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Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (17 – 19 April 2015)

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

See the city in an exhilarating new light

Moon Rise Run

After nightfall, a 5km course in Heaton Park will be transformed into an enchanting passage, illuminated with bespoke and beautiful festoon lighting and by the LED Moonbeam wristbands given to each runner. The Moon Rise Run will culminate with a festival featuring live music, food and drink.

Browse the Northern Quarter’s pop up market

NQ Market

The highly successful Levenshulme Market pops up in Manchester’s Northern Quarter this Sunday. Approximately 30 stalls will showcase local independent traders. A range of goods will be on offer, from artisan fresh food, vintage products, modern craft and books.

Get your hands on the best in print and design

Manchester Print Fair

The Manchester Print Fair was started in 2011 by designer Alessandra Mostyn from a belief that the city could benefit from an all-round creative event which celebrated print design in all its forms. On sale will be works from emerging artists, students and freelance designers alike.

Watch the champions of BMX go head to head

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Activity commences from 4pm on Saturday April 18 when doors to the world-class BMX centre will open to adrenalin fuelled crowds. Attendees to the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will see the world’s top 64 men and 32 women race elbow to elbow through the rounds to claim victory.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:
‏@Roamites: @WhitworthArt is amazing, John Rylands library, or the amazing @The_Lowry Gorgeous!
‏@PrivateWhiteVC: we recommend a visit to the fantastic @WhitworthArt gallery – they’ll also get to see our bespoke uniforms worn by the staff!
@VisitBolton: last chance to catch the ‘opulent’ & ‘cool’ #PrivateLives at the @octagontheatre this weekend

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

David Shanahan: Matt & Phreds top jazz club live every night start your night at the castle pub with a top juke box and top ales just round the corner from Matt & Phreds.
Mike Edge: Get some top notch street food in you…BEAT STREET MCR at The Great Northern tonight… Guerrilla Eats tomorrow.
Paula Pierrson: Sunday is the Manchester Marathon. Come and Support the runners.
PetalPrideuk Chani Ess: Science and industry museum for the kids
Laura Goodliffe: Visit the Manchester Print Fair http://www.manchesterprintfair.co.uk
Vicki Møñ Jane Hartley: Take a trip to the Gay Village

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

3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (27 – 29 June, 2014)

Grillstock Festival

Grillstock Festival

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

  • It’s the opening weekend of Manchester Children’s Book Festival which is packed full of author events and activities for children, families and anyone who has ever loved children’s books. Events are being staged at iconic venues across the city including National Football Museum and IWM North, and virtual activities are on offer online to Festival followers across the globe. Authors taking part this year include Michael Morpurgo and Carol Ann Duffy.
  • Get your heart pumping over at the National Cycling Centre on Saturday night watching the Keirin Manchester Track Cycling. Based on one of the most exciting forms of velodrome track racing, Keirin Manchester is the ultimate test of a sprinter’s speed, strength and skill, and promises a packed night of high sporting drama featuring top men and women.
  • The hugely popular Grillstock Festival returns to Manchester’s Albert Square this weekend, promising meat, music and mayhem. Enjoy 40 bands and eight DJs playing across four music stages, street performers and cooking demonstrations, there’s even a children’s treasure hunt. Don’t miss the obligatory eating competitions, which include hot wings, hot dogs and chilli eating contests.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • @AFSCJ museum of science and industry, for the cafe if nothing else
  • @ContactMcr we have Fluxus, a FREE night of music/film/installation/performance Sat, 6pm ’til late.
  • ‏@MissPond @grillstock of course!!
  • ‏@CastlefieldGall Last chance to see #AboutPainting @CastlefieldGall http://ow.ly/yvB47 Stunning paintings by 8 emerging. ENDS Sun 29 Jun
  • @thisisInc #BillyLiar @rxtheatre excellent show & amazing venue!
  • ‏@MsForshaw go and get the meet sweats at Albert square’s #grillstock
  • ‏@ManJewishMuseum Tours of Manchester Jewish Museum this Sunday! Stories of Jewish Manchester will be brought to life
  • ‏@McrSciFest #Collider PI tomorrow 10.30am-3.30pm. Chat to particle physicists and create an artwork to take home. FREE.
  • @HollyBurgessPR head down to @HandmadeBurger who are open for their first weekend!

And here’s what our Facebook followers suggest:

  • David Shanahan: Fever pitch no ticket required. Sand deck chairs beer and very nice food and football
  • Emma Finch: Free photography exhibition at the Old Parsonage in Didsbury, runs until Sunday. A fantastic display of images on view and on sale.
  • Val Robus: When I visited last month one of my highlights was afternoon tea in the John Ryland’s library plus wandering around the magnificent building.
  • Lorraine Dane Nolan: Richmond Tearooms on Richmond st. Its beautiful!
  • Jennifer Mabbott: Rochdale Pioneers Museum are having a Tour de France Countdown Party on Saturday featuring a pedal powered smoothie maker, Tour de France themed ales at CAMRA award-winning pub The Baum and more! http://www.rochdalepioneersmuseum.coop/tdfparty
  • Jo Benjamin: Evuna for tapas on deansgate, absolutely delish & the wine list is amazing!!!
  • Carlyann Corcoran: Armed forces day celebrations! X
  • Craig Taylor: Have a trip to Liquor Store Manchester. Best bar in the whole of Manchester. Great atmosphere, great cocktails, great music, and great service!
  • Nancy Hopkins: Pop on down to Collider – Platform for Investigation on Saturday 28 June, 10.30am – 3pm at MOSI
  • Marc Bamber: Go and support all the riders in the Great Manchester Cycle on Sunday
  • Michael O’Carroll: Go to Old Trafford and watch Luke Shaw sign for the mighty Reds.
  • Jacqui Digs: Grillstock festival. Meat, Music and Mayhem!
  • Alexandra Glew: Chorlton Arts Market tomorrow!

What’s on in Manchester – January

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Chinese New Year

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.

Festivals

Chinese New Year
Saturday 18 January – Sunday 2 February
Chinatown and the surrounding area come alive to welcome in the year of the horse. Over 100,000 people are expected to join in the festivities, which will include traditional events such as lantern lighting, gift giving, food tasting, fireworks and of course the magnificent dragon parade.

re:play Festival at The Lowry
Monday 20 January – Saturday 1 February
Ever missed a play you wish you’d had the chance to see? Well now you can – re:play Festival returns with a diverse sample of the best Manchester fringe theatre from the last 12 months. 

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival at The National Cycling Centre
Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 January
Over 300 cask ales along with traditional ciders, perries and beers will be available to try at this Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) event held in the unique setting of Manchester Velodrome, the home of British Cycling.

Music

Trans Siberian Orchestra at O2 Apollo
Friday 10 January
Described as The Who meets Phantom of The Opera with Pink Floyd’s light show, Trans-Siberian Orchestra take rock opera into a whole new world, creating compelling and emotionally powerful narratives to match the epic scope of their music. 

Dwele at Band on the Wall
Thursday 23 January
US soul artist Dwele returns to the UK to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut album ‘Subject’ with a very special performance. After working with luminaries such as Kanye West and J Dilla, Dwele has expanded his sound to include a mix of vintage Soul, Hip Hop and Rap.

Showaddywaddy at The Albert Halls, Bolton
Friday 24 January
Once labelled ‘the greatest rock and roll band in the world’ Showaddywaddy are back with a dynamic and uplifting live show featuring all of their biggest hits. The band formed in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 20 million records and tour the world.

Mogwai at Bridgewater Hall
Monday 27 January
Just one week after the release of their eighth studio album ‘Rave Tapes’, Mogwai perform at The Bridgewater Hall. You can expect dynamic guitar instrumentals, melodic bass lines and heavy use of distortion and special effects.

London Grammar at Manchester Academy
Wednesday 29 January
Described by the Guardian as ‘an old-school, homegrown band that’s putting real music back in the charts’ Trip-Hop trio London Grammar continue to prove just why they were one of the most exciting new bands to breakthrough in 2013.

Outdoors 

New Year Ghost Walk at Haigh Hall and Country Park
Saturday 4 January
Join Haigh Hall’s ghost hunters on a night walk through the grounds of the country park estate to discover (and possibly meet) its long dead characters. Anyone brave enough and over the age of eight is invited to this chilling event which will finish with a fire-roasted spud deep in the woods. Don’t forget your torch!

Skate the Park at Heaton Park
Until Sunday 12 January
Enjoy a real ice rink, festive market stalls and warming food and drinks, all in the stunning surroundings of the one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Skate the Park is ideal for a family trip or a romantic date with a difference.

Exhibitions

Christian Dior: Designer in focus at The Gallery of Costume
Until Sunday 12 January
Christian Dior’s brief but supremely influential career began with his iconic ‘New Look’ in 1947 and he went on to reign supreme in Parisian fashion until his untimely death ten years later. This unique exhibition features stunning displays that represent many of Dior’s seminal couture collections.

The Gifts of the Departed at Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Until Saturday 1 March
Enchanted by the idea of textile as a metaphor for text and language, Alinah Azadeh’s exhibition is an on-going body of work, comprising objects which once belonged to her late mother wrapped and bound in cloth, articulating separation, loss and longing.

Coral: Something Rich and Strange at Manchester Museum
Until Sunday 16 March
This new exhibition provides a plethora of fascinating and beautiful objects, telling a story about biodiversity and the importance of marine environments today. Explore the material and symbol that has been an inspiration for artists, cultures and societies across the centuries.

Performance

Wanted! Robin Hood at The Lowry
Until Saturday 11 January
A thrilling contemporary combination of adventure, comedy, music and daredevil fighting, Wanted! Robin Hood promises to be a magical adventure for all. Written by Charles Way whose imaginative and award-winning family plays have been performed all over the world.

Swan Lake at Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 14 January
The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of a palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

That Day We Sang at Royal Exchange Theatre
Until Saturday 18 January
Reinvented and re-orchestrated for the Royal Exchange’s unique space, That Day We Sang is a big-hearted and nostalgic Manchester love story for all the family, written by Victoria Wood, one of the country’s most distinctive and well-loved comedic voices.

Walk of the Month

Victorian Slums & Squalor
Saturday 25 January
Take a guided tour through an old Manchester overflowing with cholera, crime, vice and vermin. A Blue Badge Guide will lead you into the uglier side of the industrial revolution and explore the impact it had on the local population.

New kid on the block

Almost Famous Burgers at Great Northern Warehouse
Almost Famous is back in Manchester and once again serving its tasty burgers, ribs, chilli dogs and cocktails. Formerly located in the Northern Quarter, this hidden gem was forced to close due to fire damage in June 2013. It has now re-opened in the dramatic surroundings of Great Northern Warehouse alongside fellow new residents Lucha Libre, All Star Lanes and James Martin Manchester.

What’s on in Manchester – November

Jake Bugg

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

David Chadwick: We Were All Here, Once // Until 5 November 2013 @ Cornerhouse, Oxford Street

Manchester-based photographer David Chadwick will present a selection of rarely-seen images of the city’s night scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This will be the first time these unique photographs, summarised by Chadwick simply as “young people looking for love”, have been displayed together in public.

Music

Stereophonics // 14 November 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

In addition to songs from their latest studio album Graffiti on the Train, the four-piece will be performing tracks from their 20 plus year back catalogue including the classics The Bartender And The Thief, Have A Nice Day, Mr Writer, A Thousand Trees and the number one hit Dakota.

Jake Bugg // 6 and 7 November 2013 @ O2 Apollo

A big star at Radio 1 and 6 Music, Jake has also made appearances on Radio 2 and on Radio 4’s flagship culture show Front Row. High profile features have included the Guardian, NME front cover, Sunday Times Culture, Q, MOJO and more.

Yellowcard // 14 November @ Royal Northern College of Music (Chamber Hall)

To mark an entire decade since its original release, this is the group’s ‘Ocean Avenue: Acoustic’ tour – where they will perform their best-loved hits from the platinum selling album. With over two and a half million albums sold and counting, Yellowcard continue to dominate the music world, garnering fan support and critical acclaim alike.

Bombino: Live // 1 November 2013 @ Band on the Wall

The incredible new star of desert blues brings his band’s sun-baked sound to Band on the Wall for what promises to be an utterly thrilling night. Every year or so world music throws up a new global star in the making and 2013 looks like being Tuareg guitar genius Omara “Bombino” Moctar’s year.

Performance

A Walk in the Park // 20 – 22 November 2013 @The Black Lion, Chapel Street

When Jack (Levi Payne) and Kate (Sarah O’Byrne) first meet, the pair hit it off to a great start. Jack’s enthusiastic mother (played by BBC Radio Lancashire Presenter Sally Naden) is eager to meet her son’s new girlfriend, but Jack has reservations. As time goes on, cracks in their relationship start to show and a tragic incident brings about revelations nobody ever expected.

Mickey Flanagan // 21 November 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

The ‘Back In The Game’ tour follows on from the huge critical and commercial success of last year’s ‘Out Out’ tour where over 200,000 tickets were sold and all 150 dates a sell out.

Wicked // Present until 16 November 2013 @ The Palace Theatre

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as students. Their extraordinary adventures will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Festivals

Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival // 18 October – 3 November 2013 @ Z-Arts

The Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival will celebrate brilliant children’s theatre and fire the imaginations of a wide range of children, from toddling two-year olds to sophisticated pre-teens.

Doki Doki The Manchester Japanese Festival // 9 November 2013 @ Sugden Sports Centre

Throughout the day, there will be talks, demonstrations, parades and other events showcasing art, fashion, martial arts, film, music, games and other aspects of Japanese culture, past and present, as well as retail stalls and artist stands. Hot and cold Japanese food and drink will also be available to festival-goers.

Sports

AJ Bell World Squash Championships // 26 October 2013 – 3 November 2013 @ National Squash Centre

The nine day tournament, to be staged at the National Squash Centre with finals at Manchester Central, is one of the cornerstones of what will be another memorable sporting year for the city of Manchester.

UCI Track Cycling World Cup // 1 – 3 November 2013 @ The National Cycling Centre

Across the three days of competition, the leading male and female cyclists in the world will compete across all the Olympic Track Cycling disciplines in this next step on the road to Rio.

Scotland v USA: Rugby League World Cup 2013 // 7 November 2013 @ Salford City Stadium

Salford holds a prime position in the heart of the North West, just one minute from Manchester city centre on the banks of the River Irwell. This is a city of contrasts offering acres of beautiful countryside, miles of waterways and lots of culture and history. Heritage is a strong theme in the city with over 250 listed buildings, including the Grade 1 listed Ordsall Hall where Guy Fawkes is rumoured to have cooked up the Gunpowder Plot. While Salford has one foot in the past in celebration of its fascinating history, the city is embracing a digital future with MediaCityUK, the new home of the BBC in the North.

Out of Town

The Saddleworth Creative Network Gift & Craft Winter Festival // 10 November 2013 @ Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee Street

The first is the ‘Winter Craft & Gift Festival’ and will be held on Sunday 10th November to tempt those early bird Christmas shoppers. This is being held on Remembrance Sunday and will observe the 2 minutes silence at 11am. All proceeds from the regular tombola will be donated to the Poppy Appeal, along with many of the traders making and selling many poppy related items to raise money for the charity.

Long Day’s Journey into Night // Until 2 November 2013 @ Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Eugene O’Neill shares, with uncompromising truth and honesty, the pain, anguish and guilt faced by his own family, in what is his most moving and compelling drama.

The Oldham Open // Present until 16 November 2013 @ Gallery Oldham

The exhibition is also a great opportunity for visitors to view and buy a range of artworks by local artists and see the range of skills and talents in Oldham. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Prize competition during the course of the show. The winner will receive vouchers for art materials.

Spindleopolis When Cotton was King // Present until 30 November 2013 @ Gallery Oldham

Cotton helped to create a prosperous working class whose cash fuelled a market for seaside holidays, football, music hall and fish and chips. The display uses the cartoons and words of local man Sam Fitton to recreate this lost world. This dialect writer and entertainer chronicled the lives of the working men and women of the town in the pages of the Cotton Factory Times, the operatives’ own weekly newspaper.

What’s on in Manchester – September

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The ‘What’s on in Manchester’ blog will give you a heads up for selected highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester for the coming month – published every month on behalf of Visit Manchester.

Exhibitions

Hard Rock Couture // 30 August – 8 September 2013 @ The Printworks, Withy Grove
This exhibition presents some of the wild, wonderful and historic clothing from the Hard Rock collection including Madonna’s iconic gold corset created by fashion guru Jean Paul Gaultier, a feathered Dior jacket worn both on and off stage by The Killers front man Brandon Flowers, a prison jacket worn by Elvis Presley in the film Jailhouse Rock and the red leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his infamous “Beat It” video.

Double Indemnity // 14 September 2013 until 1 January 2014 @ Cornerhouse, Oxford Road
The exhibition will inter-weave images and text from Billy Wilder’s classic film with a selection of photography, video, painting and installation artworks, which expose and subvert the distance between those who desire and are desired.

Independent Interiors Show // 28 September 2013 @ 2022nq, Northern Quarter
A one day shopping event for interiors enthusiasts, the event will showcase the best homeware brands and emerging interior designers in the North of England, from lighting to furniture, ceramics, textiles and wall coverings.

Music

Jetplane Landing // 4 September 2013 @ Soup Kitchen, Northern Quarter
Art-rock, post-hardcore from Derry, Northern Ireland. Currently promoting latest album, “Don’t Try”.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan // 12 September 2013 @ Phones4u Arena, Manchester
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns to Manchester this autumn as part of his The Voice From Heaven UK tour.

Police Dog Hogan // 20 September 2013 @ Band on the Wall, Swan Street
Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “just a really good, fun time”.

Kathryn Williams // 10 September 2013 @ Band on the Wall, Swan Street
Kathryn Since her 2002 Mercury Music Prize nomination, Kathryn Williams has gone from strength to strength, releasing a string of acclaimed albums that have confirmed her as an extraordinary talent within the singer/songwriter genre.

Performance

An Evening of Burlesque // 20 September 2013 @ Manchester Opera House, M3 3HP
It’s all tease, no sleaze as corsets, killer heels, stockings aplenty, sultry vocals, mischief, magic, frivolity and fun collide. Showcasing award winning talent from across the country this is your chance to see some of the Burlesque world’s favourite stars in the flesh.

That Is All You Need To Know // Until 4 December 2013 @ The Lowry, The Quays
That Is All You Need To Know marks the start of The Lowry’s ‘Accelerate’ programme, an exciting new relationship between the venue and The Jerwood Foundation. This initiative builds upon the success of The Lowry’s award-winning ‘Developed With The Lowry’ programme to further support emerging to mid-career theatre companies.

The Moscow State Circus // 18 – 22 September 2013 @ Tatton Park, Knutsford
Superstar Clowns Splendid Pavlik & Klava invite the audience to this wondrous and mysterious place, a place to romance, a place to stroll & take in Moscow at sunset & a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, in many case’s, non of the like have ever been witnessed in Great Britain before.

Night of Adventure // 30 September 2013 @ Vue Cinema, The Lowry
More than 400 guests will be treated to 12 talks from some of the finest adventurers on the face of the planet during the ‘Night of Adventure’ event at Vue Cinema in Manchester’s Lowry Centre on Monday 30 September 2013.

Festivals

Manchester Food and Drink Festival // 26 September – 7 October @ Various/City Centre
The region’s most hotly anticipated food and drink event is back. This urban festival takes over much of Manchester City Centre and the surrounding districts of Greater Manchester, with a huge programme of events taking place, both indoor and outdoor.

Buy Art Fair & The Manchester Contemporary // 26 – 29 September 2013 @ Spinningfields, M3 3ER
Buy Art Fair is located in a large pavilion situated along Hardman Boulevard, in the thriving hub of Spinningfields. A few steps away in Quay House, The Manchester Contemporary will take up residence for the weekend-long event.

Ramsbottom Festival // 13 – 15 September 2013 @ Ramsbottom Cricket Club
Ramsbottom Cricket Club will once again host the annual Ramsbottom Festival, bringing a selection of talented musicians to a stunning riverside location. Along with the music there will be a host of festival activity including comedy, real ale tent, great food, workshops, funfair and silent disco.

Homemade Heaven & Vintage Style Fair // 21 September 2013
The town has some great historic buildings, which include the Gaskell Tower, the Old Town Hall, the Sessions Court House and The Civic Centre, where ‘ilovehomemadeheaven’ hold their Homemade Heaven & Vintage Fairs

Out of Town

Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft // 12 – 14 September 2013 @ EventCity, Barton Dock Road, Urmston
Calling all craft enthusiasts! Make sure you go along to the Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts show this September to discover all the latest craft inspiration, supplies and innovations from more than 80 exhibitors.

Wigan Diggers Festival // 7 September 2013 @ The Wiend, Wigan Town Centre
Also known as the ‘True Levellers’, the Diggers were one of the first truly egalitarian political movements of the poor and propertyless anywhere in the World, and the first to argue for full equality of men and women. Winstanley and they famously asserted: “The World was made a common treasury for all!”

Sports

National Taekwondo Championships 2013 // 7 – 8 September 2013 @ National Cycling Centre
The 2013 British Taekwondo National Championships will take place over the weekend of 7th and 8th September 2013 at the Manchester Velodrome in Sportcity, East Manchester. After a record breaking number of entries in the 2012 National Championships, the focus for all British Taekwondo players is now very firmly set towards the Rio Olympics in 2016.

NatWest One-Day International – England vs Australia at Emirates Old Trafford // 8 September 2013 @ Emirates Old Trafford
England entertain Australia in the 2nd NatWest One-Day International at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.