A night well spent at the luxury glamping site near Manchester
If you like the idea of camping, but are less inclined to miss the comforts of home, Ribblesdale Park is the place for you.
There are no tent pegs or cold showers to contend with, and certainly no sleeping on cold, hard ground here.
Instead, in this corner of the Ribble Valley, you’ll find stunning fields dotted with white bell tents, in the shadow of a historic mansion.
There are beds – real ones, with king duvets, fluffy pillows and fluffy blankets – plus all the modern fittings we’re all used to, like sockets and mirrors inside.
They are beautifully decorated, a subtle bohemian mix of macrame hangings, patterned rugs and draped plants.
You don’t have to queue past huge, crowded shower blocks here – you can stroll across the grounds to individual shower stalls and sparkling clean toilets.
When we visited, the North West was just at the end of its insane heat wave, so within minutes of arriving it was ready and straight into the outdoor swimming pool at Gisburne Park Estate.
After over an hour choking in the car from Manchester, the sparkling water in the courtyard was the perfect welcome.
It is also heated, so even on the cooler days you can swim.
Freshened up and settled into our comfortable glamping tent, it was at Gisburne Park’s on-site restaurant, Hindelinis.
The portions here are massive and the flavors plentiful, from the creamy curry sauce served with the breaded fish and thick fries, to the tender chicken burger in a soft bun.
You might not expect to find top-notch cocktails in the middle of the countryside, but you’d be wrong: the bartenders at Hindelinis whip up arguably the best espresso martini in the country, with subtle hints of caramel.
There aren’t many moments as peaceful as sitting on the outdoor patio with a pornstar martini in hand, its garnish of edible flowers blending perfectly with the pastel sunset sky.
With its rural location, there isn’t much nightlife once darkness sets in, but luckily each glamping tent comes with its own fire pit – so it was back to the glamping village for some wine and a game of cards around the campfire on our own private patio.
Waking up in Ribblesdale Park is the epitome of tranquility.
Where else could you open your window in the morning to spot both a peacock and a majestic Sika deer strolling around?
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The breakfast menu is also quite grand, with pancakes, granola bowls, full English breakfasts, and (our choice) a hearty sausage and bacon sandwich.
Still doesn’t seem luxurious enough? Did you know that you can also book your own masseuse to come to your tent or do pilates by the pool?
Ribblesdale Park really has thought of everything.
You can book your stay at Ribblesdale Park here.
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Manchester’s best Asian restaurants team up for huge curry club banquet
Some of Manchester’s best curry houses will combine to create the city’s most powerful curry club this autumn.
Six brilliant local restaurants, championing the cuisine of countries such as India, Burma and Sri Lanka, will serve a massive banquet.
It is part of this year’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival, a city-wide celebration of the region’s best restaurants, bars, pubs and producers.
The all-vegetarian feast will be prepared by national favorite Dishoom, Tameside gem Lily’s and street food experts The Little Sri Lankan.
Aunty Ji’s, Nila’s Burmese Kitchen and Sanskruti are also getting involved.
Throughout the evening there will be live music and entertainment as the MFDF Curry Club takes over the main festival center in Cathedral Gardens.
The event will take place on September 20 from 7pm, with tickets priced at £45.
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Ticket prices include a welcome drink and a seat at this massive Asian banquet.
MFDF will take place September 15-26 and will include hub takeovers, street food, markets and more.
The festival will end with a huge gala dinner, where the winners of this year’s MFDF awards will be crowned.
Tickets for MFDF’s Curry Club are available now at manchesterfoodanddrinkfestival.com.
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Inside Manchester’s massive new ‘hands-on’ interactive gaming experience
Did you know a massive interactive gaming experience is returning to Manchester for the first time in three years?
With over 160 consoles and hundreds of games to play, Power on is now back at the Museum of Science and Industry in the heart of downtown and is already taking ticket holders on a journey through five decades of gaming.
Everything from retro arcade games to state-of-the-art virtual reality are available to play at the blockbuster event – and each ticket also includes unlimited play all day.
Power on takes place every weekend and school holidays until December 2023.
From the Atari 2600 and the Dreamcast, to the Playstation 5 and the latest virtual reality technologies, Power on gives visitors of all skill levels the chance to live their best gaming life and experience first-hand how much games and gaming technology have evolved over the years.
Some of the other consoles in the museum include SNES, Wii, Mega Drive, N64, Xbox, etc.
Visitors to the ultimate new interactive gaming experience can take a trip down memory lane playing retro classics like Pong and Pac-Man, rocking out to Guitar Hero and also trying their hand at the hugely popular Fortnite.
Power UP also gives game fans the chance to follow the development of some iconic characters like Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog over the decades.
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Visitors will also be able to experience games created by winners and nominees of the annual BAFTA Young Games Designers Awards – which are open to children and young people and celebrate the creativity, skills and imagination of young game designers.
And new for 2022, you can also take inspiration from the local people behind the games and companies that have made a splash in the gaming world in the new section dedicated to Manchester’s gaming industry.
From early successes like Ocean Software and Software Creations, to contemporary indie developers like Acid Nerve.
“Power UP has always been a big hit with our visitors,” said Mark Cutmore – Business Experiences Manager at the Science Museum Group.
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“[The experience] provides a fun space to enjoy gaming technology past and present, discover the latest developments and reminisce about old favourites, as the gaming industry is a key part of Manchester’s creative, digital and technology industries.
“This interactive exhibit will help inspire game designers and software engineers of the future.
“We are thrilled to give so much time to enjoy and keep coming back to this experience during its longest time at the museum [and] we are also very proud to showcase our city’s incredible contributions to the industry through the new Manchester Made section.
Tickets for Power on grant each person unlimited access to the gaming experience on the day booked.
Tickets will cost you £6 per child and concession, £8 per adult, £7 per senior, and there is a £1 discount per ticket for families.
Grab yours from the Museum of Science and Industry website here.
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