There’s no denying that Coronation Street has seen its fair share of sensational Christmases, and lovers of the cult TV classic can treat themselves this festive season with the ultimate fan trip: a behind the scenes tour of Weatherfield complete with snow-covered cobbled streets and carolling.
We sent a Corrie first timer to experience the magic of the Quay Street set first hand and to report back on the winter wonderland that is Christmas on the Cobbles.
A sneak peek at Coronation Street The Tour
In a few words, the tour was truly magical. I’m getting ahead of myself a little but Christmas on the Cobbles is going to be a hit…if there are still tickets available for Christmas, that is, as I’m sure that fans of this soap classic will make sure that every last ticket is snapped up in no time.
I arrived at the venue with, I should confess, very little knowledge of the show. I don’t watch a great deal of television but I do have a genuine interest on how television is made. This tour is uniquely placed to show visitors the set of Coronation Street as well as allowing those interested in the mechanics of TV production to appreciate what goes into making a truly authentic set.
I experienced my enchanting, whistle-stop tour of Coronation Street on a typically chilly and damp Mancunian morning.
First stop, the Rovers Return Inn, a place where so much drama has played out over the decades, and, despite my ignorance, it was hard not to appreciate the gravitas of this pub. The attention to detail, from the set dressing for Christmas to the scattering of historic Coronation Street props was incredible.
After the Rovers it was a tour of a factory and a chance to reminisce about all of the weddings and funerals that The Street has seen over the years. If I’m honest, I wouldn’t want to spoil this for anyone who’s not already been by going into too much detail about what you’ll see and experience and, truthfully, I had no idea that I’d enjoy it all as much as I did.
One of the best bits of the tour was the end. Once out on the historic Coronation Street cobble stones, the sense of Christmas really hits home as the special effects team works their magic to add a touch of sparkle and fake snow to make you feel like Christmas really has arrived.
Get tickets to Christmas on the Cobbles now. The seasonal experience runs until 11 January 2015.