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5 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (19 – 21 August)

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

Chorlton Makers Market

Chorlton Makers Market
20 August
Visitors will find the very finest of local food, drink, art, design, vintage, and modern craft carefully selected from Manchester artisans and business local to the North West. Find out more.


Morrissey at Manchester Arena
20 August
Morrissey has announced his only UK show of the year with a headline date at Manchester Arena as part of an international run of shows this August. Click here for more information.

Rochdale FGF

Rochdale Feel Good Festival
19 – 20 August
Expect live music from established names, must-see rising stars and first class cooking from world renowned chefs. Find out more.

Great Village Bake Off

Great Village Bake Off 2016
21 August
The Great Village Bake Off returns to Manchester’s Gay Village this weekend. In it’s 4th year, this year’s Bake Off promises to be the best yet! Find out more.


Wigan Live Festival
19 August – 20 August 2016
Showcasing some of the best unsigned bands and soloists from the local area and further afield, Wigan Live Festival returns for a fourth year this weekend. Click here for more information.

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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

Wigan Jazz

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

Tennis on First

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

NQ Makers

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.

In a Forest, Dark and Deep at Salford Arts TheatreIn a Forest, Dark and Deep at Salford Arts Theatre

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.

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3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (11 – 13 July, 2014)

Ryan Gander: Make every show like it's your last, Manchester Art Gallery. photo ©Manchester Art Gallery

Ryan Gander: Make every show like it’s your last, Manchester Art Gallery. photo ©Manchester Art Gallery

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

  • Set your imagination free with a trip to Manchester Art Gallery to see Make every show like it’s your last, a new major exhibition of work by renowned British conceptual artist, Ryan Gander. Witness how Gander plays with ideas and visual puzzles to subvert your expectations and make you think. The show is part of an international tour programme and has taken on a special new form for its time in Manchester.
  • Treat the little ones with a trip to Legoland Discovery Centre and keep them amused for hours with all the entertaining and educational interactive activities that are on offer. Plus you can take advantage of the Kids Go Free offer where you get one free child’s ticket with each full paying adult ticket, this covers admission to all of the attractions, including the rides and 4D cinema experiences.
  • Wigan International Jazz Festival is now in full swing after opening last night with a performance from Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. This weekend-long musical extravaganza is packed with must-see performances including a free gig from young local performers in Wigan town centre on Saturday and one in Mesnes Park on Sunday from Echo 42 performing the sounds of ’40s.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • ‏@toebag: coffee +cake @HomeSweetHomeNQ in between shopping + then @beatstreetmcr for some amazing street food, tunes+ company!
  • ‏@BrothersCider: Come and see Brothers Cider in Spinningfields for free cider and sausages! 11-6pm. #4realbrothers
  • ‏@CastlefieldGall: New show @CastlefieldGall: International art star #RyanGander’s work alongside 5 emerging NW artists
  • ‏‏‏@ContactMcr: It’s the finale to #contactingtheworld tonight with new theatre from Scotland, England + Jamaica!
  • ‏@SueEllCee: A tour of the Town Hall, the Lowry and if a footy fan, Old Trafford. The libraries are great too. #likemanchester
  • ‏@MP_SledgeHockey: FREE sledge hockey game at @Altrincham_Rink, Saturday 12th July, 4:15pm..lots of GB internationals in the ice! Give it a try!!
  • ‏@MsBobbysBangers: @levymarket of course!
  • ‏@mcrcoffeeco: @_urbanmarket: THIS WEEKEND @OldGranadaMCR #stfood #vintage #art #design #markets #workshops #tunes 11-5pm Water Street Entrance
  • ‏@Toddybee: They deffo need to head over to Up In My Grill @beatstreetmcr for some pure amazing scran!

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • James Fox: Sparkle weekend, Saturday noon in sackville park
  • David Ainsworth: Ordsall hall festival
  • Louise Bolotin: The Urban Market is on Saturday and Sunday at the Old Granada Studios – artisan food, vintage, crafts and more.
  • Julie Szlifirska-Davies: Rock Choir Concert at the Bridgewater Hall on Sunday at 3pm. Cheshire and Manchester choirs. Can’t wait to sing with my Nantwich Choir.
  • Tiger Tiger Manchester: Tiger tiger!! 9pm -12am 50% off food and drinks! Xxx
  • Kooky Lu: Nice coffee at Eastern block, northern quarter watching the world go by
  • Hazel Adcock: Portland Basin museum. Just outside Town centre, but well worth a visit. And best of all admission is free. The fresh milk shakes in the cafe are the best I’ve ever tasted and the massive slices of cake are gorgeous. There is also a canal boat trip. We live local but I can’t stop telling people about it
  • Anne-Marie Kelly: Ordsall hall summer festival garden party on sun and launch of “Oscar & the White Lady” book x
  • Tray Keymer-blay: Barton Airport Family day just off Barton Stretch Barton. 12-4pm x
  • Sheila Jack: Afternoon tea at the Radisson Blu,what a treat

3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (28 February – 02 March, 2014)

The Space Between, John Rylands Library

The Space Between, John Rylands Library

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s happening in and around Manchester this weekend, plus some bonus suggestions from our social media friends.

  • Pay a visit to the beautiful John Rylands Library on Deansgate to see the three new exhibitions on show inside the masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture. The exhibitions are Aftermath: 100 years of creativity from conflict, photography exhibition Bus Stop Stories and The Space Between, where artist Anthony McCarthy records the transition and re-development of the Chapel Street area of Salford.
  • Beer and baking take centre stage at this year’s Wigan Food and Drink Festival which kicks off this weekend with the 27th Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival, offering 60 real ales, 35 real ciders and perries and a great selection of foreign draft beers, plus live music and food. There will also be a host of activities taking place in Wigan town centre, including baking and bread-making classes.
  • Theatre goers should head over to The Lowry to see Chekhov’s The Seagull, the final production from The Library Theatre Company before it merges with Cornerhouse to become HOME. This vibrant and critically acclaimed new version by Anya Reiss re-imagines the play in the 21st century, while retaining all of the original’s drama and comedy.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • @johnshinnphoto: Try the Bus Stop Stories photo exhibition @TheJohnRylands An exhibition and great cakes and scones 🙂
  • @fathomituk: @Altvtgmarket altricham market Sunday visit @Yogberries visit Dunham brewery.
  • @wyldek1tty: Tattoo tea party at event city
  • @librarytheatre: #TheSeagull runs until Sat 8 Mar @The_Lowry. Great reviews all round check out the trailer
  • @CeliaFarm: @CeliaFarm in #Bolton new opening times and new ,field to fork, inspired menu from Sat 1st March 10-5 Saturday and Sunday
  • @AmbachtBlog: Visit the @HMoorMarket on Sunday 🙂

And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:

  • Louise Bolotin: I’m looking forward to TEDx at the Manchester Academy on Sunday.
  • Lucy Roper: Prestwich beer festival going to be a top weekend if last nights launch was anything to go by
  • Stacey Knowles: Come see live @ The Royal Oak in Chorlton tonight, free entry and an awesome line up of bands and acoustic artists! Great night out! Check out his page for details
  • MiKi Christi: Visit the Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. Visit Afflecks for shopping. Go to Northern Quarter for cocktails and dinner
  • Steve Brown A visit to Mulligans of Deansgate is a must , fantastic Irish theme pub great company too
  • Kaz Mcvey: Bar crawl Deansgate and Spinningfields then a bite to eat at Almost Famous
  • Jackie Haywood: High school musical at Z arts theatre by MYUK
  • Natalie Ireland: Last weekend if steam, sweat & sewers @ MOSI for those still on half term coming into Mcr.
  • Hi-Life Diners Club: Have dinner with someone you love, choose from some of Manchester’s best restaurants like Stock Restaurant, Evuna, Choice Bar & Restaurant, Albert’s Shed to name but a few.
  • Cultivate film art: Come down to the only weekly free art-house cinema in Manchester, tucked away in the basement of JOSHUA BROOKS with free rum and pop corn come down watch relax and be entertained.

What’s on in Manchester – March

Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine

Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.


Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat
Saturday 18 January – Monday 21 April
An exploitation film that never actually existed, Hiker Meat has been imagined by Jamie Shovlin as an archetype of this often maligned style. Set in a US summer camp in the 1970s it embraces familiar slasher tropes, from a hitchhiking heroine and a charismatic commune leader to a disappearing group of teens. The exhibition captures the genesis of the Hiker Meat project, bringing together props, costumes, photography and memorabilia.

Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine
Saturday 15 February – Sunday 1 June
Fresh from her success representing Portugal at the 55th Venice Biennale, Joana Vasconcelos brings her seductive, subversive large-scale sculptures to Manchester for her most ambitious UK exhibition to date.


Manchester Irish Festival
Friday 7 – Monday 17 March
Packed with over 200 events focusing on Irish culture, comedy, heritage, literature, music, sport and theatre, Manchester Irish Festival is now firmly established as Europe’s biggest Irish festival outside of the Emerald Isle. This 10 day festival culminates with 100,000 visitors converging on the city centre for the St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Future City Festival
Friday 21 March – Saturday 26 April
Four large-scale cutting edge contemporary artworks in public spaces at The Quays will form a season of visual and aural wonder over four weekends in Spring.

Thursday 27 March – Tuesday 1 April
This collaborative arts festival brings together a variety of artists to present their visions and concepts of ‘the future’ to audiences.

Food & Drink

Wigan Food and Drink Festival
Thursday 27 February – Sunday 9 March
Beer and baking take centre stage at this year’s festival which kicks off with the 27th Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival. Ale enthusiasts can also hop on board the Brewery Bus to visit the borough’s three microbreweries and enjoy a few pints along the way.


Dunham Massey: Sanctuary from the Trenches
Saturday 1 March – Tuesday 11 November
Marking the centenary of the First World War, Dunham Massey has been transformed back into Stamford Military Hospital – the convalescent hospital in which 282 soldiers were treated between April 1917 and January 1919 – revealing the personal and highly emotive stories of some patients, their injuries and how their conditions were treated 100 year ago.


BBC Radio 6 Music Festival at Victoria Warehouse
Friday 28 February – Saturday 1 March
Featuring more than 30 artists and DJs across three stages, the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival brings together an inspiring line up of artists with an alternative spirit.

The Hallé: Russian Spectacular at Bridgewater Hall
Saturday 22 March
This powerful evening includes work from Russian masters of orchestration including Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is one of his most iconic pieces of work – instantly recognisable from the first few bars – and full of pure emotion.


Thursday 20 February – Saturday 22 March
Acclaimed TV and stage actress Suranne Jones stars in a stage version of Virginia Woolf’s time travelling, gender swapping comedy Orlando at Royal Exchange Theatre.

The Seagull
Friday 21 February – Saturday 8 March
The Seagull, one of Anton Chekhov’s masterpieces, in a vibrant and critically acclaimed new version by Anya Reiss, is the final production under The Library Theatre Company banner before it becomes HOME, the new organisation created by its merger with Cornerhouse.

Walk of the month

Cotton – Palaces & Merchants
Wednesday 5 March
Discover cotton’s rich legacy in Manchester, from the fabulously ornate Watts’ Warehouse (now the Britannia Hotel) to the 18th century weavers cottages, remarkable survivals on Portland Street; from the Town Hall, topped by a golden cotton boll, to the Royal Exchange where cotton merchants traded in the world’s biggest room.

New kids on the block

Red’s True BBQ
Opens Thursday 13 February
From its site on Albert Square, this new BBQ joint will bring Red’s truly authentic ‘low and slow’ barbecue cooking to Manchester for the first time. Inspired by the origins of deep south USA, cuts of pork, beef, chicken and sausage are marinated in traditional rubs and slow cooked for up to 24hrs in custom built Oklahoman smokers.

Manchester Central Library
Opens Saturday 22 March
Not strictly a new addition more a rebirth, the glorious Manchester Central Library opens its doors once again following an extensive refurbishment and extension. Key features to look out for include the Henry Watson Music Library, the BFI Mediatheque and those looking to trace their family roots back to Manchester should visit Archives+.

What’s on in Manchester – January

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Chinese New Year

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.


Chinese New Year
Saturday 18 January – Sunday 2 February
Chinatown and the surrounding area come alive to welcome in the year of the horse. Over 100,000 people are expected to join in the festivities, which will include traditional events such as lantern lighting, gift giving, food tasting, fireworks and of course the magnificent dragon parade.

re:play Festival at The Lowry
Monday 20 January – Saturday 1 February
Ever missed a play you wish you’d had the chance to see? Well now you can – re:play Festival returns with a diverse sample of the best Manchester fringe theatre from the last 12 months. 

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival at The National Cycling Centre
Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 January
Over 300 cask ales along with traditional ciders, perries and beers will be available to try at this Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) event held in the unique setting of Manchester Velodrome, the home of British Cycling.


Trans Siberian Orchestra at O2 Apollo
Friday 10 January
Described as The Who meets Phantom of The Opera with Pink Floyd’s light show, Trans-Siberian Orchestra take rock opera into a whole new world, creating compelling and emotionally powerful narratives to match the epic scope of their music. 

Dwele at Band on the Wall
Thursday 23 January
US soul artist Dwele returns to the UK to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut album ‘Subject’ with a very special performance. After working with luminaries such as Kanye West and J Dilla, Dwele has expanded his sound to include a mix of vintage Soul, Hip Hop and Rap.

Showaddywaddy at The Albert Halls, Bolton
Friday 24 January
Once labelled ‘the greatest rock and roll band in the world’ Showaddywaddy are back with a dynamic and uplifting live show featuring all of their biggest hits. The band formed in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 20 million records and tour the world.

Mogwai at Bridgewater Hall
Monday 27 January
Just one week after the release of their eighth studio album ‘Rave Tapes’, Mogwai perform at The Bridgewater Hall. You can expect dynamic guitar instrumentals, melodic bass lines and heavy use of distortion and special effects.

London Grammar at Manchester Academy
Wednesday 29 January
Described by the Guardian as ‘an old-school, homegrown band that’s putting real music back in the charts’ Trip-Hop trio London Grammar continue to prove just why they were one of the most exciting new bands to breakthrough in 2013.


New Year Ghost Walk at Haigh Hall and Country Park
Saturday 4 January
Join Haigh Hall’s ghost hunters on a night walk through the grounds of the country park estate to discover (and possibly meet) its long dead characters. Anyone brave enough and over the age of eight is invited to this chilling event which will finish with a fire-roasted spud deep in the woods. Don’t forget your torch!

Skate the Park at Heaton Park
Until Sunday 12 January
Enjoy a real ice rink, festive market stalls and warming food and drinks, all in the stunning surroundings of the one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Skate the Park is ideal for a family trip or a romantic date with a difference.


Christian Dior: Designer in focus at The Gallery of Costume
Until Sunday 12 January
Christian Dior’s brief but supremely influential career began with his iconic ‘New Look’ in 1947 and he went on to reign supreme in Parisian fashion until his untimely death ten years later. This unique exhibition features stunning displays that represent many of Dior’s seminal couture collections.

The Gifts of the Departed at Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Until Saturday 1 March
Enchanted by the idea of textile as a metaphor for text and language, Alinah Azadeh’s exhibition is an on-going body of work, comprising objects which once belonged to her late mother wrapped and bound in cloth, articulating separation, loss and longing.

Coral: Something Rich and Strange at Manchester Museum
Until Sunday 16 March
This new exhibition provides a plethora of fascinating and beautiful objects, telling a story about biodiversity and the importance of marine environments today. Explore the material and symbol that has been an inspiration for artists, cultures and societies across the centuries.


Wanted! Robin Hood at The Lowry
Until Saturday 11 January
A thrilling contemporary combination of adventure, comedy, music and daredevil fighting, Wanted! Robin Hood promises to be a magical adventure for all. Written by Charles Way whose imaginative and award-winning family plays have been performed all over the world.

Swan Lake at Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 14 January
The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of a palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

That Day We Sang at Royal Exchange Theatre
Until Saturday 18 January
Reinvented and re-orchestrated for the Royal Exchange’s unique space, That Day We Sang is a big-hearted and nostalgic Manchester love story for all the family, written by Victoria Wood, one of the country’s most distinctive and well-loved comedic voices.

Walk of the Month

Victorian Slums & Squalor
Saturday 25 January
Take a guided tour through an old Manchester overflowing with cholera, crime, vice and vermin. A Blue Badge Guide will lead you into the uglier side of the industrial revolution and explore the impact it had on the local population.

New kid on the block

Almost Famous Burgers at Great Northern Warehouse
Almost Famous is back in Manchester and once again serving its tasty burgers, ribs, chilli dogs and cocktails. Formerly located in the Northern Quarter, this hidden gem was forced to close due to fire damage in June 2013. It has now re-opened in the dramatic surroundings of Great Northern Warehouse alongside fellow new residents Lucha Libre, All Star Lanes and James Martin Manchester.

3 things to do this weekend in Manchester (15 – 17 November, 2013)

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

Things are starting to feel very festive in Manchester with the twinkling Christmas lights and a wintery nip in the air. Here’s our top 3 suggestions for what to get up to this weekend, plus some bonus suggestions from our social media friends.

  • The wait is finally over; Manchester Christmas Markets open their ornate wooden gates today for the first time this year, with a promise of festive merriment, a host of food from across the globe and plenty of festive wares fit for any Christmas stocking. Celebrating 15 years in the city, the markets are made up of 300 beautiful chalet-chic wooden houses across nine city centre locations, all within easy walking distance of each other.
  • Musicians and music lovers should head over to Manchester Central for The Music Show which is on today and tomorrow. This huge celebration of talent from Manchester and across the North West showcases the latest musical equipment, technologies and services and has a packed programme of performances, workshops and ‘how to’ masterclasses. Those feeling brave can also jam on the main stage with top professionals from the world of music.
  • Fancy watching some live international sporting action? Make your way to Wigan’s DW Stadium on Saturday evening to watch England and France battle it out for a place in the Rugby League World Cup Semi-Finals. With tickets starting at just £7.50 it would rude not to.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • ‏@visit_bury: We’ll be @burybeerfest Today & Sat. Great beer & music. Just 2 mins walk from Metrolink. See for info.
  • ‏@DeShannon: The secret exhibition at Federation Building, Federation St. 12-4 on Saturday.
  • ‏@emmajayneallen: Christmas markets then the olive press for tea! Perfect day!
  • ‏@louisebolotin: Louder Than Words @Lthanwordsfest festival at the Palace Hotel all weekend
  • ‏@ebyford: It has to be @Lthanwordsfest at Palace Hotel feat: Wilko Johnson, Alan McGee, Tim Burgess and lots more
  •  ‏@lsutherland: #PHMPOLLfest @PHMMcr all weekend. Going to be awesome!
  • ‏@azacru: #Didsbury Sun pm. Great parks & pubs & pop in #Didsbury_Perk & get free Mcr-invented Pacru boardgame
  • ‏@naomiroofhyde: The Oast House teepee & Christmas markets 🙂

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Hugh Naughton: Night and Day
  • Holly Wood: Bierhaus, Hibernate and ice rink at Spinningfields
  • Tracey Cartledge: Visit 2022NQ on Dale Street/Little Lever Street in the NQ, there’s a fantastic exhibition of stunning mosaic works by North West artists tucked away in this hidden little oasis – it has a bar too and the coffee’s not too bad!…/a-night-on-the-tiles-exhibition
  • Pamela Spamellab Bustard@ BEATS at Contact – Something different but music-related, pretty cool show!
  • Scott Woody Weddell: Kosmonaut for lunch or a drink!
  • MANCHESTER UNITED Norske Fan: Visit the Englands smallest pub : The Circus Tavern in Portland street for a beer.
  • Clare Simpson: Chorlton Book Festival starts today. Highlights include writing workshop by regular Corrie writer tomorrow at The Edge
  • Emma Fox: Town hall clock tower tours!
  • Angela Lady-of Chaol-Ghleann: Afflecks Palace and the brownies in the second floor cafe homemade and mmmmm!