Manchester gets the UK’s Largest Fully Outdoor & Heated Winter Market this Christmas

Located within the outside space of Escape to Freight Island at Depot Mayfield in Manchester.

By Manchester's Finest | 5 October 2021

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Winter Island at Escape to Freight Island will launch with a spectacular live firework display on Friday 5th November.

Featuring a Christmas Tree Forest and a host of new festive traders and stalls, including Great North Pie Co., a Bratwurst Grill, Traditional Hog Roast, a Mulled Wine & Hot Cider Hut, Local Chocolatier and Artisanal Cheese Stall – everything you could wish for as the winter nights draw in and Christmas sparkles into action.

Over the festive two months, as the outside space is transformed into a winter wonderland – Escape to Freight Island will present a series of magical programming of ticketed and free events, from family raves, bonfire night, cabaret, live music and DJs, to comedy and film nights, live karaoke and Christmas workshops.

Untold Orchestra

Plus the return of The Untold Orchestra series live at Escape to Freight Island every Wednesday showcasing Christmas specials.

The enchanted festive space is open for families, friends, partners and colleagues to enjoy the magic of Christmas once again underneath the Manchester stars and Christmas trees – group bookings and private hires are also available for up to 2,000 guests with bespoke packages.

Amongst the wide array of series of programming, highlights include Homobloc and Escape to Freight Island’s very own Amuse Bouche on 7th November, a comedy night every Tuesday, modern-day orchestra from The Untold Orchestra every Wednesday.

There’ll also be live karaoke ‘Masseoke’ on 20th November and 18th December, Craig Charles on 28th November and 12th December; and other jam-packed entertainment from the likes of Guilty Pleasures, Family Gorgeous and family-friendly activities with Playhouse Project, Teachrex, Fun DMC, Born to be Wild Child, plus Christmas workshop and more to be added.

Bookings are now open here: – to book in for Winter Island, make sure you select a date from 5th November to the 31st of December under ‘General’ booking then choose ‘Outdoor’.

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Escape to Freight Island is an axis of incredible food, drink, music and immersive entertainment, hidden in plain sight at Manchester’s Depot Mayfield – a pop-up project turned into a permanent space.

An inspiring urban landscape rebuilt and rethought around a visionary food market, a unique selection of bars, inventive culture spaces and intimate seating.

Monday to Thursday (3pm – 12am)
Friday (12pm – 1am)
Saturday (10am – 1am)
Sunday (10am – 12am)
Walk-ups available but book in advance to secure your preferred dates and times.

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Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring Street, Manchester M1 2PZ