The Winter Gathering at London Road Fire Station

London Road Fire Station

The landmark Manchester building is launching a magical winter market with a real ice rink, street food stalls and bars

Manchester’s landmark London Road Fire Station building is to be transformed into a winter wonderland with its own ice skating rink in the run-up to Christmas.

The real ice rink will take over the courtyard outside the stunning Grade II listed building, along with street food stalls, bars and a market inside and out, when The Winter Gathering festival launches in November.

The space will also be home to a pop-up art gallery, while by night it will take on an after-hours party vibe with a programme of live music and DJ sets from internationally acclaimed acts to be announced.

The event is a collaboration between developer Allied London, London-based Elemental Events and creative production company The Halo Group.

Jay Ogugua, from Elemental Events, said: “London Road is the perfect venue to create a magical experience on the run-up to Christmas. The vibe of the place is already very special and we are building on this atmosphere to construct an incredible space for people to come and hang out in where they can eat, drink, skate and dance.”