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What’s On in Greater Manchester this March

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Easter in Manchester

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival
19 – 20 March
Chocolate, entertainment and family fun brought together in a deliciously tasty festival in Ramsbottom. Need we say any more? Click here for details.

Charlie Chocolate Easter at Tatton Park
25 – 28 March
Enthralling trails, spell binding magic shows, captivating puppet theatre plus a Stable yard of chocolatey treats to eat and scrumptious things to buy. Find out more here.

The Passion at HOME
25 – 26 March
In the historical surrounds of Campfield Market, an abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion is brought to life as an immersive fully-staged opera. Click here for more information.

Something for the family

Junkyard Golf Club
1 – 31 March
Bring family and friends along to Junkyard Golf Club this March for a fun-filled crazy golf experience with music and cocktails. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

The Cat in the Hat at The Lowry
11 March – 13 March
With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, The Cat in the Hat turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home? To find out more, click here.

Cirque Berserk at The Palace Theatre
7 – 9 March
With thrilling stunts and mind-blowing tricks, Cirque Berserk will be an action-packed event guaranteed to entertain. Click here for more information.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise at The Lowry
30 March – 31 March
Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise. Enjoy fun, loads of songs and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show. Click here for more information.

Manchester Irish Festival
4 – 20 March
With over 200 events at 100 different venues, Manchester Irish Festival is now firmly established as Europe’s biggest Irish Festival outside of the Emerald Isle. Find out more.

Arts and culture

Manchester Film Festival
03 March – 06 March
Writers, directors and producers, along with established industry professionals and film lovers alike are all invited to celebrate the best independent cinema from around the world. Find out more.

King Charles III at Manchester Opera House
7 – 12 March
Prince Charles ascends to the throne after the passing of The Queen, but what future lies ahead for new monarch? Find out in this entertaining performance. More information here.

The Witches at The Lowry
21 – 26 March
Literature comes to life on stage at the Lowry this March as Roald Dahl scariest book is transformed into a terrifying treat for the family. To find out more go to Visit Manchester.

Chicago the Musical at Manchester Opera House
21 March – 2 April
Based on real events in the roaring 1920s, international award winning Chicago comes to Manchester with a star studded cast promising for a spectacular occasion. More details here.

Didsbury Makers Market
27 March
This event is held on the last Sunday of the month and includes food, drink, art and design, plus performances by local musicians and djs.Find out more here.

Dance 88/89

27 March
The summer of love returns for one night only in an evening celebrating the music and culture of acid house and Balearic. Click here for more information.

FutureEverything
30 March – 2 April
Manchester’s annual collaborate arts festival returns with a packed programme of new commissions and world class performances on the theme of less is more. Find out more here.

Spinningfields Makers Market
19 – 20 March
From vintage stalls to inspiring Manchester artists to award winning pies and hot chilli chutneys, the stalls that have been carefully selected from North West Artisan producers will show the very best of local food, drink, vintage, art and modern craft that the region has to offer. Find out more here.

International Women’s Day at IWM North
06 March – 28 March 2016
Visit IWM North for a range of events to mark International Women’s Day 2016, as part of Manchester’s Wonder Women 2016 Festival. Click here for more information.

Live Music

Wolf Alice at Manchester Academy
10 March
For those who missed out on catching the band during their wildly successful previous UK run, it’s a fresh chance to catch the band at Manchester Academy this month. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.

The 1975 at the Manchester O2 Apollo
13 March 2016 – 15 March 2016
The 1975 will play a set of homecoming gigs at the O2 Apollo in support of their second album’I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’. Click here for more information.

Little Mix at Manchester Arena
24 March 2016
Little Mix will return to Manchester Arena as part of their 14 date UK tour in spring 2016, performing tracks from their new studio album, Get Weird including their UK number one, Black Magic. Find out more here.

Mariah Carey at Manchester Arena
18 March 2016
Returning to Manchester for the first time since her Charmbracelet Tour back in 2003, the music icon will be drawing on her back catalogue of over 18 number one singles and performing her biggest hits. Click here for more information.

Manchester Camerata – The Mozart Session
12 March 2016
Following on from the concert double bill of Haydn Piano Concertos in 2013, RNCM are delighted to welcome back Jean-Efflam Bavouzet for an all-Mozart programme set to redefine live performances of the great master. Find out more here.

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

7 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (22-24 January)

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

First TransPennine Express Winter Sale

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Make the most of 25% off all First TransPennine Express advance tickets for travel up to and including Sunday 20 March. Be quick, offer ends Sunday 31 January. More information here.

Mary Poppins at the Palace Theatre

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Start the weekend in style by seeing the stage adaptation of Mary Poppins live at the Palace Theatre. It’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Click here for more information.

The Corrs at Manchester Arena

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Pop rockers The Corrs return to Manchester this weekend to perform hits new and old at the Manchester Arena. Click here to find out more.

Snow Park Fun at the Chill Factore

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Bring the family along to the Snow Park at Chill Factore for a fun-filled day of slides and sledging in the snow. Find out more here.

#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.

Thriller Live at Manchester Opera House

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With two hours of pop, soul and dance hits, relive the career of music icon Michael Jackson on stage at the Manchester Opera House. Click here for more information.

Manchester Giants vs Sheffield Sharks

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Cheer on basketball team the Manchester Giants who are in action this Sunday when they take on the Sheffield Sharks. Click here for more information.

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

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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

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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

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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 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
Getting to Manchester this Christmas is easy with First Transpennine Express. When visitors book in advance, they could save over 50%* on First TransPennine Express train travel. All they need to do is book before 6pm on the day prior to travel and travel on a specific train.
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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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7 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (13 – 15 November 2015)

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

Manchester Christmas Markets

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.

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas

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Back for 2015, The Ideal Home Show at Christmas is returning to EventCity, bringing everything to prepare for the festive season – and including appearances from Gino D’Acampo, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Katie Piper and Olly Smith. For more information, click here.

Louder than Words Festival of Music and Literature

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Now in its third year, the Louder than Words Festival has something for anyone with a love for music, and the way words are used to inform, create and discuss that music. Click here for more information.

Reindeer Parade

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This Saturday, Santa will be arriving into Oldham town centre, leading his reindeer around the town on their way to the Spindles Town Square, where he will be opening his brand new grotto. To find out more, click here.

Wythenshawe Hall Open Day

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Welcoming visitors of all ages, the open day will let visitors take a step back in time and learn about the local heritage. The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall, dressed in period costume, will be on hand to answer any questions. Find out more here.

The Last Tango at the Manchester Opera House

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Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ‘Til Dawn, Strictly Come Dancing superstars Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet. To find out more, click here.

England under 19s v Japan

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Come and cheer on the Young Lions who take on Japan in an exciting fixture with two Manchester City players named in the squad.

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

What’s on in Greater Manchester this August

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.

Something for the family

Day out with Thomas at the East Lancashire Railway
1 – 2 August
Choo, choo, all aboard!
For a fun filled family day out visit the East Lancashire Railway to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. Book your tickets here.

Dig the City
31 July – 6 August
See Manchester bloom to life with the arrival of the city’s summer garden festival. With plenty of events taking place throughout the week there is something for everyone, from children’s events to pop up picnics.

Save 20% at Knowsley Safari Park
Offer ends 4 September
Treat the family to a wild day out this summer and visit Knowsley Safari Park. Book online now and save 20%, making an adults ticket cost just £13.20 and a child’s ticket £10.

Take a trip to the beach at intu Trafford Centre
18 July – 31 August
Visit the seaside this summer in Greater Manchester and embrace the holiday mood with plenty of activities to take part in at the beach.

Stay in Manchester for less this summer at the Ramada Salford Quays Hotel
Get 20% off Best Available Rate throughout August 2015 quoting Summer Special.  Book direct on 0161 876 5305 www.ramadasalfordquays.com

Food frenzy

Spinningfields Makers Market and Finders Keepers Market
15- 16 August
With over 130 stalls, the market showcases award-winning local food, drink, art and craft producers, as well as vintage clothing, plus much more. The soundtrack to the market is provided by local live bands and DJs.

Waterside Food and Craft Market at Lowry Outlet
15 – 16 August
The open-air market will host around 30 stalls; transforming the centre’s outdoor space into a bustling market place filled full of local artisan produce . If your visiting with children, then there’s lots on offer to keep the little ones entertained. To celebrate the launch of the new Disney film “Inside Out” children will have the chance to feature in their own Disney film poster.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival
28 – 31 August
Visit one of the North West’s best food and drink festivals and head to Bolton over the August bank holiday weekend. Sharpen up your culinary skills and watch celebrity chef demos, a fantastic artisan food and drink market and a dedicated children’s marquee, plus much more.

Performances

West Side Story
13 – 15 August
Have a summers evening out see one of the all time greatest musicals, West Side Story at the Palace Theatre Manchester. Please note that this is a youth theatre production. For tickets book here.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
20 – 29 August
Priscilla is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship. To book tickets click here.

In the spotlight

Trof Northern Quarter

A dandyish den of opulence. The kind of place where you can hang out day or night, access the wifi with a big slice of cake and a frothy coffee, munch on breakfasts and burgers, sandwiches and salads and/or sample the extensive and exquisite beer menu, sophisticated selection of spirits and wines to make you go woozy.

For more information visit trofnq.co.uk