Inside the Trafford Centre's much-missed attraction which was replaced by John Lewis
Having recently celebrated its 25th birthday, the Trafford Centre has changed remarkably since it first opened.
We recently looked back at lost eateries of The Orient food court, and also reminisced on the Trafford Centre's fondly remembered Rainforest Cafe. The cafe was an Amazon-inspired attraction that was part theme park, part restaurant.
It housed tropical foliage and delighted diners with a talking tree, trumpeting elephants and chest beating gorillas. But there is another area of the shopping complex that people wish hadn't disappeared - the Festival Village.
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Situated at the end of Peel Avenue, this market-themed area was home to all kinds of quirky stalls from independent traders - including its own resident fortune teller. Some of the village's most popular stalls included Pink Parrot, Sock Shop and the Beanie Baby stall.
Festival Village was the perfect place if you ever needed a break from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the main centre while still doing a bit of shopping.
Forget the designer name brands, the village was about the curiosities beyond the high street's big names. Even before the Trafford Centre opened, there was anticipation as to what the Festival Village was going to contain.
A story in the Manchester Evening News published a year before the shopping and leisure complex opened, reported: "Bazaars and boutiques will line up alongside big name stores at the Trafford Centre in Dumplington.
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"The 35,000 square foot Festival Village will be dedicated to smaller shops and kiosks for both national and niche retailers. Bosses at