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9 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (25 – 27 November)

We have some fantastic competitions running at the momentwhich you can enter by visiting: visitmanchester.com/articles/whats-on/competitions/

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Andy Warhol at the Whitworth
19 November 2016 – 16 April 2017
Andy Warhol’s work will be featured at the Whitworth art gallery as part of their ‘Artists Room’ exhibitions.

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The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
25 November 2016 – 23 December 2016
Watch the children’s eyes light up and their imagination run wild on a magical night time journey through the zoo.

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Lantern Parade at Tatton Park
25 November 2016 – 25 November 2016
Cheer Father Christmas as he arrives with his elves at Tatton Park during the Lantern Parade.

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Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion
21 November 2016 – 18 December 2016
Step in to the Christmas mansion and into Roald Dahl’s magical world.

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

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Santa Specials at East Lancashire Railway
26 November 2016 – 24 December 2016
The ever popular festive train returns! Enjoy decorated stations, brass bands, magicians, costumed characters and a visit from Father Christmas.

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Revolution Series: Champions League
25 November 2016 – 26 November 2016
The Revolution Series Champions League visits Manchester for the brand new format of racing as the stars of the road take on the champions of the track.

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Manchester Christmas Markets
10 November 2016 – 20 December 2016
The UK’s original, award winning Manchester Christmas Market return with the biggest and best festive offering to date.

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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.

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

6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (15 – 17 July)

Here is our guide to the best of whats on in and around the Greater Manchester region this weekend.

Foodies Festival at Tatton Park

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There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, as well as live cookery demonstrations, wine masterclasses, a whole host of international cuisines, and much more. Click here for more information.

Broken at Media City

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Acclaimed UK dance company Motionhouse come to MediaCityUK for a free, one-off, outdoor staging of their earth-shattering production, Broken. Find out more.

Ironman UK

Ironman

The UK’s premier long distance Triathlon, IRONMAN returns to Bolton this weekend. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the athletes in action. See more at Visit Manchester.

Raise the Roof at East Lancashire Railway

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With quirky live music performances and the very best in local food and ales, there is no better way to contribute to a good cause while having a good time. Find out more.

Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Festival

Aviation fest

The Battle of Britain memorial flight will take place, and visitors will be able to see hot air balloons, and over 500 classic cars. Click here for more information.

RNCM Young Explorers Concert: Creatures in the Night

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In this performance of Arthur Butterworth’s Creatures in the Night, the orchestra will recreate the sounds of the animals and will use lighting and other clever tricks to immerse the audience in the action. Find out more.

Your chance to win…a VIP trip for two with Virgin Trains

Be in with a chance to win return First Class tickets to Manchester, including an overnight stay at Hotel Gotham and three-course meal with cocktails at Pho. All you have to do is enter your details here before Friday 29 July 2016.

See our other competitions here.

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

7 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (8-10 January)

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

Cheap eats this January in Manchester

Food

With Christmas out of the way, visitors can now take advantage of several fantastic food offers across the city with some popular eateries offering up to 50% off. Find out more here.

The Girls

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Created by Mancunian legend Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, The Girls is a brand new musical on show for the first time this weekend. More information here.

Scotsman in Steam preview

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The world’s most famous locomotive steam train is back after almost a decade off-duty and visitors can see the return of this iconic vehicle this weekend. Find out more here.

Hozier at Manchester Apollo

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Kick off the weekend at Manchester’s O2 Apollo where Hozier will perform chart-topping tracks from his best-selling album. Click here for more information.

The Peak District Exhibition

Peak District

Don’t miss the opening of this fantastic exhibition featuring photographs and images of one of the most beautiful areas in Britain. More information here.

The Rocky Horror Show at Manchester Opera House

Rocky Horror

Enjoy a night of fun and frights in a thrilling production of Richard O’Brien’s classic original script at the Manchester Opera House this weekend. Find out more here.

Ramsbottom Farmers Market

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Held on the second Sunday of each month, the Ramsbottom Farmers Market is a hub of homemade speciality foods, drink, crafts and other locally made products. Click here to find out more.

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

@naomijane1234: Going to see @HettyLive at @The_Lowry on Sunday afternoon, can’t wai
@mariaKC1963: Into Manc airport from Isle of Man Piccadilly then Salford to @The_Lowry to see @thegirlsmusical
Rachel Unwin: The Rocky Horror Show tonight at The Opera House and taking the kids to the new Skatepark tomorrow Urban Attack. ( formerly Beast Rampz!)
Kathy Ashton: Watching Manchester Storm ice hockey at Altrincham Ice Rink. Come on down, it’s going to be a great night.

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

What’s on in Greater Manchester this October

Manchester United Assistant Manager and Club legend Ryan Giggs officially opens a brand new, dedicated exhibition at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford.

To celebrate Ryan Giggs’ decade spanning time at Manchester United, a dedicated exhibition has opened in his honour at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford, titled: Ryan Giggs: The man for all seasons.

Sporting extravaganza around the region

Sale Sharks vs Worcester Warriors
23 October
With the new season under way Sale Sharks welcome Worcester Warriors in their first Aviva Premiership home game at the AJ Bell Stadium on October 23rd with a number of superb corporate hospitality packages and stand tickets available for what should be a fiercely contested fixture. To book match tickets from just £15 (Adult) and £7 (junior) call 0161 667 7510 or email Lisa.Gale@salesharks.com.

Manchester Rugby World Cup Fanzone 2015
9 – 11 October
Albert Square will host Manchester’s Rugby World Cup 2015 fanzone, which will be the ideal place to watch all the action with big screens showing select games.

World Taekwondo GP 2015
16 – 18 October
A host of Olympic, World and European champions including Olympic medallists Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammad will be competing at the Regional Arena, Etihad Campus.

Pitch to Pixel
23 October 2015 – June 2016
The National Football Museum’s new exhibition gives visitors a chance to enjoy a playable history of football gaming. Free admission.

Performances

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – Bernstein’s Final Concert
9 October
A tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s final concert, see the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform some of the most life-enhancing music ever created.

1984 in Ballet
14-17 October
Based on the classic novel by George Orwell, this masterpiece of dance recreates an iconic story with an imaginative twist perfectly suited to modern audiences.

Hot Chip at Manchester Albert Hall
17 October
Music lovers must not miss out on the chance to see Hot Chip this October. The group who changed the face of electronic music will perform live in Manchester’s Albert Hall.

Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular at Manchester Opera House
2 October
Dance your socks off vintage Vegas style this October when Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular takes to the stage at Manchester Opera House. Expect lots of singalong songs and plenty of dancing.

Kid Ink at Manchester Apollo
20 October
Musician Kid Ink will perform in Manchester this October, performing tracks from the new album Full Speed in the UK for the first time.

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: RNCM
22 October
The Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra welcomes back renowned American maestro Franz Anton Krager in a concert marking the 150-year anniversary of the birth of composer Jean Sibelius.

Comedy Night at Manchester Jewish Museum
15 October
After performing in venues across the world, Sol Bernstein brings his unique style of comedy to the Manchester Jewish Museum this October.

Food and drink

Manchester Oktoberfest
21 – 25 October
Manchester’s very own Oktoberfest – with German beer, food and entertainment in a tent with space for 2,000 people in Albert Square.

Spinningfields Maker’s Market
17 – 18 October
The Spinningfields Markets showcase award-winning food, drink, art and crafts producers which are accompanied by live music, performances, cookery demonstrations and activities for children.

Arts and culture

Manchester Literature Festival
12 – 25 October
Held in venues across the city, Manchester Literature Festival will host an amazing line-up of internationally renowned authors, exclusive performances of specially commissioned work, bespoke walking tours and topical discussions.

A Celebration of Manchester’s Secret Spaces
1 – 4 October
A set of guided tours and walks as part of the Manchester Curious Festival of architecture, designed to appeal to a wider audience, making the concept of architecture accessible to all.

Turn over a new leaf at intu Trafford Centre
12 – 18 October
An exhibition of fashion, intu Trafford Centre allows guests to reinvent their style as well as discover key autumn trends at Manchester’s ultimate style event this October.

ExtraORDINARY at The Lowry
Until 18 October
This exhibition at The Lowry will celebrate ‘art in the everyday’ through the work of international artists. By working with everyday objects and the human body, artists are offering viewers accessible and identifiable ways to engage with contemporary practice.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
9 – 11 October
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair will showcase 175 designer-makers selling beautiful and unique contemporary crafts. Join maker demonstrations, workshops, curator-led talks and much more.

Family fun

Day Out With Thomas at East Lancashire Railway
3 – 4 October
This fun-filled day will include rides on Thomas the Tank Engine, meeting Sir Topham Hat, and a host of exciting Thomas-themed activities.

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

3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (10 – 12 April 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.

Watch a Hitchcock classic at The Lowry

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Rebecca is timeless, the book by Daphne Du Maurier is beloved by generations and the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film a classic. Now the award winning Emma Rice has created a spellbinding new production which conjures Cornish romance and theatrical magic.

Soak up derby day in Manchester

Manchester will be buzzing on Sunday as east meets west in one of the most important derbies in recent years. Only a point separates the two teams. Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United go into the game on hot form but considering Manchester City’s recent record at Old Trafford anything could happen…

Take a trip on the East Lancashire Railway


Join the steam service between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall. This popular railway offers a great day out for all the family and hosts a wide variety of events and attractions to suit all ages and interests. Break your journey at any of the stations and explore characterful towns and villages.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

@stokersarms: A trip to leafy Didsbury and the #StokersArms is always a wonderful experience!‏@Hubprojects: Visit the glorious #northernquarter – it looks fantastic today 🙂
‏@MancRugbyLeague: Tonight #ManchesterRangersRLFC v Culcheth Eagles at the Regional Arena, EtihadCampus. KO 7.30PM literally next door to #MCFC
‏@antscally: Police museum Northern Quarter.
‏@NQTuesday: A tour of NQ
‏@RedLetterTweet: For our London visitors – tram from Piccadilly to Old Trafford and back again after the game 🙂
‏@deetr44: Head over to the Theatre of Dreams, for some real atmosphere !!
‏@ethnomcr: Get down to @McrMuseum and see the #MMRapaNui exhibition!
‏@TicketBureau: Whatever color your favorite is, wear red or blue and head over to Old Trafford for the unique City Derby http://bit.ly/1IQj5Jv
‏@Brenddd94: Take a trip to Heaton Park it’s lovely weather for it!
‏@Philcat4: @staircasehouse is good value – kids go free 🙂

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

Jen Robinson: Go and See Mamas Gun at Ruby Lounge tonight they’re great x
David Shanahan: Whitworth gallery then on to the football museum Urbis Man U tour
Mario Kolak: Man Utd – Man City ,Old Trafford,Sunday,of course
Altrincham HQ: We have a sporting weekend here in Altrincham – tonight is Timperley Community Amateur Boxing Club Timperley Show at Cresta Court and then as a warm up for the Manchester Derby there is the Mini Manchester Derby at Altrincham FC on Saturday with with U18s MUFC vs MCFC
Rebecca Morris: Visit the history & science museum’s to see Egyptian mummy’s and other amazing things.
Linda Robinson: Go to The Ruby Lounge tonight to see the amazing Mamas Gun fantastic music!
Flávia Caca: Dreaming of the day that I visit Manchester,  beautiful city!
Lisa Goddard: A lovely walk around Castlefield and by the Canal in the sunshine with lunch at The Wharf.
Juan Francisco: Party in the locks of Deansgate, museum – bibliothes tours and of course walking around the channels or take a arrow boat trips…
Michael McManus: Imperial War Museum Salford Quays
Steven Mangini: Visit Manchester Art Gallery
Craigo Phillipo: Visit Manchester city’s fantastic grounds and surrounding academies. Then on to the lowry to take in all the sights there
David Soh Wei Yuan: Old Trafford. MU vs. MC
Phil Waters: Brew dog #brewdog
Nick Shackleton: Has to be MOSi
Niamh Mearon: Corry tour was excellent
Stephen Sutherland: If people want to get out into the countryside and see some of what Manchester has to offer on its doorstep come for a walk and stretch them legs on a 8 miles walk @ http://www.social-circle.co.uk/
Colin Barton: Breakout Manchester
Shahid A Khan: In Saddleworth , Greater Manchester there is a Making and Doing Saddleworth Handmade festive on 11th & 12 April.

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

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.

What’s on in Manchester – May

Dirty Dancing

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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

Jack and Maureen – A Creative Partnership // Present until 9 June 2013 @ Manchester Jewish Museum, manchesterjewishmuseum.com
Objects and papers relating to the partnership and careers of Manchester-born dramatist Jack Rosenthal and award-winning actress Maureen Lipman will be on display in this exhibition.

Strike a pose: 50 years of football and fashion // Present until 27 August 2013 @ National Football Museum, nationalfootballmuseum.com
This exhibition will cover the arrival of European players in the 1990s and the rise of urban street culture offered new sartorial choices. In recent years, footballer’s wives, especially those with their own high-profile careers, have become a key influence on women’s style choices.

Raqib Shaw // Present until 27 May 2013 @ Manchester Art Gallery, manchestergalleries.org
This is Raqib Shaw’s largest solo exhibition to date, featuring 28 recent works. From large scale paintings and sculptures to works on paper, the works are being drawn together from private collections around the world.

Iraq: Photographs by Sean Smith // Present until 2 February 2014 @ Imperial War Museum North, iwm.org.uk
Marking ten years since the start of the 2003 Iraq War, a new photographic display by award-winning British war photographer Sean Smith reveals the collision of two worlds where local civilians and military personnel were forced to co-exist.

Music

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
1 May 2013 @ Manchester Apollo, o2apollomanchester.co.uk
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have just returned from Australia where they performed at Big Day Out and are putting the finishing touches to a fourth studio album called Mosquito. They will be performing at Manchester’s o2 Apollo on 1 May 2013.

Leona Lewis
14 May 2013 @ Manchester Apollo, o2apollomanchester.co.uk
Former X Factor winner and singing sensation Leona Lewis will is going on a UK tour for the first time in three years and will be performing at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on 14 May 2013.

Athlete
11 May 2013 @ The Ritz, mamacolive.co.uk/theritz
Athlete will be on a 10th anniversary tour in 2013 and will be performing in Manchester at the HMV Ritz. The performance will take place on 11 May 2013 and will get started at 18:30.

Alicia Keys
24 May 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
Since the 2001 release of her monumental debut album, Songs In A Minor, Alicia Keys has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments with more than 30 million albums and 30 million singles sold worldwide, and over one hundred award wins, including fourteen Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards and three MTV Europe Awards.

Performance

The Woman in Black
6 – 11 May 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘woman in black’, engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
29 April – 4 May 2013 @ Manchester Opera House, atgtickets.com
In this heart-warming tale, shy Little Voice spends most of her time hidden away with her late father’s record collection, perfecting her astonishing impersonations. Her extraordinary talent remains a secret until she is overheard by local talent scout Ray Say.

Dirty Dancing
21 May – 15 June 2013 @ Palace Theatre, atgtickets.com
Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Abigail’s Party
29 April – 4 May 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
Mike Leigh’s comedy became an instant classic when it appeared as a BBC Play For Today in 1977. It is a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste and ruled over by the monstrous Beverly!

Walk of the month

BUPA Greater Manchester Run
26 May 2013 @ Various, greatrun.org
Britain’s premier 10km race around Manchester which is live on BBC television returns for the eleventh year on 26 May 2013. With 33,000 runners, the Bupa Great Manchester Run is Britain’s premier 10km race and was first staged in 2003. Thousands of runners from across the UK, of all ages and abilities take part in the event and raise vast amounts of money for good causes and charities across the globe.

Manchester Canal Cruises
Present until 26 August 2013 @ Various, visitsalford.info/walksandwater
Discover the city’s rich history as you journey through Salford and beyond with routes along the Bridgewater Canal, Manchester Ship Canal and the River Irwell, taking in sites including Ordsall Hall, Barton Aqueduct, The Packet House, MediaCityUK, The Quays and many more. Manchester’s Canal Cruises run up until 26 August 2013 and feature 3 different cruises.

Festivals

Foodies Festival
17 – 19 May 2013 @ Tatton Park, foodiesfestival.com
The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, the Foodies Festival, will see visitors flock to feast on the vast array of culinary activities for the third consecutive year at Tatton Park. 2013 also sees the introduction of a dedicated Chocolate Theatre to showcase the world of chocolate and confectionary with daily demonstrations from David Greenwood-Haigh of Divine Chocolate. There will also be a wine village, bringing together producers and wine regions from across the world including Shawbury Vintners and Vicomte de Romanet.

Manchester 7s Rugby Festival
17 – 19 May 2013 @ Broughton Park FC, mr7s.com/rugby
The Manchester Rugby 7s is a 3 Day International Rugby and Music Festival taking place at Broughton Park FC just a 5 minute drive from Manchester city centre. The MR7s is the largest festival of its kind in the world. It welcomes up to 200 male and female participating teams from the UK and abroad.

Out of town

1940s Weekend
25 – 27 May 2013 @ East Lancashire Railway, eastlancsrailway.org.uk
We’ll meet again at the East Lancashire Railway’s award winning 1940s Weekend. Enjoy the glory and glamour of a bygone era with period singing and dancing, re-enactments, vehicle displays and much more.

New opening

The French Restaurant (with Simon Rogan)
The Midland Hotel, the-french.co.uk
In early 2013 The French underwent a modern revamp which incorporates the site’s Grade II listed status, including many of its heritage and original features and marks a very exciting time for Manchester. North West food hero and award winning chef Simon Rogan, has joined forces with the iconic Midland Hotel as part of this £400K investment to revamp the restaurant’s food and beverage offering.

Brunch at Neighbourhood
Each week, beginning April 21, neighbourhoodrestaurant.co.uk
Spinningfield’s hottest new eatery is bringing that Saturday night feeling to Sunday afternoons with its new ‘Brunch’ club – with fine food, regular DJs and cocktails on-hand. The events will start at 11am each week, with its opening edition (April 21) kicking off at midday, with a set from New York’s infamous DJ Lexey.