Category Archives: Bolton

5 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (02-04 September)

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

Bolton Half Marathon

Bolton Half Marathon

This is the newest half marathon in the UK, with a fantastic finish line experience at Le Mans Crescent in Bolton. Find out more.

Festejar Spanish Festival


Expect Spanish markets, dancing lessons and live bands when Albert Square is transformed into a little Spanish Oasis in the heart of the city. Click here for more information.

Sister Act at The Palace Theatre

Sister Act

This weekend is the final chance to catch the Broadway and West End smash hit musical, Sister Act at the Palace Theatre. Find out more.

The Gin Society Festival at Manchester Cathedral

Gin Society

The festival offers over 70 of the best gins from across the UK and Europe hosted in the beautiful Grade 1 listed building, Manchester Cathedral. Click here for more information.

UKFast 10k

UK fast

The UKFast City of Salford 10k route starts on the picturesque MediaCityUK Piazza and allows runners to get a fast start, making it the ideal course to get that all important personal best. Find out more.

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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


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


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

Raise the Roof

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

Aviation fest

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


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.

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6 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (9 – 11 October 2015)

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

The Crucible at the Royal Exchange Theatre


With showings all weekend including a Sunday matinee performance, there really is no excuse to miss out on this outstanding production of an American classic. Find out more here.

The Importance of Being Earnest at The Lowry


See a West End performance in Manchester this weekend as a new production of this Oscar Wilde classic comes to the city. Expect to laugh a lot! Click here for more information.

Fall Out Boy at Manchester Arena

Fall out Boy

Ready to rock? Join Fall Out Boy for an exciting gig at Manchester Arena. This event is sure to feature tracks from new album American Beauty/American Psycho. See here for more information.

Manchester Suffragette Charity Premiere


Real radicals can begin the weekend at the premiere of Suffragette, a story of the Pankhurst women who founded the Women’s Social Political Union. Find out more here.

An Enemy of the People at Bolton Octagon

An Enemy of the People

A tense drama of truth and justice, An Enemy of the People throws spectators into the heart of one Norwegian town during a thrilling struggle to save their community. Click here for more information.

Bonsai Europa Exhibition and Market


Enjoy a splash of culture this weekend at Bonsai Europa in Bury. See world class Bonsai artists and get stuck in with workshops and live demonstrations. See more here.

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What’s On in Greater Manchester this September

Manchester United Assistant Manager and Club legend Ryan Giggs officially opens a brand new, dedicated exhibition at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford.

Manchester United Assistant Manager and Club legend Ryan Giggs officially opens a brand new, dedicated exhibition at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford.

Feel good fun for everyone:

IWM North Architecture Tour
From 1 September
Fascinated by the IWM North structure? Now vistors can go on a tour of the iconic building designed by world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind.

Love Eccles Festival
4 – 6 September
Eccles Town Centre will come alive with street acts, live music, a teenage market, shopping, festival stalls, tea rituals and a Cheshire cat comedy grin. For more information go to

Rochdale Feel Good Festival
4 – 5 September
For a weekend of free entertainment, food and culture then head to Rochdale town centre to join in the celebration.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival
10 – 21 September
The nationally acclaimed urban food and drink festival returns this September to the City Centre and surrounding districts of Greater Manchester. With a huge programme of events taking place, both indoor and outdoor this is one of the best events in the North West’s food calendar that’s not to be missed.

Heritage Open Day at GMP Museum
12 September
Visit Greater Manchester Police Museum for the mini transport festival in the yard. Visitors can have a look around the 1879 police station as well as see old police cars on display.

World Black Pudding Throwing Championships
13 September
This annual competition which dates back to the 1980s see’s Black Puddings hurtled at a pile of Yorkshire Puddings on a 20ft high plinth. Expect a lively, fun atmosphere and hundreds of pudding

Ramsbottom Festival
18 – 20 September
Enjoy great music, scrumptious local food and beer in the Lancashire hills. For tickets go to

Sporting events:

SoccerEx Football Festival
5 – 6 September
For the football fans in the family come and enjoy a free Football Festival brought to you by SoccerEx at the Old Granada Studios over the weekend of 6 – 7 September, including the UK and Ireland Freestyle football Championships.

Salford 10K Run
6 September
One the most popular and recognised 10ks in the North West, with thousands of runners racing through the heart of The Quays. Experience the spectacle for yourself and join in for the perfect family day out!

England v Australia Royal London One Day Internationals 
8 and 13 September
After an emphatic victory in The Ashes this summer Australia will be out for revenge against England in these two one day internationals at Emirates Old Trafford.

Bupa Electric Run – the worlds brightest 5K
26 September
Grab your glow sticks and join the party as Manchester’s Sportcity is transformed into a festival of colour for Bupa Electric Run. Open to all, participants can walk, run or dance and enjoy the ultimate ‘Feel Great’ festival experience at the end.

Cardiff vs Manchester Ice hockey match at Sliver Blades Ice Rink, Altrincham
20 September
See Manchester Storm take on Cardiff Devils. For more information and tickets visit


Swan Lake at the Lowry
23 – 26 September
Ballet’s greatest love story returns to The Lowry, in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s lavish production of the timeless classic Swan Lake.

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What’s on in Greater Manchester this August

Manchester United Assistant Manager and Club legend Ryan Giggs officially opens a brand new, dedicated exhibition at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford.

To celebrate Ryan Giggs’ decade spanning time at Manchester United, a dedicated exhibition has opened in his honour at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford, titled: Ryan Giggs: The man for all seasons.

Something for the family

Day out with Thomas at the East Lancashire Railway
1 – 2 August
Choo, choo, all aboard!
For a fun filled family day out visit the East Lancashire Railway to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. Book your tickets here.

Dig the City
31 July – 6 August
See Manchester bloom to life with the arrival of the city’s summer garden festival. With plenty of events taking place throughout the week there is something for everyone, from children’s events to pop up picnics.

Save 20% at Knowsley Safari Park
Offer ends 4 September
Treat the family to a wild day out this summer and visit Knowsley Safari Park. Book online now and save 20%, making an adults ticket cost just £13.20 and a child’s ticket £10.

Take a trip to the beach at intu Trafford Centre
18 July – 31 August
Visit the seaside this summer in Greater Manchester and embrace the holiday mood with plenty of activities to take part in at the beach.

Stay in Manchester for less this summer at the Ramada Salford Quays Hotel
Get 20% off Best Available Rate throughout August 2015 quoting Summer Special.  Book direct on 0161 876 5305

Food frenzy

Spinningfields Makers Market and Finders Keepers Market
15- 16 August
With over 130 stalls, the market showcases award-winning local food, drink, art and craft producers, as well as vintage clothing, plus much more. The soundtrack to the market is provided by local live bands and DJs.

Waterside Food and Craft Market at Lowry Outlet
15 – 16 August
The open-air market will host around 30 stalls; transforming the centre’s outdoor space into a bustling market place filled full of local artisan produce . If your visiting with children, then there’s lots on offer to keep the little ones entertained. To celebrate the launch of the new Disney film “Inside Out” children will have the chance to feature in their own Disney film poster.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival
28 – 31 August
Visit one of the North West’s best food and drink festivals and head to Bolton over the August bank holiday weekend. Sharpen up your culinary skills and watch celebrity chef demos, a fantastic artisan food and drink market and a dedicated children’s marquee, plus much more.


West Side Story
13 – 15 August
Have a summers evening out see one of the all time greatest musicals, West Side Story at the Palace Theatre Manchester. Please note that this is a youth theatre production. For tickets book here.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
20 – 29 August
Priscilla is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship. To book tickets click here.

In the spotlight

Trof Northern Quarter

A dandyish den of opulence. The kind of place where you can hang out day or night, access the wifi with a big slice of cake and a frothy coffee, munch on breakfasts and burgers, sandwiches and salads and/or sample the extensive and exquisite beer menu, sophisticated selection of spirits and wines to make you go woozy.

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3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (17 – 19 July)

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

Foodies Festival at Tatton Parkfoodies-festival

Foodies Festival returns to Tatton Park this summer as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. As the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, families can look forward to a food and fun packed day out and enjoy exciting new features including a Champagne and Wine Theatre with Charles Metcalfe and Neil Philips and a Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits Theatre hosted by expert Melissa Cole.

More information on the Foodies Festival

Mini Burble at The Quays

Min Burble

What is a ‘Mini Burble’ you may ask? Well, it is a ten-storey tall interactive sculpture, made of 300 LED-lit inflatable balloons and is the centerpiece of a weekend of otherworldly large-scale artworks and performances that combine technological innovation with community spirit. The event takes place at The Quays all weekend.

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Ironman UK


The UK’s premier long distance Triathlon, returns to Bolton and features breath-taking views and a spectator-friendly course, including a lake swim, a 112-mile bike ride and marathon through Bolton.

Download the spectator’s guide here.

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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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

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