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6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (15 – 17 July)

Here is our guide to the best of whats on in and around the Greater Manchester region this weekend.

Foodies Festival at Tatton Park

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There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, as well as live cookery demonstrations, wine masterclasses, a whole host of international cuisines, and much more. Click here for more information.

Broken at Media City


Acclaimed UK dance company Motionhouse come to MediaCityUK for a free, one-off, outdoor staging of their earth-shattering production, Broken. Find out more.

Ironman UK


The UK’s premier long distance Triathlon, IRONMAN returns to Bolton this weekend. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the athletes in action. See more at Visit Manchester.

Raise the Roof at East Lancashire Railway

Raise the Roof

With quirky live music performances and the very best in local food and ales, there is no better way to contribute to a good cause while having a good time. Find out more.

Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Festival

Aviation fest

The Battle of Britain memorial flight will take place, and visitors will be able to see hot air balloons, and over 500 classic cars. Click here for more information.

RNCM Young Explorers Concert: Creatures in the Night


In this performance of Arthur Butterworth’s Creatures in the Night, the orchestra will recreate the sounds of the animals and will use lighting and other clever tricks to immerse the audience in the action. Find out more.

Your chance to win…a VIP trip for two with Virgin Trains

Be in with a chance to win return First Class tickets to Manchester, including an overnight stay at Hotel Gotham and three-course meal with cocktails at Pho. All you have to do is enter your details here before Friday 29 July 2016.

See our other competitions here.

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

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

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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.

9 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (05-07 February)

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

Chinese New Year

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A whole host of events are taking place across the weekend to mark the start of the Chinese New Year of the monkey, including Chinese food markets, light shows, performances, and the famous dragon parade. Click here for more information.

Hacienda Classical

Hacienda Classical 

The DJ’s who shaped The Haçienda’s sound, Mike Pickering and Graeme Park will perform a continuous set of Haçienda classics alongside the 40-strong Camerata orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall. The Hacienda Classical will also return to Manchester to play the Castlefield Bowl on July 2, 2016. Find out more.

Awakenings Manchester

Awakenings Blog

The world’s largest and most famous techno brand, Awakenings comes to the iconic Victoria Warehouse this weekend. Click here for more information.


Shrek the Musical at The Lowry

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Direct from the West End, Shrek the Musical is a must-see show for all of the family. Head down to The Lowry to see the all the much-loved DreamWorks characters brought to life live on stage, in this all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Find out more.

The Big Game at Hard Rock Cafe

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Be amongst the action this weekend at the Hard Rock Cafe where they will be screening the American Football Final on all their plasma televisions and a large projector. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.

WIT at Royal Exchange Theatre

WIT blog

Pulitzer-prize winning WIT is a striking and sharply funny reflection on the frailty of existence and the complex relationship between knowledge and love, starring Julie Hesmondhalgh. Find out more.

Queer Contact Festival 2016

Queer Contact blog

Commencing this weekend, Queer Contact Festival celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender arts and culture in Greater Manchester as part of LGBT History Month. Expect theatre, music, dance, cabaret, comedy, spoken word, and visual art. Click here for more information.

Manchester Giants vs. Worcester Wolves

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The Manchester Giants take on the Worcester Wolves at home and this match is a superhero fancy dress special, with costumes encouraged. Find out more.

NME Awards Tour at Manchester Academy

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Catch some of the best of the music industry’s finest offerings during the NME Awards Tour 2016, which arrives at Manchester Academy this Saturday. Headlining the tour is Bloc Party with Drenge, Ratboy and Bugzy Malone in support. Click here for more information.


Win a three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine at Pier Eight

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Dine in the stylish and contemporary Pier Eight restaurant overlooking the dramatic skyline of Salford Quays and Media City. Enter your details here to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize. Competition closes 11 February 2016.

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.


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.

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


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Enjoy more of Manchester this Christmas

Tatton Park

Tatton Park

Greater Manchester comes alive at Christmas with everything from festive markets and ice rinks to pantomimes with dancing dogs, it’s a great time to get out and about to explore the best our region has to offer.

There is a whole host of family fun to be enjoyed, highlights include the illuminating Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo, the Winter Wonderland Family Fun Day at Haydock Park,
Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Centre (kids go free) and festive fun at Manchester United Museum & Tour.

Visitors to the region should not miss Bolton’s Winter Wonderland, complete with giant Ferris Wheel, ice rink, Santa’s Grotto and festive markets. And those wanting to escape to the countryside should visit the beautiful Tatton Park where you can explore the White Christmas Mansion, visit Father Christmas at the farm or enjoy one of the Christmas concerts.

If you’re looking for a rural retreat head down the road from Tatton Park to the luxurious Mere Golf Resort & Spa for a relaxing stay.

Getting to Manchester couldn’t be easier, a trip from London takes just over two hours with Virgin Trains, and 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 the region.

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

3 things to do this weekend in Manchester (22 – 24 November, 2013)

Tatton Park

Tatton Park

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in Manchester this weekend, plus some great suggestions from our lovely social media pals.

  • Not feeling very festive yet? Take a trip to Tatton Park’s Mansion which opens on Saturday having been transformed into a White Christmas wonderland. The grand staterooms have been dressed with flowers, foliage and greenery from the gardens and parkland to reflect snowy landscapes. Walking through the mansion you can enjoy live classical music, along with decoration and baking demonstrations in the kitchens.
  • Head to Manchester Craft & Design Centre on Saturday for the launch of The Gifts of the Departed exhibition, a new solo show of work by UK-based interdisciplinary artist Alinah Azadeh. The launch event kicks off at 1pm inside the former Victorian market hall building, with live music from Manchester String Quartet, a free drinks reception and a talk from the artist at 3pm.
  • On Sunday ascend the dizzy heights of the Manchester Town Hall Clock Tower, via the hidden staircase, with Manchester Guided Tours. This is a great opportunity to see and hear the startling mechanism which drives the clock, investigate behind the huge faces of the dial and see first hand Great Abel, the eight-tonne bell whose hourly chimes can be heard throughout the city centre. Plus it’s a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the Christmas Markets on Albert Square.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • ‏@CornerhouseMcr See how your body rhythms can be used to make a piece of digital art. Join artist Daksha Patel tomorrow http://bit.ly/1gXHsdU
  • ‏@ContactMcr: Country superstar Tina C here Sat ONE NIGHT ONLY. Comedy, satire & song from Duckie’s Christopher Green http://www.contactmcr.com/tinac
  • @sadgy: Shop in Northern Quarter, Christmas markets, ice skating, cloud 23 for the view, MOSI, dance until your feet are on fire.
  • ‏@ggmanchester: Have a Sunday Roast @TNQRestaurant in the NQ. Voted best restaurant runner up in @ObsFood
  • ‏@allfmboc: Go to @levymarket and support independent traders

And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:

  • Matt Potter: Definitely something to eat and drink in Deansgate or Castlefield.
  • Helen Grice: Canal Street and China Town
  • Lisa Kenny Killelea: Take the kids to visit Santa in the Arndale
  • Sarah Vallelly: Levy Market- best independent street market in the city! Five minutes from Piccadilly on the station car park! 10-4
  • Emma Siddle: It’s the Francis House Children’s Hospice Annual Christmas Fair this Sunday from 10-3 at the Stockport Guildhall. Lots of festive treats!
  • Pablo O’Hana: See Gravity in Europe’s second largest IMAX screen!
  • Mint Lounge: Plenty on at Mint Lounge, tonight we have Top Of The Pops Manchester with free g/list by email events@mintlounge.com and then on Saturday Funkademia celebrate 18 years of Manchester clubbing at their coming of age birthday!

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.