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9 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (25 – 27 November)

We have some fantastic competitions running at the momentwhich you can enter by visiting: visitmanchester.com/articles/whats-on/competitions/

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Andy Warhol at the Whitworth
19 November 2016 – 16 April 2017
Andy Warhol’s work will be featured at the Whitworth art gallery as part of their ‘Artists Room’ exhibitions.

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The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
25 November 2016 – 23 December 2016
Watch the children’s eyes light up and their imagination run wild on a magical night time journey through the zoo.

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Lantern Parade at Tatton Park
25 November 2016 – 25 November 2016
Cheer Father Christmas as he arrives with his elves at Tatton Park during the Lantern Parade.

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Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion
21 November 2016 – 18 December 2016
Step in to the Christmas mansion and into Roald Dahl’s magical world.

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Oasis Exhibition
02 November 2016 – 28 January 2017
Manchester Central Library presents a photographic journey into the history of Oasis.

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Santa Specials at East Lancashire Railway
26 November 2016 – 24 December 2016
The ever popular festive train returns! Enjoy decorated stations, brass bands, magicians, costumed characters and a visit from Father Christmas.

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Revolution Series: Champions League
25 November 2016 – 26 November 2016
The Revolution Series Champions League visits Manchester for the brand new format of racing as the stars of the road take on the champions of the track.

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Manchester Christmas Markets
10 November 2016 – 20 December 2016
The UK’s original, award winning Manchester Christmas Market return with the biggest and best festive offering to date.

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The Rink at Cathedral Gardens
04 November 2016 – 08 January 2017
For the first ever time, alongside the traditional fairground, Festive Cathedral Gardens will be home to a glittering ice rink.

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

What’s on in Greater Manchester this November

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The run up to Christmas has begun in Greater Manchester, and there’s plenty going on to get you in the festive spirit.

Music and Theatre

Birdy at Manchester Albert Hall
03 November 2016
Birdy has had a fantastic start to 2016 with the release of her third album ‘Beautiful Lies’ which charted in the Top 10 in 43 countries worldwide, including number 4 in the UK.

Catfish and the Bottlemen at Victoria Warehouse
09 November 2016 – 11 November 2016
Swiftly following the release of their eagerly anticipated new album ‘The Ride’, Brit Breakthrough Award winners Catfish and the Bottlemen announce a UK Tour this November that includes three huge dates at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

George’s Marvellous Medicine at Manchester Opera House
15 November 2016 – 19 November 2016
When George’s grandmother drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George’s adventure has just begun.

Chase & Status at O2 Apollo
22 November 2016
Following their incredible sold-out headline performance at Wireless Festival this Summer, Chase & Status have announced their 2016 UK tour.

National Ballet of China: The Peony Pavillion
22 November 2016 – 26 November 2016
The Lowry is set to host the prestigious National Ballet of China (NBC) this November (22–26) with a five-night run of one of the most enduring love stories in Chinese literature, The Peony Pavilion.

Billy Elliot at the Palace Theatre
29 November 2016 – 28 January 2017
Now celebrating 10 extraordinary years in London’s West End, Billy Elliot the Musical, comes to Manchester.

The Warehouse Project 2016
23 September 2016 – 01 January 2017
The Warehouse Project have announced their line ups for 2016 bringing the biggest names in the music industry to Manchester.


Festive Events

Manchester Christmas Lights Switch On
04 November 2016
Manchester’s switch-on party will officially open six weeks of festive celebrations and attractions that make sure Manchester is well known as the Christmas capital of the UK.

Manchester Ice
04 November 2016 – 08 January 2017
For the first ever time, alongside the traditional fairground, Festive Cathedral Gardens will be home to a glittering ice rink.

Tree Lighting at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
09 November 2016
Marvel as Europe’s largest walk-in Christmas tree is lit up with musical fireworks & festive entertainment on Wednesday 9th November from 6pm.

Manchester Christmas Markets
10 November – 20 December 2016
The UK’s original, award winning Manchester Christmas Market return with the biggest and best festive offering to date.

Bar Hütte at Spinningfields
10 November 2016 – 01 January 2017
Bar Hütte is coming back to Spinningfields along with festive favourites, the Gin Apple Winter Toddy and the house special, the Twisted Bombardino.

Ideal Home Show at Christmas
10 November – 13 November 2016
Deck The Halls at The Ideal Home Show at Christmas, back this November at EventCity

The Winter Gathering at London Road Fire Station
11 November 2016 – 26 December 2016
See the stunning buildings and courtyard of London Road Fire Station transformed into a magical winter market, featuring an ice skating rink, street food stalls, bars, an art space and a programme of live music and DJs.

Father Christmas at the Farm
26 November – 18 December 2016
Come and see the favourite farmyard friends when visiting Father Christmas and his reindeer Prancer and Dancer at Tatton Park.


Art, Exhibitions & Festivals

Heated Exchanges at Manchester Craft & Design Centre
14 October 2016 – 02 January 2017
Glass just got Super Cool. Materials, makers and ideas meld together in this cutting edge exhibition that defies expectations of contemporary glass and pushes this fascinating material to its limits.

Stonewall Season Opening Discussion
01 November 2016
Kicking off the Stonewall Season in Manchester is a powerful line-up of some of the leading LGBT activists in the UK discussing the topic of uniting communities.

Doki Doki Festival Manchester
12 November 2016
Doki Doki – The Manchester Japanese Festival is an event held in Manchester, UK, celebrating both traditional and modern Japanese culture.

Manchester Animation Festival
15 November – 17 November 2016
Hosted at HOME in Manchester’s First Street complex, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join together to delight in all things animated.

Andy Warhol at the Whitworth
19 November 2016 – 16 April 2017
Andy Warhol’s work will be featuring at the Whitworth as part of their ‘Artists Room’ exhibitions which will show the sharp critical opinions of an artist known to many primarily as art salesman, purveyor of product and celebrant of capitalism.


Shopping Events

VIP Shopping Event at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
04 November – 06 November 2016
Enjoy an additional 20% off outlet prices in over 60 stores and gain access to the exclusive VIP Lounge.

Manchester Fashion Weekender
05 November – 06 November 2016
It’s all about fun, fashion and freebies at Manchester Arndale as Manchester Fashion Weekender comes to town.

 For more inspiration this November go to visitmanchester.com.

What’s on in Greater Manchester this October

This month is absolutely jam-packed with events. If you’re looking for a full list of Halloween events, you can find that here.

Family

A Frightsome Halloween at Tatton Park
22 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
This half-term be spooktacularly entertained by a park full of Roald Dahl Witchy mischief, and plenty of mice.

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo
22 October 2016 – 31 October 2016
The perfect Halloween treat.

Halloween Laboratory at Play Factore
28 October 2016 – 28 October 2016
The creators of Play Factore have been busy brewing up a storm in the Lightening Laboratory to bring you the Halloween Experience of a lifetime.

Digital Kids Show
29 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
The Digital Kids Show is the chance to get hands on with all the brands behind the most loved tech toys, games, gadgets and much more.

The Family Pet Show 2016
01 October 2016 – 02 October 2016
The Family Pet Show comes to Event City for a 2 day family friendly event in October.


Music and Theatre

All Saints at Manchester Academy One
08 October 2016
SJM Concerts and Live Nation present All Saints plus special guests live at Manchester Academy One.

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra
20 October 2016
Join Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra on a promenade through the St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts as they present Mussorgsky’s masterpiece in Ravel’s stunning orchestration.

Craig David at the Manchester Academy
21 October 2016
Following his Glastonbury debut Craig David is bringing his critically acclaimed TS5 show to Manchester Academy.

Dirty Dancing at The Palace Theatre
10 October 2016 – 15 October 2016
Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than

Four Tops and The Temptations at Manchester Arena
22 October 2016
Timeless Motown legends Four Tops and The Temptations return this year to relive the R&B and soul classics that delivered Detroit to music history.

Ghost the Musical
25 October 2016 – 29 October 2016
This autumn Bill Kenwright will stage a new production of the timeless story of love, despair and hope.

Giselle at the Palace Theatre
27 September 2016 – 01 October 2016
Choreographer Akram Khan creates a brand new version of the iconic romantic ballet Giselle for English National Ballet, which receives its world première at Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Homegrown Folk Festival
13 October 2016 – 15 October 2016
The Met’s annual festival of the finest English Folk Music

Jake Bugg at Manchester O2 Apollo
18 October 2016
Jake Bugg has announced details of a UK headline tour, including Manchester’s O2 Apollo.

John Carpenter at Albert Hall
28 October 2016 – 29 October 2016
Next Halloween, John Carpenter will perform – live and in person – a musical retrospective of his horror soundtrack work, his debut studio album Lost Themes, plus brand new compositions.

Justin Bieber at Manchester Arena
20 October 2016 – 21 October 2016
Justin Bieber returns to Manchester Arena for two shows as part of his Purpose World Tour.

Kano at O2 Ritz
13 October 2016
Critically acclaimed UK rapper Kano brings his tour to the O2 Ritz.

Little Shop of Horrors
31 October 2016 – 05 November 2016
The Little Shop of Horrors is a charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical sci-fi spoof.

Nickelback at Manchester Arena
19 October 2016
Multi-platinum selling rock band Nickelback return to Manchester this October as part of their staggering tenth world tour. Support comes from fellow Canadian rockers Monster Truck.

Percolate
21 September 2016 – 19 November 2016
Acclaimed party crew Percolate are back once again this autumn with a tasteful party assault up and down the UK.

Rebecca Ferguson: Lady Sings the Blues Tour 2016
24 October 2016
Rebecca Ferguson returns to The Bridgewater Hall following the release of brand new album ‘Lady Sings The Blues’.

Regression Sessions at Antwerp Mansion
01 October 2016 – 01 October 2016
The UK’s favourite touring club brand and immersive party experience Regression Sessions comes to Manchester.

The Warehouse Project 2016
23 September 2016 – 01 January 2017
The Warehouse Project have announced their line ups for 2016 bringing the biggest names in the music industry to Manchester.

Voices of Remembrance
18 October 2016
Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave joins Chetham’s Sinfonia and composer Laura Rossi for a special performance linked to the centenary of the First World War.


Festivals

Grimmfest 2016
06 October 2016 – 09 October 2016
The 8th edition of Grimmfest film festival will take place at ODEON Printworks in Manchester.

Neighbourhood Festival
08 October 2016 – 08 October 2016
Brand new city centre festival taking place over nine venues and featuring over 100 international acts.

DM16 Festival
12 October 2016 – 23 October 2016
A celebration of design, with 37 events including film screenings, talks, workshops, exhibitions, debates and more.

Journeys International Festival
01 October 2016 – 12 October 2016
Journeys Fest Manchester is twelve days of extraordinary events that celebrates the artistic talent and incredible stories of refugee artists. Come and explore the diverse programme of free artistic activity, happening citywide

Manchester Literature Festival
07 October 2016 – 23 October 2016
Take part by attending venues across the city for a distinctly Mancunian celebration of literature and the imagination.

Oxjam Manchester Takeover
30 September 2016 – 02 October 2016
Oxjam Manchester Takeover Festival is back for 2016 to the streets of Chorlton for a mega weekend of live music.

Women in Comedy Festival
20 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
After three successful years producing Europe’s only Women in Comedy Festival, Dulcet Sounds, the producers of Laughing Cows Comedy established in 1998 bring the 2016 Women in Comedy Festival UK.

Manchester Oktoberfest
19 October 2016 – 23 October 2016
Oktoberfest with German beer, food and music is so much fun.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival
29 September 2016 – 10 October 2016
The UK’s largest urban food and drink festival.


Art & Exhibitions

In Conversation: Wayne Hemingway and Lucy Siegle on Fashion and Sustainability
05 October 2016 – 05 October 2016
Award-winning fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and journalist and author Lucy Siegle discuss fashion and sustainability.

Oasis Exhibition
14 October 2016 – 25 October 2016
A must see exhibition for all nostalgic Oasis fans.

Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground
08 September 2016 – 05 March 2017
Delve into the renegade, provocative and brilliantly creative world of a pivotal figure in 60’s British counter culture.

Remember Them
06 October 2016
Poetry inspired by WW1, written by primary school children from Manchester and Jersey and set to music for children’s choir and ensemble by Laura Rossi.

Skyline Manchester, an exhibition by Andrew Brooks
05 October 2016
Skyline Manchester, an exhibition of large scale artworks by acclaimed photographer and artist Andrew Brooks

Yin-Ju Chen: Extrastellar Evaluations II
21 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
CFCCA invites Taiwanese artist Chen Yin-ju to exhibit Extrastellar Evaluations II, an exploration of cosmic events and human behaviour through the processes of mythology, scientific research and artistic response.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
06 October 2016 – 09 October 2016
A unique opportunity to purchase beautiful statement pieces for you and your home direct from over 160 selected designer-makers.


Sporting Events

Super League Grand Final
8 October 2016
The Super League Grand Final returns to Old Trafford.

Rio 2016 Olympic parade
17 October 2016 
The National Olympic parade will take place in Manchester

Manchester To Host Snooker’s English Open
10 October 2016 – 16 October 2016
Snooker’s new English Open will take place at Event City in Manchester later this year, and tickets are now on sale.

Milltown to Moors Series – Half Marathon
16 October 2016
Milltown to Moors Series – Half Marathon

Rough Runner
15 October 2016 – 16 October 2016
Rough Runner returns to Manchester in 2016 having hosted their biggest event of the year in 2015.

For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com.

6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (16-18 September)

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

Salford’s Big Day Out

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A huge host of family events set to make a great day out in Salford, with plenty to keep the kids entertained. Find out more.


Ramsbottom Festival

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With its eclectic mix of indie, rock and folk music, as well as family arts shows and specially brewed ales, Ramsbottom Festival is set to return this weekend. Find out more.


Gracie Fields Weekend in Rochdale

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A weekend of celebrations to mark the unveiling of the Gracie Fields statue in Rochdale, including a dinner dance and children’s activities. Click here for more information.


Chester Zoo Wildlife Connections

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Two days of intimate wildlife encounters, nature activities, workshops, live music and cinema will take place at Chester Zoo as part of a new festival celebrating all things UK wildlife. Click here for more information.


Greater Manchester Walking Weekends

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People across Greater Manchester will have the chance to step out and discover more about the region’s heritage and countryside with Walking Weekends this weekend. More information.


Albert’s Schloss: Oktoberfest

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Albert Schloss is hosting it’s very own Oktoberfest at the heart of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival starting this weekend. Find out more.

Why not enter one of our competitions to win a meal for two at Infamous Diner, or a Family Ticket to Manchester City Women v Chelsea Ladies’ in the FA Women’s Super League. Find out more.

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

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.

6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (8- 10 April)

ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

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Awarded the official title of UK’s Best Marathon for two years running at the Running Awards, the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford returns this Sunday. Find out more.

Jack Garratt at Albert Hall

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As part of his 11-date tour, winner of the BBC Introducing Award Jack Garratt will play a headline show at Manchester’s Albert Hall. For tickets and information, click here.

Viva Spanish and Latin American Festival at HOME

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For its 22nd edition, ¡Viva! returns to HOME with a packed film programme presenting titles from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Click here for more information.

Your Shelter is R

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This brand new exhibition explores what it was like to live during the Second World War, with a unique look at air raid preparations, rationing and daily life. Find out more.

Spring Studio at the Whitworth Art Gallery

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Take the lead from artist Nico Vascellari to create works inspired by art and nature. Have a go at making your own instruments inspired by Vascellari’s magical work, and make tree sculptures together with your family that will live and grow in the Whitworth park. Click here for more information.

Explore Greater Manchester and beyond with Transpennine Express

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TransPennine Express Advance Purchase tickets will be half price when you book online between Monday 4 April – Sunday 10 April. Head somewhere new this weekend. 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