5 Things to Do in Manchester On New Year’s Eve 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is already coming to a close! With so much going on in the world it feels as though this year has moved along at a frightening pace. But let’s not dwell on that, because New Year’s Eve in Manchester offers a whole host of opportunities for fun and celebration, and 2017 will certainly not disappoint. At the Pendulum Hotel, it’s always a busy and exciting time for us, and we hope we can provide you with affordable new years eve accommodation that’ll make your night even more memorable. We are located in the heart of Manchester city center next to Piccadilly Station, Canal Street and close to Oxford Road and Chinatown. So no matter what kind of night you’re looking for, it will be in easy reach of the hotel. We’re also putting the finishing touches to our own family friendly New Years celebration, which has been a huge success for several years now. Stay tuned to our website for news on that in the next few weeks.

For those of you looking for ideas, here is our guide to other events that are taking place on New Years Eve 2017 in Manchester.

What To Do This New Years Eve in Manchester?

  1. NYE Party Night at Hard Rock Cafe
  2. The Lowry Hotel
  3. Bass Jam – New Year’s Eve
  4. Ultimate Power New Year’s Eve Party
  5. Rebellion’s NYE – The Ultimate Showdown!

Manchester is one of those places famed for its New Year’s Eve celebrations and this year’s New Year’s Eve 2017 is not going to be any different! The wild celebrations will most certainly be repeated this December.

In case you are not too sure of what to do in Manchester on this great night, then you’re not alone. Many people end up doing nothing at NYE just because they can’t decide what it is they actually want to do! The good news for you is that various solutions exist for your enjoyment and entertainment. To help you with what to do in Manchester during the New Year’s Eve 2017, here are 5 suggestions we can make;

 

1.  NYE Party Night at Hard Rock Cafe
It’s the funnest party in Manchester and this year will be its biggest one yet. There will be free pizza and a midnight balloon drop. Hard Rock Café offers a 3 course meal of classic Hard Rock options and a welcome drink (Choice of Prosecco or Mulled Cider) that will cost you £50. The sumptuous menu consists of Aragula Salad or Rockin’ Wings as appetizer, several choices including Grilled Salmon, Legendary Burger for the main course and the delicious Festive Brownie or Christmas Pudding Cupcake.

Additional 3 drinks from 5pm cost £20/ person. For the fans of Rock N Roll this is an ideal choice as they’ll be able to dance on their in-house band Out-Foxed.

Other extra services that are available on the night include:

–  Exclusive use of Café rooms

–  Retail items customization with company logo

–  The chance to select music videos live

Sittings are at 7pm and 9:30pm, through Link2Ticket.

 

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2.  The Lowry Hotel
The hotel offers an elegant, and more formal way to to welcome the New Year.

The Lowry Hotel offers a black-tie, posh party that includes a four-course dinner, a resident DJ to set the tone, a lot of Champagne for everyone and impressive fireworks at midnight. The hotel will make sure that every person there will have a glass of Champagne in their hands while enjoying the fireworks just before the stroke of midnight.

While it’s much more expensive than Hard Rock Café NYE Party, it offers an excellent way to welcome the New Year with high-class foods for the pickiest of people. Their menu includes the following: lobster rillete, caviar and foie gras ganache, pink champagne sorbet, samphire, and croissant ice cream. In addition to the meal, the hotel offers freshly brewed tea, coffee or herbal infusions at a total price of £145 per person.

 

 

3.  Bass Jam – New Year’s Eve
Bass Jam offers one of the biggest parties in Manchester for those looking for something more lively. It will surely be one of Manchester’s noisemakers with its bass, grime, and house. Its line up is the most impressive of the available party choices: Lethal Bizzle, Tom Zanetti & K.O. Kane, Amine Edge & Dance, Tough Love, Philip George, Matrix & Futurebound, Michael Daapah AKA Big Shaq and very special Guest Chris Lorenzo. All will be in charge of making sure this is the go-to New Year’s Eve party this year for everyone who loves to dance and have a good time.

A ticket costs £22.40 and if you want to attend you’ll have to hurry because they’re already running low. As Bass Jam is known for throwing epic parties, any house and D’n’B fan will want to be there.

 

4.  Ultimate Power New Year’s Eve Party
Ultimate Power is, in its essence, a night full of the greatest songs that were ever written and can be sung on the greatest night of the year. This is one to bring your dancing shoes too! Every song played there is a classic, that will certainly brings back some great memories.  Attendees should expect to have the New Year’s Eve party of their lives! The ticket for general admission costs only £16.50 so anyone can have an awesome time singing their favorite songs of all times in the country’s biggest singalong.  For anyone who loves to sing some of the greatest ballads secure a ticket and benefit from the joyous atmosphere like no other.

 

5.  Rebellion’s NYE – The Ultimate Showdown!
For any rock and metal fan in Manchester, Rebellion’s NYE party is the place to go on December 31st.  It promises a lot of fun, featuring stalls, games, competitions, prizes, DJ’s, drink offers and much more. It’s one of the most affordable offers out there, the entry is only £7 for early birds and £15 on the door, but you will probably spend a lot more once you get inside.

Nobody will get bored at this party that offers so much fun, accompanied by the alternative sound we love so much.

 

There’s so much going on in Manchester this New Years Eve that it’s very hard to feature them all. Other places you might want to check out include NYE – Circo de Cuba at Revolucion de Cuba, Scruff & MC Kwasi’s party at Band on the Wall, the Refuge NYE Party or the party at Albert’s Schloss, one of Manchester’s favorite bars, is throwing. For those looking for a quieter (and free!) experience then be sure to be around for the Manchester Council fireworks display. This is always a fantastic spectacle, although the location of the display might have changed since last year so be sure to check out their website for full details before attending.

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Your choice of where to attend might be influenced by budget, taste in music or the activities. But regardless, you need to hurry in choosing a party as for many of the most popular ones, the tickets are already being sold. One thing you should know: spontaneous nights are never a good idea.  You might think it’s ok to just fly by and try all parties in the city but without proper planning, you most likely won’t be able to get into any of them. So out advise is make a choice and stick with it. And remember; rather than worrying about designated drivers, or trying to get a taxi on the busiest night of the year, book a room at the Pendulum Hotel and bring in the new year in style.

German Markets Confirmed For Manchester Christmas 2017


The Christmas season is already just around the corner. Many people are in to their countdown to Christmas, even if there’s still a few months left to go. But who can blame them when it’s such a great and magical time for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or nationality? Manchester really comes to life during this time, and we’re excited to announce that the dates for German Markets in Manchester have now been confirmed!

 

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What Are The German Markets?

During Christmas time, the streets of Manchester are full of festive stalls selling different kinds of food treats, drinks, and presents. The smell of good foods around the area partnered with the beautiful twinkling Christmas lights are truly an experience no one would want to miss. It truly is a magical experience for families, friends, and colleagues to enjoy the festive season in a very unique way.

 

When Are The German Markets Happening In Manchester?

 

For this year 2017, dates are already confirmed. Manchester Christmas Markets will be opened for everyone in the city from November 10th to
December 20th. The Christmas Markets will be held in 10 different areas in the city: Albert Square, Brazennose Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, The Corn Exchange, King Street, Market Street, Exchange Square, and Cathedral Gardens. Each area will have its own distinct atmosphere and character. This year, the main market hub will be based again in Albert Square, right in front of Manchester Town Hall. Last year it stretched to 10 sites in total that included a traditional German market located in St Ann’s Square, a French market on King Street, and also a world market found on Brazennose Street.

More About The Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets were launched in 1999, and started as a simple single site in St Ann’s Square. Right now, the markets are growing and growing in number with very popular and sprawling festive attractions, offering mouth-watering international food, drinks, and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts. Manchester Christmas Markets are where millions of visitors from all
over the world are so enticed to visit every year, making Manchester City Centre an ultimate hot-spot in the Christmas map.

 

 

Why Visit St. Ann’s Square? 

Surely, there are a lot of great reasons why you should go and visit St. Ann’s Square’s German markets in Manchester, when you travel and decide to enjoy the Christmas markets this year, or any other year. The market is not only about bratwurst and beer, which are so obviously delicious as they’ve always been. The festooned stalls also have a lot of great gifts to offer, including a wide variety of arts and crafts, clothes, meat, mulled wine, and toys. Today, the market is considered as one of the biggest and best markets you can find in the whole of Europe.

Also, the Bavarian-style log chalets lend a really pleasant ambience to the entire area that perfectly suits the Christmas season. Certainly, St. Ann’s Square is a major visitor attraction. If you’ll happen to decide to make a stop here, you’ll be amazed at how many people there are, making their festive vacations worthwhile. Right here, every visitor will surely have a taste of what the German culture has to offer the world.

 

Some of the things you can enjoy doing while you are at St. Ann’s Square include:

· Shop around different stalls and boutiques for nice clothes, bags, etc.;

· Buy different art and craft souvenirs;

· Shop and dine for food like bratwurst and mulled wine, and other German
foods; and

· Enjoy strolling around the open air around many festooned stalls and
cabins.

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Some Tips While Visiting the Manchester Christmas Markets

 

In order to fully enjoy your stay during your Christmas break in Manchester Christmas Markets, there are several things to take note of to not create any reason that might be a source of disappointment for you.

 

If you’re planning to go over Albert Square, it is important to remember that no dogs are allowed in the area. A true bummer, but Albert Square implements a strict ‘no dogs’ policy, only with the exception of guide dogs. Bringing your dog along to the markets will only lead to disappointment as you will be refused entry.

 

Another useful tip is to plan visits during weekdays if at all possible. As we all know, Christmas markets are popular destinations during the Yuletide season, and so they can get very overcrowded. Monday – Friday is far less busy during both day and night, and that can make it a much more enjoyable and relaxed experience.

 

Be a smart traveler, too. As the entire area of Christmas markets are full of people at this time of the year, you have to expect the roads and car parks to be difficult to manage. Public transportation can be a great idea where possible. At the Pendulum hotel we provide parking plus easy access to the markets which are just a short walk away. See our hotel availability here.

Be sure to wrap up and dress with suitable clothes for warmth, too, as most of the areas are outdoors and unheated. Warm winter clothing is highly recommended, especially if you’re planning to stay in the markets for several hours.

We hope you found our guide helpful. If you did, then please share it so others can enjoy it too! If you need hotel accommodation during your trip to the German markets then please keep us in mind as a low cost hotel option.

Thought provoking and inspiring: The art of our city

A Manchester artist has gone global this year with the 2016 Royal Mail Christmas postage stamps. Helen Musselwhite is proud that her striking first-class robin design will be dropping through letter boxes all over the world. She is, however, just the latest in long line of artistic success.

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Not only has Manchester always been home to artists of all types, the city itself has inspired our creative minds. Using the theme of light, innovation and industry, we’d like to highlight a few free exhibitions which we think our visitors would enjoy as we head into the New Year.

Be Enlightened

Enjoy your own light-bulb moment amongst the Lightwaves Digital Light Show at Salford Quays. Following last year’s success, Lightwaves returns to bring light into the December darkness. Love and friendship light up our lives at Christmas, and the new large-scale interactive commission ‘Heartbeat’ focuses on this. There is an exciting programme of events, workshops, and 9 artworks span The Quays. From the Plaza between The Lowry and the Lowry Outlet, to MediaCityUK’s Piazza, and even in the River Irwell.

Lightwaves Digital Art Show | Salford Quays | 9-18 December 2016. Entrance is free.

Bee Informed

Although genius helps, genuine creativity requires commitment and hard work. So what better creature is there to reflect this than the bee? The bee has strong links with Manchester as a symbol of hard work. It links the historic Industrial Revolution with the innovative and enterprising present. The bee symbol is on the city coat of arms, and found in the town hall and on other buildings and structures. Artistic symbolism, innovative city apiary, and scientific endeavour are uniquely combined in After The Bees at Manchester Museum.

After the Bees | Manchester Museum |16 November 2016 – July 2017. Entrance is free.

Be drawn

For over 45 years Deanna Petherbridge has focused on technical drawing. Monochrome architectural drawings can be cold and unemotional, but she cleverly incorporates modern conflict. Central here is ‘Manchester Suite’, a collection of drawings made during her six-month residency at Manchester Art Gallery in 1982. It combines regeneration of an industrial city, the Falklands’ war, and historical themes in exquisite detail.

Deanna Petherbridge | The Whitworth | 2 December 2016 – 4 June 2017. Entrance is free.

Be controversial

Claude Monet we have all heard of, but Wynford Dewhurst? Born in Manchester in 1864, he studied law, before moving to Paris to train as an artist and art historian. He controversially suggested that French impressionism was actually inspired British artists. He is most famous for The Picnic (1908) which is in Manchester Art Gallery. This first ever retrospective brings together a large selection of his sunshine fuelled impressionism. Archive footage and little known documentation sheds light on the artist, and Manchester can proudly reclaim him as a city luminary.

Wynford Dewhurst: Manchester’s Monet | Manchester Art Gallery | Friday 9 December 2016–Sunday 23 April 2017. Entrance is free.

What exhibitions will you be enjoying during your visit here? Tell us about it.

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Festival of Winter Walks 2016

Clear Paths, Clear Skies, Clear Heads! Join the 2016 Festival of Winter Walks.

As we head into the Advent period, festive over-consumption is looming. Our city offers indulgent Christmas shopping trips, heart-warming family reunions, and heady romantic weekends. Our city can feed all your desires. But what could be more satisfying than wrapping up warm, and heading into the wintry landscape?

Festival of Winter Walks

The Ramblers’ annual Festival of Winter Walks has been held over the Christmas and New Year period since 1988. It started small but has been growing in popularity: there are now hundreds of free events for thousands of walkers across the UK. Although it is a members’ organisation, the RA welcomes everyone to this nationwide event.

There are many local groups who you can contact and there is something for everyone. For instance groups in Greater Manchester include Manchester & Salford, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and the High Peak District of Derbyshire. Any of them would welcome our guests on their shorter festive strolls, or one of the more strenuous rambles.

Manchester and Salford Walking Group

One of the Ramblers Association groups is the Manchester and Salford Ramblers. They invite everyone who enjoys hiking or walking to join them and take advantage of the excellent walking country. Their website has an excellent programme over the holiday period.

The Manchester Weekend Walkers

This group of Ramblers was set up at the beginning of 2013. As the name suggests they meet primarily at the weekend, although they also arrange the occasional weekend away. Their site says to contact them for more information.

MAD Walkers

It’s not all for the more mature walker! Join the Manchester and District Walkers who are all in their 20s and 30s. They’ve been around since 2004 and have around 300 members. Once again they offer a variety of walks to suit any level of fitness.

Manchester Health Walks

Regardless of health, everyone should be able to take part in the great outdoors. The Manchester Health walks are coordinated by the Manchester Giants Community as part of the Macmillan Active Manchester programme. Their walks are free, open to all and are accessible. They are keen to support people with long term health conditions. The focus is on keeping active and meeting people. Get in touch, or just go along to one of our walks where you are guaranteed a warm welcome.

There are many reasons why a winter walk around Manchester is a fabulous day out. A guilt free festive dinner is just one of them! You can better appreciate the beauty of our landscape when you are walking through it. Meeting new people and immersing yourself in local conversation gives you a different view of the area. Walking makes you feel happier and healthier, so kick start your New Year’s resolutions. And given the festive time of year, get your walk sponsored and send a gift to your favourite charity.

Considering staying in Manchester this Winter? Book your hotel in Manchester with Pendulum Hotel here.

 

 

Winter sports in Manchester

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Wind, storms, frost. We are seeing them all at the moment. Winter has arrived and forecasters are embarking on their perennial speculations about snow. Will we, won’t we? Regardless of the weather, we want to show you that Manchester is an active and invigorating place to visit. Especially in the depths of December and January.

Natural highs and chills

Set aside the weather inconveniences and look at the possibilities instead. We can all enjoy a breath of fresh air. Choose from city-based strolls on canal-side footpaths; woodland paths by reservoirs; and endless trail routes in our spectacular national parks. The region is a huge natural play area for everyone. And if you want to try more traditional winter activities, you are spoilt for choice.

If you’re lucky it might snow. It transforms the green spaces in and around the city into a real winter wonderland. The rolling dales, with their dark grey stone walls, provide a spectacular backdrop. We think our northern landscape rivals the Alps in beauty. And like the Alpine tradition of après ski, we recommend taking your frozen face to one of our cosy local pubs. Thaw out with steaming homemade food and excellent drinks.

Adrenaline spills

Chill Factore remains one of our top family-friendly attractions for winter activities. Like the outside temperature, it is cold inside but no wind chill and dry atmosphere. Perfect slope conditions. As you’d expect from the longest indoor ski slope in the UK, they cater for all abilities. You can hire all the equipment you need to get started on the excitement immediately.

Adrenaline junkie but don’t fancy skiing? Amongst the extreme sledging and the luge, they also offer Snowscoot and Airboarding. Snowscoot combines elements of snowboarding and BMX biking. Airboarding takes you closer to the snow, as you zoom down the slope on a specially designed air inflated board.

For outdoor skiing and snowboarding opportunities, head out to the dry slopes of Ski Rossendale. Once again, its focus is on inclusivity and they welcome all abilities. You can take lessons, hold parties, and enjoy the entire atmosphere. It’s not just the slope, they are also on the heritage ‘Shoe Trail’ route. This is a town-based project, which takes inspiration from Rossendale’s historical links with the shoe and brick industry. If it snows, take your snow shoes!

Icy thrills

No winter experience is complete without ice skating. There are a couple of options at this time of year. You can find the winter pop-up Manchester Ice Rink in the courtyard of the old London Road Fire Station. This is part of Manchester’s Winter Gathering, so there are other fabulous attractions there. This is open until the 8th January 2017.

If you want to head indoors for perfect skate conditions guaranteed, Silver Blades in Altrincham is the answer. They offer lessons for all, ice hockey, late night skating, parties, and many other events. You may even just want to watch their modern adaptation of Alice in Wonderland on 10th December.

Please contact us for more information about how we can make your winter stay in Manchester an invigorating and active experience!

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Festive Lights & Sounds

Although you can try to avoid any thoughts of the upcoming festive season, as October draws to a close, it’s hard to ignore the signs. Once the clocks fall back, you cannot fail to see imaginative and artistic shop windows changing with the certainty of late autumn leaves; Halloween orange and black, to Christmas red and gold. So why not feel inspired by the glowing colours around you, and start planning a Christmas city break with a difference?

Nowhere is the warm fiery glow of celebration more evident than ‘the UK’s original, award winning Manchester Christmas Market’. Billed as the biggest and best festive offering to date, it opens on 10th November and runs to 20th December. As nearly 350 stalls will be spread over 10 sites, not only will there be something for every age, but the entire city centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland.

In the true spirit of a welcoming and inclusive city, the focus is on international Christmas celebrations, but with the unique addition of a famously warm northern hospitality. There is the European Christmas Market on Albert Square, the French Christmas Market on King Street, a German Christmas Market on St Ann’s Square, and finally the World Christmas Market on Brazennose Street. All offer the best examples of traditional wooden and metal crafts, artisanal goods, and not forgetting essential hot spiced drinks to warm the coldest evenings.

With the most colourful light and music extravaganza promised on Friday 4th November at 7.30pm, the countdown to holiday festivities will get underway. To date, it has not yet been revealed who will be flicking the switch and we are still awaiting the announcement of the acts performing on the night. However you can be assured that there will be a heady mix of celebrity glamour, and music to get you in the dancing mood. As fireworks explode over Albert Square, it will be a sparkling night to remember.

Continue the dancing theme by reserving a slot at the ice rink at London Road Fire Station. ‘The Winter Gathering’ promises a magical location amongst the stunning buildings and courtyard opposite Piccadilly train station. It’s impossible to feel anything but warm and festive as you take to the ice, laughing as fearless children weave in and out! Exertion rewarded as you wobble off the wet rink and into a comforting hot chocolate. A perfect way to relax. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/london-road-ice-rink-manchester-12011513

If the giggling and shrieking has warmed your voice box, consider hiring one of Bar Hütte’s carol-oke pods. These private karaoke machines will be both seen and heard on Spinningfields Square, Deansgate. Music will include festive favourites as well disco classics for those who want to continue dancing. Once again all refreshment tastes will be catered for, and it promises to be even more popular than last year. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/bar-hutte-opens-spinningfields—8152510

And of course the ultimate in festive colour, light and warmth can be found in many of the city’s carol concerts. However if you want something different, the  Royal Choir are being hosted by the John Rylands Library on the 4th December. In the quiet atmospheric surroundings of the library’s grand Historic Reading Room, you can take a break from shopping, and embrace the true meaning of Christmas, as well as support local charities.

We are here to help you choose the best accommodation package for your needs. If you want information on these – and many other events taking place – we would be happy to assist you.

What’s On At Manchester Pride 2016

 

This weekend sees the return of the now infamous Manchester Pride festival, hosted just around the corner from The Pendulum Hotel. We’ve been supporting this event for years, and always love to see how the city really comes to life as people flock to the city from all over the UK, Europe and even globally to celebrate this fantastic event.

For those of you that don’t know much about the festival, here’s a little bit of background information on the festival and what you can expect to see this year.

 

What is Manchester pride?

Manchester Pride is a registered charity campaign that manchester pride hotelsaims to promote equality and spread awareness about the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and LGBT people. This event fights for equality and challenges of discrimination to create an opportunity for everyone to engage and participate in various festivities. The charity conducts a fundraising campaign for HIV and LGBT projects in Greater Manchester through holding several events throughout the year, among which the Manchester Pride Festival is the most popular.

This award-winning event along with the Manchester Pride Spring Benefit events aim to discourage Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and spread the message of peace and equality among all.

About Manchester Pride 2016

Thousands are set to attend the Gay pride festival Manchester 2016 event that have launched across the UK, thus bringing festivities for the LGBT community to celebrate homosexuality and everyone else to join the fun. Over the August bank holiday weekend, from 26 to 29 August, Manchester City will play host to the annual Gay Pride celebrations and all the joy that comes along with it. This year, you’ll be able to witness musical performances from renowned artists like Katy B, MNEK, Heather Smalls of M People, and the ever so talented Will Young. In addition to these musical events, there will be plenty of food outlets, souvenir markets, bars, and of course the main attraction – the huge parade.

The pride’s main aim is to raise awareness of the issues faced by the Gay, Lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities while having fun in the process. The message is to lend the suppressed people a voice so that they can demand equality in treatment, regardless of their sexuality.

 

Stage events

Thomas Cook airlines USA Main Stage: This event lies at the heart of the celebrations over The Bighotels near canal street manchester Weekend. Having played host to many top artists from around the globe, including All Saints, Kelis, Dannii Minogue, Texas, Anastacia, Alicia Dixon, Alison Moyet, and a whole host of other performers and celebrity presenters, this year’s event will host an entirely new line-up of stars who will take your breath away. From Friday to Monday, different singers and performers from all over the world will be present at the Manchester Gay Village to make the event memorable as it can get.

Sackville Boutique stage: Among all the happening stages at The Big Weekend, this one will be your own personal hangout zone amidst all the hustle and bustle of the crowd. Here, the tempo will be relaxed and the atmosphere chill so that you can just grab a glass of cider and enjoy the line-up of performances in store. There’s no better way to enjoy the party than being at Sackville Gardens that is set to host some of the best food you have ever tasted. Food, drinks, and your own space of serenity, everything will be there at The Big Weekend.

Gaydio Dance Arena: As the event name implies, this is supposed to be a disco and dance fusion that combines the best of both worlds to provide unlimited entertainment for all the guests. The Gaydio Dance Arena is the place to be, every night from 7 PM, as it will play a host to some of the world’s best DJs, with sets from the highly acclaimed artists like Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi. There will be other live shows featuring the big names in the industry such as Crazy P Soundsystem, Hot Since 82, Graeme Park, Stonebridge, Kidnap Kid, Jodi Harsh, and others.

 

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Other events

The Parade: On 27th August, Saturday, the carnival atmosphere will burst alive in the streets of Manchester and enthral thousands of onlookers of all ages and sexual orientation to see the gathering of the most fabulous people going on a parade. It doesn’t matter if you are gay or straight, with family or alone, make sure to grab a good seat along the Parade Route to see all the attractions like fabulous floats and Walkers as they pass by. The parade begins at Liverpool Road at around 1 PM, so make sure you’re ready and set for the grand extravaganza.

The Expo: The Expo will offer visitors an opportunity to meet and greet different businesses, charities, organizations, and community groups that have consistently supported and provided various services to Manchester’s LGBT communities. Located in the indoor area, the Expo will be open on Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM; 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday; and 11 PM to 3 PM on Monday.

Candlelight Vigil: This event is the culmination of The Big Weekend as it remembers those who lost their lives to HIV and aims to bring people together to fight the stigma associated with the disease. The candlelight vigil is your opportunity to develop brotherhood and stand united in front of many challenges that are just a day in the life of LGBT communities from around the world. This is the heart of Manchester’s Pride Festival and an event you must attend to experience a truly moving atmosphere.

The Market: Plan to go shopping on The Big Weekend? Don’t fret because The Market at Manchester Pride Event will bring together a host of memorabilia and other attractive art forms in a single destination. Situated along Charlton Street, the marketplace will also have stores from where you can get your face painted, do hair braiding, and lots of other stuff for a complete makeover. The markets will remain open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11 o’clock in the morning to 9 o’clock at night.

Where is it happening? Do I need tickets?

The Manchester Pride 2016 will be held in Gay Village that lies in the centre of the town, very close to the Pendulum hotel. This event does not have free entry, and you can buy tickets directly from Ticketmaster. The minimum price of tickets is £ 16 (booking fee extra) for a day ticket and £ 18 (booking fee extra) for the weekend tickets. There are numerous transportation options to reach the event, including bus, coach, train, and by flight. So, make sure you attend this spectacular event or else you’ll be missing out on a lot of fun!

If you need accommodation for your weekend of partying, we’d love to see you at the Pendulum Hotel.

 

 

 

Pendulum Hotel Manchester Customer Reviews

Customer reviews of any business can mean the difference between building a customer base and improving business over time and one that gradually fails. In the case of the Pendulum hotel Manchester, customer reviews are extremely important and taken seriously by the staff. They also have very positive ratings overall.

Customer Review Summary

As of the time of wring this post, the reviews on TripAdvisor number over 1200 reviews with over two thirds of them rating the hotel as excellent or very good. Results like these are considered excellent in the industry.

The remaining reviews are split between average to poor. Only 10% of the reviews are considered poor. While no one wants a poor review there are several things to keep in mind. First of all, not everyone can be satisfied no matter what you do. Another is that every customers concern should be investigated and if improvement or a change in services is required, it is addressed.

Examples of Customer Reviews

Many customers report that the rooms are very clean, which is important and a primary concern by most people. A central location near shopping and restaurants was another that many rated the hotel highly on. Reasonable prices and the ability to easily travel to the hotel are also important criteria mentioned by many customers. Patrons also appreciated how easy it was to get to the hotel using the metro. They were quite satisfied to take the train into the city and enjoy a five-minute walk from the closest station to the hotel.

Business travelers stay in a lot of hotels over a year and often are more than satisfied if they have a clean room, with the appropriate amenities where they can get a good night’s sleep. The hotel had several reviews indicating highly satisfied customers in this area.

Not everyone can be satisfied however. Some where concerned about slightly noisy bathroom fans, older TV’s with remotes that were problematic. Expectations and experience are also factors regarding how satisfied a customer can be. For example, one customer was surprised that she had to pay a deposit, which as it turned out was a preauthorization to cover incidentals. This is a standard approach in the industry.

Respect for Other Patrons

Believe it or not, some patrons really do not care about their fellow travelers. One particularly bad review was due to the customer not being able to sleep. Noise from another hotel guest, talking loudly and banging on doors kept them awake. Everyone loses at this point. The hotel lost because they received a bad review even though it was caused by a customer. The customer who was upset lost sleep and wrote a bad review. Of course the customer who caused all of the noise will be embarrassed and likely never return. You cannot keep everyone satisfied all of the time.

Overall, based on the many reviews provided by former patrons who where willing to take the time to actually write a review, the hotel has many positive highly complimentary reviews. Future customers and patrons can stay at this hotel with confidence.

Pendulum Hotel Manchester Parking

The Pendulum hotel in Manchester offers great accommodations and many venues nearby for the business traveler and the tourist to enjoy. Whether it is shopping at one of the many markets, taking in a football game or attending a business meeting nearby, there is pretty much something for everyone.

Transportation Connections

Many people will arrive by taxi, train or metro link. After all, not needing to worry about parking is one stress many people can do without. The buses, the trains etc. all provide great service and the Pendulum hotel is close to the Piccadilly station. Take the train in from the outskirts and get off at the station for a short walk to the hotel and your business interest.

Still others will also drive their vehicles into downtown and park at a nearby parking lot. The Pendulum hotel does not have parking facilities, however there is a parking garage close by across the street that offers parking at standard rates. Parking is just next door to the Pendulum hotel on Charles Street just over the road from the hotel and is £10 for 24 hours Monday – Friday and £2 for 24 hours Saturday – Sunday.

If you are planning to come downtown for the weekend and looking for a place to park your car while you stay at the hotel this is most likely the most convenient and reasonable option.

Plan Your Travel Time

Whether you are traveling by car or train or bus, tourists and business travelers should really allow extra time to get to their final destination. Traffic can be congested at times and there is nothing worse than being late for a meeting or appointment. Your travel time should also include finding a place to park your vehicle. If the lot is already full you may need to look for another location.

Many visitors will park at one of the major stations on the outskirts of the city and take the train into the downtown area. Parking is less expensive, they can relax on the train, and they do not need to deal with congested roads. While this might not be the desired approach for many, not having to deal with city congestion is much more relaxing.

Use Your GPS to get to the Pendulum Hotel and Parking

Following directions in a busy city can be difficult at best, with all of the traffic, lights, pedestrians etc. If you are driving by yourself and trying to figure out where you are going, it can be particularly difficult. Many drivers will utilize their GPS to get to the hotel and also find parking nearby.

Modern GPS devices will also provide traffic updates and help with finding restaurants etc. nearby. Customers of the Pendulum Hotel will also need to ensure that once they arrive at the local parking garage, they can carry their luggage from the garage to the hotel. This may seem a trivial suggestion, however if you need to carry heavy luggage it is definitely something to consider.

Manchester City Centre

Manchester offers many choices for the tourist, the shopper, visitors and locals who are looking for something different. The city centre area has many different shopping venues, clubs, restaurants, museums, entertainment and of course two of the most famous football teams in the UK. The trains system, Manchester Metrolink tram system and the city’s buses also make it easy to get around the city and visit. Stay at one of the many downtown hotels including the Pendulum Hotel while you visit the city centre.

Shopping in Manchester City Centre

A shoppers delight! From hand crafted specialty items for children and adults alike, to high end goods to the fantastic department stores and malls, there is something for everyone in the city. Primark, HSM, Top Shop, Hugo Boss, ZuZu Couture and many more can be found in the area. Armani has two stores on King Street.

Clubs, Dining, & Entertainment

At the end of the day after work or shopping, relax in one of the small quaint bars or restaurants, or visit one of the night clubs in the area.

If you are staying at the Pendulum Hotel, you will be within a very short distance of several clubs that many will find entertaining. These include:

  • Paradise Factory
  • Sankeys Soap
  • Funkademia
  • The Warehouse Project

All of the above venues feature live entertainment as well as DJ’s to entertain you.

Take in a Football Game

Plan ahead and attend a home game with Manchester United or Manchester city football clubs. On game day it can be difficult to score tickets, however with a little planning you can attend one of the games and spend the evening at the Pendulum Hotel. There are also tours that can be taken to both stadiums.

Many enjoy the Old Trafford stadium tour and a visit to the Manchester United museum and shop. The Etihad Stadium tour, home to Manchester City football club, is also a very interesting tour to consider. Manchester City FC is now the most valuable club in the world.

Art & Music

There is so much to see and experience in Manchester Town Centre that you will need to make many trips into the city. Visit the Museum of Science and Industry, the Manchester Museum or the Manchester Cathedral or the Manchester town hall if you are interested in Victorian architecture.

Galleries include: Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road and the Manchester Art Galley on the corner of Mosley Street.

If you are interested in music, there are many venues to choose from. They include:

  • Manchester Apollo
  • Manchester Arena
  • Night and Day Café
  • Bridgewater Hall
  • Manchester Academy

Getting Around Manchester City Centre

Many people come by car and park in one of the many parking lots around the city. Many also drive to a train station and take the train or Metrolink tram to Piccadilly train station.

Piccadilly station is within walking distance of the Pendulum Hotel and many of the venues mentioned in here. The city bus system can be used to get around the city as well.

With so much to do in the Manchester town centre area many visitors will stay several days or come back several times a month to visit some of the venues that they missed the first time around. Shopping, dining, entertainment etc. are all available to visitors to Manchester city centre.

We look forward to welcoming you.