The trip was a success – I spent a lot more time in the Trafford Centre than I had planned to, due to the rain (it is Manchester, after all!), but I had a great time. Highlights include:
- Having booked into my accommodation, deciding to pop over to the Trafford Centre to grab something to eat, only to discover that Cirque du Soleil had a marquee in one of the car parks, and had been performing their Varekai show during March. I immediately headed for the booking office to find that I was just in time to catch the very last show of the engagement – this was at 3pm, and the show started at 5pm. I booked my ticket (getting a superb front and centre seat at half price), and then went to eat while I waited. The show was one I had previously seen with mum a couple of years ago, but it was still brilliant. In fact, seeing the show in a proper circus tent really added to the atmosphere (the previous shows I had seen were at the Royal Albert Hall).
- Starting my “shopping Monday” in the Trafford Centre’s Debenhams store, and seeing one of the bread machines I had shortlisted to consider buying, reduced from 110 pounds, to 50 pounds, and then to 40 pounds. Then, on top of that, I signed up for a Debenhams store card, and got a further 10% discount. That is a saving of 74 pounds. This purchase (which I was going to make at some time or other anyway) paid for my accommodation for the trip.
- Lots of other shopping bargains throughout the trip, too numerous to list, including some more kitchen gear from Debenhams, also discounted.
- Getting to see Alice In Wonderland in 3D, which I thought was delightful. Then seeing Martin Scorcese’s Shutter Island, the following day, and being completely blown away – a superb film.
All in all, a fun trip, and a chance to revisit Manchester again.