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8 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (25- 28 March)

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

Manchester Duck Race

Duck Race

The Manchester Duck Race returns for the seventh year at Spinningfields, with both a family race and corporate race, with all proceeds from the day going to local children’s charity Brainwave. Find out more.

Charlie Chocolate Easter at Tatton Park

charlie's chocolate

Enthralling trails, spell binding magic shows, captivating puppet theatre plus a Stableyard of chocolatey treats to eat and scrumptious things to buy. Find out more here.

Circolombia – Acelere at The Lowry


The sheer power of the performers, coupled with mind-boggling skill and a willingness to take terrifying risks, results in a world-class, gravity-defying performance that audiences will never forget. Click here to find out more.

Daisy Nook Easter Fun Fair


Silcock’s Family Fun Fair present an Easter family Fun fair at Daisy Nook Country Park. Find out more here.

The Beatles in Manchester Tour


This 3 hour bus tour traces the footsteps of one of the most famous bands ever to exist. Including iconic auditions, talent contests, and their historic radio and television débuts, it’s a must for any Beatles fan. Find out more here.

Impossible at The Palace Theatre


See the world’s greatest illusionists live on stage in a magic spectacular that will thrill and amaze audiences of all ages. Click here for more information.

Easter at the National Football Museum 


Head down to the National Football Museum for a trophy hunt with doggy detective Pickles the Dog, with sweet treats for everyone taking part. Click here to find out more.

Manchester Giants vs. Surrey Scorchers

Giants Blog

The Manchester Giants take on the Surrey Scorchers at The Lucozade Trafford Sportsdome. For tickets and information, click here.

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


8 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (12-14 February)

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

Valentine’s Day in Manchester


Love is in the air this weekend as Valentine’s Day approaches; find the perfect way to spend the day with your loved one. Click here for more information.

Valentine’s Day for singles


Valentine’s Day is not just for couples, take a look at our guide for a great singles night out. Find out more here.

Valentines Weekend at the Podium Restaurant


Make the most of this Valentines weekend at the Hilton Deansgate with Podium’s grand seven-course menu making for a perfect romantic evening. Click here for more information.

The Imitation Game at Manchester Art Gallery

Imitation game

Alan Turing developed the world’s first stored-program computer in Manchester, explore his timeless questions about our relationship with machines at Manchester Art Gallery this weekend. Go to Visit Manchester to find out more.

Steam, Sweat and Sewers


Manchester is well-known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, but what was it like to live during that time? Find out at this family friendly event at the Museum of Science and Industry. More details here.

Johnnie Shand Kydd Exhibition


A unique display of black and white photographs of international art world figures captured in the 1990s. Find out more here.

Kick-off the Holidays at the National Football Museum

Football Museum

There’s plenty of half-term fun at the National Football Museum, bring the family along for games, interactive displays and tons of football fun. Click here for more information.

Fac51 The Hacienda at Albert Hall

Albert Hall

David Morales follows on from some highly acclaimed sets over in the UK to bring his legendary skills as a DJ and producer to the Albert Hall for the first time. More information here.

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

3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (28 – 30 November, 2014)

Bolton Winter Wonderland

Bolton Winter Wonderland

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

  • With an open air ice rink, 33 metre Ferris wheel and a giant snow slide, there’s something for everyone at Bolton Winter Wonderland, which opens this weekend. Get yourself and the family down to the town centre for a truly magical experience.
  • The annual Christmas pantomime has arrived at Oldham Coliseum. What will Aladdin do with his wishes? Will he achieve fame, glory and get the girl? Expect slapstick, shouts of ‘it’s behind you!’, hisses, boos and of course…panto dames.
  • Father Christmas is getting ready for his biggest fixture of the year; kids can take a ride up to the top floor of the National Football Museum to meet the man himself, and tell him what’s on their transfer list this season.

Cheeky Competition

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

  • ‏@jamese_uk: Get down to @PapaGs_Greek in the Printworks. Food to die for and fab friendly service!
  • @Continuum_York: Visit the fantastic “Christmas on the Cobbles” at Coronation Street The Tour! http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/coronationstreet #CorrieTour
  • ‏@simonbray: The @AnchorCoffee Christmas Handmade Market tomorrow – 10-4!
  • ‏@Parsonagetrust: Come to @Parsonagetrust to meet santa, buy local crafts, support our trust & admire GREAT art by local artists. Sun 11-4:30pm
  • ‏@Guerrilla_Eats: THIS! pic.twitter.com/oH8p52F87l
  • ‏@keldasavage: Get the tram to Sale & visit brilliant Pop Up Gallery Shop @WatersideArts http://watersideartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/1511-pop-up-gallery-shop/
  • ‏@naomijane1234: We are going to the Lowry theatre on Sunday to see ‘the match’.

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

  • Emma Siddle: Join the festive fun at Francis House Children’s Hospice Christmas Fair on Saturday from 10am until 4pm at Heatons Sports Club in Heaton Moor!
  • Oxfam N06: Visit facebook.com/OxfamN06 shops for some unique gift ideas, Christmas Cards, Christams new product range and more! :-)and check out our shops great Christmas Displays! #OxfamFashion

For more festive ideas go to visitmanchester.com/christmas

3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (25 -27 July, 2014)

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

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.

    • Fancy a trip out of town? Head to Tatton Park to see and smell the spectacle that is the RHS Flower Show. On now until Sunday, this sensory spectacle is bursting with vibrant colour and summer perfumes. Whether you fancy a family day out, want some expert gardening advice or to simply enjoy a glass of Pimms surrounded by amazing floral displays, this is the place to be this weekend.
    • Explore the fascinating world that lies within Manchester Town Hall’s Clock Tower on one of this weekend’s tours. See behind the giant clock faces, observe the working mechanism of the historic clock, hear the bells of this musical tower chime and see Great Abel, the huge hour bell, up close. Once you’ve climbed the 173 steps of the narrow stone spiral staircase, you’ll see Manchester’s best 360 degree panoramic outdoor view over the roof tops and beyond. Multiple tours will be running on both Saturday and Sunday.
    • If there is a large football sized hole in your life since the World Cup ended, you can get your footie fix with a trip the National Football Museum. The museum is home to the world’s largest football collection, including the ball from the 1966 World Cup Final and iconic shirts worn by Bobby Moore, Pelé, Maradona and more. Throughout the summer visitors can also enjoy 2-4-1 Football Plus+ credits which allows you to prove your skills, compete with friends and get a great memento of your visit.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

      • ‏‏@ShopMCR: Late night shopping in Manchester tonight & tomorrow to celebrate #Eid http://www.visitmanchester.com/eid
      • @NewMcrwalks: For a #Manchester Town Hall tour with great stories, witty anecdotes, expert analysis, this Sun 2.30pm Midland Hotel start
      • ‏@CGManchester: @CGManchester have the artist @LouisSidoli in the gallery from 2pm tomorrow! #castlegalleries pic.twitter.com/eeBcfahLeP
      • ‏@MCRGuidedTours: Fri 25th July get out of the office this eve and enjoy a pub walk! 18:30 hrs “The Northern Quarter” heritage, beer and sunshine!
      • ‏@strictlywheels: Come to @wythygames and try #wheelchair #dancing with @SWDance

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

      • Leesa Chester: Mini Makers fair at MOSI.
      • Helen Stewart: Whitefield Artisan Market, Hamilton Road Park, Whitefield M45 8QN. Summer Fashion, Local Organic produce, Cakes, Coffee, Veg, Meats, Jewellery, Candles and loads more. 9.30am to 2.30am. Support Local traders!
      • Emma Brewer: Up in your grill Friday and Saturday
      • Sarah Wilson-Gibbons: Hey Little Cupcake in Spinningfields for a spot of Afternoon Tea!
      • Kim Hutson: Ordsall Hall this Sunday! It’s open from 1pm-4pm and this week they have a guitar and ukulele workshop, walking tour AND it’s the start of the summer holiday quiz (the prize is a pea plant!) and the summer make & take (which involves paper plates!) – http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture/whats-on
      • Garry Collier: Afternoon tea at the #doubletreemcr
      • Edie O’hara: Designs Cotton couture exhibition Manchester Art Gallery – go see classic fashion shapes http://www.manchestergalleries.org/…/exhib…/index.php
      • Brian Madden: Come see Hamlet Private Eye at Joshua Brooks 2.30pm on Sunday
      • Mark Owen: Have an amble around the Arndale, pop into the Royal Exchange and be amazed (guarantee you’ll be there an hour at least if you haven’t visited before). Nip over to Deansgate via Waterstones thru St Ann’s Square (there will be quality busking as you walk). Come out of the Deansgate exit from Watersones and hang a left towards Castlefield. Right after Dimitris and left into Castlefield. Walk down towards the canals. Cross the bridge and have a sit down on one of the benches and chill. Walk a little further and cross under the bridge, up the steps, hang a left and maybe pop into Atlas for a coffee or a livener? Up the road, bow to the Hacienda as you cross (!), mosey up to Cornerhouse for a further livener??? Repeat
      • Dan Dilla Fryar: Tonight is the 25th Birthday of Dry Bar. Get down before 9 for a glass of champers at the venue that kick started the NQ regeneration!

*Did you know you can buy discounted tickets for the following regional attractions from our Visitor Information Centre: Legoland, Sealife Centre, MCFC Tour, Tatton Park, Chester Zoo and Alton Towers. All tickets are cheaper than on the gate and the big advantage is that they are fast track tickets so there is no waiting in a long queue. Ask in store for details.

3 things to do this weekend in Manchester (13 – 15 December, 2013)

Legoland Discovery Centre

Legoland Discovery Centre

Planning a trip to Manchester this weekend? Here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to plus some bonus suggestions from our social media friends.

  • Head to Legoland Discovery Centre at The Trafford Centre for Christmas Bricktacular, where you can take a festive Lego factory tour, sing Christmas karaoke and create a merry masterpiece at the Master Model Builder Workshop. Also look out for local landmarks in the Lego Miniland where minifigures are celebrating their own spectacular mini Christmas. If you’re visiting with children check out our special kids go free offer.
  • Take a break from the Christmas shopping and enjoy some festive fun at the National Football Museum where you can immerse yourself in the history of the sport and brush up on your footy skills. Entry is free and there are fun, hands on exhibits, an under 5s discovery zone, and a floor dedicated to family activities – there’s something for children of all ages. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a footballing star make sure you enter the penalty shoot out competition.
  • Take a festive trip to the theatre to see the latest Library Theatre Company production of Wanted! Robin Hood at The Lowry. This magical, fun-filled musical adventure brings the legendary characters of Robin and his Merry Men to life. With brave heroes, daredevil kidnappings, a cruel Sheriff of Nottingham and a very feisty Marian, this brand new adaptation of the classic tale will be a thrilling show.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • @cornexchangeMAN: visit @cornexchangeMAN and check out the exhibitions from creative minds across Manchester
  • @TonyTrehy: Bury Culture Quarter 3 museums+ @eastlancsrly + @themet,
  • @BuryArtMuseum contemporary/historic art, Harrods-like @Barneysartcafe
  • ‏@RDPRtweets: We recommend Ultimate Power: http://www.ultimatepowerclub.com/last-few-tickets-for-manchester-show/
  • @NichoNativity Mexicana participatory grotto @oklahomacafe !!
  • @HLCupcake: Warm up with a festive orange hot chocolate in our cosy cupcakery! Find us behind the Opera House!
  • ‏@Tee_to_the_Jay: @themetrobarmanc have @_BlackLights and @RumThief playing tonight and dj set by @CiaranGriff83 tomorrow and Sunday 🙂

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Richard Gottfried: Indoor Adventure Golf at Paradise Island Adventure Golf in the Trafford Centre would be good fun. Nice and warm too.
  • Rosie Birkett: Asparagus and the Kilburn Habit are performing comedy skiffle at the corner of Brazennose St and Albert Square tomorrow. From 3pm.
  • Shaun Ball: I highly recommend the http://www.newmanchesterwalks.com tours! They’re brill, visitors will love them and get to know more about Manchester than most of its everyday residents!!
  • Phil GypsyBoi Mcdougall: Sit in the window inside Kro bar overlooking Piccadilly Gardens, all day and night, and watch the world and all of its mad people go rushing by
  • Ailish McDonnell Head to The Violet Hour – West Didsbury tomorrow, Saturday 14th Dec for a festive family afternoon http://www.theviolethourdidsbury.co.uk/…/join-us-this…/
  • Lawrence Chapple-Gill: See John Robb and Goldblade in The Ruby Lounge tonight!
  • Eve Redmond: Visit Mcdc Manchester Craft for lots of gorgeous handmade craft to buy for unique Xmas presents
  • Pamela Ann Murphy: Curry mile Wilmslow Road
  • Andrea Lisa Heslop: Greenfield brewery open day on Saturday will be a great day out for all the family https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=673912175982010
  • Holly Pugh: Friday Night Supper Club, at The Living Room, on Deansgate.
  • Stefi Elfi Tiller: Visit Cyberdog Manchester!!! Where a small team of neon ladies will be happy to help :you find some funky, funny or totally unique gifts for Christmas.
  • Mcdc Manchester Craft: We have a full festive events programme including late night Thursday and all day Sunday extra shopping hours, She Choir this Sunday! Oh and an incredible cafe brought to you from the team behind the Cornerhouse http://www.craftanddesign.com/our-christmas-events-guide/
  • Helen Stewart: Whitefield Artisan market for great food, gifts, fashion and entertainment https://www.facebook.com/events/717002748310817
  • Emma Fox: Town Hall clock tower tours. See behind the clock face, the ringing room, enormous clock mechanism and incredible outdoor 360 panorama over Manchester. Dates & tickets from http://www.manchesterguidedtours.com

Enjoy some festive family fun in Manchester


Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

Christmas has most definitely arrived in Manchester and it’s a great place to enjoy a festive family day out. Along with the ever popular Manchester Christmas Markets, all the family favourites are back for 2013. Be sure not to miss Manchester Arndale’s Grotto, Spinningfields Ice Rink and Festive Fun at the magical John Rylands Library.

Other family-friendly highlights include Library Theatre Company’s Wanted! Robin Hood at The Lowry, Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Centre (kids go free) and the illuminating Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo.

Football-mad families are in for a real treat with both Manchester City and Manchester United hosting special festive-themed stadium and museum tours. The National Football Museum also has plenty of festive football fun to entertain you for hours, including a penalty shoot-out competition and a 241 offer on Football+.

A great way to round off a day out is to go for a family feast, check out the great value Christmas menu at the wonderful Sapporo Teppanyaki, where food meets theatre.

Getting to and around Manchester couldn’t be easier, book your travel with First TransPennine Express in advance and you could save up to 50%. Once you’ve arrived pick up a System One DaySaver so you can enjoy unlimited, unrestricted travel on any bus, train and tram across the whole of Greater Manchester – a great excuse to visit Bolton’s Winter Wonderland, complete with giant Ferris Wheel, ice rink, Santa’s Grotto and festive markets.

For more information on all the Christmas events and offers go to visitmanchester.com/christmas and follow #MCRChristmas

Also don’t forget to enter our great Christmas competitions here

What’s on in Manchester – December

Spinningfields Ice Rink

Spinningfields Ice Rink

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.


Alison Goldfrapp: Performer as Curator at The Lowry
Until 2 March 2014
An exhibition curated by the elusive, enigmatic and uncompromisingly glamorous musician and style icon, Alison Goldfrapp. The performer gives the public a rare opportunity to explore some of her personal inspirations through the painters, film makers, illustrators and photographers who have shaped her own inimitable artistic vision.

Festive Fun at The John Rylands Library
Throughout December 2013
John Rylands Library hosts a range of festive activities for friends and family to enjoy together. This includes the Winter Fun Day (1 December), a Festive Makes Day (4 December), the Pagan Winterfest (6 December) and an afternoon of Christmas Songs (15 December).

Festive Fun at the National Football Museum
1 – 31 December 2013
Visitors to the museum can explore the world’s finest collection of football artefacts and archives. Whether you’re a die hard football fan, planning a visit with your family or on a weekend break to the great city of Manchester, enjoy a visit to the world’s biggest and best football museum.


Christmas concerts at Tatton Park
12 – 14 December 2013
This year Tatton’s Christmas concerts cover a multitude of musical genres from classical to choral. Before enjoying the performances, visitors are welcome to walk through the decorated White Christmas Mansion and enjoy a warming winter drink. Pre-concert suppers are available in the Stables Restaurant and Gardeners’ Cottage.

St. Ann’s Hospice Festival Choir Christmas Concert at Bridgewater Hall
13 December 2013
St. Ann’s Hospice Festival Choir sings Christmas music and carols with favourites for all to join in. Sing along to such classics as The Twelve Days of Christmas, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Ding Dong Merrily on High! and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.


Jack and the Beanstalk at Oldham Coliseum
16 November 2013 – 4 January 2014 
Times are hard for young Jack and his mother but when he is forced to sell his beloved cow for a few beans, Jack finds himself in a whole new world of thrills and adventure. Featuring everything you’ve come to expect from a traditional Coliseum panto – laughs galore, magnificent music and spectacular costumes. Get ready to be taken high above the clouds on a magical journey.

War Horse at The Lowry
20 November 2013 – 18 January 2014
War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

Peter Pan – The Never Ending Story at Phones4U Arena
29 – 30 December 2013 
See the boy who never grows up in a live adventure you’ll never forget. Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story World Arena Tour is a high-flying, hi-tech fantasy adventure that combines the drama and excitement of live theatre with the epic visuals of a blockbuster movie. Pinch yourself as you watch Peter Pan fly high above the stage without wires – a world first in theatre. Marvel at the spectacular scenery, brought to life by state-of-the-art digital imaging – Neverland like never before.

Feeling Festive?

Spinningfields Ice Rink
November 8 2013 – January 5 2014
The only ice rink in the city centre is returning to Hardman Square for another festive season. This year the whole estate will also be awash with Christmas activity, with late night shopping on The Avenue, letters to the North Pole, helter skelters and much, much, more!

Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
29 November 2013 – 5 January 2014 
Deck the halls with LEGO® bricks – Christmas Bricktacular is coming to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre! Enjoy a festive LEGO Factory Tour, sing Christmas karaoke with the LEGO Friends in Olivia’s House and create a merry masterpiece at the LEGO Master Model Builder workshop, where imaginations will be inspired by Christmas décor. Experience MINILAND® as you’ve never seen it before as the local area comes to life with LEGO Minifigures celebrating their own spectacular Mini-Christmas.

Santa Specials on the East Lancashire Railway
30 November – 24 December 2013
Get ready for a ho ho ho-larious good time on one of the enchanting Santa Special Trains. A Christmas tradition for many in the North West, the Santa Special is back after a record breaking run last year. See the beautiful decorations on both the carriages and in the station, enjoy Christmas carols and live brass bands. There really is no better way to get into the festive spirit.

Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo
12 – 23 December 2013
Journey through the magical gardens, try out your lantern making skills, visit the Elephant House and Fruit Bat Forest, meet the friendly festive characters and sample some of the deliciously tasty treats. See the beautiful animal lanterns – with some ‘new arrivals’ created especially for this year’s event. Make your Christmas wish at the Giant Wishing Tree and keep the lanterns glowing. Together with the magnificent animals help Santa to light the way this Christmas.

Christmas Shopping

Christmas comes to Cheshire Oaks
14 November – 24 December 2013
Christmas launches at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet on Thursday 14 November with the official lighting of the centre’s 90ft (Britain’s tallest) artificial Christmas tree, a continental Christmas market and a spectacular festive fireworks display. The day also marks the start of a fabulous shopping event with activities, promotions and extra special star buys on offer across the 145 stores at the centre, which will continue throughout the Christmas period.

Manchester Arndale Grotto
From 21 November 2013
Even Father Christmas knows Manchester Arndale is the best place to pick up all the hottest pressies. So put your order in when he sets up in his brand new Christmas tree star grotto in Halle Square.

The Magical Christmas Fair at Manchester Central
29 November – 1 December 2013
Whether you need some stocking fillers, top-end designer gifts or speciality food and drink to make your festive occasions extra special, you will find it all at The Magical Christmas Fair. The Magical Christmas Fair is not just about buying gifts, it’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with live music, carols, bands and festive entertainment, plus a chance for kids to meet Santa and his friends in his candy cane grotto.

Lowry Outlet Victorian Christmas Market
5 – 8 December 2013
This spectacular and magical event returns to create a traditional Christmas experience for all ages. Bigger and better for 2013, this four-day event will have the whole family feeling festive from top-to-toe. Completely free to enter, the market will feature more than 100 stalls selling the finest festive food, mulled wine and warm cider plus unique crafts and gifts. For a Truly Dickensian touch, a cast of jolly Victorian characters will be bringing the market to life and transporting you back in time.

Greengate Christmas Family Market
21 – 23 December 2013
Located at the corner of Chapel Street and Victorian Bridge Street, Salford, Greengate Christmas Family Market is the perfect spot for families and shoppers to relax after a long day in the city. Within 2 minutes walk of Manchester Cathedral and the city centre, visitors to the market can enjoy this new public space with festive street performers, warming winter food and festive treats from the market traders. Children will also have a chance to meet Santa at Greengate Square, just before he drops down their chimneys.