Banker’s draft on of­fer at new £1m pub ven­ture

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By EMMA GILL @Ci­tyLifeManc By PA­TRICK JACK and EMILY HEWARD @Ci­tyLifeManc

THE much-loved tales of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog will be com­ing to life in a new ex­hi­bi­tion.

The event is com­ing to Z-arts in Manch­ester and fol­lows the suc­cess of A World In­side A Book – the event fo­cus­ing on the work of au­thor Ju­lia Don­ald­son and il­lus­tra­tor Axel Sch­ef­fler.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Ad­ven­tures of Mog the For­get­ful Cat will open in Fe­bru­ary 2020, fea­tur­ing work from 14 of Ju­dith’s trea­sured books.

An in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion, it prom­ises to ‘en­chant gen­er­a­tions of read­ers’, many of whom de­lighted in the new TV adap­ta­tion of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which aired on Christ­mas Eve.

Z-arts, in Hulme, is the only venue out­side of Lon­don to host the ex­hi­bi­tion, de­signed and cre­ated by Dis­cover Chil­dren’s Story Cen­tre, Strat­ford. Chil­dren and their grown-ups will get the chance to in­ves­ti­gate and ex­plore the dif­fer­ent worlds of Mog and the tiger, be­fore tak­ing part in arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties.

They’ll be able to join the tiger for tea and hear the tale of his sur­prise visit to So­phie and her mum.

Then open the door and take a trip into the real-life world of Mog the For­get­ful Cat – crawl through a

A LAND­MARK bank is be­ing trans­formed into a pub, with pri­vate seat­ing ar­eas in the vaults.

Am­ber Tav­erns is plough­ing £1m into the re­de­vel­op­ment of the grade II listed for­mer Royal Bank of Scot­land build­ing on The Butts in Rochdale.

The branch closed over a year ago and was left in a state of dis­re­pair af­ter be­ing van­dalised and tar­geted by thieves.

Now it’s about to get a new lease of life as part of the pub com­pany’s Hog­a­rths chain. Plans to change the build­ing into a bar on the ground floor and a three-bed flat on the first gi­ant cat flap and find Mog’s fam­ily house.

Lit­tle ones will also be able to look for the hid­den eggs for Mog’s break­fast, ex­plore her gar­den, pick up gro­ceries at Mog’s lo­cal shops, set­tle down with a story at the book­shop, and help Mog and her friends get bet­ter dur­ing a trip to the vet.

The ex­pe­ri­ence is rec­om­mended floor were granted by Rochdale coun­cil last week.

The trans­for­ma­tion will see orig­i­nal fea­tures in­clud­ing its or­nate ceil­ing and cov­ing pre­served, while the for­mer bank vaults will be turned into pri­vate seat­ing ar­eas.

A ‘huge’ beer gar­den is also set to be added at the back of the build­ing.

The bar will serve more than 100 types of gin along­side cask ales, beers and wines.

Sam Fran­k­land, prop­erty di­rec­tor at Am­ber tav­erns, said: “This is a first class build­ing in a great lo­ca­tion, so we were very keen to get our hands on it.

“We were at­tracted to Rochdale be­cause of all the in­vest­ment go­ing on with the new shop­ping and leisure for chil­dren up to eight.

It’s the UK’s first im­mer­sive ex­hi­bi­tion of the work of Ju­dith Kerr, cre­ated by Dis­cover Chil­dren’s Story Cen­tre and sup­ported by Harper Collins and Kerr-Kneale Pro­duc­tions Ltd.

Saskia Met­calf, cre­ative de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Z-arts, said: “Af­ter the roar­ing suc­cess of A World In­side A Book, we’re de­lighted to be team­ing up with Dis­cover again to bring an amaz­ing new ex­hi­bi­tion.

“We’re ex­cited to see fam­i­lies and chil­dren en­joy their favourite books in a whole new way, and hope The Tiger Who Came to Tea and The Ad­ven­tures of Mog the For­get­ful Cat will build on the bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence fam­i­lies from all over the north west have at Z-arts.”

As with the pre­vi­ous Don­ald­son ex­hi­bi­tion, birth­day par­ties will be avail­able to book ev­ery Satur­day while the event is run­ning, and school vis­its can also be ar­ranged.

Fol­low­ing a launch week­end across Fe­bru­ary 8 and 9, the ex­hi­bi­tion opens on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 14, and is on un­til De­cem­ber 2020.

Tick­ets cost £8 and can be booked on­line.

We’ve launched our Manch­ester Fam­ily news­let­ter, bring­ing you all the lat­est fam­ily sto­ries and events straight to your email ad­dress once a week. Go to manch­estereveni­ngnews.co.uk for more. de­vel­op­ment.

“The night time econ­omy is also re­ally build­ing up in this area and the coun­cil clearly un­der­stands the im­por­tance of that.”

Coun Allen Brett, leader of Rochdale coun­cil, said: “It’s great to see a com­pany in­vest­ing so heav­ily in such a his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant build­ing, which has stood proud in Rochdale town cen­tre for over 200 years.

“The fact that Am­ber Tav­erns has made such a com­mit­ment to the town shows how much spe­cial Rochdale is and how much it has to of­fer to in­vestors.

“Rochdale is known far and wide for its stun­ning her­itage and we’re proud to see so much of it com­ing back to life, ready to play a role in our fu­ture, as well as our past.

“This new busi­ness will be another fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to our night-time of­fer and I can’t wait to see it open.”

The new Hog­a­rth’s is due to open next year, with open­ing hours from 10am to mid­night Mon­day to Thurs­day and Sun­day, and 10am to 1.30am on Fri­day and Satur­day.

The Tiger is com­ing to Manch­ester for tea... and, left, Mog the For­get­ful Cat will join the fun

The Royal Bank of Scot­land is be­ing turned into a pub

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