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3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (09 – 11 January 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 media friends. Happy new year folks!

Get free membership & 50% off drinks at The Milton Club

The Milton Club

The Milton Club is holding an exclusive January sale with a huge 50% off drinks for its members. As a treat for all Visit Manchester Guests, the luxury cocktail bar is providing a temporary membership pass for you to take advantage of this excellent discount. Simply call 0161 850 2353 to make a guest list booking now, quoting ‘Visit Manchester Membership.’

Celebrate Elvis’ birthday with a ‘Hound Dog’ & get 50% off food at All Star Lanes

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Elvis Presley would have turned 80 on Thursday and All Star Lanes is celebrating peanut butter jelly style. The ‘Hound Dog‘ is a 100% pork frank smothered with peanut butter, homemade grape jelly and topped with toasted peanuts. Dine American style and do some bowling for dessert. Download your 50% off voucher here

Watch local musical talent for free at Band on the Wall


Acoustic Bhuna at Band on the Wall is a musical fusion that brings together rising star Songs for Walter, a harpist, guitarist and a former Corrie star (featured in the video above). The show starts at 7pm and as always, there will be delicious food prepared fresh on the night by Spice Master Giles.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

  • Emma Reay ‏@ReaySocialMedia: Shop in the Arndale, Visit the quirky Northern Quarter, Go to Red Hot World Buffet!
  • Visit Bolton ‏@VisitBolton: It’s last chance to catch Alice in Wonderland tomorrow @octagonbolton, just a few tickets left, book at http://bit.ly/1sc5ngJ

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

  • Michael O’Carroll: Has got to be Old Trafford to see the mighty Reds beat Southampton.
  • Lady Kerry Bray: Central Library Manchester, amazing place to spend the day, so much to do & see, full of history of the City. Beautiful Building x
  • Linzi Lloyd-Henry: Come to Heaton Parkrun 9am 5k on Saturday sets you up for the day, Happy Running x
  • Tracy Afferley: Visit John Ryland’s library
  • Jo Chadwick Shrek on at the palace theatre till Sunday

Throughout January we will be sharing the best eating out offers with our Twitter followers, keep an eye out for #JanScran and make sure you’re following us @visit_mcr

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

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3 things to do this weekend in Manchester (3 – 5 January, 2014)

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Almost Famous, 3pm on Film Day at Band on the Wall

Planning a trip to Manchester this weekend? Here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to plus some bonus suggestions from our social media friends.

  • The Wheel of Manchester has returned and is now located in Piccadilly Gardens. Take a ride on the 60 metre high wheel and enjoy amazing panoramic views of the city. Your stunning journey in one of the 42 capsules will be accompanied by expert commentary so you don’t miss any of the sights.
  • The festive fun continues in Manchester this weekend at the UK’s largest indoor theme park, Winter Wonderland at Eventcity. Complete with over 30 family rides, a big top circus and plenty of food and drink stalls, why not give the kids a treat before term starts again next week.
  • Super scrimpers and film buffs take note, four of the best music movies of all time will be shown in Manchester’s original music venue this Saturday. Film Day at Band on the Wall is a completely free event so why not pop in and catch a classic, you can even curl up and chow down on one of the homemade Burritos which will be available all day.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • @PrGrPa @mcrartgallery shelter from the wind and rain + great collection and exhibitions
  • @foggydewhurst national football museum

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Sam Mcfarlane: Visit the new “barberbarber” barber shop at Barton Arcade
  • Paddy Holland: Town Hall Tour amazing beautiful building
  • Danielle Boxall: Dogs & Dough for some awesome food then a night of dancing in Mojos
  • Amanda Green: The Museum of Science and Industry
  • Anthony Dillon: The People’s History Museum on Bridge Street, Spinningfields.
  • Paul Mark O’Toole: Bring a brolly and walk around St Anne’s Square, Deansgate & King Street!
  • Oh My Dog Boutique and Groomers: Always, always, always visit The Gaucho Grill!
  • Tray Keymer-Blay: Winter wonderland at EventCity Trafford Park is amazing for the whole family

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.

Festivals

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.

Music

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.

Outdoors 

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.

Exhibitions

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.

Performance

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.

What’s on in Manchester – November

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The ‘What’s on in Manchester’ blog will give you a heads up for selected highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester for the coming month – published every month on behalf of Visit Manchester.

Exhibitions

David Chadwick: We Were All Here, Once // Until 5 November 2013 @ Cornerhouse, Oxford Street

Manchester-based photographer David Chadwick will present a selection of rarely-seen images of the city’s night scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This will be the first time these unique photographs, summarised by Chadwick simply as “young people looking for love”, have been displayed together in public.

Music

Stereophonics // 14 November 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

In addition to songs from their latest studio album Graffiti on the Train, the four-piece will be performing tracks from their 20 plus year back catalogue including the classics The Bartender And The Thief, Have A Nice Day, Mr Writer, A Thousand Trees and the number one hit Dakota.

Jake Bugg // 6 and 7 November 2013 @ O2 Apollo

A big star at Radio 1 and 6 Music, Jake has also made appearances on Radio 2 and on Radio 4’s flagship culture show Front Row. High profile features have included the Guardian, NME front cover, Sunday Times Culture, Q, MOJO and more.

Yellowcard // 14 November @ Royal Northern College of Music (Chamber Hall)

To mark an entire decade since its original release, this is the group’s ‘Ocean Avenue: Acoustic’ tour – where they will perform their best-loved hits from the platinum selling album. With over two and a half million albums sold and counting, Yellowcard continue to dominate the music world, garnering fan support and critical acclaim alike.

Bombino: Live // 1 November 2013 @ Band on the Wall

The incredible new star of desert blues brings his band’s sun-baked sound to Band on the Wall for what promises to be an utterly thrilling night. Every year or so world music throws up a new global star in the making and 2013 looks like being Tuareg guitar genius Omara “Bombino” Moctar’s year.

Performance

A Walk in the Park // 20 – 22 November 2013 @The Black Lion, Chapel Street

When Jack (Levi Payne) and Kate (Sarah O’Byrne) first meet, the pair hit it off to a great start. Jack’s enthusiastic mother (played by BBC Radio Lancashire Presenter Sally Naden) is eager to meet her son’s new girlfriend, but Jack has reservations. As time goes on, cracks in their relationship start to show and a tragic incident brings about revelations nobody ever expected.

Mickey Flanagan // 21 November 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

The ‘Back In The Game’ tour follows on from the huge critical and commercial success of last year’s ‘Out Out’ tour where over 200,000 tickets were sold and all 150 dates a sell out.

Wicked // Present until 16 November 2013 @ The Palace Theatre

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as students. Their extraordinary adventures will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Festivals

Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival // 18 October – 3 November 2013 @ Z-Arts

The Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival will celebrate brilliant children’s theatre and fire the imaginations of a wide range of children, from toddling two-year olds to sophisticated pre-teens.

Doki Doki The Manchester Japanese Festival // 9 November 2013 @ Sugden Sports Centre

Throughout the day, there will be talks, demonstrations, parades and other events showcasing art, fashion, martial arts, film, music, games and other aspects of Japanese culture, past and present, as well as retail stalls and artist stands. Hot and cold Japanese food and drink will also be available to festival-goers.

Sports

AJ Bell World Squash Championships // 26 October 2013 – 3 November 2013 @ National Squash Centre

The nine day tournament, to be staged at the National Squash Centre with finals at Manchester Central, is one of the cornerstones of what will be another memorable sporting year for the city of Manchester.

UCI Track Cycling World Cup // 1 – 3 November 2013 @ The National Cycling Centre

Across the three days of competition, the leading male and female cyclists in the world will compete across all the Olympic Track Cycling disciplines in this next step on the road to Rio.

Scotland v USA: Rugby League World Cup 2013 // 7 November 2013 @ Salford City Stadium

Salford holds a prime position in the heart of the North West, just one minute from Manchester city centre on the banks of the River Irwell. This is a city of contrasts offering acres of beautiful countryside, miles of waterways and lots of culture and history. Heritage is a strong theme in the city with over 250 listed buildings, including the Grade 1 listed Ordsall Hall where Guy Fawkes is rumoured to have cooked up the Gunpowder Plot. While Salford has one foot in the past in celebration of its fascinating history, the city is embracing a digital future with MediaCityUK, the new home of the BBC in the North.

Out of Town

The Saddleworth Creative Network Gift & Craft Winter Festival // 10 November 2013 @ Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee Street

The first is the ‘Winter Craft & Gift Festival’ and will be held on Sunday 10th November to tempt those early bird Christmas shoppers. This is being held on Remembrance Sunday and will observe the 2 minutes silence at 11am. All proceeds from the regular tombola will be donated to the Poppy Appeal, along with many of the traders making and selling many poppy related items to raise money for the charity.

Long Day’s Journey into Night // Until 2 November 2013 @ Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Eugene O’Neill shares, with uncompromising truth and honesty, the pain, anguish and guilt faced by his own family, in what is his most moving and compelling drama.

The Oldham Open // Present until 16 November 2013 @ Gallery Oldham

The exhibition is also a great opportunity for visitors to view and buy a range of artworks by local artists and see the range of skills and talents in Oldham. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Prize competition during the course of the show. The winner will receive vouchers for art materials.

Spindleopolis When Cotton was King // Present until 30 November 2013 @ Gallery Oldham

Cotton helped to create a prosperous working class whose cash fuelled a market for seaside holidays, football, music hall and fish and chips. The display uses the cartoons and words of local man Sam Fitton to recreate this lost world. This dialect writer and entertainer chronicled the lives of the working men and women of the town in the pages of the Cotton Factory Times, the operatives’ own weekly newspaper.

What’s on in Manchester – September

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The ‘What’s on in Manchester’ blog will give you a heads up for selected highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester for the coming month – published every month on behalf of Visit Manchester.

Exhibitions

Hard Rock Couture // 30 August – 8 September 2013 @ The Printworks, Withy Grove
This exhibition presents some of the wild, wonderful and historic clothing from the Hard Rock collection including Madonna’s iconic gold corset created by fashion guru Jean Paul Gaultier, a feathered Dior jacket worn both on and off stage by The Killers front man Brandon Flowers, a prison jacket worn by Elvis Presley in the film Jailhouse Rock and the red leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his infamous “Beat It” video.

Double Indemnity // 14 September 2013 until 1 January 2014 @ Cornerhouse, Oxford Road
The exhibition will inter-weave images and text from Billy Wilder’s classic film with a selection of photography, video, painting and installation artworks, which expose and subvert the distance between those who desire and are desired.

Independent Interiors Show // 28 September 2013 @ 2022nq, Northern Quarter
A one day shopping event for interiors enthusiasts, the event will showcase the best homeware brands and emerging interior designers in the North of England, from lighting to furniture, ceramics, textiles and wall coverings.

Music

Jetplane Landing // 4 September 2013 @ Soup Kitchen, Northern Quarter
Art-rock, post-hardcore from Derry, Northern Ireland. Currently promoting latest album, “Don’t Try”.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan // 12 September 2013 @ Phones4u Arena, Manchester
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns to Manchester this autumn as part of his The Voice From Heaven UK tour.

Police Dog Hogan // 20 September 2013 @ Band on the Wall, Swan Street
Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “just a really good, fun time”.

Kathryn Williams // 10 September 2013 @ Band on the Wall, Swan Street
Kathryn Since her 2002 Mercury Music Prize nomination, Kathryn Williams has gone from strength to strength, releasing a string of acclaimed albums that have confirmed her as an extraordinary talent within the singer/songwriter genre.

Performance

An Evening of Burlesque // 20 September 2013 @ Manchester Opera House, M3 3HP
It’s all tease, no sleaze as corsets, killer heels, stockings aplenty, sultry vocals, mischief, magic, frivolity and fun collide. Showcasing award winning talent from across the country this is your chance to see some of the Burlesque world’s favourite stars in the flesh.

That Is All You Need To Know // Until 4 December 2013 @ The Lowry, The Quays
That Is All You Need To Know marks the start of The Lowry’s ‘Accelerate’ programme, an exciting new relationship between the venue and The Jerwood Foundation. This initiative builds upon the success of The Lowry’s award-winning ‘Developed With The Lowry’ programme to further support emerging to mid-career theatre companies.

The Moscow State Circus // 18 – 22 September 2013 @ Tatton Park, Knutsford
Superstar Clowns Splendid Pavlik & Klava invite the audience to this wondrous and mysterious place, a place to romance, a place to stroll & take in Moscow at sunset & a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, in many case’s, non of the like have ever been witnessed in Great Britain before.

Night of Adventure // 30 September 2013 @ Vue Cinema, The Lowry
More than 400 guests will be treated to 12 talks from some of the finest adventurers on the face of the planet during the ‘Night of Adventure’ event at Vue Cinema in Manchester’s Lowry Centre on Monday 30 September 2013.

Festivals

Manchester Food and Drink Festival // 26 September – 7 October @ Various/City Centre
The region’s most hotly anticipated food and drink event is back. This urban festival takes over much of Manchester City Centre and the surrounding districts of Greater Manchester, with a huge programme of events taking place, both indoor and outdoor.

Buy Art Fair & The Manchester Contemporary // 26 – 29 September 2013 @ Spinningfields, M3 3ER
Buy Art Fair is located in a large pavilion situated along Hardman Boulevard, in the thriving hub of Spinningfields. A few steps away in Quay House, The Manchester Contemporary will take up residence for the weekend-long event.

Ramsbottom Festival // 13 – 15 September 2013 @ Ramsbottom Cricket Club
Ramsbottom Cricket Club will once again host the annual Ramsbottom Festival, bringing a selection of talented musicians to a stunning riverside location. Along with the music there will be a host of festival activity including comedy, real ale tent, great food, workshops, funfair and silent disco.

Homemade Heaven & Vintage Style Fair // 21 September 2013
The town has some great historic buildings, which include the Gaskell Tower, the Old Town Hall, the Sessions Court House and The Civic Centre, where ‘ilovehomemadeheaven’ hold their Homemade Heaven & Vintage Fairs

Out of Town

Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft // 12 – 14 September 2013 @ EventCity, Barton Dock Road, Urmston
Calling all craft enthusiasts! Make sure you go along to the Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts show this September to discover all the latest craft inspiration, supplies and innovations from more than 80 exhibitors.

Wigan Diggers Festival // 7 September 2013 @ The Wiend, Wigan Town Centre
Also known as the ‘True Levellers’, the Diggers were one of the first truly egalitarian political movements of the poor and propertyless anywhere in the World, and the first to argue for full equality of men and women. Winstanley and they famously asserted: “The World was made a common treasury for all!”

Sports

National Taekwondo Championships 2013 // 7 – 8 September 2013 @ National Cycling Centre
The 2013 British Taekwondo National Championships will take place over the weekend of 7th and 8th September 2013 at the Manchester Velodrome in Sportcity, East Manchester. After a record breaking number of entries in the 2012 National Championships, the focus for all British Taekwondo players is now very firmly set towards the Rio Olympics in 2016.

NatWest One-Day International – England vs Australia at Emirates Old Trafford // 8 September 2013 @ Emirates Old Trafford
England entertain Australia in the 2nd NatWest One-Day International at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.

What’s on in Manchester – August

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The ‘What’s on in Manchester’ blog will give you a heads up for selected highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester for the coming month – published every month on behalf of Visit Manchester.

Exhibitions

Collecting Trees // Until 6 October 2013 @ Manchester Museum, museum.manchester.ac.uk
From woodland wildlife, to wood for art and buildings, the objects we’ve collected as part of our ‘Trees – collecting to connect’ project show how important trees are. Part of the British Ecological Society’s Festival of Ecology.

Horrible Histories: Rotten Rationing Big Picture Show // Throughout August @ Imperial War Museum North, iwmn.org.uk
Daily at 11am with an extra showing at 2pm during weekends and school holidays – meet Rattus Rattus as he takes you on a journey back to the woeful Second World War, where you can discover foul food, dig for victory, and make do and mend. IWM North is also hosting a range of Get Fit for Summer activities throughout August – see their website for more information.

Music

Jodrell Bank Live: Hallé // 31 August 2013 @ Jodrell Bank, jb.man.ac.uk
The Hallé present Close Encounters, an wonderful summers evening of classical music inspired by the stars. Britain’s oldest syphony orchestra will perform a unique prom in the shadow of the iconic Lovell Telescope at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory. Picnics, pimms, prosecco, fireworks, hands-on science workshops, lectures and experiments also included in the ticket price.

Owen Pallett and Buke and Gase // 12 August 2013 @ Band on the Wall, heymanchester.com
Hey! Manchester present Owen Pallett Buke and Gase, rock alternative music, for a fantastic night for any big music fans at the fantastic Swan Street venue.

Matthew Halsall Sextet and GoGo Penguin
1 August 2013 @ Band on the Wall, Swan Street, bandonthewall.org
Matthew’s sound echoes the modal jazz of John and Alice Coltrane and the hard bop of the late ’50s and early ’60s, but on Fletcher Moss Park, his latest recording and the focus of tonight’s performance, he offers his most personal statement yet. GoGo Penguin draws on a heady brew of influences from classical to electronica: from Aphex Twin to Brian Eno, Debussy to Shostakovich and Massive Attack to EST. Their debut recording Fanfares won rave reviews and was nominated for ‘best jazz album’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.

Performance

Manchester Pride Fringe
Throughout August @ various venues, manchesterpride.com
Manchester Pride Fringe will run throughout the entirety of August, featuring a variety of arts, culture, entertainment, sport and family activities for all. This year’s highlights include a dinner with Christopher Biggins, artistic celebration of all things marriage in Britain ‘A Royal Wedding’ and ‘The Great Village Bake Off’. For more information on the many, many events taking place, see the Manchester Pride website.

Evita
29 July – 10 August @ The Lowry, The Quays, thelowry.com
Bringing to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita tells the story from her young and ambitious beginnings to the enormous wealth and power she gained and her ultimate rise to sainthood.

Save the Last Dance for Me
12 – 17 August 2013 @ Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, atgtickets.com
For the first time without their parents, two siblings embark on a holiday to the seaside. Full of freedom and high spirits they meet a handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the local U.S. Air force base but, young love and holiday romance is never as simple as it sounds, and the sisters soon realise that while the world around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be much more colourful.

Twisted Tales
15 – 17 August 2013 @ Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, afflecks.com
Following the success of Stone Jetty’s previous 4-star productions including Guilt, this new play is a retelling of some of the Grimm Fairy Tales for adults, both well known and some more obscure. Moving from modern day to the depths of the enchanted forest, this eerie production puts a spellbinding new twist on the stories we all know and love.

Festivals

Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend // 23 – 26 August 2013 @ Manchester’s Gay Village and throughout City Centre, manchesterpride.com
Manchester’s biggest largest festival – and winner of five consecutive ‘Best UK Pride’ (Pink Paper) awards – is back this August for it’s fabulous and flamboyant Big Weekend. Musical performers across the weekend include Sam Sparro, Kate Nash, The Feeling, Patrick Wolf, a variety of X-Factor favourites and Moto Blanco – two of the hottest DJs of the minute. Additionally you will find the Pride Parade, Candlelit Vigil and much, much more across this wild – and extremely celebratory and meaningful – Big Weekend.

Chand Raat Festival // 5 August 2013 @ Tommyfield Market, Oldham, visitoldham.com
Oldham’s Tommyfield Market hosts all things Asian this August – with a fabulous array of foods, fun, jewellery, entertainment, fashion and more. For information on booking a stall, or for further details on the event please call 0161 770 4459.

Out of Town

Day Out With Thomas
3 – 4 August 2013 @ East Lancashire Railway, Bury, eastlancsrailway.org
It’s full steam ahead for Thomas and his friends on the East Lancashire Railway. One price ticket includes all rides and entertainment with face painting, train rides, magic, circus shows and much more.

Sports

Sky Ride Manchester
August @ Manchester City Centre, goskyride.com
Sky Ride Manchester is a great opportunity to ride with family and friends in the city centre this summer. There’ll be loads of free things for the whole family to do on the day, so get your bikes ready and come and join in!

UK Backward Run
11 August 2013 @ Heaton Park, M25 2SW, heatonpark.org.uk
The 4th UK Backward Run is taking place in Heaton Park on Sunday 11th August 2013. No other sport could possibly lay claim to be as humorous, as tough, as exciting, as contagious, as healthy or as entertaining and all at once.