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Chester Zoo to let guests visit the animals at sunset as part of special after hours events

The sell-out ‘after hours’ event is back this summer — with limited tickets available

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Chester Zoo will hold an outdoor sunset cinema and live entertainment event this summer.

The zoo has announced its sell out Into the Night evenings are set to return — after a successful run last year — for a limited number of nights this summer.

The wildlife attraction will host a number of fantastic family evenings, including new adult-only nights, spread across 15 special dates in June, July and August.

The spectacular event will give visitors the chance to explore all of the zoo’s 128-acres after hours. All proceeds generated will go towards the not-for-profit zoo’s vital conservation work.

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Visitors will enjoy a rare chance to experience the zoo and see its 27,000 animals in a different light as the sun begins to set and the nocturnal animals come to life. From 4pm they can explore the animals in their habitats while they potter around.

Guests will also be treated to outstanding live entertainment, including animal-themed stilt walkers, dancers, puppeteers, flash mob dance troupes and acrobats.

This year, the zoo has also included new adult-only evenings,  exclusive The Luna Cinema screenings and a celebrity guest appearance to the line-up. There will be three family favourite screenings on August 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

The films being shown are Grease, Top Gun: Maverick and The Greatest Showman. Doors open at 7pm for The Luna Cinema with films starting at 8.30pm.

Ellie Trigg, Chester Zoo’s customer development manager, said: “The zoo is a totally different place as the sun starts to set — for some animals it’s time to bed down while for others the night is only just beginning.

“Our special Into the Night event offers a rare chance for people to come and experience the awe and wonder of all the zoo has to offer in a completely different light.

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“And as if seeing what your favourite animal gets up to when most people have gone home isn’t exciting enough, there’ll also be lots of entertainment, including acrobats, dancers and stilt-walkers.

“For the first time ever, as part of our Into the Night summer evening programme, our friends at The Luna Cinema will also be joining us at the zoo for three exclusive nights in August, where they’ll be screening three much-loved family blockbuster movies.

“With guest talks and appearances from a few well-known faces also on the line up, including wildlife filmmaker and presenter Bertie Gregory, it promises to be a wonderful summer.

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And best of all, the proceeds are going to help our charity zoo to protect some of the world’s most threatened species, making it a great night out that’s contributing to wildlife conservation.”

During event evenings, all parts of the zoo will be open, including animal habitats, tropical houses, indoor areas, and the zoo’s brand new 360° immersive ‘out of water’ digital shark experience Planet Shark: Predator or Prey.

All of the zoo’s restaurants and several kiosks will also be open, serving up a whole host of food and drink options featuring gin sorbet cocktails, delicious kebabs and so much more.

A limited number of tickets are available each evening, with prices starting at £16 for adults and £10 for children (3-17 years). Find more info on Into the Night, here. For more info on Chester Zoo presents The Luna Cinema, click here.


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P!NK is kicking-off her world tour in Bolton next week

P!NK will bring her tour to Greater Manchester next week

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Pop star P!NK is set to kick-off her world tour starting in Bolton next week.

The 43-year-old superstar will embark on her Summer Carnival World Tour next week at the University of Bolton Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday, June 7th and 8th.

The popular American singer-songwriter will take to the stage — in her upcoming eighth concert tour — for the two days as she performs some of her well-known hits and best loved tracks, including songs from her latest album, Trustfall.

The six-pack sporting musician, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore Hart, posted an image of herself suspended in the air, while practising some kind of aerial arts, on Instagram last week to give fans a taste of what’s to come. 

Alongside the image she wrote: “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

The quote was taken from the 19th-century American philosopher and poet Henry Thoreau. One excited fan wrote: “Can’t wait to see u in Berlin!! I’m flying from Barcelona.”

Another one-upped them and said: “Can’t wait to see her in Germany!!! flying from NY to Barcelona then to Germany!!” A third fan added: “Can’t wait to see you in July…this will be so fantastic.”

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The concerts will be held in the open air, with doors opening from 4.30pm and music due to start at 5.30pm – 11pm on both days.

P!NK will be supported by special guests at the concerts including Kidcutup, Gayle and The Script.

The council has issued advice for parking and traffic management with extensive traffic restrictions in place due to concertgoers travelling by different forms of transport such as car, coaches, public transport, taxis and also by foot.

Tickets for the events can be purchased by clicking HERE.

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The Champions League final is being shown at Manchester’s biggest fan park

A Sky Sports presenter plus a genuine footballing legend will be there to give their match analysis

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A Champion’s League Final festival is coming to The Love Factory in Manchester for the big game next month.

Sporting events company, 4TheFans has announced its UEFA Champions League Final Festival FanPark at Love Factory in central Manchester on Saturday, June 10th.

Man City secured their place at the Istanbul final when they beat Real Madrid at the Etihad.

As the Blues march into the final for what could be a historic treble, families are welcome to watch them at this the huge indoor and outdoor event — opening its doors from 3pm. The match will kick-off at 8pm GMT.

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Only 10 minutes walk from Manchester Victoria, it will be the ultimate place for all the family to watch Manchester City take on Inter Milan.

Fans will get to enjoy the big game on huge anti-glare screens and soak up entertainment including a Sky Sports presenter, football legend, DJs, competitions, and fun footy activities — the atmosphere will be immense!

Hosting the event will be a Sky Sports presenter plus a Man City legend to give their match analysis and have bags of banter as part of an interactive show for the fans. 

The real festival atmosphere will continue as fans enjoy a variety of food and drink (including award-winning pies), and more.

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All ages are welcome making this the most family-friendly fan park available. Kids can take on their parents in footy activations including penalty shootouts, and a precision wall to test their accuracy. 

And when Manchester City score, get ready for big celebrations with awesome special effects such as pyrotechnics and cO2 cannons! 

Tickets are expected to sell out fast so fans should move quickly to secure their spot and avoid disappointment! General admission tickets start at £8 per person for a group of six, and £10 for individual tickets with a VIP box starting from £75 per person.

To book tickets and find out more CLICK HERE.

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DJ Fat Tony coming to Selfridges for Q&A about new ‘outrageous’ memoir

He hung out with Leigh Bowery and Andy Warhol, and created his drag persona, before becoming DJ to the stars

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DJ Fat Tony is coming to Selfridges, Manchester this week to do a Q&A about his new ‘outrageous’ memoir, I Don’t Take Requests.

Join one of the most controversial DJs to ever grace the UK party scene along with his co-author Michael Hennegan in conversation, as they celebrate the paperback release of I Don’t Take Requests. 

The live discussion with the DJ, about his life and memoir, will take place on Friday, May 26th 6-8pm. Tickets cost £10 and guests will receive a free paperback copy of his new release as well as the chance to enjoy a live DJ set.

Throughout his life and career, the DJ has grappled with addiction, a HIV diagnosis and various career challenges.


Harrowing, honest, and funny, I Don’t Take Requests is the ‘candid and outrageous memoir of a life of extremes’.

It’s a story of ‘getting it all and losing it all’. Addiction, recovery, and starting again. Drawing a vivid portrait of Britain’s street culture from the 1980s to the noughties. 

DJ Fat Tony describes his childhood on a London estate where he honed his petty criminality, was abused by an older man, and became best friends with Boy George. 

He spent his teenage years parading the Kings Road in his latest (mostly stolen) clobber, worked as a receptionist at a brothel, hung out with Leigh Bowery and Andy Warhol, and created his drag persona, before becoming DJ to the stars (including Prince and Madonna) and spiralling into a life threatening drug addiction.

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Now 16 years sober he has enjoyed a renaissance in life, becoming one of fashion’s favourite DJs. He does this whilst being a leading voice on the sobriety scene and an LGBTQ activist.

Tickets cost £10 and include a copy of I Don’t Take Requests, a Q&A panel discussion, as well as a live DJ set.

For tickets to the event click HERE.

Fri 26th May, 2023 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Men’s Level 1, Selfridges, 1 Exchange Sq, Central, Manchester M3 1BD.


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