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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 

Cheap Eats

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.

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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

What’s on in Manchester – November

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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

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 – August

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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

Collecting Trees // Until 6 October 2013 @ Manchester Museum, museum.manchester.ac.uk
From woodland wildlife, to wood for art and buildings, the objects we’ve collected as part of our ‘Trees – collecting to connect’ project show how important trees are. Part of the British Ecological Society’s Festival of Ecology.

Horrible Histories: Rotten Rationing Big Picture Show // Throughout August @ Imperial War Museum North, iwmn.org.uk
Daily at 11am with an extra showing at 2pm during weekends and school holidays – meet Rattus Rattus as he takes you on a journey back to the woeful Second World War, where you can discover foul food, dig for victory, and make do and mend. IWM North is also hosting a range of Get Fit for Summer activities throughout August – see their website for more information.

Music

Jodrell Bank Live: Hallé // 31 August 2013 @ Jodrell Bank, jb.man.ac.uk
The Hallé present Close Encounters, an wonderful summers evening of classical music inspired by the stars. Britain’s oldest syphony orchestra will perform a unique prom in the shadow of the iconic Lovell Telescope at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory. Picnics, pimms, prosecco, fireworks, hands-on science workshops, lectures and experiments also included in the ticket price.

Owen Pallett and Buke and Gase // 12 August 2013 @ Band on the Wall, heymanchester.com
Hey! Manchester present Owen Pallett Buke and Gase, rock alternative music, for a fantastic night for any big music fans at the fantastic Swan Street venue.

Matthew Halsall Sextet and GoGo Penguin
1 August 2013 @ Band on the Wall, Swan Street, bandonthewall.org
Matthew’s sound echoes the modal jazz of John and Alice Coltrane and the hard bop of the late ’50s and early ’60s, but on Fletcher Moss Park, his latest recording and the focus of tonight’s performance, he offers his most personal statement yet. GoGo Penguin draws on a heady brew of influences from classical to electronica: from Aphex Twin to Brian Eno, Debussy to Shostakovich and Massive Attack to EST. Their debut recording Fanfares won rave reviews and was nominated for ‘best jazz album’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.

Performance

Manchester Pride Fringe
Throughout August @ various venues, manchesterpride.com
Manchester Pride Fringe will run throughout the entirety of August, featuring a variety of arts, culture, entertainment, sport and family activities for all. This year’s highlights include a dinner with Christopher Biggins, artistic celebration of all things marriage in Britain ‘A Royal Wedding’ and ‘The Great Village Bake Off’. For more information on the many, many events taking place, see the Manchester Pride website.

Evita
29 July – 10 August @ The Lowry, The Quays, thelowry.com
Bringing to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita tells the story from her young and ambitious beginnings to the enormous wealth and power she gained and her ultimate rise to sainthood.

Save the Last Dance for Me
12 – 17 August 2013 @ Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, atgtickets.com
For the first time without their parents, two siblings embark on a holiday to the seaside. Full of freedom and high spirits they meet a handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the local U.S. Air force base but, young love and holiday romance is never as simple as it sounds, and the sisters soon realise that while the world around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be much more colourful.

Twisted Tales
15 – 17 August 2013 @ Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, afflecks.com
Following the success of Stone Jetty’s previous 4-star productions including Guilt, this new play is a retelling of some of the Grimm Fairy Tales for adults, both well known and some more obscure. Moving from modern day to the depths of the enchanted forest, this eerie production puts a spellbinding new twist on the stories we all know and love.

Festivals

Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend // 23 – 26 August 2013 @ Manchester’s Gay Village and throughout City Centre, manchesterpride.com
Manchester’s biggest largest festival – and winner of five consecutive ‘Best UK Pride’ (Pink Paper) awards – is back this August for it’s fabulous and flamboyant Big Weekend. Musical performers across the weekend include Sam Sparro, Kate Nash, The Feeling, Patrick Wolf, a variety of X-Factor favourites and Moto Blanco – two of the hottest DJs of the minute. Additionally you will find the Pride Parade, Candlelit Vigil and much, much more across this wild – and extremely celebratory and meaningful – Big Weekend.

Chand Raat Festival // 5 August 2013 @ Tommyfield Market, Oldham, visitoldham.com
Oldham’s Tommyfield Market hosts all things Asian this August – with a fabulous array of foods, fun, jewellery, entertainment, fashion and more. For information on booking a stall, or for further details on the event please call 0161 770 4459.

Out of Town

Day Out With Thomas
3 – 4 August 2013 @ East Lancashire Railway, Bury, eastlancsrailway.org
It’s full steam ahead for Thomas and his friends on the East Lancashire Railway. One price ticket includes all rides and entertainment with face painting, train rides, magic, circus shows and much more.

Sports

Sky Ride Manchester
August @ Manchester City Centre, goskyride.com
Sky Ride Manchester is a great opportunity to ride with family and friends in the city centre this summer. There’ll be loads of free things for the whole family to do on the day, so get your bikes ready and come and join in!

UK Backward Run
11 August 2013 @ Heaton Park, M25 2SW, heatonpark.org.uk
The 4th UK Backward Run is taking place in Heaton Park on Sunday 11th August 2013. No other sport could possibly lay claim to be as humorous, as tough, as exciting, as contagious, as healthy or as entertaining and all at once.

What’s on in Manchester – July

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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

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 – May

Dirty Dancing

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.