Must-do Manchester: The Coronation Street TV Tour

From the 5th April through to the 5th October long running British soap, Coronation Street, opens its doors to the general public with a TV set tour. Now you can inspect exclusive props and memorabilia from the Coronation Street history and have your picture taken outside The Rover’s Return.

Walk down the famous cobbled streets and visit some of Weatherfield’s most famous haunts including Roy’s Rolls, Street Cars Taxi Service, The Post Office, The Café and Audrey’s Salon, all whilst learning a first-hand insight into how the show was made.

The tour is running Monday-Friday 10-6 and weekends from 10-9. Make the most of your visit and stay at our Dreamhouse Manchester Serviced Apartments.

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Edinburgh International Science Festival Opening Weekend

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This Thursday sees the return of Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival. Part funded by the Scottish Government and run by an educational charity the mission of the festival is to encourage people of all ages and background to discover the wonder of the world around them.

The programme of events runs for 2 weeks with the opening party beginning at the flagship venue City Art Centre from 7:30pm on Thursday 3rd 2014. For £10 you can celebrate in scientific style, embark on a Jungle Safari and prop up at the Blood Bar.

Included in the remaining fortnight is a range of free and paid events consisting of creative workshops, late night performances, political debates and much more. The full programme can be found here.

Events can be booked either online at sciencefestival.co.uk by phone on 0844 557 2686 or in person at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Shop, 180 High Street. If you are thinking of staying for part or of the entire festival why not make yourself at home at one of our Edinburgh serviced apartments based either in the city centre or just outside. 

Manchester’s FutureEverything Festival Returns

This Thursday sees the return of Manchester’s annual FutureEverything Festival (previously FutureSonic). Now in its 19th year the festival celebrates everything from the art scene including installations, conferences and live musical performances.

The festival is spread across 5 days with Thursday and Friday acting as a lead up to the big weekend conference event which is priced from £50.00 for the weekend. The focus of the festival is ‘for creative types to discuss and present ideas for the future, through social experimentation and sharing design tools and devices.’

Some events on throughout the long weekend include –

  • Darkside (Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington) @ The Ritz, Thursday 7:00pm
  • Dean Blunt (Live) @ Soup Kitchen, Friday 8:00pm
  • Robert Henke: Lumiere  @ Royal Northern College of Music, Friday 8:00pm
  • Mika Vainio/Source Direct/Ninos du Brasil/EVOL @ Islington Mill, Friday 10:00pm
  • Longplayer for Voices and Listening Post @ Royal Northern College of Music, Saturday 7:00pm
  • Presented by Evian Christ (Live): Evian Christ/Koreless/Lorenzo Senni/Visionist/T C F@ Royal Northern College of Music, Saturday 7:30pm

 Why not head over to their website now and find out more for yourself? And don’t forget to pick one of our Manchester Apartments to enjoy your ‘futuristic’ stay even more. 

What’s The Craic? – The Manchester Irish Festival Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in Style

Europe’s biggest annual festival outside of The Emerald Isle takes place this weekend. The Manchester Irish Festival is centered around the city’s famous Albert Square. With over 200 events at 100 different venues it offers a great opportunity to explore Manchester’s Gaelic haunts.

This Saturday see’s a build up to the parade with entertainment across the city including live music at O’Briens bar and Lounge Ceol.  For a more chilled atmosphere the Irish World Heritage Centre are showing the film Cromwell in Ireland. For just £3 you can learn about Cromwell’s landing in Ireland after defeating 12,000 men during his military campaign.

The penultimate day of the festival sees in The Irish Parade. From 11:30am Manchester city centre is decorated in shamrocks and a sea of orange, white and green with after parties continuing on late into the night.

Monday 17th March celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in full swing starting at 11am with a serving of a full Irish breakfast in aid Irish Community Care at St. Kentigerns Irish Club. Various celebrations are running throughout the entire day ending with Mayo Mary’s Irish Megamix which starts at 8:00pm and continues into the wee hours.

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For full details of all listings please visit The Manchester Irish Festival’s official website.

Pancakes Galore….

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday  or Pancake Day as it is often referred to in the UK,  is the day preceding Ash Wednesday. Traditionally it embraces the practice of celebration, as it is the last night of over indulgence and excessive eating of richer fatty food before the ritual of fasting  and engaging in religious obligations, over the period of Lent; a 40 day abstinence.

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It was once known as a “half holiday” in Britain and kicked off at 11:00 am with the ringing of a church bell and from the 12th – 19th century “mob football” games were organised. Nowadays up and down the country,  pancake races are held – the most famous one being in Olney, Buckinghamshire which can be traced back to 1445.

Whilst in London teams from The House of Commons and The House of Lords compete in the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race contending for the title of Parliamentary Race Champions.

In 1994 the largest recorded pancake was made by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd.in Rochdale, Manchester, England. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb), and took more than just a frying pan to flip over! No doubt you will be flipping your own pancakes in the kitchen, using past down recipes from generations gone by or maybe dining out, leaving someone else to do the tidying and washing up. Wherever you indulge, bear in mind that come tomorrow, a period of abstinence is upon us.

What will you be giving up?.

Viva la Manchester: Celebrating 20 Years of the UK’s Largest Spanish and Latin Film Festival

As of 7th March The Cornerhouse, Manchester is home to something a little more exotic. Arriving in town is the 20th edition of ¡Viva Festival!; the city’s annual Spanish and Latin cinema festival.

For the 20th anniversary the event does not disappoint, with highlights including returning veteran director Roger Gual and his Catalan comedy of errors “menú degustació”. Supporting this is a documentary on the history of women in Spanish film, a post-apocalyptic disaster movie and much more.

Working in partnership with The National Lottery Good Causes and local universities Instituto Cervantes, The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan this festival is not only entertaining but is beneficial for the local community too.

With the festival running until the 23rd there is no chance to miss this worldly event, especially with Dreamhouse’s Manchester City and City West Apartments just a short trip away for that mid-day siesta.

Be prepared with our handy Spanish guide below:

  • Hola (ohh-la) : Hello
  • ¿Cuál es tu película favorita? (ku-wal es too pel-ee-q-la fav-or-eeta) : What is your favourite film?
  • ¿Dondé están los apartamentos de Dreamhouse? (don-dey es-tan los aah-part-aah-men-tos de dreem-house) : Where are Dreamhouse Apartments?

Exploring Aberdeen: Dreamhouse’s Guide to The Granite City

Located on the north east coast lays Aberdeen, Scotland’s third most populous city. Bustling with rich heritage and a vibrant city culture The Granite City has loads to offer both business and leisure travellers. Even David Cameron held his latest meeting here. Check our list below for our top picks in getting to know this animated city.

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Where to go:

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery – Instantly recognizable from its pink granite exterior the Aberdeen Art Gallery is the perfect illustration of late 19th century architecture. Boasting art work from Francis Bacon, Bonnard, Degas, Damien Hirst, Monet and Alison Watt it remains one of Aberdeen’s most popular attractions.
  • Aberdeen Castle Trail – For adventurers and erudite historians Scotland’s only dedicated castle trail of Aberdeenshire is a chance to uncover the traditional beauty of rural Scotland. With highlights including a trip to Dunnottar, majestically overlooking the North Sea and once home to William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.
  • Hazlehead Park – A public park of over 180 hectares, Hazlehead flaunts more than a little greenery and some swings. Home to 2 18 hole golf courses, mountain biking trails, heritage sites and rescued sculptures from around the city and Scotland’s oldest maze there is something to do for everyone. A must-see is The Rose Garden; home to the Piper Alpha memorial, remembering the 167 men who lost their lives to the oil and gas explosion of 1988.

 Where to eat:

  • Café 52 – Café 52 is one of Aberdeen’s top rated eateries amongst locals and travellers alike. Serving local cuisine all day long it is a perfect choice for those after excellent produce and casual atmosphere.
  • The Prince of Wales – Opening in 1850, The Prince of Wales is one of Scotland’s oldest standing pubs. Famous for its real Scottish and English ales it’s almost tempting to skip dinner. Luckily this hidden tavern also serves classic pub food at affordable prices.

Where to stay:

  • For a home away from home there is no other choice than Dreamhouse’s own Aberdeen apartments available for booking here. Early March also celebrates the arrival of our newly aquired Craigieburn Apartments.