1. Step into medieval Manchester at Cathedral Gardens

On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September, Manchester’s Medieval Quarter travels to the past. Back for its second year, the Manchester Medieval Festival returns with a family-friendly set up across historical venues, including Chetham’s Library and John Rylands Library. You can expect some enlightening history tours, workshops, live music and film screenings. There will also be stalls serving food and drink in Cathedral Gardens with re-enactments by Historia Nomanis. Admission to the festival is free, with tickets for special events. 

2. Watch the “King of Comedy” in this hilarious production 

Between 19 September and 23 October, The Lowry presents a hilarious new play based on what would be the biggest heist in British history. Set during the reign of King Charles II, The Crown Jewels comes directly from the West End to introduce a start-studded cast, with “King of Comedy” Al Murray as King Charles II, Mel Giedroyc, and Aidan McArdle as Colonel Blood.  Written by BAFTA Award winning Simon Nye and directed by multi-Olivier award winner Sean Foley, it’s one not to miss. Tickets start from £22.50 

3. Enjoy some fabulous family fun at Z-Arts  

Z-Arts becomes the venue for some wondrous family entertainment this Saturday, 23 September. With two sessions, at 11AM and 2PM, The Really Fabulous Family Cabaret will have six highly skilled performers in this fun-filled show. With incredible hoop artist Natasha Moonshine and handle balance expert Andrei Tazlauanu, there will also be song and dance performances in this show by Ghetto Fabulous arts company. Tickets start from £9. 

4. Bestselling book comes to life at Waterside Arts 

Waterside Arts brings to the stage a 1930s period drama on the 22 and 23 September. Adapted from the auto-biographical book of the same name from Helen Forrester, By The Waters of Liverpool is a play about the author’s late teenage years, when the threat of war was looming. This incredible story tells us how Helen fought for her education and was written, produced and composed by Rob Fennah. Tickets from £27.50. 

5. Dive into a world of colours and confetti with Foreverland 

Manchester Academy will turn into a utopian dreamland on the 23 to 24 September. Back due to popular demand, Foreverland: Dopamine Dreams brings the best of the next generation of DJs to Manchester, including Kayley Harriet, Micah Baxter, Jenny C. and Foreverland founder DJ CONR. You can expect an incredible display of colours, with art installations, confetti showers and glow in the dark paint in this iconic rave experience. Tickets start from £13. 

Book now: 50% off Advance train tickets with Transport for Wales 

Want to book some time off in October and need ideas? Transport for Wales have just announced a new sale! Advance train tickets for the 1 to 16 October will be 50% off if you book before 30 September. Tickets are subject to availability so hurry to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity! Book your tickets now here

New opening: Asuke Sushi 

Altrincham has just welcomed a new sushi restaurant. With only 14 seats, the intimate Asuke Sushi serves a mouth-watering menu of sushi, including its special ‘gunkan’ rolls, as well as katsu curries, udon noodles and bao buns. If you fancy a treat, try their sweet ice cream mochi. And you can even bring your own vinyls to play while you enjoy your meal!