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4 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (3 – 5 July 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers.

Manchester International Festival

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Take a trip into the city centre this weekend and explore all the cultural goings on that are a part of Manchester International Festival. Head down to Festival Square to eat, drink and enjoy the Manchester sunshine!

Visit Museum of the year winner – The Whitworth

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Go and see for yourself why The Whitworth was crowned Museum of the Year this week. Take in the architectural beauty of the building, the fascinating cultural exhibitions and why not stop for a bite to eat in there cafe facing the park.

Manchester Air Show 2015 at City Airport (Manchester Barton)

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Look to the skies to witness one of the best air shows in Greater Manchester this Sunday 5 July. Along with incredible flying displays, there will be several other things to do that can entertain the little ones – including tasty treats.

Altrincham Festival

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This free family friendly event takes place on Saturday 4 July at Beechfields Recreation Ground, Timperley. There will be a variety of activities taking place throughout the day including: a dog show, Fun Road Train for rides around the showground, and of course plenty of refreshments, plus much more.

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

Nick Hubble: Put on your finest togs, swing your leg over a bicycle and join us for the summer Tweed Ride – the most elegant, least strenuous cycle ride in Manchester. Meet at Sandbar from 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. You’ll have a spiffing time! https://www.facebook.com/events/1455461264767191/
Melissa de Lara: See you soon Manchester 🙂
New Manchester Walks: You could join us on a fantastic guide of #Manchesterclocktower or #manchestertownhall or even see the #wildlife Manchester has to offer with our #rivertour –http://www.newmanchesterwalks.com/events/month/
Michael McManus: Go to the Imperial War Museum at Salford Quays, then cross the street for some shopping at the Lowry Centre.
Susan Dakers: Air show at Barton airport, Eccles (Manchester City airport)
Helen Fresa: Go to the Withington baths relaunch on July 4th celebrating their ‘independence’ from the city council. Swim and free refreshments for all!
Louise Kilburn: Go to the Air Show at City Airport (Barton): http://manchesterairshow.co.uk/
Clare Gauntlett: Come along to the Altrincham Festival! 🙂
Caroline Roberts; Charlatans gig at Castlefield bowl
Lucy Anderson: Last day of the Space Cadets inflatables exhibition at Tameside Art Gallery tomorrow. Open 10am till 1pm. http://www.tameside.gov.uk/museumsgal…/central/exhibitions
Lucy Anderson: Hollinwood Together Festival https://www.facebook.com/HollinwoodFestival?_rdr=p&hc_location=ufi
Neal Shaw: 1st Shaw Scouts vintage open day.
Wandering Duck: We’ll be canal boating from Congleton to Marple, working the locks at Bosley and taking a walk in to Lyme Park. It may be 40 minutes by car, but it’s 2 days by canal! #SlowTravel
Su Maddock: Go to Pinchjos 192 Burton Rd West Didsbury, get on metro to Burton Rd. Great tapas
Peter Golden: Head for Salford Quays!

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

@uktravelroom: I am going on a canal boat trip with duckgossip from Congleton to Marple. Megs excited

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3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (26 – 28 June 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers.

The Experimental Weekender

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Experience scientific wonders this weekend at The Museum of Science and Industry and join the team for The Experimental Weekender. Fantastic forces, superhuman strength, awesome acrobats, magic materials and groovy graphene are just some of the things visitors are can expect to see.

Car Park Rail Jam Championships 

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Chill Factore  will build a real snow freestyle park in its car park and host the first outdoor, Car Park Rail Jam championships on Sunday 28 June. On the day, there will also be a live DJ, food, and the event is free for spectators to attend. Guests will be able to have a go at freestyle snowboarding themselves – the Freestyle Mini Park will be set up on the main slope indoors, with Freestyle Coaching sessions available for those wanting to give  it a try for the first time.

Manchester Children’s Book Festival 

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For a fun free Saturday out the whole family can enjoy, pop along to the festival’s Family Fun Day at Manchester Metropolitan University. Visitors are welcome to drop in from 10am til 4pm. For more information visit mcbf.org.uk

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

‏@CorriganMJ: Watch the Vulcan make its last flypast #XH558.
@JimmyroyC: Go and watch @TakotsuboMen for free tonight at the star and garter.
@8491nc: Watch the Vulcan pass over Barton 3pm Saturday for the last time
‏@naomijane1234: The overtones at the Bridgewater hall
@wrapscallion_co: Visit @GRUBMCR @beatstreetmcr @FoodieFridaySK @levymarket @yakumamamcr @Blackjackbeers so much in Manc it’s untrue

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

Julie Holdsworth: Actually move to Manchester!
Steve Bullock: Take part in the karaoke at The Grove Inn – Blackley 🙂
Sarah Jackson: To go and see the last flight locally of the Vulcan bomber – vulcantothesky.org

What’s on in Manchester – July

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The summer has begun…the weather is warmer, the days longer and the drinks colder. You can enjoy everything the region has to offer this Summer with unlimited travel on any bus, train or tram across Greater Manchester using one ticket – only from System One Travel. Click on the picture above for more info.

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester this June.

Festivals

Foodies Festival at Tatton Park
Friday 17 – Sunday 19 July
Enjoy a family day out at the UK’s biggest food and drink festival. Each year the ever-growing festival sees tens-of-thousands of visitors flock from the surrounding areas to feast on a vast array of culinary activities.

Manchester Children’s Book Festival
Friday 26 June – Sunday 5 July
2015 is one of the most interactive programmes yet, with lots of opportunities to use your imagination and share your creations, whether you’re writing, drawing, reading out loud … or even dressing up!

Music

Summer In The City at Castlefield Bowl
Thursday 2 – Saturday 11 July
Paolo Nutini, The Charlatans and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds perform in the outdoor bowl in the industrial heart of Manchester city centre.

Wigan International Jazz Festival at Robin Park Sports Centre
Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 July
Acts converge from across the globe to give your eyes and ears a treat. Wigan will be rocking a big band theme but the sounds are varied and exciting and truly worthy of a monumental jazz celebration.

Outdoors

The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park
Wednesday 22 – Sunday 26 July
Set in magnificent parklands, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is a celebration of the best in gardening with a vibrant carnival atmosphere.

Altrincham French Festival at Stamford Park
Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 July
As a fabulous celebration of French culture – the Altrincham French Festival is an annual event which brings French food, drink and community spirit to South Manchester.

Performances

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival
Wednesday 1 – Friday 31 July
Now in its 4th year the Greater Manchester Fringe is a grass roots festival run by volunteers with a lot of love. Encompassing the best of Manchester’s alternative scene. Art, Dance, Theatre, New Writing, Cabaret, Comedy, Poetry, Music, Burlesque, Workshops & Exhibitions.

Manchester International Festival
Thursday 2 – Sunday 19 July
World premiéres and special events for 18 extraordinary days transforming the city into a bustling festival zone.

Sport

Ironman UK in Bolton
Sunday 19 July
The course starts with a beautiful lake swim in Pennington Flash. Cyclists will then embark on a 112-mile, two-loop journey from Pennington Flash and onto the breathtaking Lancashire countryside before finishing with a run in Bolton Town Centre.

The Great Manchester Swim at Salford Quays
Saturday 4 July
Staged in the vibrant Salford Quays, this unique ‘dock to dock’ course is an unforgettable experience in the open water.

Tour of the Month

A Manchester Walking Tour
Blue Badge guide Jonathan Schofield has produced a one-off city walking tour for MIF15. Over 90 minutes, walkers will explore some of the themes of the Festival, visiting the city’s finest sites and hidden places.

New Kid on the Block

Cosy Club
Quirky, eccentric and playful the Cosy Club offers informal casual dining, drinking and lounging in a homely and family friendly environment.

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

3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (19 – 21 June 2015)

Here’s a guide to the best of what’s on in and around Greater Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social media mandem.

The Weekender

The Weekender

Some of the best Northern talent in design and retail come together over two days at Old Granada Studios. Expect laid back eating and drinking, and music for the creative connoisseur.

Horwich Festival of Racing

Horwich Festival of Racing

Running, Cycling and Orienteering, events for men, women and children. A day of sport held in one of the most beautiful places in the North West, Bolton.

Coors Light Ice Bar

Coors Light Ice Bar

The famous Ice Bar opens at The Bierkeller in Printworks, Manchester this weekend. Offering you the opportunity to experience a truly frosty lager from just £5 per person.

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

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

@jonnyward21: Glossop

@CloudsOnline: Our little shop in #walkdentowncentre 🙂

@pchohan: Watch up and coming band, Paint Dry, at the Church Gate Arena

@jellybeanjayne: Waterside Coffee, Redhill St, Manchester. #hiddengem #ssshhhhh

@VisitBolton: Be sure to check out the @HorwichRaces, this Sunday. An event not to be missed! horwichfestivalofracing.co.uk

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

David Shanahan: Matt & Phreds live jazz.

Julie Szlifirska-Davies: Rod Concert for Myeloma a charity concert at The Bridgewater Hall featuring Justin Currie(Del Amitri) Cheshire Rock Choir and lots of other guests 7.30pm

3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (12 – 14 June 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers.

Manchester Day Parade

Manchester Day Parade

The city will be transformed into an animated playground of music, outdoor theatre and procession in a celebration of leisure, play and Manchester’s place in a global gaming world.

Hot Tub Cinema

Hot Tub Party

The brilliant Islington Mill warehouse will be converted into a Hot Tub wonderland with twenty hot tubs, 120 guests per night, a licensed bar and tub side waiter service.

Manchester United Legends v Bayern Munich Allstars

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A whole host of former Reds have been confirmed to play for Bryan Robson’s Manchester United Legends’ team against Bayern Munich All Stars at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

‏@MichielBlijboom: visit the koffee pot?

‏@Col_Dunn: Didsbury Festival… despite the weather forecast!

‏@HOME_mcr: It’s the last weekend to catch #TheFunfair @HOME_mcr – hurry, the fair’s about to leave town http://bit.ly/1yDnXy5

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

Hold Fast: Northern Quarter of course

Adam Gosling: Surely has to be Sunday Celebrate Manchester Day in the city centre

Lisa Skolosdra Short: Didsbury Festival

Kaz Mcvey: Spinningfields

Gavin Clarke My Sunday Social Exercise Class at Hough End Centre Chorlton. Awesome.

Mark Lupton Partington: In Trafford for a walk and a picnic with Red Rose Forest redroseforest.co.uk/web/content/view/34/855/ discover the countryside on your doorstep including places such as Broad Oak Meadow and Coroner’s Wood.

Kooky Lu: Northern quarter

Laura Quinn: Atlas bar

Ministry of Craft: Creative courses at Ministry of Craft, natch! Down in the depths of Fred Aldous, a crafty haven awaits.

David Shanahan: Matt & phreds

Isaac Slough: Old trafford

Maria Lidia Cooke Centuriòn: The Farms Arm in Northenden

What’s on in Manchester – June

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The start of summer has begun…the weather is getting warmer, the days longer and the drinks colder. You can enjoy everything the region has to offer this Summer with unlimited travel on any bus, train or tram across Greater Manchester using one ticket – only from System One Travel. Click on the picture above for more info.

 

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester this June.

Exhibitions

The heart is deceitful above all things at HOME
Friday 22 May – Sunday 26 July
A new group exhibition exploring heartache, breaking up, disenchantment and the dark side of the funfair.

Portraits at The Whitworth
Saturday 14 February – Sunday 22 November
This exhibition puts on display the people who are gathered together by the Whitworth’s collections, crossing centuries, continents and media. Not all the works are conventional portraits. Instead, there is a focus on the artists.

Festivals

The Gintastic Festival at The Palace Hotel
Saturday 13 June
Tickle your taste buds with a variety of different gins and explore a botanical infused world, where flavour meets complexity. Live entertainment and tasting sessions will set the mood for you to lose yourself in the gin you are tasting and the conversations you’re having.

Parklife at Heaton Park
Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 June
Europe’s largest BBQ and music festival returns to Albert Square this May for Manchester’s big weekend of meat, music and mayhem with Grandmaster Flash, The Heavy, Levi Roots and Cuban Bros.

Music

Taylor Swift at Manchester Arena
Wednesday 24 June
Seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will bring The 1989 World Tour to Manchester on Wednesday 24 June – her first live show in the city since her sold-out date at the Arena on the Speak Now tour in 2011.

An Evening with The Overtones at The Bridgewater Hall
Monday 29 June
The Overtones continue to reboot classic sounds for contemporary audiences. February 2015 saw the release of their fourth collection ‘Sweet Soul Music’ – a tribute to doo-wop and soul pioneers such as The Drifters, Al Green, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.

Outdoors

The Manchester Day Parade
Sunday 14 June
Manchester Day will explode into the city centre with a fantastic parade and lots of exciting things to do across the city centre. This year’s theme – Game On! will transform the city into an animated playground of music, outdoor theatre and procession in a celebration of play and Manchester’s place in a global gaming world.

The Great Manchester Cycle
Sunday 28 June
Returning for a fourth year the Great Manchester Cycle is back with three distance options to choose from, 13, 26 and 52 miles, the event caters for all ages and abilities.

Performances

Wicked at The Lowry
Wednesday 3 June – Saturday 25 July
The global musical phenomenon that has been casting its spell over audiences across the world for years, flies into Manchester for a strictly limited run this summer. 

The Ghost Train at Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 14 May – Saturday 20 June
A group of passengers are left stranded at a remote railway station, facing the prospect of a night in the waiting room. But when the old stationmaster warns them about the phantom train that haunts the tracks after dark, the evening starts to take one chilling turn after another.

Sport

England v New Zealand T20 Cricket at Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 23 June
England will host New Zealand in what will be an exhilarating NatWest International T20 floodlit contest on Tuesday 23 June at Emirates Old Trafford.

Manchester United Legends v Bayern Munich All Stars at Old Trafford
Sunday 14 June
A whole host of former Reds have been confirmed to play for Bryan Robson’s Manchester United Legends’ team against Bayern Munich All Stars at Old Trafford on Sunday 14 June (2.30pm kick-off).

Tour of the Month

Corridor Manchester Itinerary
There’s no denying that Manchester is a city dripping with history and creativity. A place where past and present are tightly knit, and a city where a walk along what appears to be an ordinary road can uncover layers of innovation, science, politics and art.

New Kid on the Block

Turtle Bay Manchester NQ
Capture the spirit of celebration that the Caribbean is famed for around the globe – Turtle Bay’s newest restaurant will make you happy by delivering a hedonistic combination of joyous food, delightful drinks and a fun, laidback atmosphere.

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

3 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (29 – 31 May 2015)

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

Grillstock Festival

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The biggest BBQ festival in Europe comes to Manchester. At the heart of the event is US style eating competitions, delicious food traders and two music stages headlined by Grandmaster Flash and The Heavy.

Stockport Beer and Cider Festival

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A celebration of quality real ale & traditional cider with more than 200 beers & ciders on offer. Great live entertainment is also promised, with bands, family activities and more.

FC United of Manchester v Benfica

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Almost 10 years after the club formed, FC United of Manchester play a friendly against European giants Benfica at Broadhurst Park, their new stadium in Moston. The biggest fan-owned club in the country has just been promoted, over 4,000 fans are expected and the match marks the day that Manchester United first won the European Cup against Benfica back in 1968.

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