10 YEARS OF COUNTRY ATTIRE :: PROPER TEA MANCHESTER
Sitting in the imposing Gothic shadow of Manchester Cathedral lies a hidden jewel nestled in the city’s most historic quarter: a modern tea room with a traditional twist, Proper Tea Manchester.
There’s no escaping it, no matter how hard you try. The countdown to Christmas has begun. Whether it’s red cups or Christmas cups, Elton John serenading you as you shop: Christmas is coming for you! So why not start your Christmas festivities early with the chance to visit Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas Fair in Manchester, for free!
The Handmade Christmas Fair promises to bring together inspiring craft making with a selection of hand picked designers and artisans selling craft products, alongside experts to teach you how to make your own handmade goods! Held at Manchester Central on the 20th-22nd November, its easy to reach location makes it the ideal day out.
Two lucky winners will each win a pair of tickets for the event in Manchester. With many different ways to enter, entering is easy and open to all! The giveaway with run for four days and the winners will be chosen on Tuesday 10th November.
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Can’t wait until then? Want your tickets now? Use the code POLKA20 to grab them at £20 each!
(T&Cs: Booking and transaction fees apply. Offer applies to Full Experience tickets purchased in advance only and offer ends 21st November.)
INFAMOUS DINER, MANCHESTER :: LAUNCH PARTY
Last Thursday, the movers and shakers of Manchester’s press gathered for the launch party of InFamous Diner; the new all-American diner in the Northern Quarter.
With cheerleaders welcoming guests, an Elvis impersonator to make the girls scream (a huh-huh!) and a performance from girl band, The Northernettes, guests were also treated to an evening of free cocktails and an array of devilishly tasty American canapés.
Earlier in the day, a 300 burger giveaway began their rise to their namesake’s notoriety, as eager customers queued around the block for a free lunch. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to experience both the burger giveaway and the launch party.
Arriving just after 6pm, a vintage Chevrolet and New York style taxi sat parked outside awaiting a whole host of guests whilst a backdrop of cheerleaders made the experience truly authentic. Entering through their pink door, classic hits from the 50s boomed out of their traditional jukebox to transport us back to another time; a time we wished we were alive to experience.
InFamous Diner claim to offer service with a smile and they certainly didn’t disappoint as a selection of canapés from their menu were offered to us. As I had to be up at 3am to catch my flight to Ireland, I kept things strictly non-alcoholic and was rewarded for my sensible behaviour. Considering I don’t like milk, nor cream, I was smitten with the ‘Million Dollar Milkshake’ which came with lashings of Nutella and chunks of shortbread. Delicious!
Of course, no guest that evening could ignore the amazing 50s dresses that flooded the diner. Keeping it local, the diner’s waitresses and head office staff wore Lindy Bop dresses complete with petticoats. Naturally, we also wore Lindy Bop and the diner was awash with 50s dresses.
Giddy with our sugar-induced high, we enjoyed a performance by The Northernettes before Elvis entered the building to girls screaming with excitement, mostly from our table if I’m honest. Taking us through Elvis’ back catalogue and throwing in some classic moves for our delight, we enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere before the Coronation Street stars arrived.
Full up on shakes and giddiness from a night spent giggling, it was time to catch the last train home before journeying to Ireland the next day.
Want to visit InFamous Diner? You’ll find it located at 3-5 Basil Chambers, Nicholas Croft, Manchester. I’d love to know your thoughts!
When you think of Manchester, it’s possible you might think of its musical heritage, the alternative Northern Quarter or perhaps, its iconic architecture. Without doubt, any trip to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without visiting the cobbled streets of Coronation Street. As a local and long-time fan of Corrie, Manchester’s Millennium and Copthorne Hotel asked me to visit the Coronation Street Tour, review my experience as part of their handy guide to Manchester.
For over fifty years, Coronation Street was produced on the Quay Street set before moving to Media City. What remains is a unique glimpse behind the scenes of one of Britain’s best loved soaps. Arriving early, we were whisked straight onto a guided tour alongside 30 other people. Starting undercover, we discovered the dressing rooms of Corrie stars past (each with their own decor and furnishings) and wandered inside the costume department whilst our guide told us facts about different outfits. Before entering the studio, we were shown a short clip of iconic Coronation Street story lines. Undoubtedly, the most moving were Anne Kirkbride’s scenes.
Once inside the studio, we were able to visit the sets of Carla’s flat, the Webster’s front room, the factory floor of Underworld and my favourite, The Rovers Return. (Whilst inside the studio, we weren’t allowed to take photographs. We decided to buy this photograph from the gift shop as a lasting memory. However, you can view the official image gallery here)
The guided tour lasts for approximately 45 minutes: interesting, concise and never boring, however, as photography lovers, we were eager to reach the infamous cobbled street and start snapping away. Entering the street via Nick’s Bistro, the view was breathtaking and exactly as we’d imagined. We were able to stroll down the cobbles, enter back gardens and visit the iconic back streets.
Once on the street, you are free to wander for as long as you like and take photographs as you wish. Naturally, the street becomes busier as each guided tour ends, however it’s easy to take clear shots as long as you’re patient. Overall, our experience lasted for approximately 2 hours. Tickets are priced at £16.50 each, and even though our tour was purchased for us, we felt the experience was good value for money and thoroughly enjoyable. We would have happily paid the cover price as the tour is unlikely to be around forever- the land has been earmarked for redevelopment! If you’re ever up north, it’s a must!
Are you a Coronation Street fan?
Would you take the tour?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Meet John. Fiancé, better half and all-round good egg. You may know that John is chief photographer here at Polkadot Pink. Come rain or shine, it’s John who meticulously captures each and every one of my outfit shots, patiently but with gritted teeth; neither of us understanding the other’s point of view. Thankfully, over time, capturing the shots has grown easier So in the spirit of Valentine’s day, we felt a twist was in order. On this day of love, we decided to simply swap places for an outfit post with a difference. John in front of the camera, myself behind the lens.
// Coat :: Fjallraven //
// Mountaineer shirt :: ASOS //
// Jeans :: H&M //
// Desert shoes :: Clarks Originals //
// Watch :: Bradley by Eone //
Here’s what he said,
“One of the most important aspects of any outfit is a watch. I have always been a sucker for a well-designed watch. The Bradley watch by Eone is a tactile watch designed for the partially sighted. I first lusted after it when I saw it on kickstarter. Since receiving it as a Christmas present last year, it’s been the base of many outfits.
Buying jeans that fit isn’t just difficult for women. It’s a bit of a chore for men too, but jeans from H&M seem to do the trick. For many years I wore Levi engineered jeans but to my annoyance my favourite design and fit was discontinued. It’s definitely not about the price, the fit is unrivalled.
This Fjallraven coat is an absolute dream. Warm, Stylish and comfortable. This is the first warm jacket I have owned in years. Fjallraven has evolved into a hipster brand, but the functionality matches it’s hipster title.”
Let’s just say, after shooting the pictures for this post, I have a new found appreciation for the skill of taking outfit shots. No longer will the immortal words of, ‘How hard can it be?’ be uttered. Nor will I be offering to swap roles again soon, but it was fun…just for the day.
Would you swap roles? Just for the day?
As always, much love,
Donna & John