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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

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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

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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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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.

What’s on in Manchester – June

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The Magic of Beatrix Potter

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

Beneath and Beyond // Present until 30 June 2013 @ MOSI, mosi.org.uk
Beneath and Beyond by artist Stephen Hurrel, brings together science and nature in a unique live sound installation. Tectonic shifts and on-going movements beneath the Earth’s surface are the source of generating this sound work.

Developing: Photographs by Mary McCartney // Present until 9 June 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
Mary McCartney’s photographs have been seen around the world, and are equally at home in galleries and magazines. This brand new exhibition features striking large scale images of many legendary international performers including Helen Mirren, Joni Mitchell and Morrissey.

Music

Rihanna // 12 – 13 June 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
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.

Robbie Williams // 18 – 22 June @ Etihad Stadium, mcfc.com/the-club/visiting-the-stadium
The tour is his first for over 6 years and this follows a number one single and album. Robbie will be playing songs from his legendary back catalogue along with songs from his new album ‘Take the Crown’. Olly Murs will be the special guest at the performances.

Rod Stewart // 8 – 9 June 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
With a career now in its fifth decade, Stewart has sold over 100 million records worldwide with six consecutive number one singles and 62 hit singles including six number ones. He will be performing all of his massive hits from the past including ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’, ‘Maggie May’, ‘Baby Jane’ and ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’.

Performance

Eddie Izzard // 7 June 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
Izzard, who last performed at the Manchester Arena in 2009 as part of his ‘Stripped’ world tour, returns with his brand new show ‘Force Majeure’ (meaning “superior force”, “chance occurrence”, “unavoidable accident” in French). ‘Force Majeure’ is billed as the most extensive comedy tour ever as the comedian takes in cities from Manchester to Moscow to Mumbai across 25 countries.

A Wondrous Place // 11 – 22 June 2013 @ Royal Exchange, royalexchange.co.uk
Four brand new short stories for the theatre, each offering a fresh and surprising perspective on four amazing North of England cities: Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Soul Sister // 3 – 8 June 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
Following the highs and lows, and passions and heartbreak, of Ike and Tina as their careers soared and their marriage crumbled, Soul Sister is full of heart and soul, electrifying choreography and stunning musical numbers. Featuring the hits ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Private Dancer’, ‘River Deep Mountain High’ and, of course, ‘Simply The Best’, plus many more.

Manchester Sound: The Massacre // 8 June – 6 July 2013 @ Secret Location, librarytheatre.com
Manchester Sound: The Massacre is the dynamic finale to the Library Theatre Company’s programme of must-see site-specific theatre experiences. This unique production brings the changing face of protest in our radical city vividly to life – melding the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the illegal rave parties of the late 80s acid house scene, through to today.
The performance will be staged in a secret city centre venue. Ticket-holders will be advised to turn up at a given location and then escorted to the venue.

Festivals

Parklife // 8 – 9 June @ Heaton Park, parklife.uk.com
Back with a vengeance, this year’s Parklife moves to its even bigger and better new home of Heaton Park. Across the Saturday and Sunday the stages will be graced by the likes of Example, Plan B, Iggy Azalea, Jessie Ware, Carl Cox, Disclosure, Heidi, Hot Natured, AlunaGeorge and Rita Ora – for what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable weekend.

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival // 16 June 2013 @ The Quays, thequays.org.uk
To commemorate Chinese culture and history, the Dragon Boat Festival and Chinese New Year celebrations will be the prime events to be celebrated each year in the North West, with a showcase of high-quality traditional Chinese cultural attractions, such as traditional lion dances, folk dances, music, songs and Chinese calligraphy and a bite of traditional Dragon Boat Festival food like Zongzi (Glutinous rice dumplings).

Stockport Beer and Cider Festival // 30 May – 1 June 2013 @ Edgeley Park Football Ground
The 27th Stockport Beer and Cider Festival is a celebration of quality real ale and traditional cider with more than 200 beers and cider on offer during the festival including beers from across Europe at our Real Ale in the Bottle Bar.

Out Of Town

The Magic of Beatrix Potter // Present until 1 September 2013 @ Tatton Park, tattonpark.org.uk
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 watercolors and drawings, on loan from the National Trust collection.

Break the Floorboards // 4 – 8 June 2013 @ Oldham Coliseum, oldhamcoliseum.ticketsolve.com
All Zain wants to do is dance, but his family and the local fascists and his two left feet are getting in the way. Fusing the captivating dance styles of Bollywood and Street, this is the tale of one young boy’s attempts to escape the grim reality of his recession-hit hometown and turn his life into the glittering world of his Bollywood fantasies.

Trans Pennine Challenge // 22 – 23 June 2013 @ Didsbury, transpenninechallenge.com
50 or 100KM The Trans Pennine Challenge; can you take it on? If you want to redefine your 2013 goals, push yourself further, and fundraise for the charity of your choice – then this could be the challenge for you! Set in the magnificent backdrop of the Peak District, it will be a journey that you’ll never forget.

Sports

Great Manchester Cycle // 30 June 2013 @ Etihad Stadium, greatcycle.org
After a tremendous 2012 debut on wheels, the UK’s biggest timed cycling event is back and will take place on Sunday 30 June. Starting and finishing at the Etihad Campus, cyclists will have the ultimate opportunity to rule the roads when they take to the Mancunian Way en route to Trafford.

Walk of the Month

Oldham Ghost Walk // 1st and 2nd Thursday of the month @ Oldham Coliseum, ghostwalk.hardgraft.co.uk
Oldham Ghost walk is a mile long walk around Oldham telling the stories of ghosts, murders and frankly anything that has dragged up the darker side of life. It’s informative, entertaining, but scary. Oldham Ghost Walk is for anyone young and old, sceptics or believers, Reds or Blues. The walks are held on 1st and 2nd Thursday of every Month and start at 19:30. Meet outside the Oldham Coliseum on Fairbotton Street, Oldham.

What’s on in Manchester – May

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Dirty Dancing

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.