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Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Ancoats

Family fun as Urban Exchange turns Wonderland for a weekend

Written by . Published on July 29th 2011.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Ancoats

THERE'S a weekend of free family fun planned for August 6-7 as Urban Exchange retail park in Piccadilly Basin off Great Ancoats Street become Wonderland for a day.

On Saturday August 6, an all-day Mad Hatter’s tea party will take place from 10am – 4pm. The covered plaza in front of the retail scheme will be transformed into an Alice in Wonderland themed children’s party. Alice, the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter will be on hand to entertain youngsters with balloon modelling and card tricks. 

"We felt it was time to thank our visitors and I hope as many people as possible join in the celebrations over the weekend.”

A face painter also will be on-hand to create Alice in Wonderland characters including the Dormouse, White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat faces. As it‘s always time for tea, cupcakes and drinks will be available for children all day (subject to availability). There will be three hours free parking in front of the stores too.

On Sunday August 7, as more than 20,000 cyclists make their way through Manchester city centre, Urban Exchange is offering a Park’n’Ride with free all-day parking on the Port Street car park. 

Located just across the canal footbridge from Urban Exchange, free parking will be available (on a first come first served basis) for anyone travelling into Manchester by car with their bikes. 

From 9.30am – 4pm there will be free bike advice courtesy of Go Outdoors, spinning exercise taster sessions in association with Pure Gym and a pedal-powered smoothie maker. A cycle circus entertainer will also be on hand to entertain visitors and there will be complimentary cyclist energy snack packs (subject to availability).

Edward Ziff, chairman and chief executive at Town Centre Securities, which organised the family fun weekend, said: “This is an important weekend for us with M&S Outlet just opened and Pure Gym due to open shortly. Along with Go Outdoors and ALDI, we now have a range of stores, creating a popular retail destination on the edge of Manchester city centre. We felt it was time to thank our visitors and I hope as many people as possible join in the celebrations over the weekend.”


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