Manchester’s Victoria Baths

2 May

Last night, The Fabulous Time’s Christine Macaulay and I attended a special event thrown by Google at Victoria Baths, to launch their new Google City Experts feature via Google +

City Experts offers active Google + users the opportunity to review their favourite local places for art, music, fun and food in their city. Their contribution is then added to Google Maps, and visible for all to see. As an incentive to leave lots of reviews, users are invited to special events by Google and given special gifts and treats. You can sign up to Google City Expert here.

This stunning launch event included food and drinks from Barnhouse Bistro,  delicious ice creams by Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, free sweeties buffet by Swizzles Matlow, a super fun silent disco, exclusive set from Hacienda DJ Greg Wilson, and lots of great Google themed activities to take part including a photo wall with fancy dress items, a Manchester City quiz (not cheating by Google-ing the answers of course!), and a City Experts real time map in the pool!

The venue choice for this event was spot on. Victoria Baths were built in 1906, and at the time cost around £60,000 to build – the equivalent of £3.5 million today! The facility consists of a men’s pool (the main room), a sports room and a women’s pool (the smaller pool). In 1952 the first ever jacuzzi in the UK was added to their list of facilities. The baths closed in 1993 in dire need of restoration and remained closed until in 2003, the baths won funding via a BBC restoration programme and awarded £3.4 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring the building back to it’s original glory. The blue changing booths around the edges of the main pool room are beautiful, and hang with authentic red and white striped material – the whole venue has a beautiful air to it.

Now, Victoria Baths is in spectacular condition and lots of it’s original features remain. The baths are available as a venue for weddings, special events (such as Google’s City Experts), club nights and much more – information on venue hire is available here. It is stunning inside, and out!

Thanks Google City Experts for a great night out! And fantastic choice of venue!

And a huge thank you to The Fabulous Times for letting me use some of her photography 🙂 visit her review of the Google City Experts event here!

 

 

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One Response to “Manchester’s Victoria Baths”

  1. Carly Barantini May 25, 2016 at 8:17 am #

    Hi,

    Do you have a contact email? I would to send you some information about a fantastic innovative new photo booth brand new to the events industry!

    Best wishes

    Carly Barantini

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