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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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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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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

Great CityGames

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

Whit Friday

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

T20 Blast

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

HOME birthday

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

Manchester Run

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

An Inspector

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.

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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

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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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7 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (22-24 January)

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

First TransPennine Express Winter Sale


Make the most of 25% off all First TransPennine Express advance tickets for travel up to and including Sunday 20 March. Be quick, offer ends Sunday 31 January. More information here.

Mary Poppins at the Palace Theatre

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Start the weekend in style by seeing the stage adaptation of Mary Poppins live at the Palace Theatre. It’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Click here for more information.

The Corrs at Manchester Arena

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Pop rockers The Corrs return to Manchester this weekend to perform hits new and old at the Manchester Arena. Click here to find out more.

Snow Park Fun at the Chill Factore


Bring the family along to the Snow Park at Chill Factore for a fun-filled day of slides and sledging in the snow. Find out more here.


Cheap Eats

January doesn’t have to be gloomy – take advantage of over 25 fantastic food offers across the city with some of Manchester’s most popular eateries offering up to 50% off. Find out more here.

Thriller Live at Manchester Opera House


With two hours of pop, soul and dance hits, relive the career of music icon Michael Jackson on stage at the Manchester Opera House. Click here for more information.

Manchester Giants vs Sheffield Sharks


Cheer on basketball team the Manchester Giants who are in action this Sunday when they take on the Sheffield Sharks. Click here for more information.

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The Definitive Manchester Christmas Guide 2015

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

Chester Zoo at Christmas 

Chester Zoo Blog

With daily animal talks, events and themed play areas, Chester Zoo makes for a magical family day out this Christmas season, with over 12,500 animals and 125 acres of gardens to explore. Find out more here.

Christmas Carols by Salford Royal Choir – Sunday 20 December

Salford Choir

In the beautiful surroundings of The John Rylands Library historic reading room, take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy a medley of Christmas Carols by Salford Royal Choir. Click here for more information.

Cinderella at Manchester Opera House


This December, Cinderella returns with national icons Torvill & Dean who will make their pantomime debut as the Fairy Godparents. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

Christmas Craft on a Ration

Christmas Craft

Visit the festively decorated 1940s house in the Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits exhibition and create your own hanging decoration and weigh out your week’s ration of sweets to pop inside. Find out more here.

Festive Fun at NFM


Book the kids onto the National Football Museum’s supervised activity sessions; with fun football challenges and computer gaming contests, guaranteed to keep them on the ball. Click here for more information.

Levy Christmas Night Market – Friday 18 December

Levy Market

The Christmas night party will offer a mix of hand-picked traders selling the very best in delicious Manchester street food, sweet treats and drinks, as well as artists, designers and makers selling high quality Christmas presents. Find out more here.

Lightwaves at Salford Quays


From giant inflatable rabbits to a three-dimensional maze, get lost in a maze of reflections and illuminations at Greater Manchester’s Digital Light Festival. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

Magic Lantern Workshop at MOSI

Lantern Workshop

Illuminate dark winter days with daily family activities during the school holidays at Museum of Science and Industry. Build an electrical circuit and light up the dark at MOSI’s Magic Lantern workshop. Click here for more information.

New Year’s Day with the Manchester Camerata – Friday 1 January


Start 2016 in style at the Manchester Camerata’s New Year’s Day Viennese concert at the impressive Bridgewater Hall. Click here to find out more.

The wonder of light at MOSI

Wonder of Light

Light up the dark winter days with this magnificent light and illusion show at the Museum of Science and Industry. Perfect for the whole family. Find out more here.

Christmas in Colorado

Christmas in Colorado

Inspired by the world famous hotspots of Aspen and Vail, Event City will be transformed into an electric après-ski party. Find out more here.

Jools Holland at O2 Apollo – Sunday 20 December


Acclaimed musician and television host Jools Holland will perform live at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, accompanied on stage by his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Click here for more information.

Christmas with the Hallé

The Halle

This Christmas, The Hallé are putting on a range of spectacular performances not to be missed. Find out more here.

Spinningfields Christmas Market


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

New Year’s Eve: Rudimental at Albert Hall – Thursday 31 December


Party away 2015 and welcome the New Year at Albert Hall with a DJ from Rudimental and others. Find out more here.

Manchester Christmas Markets


The world-famous markets come to a close on Monday 21 December. Don’t miss your chance to explore the 350 stalls spanning 10 distinctive market sites, transforming the city centre in to a festive wonderland. Find out more here.

Need New Year’s Eve inspiration? Check out  guide to some of the best events taking place in the city –

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Visit Manchester.

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:

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

Explore for less this Christmas with FTPE
Getting to Manchester this Christmas is easy with First Transpennine Express. When visitors book in advance, they could save over 50%* on First TransPennine Express train travel. All they need to do is book before 6pm on the day prior to travel and travel on a specific train.
*Terms and conditions apply.

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.


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.

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