Manchester rolls out the red carpet for celebrity fox and star of Winter Wonderland 2016

A foxy celebrity was given the star treatment during a visit to Manchester last Friday.

The original fox on the box, TV star Basil Brush came over to the city to promote his show at this year’s Winter Wonderland Manchester.

He invited Manchester’s leading media moguls up to his hotel suite at the Townhouse Hotel Manchester on Portland Street where he entertained them with his showbiz tales and gave them a glimpse of what families can look forward to at his show at Winter Wonderland 2016.

Pip from “Pip Ahoy”

The loveable rogue was joined by cuddly young pup Pip – star of Children’s TV Series Pip Ahoy! On Channel 5’s Milkshake who will be transforming part of Winter Wonderland into Salty Cove with his very own beach!

Shaking a paw with the local press, Basil revealed how excited he was to be back in Manchester. He exclaimed: “I like Manchester very much although it rains a lot and I get my brush wet but I love the trams!”

And he was certainly given the red carpet treatment at the Townhouse Hotel Manchester where he was given his own hotel suite. He said: “I feel like a movie star – Michael J Fox or Tom Cruise perhaps – I’m certainly short enough to play him! Have you seen my film Lock Fox and Two Smoking Barrels?”

Having burst onto our TV screens in 1963, Basil has been entertaining families for over 50 years and is no stranger to mingling with the showbiz elite – ABBA, ELO, Cilla Black, Christopher Biggins – he’s brushed paws with them all – and even entertained Prince William and Harry at Buckingham Palace when they were little boys!

Plus, earlier this year Basil was spotted partying with Jo Whiley and Adele at the Glastonbury Festival!

But even though Basil is a bit of an old timer, he has kept his cub-like looks. “I’m like Madonna. I keep reinventing myself,” admitted the cunning fox. “Everyone thinks I’ve had Botox!”

Basil is very much looking forward to being the star attraction of Winter Wonderland this year which takes place from Saturday, 10th December 2016 to Monday, 1st January 2017 at EventCity next to the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester.

Manchester’s biggest Indoor Christmas attraction, EventCity will be transformed in to an unbelievable wonderland extravaganza.

Basil is bringing his Full on Fox show which he has been touring the UK with this year. Come and see naughty uncontrollable Basil, along with his chum Mr Mattwho will together take you on a journey of laughter and song, in a show packed with fun and excitement. A show for all the family, come and join in the mayhem.

He explained: “I’m looking forward to bringing my show to Winter Wonderland and hearing the boys and girls shouting ‘boom boom’ very loudly. They can also join me on stage and win a prize.

“But it’s not just for the boys and girls – there’s plenty of jokes for the mums and dads, nudge nudge, wink wink…! It’s a 4D experience – you may get very wet!”

Winner of the Best Family Day Out at the Raring 2 Go Awards 2015, Winter Wonderland Manchester 2016 offers a dazzling array of colourful shows including an exciting new addition for 2016 – a Christmas pantomime – Cinderella, a brand new Sci-Fi show and spectacularChristmas Circus.

But Basil is mostly looking forward to the theme park rides. There will be over 50 family rides and attractions all under one roof – including new rides for 2016 featuring a giant carousel, and all included in one ticket price.

And of course, Christmas would not be complete without visiting Santa Claus. And this year, Santa is inviting all the children to come and visit him in his house which he has transported all the way from the North Pole! You can walk through all his rooms including his bedroom where he swaps his red suit for his PJs! And for an extra £3.50 he will throw in a little gift too! Don’t forget to stop and say hi to the real reindeer, not forgetting Rudolph of course!

Plus, if you are still pining for the summer, make your way over to Salty Cove and build a sandcastle with Pip from Pip Ahoy! or take a break and relax in a deck chair on the promenade.


There will also be a whole host of games stalls and a vast array of food and drinks stalls to purchase refreshments including hot snacks and sweet treats.

Winter Wonderland are proud to announce their event partners for 2016 will be Manchester radio stations Key 103 and Smooth Radio 97-108.

Ticket sales for this fabulous festive event are up by 279% on last year, so organisers Kingpin Events are urging families to book now to make sure they don’t miss out on this magical festive family adventure and to ensure they secure tickets for their preferred date.

Group, family and individual tickets are on sale now and the event is now offering VIP corporate packages for companies who are looking to treat staff and their families to an extra special Christmas day out!

Winter Wonderland operates on a session basis to ensure visitors can enjoy the experience without overcrowding offering families four hours of non-stop fun and entertainment.

So Basil will be performing his show throughout the day and is looking forward to a well-deserved day off on Christmas day!

He said: “On Christmas day, I’ll be enjoying my day off with a Good King Wenceslas pizza and a Jacuzzi. I’m going to eat a can of baked beans and let nature take its course…!”

And all Basil wants for Christmas…? “Apart from peace and goodwill to all men, I’d like a jar of jelly babies!” said Basil. “BOOM BOOM!”

So don’t miss the Christmas event of the year at EventCity from 10 December 2016 – 1st January 2017

Tickets are £19.50 for children and adults, OAPs £14 and under threes FREE. Family tickets are available for £64. (booking fees apply).

To book tickets visit

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