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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

3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (27 – 29 March 2015)

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

Hydrate at Gin Festival

Gin Festival

The UK’s largest Gin Festival returns to Manchester in its lovely new home at the beautiful Victoria Baths in Chorlton-on-Medlock. There will be over 80 different gins available and throughout the event there will be live entertainment, talks from gin industry experts, food and lots of chit chat with other gin lovers alike.

Indulge at Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival

The annual taste extravaganza is back for the 8th year running and this year visitors can expect some amazing additions to the ever popular two-day chocolate market. Ramsbottom is a great place to visit and shop so make sure you explore all the town has to offer.

Swat up at the People’s History Museum

People's History Museum

This weekend is your last chance to make the most of ‘Museum Week 2015’ and with all the drama surrounding the upcoming elections, what better way to spend a day than learning about how our society has evolved. It’s not often that we get to choose between more than just red or blue in Manchester, the current exhibition Election! is a whirlwind history of voting in modern Britain that could help you make up your mind.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

@naomijane1234: into Trafford centre. I. Want. Stuff.
@Kalpnacooks: Ashton Farmers market on Sunday and the curry mile!
@LisaBrookFood:  Philpotts at City Tower, Lowry House or Portland Chambers and have one of their famous cooked breakfasts!#opensaturday
‏@julieminshull: def make time to stop at @WhitworthArt, Amazing and beautiful
‏@zombie_inc: the Manchester bike show is on, if you love bikes you will love this show. It’s @EventCityUK
@CocoaTreeMcr: Come for a wander around Chorlton to experience our wealth of quirky indie shops, cafes and restaurants!
‏@visit_bury: We also have @BeerPrest in Prestwich.  So Real Ale lovers are spoilt for choice this weekend.

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

Sarah Furbey: I would recommend a visit to Hollinwood Market in Oldham! It started in 1800 and is back this Sunday https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hollinwoodmarket/
Chris Morter: Ramsbottom chocolate and beer festival, not forgetting the duck race #loverammy
David Shanahan: Pub crawl round manchesters historical pubs in the town centre
LKaz Mcvey: Bars and restaurants especially the Spanish Ibérica place. yummy Spinningfields
Terence Coogan: Fight crime while dressed as a badger.
Dasa Antolova: Comedy Store!!!
Lisa Goddard: Gin Festival at Victoria Baths..
Aimee Boggiano: Of course! It has to be the gin festival!!!
Ian Waring: http://manchesterghostwalk.co.uk/
Joanne Kelleher: Go out and enjoy the outdoors- the surrounding hills,waterways or any open space for some air!
Ministry of Craft: In keeping with the textile traditions of Cottonopolis, how about a spot of sewing? Manchester has rain. We’ve got craft. http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/courses.php

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



What’s on in Manchester – April

Making Monuments on Rapa Nui

Making Monuments on Rapa Nui

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester this April.


Making Monuments on Rapa Nui at Manchester Museum
Wednesday 1 April – Sunday 6 September
The monumental stone statues of Easter Island are some of the most widely recognised archaeological objects in the world. This exhibition will deconstruct some of the myths about the island, and discuss current theories about the decline of this astonishing culture, showing one of the statues, Moai Hava, which was collected from Rapa Nui in 1868.

Emily Allchurch In the Footsteps of a Master at Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 13 March – Monday 8 June
Emily Allchurch uses photography to recreate old master paintings and prints, creating contemporary narratives.  The complex photographic images have a resonance with place, history and culture and deal with the passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history.


Vintage Swing Festival at The Printworks
Sunday 5 April
This annual festival will have live music featuring ‘The Revolutionaires’, DJ sets from ‘Katz Korner’ & ‘Gypsy John’, vintage stalls and cars, swing dance classes and much more! The event is also free entry for all.

The Great British Food Festival at Stonyhurst College
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 April
In the Easter School Holidays, the 2015 foodie festival will incorporate the popular Stonyhurst Spring Fair, so along with great foodie stalls, inside you will find lots of gift and household items. The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family.


Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Band on the Wall
Tuesday 14 April
Chicago hip-hop brass band Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are an eight-strong cohort of horn-playing brothers. Together, they have formed a formidable reputation as one of the best live bands around, with a sound that calls to mind traditional New Orleans big-band jazz, rap, funk and hip-hop.

Paul Simon & Sting at Manchester Arena
Monday 13 April
Two of music’s most iconic singer songwriters will perform some of their best-known songs together including Boy In The Bubble, Fields of Gold,Driven To Tears, Mother & Child Reunion, Desert Rose, Every Breath You Take, The Boxer, Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes and more.


Moon Rise Run at Heaton Park
Saturday 18 April
A premium 5k night run and festival jam packed with music, food, drink and entertainment. Experience Manchester in a new light alongside thousands of others.

Manchester Duck Race at Spinningfields
Friday 3 April
There is a whole host of activity set to take place across the area, to entertain the thousands of families that come down to watch their rubber ducks race along the Spinningfields stretch of the River Irwell. Now in its sixth year, it costs just £1 to enter a racing duck. Ducks can be purchased online at ticketsource.co.uk, with all proceeds going to local children’s charity Brainwave.


A Night of Dirty Dancing at Bolton Octagon
Tuesday 21 April
No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the passion, indulge in the romance and celebrate the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. Take a trip back to the summer of ’63, relive Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s sizzling performance in the ultimate coming of age romance.

Jimmy Carr at The O2 Apollo
Friday 17 April
Over the past 10 years, Jimmy Carr earned his place amongst the very best of British comics. He brings his latest show ‘Funny Business’ to the O2 Apollo for one night only this April.


Premier League Darts at Manchester Arena
Thursday 2 April
Judgement Night, the season’s ninth league night, will see the stars go head-to-head for the decisive final fixtures before the bottom two players are eliminated.

UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the National Cycling Centre
Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 April
Watch the best in BMX face off in front of adrenalin fuelled crowds looking to watch riders jostle to qualify for Sunday’s finals in three rounds of motos.

Tour of the Month

Pub Tour: Rail Ale Day Out
Saturday 11 April
A full-day trip enjoying real ale, heritage stories and steam trains on the East Lancashire Railway. Booking required www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk £33/35. Meet: East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY

New Kid on the Block

Escape Room
So you enjoy challenges and solving puzzles? Looking for a challenging yet fun activity to unwind with your mates or family? Take things up a notch as you work together to work your way out from the Escape Rooms.

Take a look at our selection of Easter holiday events here or for more information about what’s on in Manchester go to www.visitmanchester.com