Urban Narnia, Manchester’s extraordinary new Christmas destination at Hatch on Oxford Road, launches on Thursday 15th November and there’s an incredible free opening party planned! Urban Narnia will see Hatch more than double in size and transform into an urban winter wonderland complete with twinkly lights, a new stage, blankets and a stage.
The Urban Narnia events programme kicks off from 6pm on Thursday 15th November with an incredible night of fun. Starring The Snow Queen, Fantastic Fauns and Mr Tumnus, Danielle Moore of Crazy P fame will be on the decks, Jenna and the Gs will be putting on a live performance…and Beefeater Gin will be brewing up free hot gin punch cocktails for the first 200 guests to arrive! Forget mulled wine, this is Christmas for the curious, and hot mulled gin (and sake!) is the order of the day. Guests will also be able to check out the new collective of retailers, street food brands and bars who’ve joined the lineup…
For all your clothing and sneaker gifting needs… Sneaker & streetwear specialists Grafficks is a brand created ‘by the sneaker community for the sneaker community’. Check out independent and alternative brands from around the world such as Karhu, Carrots, Chinatown Market, Clear Weather, Diadora, Felt USA, Good News, Hummel, K-Swiss, KangaROOs, Karhu, Minimum, WeMoto, Rare Panther, Russell Athletic, Saucony, The Hundreds, The Quiet Life, X-Large and many more.
Stutter & Twitch
Former Hatch resident and independent record label Stutter and Twitch are back in the fold hosting their own Pop Up Record Shop to answer all your vinyl Christmas wishes. They’re also helping to curate a live music programme throughout Urban Narnia, and you’ll find them on the decks on Saturday 1st December.
Anyone who’s been to Hatch’s own-label jewellery and branded Nordic lifestyle collective will know it’s the perfect place to pick up a bespoke and beautiful Christmas gift at a super affordable price.
Having recently opened up their first shop at Hatch’s sister-venue Afflecks, Friking UK is bringing a second city centre offering of clothing and merchandise to Hatch with designs aimed at pop/geek/gaming/anime culture.
Original art and limited editions from the acclaimed British illustrator and cityscape artist Laura Jordan will be available at Hatch in her first gallery outside of London! https://www.laurajordan.com/
Betty & Butch
Manchester’s only dedicated Doggie Christmas Shop will be hosted at Urban Narnia by Betty & Butch, bringing an array of festive gift ideas for pooches and their owners. Famed as the UK’s best dog store (and winner of Pet Store of the Year) Betty & Butch are a bespoke boutique for pooches and purveyors of everything your doggie dreamed of including their own brand natural dog food, organic dog shampoo, toys, leads and lots of other fun things to help doggies live their best life! Betty & Butch will also be staging the city centre’s only Santa Paws experience - bring your hound along to see Santa Paws on December 15th and they’ll get their own Christmas present and that all important pic of them sat upon his knee!
Suzie Loves Mylo
Reworked and upcycled vintage clothing from around the globe will be brought to Urban Narnia via Suzie Loves Mylo who are hosting their own micro boutique at Hatch!
Lemonworld is a mobile pop up vintage clothing store in a renovated Commer Highwayman Camper that sells not only unique clothing but handmade and upcycled gift and home items. An adorable and perfectly placed festive shopping concept – only at Urban Narnia.
Established jewellery shop and Afflecks favourite Abacus will be popping up with an array of their hugely popular silver jewellery and body jewellery.
A magical urban Christmas venue wouldn’t be complete without Christmas trees, not just to admire but to buy too, so make way for the Urban Narnia Christmas Tree Shop by the city centre’s luxury florists – Venus. It will be the city’s new one-stop festive horticultural stop, hosting mini-masterclasses from Christmas tree decorating to wreath making workshops, as well as selling festive fir trees to complete your Christmas at home.
Electrik Box is the distilled and perfectly formed pop and drop version of South Manchester institution Electrik Bar.
At the gateway to the Hatch site and set over two floors with a large balcony overlooking Oxford Road, this double decker unit will be serving up draught & craft beer, a specially created Christmas cocktail, wines, mulled wines and ciders.
Independent street food heroes Cayuco produce fabulous, colourful, vibrant dishes inspired by Panama and wider South America. They’ll be bringing a ray of sunshine to the proceedings this Christmas with their beautiful freshly made tacos.
Sicilian brothers Riccardo and Romeo have returned to Hatch after their summer stint! These guys specialise in arancini of multiple varieties (with meat, fish and veggie options), juices made with Sicilian fruits and cannolos. The brothers are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face with their authentic, delicious arancini as well as their passion for Italian and Sicilian food and drink.
The Mac Shac
The Mac Shac are the masters of mac, serving up glorious, cheesy winter-warmer goodness by way of their gorgeous Mac n Cheese with various topping options.
Japanese Junk and Cottonopolis
Cottonopolis present a special yuletide version of their street food brand ‘Japanese Junk’. Their Pork Belly Bao with peanuts, mustard and pickles, Katsu Chicken Burgers, Wagyu Kuro Burger and super snacks like vegetable gyozas and prawn cracker nachos will all make for fabulous festive feasting. They’ll also be serving up a range of Christmas drinks with an Asian-inspired twist including a hot, mulled, spiced plum Sake. Hot Toddy and Hot Buttered Rum will provide more traditional festive cockle warmers and they’ll also be serving up wine, beers and G&Ts served with a range of homemade festive cordials.
Hatch stalwarts Takk will be keeping Christmas caffeinated via their nordic-inspired coffee bar and welcoming hang out space.
Ol Nano Brewery & Bar
Hatch’s nano brewery and keg bar Ol will be serving up the bar’s own beers brewed on site, allowing customers to drink it straight from source. As ever this will be complemented by the best local craft beers from around the northwest and organic wine from Love + Labour.
Following on from the launch party an immersive and diverse programme of events is scheduled throughout the rest of Urban Narnia with the site being brought to life with music, performances, parties (for kids and grown-ups alike) and a whole family of characters to meet including Mr Tumnus and the Fabulous Fauns. Highlights include:
On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November the launch weekender will continue in style with free live performances from The Exacters (heavy funk with a distinctly modern flavour) and The Italian Job (Manc-Scilian frontman leads quintet playing an eclectic mix of soul, funk, reggae, ska, blues and rock n roll).
21st November Izzie Walsh will curate the last of her popular 2018 open mic nights, bringing 10 new acts to the Hatch stage.
24th November Start your Saturday night off right with this wicked swing group who can often be found rocking the Albert Schloss stage with their amazing covers!
30th November Live music from Refried Beats who’ll be serving up tunes influenced by the music of South America, mixed with some of the chunkiest grooves that Manchester has to offer!
1st December Hatch’s resident independent record label and vinyl shop Stutter & Twitch take to the decks all night long.
6th December Urban Narnia will host Urban Lights - a night of ‘light graffiti’ and live DJs. Visit Hatch that night to participate in a very different live graffiti art project hosted by photographer Simon Buckley, creator of the acclaimed Not Quite Light project. All this will happen to the soundtrack of live DJ sets from Manchester legends James Holroyd (Begin) and Krysko (The Warehouse Project).
8th December the Playhouse Project is taking over Hatch for a festive family rave featuring Bad Santa and The Naughty Elves! Expect festive fun and merry mischief for all the family including Christmas crafts, face painting and a very special DJ set by L’il Fee (The Whip).
14th December Hatch’s first birthday party! With live music from Manchester born and raised Joshua Goddard duo.
15th December Santa Paws from Betty & Butch.
20th December Festive performances from the Cosmo Singers and a reappearance from ‘Mr Tumnus and the Fabulous Fauns’ will be a magical finale at the Mince Pie and Mulled Wine Mingle on the 20th December.
It all makes for a fantastically cool yule at Hatch.
Urban Narnia opens at 6pm on 15th November with the last event taking place on the 20th December.
Opening times vary – please check the Hatch website hatchmcr.com for details.