Category Archives: Spring

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

Citites of Hope blog

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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6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (15-17 April)

Dodgeball World Cup


See the top eight nations from around the world compete against each other in the inaugural Dodgeball World Cup in Manchester. Find out more.

Making Tracks presents: Night


A folk band from Kathmandu, see the unique and exotic sounds of Night live this weekend at the Royal Northern College of Music. For tickets and information, click here.

New Dawn Fades at the Dancehouse


New Dawn Fades is a play about Manchester, Joy Division and the punk revolution of the 1970s, starring Michael Whittaker as Ian Curtis. Click here for more information.

Northern Lusofonia String Orchestra

Northern Lusofonia

A delightful and elegant serenade, the Northern Lusofonia String Orchestra are bringing a spirited performance of Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams to Manchester this weekend. Find out more.

Women’s art exhibition at Nexus Art Cafe

 Women's Art Gallery

Join a celebration of women’s art on Friday 15th April 2016 from 8pm which will feature performance, poetry, music and film by the collective. Click here for more information.

The Vamps at Manchester Arena

The Vamps

The Vamps will perform tracks from new album Wake Up in a gig which includes music from special guest Conor Maynard, The Tide and Hometown. Click here for more information.

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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What’s on in Manchester – June

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The start of summer has begun…the weather is getting 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.


The heart is deceitful above all things at HOME
Friday 22 May – Sunday 26 July
A new group exhibition exploring heartache, breaking up, disenchantment and the dark side of the funfair.

Portraits at The Whitworth
Saturday 14 February – Sunday 22 November
This exhibition puts on display the people who are gathered together by the Whitworth’s collections, crossing centuries, continents and media. Not all the works are conventional portraits. Instead, there is a focus on the artists.


The Gintastic Festival at The Palace Hotel
Saturday 13 June
Tickle your taste buds with a variety of different gins and explore a botanical infused world, where flavour meets complexity. Live entertainment and tasting sessions will set the mood for you to lose yourself in the gin you are tasting and the conversations you’re having.

Parklife at Heaton Park
Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 June
Europe’s largest BBQ and music festival returns to Albert Square this May for Manchester’s big weekend of meat, music and mayhem with Grandmaster Flash, The Heavy, Levi Roots and Cuban Bros.


Taylor Swift at Manchester Arena
Wednesday 24 June
Seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will bring The 1989 World Tour to Manchester on Wednesday 24 June – her first live show in the city since her sold-out date at the Arena on the Speak Now tour in 2011.

An Evening with The Overtones at The Bridgewater Hall
Monday 29 June
The Overtones continue to reboot classic sounds for contemporary audiences. February 2015 saw the release of their fourth collection ‘Sweet Soul Music’ – a tribute to doo-wop and soul pioneers such as The Drifters, Al Green, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.


The Manchester Day Parade
Sunday 14 June
Manchester Day will explode into the city centre with a fantastic parade and lots of exciting things to do across the city centre. This year’s theme – Game On! will transform the city into an animated playground of music, outdoor theatre and procession in a celebration of play and Manchester’s place in a global gaming world.

The Great Manchester Cycle
Sunday 28 June
Returning for a fourth year the Great Manchester Cycle is back with three distance options to choose from, 13, 26 and 52 miles, the event caters for all ages and abilities.


Wicked at The Lowry
Wednesday 3 June – Saturday 25 July
The global musical phenomenon that has been casting its spell over audiences across the world for years, flies into Manchester for a strictly limited run this summer. 

The Ghost Train at Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 14 May – Saturday 20 June
A group of passengers are left stranded at a remote railway station, facing the prospect of a night in the waiting room. But when the old stationmaster warns them about the phantom train that haunts the tracks after dark, the evening starts to take one chilling turn after another.


England v New Zealand T20 Cricket at Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 23 June
England will host New Zealand in what will be an exhilarating NatWest International T20 floodlit contest on Tuesday 23 June at Emirates Old Trafford.

Manchester United Legends v Bayern Munich All Stars at Old Trafford
Sunday 14 June
A whole host of former Reds have been confirmed to play for Bryan Robson’s Manchester United Legends’ team against Bayern Munich All Stars at Old Trafford on Sunday 14 June (2.30pm kick-off).

Tour of the Month

Corridor Manchester Itinerary
There’s no denying that Manchester is a city dripping with history and creativity. A place where past and present are tightly knit, and a city where a walk along what appears to be an ordinary road can uncover layers of innovation, science, politics and art.

New Kid on the Block

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Capture the spirit of celebration that the Caribbean is famed for around the globe – Turtle Bay’s newest restaurant will make you happy by delivering a hedonistic combination of joyous food, delightful drinks and a fun, laidback atmosphere.

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5 things to do this bank holiday weekend in Greater Manchester (22 – 25 May 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Greater Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers.

First Street’s First Street Party

First Street's First Street Party

A family-friendly Sunday of music, food and theatre celebrating Manchester’s newest neighbourhood.

Geronimo at Tatton Park

Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park

The largest children’s festival in the North West – with hundreds of activities for children aged from two to twelve and a host of popular characters like CBeebies’ Mr Bloom.

Manchester Sightseeing Bus Tours

Manchester Sightseeing Bus Tours

Take an entertaining and informative tour on an open-top bus, visit the landmarks and enjoy the Saturday sunshine.

The Lost Carnival

The Lost Carnival

The event will remain shrouded in mystery until the audience step inside the big top, but families can expect spellbinding theatre, circus, music and visual trickery.

The Spring Festival of Markets

The Spring Festival of Markets

Decked with flowers, picket fencing and patio chairs The Spring Festival of Markets is the perfect destination for a bite to eat, after-work drinks and meeting with friends.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

@cffuk: #HOMEwarming festivities at the newly opened @HOME_mcr !

@sferg100: Er @HOME_mcr obvs #HOMEwarming

@MinersArtsBar:  Minefest! #Fundraiser for roof 30+ bands film, comedy + Arts @Minersartnmusic @mostoncinema @rebellionmanc

@8491nc: #HOMEwarming of course!

‏@angieokchan: The Eastern Exchanges #art exhibition at @mcrartgallery before it closes at the end of the month!

@VisitBolton: There’s still time to grab tickets for the UK’s Biggest Free Rock Tribute Festival “Boltfest” this Sun!

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

Emirates Old Trafford – Conference and Events: Watch Lancashire County Cricket Club in the NatWest T20 blast tonight with music from Reverend and the Makers!

Sean Tansey: Get drunk🍷🍹

Isabel Mourato: Spring festival of markets on new cathedral street

Sarndip Sangha:

Mark Lupton: Places on Red Rose Forest’s Heritage Trees walk at Broomwood in Timperley, Trafford 10am tomorrow, FREE! Call Janie on (0161) 872 1660 to book. Learn more about our local special trees.

Marina Robertson: See Take That in concert!!!!!

Peter A Wilcox: HOME warming weekend!

Angela Coulthard: See Take That

East Lancashire Railway: Our 1940s Weekend!

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Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (15 – 17 May 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Greater Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers.

Live T20 cricket at Emirates Old Trafford


Enjoy live cricket action as Lancashire Lightning take on Leicestershire Foxes, this Friday from 6:30pm.

Castlefield Food Festival


A weekend showcase of some of Manchester’s finest chefs, restaurants and street food traders.

Chorlton Arts Festival

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Now in its 14th year, the festival features local and national talent in music, comedy, visual arts, performance and more.

Northern Quarter Market

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The highly successful Levenshulme Market pops up in Manchester’s Northern Quarter this Sunday.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

@MrScottPower: Head to @Guerrilla_Eats for the best street food night market in town

‏@RateARestaurant: Go to @Cocktailsinthec ! All the best bars in #Manchester under one roof!

@HOME_mcr: Head to @HOME_mcr for @StephensSimon’s brilliant #TheFunfair – a darkly humourous rollercoaster love story

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

Laura Patryas: Go to the vegan fair

Ellen Clayton: Romiley Primary School fair FRPS. Tonight 4-7pm

Sharon James: Castlefield food festival. Food from all over the globe!!!

Louise Thompson: Go to Manchester Art Gallery.

Dave Quinn: Go to Broadhurst park in Moston for the very first game at FC United’s new home. 3pm kick off. All welcome. FC v FC select 11.

Wayne Chamberlain: Bramhall park duck race, Sunday

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Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (08 – 10 May 2015)

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

The Great City Games

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A unique elite event that consistently attracts some of the world’s top sprinters on a purpose-built track in the heart of the city centre.

Escape Room

The Escape Room

The UK’s premier Escape Room experience! One of the best ways to spend 60 minutes with your friends and family.

The Great Manchester Run


Europe’s biggest 10K running event has seen more than a quarter of a million enthusiastic runners take to the streets of Manchester since the run was established in 2003.

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