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It’s BACK!! – Once again this year the delightful City of Manchester will be ringing in the New Year in style, with another superb firework display; this family-friendly event has music from 10.30pm onwards and a countdown at midnight before a spectacular firework display is launched from the back of the iconic Manchester Cathedral. As it is a family-friendly event, there will be no alcohol, no bar, and no drinks allowed.

Generally, the event is well supported with thousands in attendance but having moved from Albert Square to Piccadilly Gardens and now onto Deansgate, you can be forgiven for getting a little dizzy! Pat Carney, Councillor, has confirmed that this move is only temporary whilst the refurbishments take place to the Town Hall and surrounding buildings.

You can eat out according to your budget and taste all over the City and beyond. For Gin lovers, there is a beautiful 18th-century coaching house that has 1300 different gin’s (yeeha) The Old Bell Inn at Delph (just outside Oldham). You can eat in the brasserie (less formal with a selection of ‘bar meals’) or in the main restaurant where traditional fayre awaits whilst you make your way through the gin list!  This place is still a little outside of the City but being only 30-mins away, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch. If you want to stay put, the New Year’s eve (festive menu) is packed with delicious morsels like a starter of ham and black pudding spring rolls with pea puree and a fried duck egg or how about delicious hot smoked salmon with baby beetroots, a goats cheese bon-bon and dressed mixed leaves.

Head into the City for choices galore whether you want a traditional Steak (get to Hawksmoor – reviews have this beating the usual Gauchos etc) or a delicious Pizza (Cibo – pronounced Cheebo) three courses on New Year’s Eve is just £40 per person which I think is exceptional value for money and they are even offering entertainment.

Whether you are planning to stay over in one of the huge numbers of hotels in the City (which I have to say are very reasonably priced) or live around Manchester, get along and show your support.

If you would much rather stay at home and entertain family and friends, fireworks will be the perfect close to the occasion and we have single ignition barrages (firework cakes which you light once and then get to a safe distance to enjoy) starting from around £10 to a huge suitcase-sized compound cake (several smaller cakes fused together to give a show lasting anything from 1 ½ – almost 3 minutes) at £332.50. We can deliver to ANY UK MAINLAND address – we can even get fireworks to freight forwarders in Glasgow to get them over to the Islands off Scotland.

Check out the cakes and barrages for yourself.




Every year since the dawn of the new millennium, fireworks have been included in New Year’s Eve celebrations across the country but nowadays, there are more and more local councils and specialist shops who are getting in on the action.

Saturday 1st November saw the gathered crowds in Manchester treated to the annual Light Switch on event which included music from Max George and Jonas Blue and of course, spectacular fireworks.

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This year, Manchester will be holding its New Year’s Eve Firework event once again having fought to keep it. The event will once again take place in Albert Square in the shadow of the iconic Town Hall and will be hosted by Hits Radio’s Wes Butters and there will be a Big Screen on which to watch the countdown to Midnight.

The fireworks will be launched from the roof of the Town Hall on the stroke of midnight but sadly, this is going to be the last large-scale event taking place here for a while, as there is a four-year renovation schedule taking place to restore this Grade I listed Victorian Gothic building to its former glory.

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Out and about in Manchester there is literally something to suit every taste and pocket from dining at James Martin Manchester for a delicious 4 course dinner and live entertainment for a very reasonable £65.00 each to a full on New-Year’s eve overnight staycation at Malmaison which includes dinner followed by live bands, DJ, cocktails and mixers, room and breakfast for £400.00.

You can of course go along to the fireworks which are completely free and there will be several viewing areas available around the Town Hall area there will be street entertainment on site from early doors with live music from 11pm.



As the year of the red monkey grows closer is Manchester one of the best places in Europe to welcome in the New Year. A big claim but can Manchester pull this off?

Of course they can! Whilst the Chinese New Year celebrations officially begin on the 8th, the fun and games in Manchester start on the 4th February 2016.

Between Thursday and Saturday the whole of the front of St Ann church in St Ann’s square will feature a cutting edge light show interspersed with traditional art work and film to tell the story of the history of the celebration, created by local artist Stanley Chow, this will be an unforgettable audio-visual experience for all ages.

For those feeling a little peckish around St Ann’s square, look for a huge red opulently decorated marquee as local favourites Yang Sing and Rice Bowl will be offering tantalizing food and drink.

Those “in the know” will have heard of the world-famous “Tsingtao Dragon” beer (pronounced Ching Dow), formally an illegal Chinese Mafia pastime, was beer ping-pong. Keep your eyes peeled for a special pop up beer tent with a ping-pong playing robot. Challengers will have the opportunity to win gift ranging from t-shirts to a full-sized ping-pong table, but start practising now as this robot does not like to be beaten.

On New Cathedral Street, a food village comprising of colourful food carts will be set up so visitors can experience the traditional food and drink of the orient offering authentic sushi, sticky rice and other traditional favourites.

On Sunday 7th February 2016, in Albert Square, the atmosphere gathers momentum when at 12’ o’clock a massive 172 foot dragon dances to music before starting its parade at 1pm. Between 2pm & 5pm, the excitement moves to China town as music, dancing and story-telling takes to the stages before the fireworks at 6pm.

Around Market and Exchange Street’s over the festive period, a huge golden dragon will oversee events. Get a picture of him, tweet it to #chinesenewyearMCH for a chance of winning a £500 voucher to spend in Manchester airport.

Parkour ‘monkey runners’ will be demonstrating their skills with breath-taking stunts while the RareKind Hong Kong street graffiti artists ‘Rainbo’ and Uncle colour the streets with huge creations reflecting the tradition stories of the Chinese New Year.

For those visiting Manchester’s Arndale centre, this will be transformed into myriads of craft workshops as children will be encouraged to create their own monkey related masks and cards. A great deal of effort has been put in to ensure there will be something for everyone to enjoy or marvel at as over 90,000 people are expected to descend on Manchester city centre over the Chinese holiday period.

Already we have dispatched orders across the country in readiness for the big night as Chinese families make preparations for New Year’s parties, doing it in Epic style.

In the meantime, enjoy the fireworks from the Year of the Horse.