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6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (15 – 17 July)

Here is our guide to the best of whats on in and around the Greater Manchester region this weekend.

Foodies Festival at Tatton Park

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There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, as well as live cookery demonstrations, wine masterclasses, a whole host of international cuisines, and much more. Click here for more information.

Broken at Media City

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Acclaimed UK dance company Motionhouse come to MediaCityUK for a free, one-off, outdoor staging of their earth-shattering production, Broken. Find out more.

Ironman UK

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The UK’s premier long distance Triathlon, IRONMAN returns to Bolton this weekend. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the athletes in action. See more at Visit Manchester.

Raise the Roof at East Lancashire Railway

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With quirky live music performances and the very best in local food and ales, there is no better way to contribute to a good cause while having a good time. Find out more.

Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Festival

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The Battle of Britain memorial flight will take place, and visitors will be able to see hot air balloons, and over 500 classic cars. Click here for more information.

RNCM Young Explorers Concert: Creatures in the Night

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In this performance of Arthur Butterworth’s Creatures in the Night, the orchestra will recreate the sounds of the animals and will use lighting and other clever tricks to immerse the audience in the action. Find out more.

Your chance to win…a VIP trip for two with Virgin Trains

Be in with a chance to win return First Class tickets to Manchester, including an overnight stay at Hotel Gotham and three-course meal with cocktails at Pho. All you have to do is enter your details here before Friday 29 July 2016.

See our other competitions here.

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

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What’s on in Greater Manchester this December

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Discover a whole host of things to do and see in Manchester this Christmas from the UK’s favourite Christmas Markets to outstanding theatre shows the whole family can enjoy. Plan your festive trip to the city here: visitmanchester.com/christmas

Festive favorites

Manchester Christmas Markets
14 November – 22 December 2015
Manchester’s famous Christmas Markets return for the festive season from this weekend. Featuring nearly 350 stalls spanning 10 distinctive market sites; they will transform the city centre in to a festive wonderland. Find out more here.

Manchester Ice Rink
12 November 2015 – 3 January 2016
Perfect for friends, families or couples, the Manchester Ice Rink is a great way to have a laugh and soak up the Christmas atmosphere this December. Click here for more information.

Arts and culture

Carols by Candlelight at Manchester Cathedral
10 December
A warm and wonderful evening at Manchester Cathedral, Carols by Candlelight promises a night of fun and festivity in one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. Find out more here.

Andre Rieu at Manchester Arena
18 December
An energetic programme filled with catchy waltzes, opera tunes and film music is sure to entertain guests at the Manchester Arena this December. Find out more here.

BBC Philharmonic Brahms’s Third Symphony
4 December
Part of the BBC Philharmonic’s American Series, Braham’s Third Symphony was written on the eve of war and contains a powerful insight into two dark musical masterpieces. Find out more here.

Inkheart at HOME
4 December – 9 January
This Christmas, HOME presents Inkheart, adapted from Cornelia Funke’s brilliant, worldwide best-selling fantasy adventure novel for children, a funny, thrilling and action-packed UK premiere for families.Find out more here.

Cinderella at Manchester Opera House
5 December 2015 – 3 January 2016
Cinderella at the Manchester Opera House sees national icons Torville and Dean make their pantomime debut as the Fairy Godparents. Click here to find out more.

Downton: A Wartime Christmas at The Fusilier Museum
27 November – 23 December
Award winning TV series Downton Abbey will display a selection of 10 costumes at Bury’s Fusilier’s Museum for a limited time only. Click here for more information.

Lightwaves at Salford Quays
12 – 27 December
Get lost in a maze of reflections and illuminations at Greater Manchester’s Digital Light Festival. From giant inflatable rabbits to a three-dimensional maze, all of the installations are designed to be interactive. To find out more, click here.

Mumford & Sons at Manchester Arena
6 December
Mumford & Sons will return to Manchester Arena this winter as part of an eleven date UK and Ireland tour.Support for their Manchester show will come from Critics’ Choice Award Winner, Jack Garratt. Find out more here.

Christmas Concerts at Tatton Park
10 – 12 December
Tatton’s festive concerts appeal to a range of musical tastes and are always popular.This year includes the Northern Chamber Orchestra (10 December), A Christmas Carol (11 December), and Roberts Bakery Band (12 December). Find out more here.

Something for the family

Big Family day at HOME
13 December
Keep the family busy this Christmas with the Big Family Day at Home which includes fun films, workshops and a parade for kids of all ages. Click here to find out more.

Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits at IWM North
11 July 2015 – 10 April 2016
The Second World War changed life in Britain forever, discover how people lived through one of the most challenging period’s in history at this interactive exhibition. Click here to find out more.

Festive Family Starlight Adventure
5 December
Fun and facts merge together in this family friendly show at Jodrell Bank where visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the night sky. Find out more here.

Snowman and the Snowdog
12 December
It’s just not Christmas without a visit from the Snowman and this year, both the Snowman and Snow Dog will be walking in the air on their way to the Spindles Town Square, Oldham. Find out more here.

The Nightmare Before Christmas at The John Rylands Library
19 December
This spookily fun film about Jack Skellington and his journey to ‘Christmas Town’  is part of the library’s ‘Exploring the Gothic’ exhibition and family events programme. Click here for more information.

Visit the Grotto at Manchester Arndale
Until 24 December
Naughty or nice? Whichever list the little ones are on this year, Father Christmas will be at the Manchester Arndale Christmas Grotto until Christmas Eve. Find out more here.

Santa Specials at East Lancashire Railway
Until 24 December
A tradition for many families in the North West, the Santa Specials are sure to create memories which you and your family will share forever. For more information, click here.

Bolton Winter Festival
28 November – 3 January
Bolton’s Winter Festival is back, with a super-sized ice rink, children’s ice rink, magnificent giant tipi tents and the brand new magical Santa’s Grotto and festive artisan markets. Find out more here.

Christmas Blitz 75th Anniversary
Daily throughout December at 3.30pm (except 24, 25, 26)
Mark the 75th anniversary of the Manchester Christmas Blitz in a free tour at IWM North.Find out more here.

Food and drink

GRUB Christmas Food Fair
5 December 2015
A day full of food and fun, enjoy live music alongside tasty treats in this spectacular Christmas fair in Manchester. Click here to find out more.

Corn Exchange Manchester
1 – 31 December 2015
A beautiful Edwardian building in the heart of the city, this wonderful location is now home to many of Manchester’s best restaurants and eateries serving food from all over the world. Find out more here.

Bar Hütte at Spinningfields
12 December 2015 – 3 January 2016
A superb venue for a Christmas celebration, make use of private party rooms, a karaoke machine and three cosy alpine themed hüttes. For more information click here.

Traditional Christmas Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23
Until 31 December
Enjoy delectable items such as chocolate and orange frangipane tarts festive flavoured macaroons and cinnamon and sultana scones with clotted cream and jam above the clouds. Find out more here.

Dive NQ
A brand new multi-faceted bar in the centre of Manchester’s thriving Northern Quarter, Dive offers DJ’s, entertainment and sport, combined with a carefully considered list of cocktails and a selection of bar food. Find out more here.

Travel to Manchester this Christmas

Explore for less this Christmas with FTPE
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Stress free parking in Manchester

Christmas Shopping with NCP
13 November – 31 December
Shop stress free this Christmas at Manchester’s busiest time of year with NCP parking. For more information click here.

Competitions

Win a family overnight stay in Manchester this Christmas
Be in with a chance of winning a family visit to Manchester this Christmas, including an overnight stay in a top city-centre hotel. For more information, and to enter, click here.

Want to win more? Check out our other competitions here.

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

 

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7 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (13 – 15 November 2015)

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

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester’s famous Christmas Markets return for the festive season from this weekend. Featuring nearly 350 stalls spanning 10 distinctive market sites; they will transform the city centre in to a festive wonderland. Find out more here.

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas

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Back for 2015, The Ideal Home Show at Christmas is returning to EventCity, bringing everything to prepare for the festive season – and including appearances from Gino D’Acampo, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Katie Piper and Olly Smith. For more information, click here.

Louder than Words Festival of Music and Literature

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Now in its third year, the Louder than Words Festival has something for anyone with a love for music, and the way words are used to inform, create and discuss that music. Click here for more information.

Reindeer Parade

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This Saturday, Santa will be arriving into Oldham town centre, leading his reindeer around the town on their way to the Spindles Town Square, where he will be opening his brand new grotto. To find out more, click here.

Wythenshawe Hall Open Day

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Welcoming visitors of all ages, the open day will let visitors take a step back in time and learn about the local heritage. The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall, dressed in period costume, will be on hand to answer any questions. Find out more here.

The Last Tango at the Manchester Opera House

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Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ‘Til Dawn, Strictly Come Dancing superstars Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet. To find out more, click here.

England under 19s v Japan

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Come and cheer on the Young Lions who take on Japan in an exciting fixture with two Manchester City players named in the squad.

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

4 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (25 – 27 September 2015)

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

Student Takeover at Bierkeller

As Fresher’s week continues, so does the student takeover at Bierkeller Entertainment complex. Comprising four unique bars, Bierkeller Entertainment Complex is a student’s paradise, and has launched its very own Oktoberfest for this year’s freshers. For more information, click here.

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M20 Collective: Paradise Now Exhibition

A unique dialogical exhibition of Manchester art, M20 Collective brings together the work of 13 artists with a display of photography, film and illustration. Alongside the exhibition will be live music from performers who to go beyond the norms of mainstream music. See here for more details.

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Swan Lake at the Lowry

Birmingham Royal Ballet are bringing ballet’s greatest love story to the Lowry this weekend, with a lavish production of the timeless classic, Swan Lake. For more information, visit the following link.

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The Crucible

This weekend don’t miss The Crucible at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. A classic play written in 1950s America; The Crucible has been entertaining audiences for years. For more information click here.

Crucible

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

3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (21 – 23 August 2015)

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

Tatton Park ‘Passion for Power’ Classic Car Show

Passion for Power

With around 2,000 classic cars on show at Tatton Park, 90 Top Class Car Club displays, and a new supercars paddock this is a must go to event for any classic car enthusiast. For more information on this family-friendly event, click here.

CBBC Sportarama

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This fun day out will allow children to participate in a range of activities and athletic events, as well as meeting some of their favourite TV presenters. Click here for more information.

Oldham Vintage Market in the Independent Quarter

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The very first Oldham Vintage Market will be taking place in the town’s Independent Quarter. The not-for-profit market will help to promote the Indie Quarter, with all surplus profits being donated to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham. Follow the link here for more information about the event.

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

Jane Parker Rothery: Love the Northern Quarter, with Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Teacup Kitchen, Bonbon chocolate boutique and Beermoth, amongst other great places. With its eclectic mix of retailers and gourmet eateries, Manchester is definitely worth visiting. I now live in Dubai, but still miss Manchester haunts.
John McEwan: I enjoy a visit to Salford quays.
Lesley Royle: I love a visit to Lark hill place in Salford.
Rachel Kershaw: Looking forward to visiting Manchester tomorrow!
Dorothy Inman: Love Manchester, simply the best
Maria Lidia Cooke Centuriòn: All the city center!

Have a great weekend enjoying Greater Manchester!