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What’s On in Greater Manchester this March

March Blog








Easter in Manchester

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival
19 – 20 March
Chocolate, entertainment and family fun brought together in a deliciously tasty festival in Ramsbottom. Need we say any more? Click here for details.

Charlie Chocolate Easter at Tatton Park
25 – 28 March
Enthralling trails, spell binding magic shows, captivating puppet theatre plus a Stable yard of chocolatey treats to eat and scrumptious things to buy. Find out more here.

The Passion at HOME
25 – 26 March
In the historical surrounds of Campfield Market, an abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion is brought to life as an immersive fully-staged opera. Click here for more information.

Something for the family

Junkyard Golf Club
1 – 31 March
Bring family and friends along to Junkyard Golf Club this March for a fun-filled crazy golf experience with music and cocktails. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

The Cat in the Hat at The Lowry
11 March – 13 March
With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, The Cat in the Hat turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home? To find out more, click here.

Cirque Berserk at The Palace Theatre
7 – 9 March
With thrilling stunts and mind-blowing tricks, Cirque Berserk will be an action-packed event guaranteed to entertain. Click here for more information.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise at The Lowry
30 March – 31 March
Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise. Enjoy fun, loads of songs and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show. Click here for more information.

Manchester Irish Festival
4 – 20 March
With over 200 events at 100 different venues, Manchester Irish Festival is now firmly established as Europe’s biggest Irish Festival outside of the Emerald Isle. Find out more.

Arts and culture

Manchester Film Festival
03 March – 06 March
Writers, directors and producers, along with established industry professionals and film lovers alike are all invited to celebrate the best independent cinema from around the world. Find out more.

King Charles III at Manchester Opera House
7 – 12 March
Prince Charles ascends to the throne after the passing of The Queen, but what future lies ahead for new monarch? Find out in this entertaining performance. More information here.

The Witches at The Lowry
21 – 26 March
Literature comes to life on stage at the Lowry this March as Roald Dahl scariest book is transformed into a terrifying treat for the family. To find out more go to Visit Manchester.

Chicago the Musical at Manchester Opera House
21 March – 2 April
Based on real events in the roaring 1920s, international award winning Chicago comes to Manchester with a star studded cast promising for a spectacular occasion. More details here.

Didsbury Makers Market
27 March
This event is held on the last Sunday of the month and includes food, drink, art and design, plus performances by local musicians and djs.Find out more here.

Dance 88/89

27 March
The summer of love returns for one night only in an evening celebrating the music and culture of acid house and Balearic. Click here for more information.

30 March – 2 April
Manchester’s annual collaborate arts festival returns with a packed programme of new commissions and world class performances on the theme of less is more. Find out more here.

Spinningfields Makers Market
19 – 20 March
From vintage stalls to inspiring Manchester artists to award winning pies and hot chilli chutneys, the stalls that have been carefully selected from North West Artisan producers will show the very best of local food, drink, vintage, art and modern craft that the region has to offer. Find out more here.

International Women’s Day at IWM North
06 March – 28 March 2016
Visit IWM North for a range of events to mark International Women’s Day 2016, as part of Manchester’s Wonder Women 2016 Festival. Click here for more information.

Live Music

Wolf Alice at Manchester Academy
10 March
For those who missed out on catching the band during their wildly successful previous UK run, it’s a fresh chance to catch the band at Manchester Academy this month. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.

The 1975 at the Manchester O2 Apollo
13 March 2016 – 15 March 2016
The 1975 will play a set of homecoming gigs at the O2 Apollo in support of their second album’I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’. Click here for more information.

Little Mix at Manchester Arena
24 March 2016
Little Mix will return to Manchester Arena as part of their 14 date UK tour in spring 2016, performing tracks from their new studio album, Get Weird including their UK number one, Black Magic. Find out more here.

Mariah Carey at Manchester Arena
18 March 2016
Returning to Manchester for the first time since her Charmbracelet Tour back in 2003, the music icon will be drawing on her back catalogue of over 18 number one singles and performing her biggest hits. Click here for more information.

Manchester Camerata – The Mozart Session
12 March 2016
Following on from the concert double bill of Haydn Piano Concertos in 2013, RNCM are delighted to welcome back Jean-Efflam Bavouzet for an all-Mozart programme set to redefine live performances of the great master. Find out more here.

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

What’s On in Greater Manchester this February

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year in Manchester
4 – 7 February
Manchester hosts its largest party yet to welcome in the ‘Year of the Monkey’, with thousands of red Chinese Lanterns decorating the city’s central shopping streets. Find out more.

Chinese New Year at Selfridges
4 – 7 February
Selfridges are joining this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations with a variety of in-store performances including live music, dancing and illustration. Click here to find out more.

Chinese Lantern Festival at intu Trafford Centre
5 February – 21 April
Celebrate Chinese New Year in dazzling style as the intu Trafford Centre light up the sky with colourful and bright Chinese lanterns. For more information click here.

Something for the family

Magic, Witches and Devils at the John Rylands Library
21 January – 21 August
Experience how supernatural forces shaped the lives of everyone from kings and queens to clergymen and maidservants. Find out more here.

Shrek the Musical at The Lowry
2 – 20 February
This February, see Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona on a spectacular musical adventure live at the Lowry. For more information click here.

Play Factore parents go free for Chinese New Year
6 February – 31 March
A great day out for families with little explorers, enjoy Play Factore for less when parents go free for Chinese New Year. Click here to find out more.

Steam, Sweat and Sewers
13 – 21 February
Revel in the stench and filth of a Victorian sewer and get messy at the goo making workshop and enjoy all the fun of the fair at the traditional fairground. Find out more here.

Arts & Culture

A Closer Look: Military Pride at IWM North
1 – 29 February
Hear the personal stories of lesbian and gay service personnel Jo Kirk, who serves in the RAF, and Patrick Lyster-Todd, who served in the Royal Navy. Find out more here.

Queer Contact Festival 2016
4 – 14 February
Part of LGBT History Month, the eight annual Queer Contact Festival is packed with music, theatre, dance, comedy, spoken word and more. Find out more here.

Hacienda Classical
5 – 12 February
A truly unique event merging orchestra and Hacienda nightclub classics, don’t miss this musical masterpiece at the Bridgewater Hall. Find out more here.

UK Art Lantern Festival
5 February – 20 April
Travel through a wide range of lantern displays ranging from traditional Chinese lanterns depicting the terracotta army, flora and fauna and architectural displays to Disney characters displays and Great UK landmarks. Find out more.

The Solid Life of Sugar Water at Royal Exchange Theatre
9 – 13 February
A play about love, loss, recovery and how a couple communicate in the wake of a tragedy, The Solid Life of Sugar Water follows the journey of a young couple as they attempt to reconnect with each other following a stillbirth. Click here for more information.

Valentine’s Day with the Halle
14 February
Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a romantic trip to the Bridgewater Hall for a selection of classic musical love stories. Click here for more information.

Brought to Life Exhibition at HOME
22 January – 6 March
This exhibition features explicitly honest portraiture that has not been retouched or altered offering a contemporary narrative of veterans who are as brave as they are humble. Find out more.

Telescope Demonstration Night
24 February
The evening will start with the simplest telescopes before moving upwards to the two main telescopes types ‒ refractors and Newtonians, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. Click here for more information.

Endgame at HOME
25 February – 12 March
A one act play with only four characters but plenty of laughs, darkness and downright absurdity thrown into the mix. Click here to find out more.

Bury Photographic Society
27 February – 16 April
An exhibition of the society’s work in 2015, visitors can get involved and vote for their favourite picture. Click here for more information.

Let it Be at Manchester Opera House
29 February – 5 March
Jump into the swinging sixties and relive Beatlemania in this fantastic tribute to one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands live at the Manchester Opera House. Find out more here.

Sporting Events

Cancer Research Manchester Winter Run
28 February
20% off the Cancer Research UK Manchester Winter Run on Sunday 28th February, with the code VISITMANCHESTER! A unique 2.5km, 5km or 10km run featuring loads of wintry fun, including a Giant Snow Zone, Penguin Party and Polar Bear Hugs at the finish. Click here for more information.

Frampton vs. Quigg World Championship Boxing at Manchester Arena
27 February
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will meet for the IBF and WBA World Super-Bantamweight titles at Manchester Arena. Click here for more information.

National Squash Championships
8 – 14 February
Get in on the action and head to the Nationals, which return to Manchester in February with the UK’s top players competing for the prestigious British title. Click here for more information.


Awakenings Manchester
6 February
The world’s largest and most famous techno brand, Awakenings comes to the iconic Victoria Warehouse bringing with it 19 artists playing across 4 arenas. Click here for more information.

NME Awards Tour at Manchester Academy
6 February
Catch some of the best of the music industry’s finest offerings during the NME Awards Tour including headliners, Bloc Party with Drenge, Ratboy and Bugzy Malone in support. Find out more.

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

6 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (23 – 25 October 2015)

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

Sale Sharks vs Worcester Warriors

Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks welcome Worcester Warriors in their first Aviva Premiership home game at the AJ Bell Stadium this Friday, with an 8pm kick-off. Click here for more information.

Manchester Science Festival


The Manchester Science Festival returns for its 9th year, bringing with it a unique blend of art, make-it workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages across Greater Manchester. Find out more information here.

Over-18s Ball Pool at MOSI

Ball Pool

This installation as part of Manchester Science Festival invites visitors over the age of 18 to rediscover their childish side and immerse themselves in a pool of 81,000 white balls. Click here to find out more.

Free For Arts Fringe


Hosted by Juncture – a new collective of artists and designers based in Manchester, this exciting event will feature a rotating display of 20 selected artists from the 2016 festival listing. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

Brutopia at HOME


For three days only, the Manchester School of Theatre presents Brutopia – a riposte to the conventional image of Thomas More. Find out more information here.

Jewellery & Craft Fair at Stockport Town Hall

Stockport Craft Fair

Over 50 stalls of beautiful handcrafted items, many of which have been created by local crafters and artists. See more here.

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