DIPPY… The UK’s most famous diplodocus is on tour and is set for Rochdale in February 2020 as its only North West stop. Over 36,000 tickets have already been snapped up to see Dippy at Rochdale’s Number One Riverside between 10 February and 28 June, but can you face up to the Natural History Museum’s most famous herbivore? Or too scared he’ll steal your salad? Book tickets:

BROADCAST… Podcast fans on the lookout for a property themed series might be interested in developer Glenbrook’s contribution to the genre – available on all your usual podcast providers. Three episodes in, host Chris Lloyd has so far interviewed LSH office agent Andrew Gardiner, food franchisee Des Pheby and our own Paul Unger, publisher of Place North West. Perfect for the commute home tonight.

Allerton Oak Liverpool Trees Twitter

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UNBELEAFABLE… The North isn’t known for its trees, especially in its major cities, but this year the Allerton Oak in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park was crowned England’s tree of the year. According to myth, the tree was a meeting place for a medieval court, and contains a splendid crack running through its middle after a gunpowder ship exploded at the nearby dock in the 19th century. The tree has outlived and outlasted all of that, which should at least provide you with the motivation you need to get through your Friday afternoon.

Manchester Monsters 2019

SPOOKY… If you haven’t realised, the first of October brought with it the honorary spooky season of Halloween and Manchester’s got into the spirits with an invasion of monsters across the city centre. The inflatable creatures and crawlers are positioned throughout the city, but most notably on the Arndale Centre and House of Fraser. Let’s hope they don’t bite…

Blackpool Gaia

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GAIA… Celestial bodies have fascinated humanity since before recorded history, so it makes sense that even in the 21st century we still look to the bigger picture. Luke Jerram’s Gaia, a replica Earth, has been installed in Blackpool’s Tower ballroom as part of the town’s festival of visual arts; Lightpool. You’d best be quick to see our planet suspended from the ceiling however as the festival runs until 26 October, but THING has a feeling we’ll be seeing her again soon.

Dig At The Dock

SCRATCH… Vinyl’s resurgence hasn’t gone unnoticed, and now Liverpool’s Dig Vinyl is launching a six-month pop-up at Royal Albert Dock to the delight of retro-music fans in the North West and beyond. The second-hand record shop will fit in with the mix of independent retailers at the dock such as Maray, The Nest and Lost Soles.

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