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What’s on in Greater Manchester this November

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The run up to Christmas has begun in Greater Manchester, and there’s plenty going on to get you in the festive spirit.

Music and Theatre

Birdy at Manchester Albert Hall
03 November 2016
Birdy has had a fantastic start to 2016 with the release of her third album ‘Beautiful Lies’ which charted in the Top 10 in 43 countries worldwide, including number 4 in the UK.

Catfish and the Bottlemen at Victoria Warehouse
09 November 2016 – 11 November 2016
Swiftly following the release of their eagerly anticipated new album ‘The Ride’, Brit Breakthrough Award winners Catfish and the Bottlemen announce a UK Tour this November that includes three huge dates at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

George’s Marvellous Medicine at Manchester Opera House
15 November 2016 – 19 November 2016
When George’s grandmother drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George’s adventure has just begun.

Chase & Status at O2 Apollo
22 November 2016
Following their incredible sold-out headline performance at Wireless Festival this Summer, Chase & Status have announced their 2016 UK tour.

National Ballet of China: The Peony Pavillion
22 November 2016 – 26 November 2016
The Lowry is set to host the prestigious National Ballet of China (NBC) this November (22–26) with a five-night run of one of the most enduring love stories in Chinese literature, The Peony Pavilion.

Billy Elliot at the Palace Theatre
29 November 2016 – 28 January 2017
Now celebrating 10 extraordinary years in London’s West End, Billy Elliot the Musical, comes to Manchester.

The Warehouse Project 2016
23 September 2016 – 01 January 2017
The Warehouse Project have announced their line ups for 2016 bringing the biggest names in the music industry to Manchester.


Festive Events

Manchester Christmas Lights Switch On
04 November 2016
Manchester’s switch-on party will officially open six weeks of festive celebrations and attractions that make sure Manchester is well known as the Christmas capital of the UK.

Manchester Ice
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.

Tree Lighting at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
09 November 2016
Marvel as Europe’s largest walk-in Christmas tree is lit up with musical fireworks & festive entertainment on Wednesday 9th November from 6pm.

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

Bar Hütte at Spinningfields
10 November 2016 – 01 January 2017
Bar Hütte is coming back to Spinningfields along with festive favourites, the Gin Apple Winter Toddy and the house special, the Twisted Bombardino.

Ideal Home Show at Christmas
10 November – 13 November 2016
Deck The Halls at The Ideal Home Show at Christmas, back this November at EventCity

The Winter Gathering at London Road Fire Station
11 November 2016 – 26 December 2016
See the stunning buildings and courtyard of London Road Fire Station transformed into a magical winter market, featuring an ice skating rink, street food stalls, bars, an art space and a programme of live music and DJs.

Father Christmas at the Farm
26 November – 18 December 2016
Come and see the favourite farmyard friends when visiting Father Christmas and his reindeer Prancer and Dancer at Tatton Park.


Art, Exhibitions & Festivals

Heated Exchanges at Manchester Craft & Design Centre
14 October 2016 – 02 January 2017
Glass just got Super Cool. Materials, makers and ideas meld together in this cutting edge exhibition that defies expectations of contemporary glass and pushes this fascinating material to its limits.

Stonewall Season Opening Discussion
01 November 2016
Kicking off the Stonewall Season in Manchester is a powerful line-up of some of the leading LGBT activists in the UK discussing the topic of uniting communities.

Doki Doki Festival Manchester
12 November 2016
Doki Doki – The Manchester Japanese Festival is an event held in Manchester, UK, celebrating both traditional and modern Japanese culture.

Manchester Animation Festival
15 November – 17 November 2016
Hosted at HOME in Manchester’s First Street complex, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join together to delight in all things animated.

Andy Warhol at the Whitworth
19 November 2016 – 16 April 2017
Andy Warhol’s work will be featuring at the Whitworth as part of their ‘Artists Room’ exhibitions which will show the sharp critical opinions of an artist known to many primarily as art salesman, purveyor of product and celebrant of capitalism.


Shopping Events

VIP Shopping Event at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
04 November – 06 November 2016
Enjoy an additional 20% off outlet prices in over 60 stores and gain access to the exclusive VIP Lounge.

Manchester Fashion Weekender
05 November – 06 November 2016
It’s all about fun, fashion and freebies at Manchester Arndale as Manchester Fashion Weekender comes to town.

 For more inspiration this November go to visitmanchester.com.

What’s On in Greater Manchester this May

May Bank Holiday in Manchester

May Bank Holiday in Manchester
01 May
Make the most of the May Bank Holiday weekend in Manchester and have a great night out in some of the city’s best nightlife hotspots including special events at Cloud 23, The Milton Club, Albert Schloss and more. Click here for details.

Sport

Spin Cycle Festival 2016
6 – 8 May
Showcasing more than one hundred of the most forward-thinking cycling brands, the groundbreaking cycling show held at Victoria Warehouse celebrates cycling, fashion, design, innovation and culture.

Great CityGames
20 May
The Great CityGames returns to Manchester for the 8th time, bringing some of the world’s greatest athletes competing against each other on the streets of the city. Click here for more information.

The OM Yoga Show
20 – 22 May
Free open classes and workshops designed to offer something for everyone, the OM Yoga Show allows yoga newbies and veterans to experience everything yoga all under one roof. To find out more go to Visit Manchester.

Morrisons Great Manchester Run 2016
22 May
An event being broadcast live on the BBC, the Morrisons Great Manchester Run sees athletes and runners hitting the streets and passing some of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks including the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford. More information here.

Music

Andy Jordan at Manchester Academy
12 May
A former Made in Chelsea television star, Andy Jordan has since completed two nationwide UK tours accompanied by his band, don’t miss the chance to see this exciting artist perform new material and hits of old at Manchester Academy. Find out more here.

James at Manchester Arena
13 May
With a star studded career which includes 20 UK top 40 singles and 14 studio albums, James return to Manchester to perform live. Find out more here.

Saddleworth Whit Friday Band Contest 2016
20 May
Dating back to 1884,  The Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year in Saddleworth on the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday from 4pm onwards. Find out more here.

Busted at Manchester Arena
21 May – 3 June
For the first time in 12 years fans will be able to see Busted’s Matt, James and Charlie perform together in a show which is sure to entertain fans with hits new and old. Click here for more information.

Lukas Graham at O2 Ritz
24 May
One of the biggest names in Danish pop music, Lukas Graham have so far released one hugely successful studio album and have many more exciting music projects lined up. Find out more here.

Hanz Zimmer at Manchester Arena
29 May
An iconic figure in the music industry, Hanz Zimmer has designed scores for various movie classics including Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Da Vinci Code and more. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

Arts and culture

Proper Laughs
5 May
A silly evening of laughs, cake and cocktails, Proper Laughs is headlined by the energetic Andy Watson who will appear alongside other acts such as Sean Moran and Colin Havey. Click here for more information.

Pilot Light TV Festival 2016
5 May – 8 May
This brand new 4 day festival is dedicated to celebrating the best episodic television from around the globe, featuring screenings of TV shows new and old as well as offering guests exclusive panels to stars and directors from their favourite shows. Find out more here.

Saddleworth Spring Handmade Festival 2016
14 – 15 May
The spring event is open from 11am to 4pm and boasts the best selection of creative and handmade products that the area has to offer with over 50 stalls to browse. Find out more here.

Dot to Dot Festival
27 May
A festival renowned for uncovering highly talented musicians, Dot to Dot will bring together some of the UK’s best established and up-and-coming artists for an eclectic line-up sure to delight music lovers. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.

Festival Oldham 2016 
28 May
Science and creativity combine in Oldham during this Bank Holiday Weekend as free event, Festival Oldham kicks off with mind blowing shows, weird and wonderful creatures and earth shattering music. Click here for more information.

Theatre

Twelfth Night at HOME
11 – 14 May
Madness, love and comedy all feature in William Shakespeare’s story of romance and mistaken identity, one of the most accessible productions of the The Bard’s work in recent times. Click here for more information.

Mamma Mia! at The Palace Theatre
10 May – 04 June
Sit back and be enthralled by the timeless musical classics of ABBA in this feel-good musical set on a paradise Greek island. Find out more here.

Pygmalion at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
13 – 28 May
One of George Bernard Shaw’s most popular plays, Pygmalion is a charming and provocative comedy that examines the roles of men and women and limitations of education and social class. Find out more here.

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

What’s On in Greater Manchester this April

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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.

Sport

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.

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

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

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

Swan Lake at The Bridgewater Hall

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For two days only, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia will perform one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time at The Bridgewater Hall. Find out more here.

Slaves at The Ritz

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Expect live mayhem and chaotic crowd-surfing when the two Tunbridge Wells punks play the iconic O2 Ritz Manchester over two nights this weekend. Click here for more information.

Into the Woods at Royal Exchange Theatre

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It’s the last chance to catch this enchanting musical adventure, based on the book by James Lapine, and with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Find out more here.

PUSH Festival at HOME

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PUSH 2016 will be a chance for you to immerse yourself in two weeks’ worth of new and extraordinary theatrical experiences made by fantastic theatre makers. Click here for more information.

#MCRCheapEats 

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

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

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Don’t forget Manchester Beer and Cider Festival starts next week on Wednesday 20 January, at its new home in the Central Hall under the famous barrelled roof of the old Manchester Central Station. Click here for more information.

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

What’s on in Greater Manchester this December

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Discover a whole host of things to do and see in Manchester this Christmas from the UK’s favourite Christmas Markets to outstanding theatre shows the whole family can enjoy. Plan your festive trip to the city here: visitmanchester.com/christmas

Festive favorites

Manchester Christmas Markets
14 November – 22 December 2015
Manchester’s famous Christmas Markets return for the festive season from this weekend. Featuring nearly 350 stalls spanning 10 distinctive market sites; they will transform the city centre in to a festive wonderland. Find out more here.

Manchester Ice Rink
12 November 2015 – 3 January 2016
Perfect for friends, families or couples, the Manchester Ice Rink is a great way to have a laugh and soak up the Christmas atmosphere this December. Click here for more information.

Arts and culture

Carols by Candlelight at Manchester Cathedral
10 December
A warm and wonderful evening at Manchester Cathedral, Carols by Candlelight promises a night of fun and festivity in one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. Find out more here.

Andre Rieu at Manchester Arena
18 December
An energetic programme filled with catchy waltzes, opera tunes and film music is sure to entertain guests at the Manchester Arena this December. Find out more here.

BBC Philharmonic Brahms’s Third Symphony
4 December
Part of the BBC Philharmonic’s American Series, Braham’s Third Symphony was written on the eve of war and contains a powerful insight into two dark musical masterpieces. Find out more here.

Inkheart at HOME
4 December – 9 January
This Christmas, HOME presents Inkheart, adapted from Cornelia Funke’s brilliant, worldwide best-selling fantasy adventure novel for children, a funny, thrilling and action-packed UK premiere for families.Find out more here.

Cinderella at Manchester Opera House
5 December 2015 – 3 January 2016
Cinderella at the Manchester Opera House sees national icons Torville and Dean make their pantomime debut as the Fairy Godparents. Click here to find out more.

Downton: A Wartime Christmas at The Fusilier Museum
27 November – 23 December
Award winning TV series Downton Abbey will display a selection of 10 costumes at Bury’s Fusilier’s Museum for a limited time only. Click here for more information.

Lightwaves at Salford Quays
12 – 27 December
Get lost in a maze of reflections and illuminations at Greater Manchester’s Digital Light Festival. From giant inflatable rabbits to a three-dimensional maze, all of the installations are designed to be interactive. To find out more, click here.

Mumford & Sons at Manchester Arena
6 December
Mumford & Sons will return to Manchester Arena this winter as part of an eleven date UK and Ireland tour.Support for their Manchester show will come from Critics’ Choice Award Winner, Jack Garratt. Find out more here.

Christmas Concerts at Tatton Park
10 – 12 December
Tatton’s festive concerts appeal to a range of musical tastes and are always popular.This year includes the Northern Chamber Orchestra (10 December), A Christmas Carol (11 December), and Roberts Bakery Band (12 December). Find out more here.

Something for the family

Big Family day at HOME
13 December
Keep the family busy this Christmas with the Big Family Day at Home which includes fun films, workshops and a parade for kids of all ages. Click here to find out more.

Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits at IWM North
11 July 2015 – 10 April 2016
The Second World War changed life in Britain forever, discover how people lived through one of the most challenging period’s in history at this interactive exhibition. Click here to find out more.

Festive Family Starlight Adventure
5 December
Fun and facts merge together in this family friendly show at Jodrell Bank where visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the night sky. Find out more here.

Snowman and the Snowdog
12 December
It’s just not Christmas without a visit from the Snowman and this year, both the Snowman and Snow Dog will be walking in the air on their way to the Spindles Town Square, Oldham. Find out more here.

The Nightmare Before Christmas at The John Rylands Library
19 December
This spookily fun film about Jack Skellington and his journey to ‘Christmas Town’  is part of the library’s ‘Exploring the Gothic’ exhibition and family events programme. Click here for more information.

Visit the Grotto at Manchester Arndale
Until 24 December
Naughty or nice? Whichever list the little ones are on this year, Father Christmas will be at the Manchester Arndale Christmas Grotto until Christmas Eve. Find out more here.

Santa Specials at East Lancashire Railway
Until 24 December
A tradition for many families in the North West, the Santa Specials are sure to create memories which you and your family will share forever. For more information, click here.

Bolton Winter Festival
28 November – 3 January
Bolton’s Winter Festival is back, with a super-sized ice rink, children’s ice rink, magnificent giant tipi tents and the brand new magical Santa’s Grotto and festive artisan markets. Find out more here.

Christmas Blitz 75th Anniversary
Daily throughout December at 3.30pm (except 24, 25, 26)
Mark the 75th anniversary of the Manchester Christmas Blitz in a free tour at IWM North.Find out more here.

Food and drink

GRUB Christmas Food Fair
5 December 2015
A day full of food and fun, enjoy live music alongside tasty treats in this spectacular Christmas fair in Manchester. Click here to find out more.

Corn Exchange Manchester
1 – 31 December 2015
A beautiful Edwardian building in the heart of the city, this wonderful location is now home to many of Manchester’s best restaurants and eateries serving food from all over the world. Find out more here.

Bar Hütte at Spinningfields
12 December 2015 – 3 January 2016
A superb venue for a Christmas celebration, make use of private party rooms, a karaoke machine and three cosy alpine themed hüttes. For more information click here.

Traditional Christmas Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23
Until 31 December
Enjoy delectable items such as chocolate and orange frangipane tarts festive flavoured macaroons and cinnamon and sultana scones with clotted cream and jam above the clouds. Find out more here.

Dive NQ
A brand new multi-faceted bar in the centre of Manchester’s thriving Northern Quarter, Dive offers DJ’s, entertainment and sport, combined with a carefully considered list of cocktails and a selection of bar food. Find out more here.

Travel to Manchester this Christmas

Explore for less this Christmas with FTPE
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Stress free parking in Manchester

Christmas Shopping with NCP
13 November – 31 December
Shop stress free this Christmas at Manchester’s busiest time of year with NCP parking. For more information click here.

Competitions

Win a family overnight stay in Manchester this Christmas
Be in with a chance of winning a family visit to Manchester this Christmas, including an overnight stay in a top city-centre hotel. For more information, and to enter, click here.

Want to win more? Check out our other competitions here.

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

 

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Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (01 – 04 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.

Chortle at the best in stand up

Comedy Store

Laugh your head off this Friday and Saturday evening at Manchester’s purpose built 500 seat Comedy Store.

See the start of something special

HOME

HOME will open with a weekend of world premiere theatre, new visual arts commissions, and a unique film and music project.

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Day Out With Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to take you on a journey along the East Lancashire Railway.

Feast on some artisan scran

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Better than ever before, the unmissable, free to enter Lowry Outlet Food Festival is a treat for everyone with a taste for fine food and drink.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

@Su_Matthews: Definitely the annual Ram Roast in Cheadle Village www.ramroast.co.uk/
‏@VisitBolton: Go to see ‘The Ancient Secret of Youth and the Five Tibetans’ at the @octagontheatre! http://bit.ly/1bJeq1j
‏@naomijane1234: national football museum. My 10 year old scored a cracking goal in the ‘ Robbie savage’ net when we last went!!
‏@AdeleJ1975: @CGManchester to see @nickdillonart latest work. 👍 Manchester artist hand painting Manchester icons..
‏@visit_bury: Loads of family fun in Bury! Everyone’s favourite steam engine is visiting the @eastlancsrly: this weekend http://ow.ly/Mndyz
‏@misheleneous: #Heatonpark #prestwich Its FREE! #Manchester #DiscoverManchester pic.twitter.com/TzFxZgYA5f
@ContactMcr: extend your Bank Holiday into next week with original+bold new theatre 5-9 May #flyingsolo2015 http://www.contactmcr.com/flyingsolo

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

Diane Hughes: Manchester Cathedral, the Manchester Museum, Green Walk Art and Crafts Open Day www.greenwalk.co.uk
Manchester House Restaurant and Lounge: This Sunday the Lounge on 12 will be open for Afternoon Tea from 12pm with live jazz music and Ketel One Vodka mini masterclasses

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