Manchester Arndale Celebrates The School Year

Back-to-school is a nebulous time for students. School isn’t quite real yet, and those last days of summer linger (though not quite long enough). Then the school year starts, and suddenly it’s a reality that has to be faced: summer is over. It’s not all bad, though. School has its good points, and there are places like Manchester Arndale where people are willing to dedicate time to making the return to the school year into a positive experience. Maybe even a little fun.

To kick off the school year and welcome new students into the fold, the shopping center is throwing its big annual bash, The Great Student Giveaway, the evening of October 4. It’s an evening of music, entertainment and deals, and it’s a great way to welcome the new year.

This year’s attractions include Radio 1 personality Aled Haydn Jones, who will be DJing for the evening. Girl band Parade, The Mend (fresh off X Factor), and singer/songwriter Britt Love will provide entertainment. MTV’s Jon Franks will be the evening’s celebrity MC.

Retailers will be offering students discounts of up to 30%, and there will be free McDonald’s food vouchers and goodie bags galore to pick up. On top of all that, the first 1000 students to register for the night will get a free £5 gift card to spend.

Glen Barkworth, general manager at Manchester Arndale, said: “We have everything all under one roof here at Manchester Arndale so we are one of the best places to get to know if you are a student living and studying in Manchester. The Great Student Giveaway is a fantastic evening which brings together the very best of music and great offers and we have hundreds of big brands with many retailers providing exclusive student discounts and offers on the night. We have also produced a quirky, handy foldable student map which is being handed out during Freshers’ Week in partnership with unirider, affordable student bus travel, […] and they are a great introduction to our fabulous city.”

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