Tag Archives: horrible histories

What’s On in Greater Manchester this April

Northern Vegan Festival

Spring festivals

Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival at HOME
07 – 24 April
Now in its 22nd edition, Viva returns with a packed programme of entertaining and artistic film titles from the Spanish speaking world. Click here for details.

Manchester Punk Festival
21 – 23 April
After a thrilling debut last year, the Manchester Punk Festival returns with over 60 bands performing across a three day programme. Click here for more information.

Northern Vegan Festival
23 April
With 200 stalls in venues across the city, this year’s Northern Vegan Festival looks set to be bigger and better than ever before. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this unique event. More information here.

Week 53 Arts Festival at The Lowry
28 April – 8 May
A huge festival of performance, visual arts, sound and theatre taking place in interactive installations and exhibitions all under one roof. To find out more go to Visit Manchester.

Bury Art Festival
29 April – 2 May
100 local artists come together to exhibit their collection of work including 2D and 3D pieces at Bury Art Museum. Find out more here.

Something for the family

Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders at The Lowry
5 – 9 April
A real family favourite, see your favourite Horrible Histories characters and events come to life on stage at The Lowry. Click here for more information.

We’re Stuck
12 – 16 April
The robots are coming! Work with Dr Volcano and the robots at Z-Arts in Hulme to stretch your brain in unexpected directions in this interactive show for ages 8-11. Find out more here.

Arts and culture

King Lear at the Royal Exchange Theatre
1 April – 7 May
A highly anticipated performance of one of Shakespeare’s most violent tragedies, fans of arts and culture should be sure to book tickets early for this unmissable event. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.

Into the Hoods: Remixed at HOME 
6 – 9 April
A show full of charm, wit and energy, Into the Hoods returns with new choreography, a remixed  soundtrack and fresh designs. Click here for more information.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s at The Lowry
12 – 16 April
An iconic film come stage production, make sure not to miss this sparkling adaptation of a classic movie live at The Lowry. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

Women’s Art Exhibition at Nexus Art Cafe
15 April – 22 May
Featuring performance, poetry, music and film by the collective, members of the public are invited to bring along items and images expressing their own identity to add to the IDNA collage which will be created in the corridor at Nexus Café. Find out more here.

Word of Warning and Contact present Turn 2016
22 – 23 April
A frenzy of dance and performance, Turn 2016 sees twenty short pieces of new dance works over two evenings. Click here for more information.

Live music

Years & Years at Manchester Apollo
2 April
With a chart-topping debut album and 650,000 copies sold worldwide, Years & Years are a three piece band making a name for themselves fast. Don’t miss this chance to see them live at Manchester Apollo. Find out more here.

Muse at Manchester Arena
8 April
Rock giants Muse are coming to Manchester this April and are sure to perform hits new and old in what will be a hugely exciting live performance. Click here for more information.

All Tomorrow’s Parties at Victoria Warehouse
22 – 24 April
An intimate music festival at Victoria Warehouse with a carefully selected line-up of progressive post hardcore musicians. Find out more here.

BBC Philharmonic Shakespeare 400
23 April
Celebrate the life and works of one of England’s greatest writers with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall. Find out more.

Get Weaving! at The Bridgewater Hall
24 March 2016
A new and highly anticipated community opera marking the anniversary of the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932. Find out more here.

YolanDa Brown & special guest Lemar at The Bridgewater Hall
28 April
See one of the UK’s most highly rated saxophonists YolanDa Brown perform live with the added company of Lemar in what looks set to be a thrilling musical performance at The Bridgewater Hall. More details here.

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

Advertisements

4 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (10 – 12 July 2015)

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

Wigan International Jazz Festival

International Jazz FestivalBlog

Get in the swinging spirit and take a visit to Wigan to celebrate the International Jazz Festival’s 30th birthday.  See local legends perform global Jazz hits from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Glen Miller as well as, up and coming young trio Johnstone, Jarvie and Lowrie.

For more information go to visitmanchester.com/wiganinternationaljazzfestival

Altrincham French Festival

Alty French Festival blog

Don your beret and celebrate all things French this weekend at Stamford Park, Hale, Altrincham. Set over two days there will be lots of exciting activities taking place from firework displays, live entertainment and delicious French food and drink.

For more information go to altyfrenchfestival.co.uk 

Minion Mania at the Lowry Outlet Waterside Food and Craft Market

Lowry markets blog

Take the little ones to The Quays this weekend to meet the Minions – Kevin, Bob and Stuart . Afterwards have a stroll around The Lowry Outlet’s Waterside Food and Craft Market and have a look at the array of quality artisan food on offer.

For more information go to lowryoutlet.co.uk/events/waterside-food-craft-market-July/

Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits at IWM North

horrible Histories blog

Marking the 75th anniversary of the Blitz during the second world war, the IWM North have created a free, exciting  and interactive exhibition for children to discover exactly how people lived through one of the most challenging times in Britain.

For more information go to visitmanchester.com/horriblehistories

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

Elisa Artesero: Manifest Arts Festival! An artist-led festival of contemporary art, open studios, events and exhibitions across Manchester and Salford manifestartsfestival.com
Lee Clements: Hawk Green Cricket Club on Sunday 12/07/15. Last 16 national village cup against a bunch of jocks! #ENGVSCO
Chris Hughes: Come and visit facebook.com/LittleLegendsUK in Salford bring your child ages 18 months to 4 years old.
Jane Mitchell: Sale Arts Trail – it’s going to be brilliant                                                                     Peter Deeming: Cocktails in The Palace Hotel, Lagers in Night and Day Cafe, Banco de Gaia at Band on the Wall…sorted.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

‏@HappyBeetham:ummm towering, watching the humans, having a few gins with @TheAtlasBar humans

What’s on in Manchester – August

Manchester Pride

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 – July

Flower Show

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

Mortality: Death and the Imagination // 8 July – 18 August @ The Holden Gallery
Rather than using death as a blunt end-point, this exhibition turns its attention to mortality and the ways in which death appears (or is obscured) through being in the midst of life.

Brains: The Mind as Matter // From 26 July @ MOSI
Featuring a range of objects, audio-visual installations and beautiful artworks, this fascinating exhibition explores what humans have done to brains in the cause of medical intervention, scientific enquiry, cultural meaning and technological change.

Horrible Histories // From present until 31 December 2012 @ Imperial War Museum (IWM) North
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. 

Music

The Smashing Pumpkins // 1 July @ Manchester Academy
The Smashing Pumpkins will be performing at Manchester’s Academy One venue on 1 July 2013. The performance will start at 19:00. The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history and sold over 30 million albums.

Rihanna // 15 and 16 July @ Manchester Arena
Following her four sold-out Manchester Arena dates in winter 2011, the international R’n’B star returns to showcase tracks from her latest album Diamonds, alongside the chart-topping hits Umbrella, Don’t Stop The Music, Only Girl (In The World), SOS, Disturbia and Shut Up And Drive.

Devendra Banhart // 17 July @ The Ritz
Banhart first attracted international notice with his 2002 debut album, Oh Me Oh My… The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit – a collection of recordings he had made for himself.

BUFF // 12 – 14 July @ TribeCa, Saville Street
BUFF is a weekend aimed at the trans masculine community. They aim to bring trans masculine identified people and S.O.F.F.A’s together through various events such as club nights, lunches and other gatherings.

Picnic Concert: The Human League with special guests // 20 July @ Tatton Park
The Human League and special guests for an astounding evening of much loved electro classics in the stunning surroundings of Tatton Park. The concert will conclude with an amazing fireworks display.

Picnic Concert: Katherine Jenkins // 21 July @ Tatton Park
Katherine will be performing a selection of much-loved Last Night classics such as Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. In addition, the concert will feature some of her favourite pieces including Les Filles de Cadiz, Someone To Watch Over Me and I Could Have Danced All Night. This fantastic finale to the weekend comes complete with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and culminate with a stunning fireworks display.

Performance

Too Clever By Half // 10 – 17 August @ Royal Exchange
Too Clever By Half is a biting satire about Gloumov, a young scoundrel who is out to climb to the top of bourgeois society, regardless of what it takes to rise through the ranks and who he steps on to get there.

Momentous Musicals // 25 July @ The Palace Theatre
With an accompanying cast of the highest West End calibre, this year’s show will feature brand new arrangements of classic and recent musical theatre songs including Let Me Be Your Star from Smash, What I Did For Love (A Chorus Line) and One Day More (Les Misérables).

My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock // Present until 15 September @ The Lowry
As Top of the Pop’s resident photographer from 1964 – 1973, Harry Goodwin documented some of the most important musical stars and performances of this crucial time in rock history.

Ghost // 2 – 20 July @ Manchester Opera House
Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer.

Festivals

RHS Flower Show // 25 – 28 July @ Tatton Park
Set in the height of the summer in the grounds of one of Britain’s most historic estates, the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park is a stunning blend of inspirational gardening with all the magnificence and grandeur of a garden party.

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival // 1 – 31 July @ Various
Greater Manchester Fringe Festival is back in July 2013 and buzzing with new venues and new shows – sponsored by Manchester City Council and Outstanding Beers of Bury. For 31 days The Briton’s Protection, Fab Cafe Kings Arms, Kraak, Lass O’Gowrie, O’Shea’s Irish Bar, The Salford Arms, Satan’s Hollow, Taurus, Tiger Lounge, Retro Bar and TV21 will be hosting live drama, music, comedy and other events.

24:7 Theatre Festival // 19 – 26 July 2013 @ Various
11 premieres, eight days, featuring fire stations, period dramas and made-up monsters. 24:7 is a unique theatre festival that brings innovative drama to the people of Manchester and nurtures the writing, directing, performing and producing talent of tomorrow. In 2004, the first Festival took place in bars and clubs around Manchester city centre. With no finance but bags of determination, we managed to attract 1,600 audience members in one week.

Out Of Town

The Magic of Beatrix Potter // Present until 1 September @ Tatton Park
Tatton Park celebrates Beatrix Potter this summer with an enchanting exhibition of family events and activities. Look out for characters and scenes from her stories and follow trails in the mansion, farm and gardens. Find out about her life and legacy of countryside conservations. Enjoy rare opportunities to see an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s original water colours and drawings, on loan from the National Trust collection.

Worn To Be Wild // Present until 13 July @ Gallery Oldham
This unusual combination was created by dress designer and textile artist Kate Plumtree. From a medieval deer to a contemporary hedgehog, each costume has been carefully designed and constructed by observing the movement, behaviour and habitat of each animal. Other stunning creations include an elegant 18th Century Mute Swan, a dramatic 1930s Golden Eagle and a sultry Victorian Fox.

Bird Song // 1 – 6 July @ Oldham Coliseum
A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’s bestselling novel, an epic tale of love and war set both before and during the Great War.

Bugs at Chester Zoo // Until 3 November 2013 @ Chester Zoo
Mind-bogglingly big Bugs are in residence at Chester Zoo this summer. The amazing exhibition of robotic giants includes stupendous scorpions, extra-large ladybirds and spiders that are anything but incy-wincy.

Sports

Greater Manchester Swim // 20 July @ City Centre
Swimmers and spectators can enjoy live music, try amazing street food and browse retail outlets. This is a wet-suit only event. No walls, No lanes, No Chlorine. Just the great outdoors!

Top Tours

Wandering Duck’s Through the Middle: The City Tour

Wandering Duck is offering a great 1 night unique insight into the Manchester city centre canal as well as escaping to the picturesque surroundings of Worsley. Tours take place at various times throughout the season through until October.

South Cemetery Tour
Whilst the graves of those famous for music, football, cotton, philanthropy, flight, the Ship Canal, painting, politics, and property. Meet at the gates of Southern Cemetery. Price is £7/6. Tour starts at 10:30 – booking essential.

New Openings

Sea Life Manchester now open at intu Trafford Centre // Now @ intu Trafford Centre
The newly opened Sea Life Manchester will transport you into the amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks, and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. To get any closer you’d have to get wet!

Rekorderlig Summer Garden // Until 1 September 2013 @ Great Northern Square, Deansgate
Perhaps more of a ‘temporary opening’ than a ‘new opening’, the Rekorderlig Summer Garden is open throughout the season in the prime Great Northern Square spot – where Rekorderlig, Swedish lager brand Abro and Manchester favourites The Liquorists have come together to provide an array of refreshing beverages to serve throughout the summer months.