Why you MUST visit Manchester this Summer!

Manchester International Festival www.artscouncil.org.uk Everyone loves the summer; we love Manchester, that’s why we think everyone should visit Manchester this summer… We believe that the next few weeks bring some fantastic events to Manchester and the surrounding areas, here are just a few we have picked out: Spring Festival of Markets When? Thursday 21st May till Sunday 7th June Where? St. Ann’s Square, M2 7HQ What time? 10.00-17.30 How much? Free I suppose you’re wondering why this is featured if the festival is called “Spring Festival of Market” well despite this festival being in Spring, we think that you should definitely make an appearance here. If you would consider yourself as a bit of a shopper, then these markets should be wonderful for you and your friends, this festival gives you the perfect opportunity to engage with the artisans and makers of the jewellery, clothing and even homewares! Also this event would be the perfect destination to grab yourself some lunch, with a fine collection of artisan foods from local chefs and even 3 themed bars, we would definitely recommend visiting if you are looking to enjoy fantastic cuisine and drink in the fresh air. Patio chairs, picket fencing and full of flowers, St Ann’s Square has to be your number one choice for meeting with your friends, shopping with the children and grabbing some food, don’t miss out! Manchester Day When? Sunday 14th June Where? City Centre What time? 12.00-18.00 How much? Free Yet again, this event isn’t officially in the summer, but… Each year, Manchester Day is great… but Manchester Day 2015 has the potential to be bigger and better than ever! An action packed parade for residents, tourists and even families; Manchester Day celebrates what is really great about the City. I can guarantee that every single one of Manchester’s city centre’s squares will be buzzing, so make sure you do not miss out on this event! For more information visit: manchesterday.co.uk Manchester International Festival When? Thursday 2nd July till Sunday 19th July Where? Visit: MIF for more information regarding venues What time? Visit: MIF for more information regarding times How much? Visit: MIF for more information regarding price It’s fantastic that Manchester is the home of the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, and I would definitely recommend this for all ages, because there really is something for everybody! This festival will surely live up to expectations and will be a fantastic 17 days! “Manchester is probably the most radical and important arts festival today.” The New Yorker, July 2013. If you are going to be visiting Manchester for any of these events, you should check out Hallmark Hotels Special Offers. Image from: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk


Christmas at Hallmark


If you are thinking of taking a short weekend break down to Bournemouth, we have a very special offer for a 2-night spa spectacular for only £130. This includes full use of the health club and spa facilities and a 1-hour treatment each. You can choose between a Swedish full body massage, a dermalogica facial, a luxury manicure or a luxury pedicure. Click here for full details.

There is also an array of Christmas activities happening in Bournemouth in the run up to Christmas. One event going in to its second year now is the Gardens of Light Festival. The festival won two awards last year for its lighting design and for the exhibition as a whole. This truly is something spectacular and unique to Bournemouth over the festive period. You can find out a bit more about it here.


At our Carlisle hotel, we are offering you the opportunity to do some shopping away from your usual high street and to indulge in a shopping experience with your own personal shopper. Once you return to the hotel, you get to relax and enjoy a 3-course brasserie dinner with a glass of sparkling wine.

If shopping isn’t your thing however, fear not. We also have a cultural package available for a 2-night break in Carlisle. The package gives you admission to Carlisle castle for the day on top of 2 nights accommodation a 3-course brasserie dinner each evening. For full details on how to book click here.


Christmas is always huge in London and if we were to list everything going on, well, we’d probably still be writing this after Christmas!! Anyway, the first event we have chosen is in Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park.  This festival boasts pretty much everything you could want for a family day or evening out in London. Whether that is Christmas markets, ice skating, rides or Santa’s grotto you will find what you are looking for here!


We currently have some excellent offers on at our Derby hotel. The first package that we are offering is the Derby Dine Away. Over 2 nights you will have the pleasure of eating at the award winning Anoki Indian restaurant on the first night. Here you will sample a wide variety of Indian food. On the second night you will be treated to a 3-course brasserie dinner at the hotel. A perfect way to end your stay by unwinding and being completely relaxed. Click here to book now.

We are also offering a shopping break. This package is for two nights and we will give you a £20 voucher to spend in the InTu shopping centre right here in Derby. Click here for more information.


At our Gloucester hotel we are currently offering a special 2 night pamper break. Come and enjoy a well-deserved relaxing break. You will have access to the extensive health club and spa we have here in Gloucester. You can also choose one of the following 25-minute treatments. A back, neck & shoulder massage; mini manicure; mini pedicure; bright eye rescue treatment. For full information and on how to book please click here.


Hull has plenty of stuff going on over the festive period. Lots of family fun activities, one of our favourites is “The Deep”.  This is really one the younger kids will enjoy, as they will get to see Santa and participate in making festive ornaments, calendars and badges during the day. For the adults there is also an art exhibition showcasing images and videos from the Galapagos Islands.


Manchester can boast one of the best Christmas markets in the country which food and drink from around Europe. On top of what you can usually expect from a Christmas market, Manchester has added something a little different this year. Inside the Manchester town Hall you can find a wide range of independent stalls from shops located in Afflecks palace. Here you will find a range of alternative clothing, hand crafted jewellery, retro and American confectionary and many more hidden gems.



Be Merry in Manchester for New Year’s Eve 2013

New Years Eve Parties in ManchesterWith so many New Year’s Eve party nights in Manchester UK you will not be disappointed if you make this your destination on January 31st.

Whether you are looking for a family day out, or an adult’s only celebration, there is something for everyone in this great city.

By day, the UK’s largest indoor Winter Wonderland is at Event City, next to the Trafford Centre. With many rides and attractions this is perfect for kids. They might also enjoy skating, either on the Trafford Centre’s Ice Rink, or at Spinningfields. Continue reading


Top 5 Christmas Events in Manchester, UK 2013

Manchester Christmas LightsHe was trying to decide what events to take his spouse and their two young children to while sitting in front of the computer at work. After several minutes of staring at the computer screen and no ideas coming forth he decided to do some research and make a list of events that were taking place in Manchester and then whittle the list down to five events. The top 5 Christmas events in Manchester, UK 2013 that he came up with are events that are adult oriented and family oriented. With the festive period approaching and high numbers flocking to the area, families that are seeking family hotels in Manchester over this period will need to book beforehand before places become fully booked. Continue reading


Visit Manchester Famous Landmarks When Staying At Manchester Hotels

manchester1The moment the word Manchester is mentioned, many people think of the two famous English Premier League football clubs. The truth of the matter is that there are so many other attractions in this area than just football, which can be viewed during a stay at one of the many Manchester hotels. What’s more, these landmarks give visitors and natives alike an opportunity to relax. This article will mention a few landmarks that are worth a visit; especially to the person who is new in the area and wants to have some stories to tell when they get back home. Continue reading