Category Archives: Salford

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.

5 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (08 – 10 July)

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

Wigan International Jazz Festival

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Celebrating the 31st Festival in style, Wigan Jazz Festival brings a programme packed with world-class artists. Find out more.

Tennis Family Weekend at First Street

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Join First Street this weekend for a couple days of tennis-themed fun, including the Wimbledon Final. There will be magicians, music acts, tennis coaching, films, jugglers, face painting and much more. Click here for more information.

Northern Quarter Makers Market

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Enjoy some eats, beats and treats at Northern Quarter’s Makers Market, with a whole host of crafts and creatives alongside some tasty treats and all the best music from DJ Pasta Paul. Find out more.

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In a Forest

In a Forest, Dark and Deep is a gripping, dramatic tale of sibling rivalry. Betty and Bobby grew up together. They’ve argued their way through childhood and troubled teen years. Click here for more information.

Art Battle Manchester

Art Battle

Going head-to-head across two combat zones, a 600-strong capacity audience will watch painters, tattooists, illustrators and street artists take part in the city’s largest competitive live-painting event yet. Find out more.

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

9 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (20 – 22 May)

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

Great CityGames

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The Great CityGames, Manchester is once again set to bring world class athletics to the city’s streets. The event will still provide a unique opportunity to see top athletes from across the globe complete in an urban environment. Find out more.

May Feast and Flower Market

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With a huge variety of fresh food, flowers and live music to enjoy, the May Feast and Flower Market on Exchange Square has something for everyone. Click here for more information.

Whit Friday Band Contest 2016

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Every year dozens of Brass Bands compete in the picturesque villages of Saddleworth in this unique and traditional event. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

NatWest T20 Blast at Emirates Old Trafford

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Lancashire Lightning will hope to become the first county to retain the coveted NatWest T20 Blast trophy when they kick of their campaign at Emirates Old Trafford this Saturday against Derbyshire Falcons. Find out more.

Cocktails in the City

Cocktails in the city

Explore studios, workshops and dressing rooms to discover a whole new array of bars, cocktails, games and experiences at Old Granada Studios. Click here for more information.

HOME 1st Birthday Weekend

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HOME are throwing a weekend-long party full of art, workshops, performances, film previews, family theatre, DJ’s and dancing plus great food and drink. Click here for more information.

Morrisons Great Manchester Run 2016

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Europe’s leading 10k running event, broadcast live on the BBC, will return to the heart of the city on Sunday 22 May and is an event not to be missed. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

An Inspector Calls at The Lowry

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Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation, winning more awards than any other play in history, this landmark production from the National Theatre has thrilled audiences in the West End, on Broadway and throughout the world; and has now arrived at The Lowry. Find out more.

Cities of Hope

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A Street Art convention which brings 9 of the worlds best artists to Manchester with the objective to force witness to 9 key social justice issues. 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 (06 – 08 May)

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

Spin Cycle Festival 2016

Spin Fest

Showcasing more than one hundred of the most forward-thinking cycling brands, the show celebrates cycling, fashion, design, innovation and culture.  Find out more.

Grub May Carnival at Sadler’s Yard

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GRUB are back with their second instalment of their hugely successful Manchester food fair including a whole host of street food operators, fresh produce, arts & crafts stalls, craft beer from local breweries, activities and live music. Click here for more information.

Week 53 Arts Festival at The Lowry

Week 53

It’s the last weekend to catch the innovative Week 53 Festival at The Lowry, with a number of performances, exhibitions and art installations to be seen. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

The Birthday Party at Oldham Coliseum

The Birthday Party

London Classic Theatre presents its first significant touring revival of the twenty-first century, promising to bring this ground-breaking classic to life. Find out more.

Pilot Light TV Festival 2016

Pilot TV

A brand new television festival dedicated to celebrating the best in episodic content from around the world. Meet the cast and creators behind some of these amazing shows and attend insightful panels where industry experts and critics will discuss just what made these shows so great. Find out more.

Beyond the Score with the Halle

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Created by former Hallé artistic advisor Gerard McBurney, Beyond the Score combines music, actors, singers and film on the Hallé big screen, to tell the story behind one of classical music’s most iconic scores, Dvorák’s Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’. 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 December

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System One offer a range of daily, weekly, monthly and annual travelcards, offering customers unlimited travel on any bus, train or tram within Greater Manchester using one card.

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

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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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6 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (20 – 22 November 2015)

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

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

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A National Theatre award winning show, The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night Time comes to Manchester this November. The play is centred on Christopher, a teenage boy with an extraordinary brain who finds himself on a journey which will upturn his world. Find out more here.

Visit the Grotto at Manchester Arndale

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Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, take the little ones to the Manchester Arndale Christmas Grotto this weekend to see Santa for a festive treat. Click here for more information.

A taste of honey at ARTZU

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A sophisticated and stimulating commentary of modern Manchester, don’t miss the work of artist Christ Acheson which is on display this weekend. Click here for more information.

World Championship Boxing at Manchester Arena

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Kick off an action packed weekend at the Manchester Arena with a trip to see local lad Anthony Crolla face Darleys Perez for the WBA World Lightweight title. To find out more click here.

Oldham Christmas Lights Switch-on

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The big Christmas light switch on in Oldham takes place this weekend. Bring along family and friends for this festive party in Oldham town centre which includes a funfair and Christmas market. Find out more here.

Spinningfields Christmas Market

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Stop by for a showcase of hand-picked food producers, arts and craft artisans, and street food operators with products designed to inspire. Click here to find out more.

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

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 www.visitsalford.info/loveecclesfestival.htm

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 ramsbottomfestival.com

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 manchesterstorm.com.

Performance:

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.

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