A winter wonderland with urban attitude, a place where the surreal meets the sublime, Christmas cheer meets nano-brewed beer, and the darkest of spaces are given the brightest of touches all under the moody Mancunian Way…welcome to Urban Narnia at Hatch
Urban Narnia, Manchester’s extraordinary new Christmas destination at Hatch on Oxford Road is now open. Having launched on 15th November in spectacular style with performances from Urban Narnia characters like The Snow Queen and Tumnus and the Fabulous Fauns, there’s bags of festive fun in store from now until 20th December as the city’s most exciting Christmas hideaway has transformed the urban landscape beneath the Mancunian Way.
Hatch on Oxford Road has doubled in size and has been transformed into an urban winter wonderland complete with festive trees, snow flake festoon, twinkly lights, heaters, a stage and a fabulous array of food, drink and Christmas shopping.
Urban Narnia is a fabulous place to eat, drink, shop dance and hang out this Christmas featuring food, drink and shopping from the likes of…
Electrik Box is the distilled and perfectly formed pop and drop version of South Manchester institution Electrik Bar.
The double decker bar is adorned with the original “E” blown off Manchester Arndale in the 1996 IRA bomb. It’s been reclaimed by owner Luke Unabomber from 23 years in storage and now sits atop this excellent new addition to Hatch.
Electrik Box is at the gateway to the Urban Narnia 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. This is your new winter drinking den with Manchester at its heart and soul.
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.
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 are 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.
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.
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.
The full Urban Narnia events line up is as follows…
Izzie Walsh will curate the last of her popular 2018 open mic nights, bringing 10 new acts to the Hatch stage.
The String Beans Party Band will start your Saturday night off right! This wicked swing group who can often be found rocking the Albert Schloss stage will be wowing Urban Narnia with their amazing covers.
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!
Hatch’s resident independent record label and vinyl shop Stutter & Twitch take to the decks all night long.
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).
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).
Hatch’s first birthday party! With live music from Manchester born and raised Joshua Goddard duo.
Santa Paws from Betty & Butch.
Time to bring your pooch down for their first Santa 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!
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.