roleplaying the rules of ‘misconduct’, to show that we all understand what is not acceptable behaviour, as we were supposed to be filmed – but unfortunately we did not have a camera to hand._DSC0423

It was quite funny doing daft things and it was a good way of making our presentation more fun and less boring. We also agreed that both Vanessa and I would start with the two opening questions – since we knew more about them – then make it more of a conversation style interview – asking the new apprentices to answer the same set of questions about themselves. It went well and by the end of the day I felt like I already knew a lot about the new apprentices!

Next day…

On the second day, I was assigned my own task and told I must gather information and read through more content sent to me by my new main managers. I must present this information back in my own way, gathering information and answering questions about The Sharp Project, The Space Project and also other questions relevant to the apprenticeship.

I read through the content and started doing research. I decided to manage my time efficiently, to make a Trello board with guidelines and a checklist to keep myself on track. I also started typing up rough notes and breaking down the questions into power point slide sections.

Though the presentation will be less formal, I was a bit nervous thinking about it! (I usually hate presentations). This is the reason
why I chose to do it though, so I get used to presenting and it just seems like the best method to answer the questions I have been asked. When I get used to them, I start to enjoy them more- and this is what SharpFutures are about- learning new things and coming out of your comfort zone!

Third day…

Day 3, I was then continuing to do research as well as taking more notes and re-drafting them. I did a lot of reading and typing, keeping in mind what I already know about The Sharp and Space Project brands. I found The Sharp Project easier to talk about and expand on, but The Space Project – not as easy in a way, as I have only visited it once!

The Space Project is the sister site to  The Sharp Project and is the purpose built TV production stage complex for the North of England. The research has helped me learn more about the differences and similarities- which is quite important to know when working with/on the brands.

The rest of the week…

Throughout the week I worked on this presentation, constantly adding to my notes and re-wording, breaking it down into sections so it was then easier to transfer into a speech and also work as a presentation – without duplicating my notes and repeating myself too much. There was a lot of information to take in, so my
presentation became a lot longer than expected!

I then had a conversation with Kerry, as I was told we needed to help with tweeting and promoting content we had all created for Boy meets Girl. Kerry told me about a cool online presentation site – Prezi – so I decided to use this for my presentation.

I felt a little nervous about doing the presentation but decided to make myself do it to get used to presenting in front of others! I was also struggling with finding the right presentation program to create a nice and also smooth, clear presentation – without it being too complicated to use – as when I am nervous- it’s good to be sure of how to use the software at least!

Having familiarised myself with it slightly, I was then able to start creating an interesting presentation which follows a similar theme to the brands themselves. It also made me feel more confident that I hopefully won’t be boring anyone to death! (Despite the fact there are 24 slides in total…)

On Thursday, Lauren unexpectedly mentions Dan’s graphics and has a quick chat with Kris and me about some content she wanted to be produced. I was then told she wanted graphics from me, a report of
The Sharp Project and helping with some tweets for the social media channels.

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This is life at SharpFutures, one day you’ll be working on your apprenticeship, then the next you are given 101 tasks to do, totally unexpected! This is the charm of working with SharpFutures, you never know what is going to happen and what you will be responsible for doing! It may seem like a very relaxed job, where we look like we are having too much fun at times, but there is a lot of work involved too. There are a lot of rules we must adhere to, though as long as we do- this isn’t a problem!

I was then emailed on Friday, told that I need to produce a report of The Sharp Project. I finalized my presentation today but rescheduled it for the following week as it is all a bit chaotic here! It pays to be an expert multi-tasker whilst working here, it is a great place to be. It is definitely daring and adventurous at SharpFutures and The Sharp Project…

To be continued…

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Skills Minister Nick Boles MP visits SharpFutures

Minister of State for Skills and Equalities Nick Boles visited The Sharp Project on 6th October 2015. The blog below has been sourced from Creative Skillset’s article

 Nick Boles MP met apprentices, trainees and other young people on creative digital and social media work placements yesterday at SharpFutures in Manchester.

Invited by industry training and skills body Creative Skillset, the Minister was clearly impressed by what he saw.

“I think it’s remarkable what you have created here. The POD [people on demand] scheme in particular is such a new idea. I don’t know whether you have done it elsewhere in the country but it seems like something we could transfer to other industries and other parts of the country.” Nick Boles MP

Many of the young people were supported by Creative Skillset via the Employer Ownership Pilot programme, the aim of which is to pilot new models of training. Using £37m co-investment from industry and government, Creative Skillset invests in innovative projects such as SharpFutures and ITV’s Continuing Drama to help small and medium companies in the UK Creative Industries develop talent and skills; in this case helping to develop a Northern Powerhouse and long-term growth in the local creative economy.

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Once successful examples like these have been assessed, Creative Skillset then adapts and replicates them to benefit other parts of the creative industries, which is predominantly made up of SMEs.

“We’ve looked at all of the evidence and we have concluded that apprenticeships have a better impact, have a greater effect on people’s earning power, than any other kind of skills training,” added the Minister.

“For me it’s really very simple: an apprenticeship is a job with training that lasts at least 12 months. And if you say to me, in our industry many of the jobs are freelance or self-employed, we need to find a way to make an apprenticeship possible for [these people]. We need to find a way to make an apprenticeship work for the creative sector.”

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SharpFutures: Alternative places to spend your fresher’s week

As its now Fresher’s Week for first year students in Manchester, we thought it would be a good idea to get some of the younger members of the team to recommend a few night out destinations, alternatives to the more obvious places you may have already heard about. We hope you enjoy them

If you have any suggestions please Tweet us at @SharpFutures or email us at team@sharpfutures.org.uk

 

Wasabi by Shu-Ling Li

Itadakimasu…Tuck In!

For when you need to escape the bustling streets of Manchester, China Town’s Wasabi is a great Japanese restaurant to tuck away into. With its oriental décor and vibrant anime themed interior, Wasabi makes you feel like you’ve stepped into an overlWasabiooked avenue of Japan’s traditional meets urban scene. Specialising in freshly made  ramen, sushi and bento (Japanese street food), the menu here is perfect if you’re on a budget with set combinations of ramen, yakisoba orbento dishes with 3 sushi plates starting at just £8.50 – this also makes the
perfect hangover cure! What makes Wasabi such a fun place to eat however is the eccentric stream of J-pop music videos from the most popular artists of Japanese youth culture. Without a doubt, these will have you mesmerised over your many plates of maki rolls and miso soup!

Faulkner Street, Manchester, M1 4FF

http://www.wasabisushi.co.uk/


 Cane and Grain by Rachael Rothwell

Cane and Grain is the place if you enjoy ribs and rum. They describe themselves as part skate bar, part speakeasy, pat TIKI heaven. Cane and GrainIt’s open late but is a great place any time of the day. Located in the NQ it is a bar with something for everyone.

Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA

http://www.caneandgrain.co.uk/

 


 

Font Bar by Lewis Marsh

From chalk written specials to a relaxing atmosphere through lighting and chilled music; along with great company of course, in my personal opinion The Font bar is worthy of your free time. Along with all these positivFont bares it is also conveniently based only a 5-minute walk from Piccadilly gardens.

I prefer the daytime as the music played is chilled enough to have a conversation with the person you have gone with.

New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP

https://thefontbar.wordpress.com/

 


2022 by Kerry Parker

2022 is a bar that prides itself on being quirky with good beer & music. You can play Ping-Pong in one-half of the room and dance in the other! 2022It’s free entry so it’s definitely worth having go if you find yourself in the NQ.

Dale Street, Manchester M1 1EZ

http://www.twentytwentytwo.co.uk/


The Eagle Inn by Dom Corry

I love those venues in which you don’t expect the venue to actually be there – The Eagle is one of them. It’s a quaint back street pub initially but then, swiftly down a few small walkways and doors you The eagle Innenter this magnificently intimate room, all arched and vaguely Gothic, it has a balcony overlooking the stage as well which is very rare in smaller venues, every time I’ve played there the experience has been a great one, the small nature of the room means that the atmosphere is always good, I recommend.

Collier Street, Salford M3 7DW

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42nd Street Nightclub by Kristian Baines

42nd Street – 42’s for short – is a Venue for alternative, non-chart music with a relaxed dress code and regular themed DJ nights. This is a rather popular venue, so I recommend you get there early or be prepared to queue.

With theme nights and varied music on different days, there is 42nd streetsomething for every type of music fan. You can even become a member for cheaper entry and free drinks. This is always a great place to sample the popular music that has come up through Manchester. Also let’s face it, as a fresher, it’s all about the cheap drinks.

Bootle Street, Manchester, M2 5GU

http://www.42ndstreetnightclub.co.uk/


HIDDEN by Sam Wagster

HIDDEN is a new night club that’s been in the making for a good few years. Along with having the soundest guys running it, its autumn winter line up is incredHiddenible. Having only opened under a month ago. The night club has already played host to some of electronic music’s best acts, including Magic Mountain High (Move D, JuJu & Jordash).

If you’re into your hard hitting and Detroit techno make sure to make it down to Meat Free for Ben Sims, DJ Bone and Fred P. As those girls always know how to through as party.

Mary Street, Manchester, M3 1DZ

http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Hidden/#content


Satan’s Hollow by Sally Hirshman

Describing itself as a ‘neo discotheque’, Satan’s Hollow is THE must-visit nightclub for fans of rock and heavy metal music.  With its stone floors and chapel-like seating area; two rooms of music plSatan's Hollowaying a mixture of current tracks and classic metal; two bars with devilishly student-friendly drinks deals (a bottle of Carlsberg lager for £1.30!) and a large statue of Satan himself overlooking proceedings, this nightclub has everything the student (or seasoned!) rocker could want from a night out!

Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD

https://www.facebook.com/satanshollowmanchester

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SharpFutures Brand Refresh

So Google isn’t the only one updating their brand identity

Over the past couple of months, our Marketing and Design team have been busy working on a new, refreshed look for SharpFutures, building a new brand identity with all of our services.

We have rolled out some of our new brand identity across our social channels including Facebook and Twitter giving you a hint to how things will look soon once we fully launch.

Another big project that has come as a natural progression from the new brand development is a new website. The team are currently in the Beta stage of building a brand new website for people to get a real feel and understanding of everything we do here at SharpFutures. It will also give a simple navigation to the services we provide and an accessibility to our broad range of clients and affiliates.

Keep watching this space as it is all coming soon.

 

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National Dog Day – A selection of recent canine visitors to The Sharp Project

Each week at The Sharp Project a wide range of visitors pass through the doors and at SharpFutures our favourite has to be dogs! (we’ve had kangaroos and camels visit too but that’s for another blog.)

Production companies and tenants often bring their canine friends in to work with them as The Sharp Project is a pet-friendly site. This means that over the last few months we’ve been able to take pictures of a whole range of furry visitors –  please see below for a selection and Tweet us @SharpFutures to let us know your favourite! 


Meet Buddy Buckley, who belongs to Chris from Pixel Kicks

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Here’s Bella, Michael from Project Simply’s terrier.

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This is Tim from Digital Ninjas very excitable Labradoodle.

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Here is The Drawing Room’s King Charles Spaniel, checking out what’s going on outside the Drawing Room
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Meet Beryl, who belongs to our newest tenants Digital Stage, whose new home is in Red 010
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Let me introduce you to Dr Feelgood. This friendly pooch belongs to John Bramwell, lead singer of I Am Kloot who visited The Sharp Project to film the St Anthony video

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We spotted this lovely Bichon Frise (with protective collar) wondering around Red and couldn’t resist taking a picture

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Meet this Jack Russell cross who belongs to Riskbox, Campus members at The Sharp Project

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This gorgeous Pomeranian likes visiting  80 Hertz, the recording & post production studio we have at The Sharp Project

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Meet the adorable pup Kodak, who belong to Promotion Hire who are tenants in Gold 068

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& Promotions Kodak again!

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Here is the beautiful Cleo who belongs to our very own Elli from SharpFutures who are tenants in Blue 056.

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This lovely dog is Tess who belongs to Louise from Intelesant who are based in Gold 059INTELESSENT-DOG-CALLED-TESS


This lovely Labrador came in to film an advert a couple of weeks back in Stage One. Keep your eye out to see if you can see this pooch on TV!

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Here is a special guest over at The Space Project. Meet Wilhemena the Staffordshire Bull Terrier from the make-up department at Houdini & Doyle.

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Compiled & written by SharpFutures apprentice Sophie Hukin

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Our favourite places to visit & things to do on a day off in Manchester

Last month the SharpFutures team compiled our “Best Places to eat in Manchester” blog, so next we’ve decided to write about our favourite places to spend a day out (or in) across Greater Manchester.

There’s quite a wide range of activities and places listed below so we hope you enjoy reading about them as much as we enjoy visiting them.  All are easily accessible by public transport as well as bike and car – if you need to plan a route then check out the TFGM website.

If you have any further suggestions please Tweet us at @SharpFutures or email us at team@sharpfutures.org.uk – we’re always keen to find out about new destinations for a day off…


Heaton ParkIsaacHeatonPark - Rach McG, by Rachael McGuinness

I’ve only recently discovered Heaton Park which is a great (and free) day out, especially if you have kids. It was a lovely sunny day, we packed a picnic, football and off we went with our toddler.

We used the Margaret’s Road entrance and found free parking* inside and an ice cream van in prime position next to the brilliantly equipped kid’s play area. I think there was even a sand pit which we said we would go back to at the end of the day however we got so preoccupied with other areas we didn’t get chance to return.

We headed straight to the animal centre. It was great for a toddler and had just the right amount of animals; ponies, pigs, rabbits, chickens etc. Our son enjoyed laughing and shouting at the (now deaf) rabbits as they hopped around but wisely stayed away from the giddy goats. This kept him entertained for a good 30 minutes (I’ve realised parenthood is all about timings and countdowns to meal times and naps…)

The grounds of the park are beautiful, with rolling hills and brilliant views of Manchester and beyond. We settled on top of a hill and had a picnic followed by a bit of football. There is a lovely looking café on site too which was rammed and the cakes looked delicious but we settled for a Mr Whippy instead…

We finished the visit off with a little explore and a stroll around a lake. I feel like we only visited a tiny part of what the park has to offer so if this weather perks up we will be back again soon!

*parking is free Mon-Fri out of school holidays

Heaton Park, Manchester M25 2SW www.manchester.gov.uk/heatonpark


T-Rex - ElliMuseum of Manchester, by Elli Metcalfe

Now being the fashionista that I am (muffled laughter in the background) most who know me would expect me to state that my favourite thing to do in Manchester on my day off would be SHOPPING, spending copious amounts of money on clothes and shoes, most of which  I would hardly ever wear!

However, it may shock you to discover that I love nothing better than to browse the bones of dinosaurs, educate myself on Egyptology and visit a Vivarium or two! All of which is possible at the brilliant and interesting Museum of Manchester located on Oxford Road!

The Museum, first set up in 1835 now houses some of the biggest collections in the UK, everything from Earth’s sciences to Birds and insects and it even has a full-size skeleton on a T-Rex named Stan dating back 70 million years! The museum has everything you need and more and caters for both adults and little ones…plus it’s free to get in!

Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/


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Trafford Centre by Sophie Hukin

My favourite place to go out for the day in Manchester has to be the Trafford Centre. It is a handy place to visit as there is loads of stuff to do all under one roof and is suitable for a family day out.

I love shopping and The Trafford Centre has to be one of the best places in Manchester for it. The shops have a variety of high street and designer brands so it is perfect for any price range. If you are with kids it is also a perfect place as there are various activities such as laser quest and an ODEON Cinema (Laserquest being my guilty pleasure). The choice of food places is unbelievable. Fast food hall to sit down restaurants to China town it is almost impossible to choose where to go! I recommend five guys as they serve delicious burgers with the best drinks machine ever!!!

Trying to fit everything in at The Trafford Centre could be difficult but the visit is well worth it.

Dumplington, Manchester M17 8AA http://intu.co.uk/traffordcentre


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Font Bar, by Lewis Marsh

The Font bar has become a recent favourite of mine; a place I tend to go on a day off with a friend or two to have a catch up, a get-together, or just to satisfy our thirst and hunger!

I was randomly introduced to this place on a meet up due to the great food and drinks at very reasonable prices! Their walls are decorated with local artists’ work which personally I think is a really nice touch!

It’s the little things you know…

From chalk written specials to a relaxing atmosphere through lighting and chilled music; along with great company of course, in my personal opinion The Font bar is worthy of your free time.

Along with all these positives it is also conveniently based only a 5-minute walk from Piccadilly gardens – This, of course, varies depending on your walking speed but either way it’s still relatively close by!

I prefer the daytime 14:00pm – 20:00 as the music played is chilled enough to have a conversation with the person you have gone with, I’m not saying I don’t like loud music (because I love it!) I’m just saying depending on your reasons for wanting to go it is best to be familiar with times.

New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP https://thefontbar.wordpress.com/


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Whitworth Art Gallery, by Dom Corry

It takes a pretty magnificent place in order for me to be compelled to leave the comfort of my warm bed of a weekend that said… I do like ambling about without a direction and ending up in Yorkshire or something, but that’s besides the blog right?

A place in Manchester which really insights a sort of zeal and excitement in me would have to be, the fairly newly opened, Whitworth Art Gallery.

It’s one of those really woozy sort of gallery’s where by you don’t just look at the exhibitions and study them, you can actually wonder about them!!!

I like to call it the house dreams because every room kind has that feeling of super natural and surreal about it, as if every room is a different interpretation of your minds sleeping eye. There was one exhibition in particular which was called ‘Unmanned Nature’ by a fella called Cai Guo-Qiang and it was such an unusual massager of the senses, in the way that it sort of felt like walking in to a strange wilderness of visionary aesthetic and faded desert, one that might include a wise old man on a hill and a sign from the gods or something cliché like that, but it was quite an immersive and relaxing feeling really, there was even a little pond in there…a pond…In a room…that looked vaguely like a naturalistic interpretation of heaven…what on earth (note pun) is not to like?

What’s also a huge plus about this marvellous place is the fact that it’s so huge, so you have a lot more variation and in turn stay there for more than 10 minutes, also there are, like many galleries, constant                                                                                                                                                      opening which leaves you more to discover and guarantees a fresh experience each time you go. It is a grand way to use a Saturday afternoon in Manchester for sure and I’d say give it a try.

Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk


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Courtyard by Kerry Parker

A good day out in Manchester for me would be Courtyard bar just off Oxford Road. The reason why it would have to be this place is because a couple of reasons!

I’m a bit of a cheap skate and I love it when I can get stuff that’s cheap but really good quality. The food menu is a typical British pub but it’s not very expensive. As for drinks they have a range from beers to cocktails! (Which if you know me – I love cocktails rather than drinking a pint of beer)

It also has two pool tables that don’t cost much to play. There is limited seating inside, but they have a huge back “garden” with plenty of benches and tables to sit around and most the tables have a heater for the more chilly nights!

The staff here are always really relaxed and aren’t afraid to jump into your conversation while your being served.

Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5SH www.courtyardmanchester.co.uk/


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IMAX, by Danny Moore

My favourite place to be on a day off in Manchester lately is the IMAX based inside the Printworks in the city centre.

As a Marvel film lover it’s always where I end up going on a day off catching up on the latest Marvel blockbuster reliving my youth of comic books and super heroes. Within the walls is Europe’s second largest IMAX screen at a whopping 26m by 19m it’s the only way I can ever watch a movie anymore. The home TV just doesn’t quite cut it!

Another great thing about the location is that you walk out the doors after an action packed film and you find yourself in the centre of a number of restaurants perfect for grabbing a bite to eat straight after.

Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/manchester_printworks/11/


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Matt & Phreds – Monday Jam, by Dan Walsh

Matt & Phreds is a live music venue on Tib Street in the Northern Quarter, they have regular and diverse artists playing everything from Salsa to Swing and have even played host to Adele in the past.

I like to sometimes go on a Monday night when they have a Jam session and open mic, one Monday is Blues, the next Jazz and the next is Funk and finally Soul until the next month where it all happens again!

It attracts a wide variety of interesting, talented and creative musicians and singers and is always led by a specialist accompanied by a house band.

There’s a great atmosphere, good selection of drinks and it is always packed (and if you get there before 7pm there’s also pizza available!).

Tib St, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1LW www.mattandphreds.com/


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The Lowry Outlet Mall, by Rachael Rothwell

The Lowry Outlet Mall is a large shopping centre located in the refurbished docklands of Salford Quays. The industrial area has been developed into a scenic and beautiful landscape. Only a 15minute tram from the city centre, it is the perfect shopping experience if you are looking for some peace and quiet.  The centre is made up of outlet shops from both big known retailers like M&S to independents that can offer a more personalised service. There are a variety of restaurants, bars and a cinema to keep you entertained. Salford is an area that has under gone under a lot of refurbishment recently and is home to MediaCity where the BBC is located. If you are a fan of Coronation Street then the shows stars are often seen shopping in the building

If you have a free day to spend in Manchester, The Lowry Outlet Mall organises some great events, and I highly recommend checking their website. The event I attended recently was The Lowry Outlets Food Festival 2015. The space around the shopping mall was transformed into a market that I’d describe as a food lover’s dream There was a range of stalls selling a variety of delicious foods including macaroons, sausages, home-made jams and of course a stall selling the classic Manchester tart.

A highlight of the day was the various workshops, conducted by celebrity chefs. Two popular guests were Paul Hollywood and Gok Wan. Gok is normally known for fashion but did a master class, cooking steamed scallops, Yuk sung, and chicken and prawn gyoza dumplings.

Paul is one of the star judges of the BBCs the Great British Bake Off, which I am a huge fan of. The event catered for children too and held its own kid’s cookery school, so no one was left out.

If you were looking for something a bit out of the ordinary you could grab a bite to eat at the Camp Cooks food van. It is exactly what it says in the name, and added some fun to the event

There are events happening all the time and are advertised on their website. The next event is the Waterside Food and Craft Market, 15th-16th of August.

Salford Quays, M50 3AH www.lowryoutlet.co.uk


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Worsley Woods, by Shu-Ling Li


“Remember everyone, our parkrun wouldn’t happen without its volunteers, so let’s give them a big thank you on your way around and we’ll get you off in 5-4-3-2-1!”

These are the words that have started my Saturday mornings for the past year and a half. Every Saturday at 9am I join my fellow Parkrunners along the Worsley Woods start line, bracing ourselves for another 5k run, come wind, rain, snow or shine. Whether you’re a jogger, plodder, sprinter or straight forward power walker, 5 kilometres in 17 minutes feels just the same as 5 kilometres in 40 minutes- we tell ourselves it gets easier but it doesn’t. You simply get better.

Yes it’s a struggle getting up and out of bed every Saturday morning when all you want to do is curl up under your duvet and pretend your Parkrun personal bests don’t matter, but they do! Nothing beats the exhilaration of knowing you’re only 150 metres away from the finish line as you sprint your way past friendly rivals and cajoling spectators, until finally you hear the timekeeper’s stop watch beep like a chorus of hallelujah as your time is recorded and you can at long last relax!

I first joined my local Parkrun after I entered the 2014 Manchester 10k, as an avid runner, this was the first official race I’d ever signed up for. Not knowing what to expect I knew I needed more practice than my regular leisurely jogs; where I could gauge my stamina and meet people with similar interests. Even if you’re not a confident runner, no one at Parkrun gets left behind. With an encouraging volunteer group there’s always a tail runner to guide you right back to the finish line.

What’s great about Parkrun are the people you meet along the way, I’ve met some really supportive friends that have helped run my times down from 24.48 minutes to 21.35 minutes in just over a year. I’ve even taken my dog along for the ride; who are more than welcome to join in and run alongside you! The fact that Parkrun is an entirely volunteer lead activity highlights just how many people enjoy being involved in the group even if they’re not running themselves.

Put it this way- if it took you an average of 40 minutes to jog 5 kilometres once every week that’s 2.8% of your entire day! Can you really not afford to spare less than 3 percent of your whole day for an activity that’s completely free?

Salford, M30 8AR
www.parkrun.org.uk/worsleywoods/


The RitzThe Ritz - Sally, by Sally Hirshman

I have chosen the Ritz becausethis summer I was lucky enough to be one of the stall holders at Heresy and Heelz’s ‘Alternative and Burlesque Fairs’ that was held at The Ritz.

On their website, Heresy and Heelz describe their fairs as bringing up to 70 stalls of ‘burlesque, vintage, rockabilly, gothic, alternative, fetish, steampunk, neo-Victorian clothing, accessories, jewellery and artwork’. A friend of mine creates gothic, Edgar Allan Poe inspired artwork, and as she was away she asked me to run her stall for her.

I’ve been to a few vintage fairs before and always enjoy exploring the stalls. There was also entertainment staggered throughout the day, which included burlesque acts, cabaret, aerial and pole dancers as well as a little tea shop with lovely home-baked cakes.

I’d heard a lot about The Ritz as a concert venue and nightclub (with sticky floors!), but had never been before. The setting is perfect for such an event, with its raised stage and 1st floor balcony which meant that people could gather there for a view of the day’s entertainment. I did get a chance to explore the other stalls and I treated myself to a gothic-flower hair piece as well as some amazing ‘Jaffa cake’ cake! The performers were all very good, particularly the host – Miss Liberty Pink, who did a very impressive rendition of ‘Hey Big Spender’.

More than anything, I think that spending the day at the fair opened my eyes to how big the alternative scene is here in Manchester. Each person I observed from my stall had a unique style, or else their own twist on one. There were Punks, Goths, Steampunks, fetishists and more. The next Alternative and Burlesque fair at The Ritz will be on Saturday 5th December 2015 from 12pm-6pm, and I would recommend that anyone looking for a fun way to spend a few hours on a Saturday drops in (over 18s only though!).

For anyone interested in visiting The Ritz, they constantly have concerts, club nights and even live wrestling on!

Manchester City Centre M1 5NQ http://theritzmanchester.com/


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Piccadilly tap, by Kristian Baines

This small bar that has just recently opened has quickly became one of my favourite places to enjoy a drink. Be it before a day/evening out in Manchester, or waiting for the next train (sometimes even missing it). I find myself repeatedly returning to this venue.

Located just outside Piccadilly Train station at Gateway House, they possess a vast amount of different craft beer and ales available. There are alternate drinks available including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, so there is truly something available for everyone.

With a selection of 7 cask beers and 20 keg beers, there is always something to choose from. Due to the rotating of stock they have, there is always being something new for when you return. This is all housed in a calm and contemporary environment. One key design I particularly like is the massive chalk board which has all the beers available on the wall, giving you the feeling similar to being a child in a sweet shop with all the selection available. It’s due to all these aspects which make it an awesome place to just take it easy from the hustle and bustle of city live and have a good beer.

Gateway House, Manchester M1 2GH www.piccadillytap.com


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Jump Nation, by Vanessa Roth

On my days off I love going to Jump Nation! It’s the perfect place to let off some steam and just let loose. It’s the biggest indoor trampoline park in Europe and its right by Trafford Park. Whenever I go with friends we always have a fun time attempting to do backflips! I’ve also been with my little cousins who loved it (warning: do not give young kids sweets before letting them on the trampolines, because kids + sugar rush is a hectic mix!)

But seriously, if you want to try something out of the ordinary, I would highly recommend it for a good laugh!

Trafford Park M17 1WA  www.jumpnation.com


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Affleck’s Palace, by Leroy Numa

Not only does it house Manchester’s biggest Alternative Shopping Emporium: – Affleck’s Palace but it has countless of little gems within it. Whether it be pubs, bars, Indie clothing stores or comic book stores, all can be found within the Northern Quarter. So whether it be a night out or you are just looking to try something new Northern Quarter is the place for you.

Another of my personal favourites is the Nexus art cafe located on Dale Street.

It is a small hip cafe that has an absolutely amazing vibe to it. My only does it look cosy and welcoming but it also has board games for you and your friends to play while you’re chilling and books for you to read if you are in your own.

Manchester City Centre M4 1PW  www.afflecks.com


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Gorilla, by Aleena Sharif

About the place…

This place serve food, have a couple of bars and is a small venue where they host events (I went to see Skream a couple of months ago). They also do private bookings/hire and have cool neighbours of other interesting places to spend your day- or night for that matter! (Dog bowl, Ritz, food places, more clubs etc.)

Atmosphere and people…

The atmosphere is good, it was packed with people and good vibes when I walked in- which is usually a sign that the place is popular! Although the prices may be slightly high for the food, they serve only the best and it is worth the price! It seems like this one of THE places to be for the urban people of Manchester. Gorilla have it all covered under one roof! The people and staff are really friendly, as well as helpful. The venue hall/club was relaxed and I was able to make it to the front of the crowd and watch Skream perform his house set. The staff were very friendly, they even invited me and my Brother on the stage! The staff would join in and blend in with the crowd- but always be there to help when needed. People were getting on the stage near the DJ decks and dancing, some started talking to me and there was nothing but good vibes! It wasn’t a struggle to get to a bar, as there was a bar both upstairs and downstairs inside the club area, and 2 or 3 bars in the front area! There was also a cloakroom for it you have goods with you and nowhere to put them.

The decor, first impressions and location…

The decor is cool! It’s cosy but contemporary, with a kind of urban industrial look to it. There is an upstairs lounge area with a mini bar which is like a loft, a downstairs main bar and seating area, a separate room with more seating and the club/venue hall. I love the grey tones with the wooden and metal furniture, it is just a nice place to be. It is situated in a good spot too! It is not far from the Dog Bowl and is positioned underneath the bridge on Whitworth Street.

You can pop in for a relaxed meal or night out- or book a special event taking place or hire it for your own usage!

Awards and what people say…
Winner of ‘The Best Burger in Manchester & nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards. And there’s a 700 capacity venue in the tunnel at the back playing host to bands, club nights, comedy and theatre. ‘Manchester’s only venue where the walls are covered with what look like the controls from a 1950s Spacelab’ The Guardian

‘It’s not easy to be this good at so many different things, but Gorilla manages to pull it off and then some. No matter what the day, the time, or the occasion, Gorilla has it covered. From the spot-on decor to the sophisticated drinks menu and creative food offering, there’s a real sense of quality that runs through everything that Gorilla does, which forms the basis of its entire appeal. One of the best bars in Manchester.’ Designmynight Manchester 

‘Should there ever be an award category, we already have the winner of Best Food & Concert Venue in Manchester.’ Manchester Confidential

Whitworth Street, Manchester. M1 5WW www.thisisgorilla.com/


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Tandle Hills, by Kirsty Harper

I have visited many parks and gardens over the years, due to my love of the outdoors and wanting to give my children a view on everything life has to offer, but I am lucky enough to say one of my favourite parks and most beautiful views I have seen is less than half a mile away from my home, Tandle Hills.

When you approach Tandle Hills Country Park you would just think you going down a very long suburban road with a park at the end, but it‘s not just a park.  I have always looked a Tandle Hills as a magical place for all ages no matter what the weather or time of year.

My favourite time to be in Tandle Hills is when it has been snowing, the steepness of the hills and the amount of them make hours of fun for any family.  I have made many memories there like the time when my son William and I went down a hill on a sledge, we picked up momentum very quickly, the sledge went in a different direction to where I aimed and I nearly took our heads off with a pine tree, oops!

The snow gets very deep too, so while I was having a snowball fight with my partner Paul he pick up the compacted remains of child’s ruined snow fortress and dropped it on my head, I was knocked clean over by the weight of it into a large snow drift and left feeling a little dazed. 

Tandle Hills also has a nature walk which is an adventure in itself, I think the full walk is around 1.5 miles and has some stunning views, you can see for miles around.  The amount of trees the park has makes it feel mystical, especially on a frosty morning.  The best time to be in the forest is in the autumn time, the rich colours of all the plants changing for the winter and the wonderful smells refresh you in a sometimes gloomy season. Remember to take your umbrella though.

The summer in the park is a relaxed a beautiful place to spend the day, the park with a giant slide that’s always got a cue to get on it, the café selling all the ice creams you’d want and the food is pretty nice too. I like to take a picnic though, it’s much more fun.   The rivers and streams bring all sorts of wild life out, the dogs love to cool down in them on a hot day.

I would be able to go on about this brilliant country park all day long, but the best way to find out is to take a trip, it will be worth it!

Country Park Oldham OL2 5UX

http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200393/parks_countryside_and_canals/708/tandle_hill_country_park


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East Lancashire Railway   by Tom Clarke

My recommendation for a day out in Greater Manchester has to be the amazing East Lancashire Railway – a volunteer-run independent railway that connects Bury to Rawtenstall.

There’s a variety of trains that operate on the line, from steam engines through to 1970s British Rail diesels, all travelling through restored stations up through East Lancashire.

Post-Beeching it’s a chance to visit places such as Summerseat and Irwell Vale by rail as well as the larger stops at Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

You can purchase authentically traditional tickets and ride the trains all day between the various stops on route – the line runs most weeks of the year with special events around Christmas and throughout the summer.  You can get to Bury via Metrolink from Victoria or a there’s bus services connecting from all across Greater Manchester – the East Lancs Railway start point is just 5 minutes’ walk from the main Bury transport interchange.

Each station has a good range of walks and country pubs nearby but of special interest is the highly rated Levanter Restaurant in Ramsbottom, a back-street Spanish tapas bar that’s always full and deservedly so. Definitely worth checking out after a walk up to Peel’s Tower, which looks over Ramsbottom back to Manchester (you can make out some key landmarks on a good day). After a healthy tapas & red wine lunch then a visit to the world’s last Temperance Bar up the tracks in Rawtenstall is highly recommended.

You can then travel back along the line in super stylish carriagesWhat’s not to like?  

More info on The East Lancashire Railway can be found at www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/


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Wythenshawe Park by Lauren Hira

Just 6 and a half miles South of Manchester City Centre lies Wythenshawe Park, my favourite place for a family day out.

Several miles of woodland / open field walks, an indoor horticultural center, 3 Grade II listed buildings (North Lodge, Orwell Statue, Wythenshawe Hall) a Horse-riding center, children’s playground, courtyard cafe and a community farm there’s something for everyone – our favourite being the fantastic all-ability cycling center – over 200 machines which anyone can ride & race each other around the 400m athletic track.

There are also tennis courts & Pitch & Putt (actually don’t bother with the pitch n putt, it’s pretty lumpy!) 

We can often be found scoffing a picnic, climbing trees or playing hide n seek in the courtyard gardens. There are also many seasonal community events such as spectacular firework displays, Shakespeare in the park & many school holiday actives for kids – check out event listings here.

Wythenshawe M23 0AB

http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/200073/parks_playgrounds_and_open_spaces/2242/wythenshawe_park