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What’s On in Greater Manchester this May

May Bank Holiday in Manchester

May Bank Holiday in Manchester
01 May
Make the most of the May Bank Holiday weekend in Manchester and have a great night out in some of the city’s best nightlife hotspots including special events at Cloud 23, The Milton Club, Albert Schloss and more. Click here for details.

Sport

Spin Cycle Festival 2016
6 – 8 May
Showcasing more than one hundred of the most forward-thinking cycling brands, the groundbreaking cycling show held at Victoria Warehouse celebrates cycling, fashion, design, innovation and culture.

Great CityGames
20 May
The Great CityGames returns to Manchester for the 8th time, bringing some of the world’s greatest athletes competing against each other on the streets of the city. Click here for more information.

The OM Yoga Show
20 – 22 May
Free open classes and workshops designed to offer something for everyone, the OM Yoga Show allows yoga newbies and veterans to experience everything yoga all under one roof. To find out more go to Visit Manchester.

Morrisons Great Manchester Run 2016
22 May
An event being broadcast live on the BBC, the Morrisons Great Manchester Run sees athletes and runners hitting the streets and passing some of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks including the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford. More information here.

Music

Andy Jordan at Manchester Academy
12 May
A former Made in Chelsea television star, Andy Jordan has since completed two nationwide UK tours accompanied by his band, don’t miss the chance to see this exciting artist perform new material and hits of old at Manchester Academy. Find out more here.

James at Manchester Arena
13 May
With a star studded career which includes 20 UK top 40 singles and 14 studio albums, James return to Manchester to perform live. Find out more here.

Saddleworth Whit Friday Band Contest 2016
20 May
Dating back to 1884,  The Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year in Saddleworth on the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday from 4pm onwards. Find out more here.

Busted at Manchester Arena
21 May – 3 June
For the first time in 12 years fans will be able to see Busted’s Matt, James and Charlie perform together in a show which is sure to entertain fans with hits new and old. Click here for more information.

Lukas Graham at O2 Ritz
24 May
One of the biggest names in Danish pop music, Lukas Graham have so far released one hugely successful studio album and have many more exciting music projects lined up. Find out more here.

Hanz Zimmer at Manchester Arena
29 May
An iconic figure in the music industry, Hanz Zimmer has designed scores for various movie classics including Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Da Vinci Code and more. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

Arts and culture

Proper Laughs
5 May
A silly evening of laughs, cake and cocktails, Proper Laughs is headlined by the energetic Andy Watson who will appear alongside other acts such as Sean Moran and Colin Havey. Click here for more information.

Pilot Light TV Festival 2016
5 May – 8 May
This brand new 4 day festival is dedicated to celebrating the best episodic television from around the globe, featuring screenings of TV shows new and old as well as offering guests exclusive panels to stars and directors from their favourite shows. Find out more here.

Saddleworth Spring Handmade Festival 2016
14 – 15 May
The spring event is open from 11am to 4pm and boasts the best selection of creative and handmade products that the area has to offer with over 50 stalls to browse. Find out more here.

Dot to Dot Festival
27 May
A festival renowned for uncovering highly talented musicians, Dot to Dot will bring together some of the UK’s best established and up-and-coming artists for an eclectic line-up sure to delight music lovers. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.

Festival Oldham 2016 
28 May
Science and creativity combine in Oldham during this Bank Holiday Weekend as free event, Festival Oldham kicks off with mind blowing shows, weird and wonderful creatures and earth shattering music. Click here for more information.

Theatre

Twelfth Night at HOME
11 – 14 May
Madness, love and comedy all feature in William Shakespeare’s story of romance and mistaken identity, one of the most accessible productions of the The Bard’s work in recent times. Click here for more information.

Mamma Mia! at The Palace Theatre
10 May – 04 June
Sit back and be enthralled by the timeless musical classics of ABBA in this feel-good musical set on a paradise Greek island. Find out more here.

Pygmalion at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
13 – 28 May
One of George Bernard Shaw’s most popular plays, Pygmalion is a charming and provocative comedy that examines the roles of men and women and limitations of education and social class. Find out more here.

For more information about what’s on in Manchester go to visitmanchester.com

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6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (15-17 April)

Dodgeball World Cup

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See the top eight nations from around the world compete against each other in the inaugural Dodgeball World Cup in Manchester. Find out more.

Making Tracks presents: Night

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A folk band from Kathmandu, see the unique and exotic sounds of Night live this weekend at the Royal Northern College of Music. For tickets and information, click here.

New Dawn Fades at the Dancehouse

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New Dawn Fades is a play about Manchester, Joy Division and the punk revolution of the 1970s, starring Michael Whittaker as Ian Curtis. Click here for more information.

Northern Lusofonia String Orchestra

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A delightful and elegant serenade, the Northern Lusofonia String Orchestra are bringing a spirited performance of Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams to Manchester this weekend. Find out more.

Women’s art exhibition at Nexus Art Cafe

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Join a celebration of women’s art on Friday 15th April 2016 from 8pm which will feature performance, poetry, music and film by the collective. Click here for more information.

The Vamps at Manchester Arena

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The Vamps will perform tracks from new album Wake Up in a gig which includes music from special guest Conor Maynard, The Tide and Hometown. Click here for more information.

What’s On in Greater Manchester this April

Northern Vegan Festival

Spring festivals

Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival at HOME
07 – 24 April
Now in its 22nd edition, Viva returns with a packed programme of entertaining and artistic film titles from the Spanish speaking world. Click here for details.

Manchester Punk Festival
21 – 23 April
After a thrilling debut last year, the Manchester Punk Festival returns with over 60 bands performing across a three day programme. Click here for more information.

Northern Vegan Festival
23 April
With 200 stalls in venues across the city, this year’s Northern Vegan Festival looks set to be bigger and better than ever before. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this unique event. More information here.

Week 53 Arts Festival at The Lowry
28 April – 8 May
A huge festival of performance, visual arts, sound and theatre taking place in interactive installations and exhibitions all under one roof. To find out more go to Visit Manchester.

Bury Art Festival
29 April – 2 May
100 local artists come together to exhibit their collection of work including 2D and 3D pieces at Bury Art Museum. Find out more here.

Something for the family

Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders at The Lowry
5 – 9 April
A real family favourite, see your favourite Horrible Histories characters and events come to life on stage at The Lowry. Click here for more information.

We’re Stuck
12 – 16 April
The robots are coming! Work with Dr Volcano and the robots at Z-Arts in Hulme to stretch your brain in unexpected directions in this interactive show for ages 8-11. Find out more here.

Arts and culture

King Lear at the Royal Exchange Theatre
1 April – 7 May
A highly anticipated performance of one of Shakespeare’s most violent tragedies, fans of arts and culture should be sure to book tickets early for this unmissable event. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.

Into the Hoods: Remixed at HOME 
6 – 9 April
A show full of charm, wit and energy, Into the Hoods returns with new choreography, a remixed  soundtrack and fresh designs. Click here for more information.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s at The Lowry
12 – 16 April
An iconic film come stage production, make sure not to miss this sparkling adaptation of a classic movie live at The Lowry. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

Women’s Art Exhibition at Nexus Art Cafe
15 April – 22 May
Featuring performance, poetry, music and film by the collective, members of the public are invited to bring along items and images expressing their own identity to add to the IDNA collage which will be created in the corridor at Nexus Café. Find out more here.

Word of Warning and Contact present Turn 2016
22 – 23 April
A frenzy of dance and performance, Turn 2016 sees twenty short pieces of new dance works over two evenings. Click here for more information.

Live music

Years & Years at Manchester Apollo
2 April
With a chart-topping debut album and 650,000 copies sold worldwide, Years & Years are a three piece band making a name for themselves fast. Don’t miss this chance to see them live at Manchester Apollo. Find out more here.

Muse at Manchester Arena
8 April
Rock giants Muse are coming to Manchester this April and are sure to perform hits new and old in what will be a hugely exciting live performance. Click here for more information.

All Tomorrow’s Parties at Victoria Warehouse
22 – 24 April
An intimate music festival at Victoria Warehouse with a carefully selected line-up of progressive post hardcore musicians. Find out more here.

BBC Philharmonic Shakespeare 400
23 April
Celebrate the life and works of one of England’s greatest writers with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall. Find out more.

Get Weaving! at The Bridgewater Hall
24 March 2016
A new and highly anticipated community opera marking the anniversary of the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932. Find out more here.

YolanDa Brown & special guest Lemar at The Bridgewater Hall
28 April
See one of the UK’s most highly rated saxophonists YolanDa Brown perform live with the added company of Lemar in what looks set to be a thrilling musical performance at The Bridgewater Hall. More details here.

Sport

Go Air Trampoline Park
1 – 30 April
A great place to take family and friends for lots of bouncing and laughter, Go Air has over 200 trampoline beds and tons of activities for guests to jump into. Click here for more information.

Dodgeball World Cup
14 – 17 April
Manchester is home to the inaugural Dodgeball World Cup which will see the world’s best dodgeball national teams competing fiercely for the grand prize. Find out more here.

Manchester Giants vs Bristol Flyers
17 April
Do something different and get your sporting fix watching Basketball team the Manchester Giants take on visitors the Bristol Flyers. To find out more click here.

Netball Manchester Live
18 April
Northern netball giants Manchester Thunder will take on the Yorkshire Jets in a season-finishing clash of the roses. This match is aiming to smash the record for highest attended domestic netball match in the UK, so come along and be part of history! Find out more here.

300 foot bungee jump
23 April – 09 October
Be daring and try something new with this unique 300 foot bungee jump held at Tatton Park. Hold onto your hats! Find out more.

Segway Events
Various dates in April
Perfect for groups, friends or individual riders, ride a segway through the beautiful woodlands of Tatton Park for an unforgettable day of fun and adventure. Find out more here.

For more information about what’s on in Manchester go to visitmanchester.com

8 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (11-13 March)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend.

Northern Quarter Makers Market

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The Northern Quarter Makers Market is back bigger and better than ever! Expect food, drink, art and vintage with live music and much more. More information here.

An Invitation at the Royal Exchange Theatre

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An Invitation is a witty and thoughtful play which will be performed live at the Royal Exchange this weekend. It is playful, joyous, imaginative, powerful and human. Click here to find out more.

King Charles III at Manchester Opera House

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The Queen is dead and Prince Charles ascends to the throne. What would happen? Find out in this entertaining show at the Manchester Opera House. Click here to find out more.

Wear it: a weekend of exploring the world of wearable technology

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Play a game with the power of the mind, take a virtual reality tour down a tin mine, adventure through MineCraft using CodeBug gloves and see how wearable technology might change the way we live, work and play. Click here for more information.

Katherine Ryan: Kathbum

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The hilarious Katherine Ryan brings her terrific comedy show to Manchester this weekend hot on the heels of a sold-out UK and Australian tour. Click here to find out more.

Grimes at Manchester Academy

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After opening on Lana Del Rey’s summer tour, Grimes will take centre stage at Manchester Academy this weekend in a hotly anticipated live performance. Find out more here.

Dress up at Lyme

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Visit Lyme’s Wardrobe Department when the house is open and transform into a real-life Edwardian. With costumes for visitors of all ages, the whole family can join in. More information here.

Oldham Beer Festival

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The 28th annual beer festival returns this weekend bringing more than 60 of the best real ales, ciders, perries, fruit wines, and imported bottled beers for visitors to enjoy. Click here for more information.

Have a great weekend exploring the region. For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com

What’s On in Greater Manchester this March

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Easter in Manchester

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival
19 – 20 March
Chocolate, entertainment and family fun brought together in a deliciously tasty festival in Ramsbottom. Need we say any more? Click here for details.

Charlie Chocolate Easter at Tatton Park
25 – 28 March
Enthralling trails, spell binding magic shows, captivating puppet theatre plus a Stable yard of chocolatey treats to eat and scrumptious things to buy. Find out more here.

The Passion at HOME
25 – 26 March
In the historical surrounds of Campfield Market, an abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion is brought to life as an immersive fully-staged opera. Click here for more information.

Something for the family

Junkyard Golf Club
1 – 31 March
Bring family and friends along to Junkyard Golf Club this March for a fun-filled crazy golf experience with music and cocktails. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

The Cat in the Hat at The Lowry
11 March – 13 March
With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, The Cat in the Hat turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home? To find out more, click here.

Cirque Berserk at The Palace Theatre
7 – 9 March
With thrilling stunts and mind-blowing tricks, Cirque Berserk will be an action-packed event guaranteed to entertain. Click here for more information.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise at The Lowry
30 March – 31 March
Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise. Enjoy fun, loads of songs and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show. Click here for more information.

Manchester Irish Festival
4 – 20 March
With over 200 events at 100 different venues, Manchester Irish Festival is now firmly established as Europe’s biggest Irish Festival outside of the Emerald Isle. Find out more.

Arts and culture

Manchester Film Festival
03 March – 06 March
Writers, directors and producers, along with established industry professionals and film lovers alike are all invited to celebrate the best independent cinema from around the world. Find out more.

King Charles III at Manchester Opera House
7 – 12 March
Prince Charles ascends to the throne after the passing of The Queen, but what future lies ahead for new monarch? Find out in this entertaining performance. More information here.

The Witches at The Lowry
21 – 26 March
Literature comes to life on stage at the Lowry this March as Roald Dahl scariest book is transformed into a terrifying treat for the family. To find out more go to Visit Manchester.

Chicago the Musical at Manchester Opera House
21 March – 2 April
Based on real events in the roaring 1920s, international award winning Chicago comes to Manchester with a star studded cast promising for a spectacular occasion. More details here.

Didsbury Makers Market
27 March
This event is held on the last Sunday of the month and includes food, drink, art and design, plus performances by local musicians and djs.Find out more here.

Dance 88/89

27 March
The summer of love returns for one night only in an evening celebrating the music and culture of acid house and Balearic. Click here for more information.

FutureEverything
30 March – 2 April
Manchester’s annual collaborate arts festival returns with a packed programme of new commissions and world class performances on the theme of less is more. Find out more here.

Spinningfields Makers Market
19 – 20 March
From vintage stalls to inspiring Manchester artists to award winning pies and hot chilli chutneys, the stalls that have been carefully selected from North West Artisan producers will show the very best of local food, drink, vintage, art and modern craft that the region has to offer. Find out more here.

International Women’s Day at IWM North
06 March – 28 March 2016
Visit IWM North for a range of events to mark International Women’s Day 2016, as part of Manchester’s Wonder Women 2016 Festival. Click here for more information.

Live Music

Wolf Alice at Manchester Academy
10 March
For those who missed out on catching the band during their wildly successful previous UK run, it’s a fresh chance to catch the band at Manchester Academy this month. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.

The 1975 at the Manchester O2 Apollo
13 March 2016 – 15 March 2016
The 1975 will play a set of homecoming gigs at the O2 Apollo in support of their second album’I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’. Click here for more information.

Little Mix at Manchester Arena
24 March 2016
Little Mix will return to Manchester Arena as part of their 14 date UK tour in spring 2016, performing tracks from their new studio album, Get Weird including their UK number one, Black Magic. Find out more here.

Mariah Carey at Manchester Arena
18 March 2016
Returning to Manchester for the first time since her Charmbracelet Tour back in 2003, the music icon will be drawing on her back catalogue of over 18 number one singles and performing her biggest hits. Click here for more information.

Manchester Camerata – The Mozart Session
12 March 2016
Following on from the concert double bill of Haydn Piano Concertos in 2013, RNCM are delighted to welcome back Jean-Efflam Bavouzet for an all-Mozart programme set to redefine live performances of the great master. Find out more here.

For more information about what’s on in Manchester go to visitmanchester.com

8 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (12-14 February)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend.

Valentine’s Day in Manchester

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Love is in the air this weekend as Valentine’s Day approaches; find the perfect way to spend the day with your loved one. Click here for more information.

Valentine’s Day for singles

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Valentine’s Day is not just for couples, take a look at our guide for a great singles night out. Find out more here.

Valentines Weekend at the Podium Restaurant

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Make the most of this Valentines weekend at the Hilton Deansgate with Podium’s grand seven-course menu making for a perfect romantic evening. Click here for more information.

The Imitation Game at Manchester Art Gallery

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Alan Turing developed the world’s first stored-program computer in Manchester, explore his timeless questions about our relationship with machines at Manchester Art Gallery this weekend. Go to Visit Manchester to find out more.

Steam, Sweat and Sewers

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Manchester is well-known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, but what was it like to live during that time? Find out at this family friendly event at the Museum of Science and Industry. More details here.

Johnnie Shand Kydd Exhibition

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A unique display of black and white photographs of international art world figures captured in the 1990s. Find out more here.

Kick-off the Holidays at the National Football Museum

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There’s plenty of half-term fun at the National Football Museum, bring the family along for games, interactive displays and tons of football fun. Click here for more information.

Fac51 The Hacienda at Albert Hall

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David Morales follows on from some highly acclaimed sets over in the UK to bring his legendary skills as a DJ and producer to the Albert Hall for the first time. More information here.

Have a great weekend exploring the region. For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com

7 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (22-24 January)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend.

First TransPennine Express Winter Sale

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Make the most of 25% off all First TransPennine Express advance tickets for travel up to and including Sunday 20 March. Be quick, offer ends Sunday 31 January. More information here.

Mary Poppins at the Palace Theatre

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Start the weekend in style by seeing the stage adaptation of Mary Poppins live at the Palace Theatre. It’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Click here for more information.

The Corrs at Manchester Arena

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Pop rockers The Corrs return to Manchester this weekend to perform hits new and old at the Manchester Arena. Click here to find out more.

Snow Park Fun at the Chill Factore

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Bring the family along to the Snow Park at Chill Factore for a fun-filled day of slides and sledging in the snow. Find out more here.

#MCRCheapEats 

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January doesn’t have to be gloomy – take advantage of over 25 fantastic food offers across the city with some of Manchester’s most popular eateries offering up to 50% off. Find out more here.

Thriller Live at Manchester Opera House

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With two hours of pop, soul and dance hits, relive the career of music icon Michael Jackson on stage at the Manchester Opera House. Click here for more information.

Manchester Giants vs Sheffield Sharks

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Cheer on basketball team the Manchester Giants who are in action this Sunday when they take on the Sheffield Sharks. Click here for more information.

Have a great weekend exploring the region. For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com.