Weatherfield's most famous dogs made an appearance at Coronation Street The Tour, in celebration of National Pet Month.
On Thursday 16th April, guests of the Tour were able to meet and have a picture taken with Chesney’s Great Dane Schmeichel, Maria’s Labrador Ozzy and the Barlow’s Border Terrier Eccles.
Both Ozzy and Eccles took a break from filming to pay a visit to the former Coronation Street set.
Schmeichel was played by four different Great Danes, the final animal actor to play the role was also called Schmeichel and was the grandson of Spike, the third dog to play Chesney’s beloved pet.
NEW TO THE TOUR: See what sets have been recently added
There are some exciting new additions to Coronation Street The Tour, including new sets and stories which will see The Kabin, return to the Quay Street studios.
Visitors now have the chance to see inside the famous newsagents which has been the centre of many dramatic, humorous and emotional scenes over the years.
Out on the cobbles a number of the exterior sets have also been opened up.
Visitors can now take a peek inside Websters’ Auto Centre which has been dressed to replicate Kev and Tyrone’s workshop.
Fans can also step into Prima Doner for a selfie in front of the counter and immerse themselves in the ultimate Corrie experience.
Coronation Street The Tour provides guests with a fifty minute guided tour which takes them behind the scenes of the television studio where Coronation Street was filmed for over fifty years.
The tour takes in the actor's green room, including dressing rooms belonging to some of the show’s longest standing cast members, into wardrobe to see iconic outfits and then into the studio where filming took place.
From there, guests can spend as long as they would like exploring the Street itself - nosing over the garden fences and posing for pics in front of the Rovers!
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Experience the magic of a Weatherfield Christmas with Coronation Street The Tour.
Visit the tour between November 22nd 2014 and January 11th 2015 to see the festive side of the Street, as the fairy lights twinkle on stunning Christmas trees, the houses are adorned with decorations and snow covered roof tops guarantee a white Christmas.
Expect plenty of treats and surprises, including Christmas carols and twilight tours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7pm.
Not only that, but throughout the twelve days leading up to the big day itself, 13th to 24th December, you'll be filled to the brim with yuletide cheer as visitors are serenaded by choirs, brass bands and singing groups.
Tickets to Christmas on the Cobbles are available at the standard price and can be booked now at ticketmaster.co.uk/coronationstreet
Coronation Street the Tour will stay open for a magical Christmas on the former Corrie cobbles at the old Quay Street site and beyond into 2015.
The site will close for a short period in November allowing operator Continuum to transform Weatherfield into a winter wonderland, complete with snow covered roof tops, a stunning Christmas tree on the cobbles, Christmas carols and other festive treats and surprises.
Coronation Street The Tour is welcoming back some familiar faces to the cobbles as Richard Hillman, Maureen Naylor and Reg Holdsworth return for special evening tours.
Throughout selected dates in September and October the former Coronation Street favourites will make a special appearance on the Street and visitors who book onto tours between 4pm and 6pm will be able to meet and have a picture taken with them.
Brian Capron - Thursday 18th September, 4pm to 6pm
Ken Morley - Thursday 25th September, 4pm to 6pm
Sherrie Hewson - Thursday 2nd October, 4pm to 6pm
Coronation Street’s most notorious serial killer, Richard 'Tricky Dicky' Hillman played by Brian Capron, will be returning to the scene of his many crimes on Thursday 18th September. Brian will be enthralling visitors with tales of his time on the Street and will be providing fantastic photo opportunities.
Loose Woman, Sherrie Hewson, who played Maureen Naylor on the show will be rounding off the series of special tours on Thursday 2nd October. She said:
"I can't wait to meet everyone, swap stories and gossip, maybe even tell a few forbidden secrets! I have such great memories and am so thrilled and proud to have worked on the most iconic show on Television.”
Sherrie’s on-screen husband Ken Morely will be visiting the cobbles on Thursday 25th September. Ken played the eccentric manager of Bettabuys, Reg Holdsworth. He said:
"I can’t wait to be back on the Street. So many great memories and some terrible ones! I’ll tell you all when I see you."
There are limited tickets available for the appearances and so those who would like to visit will have to be quick.
Coronation Street has seen over 102 eventful weddings in our 53 years, but last night, Monday 8th September, saw the first legal marriage as the newlyweds said their I do’s inside the Rovers Return at Coronation Street The Tour.
Paul Johnston and Andy Daniel from Islington, London became the first couple to marry at the former Coronation Street set after the attraction was granted a wedding licence in June. The ceremony was held inside the Rovers Return with the happy couple exchanging vows behind the bar in front of their loved ones.
I’m really happy that we have been able to give our families and friends such a truly memorable experience. We’ve also made soap history by having a wedding without a punch up!
Following the ceremony the wedding party shared a champagne toast inside the Rovers Return before taking advantage of the truly unique venue to get some memorable wedding photos. Paul and Andy then stepped through the doors of Nick’s Bistro to take their first steps as a married couple onto the cobbles of the nation’s Street.
For information on getting married at Coronation Street The Tour, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in visiting the set? Tickets for the tour are on sale now!
The summer holidays may be coming to a close, but as the nights draw in you can experience a different side to Coronation Street, with the special Evening Tours.
Your wander through Weatherfield will take a whole new dimension as the sun sets over the cobbles and the lights from the houses twinkle along the Street.
Special Evening Tours will run in addition to the regular daytime tours and will take place every day (during the school holidays) from 6.10pm to 9pm.