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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! is Chris Payne’s family-friendly blog. Here you will find articles on great stuff to do with the kids, along with sumptuous pics by Chris, Northern Soul’s Head Photographer.

Review: The Winter Gathering, London Road Fire Station, Manchester

November 18, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Winter Gathering, London Road Fire Station, Manchester

I have to be honest. I had my doubts about The Winter Gathering at Manchester’s London Road Fire Station. Too cool for school? Or was it going to be all overpriced sausages and tinsel-tinged knick-knacks? I needn’t have worried.

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Orca trip by Chris Payne

Where’s Whaley? From Manchester to North Shields to Amsterdam – and back again

October 23, 2016 Comments Off on Where’s Whaley? From Manchester to North Shields to Amsterdam – and back again

As a young boy visiting my grandparents in Perthshire, I was told the story of a white rabbit which supposedly lived wild in a small glen just outside Gleneagles.

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Photo Gallery: Sea Life Manchester

March 3, 2016 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Sea Life Manchester

Fishy fun! Here for your enjoyment is a photo gallery of Sea Life Manchester by Northern Soul‘s Head Photographer, Chris Payne.

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The Flying Scotsman by Chris Payne

All aboard! Riding the rails on The Flying Scotsman

January 14, 2016 Comments Off on All aboard! Riding the rails on The Flying Scotsman

Ah, the golden age of steam. This phrase brings to mind the glorious engines that once choo-chooed across Britain.

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Mark Radcliffe

Review and Photo Gallery: Just So Festival 2015, Cheshire

September 3, 2015 Comments Off on Review and Photo Gallery: Just So Festival 2015, Cheshire

Now in it’s sixth year, Just So Festival returned like a Lewis Carroll Brigadoon and once again delivered a magical family experience.

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Manchester Day by Chris Payne

Photo Gallery: Manchester Day 2015

June 17, 2015 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Manchester Day 2015

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to celebrate all things Manchester for the sixth Manchester Day celebration and its theme – GAME ON – on Sunday.

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Richard Jupp of Elbow at Phones 4u Arena Manchester

Elbow’s Rick Jupp on drumming, heroes and paradiddles

February 4, 2015 Comments Off on Elbow’s Rick Jupp on drumming, heroes and paradiddles

When I grow up I want to be a….rock drummer.

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Slava's Snow Show

Review: Slava’s Snowshow at The Lowry

December 18, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Slava’s Snowshow at The Lowry

In 1997 I was told to beg, borrow or steal a ticket to see something called Slava’s Snowshow at Glasgow’s Kings Theatre. Never mind that it was mid-July and 80 degrees outside, I would be a fool to miss this. Apparently.

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John Hegley

John Hegley on Bus Conductors, Barbers and Potatoes

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on John Hegley on Bus Conductors, Barbers and Potatoes

I saw John Hegley at Just So Festival in August this year, performing to a crowd of parents and young children. It had the potential to be a difficult gig.

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Gruffalo following Mouse

Review: The Gruffalo LIVE – with the Northern Sinfonia

November 14, 2014 Comments Off on Review: The Gruffalo LIVE – with the Northern Sinfonia

There can’t be many parents who haven’t read Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo to their child at least 30 times.

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