Free tickets to St Patrick’s Day party, concert and Mother’s Day discounts!
Jessica Ward | 15th March 2023
It’s a week of celebrations, as the party starts with St Patrick’s Day this Friday (March 17) and of course the chance to show the mother figure in your life how much you love them with Mother’s Day on Sunday.
There’s also bags of culture, with free tickets for Salford Choral, a new Spring programme from Bury Met and Bongo’s Bingo unveiling what’s in store for Spring.
Here’s the VIVA round up of fun stuff to do this week in our city and beyond that won’t break the bank!
Refuge free party and Jameson cocktail for St Patrick’s Day
People partying outside at Refuge
To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, Refuge will be hosting a free party in the newly refurbished The Vault on 17th March including a live band performance and entertainment from Irish Dancers and a DJ throughout the evening. The first 50 people to sign up for tickets will also receive a free Jameson’s cocktail!
Food stalls will be serving Irish stew and pies from Great North Pie Co, along with Jameson and Guinness in full flow!
Salford Choral offers free concert tickets for students, carers and community groups
Salford Choral Society is offering free tickets for local people to attend its upcoming performance of the popular classical piece, Brahms Requiem, on Saturday 25 March.
Free seats (in limited numbers) are available to charity and voluntary groups and carers based in Salford and the surrounding area. Students enrolled at local schools and colleges or at Salford University can also apply.
Salford Choral Music Director Tom Newall said: “Our community ticket scheme was launched in 2022 in response to the cost of living crisis and to help introduce a wider audience to the joy of live classical music.”
Salford Choral’s performance of Brahms Requiem, plus two supporting pieces, takes place on Saturday 25 March at 7.30pm at the Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road, Manchester. Tickets are priced at £19, £16 concessions.
Mum’s the word with discounted vouchers at The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel has some lovely last minute packages for the mother in your life if you’re planning to treat them to a break.
Enjoy an overnight stay in a premium room with £50 to spend in The Refuge or get 19% off Gift vouchers to treat them. The gift certificates can be put towards an overnight stay or The Refuge and use code MUM19 for 19% off all vouchers.
There’s also a luxury stay and spa package which VIVA loves the look of. Enjoy a tranquil stay for two in a premium room at the heart of the city.
The voucher includes a 30-minute relaxing massage and a 20-minute facial for two people, and breakfast (cannot be used alongside MUM19 discount).
Cazcabel launches Mother’s Day cocktail
If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day at home, then this new cocktail recipe maybe just the thing to get the party started and make your mum’s day!
Cazcabel’s Mother’s Day Paloma recipe needs 50ml of Cazcabel Blanco the same quantity of grapefruit juice, 25ml lime juice, 10ml Agave syrup and soda to top up. To make it, add everything but soda to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice, top with soda and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.
Cazcabel has recently been named the UK’s best selling 100% agave tequila, and is fast becoming a world-leading tequila brand that’s stocked in some of the world’s favourite bars, restaurants and retailers. What’s more, Cazcabel Blanco is crafted in the highlands of the Jalisco mountains by the Vazquez family, who have overseen agave production within the region for four generations, making this tequila a failsafe purchase for Mothering Sunday.
Known for its high quality, seven-year-old, Blue Weber agave and its unique flavour expressions. 100% Agave Cazcabel Blanco is also the perfect tequila for margaritas, from the spicy and piquant, to the full and fruity.
Following the launch of the Cazcabel Margarita Week last month, they also revealed some of their favourite Marg recipes.
Simple to make at home, but impressive enough to wow all your friends at a party, one of VIVA’s favourites includes the Tommy’s Margarita, a combination of Cazcabel Blanco, fresh lime juice and agave syrup, and the Spicy Margarita; a combination of Cazcabel Blanco, fresh lime juice, cucumber syrup and Jalapeno chilli.
For further information visit and follow Cazcabel.com @cazcabeltequila. Cazcabel Blanco Tequila RRP: £25.99 for 70cl (ABV 38%). Available from Amazon, Marks & Spencer’s and Master of Malt.
Music and beauty workshops at the Trafford Centre
There’s lots in store at the Trafford Centre on Mothering Sunday. Enjoy live music from an electric violinist whilst you shop.
Treat your mum to a luxury hand and arm massage and free tailored samples at Lush’s exclusive pop-up or join Selfridge for beauty and fragrance workshops from DIOR, Kiehl’s and Estee Lauder, before tucking into a delicious meal at favourites including The Real Greek, Franco Manca and Bill’s.
TGI Fridays are even offering a complimentary glass of fizz for mum with an adult’s main meal, when signed up to its Stripes Rewards scheme.
Bongo’s Bingo has revealed its April dates coming up at The Albert Hall
As the clocks go forward and the temperature starts to rise, spring is truly celebrated with a run of magic and mayhem-infused nights throughout the month at the iconic Manchester venue.
The original and defining bingo rave phenomenon continues to grow, with dates selling out weeks and months ahead. As a proud leader of the UK’s experience economy, Bongo’s Bingo mixes evenings of traditional bingo augmented with all kinds of contemporary chaos from start to finish. Players unite in a wild social extravaganza of competitive socialising and April’s shows include some matinee madness taking place in the afternoon.
The dates are: Sunday 2nd (day), Thursday 13th, Sunday 16th (day), Friday 21st, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th April and Sunday 30th April (day).
The Green Lab launches new brunch menu with 40% off in March
The Green Lab Pancakes
The Green Lab has launched a new brunch menu with 40% off in March. The healthy eatery on Dale Street in the Northern Quarter has revamped its delicious dishes and on the new menu is the Golden Turkish Eggs, a plate of delicious free range poached eggs, gold yogurt, chilli and paprika oil, hazelnut dukkah, carrot radish salad, orange dressing, and pita.
The Green Shakshuka is not to be missed, with free ranged baked eggs, crumbled feta, coriander, spiced crushed chickpeas and served with pita. Brunch favourites including the adored Acai Bowl, as well as the TGL Full English and Veggie Brekkie have all had a Spring upgrade to accompany the new menu.
To redeem the 40% Off, customers will need to sign up on online or a QR code provided, and show The Green Lab staff the completed forms.
The Met unveils spring programme
Based in Bury, The Met has launched its spring productions of comedy, music and family shows with a line-up that includes Justin Moorhouse: Stretch and Think (Fri 24 Mar), Justin Moorhouse returns to one of his favourite haunts – still funny, yet middle aged!
They are also asking for help with the ‘Support The Met’ campaign. As a charity, The Met relies on donations to ensure the delivery of brilliant projects designed to uplift, entertain and inspire audiences, and it is only through this continued support that The Met will be able to continue delivering world class entertainment, right in the heart of Bury. To find out more about supporting the work of The Met by donating as little as £5 per month.