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9 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (20 – 22 May)

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

Great CityGames

Great CityGames

The Great CityGames, Manchester is once again set to bring world class athletics to the city’s streets. The event will still provide a unique opportunity to see top athletes from across the globe complete in an urban environment. Find out more.

May Feast and Flower Market

May Feast 1

With a huge variety of fresh food, flowers and live music to enjoy, the May Feast and Flower Market on Exchange Square has something for everyone. Click here for more information.

Whit Friday Band Contest 2016

Whit Friday

Every year dozens of Brass Bands compete in the picturesque villages of Saddleworth in this unique and traditional event. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

NatWest T20 Blast at Emirates Old Trafford

T20 Blast

Lancashire Lightning will hope to become the first county to retain the coveted NatWest T20 Blast trophy when they kick of their campaign at Emirates Old Trafford this Saturday against Derbyshire Falcons. Find out more.

Cocktails in the City

Cocktails in the city

Explore studios, workshops and dressing rooms to discover a whole new array of bars, cocktails, games and experiences at Old Granada Studios. Click here for more information.

HOME 1st Birthday Weekend

HOME birthday

HOME are throwing a weekend-long party full of art, workshops, performances, film previews, family theatre, DJ’s and dancing plus great food and drink. Click here for more information.

Morrisons Great Manchester Run 2016

Manchester Run

Europe’s leading 10k running event, broadcast live on the BBC, will return to the heart of the city on Sunday 22 May and is an event not to be missed. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

An Inspector Calls at The Lowry

An Inspector

Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation, winning more awards than any other play in history, this landmark production from the National Theatre has thrilled audiences in the West End, on Broadway and throughout the world; and has now arrived at The Lowry. Find out more.

Cities of Hope

Citites of Hope blog

A Street Art convention which brings 9 of the worlds best artists to Manchester with the objective to force witness to 9 key social justice issues. Find out more.

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

What’s on in Greater Manchester this October

Manchester United Assistant Manager and Club legend Ryan Giggs officially opens a brand new, dedicated exhibition at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford.

To celebrate Ryan Giggs’ decade spanning time at Manchester United, a dedicated exhibition has opened in his honour at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford, titled: Ryan Giggs: The man for all seasons.

Sporting extravaganza around the region

Sale Sharks vs Worcester Warriors
23 October
With the new season under way Sale Sharks welcome Worcester Warriors in their first Aviva Premiership home game at the AJ Bell Stadium on October 23rd with a number of superb corporate hospitality packages and stand tickets available for what should be a fiercely contested fixture. To book match tickets from just £15 (Adult) and £7 (junior) call 0161 667 7510 or email Lisa.Gale@salesharks.com.

Manchester Rugby World Cup Fanzone 2015
9 – 11 October
Albert Square will host Manchester’s Rugby World Cup 2015 fanzone, which will be the ideal place to watch all the action with big screens showing select games.

World Taekwondo GP 2015
16 – 18 October
A host of Olympic, World and European champions including Olympic medallists Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammad will be competing at the Regional Arena, Etihad Campus.

Pitch to Pixel
23 October 2015 – June 2016
The National Football Museum’s new exhibition gives visitors a chance to enjoy a playable history of football gaming. Free admission.


BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – Bernstein’s Final Concert
9 October
A tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s final concert, see the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform some of the most life-enhancing music ever created.

1984 in Ballet
14-17 October
Based on the classic novel by George Orwell, this masterpiece of dance recreates an iconic story with an imaginative twist perfectly suited to modern audiences.

Hot Chip at Manchester Albert Hall
17 October
Music lovers must not miss out on the chance to see Hot Chip this October. The group who changed the face of electronic music will perform live in Manchester’s Albert Hall.

Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular at Manchester Opera House
2 October
Dance your socks off vintage Vegas style this October when Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular takes to the stage at Manchester Opera House. Expect lots of singalong songs and plenty of dancing.

Kid Ink at Manchester Apollo
20 October
Musician Kid Ink will perform in Manchester this October, performing tracks from the new album Full Speed in the UK for the first time.

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: RNCM
22 October
The Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra welcomes back renowned American maestro Franz Anton Krager in a concert marking the 150-year anniversary of the birth of composer Jean Sibelius.

Comedy Night at Manchester Jewish Museum
15 October
After performing in venues across the world, Sol Bernstein brings his unique style of comedy to the Manchester Jewish Museum this October.

Food and drink

Manchester Oktoberfest
21 – 25 October
Manchester’s very own Oktoberfest – with German beer, food and entertainment in a tent with space for 2,000 people in Albert Square.

Spinningfields Maker’s Market
17 – 18 October
The Spinningfields Markets showcase award-winning food, drink, art and crafts producers which are accompanied by live music, performances, cookery demonstrations and activities for children.

Arts and culture

Manchester Literature Festival
12 – 25 October
Held in venues across the city, Manchester Literature Festival will host an amazing line-up of internationally renowned authors, exclusive performances of specially commissioned work, bespoke walking tours and topical discussions.

A Celebration of Manchester’s Secret Spaces
1 – 4 October
A set of guided tours and walks as part of the Manchester Curious Festival of architecture, designed to appeal to a wider audience, making the concept of architecture accessible to all.

Turn over a new leaf at intu Trafford Centre
12 – 18 October
An exhibition of fashion, intu Trafford Centre allows guests to reinvent their style as well as discover key autumn trends at Manchester’s ultimate style event this October.

ExtraORDINARY at The Lowry
Until 18 October
This exhibition at The Lowry will celebrate ‘art in the everyday’ through the work of international artists. By working with everyday objects and the human body, artists are offering viewers accessible and identifiable ways to engage with contemporary practice.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
9 – 11 October
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair will showcase 175 designer-makers selling beautiful and unique contemporary crafts. Join maker demonstrations, workshops, curator-led talks and much more.

Family fun

Day Out With Thomas at East Lancashire Railway
3 – 4 October
This fun-filled day will include rides on Thomas the Tank Engine, meeting Sir Topham Hat, and a host of exciting Thomas-themed activities.

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

4 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (10 – 12 July 2015)

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

Wigan International Jazz Festival

International Jazz FestivalBlog

Get in the swinging spirit and take a visit to Wigan to celebrate the International Jazz Festival’s 30th birthday.  See local legends perform global Jazz hits from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Glen Miller as well as, up and coming young trio Johnstone, Jarvie and Lowrie.

For more information go to visitmanchester.com/wiganinternationaljazzfestival

Altrincham French Festival

Alty French Festival blog

Don your beret and celebrate all things French this weekend at Stamford Park, Hale, Altrincham. Set over two days there will be lots of exciting activities taking place from firework displays, live entertainment and delicious French food and drink.

For more information go to altyfrenchfestival.co.uk 

Minion Mania at the Lowry Outlet Waterside Food and Craft Market

Lowry markets blog

Take the little ones to The Quays this weekend to meet the Minions – Kevin, Bob and Stuart . Afterwards have a stroll around The Lowry Outlet’s Waterside Food and Craft Market and have a look at the array of quality artisan food on offer.

For more information go to lowryoutlet.co.uk/events/waterside-food-craft-market-July/

Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits at IWM North

horrible Histories blog

Marking the 75th anniversary of the Blitz during the second world war, the IWM North have created a free, exciting  and interactive exhibition for children to discover exactly how people lived through one of the most challenging times in Britain.

For more information go to visitmanchester.com/horriblehistories

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

Elisa Artesero: Manifest Arts Festival! An artist-led festival of contemporary art, open studios, events and exhibitions across Manchester and Salford manifestartsfestival.com
Lee Clements: Hawk Green Cricket Club on Sunday 12/07/15. Last 16 national village cup against a bunch of jocks! #ENGVSCO
Chris Hughes: Come and visit facebook.com/LittleLegendsUK in Salford bring your child ages 18 months to 4 years old.
Jane Mitchell: Sale Arts Trail – it’s going to be brilliant                                                                     Peter Deeming: Cocktails in The Palace Hotel, Lagers in Night and Day Cafe, Banco de Gaia at Band on the Wall…sorted.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

‏@HappyBeetham:ummm towering, watching the humans, having a few gins with @TheAtlasBar humans

3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (01 – 03 August, 2014)

Dig the City

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 friends.

  • Manchester’s urban gardening festival Dig the City kicks off tomorrow, packed with fabulous floral show gardens, giant garden games, talks from TV experts and loads of great family friendly events including a mini city farm. The whole city will be transformed with fabulous floral window displays and special festival food and drink menus on offer at Manchester’s best pubs and restaurants.
  • Enjoy a family day out in the countryside at the famous Red House Farm Maize Maze. Cut out of a large field of the crop maize, which grows from around 3ft to 8ft high towards the end of the summer, the maze is harvested, re-planted and a new design created every year. This year the inspiration is taken from Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit.
  • On Saturday head down to The Quays to see Honour, a large-scale outdoor music, digital art and dance event inspired by the memories of World War I. Audiences will be offered an innovative window on the effects of conflict, with MediaCityUK buildings used as giant screen for projections, leading them through the experience of war.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • ‏@EponinePatiss: Definitely @CastlefieldMrkt on Sunday, 10-5. Close to the city centre, and some lovely independent shops nearby as well 🙂
  • ‏@SnowsportEng: how about cooling down at @Chill_Factore and TRY #skiing #snowboard with #goskigoboard
  • ‏@hpstubbs: The #honour choir singing at Media City on sat & Poppy day at Ordsall Hall sun #ww1
  • ‏@digthecitymcr: Dig the City of course! Rachel de Thame, minifarm, @nationaltrust Treehouse, @tatton_park, Disco, Gardens galore #digthecitymcr
  • ‏@rlknorth: A visit to @levymarket is essential!

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Adeline Dallman: Roller derby men’s survival tournament at the Thunderdome home of Rainy City Roller Girls in Oldham
  • Lucy Hollingsworth: Sky Ride Manchester http://www.goskyride.com/ManchesterSkyRide.
    Visit Salford: Has to be Dig the City of course! Head to Greengate Square to meet some of the animals from Stockley Farm and soak up all the fun of the festival.
  • Nancy Hopkins: Have a play around with a nuclear reactor at MOSI this Saturday (don’t worry it’s made out of Lego!) http://www.mosi.org.uk/…/pi…/nuclear-science.aspx
  • Kim Hutson: Definitely Dig the City!… and Ordsall Hall has the Big Poppy Picnic from 2-4 on Sunday! http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/…/big-poppy…
  • Andrea Sturgess: I’m obsessed by Australasia.
  • Lisa Goddard: The Coronation Street tour and drinks in Spinningfields…
  • Janean Moulden: There’s so much cheaper to choose from. Heaton Park, Lyme Park, Wythenshaw park, style park, prestwich Forrest, John Rylands library, the Urbis, the art gallery, jodrel bank, the round library, the town hall and the pub at the end of the runway Manchester airport. I miss my home!

*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.

What’s on in Manchester – August

Manchester Pride

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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 – June

Beatrix Potter.jpg

The Magic of Beatrix Potter

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.


Beneath and Beyond // Present until 30 June 2013 @ MOSI, mosi.org.uk
Beneath and Beyond by artist Stephen Hurrel, brings together science and nature in a unique live sound installation. Tectonic shifts and on-going movements beneath the Earth’s surface are the source of generating this sound work.

Developing: Photographs by Mary McCartney // Present until 9 June 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
Mary McCartney’s photographs have been seen around the world, and are equally at home in galleries and magazines. This brand new exhibition features striking large scale images of many legendary international performers including Helen Mirren, Joni Mitchell and Morrissey.


Rihanna // 12 – 13 June 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
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.

Robbie Williams // 18 – 22 June @ Etihad Stadium, mcfc.com/the-club/visiting-the-stadium
The tour is his first for over 6 years and this follows a number one single and album. Robbie will be playing songs from his legendary back catalogue along with songs from his new album ‘Take the Crown’. Olly Murs will be the special guest at the performances.

Rod Stewart // 8 – 9 June 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
With a career now in its fifth decade, Stewart has sold over 100 million records worldwide with six consecutive number one singles and 62 hit singles including six number ones. He will be performing all of his massive hits from the past including ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’, ‘Maggie May’, ‘Baby Jane’ and ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’.


Eddie Izzard // 7 June 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
Izzard, who last performed at the Manchester Arena in 2009 as part of his ‘Stripped’ world tour, returns with his brand new show ‘Force Majeure’ (meaning “superior force”, “chance occurrence”, “unavoidable accident” in French). ‘Force Majeure’ is billed as the most extensive comedy tour ever as the comedian takes in cities from Manchester to Moscow to Mumbai across 25 countries.

A Wondrous Place // 11 – 22 June 2013 @ Royal Exchange, royalexchange.co.uk
Four brand new short stories for the theatre, each offering a fresh and surprising perspective on four amazing North of England cities: Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Soul Sister // 3 – 8 June 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
Following the highs and lows, and passions and heartbreak, of Ike and Tina as their careers soared and their marriage crumbled, Soul Sister is full of heart and soul, electrifying choreography and stunning musical numbers. Featuring the hits ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Private Dancer’, ‘River Deep Mountain High’ and, of course, ‘Simply The Best’, plus many more.

Manchester Sound: The Massacre // 8 June – 6 July 2013 @ Secret Location, librarytheatre.com
Manchester Sound: The Massacre is the dynamic finale to the Library Theatre Company’s programme of must-see site-specific theatre experiences. This unique production brings the changing face of protest in our radical city vividly to life – melding the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the illegal rave parties of the late 80s acid house scene, through to today.
The performance will be staged in a secret city centre venue. Ticket-holders will be advised to turn up at a given location and then escorted to the venue.


Parklife // 8 – 9 June @ Heaton Park, parklife.uk.com
Back with a vengeance, this year’s Parklife moves to its even bigger and better new home of Heaton Park. Across the Saturday and Sunday the stages will be graced by the likes of Example, Plan B, Iggy Azalea, Jessie Ware, Carl Cox, Disclosure, Heidi, Hot Natured, AlunaGeorge and Rita Ora – for what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable weekend.

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival // 16 June 2013 @ The Quays, thequays.org.uk
To commemorate Chinese culture and history, the Dragon Boat Festival and Chinese New Year celebrations will be the prime events to be celebrated each year in the North West, with a showcase of high-quality traditional Chinese cultural attractions, such as traditional lion dances, folk dances, music, songs and Chinese calligraphy and a bite of traditional Dragon Boat Festival food like Zongzi (Glutinous rice dumplings).

Stockport Beer and Cider Festival // 30 May – 1 June 2013 @ Edgeley Park Football Ground
The 27th Stockport Beer and Cider Festival is a celebration of quality real ale and traditional cider with more than 200 beers and cider on offer during the festival including beers from across Europe at our Real Ale in the Bottle Bar.

Out Of Town

The Magic of Beatrix Potter // Present until 1 September 2013 @ Tatton Park, tattonpark.org.uk
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 watercolors and drawings, on loan from the National Trust collection.

Break the Floorboards // 4 – 8 June 2013 @ Oldham Coliseum, oldhamcoliseum.ticketsolve.com
All Zain wants to do is dance, but his family and the local fascists and his two left feet are getting in the way. Fusing the captivating dance styles of Bollywood and Street, this is the tale of one young boy’s attempts to escape the grim reality of his recession-hit hometown and turn his life into the glittering world of his Bollywood fantasies.

Trans Pennine Challenge // 22 – 23 June 2013 @ Didsbury, transpenninechallenge.com
50 or 100KM The Trans Pennine Challenge; can you take it on? If you want to redefine your 2013 goals, push yourself further, and fundraise for the charity of your choice – then this could be the challenge for you! Set in the magnificent backdrop of the Peak District, it will be a journey that you’ll never forget.


Great Manchester Cycle // 30 June 2013 @ Etihad Stadium, greatcycle.org
After a tremendous 2012 debut on wheels, the UK’s biggest timed cycling event is back and will take place on Sunday 30 June. Starting and finishing at the Etihad Campus, cyclists will have the ultimate opportunity to rule the roads when they take to the Mancunian Way en route to Trafford.

Walk of the Month

Oldham Ghost Walk // 1st and 2nd Thursday of the month @ Oldham Coliseum, ghostwalk.hardgraft.co.uk
Oldham Ghost walk is a mile long walk around Oldham telling the stories of ghosts, murders and frankly anything that has dragged up the darker side of life. It’s informative, entertaining, but scary. Oldham Ghost Walk is for anyone young and old, sceptics or believers, Reds or Blues. The walks are held on 1st and 2nd Thursday of every Month and start at 19:30. Meet outside the Oldham Coliseum on Fairbotton Street, Oldham.