We have teamed up with Virgin Trains to give a lucky reader the chance to win a trip for two to Manchester.

Enjoy a city break with Virgin trains, Malmaison, The Alchemist and Bali Spa and Lounge. We’ve come together to give you the very best in travel, pampering, dining out and of course, service.

Get to Manchester in the quickest, most comfortable, most stylish way possible, feeling refreshed and ready for a fun-filled weekend in the city! Get from any Virgin Trains station on our network, make a quick change at Crewe and go direct to Manchester, enjoying food, drink, and first class service all the way.

Upon arrival into the heart of Manchester, head to Malmaison Hotel and settle in for your two night stay in the beautiful boutique surroundings. You have the whole two days to explore the city and all it has to offer - Manchester has something for everyone!

As part of your stay we are offering you a £50 voucher for dinner at the unique and stylish The Alchemist, where you can enjoy great food and a complimentary bottle. Our lucky winner will also be treated to a rejuvenating Spring Spa package at the Bali Spa and Lounge; where treatments are designed to help you escape from the stresses of urban life.

Return home with Virgin Trains, feeling satisfied and happy after a great trip! We want to make your experience the best it can be, so let us look after the journey and the destination will look after itself!

Travelling by train needn’t cost the earth, for the best fares be sure to book in advance.

For the chance to win this fantastic prize, simply fill in the entry form with your answer and contact details. Entries close 9am Tuesday 27 May 2014. Terms and conditions apply, please see full list below.

 

Virgin Trains:

Travel to your destination in style with Virgin Trains and arrive feeling great without the stresses of traffic jams and check-ins! We care about your experience, we want it to be as enjoyable, as fast and as comfortable as possible, meaning you get to your destination looking and feeling your best, ready to start your fun filled weekend!

Plus travelling by train needn’t cost the earth - for the best fares be sure to book as far in advance as possible, be flexible with your timings and avoid busy peak times like Friday evenings. And hurry – the cheapest tickets get snapped up quickly. Let Virgin Trains look after the journey, and you can sit back and relax...

For the lowest fares book in advance at www.virgintrains.com

Malmaison:

From our iconic buildings to the iconic dishes on our Brasserie menu, we dare to be different from other UK hotels. Our exciting city centre hotels put our guests at the heart of the action, whether they’re visiting for business or pleasure. Malmaison is here to cater for those who demand something different – people who are looking for a stylish stay, daring dining or an impressive events menu.

For more information go online to: https://www.malmaison.com

The Alchemist :

The Alchemist Spinningfields first opened its doors in December 2011 and offers everything The Alchemist are renowned for – excellent service, innovative cocktails and great food. The Alchemists cocktail creations are carefully crafted using a variety of molecular drink-making techniques to surprise, battle and confound your taste buds in a most pleasant manner. Consistent classics combined with Alchemist twists, vintage sharing kettles and potions to share are all lovingly created by the clever cocktail Alchemists.

For more information go online to: http://thealchemist.uk.com

Bali Health Lounge :

Bloom this Spring with Bali Spring Spa packages - Spring is here.

Throw out those winter blues and get ready for this beautiful season, with our two Spring Spa Packages to soothe and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Forget all your worries with the Spring Rejuvenation Package or experience the wonderful tropical treat with the Spring Detox Package. Bali Health Lounge is a Day spa with an innovative relaxation lounge and tea house. Housed inside the ornate 5-storey Victorian building in the Manchester city centre lies a hidden portal to Bali designated for your escape from the stresses of urban living.

For more information go online to: http://www.balihealthlounge.com/bali-spring-packages-2014/

Competition T&Cs

This competition is syndicated between Chester Chronicle, Ellesmere Port Pioneer, Daily Post, North Wales Weekly News, Holyhead & Bangor Mail and Caernarfon Herald.

  1. This promotion is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over except employees  of Virgin Trains and their families, affiliated companies, suppliers, agents and anyone professionally associated with the promotion.
  2. The competition will start at on Friday 16 May 2014 and ends at 9am on Tuesday 27 May 2014.
  3. Travel dates and times are subject to availability.
  4. No purchase necessary.
  5. Only one entry is permitted per person.
  6. All correct entries will go into a draw and one winner will be selected at random under independent supervision and notified by email within 48hours of the closing date. One main winner will be selected; the winner will receive the following:  Two night stay for two at the Malmaison hotel, a £50 voucher for The Alchemist, a spa package for two worth £158 at the Bali Spa and Lounge and a return journey on Virgin Trains.
  7. There are no cash or other alternative prizes.
  8. Prize excludes food, drink, taxis, additional transport other than on a Virgin Train to and From London and any associated costs and expenses (unless otherwise specified).
  9. Virgin Trains cannot accept any responsibility for any loss or damage howsoever caused as a consequence of participation in this competition.
  10. By entering, the winners agree to participate in any reasonable publicity that the Promoter may require.
  11. For standard competition rules, head to www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/rules

The Alchemist T&C’s:

  1. This voucher is valid at all times, except Saturdays and special promotional evenings such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Mothering Sunday.
  2. This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with another promotion.
  3. This voucher can only be used in The Alchemist, Spinningfields.
  4. This voucher is valid for 6 months from 01.05.2014.

Bali Health Lounge T&C’s:

1. Prize is subject to availability.

2. The prize must be selected from the Spring Rejuvenation Package or Spring Detox Package http://www.balihealthlounge.com/bali-spring-packages-2014/

Malmaison Hotel T&C’s:

1. Booking subject to availability.

2. The competition winner is entitled to a 2 night stay at Manchester Malmaison, one double room.

3. No cash alternative available for this prize.

4. This prize is non transferable.

5. Bed and breakfast is included, any additional costs to be paid by the guests.

6. Booking to be made via Virgin Trains.