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13 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (4– 6 November)

Manchester Christmas Lights Switch On
Takes place 4 November 2016.
Manchester’s switch-on party will officially open six weeks of festive celebrations and attractions.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

RNCM Events
30 September 2016 – 18 December 2016
Take a look at the exciting list of performances and events at Royal Northern College of Music for the rest of 2016.

Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park
01 February 2016 – 31 December 2016
The most gloriumptious things are set to happen in 2016 as Tatton Park embarks on a magical journey celebrating 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl.

The Snowman – Screening with Live Orchestra
21 October 2016 – 20 December 2016
Bring all the family to the big screening of The Snowman, accompanied by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s beautiful score.

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.

The Wind in the Willows @ The Lowry
27 October 2016 – 06 November 2016
The Wind in the Willows – A new musical by the award winning Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

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

1966 World Cup Exhibition at National Football Museum
23 October 2016 – 23 April 2017
Share in England’s famous 1966 World Cup win with friends and family this season with a visit to the 1966 World Cup Exhibition.

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6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (03 – 05 June)

Manchester Histories Festival

Hsitories Fest blog

Celebrate ‪‎Manchester‬‘s rich past at Manchester Histories Festival, and uncover the new and hidden histories from across Greater Manchester. Find out more.

Auke de Vries at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

Auk de Vries

This weekend is the last chance to catch Auke de Vries Bury Art Museum, an exhibition which includes approximately 25 works plus 20 framed drawings. Click here for more information.

Regression Sessions at Antwerp Mansion

Regression Sessions

The latest party series invites guests to suit up and blast off on an intergalactic safari through space, where visitors will discover new life and civilisations during a voyage through distant galaxies where an outer world experience awaits. Find out more.

German Bierfest


Don the lederhosen and head down to Albert Square for the first ever German Bierfest to come to Manchester. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

The Hallé’s Russian Spectacular


With searing melodies from Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake combined in a no-holds-barred celebration of some of the most romantic music ever written. Find out more.

Coldplay at Etihad Stadium


For two nights this weekend, Coldplay will take over the Etihad Stadium as part of their huge world tour. Click here for more information.

What’s on in Greater Manchester this June


Food and Drink

German Bierfest
1 – 5 June
The German Bierfest comes to Manchester for the first time this year, bringing with it a whole host of German entertainment, food and drink. Click here for more information.

Manchester Beer Week
10 – 19 June
This will be Manchester’s first city-wide beer festival, set up with the aim of bringing together thousands of drinkers through a series of events celebrating brewing and pub culture. Find out more.

The Lowry Outlet Food Festival
24  – 26 June 2016
The Lowry Outlet Food Festival returns and this year it is joined by some of the regions best loved restaurant chefs, the nation’s baking sweetheart and winner of The Great British Bake Off Nadiya Hussain plus Reggae Reggae sauce legend Levi Roots. Find out more.

Get 50% off food at Neighbourhood
01 – 30 June 2016
Receive 50% off at Neighbourhood following their recent revamp when you book online. Click here for more information.

Family Events

Manchester Day
19 June
A day for families, residents and visitors to get together and celebrate all things Mancunian that have made Manchester one of the world’s most iconic cities. Find out more.

Saddleworth Show 2016
26 June
The show will be backed up by the usual craft, charity and food stalls, and promises to be a great afternoon out for all the family. Find out more.

RNCM Summer Family Day
26 June
For the second year running, RNCM is delighted to be joining forces with MMU’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival for the Summer Family Day. Find out more.

Festivals and Events

Manchester Histories Festival
3 – 12 June
The festival takes place over 10 days with events held at a wide range of venues across Greater Manchester. Click here for more information.

Parklife Festival
11 – 12 June
Manchester’s biggest music festival returns this summer with one of the best line-ups to date. Find out more.

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival
24 June – 31 July
The fifth Greater Manchester Fringe Festival takes place this summer with 108 alternative and innovative shows over 38 days at 30 different venues. Find out more.

Music and Theatre

Singin’ in the Rain at the Octagon Theatre
3 – 25 June
Featuring all of the favourite songs from the 1952 MGM film, including Good Morning, Make ‘Em Laugh, You Are My Lucky Star and the title song, Singin’ in the Rain! Find out more.

On Corporation Street at HOME
10 – 25 June
ANU Productions and HOME present On Corporation Street, an immersive promenade production inspired by the memories and myths surrounding this seismic event. Click here for more information.

Rihanna at Emirates Old Trafford
29 June
The world-famous artisit will play at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday 29 June 2016, supported by The Weeknd. Find out more.

Sporting Events

U20 Rugby World Cup
7 – 25 June
See the very best young rugby players compete in the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester this June. Click here for more information.

Horwich Festival of Racing
19 June
Since it began in 2002, Horwich Festival of Racing has grown to become one of the most popular sporting events in the North West. Find out more.




What’s on in Greater Manchester this Bank Holiday Weekend

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King Street Festival
28 – 30 May
Manchester city centre’s iconic shopping street, King Street, is celebrating its new mix of premium retailers, luxury brands and upscale eateries and hotels with a long weekend of VIP shopping experiences over the Spring bank holiday. Find out more.

Bank Holiday Weekend at The Fitzgerald
26 – 29 May
The Fitzgerald is the place to be this bank holiday weekend – with everything from Acid Jazz to Disco, Funk and Soul. Find out more.

Solis Rooftop Parties
27 – 30 May
Expect acoustic performers, street food stalls, gin bar, Pimms, cocktail bar, trumpets, saxophone and DJs providing the finest sunshine to sunset vibes. Click here for more information.

Easter at Hula West Didsbury
26 – 29 May
There will be Zombies flowing all weekend long with 2 for £10 on all cocktails until 10pm, and a mix of dance floor fillers to hip-hop, reggae and everything in between from a stellar DJ line-up from Thursday through Sunday. Find out more.

Gentleman’s Afternoon at Harvey Nichols
28 May
Celebrating the launch of the new Menswear destination at Knightsbridge, Harvey Nichols are taking over the Manchester Menswear department with gin, grooming and guest pop-ups.

Boogie Nights presents: Medlar @ The Whiskey Jar
28 May
One of the biggest names in disco & funk music performs at The Whiskey Jar. See more at Visit Manchester.

Alberts Schloss Grand Weekend Retreat
29 May
Join Alberts from brunch till dawn, including a flamboyance of Promenaders, DJs and Live Guests all day long. Click here for more information.

No Hassle at Gorilla
29 May
Expect to be dancing the night away with the No Hassle resident DJ’s playing you the best house and techno all the way into the early hours of Monday morning. Find out more.

The Hidden Forest II
29 May
Party at the Hidden Forest for 12 hours of house and techno music, including top house and techno DJs Cabanne, Seb Zito, Anton Fitz, Martin Loose Cuts. Click here for more information.

Zutekh vs TPOT – Bank Holiday Party
29 May
Zutekh and TPOT DJs come together for a courtyard takeover party at South Nightclub this bank holiday weekend. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

Odyssey Bank Holiday Sunday @ The Milton Club
29 May
The stylish atmosphere of The Milton Club paired with a great mixture of RnB, house and club classics will ensure the night is unforgettable! Find out more.

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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.


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.

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7 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (19-21 February)

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

National Wedding Show

National Wedding Show

The ultimate wedding shopping experience is coming to Manchester Central Convention Centre this weekend, bringing  over 170 wedding specialists from bridal boutiques and florists to jewellers and photographers. Find out more.

Hannah Wants at Albert Hall

Hannah Wants

This Friday, world renowned DJ Hannah Wants returns to Manchester to play the Albert Hall as part of her What Hannah Wants tour. Click here for more information.

GB Senior Women EuroBasket 2017 Qualification Rounds

GB Women bball

Great Britain Senior Women return to Manchester for their two vital EuroBasket Women 2017 qualification games, starting this weekend. Click here for more information.

POOKU presents Ion Ludwig live at Joshua Brooks


Ion Ludwig, a producer from Holland brings his unique sound to Manchester this weekend. Combining drum machines and synthesizers with a laptop and recordings from older and newer work his sound radiates a never-ending story and energy. Find out more.

Husbands and Sons at Royal Exchange Theatre


Starting this weekend at Royal Exchange Theatre, Husbands and Sons is a tale which interweaves three of Lawrence’s greatest dramas, and introduces us to the now-vanished world in which he grew up. Find out more.

Spinningfields Makers Market

Spin market blog

Spinningfields Makers Market returns this weekend with over 140 artisans showcasing the best in local food, drink, vintage, art and modern craft that the region has to offer. Find out more.

Manchester Record Fair

Manchester Record Fair

Browse through vinyl and cds from Prog Rock, Punk Rock, Hard Rock and Hip Hop to Soul, Jazz, Reggae and Doo Wop. Click here for more information.

Here’s what our Twitter and Facebook followers recommend this weekend

@Roger_Sutton: walking the incredible top international artists in our city
@waadalharbi we’re going to start our weekend by eating outside in Zouk then to the cinema
@alice_tweetz: Partying at with on Saturday, dancing to disco music
@DhariniPatel: Starting the weekend today with a visit to for afternoon tea with – an early birthday treat

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8 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (12-14 February)

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

Valentine’s Day in Manchester


Love is in the air this weekend as Valentine’s Day approaches; find the perfect way to spend the day with your loved one. Click here for more information.

Valentine’s Day for singles


Valentine’s Day is not just for couples, take a look at our guide for a great singles night out. Find out more here.

Valentines Weekend at the Podium Restaurant


Make the most of this Valentines weekend at the Hilton Deansgate with Podium’s grand seven-course menu making for a perfect romantic evening. Click here for more information.

The Imitation Game at Manchester Art Gallery

Imitation game

Alan Turing developed the world’s first stored-program computer in Manchester, explore his timeless questions about our relationship with machines at Manchester Art Gallery this weekend. Go to Visit Manchester to find out more.

Steam, Sweat and Sewers


Manchester is well-known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, but what was it like to live during that time? Find out at this family friendly event at the Museum of Science and Industry. More details here.

Johnnie Shand Kydd Exhibition


A unique display of black and white photographs of international art world figures captured in the 1990s. Find out more here.

Kick-off the Holidays at the National Football Museum

Football Museum

There’s plenty of half-term fun at the National Football Museum, bring the family along for games, interactive displays and tons of football fun. Click here for more information.

Fac51 The Hacienda at Albert Hall

Albert Hall

David Morales follows on from some highly acclaimed sets over in the UK to bring his legendary skills as a DJ and producer to the Albert Hall for the first time. More information here.

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