Oldham is lighting up this weekend, 24 and 25 February, with a series of displays, performances and celebrations. Illuminate Oldham kicks off this Saturday as the Illuminate Parade makes its way to the Old Town Hall, with the town centre also bright and vibrant with dazzling light installations. On Sunday, head to Northern Roots for By the Light of the Moon, a family event to celebrate the world of moths where you'll learn more about these moonlight pollinators before joining the Moonlight Moth Ball. All the events are free to attend.

A brand-new exhibition will take over The Edge in Wigan between 20 and 29 February. Nine artists from the North West bring their talent and passion to Seeing Things, a contemporary art exhibition which includes artist talks and workshops that look to welcome the community into the space by making art accessible for anyone. All events are free to attend and can be booked online.

The Savoy Cinema and Born to Be Wild Child are setting up for a special screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox this Sunday, 25 February. Bring the family to the Wes Anderson Party for some exciting activities including fancy dress and giant colouring, before settling down with some popcorn to enjoy this Wes Anderson classic. The charity event will help raise funds for Reverse Rett, a charity focused on research and treatment of Rett syndrome. Tickets start from £7.50 with part of the proceeds going towards the charity.

AO Arena is turning into a basketball court this Tuesday, 20 February, for an electrifying evening of unparalleled skills. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will showcase their jaw-dropping trick shots in this interactive game experience against the Washington Generals. With a new spin on their tour, they bring even more mesmerising athletics to the court. Tickets are now on sale and start from £27.

There is another side to every story, and the sea’s most fabulous witch is ready to share her truth. Between 22 February and 2 March, Ursula will rule the stage at The Lowry in this award-winning parody musical complete with an original pop soundtrack. Unfortunate is ‘bigger, bolder and sexier’, and not for the youngest Disney fans – age guidance is over-16-year-olds. Tickets for the show start from £17.

Book Now: RHS Urban Show 

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or an amateur plant-lover, the Royal Horticulture Society is bringing to the city the event for you. Between 18 and 21 April, head to Depot Mayfield for the first large indoor show by RHS. Celebrating “urban greening” and the importance it has on our well-being and the impact of it for the environment, RHS Urban Show has something for everyone. Build your own terrarium, wander through a jungle of green displays and attend workshops and talks from floral experts to learn how to start your own indoor garden. Tickets are available to book now

New Opening: Hachi 

An exciting new noodle restaurant has now joined the ever-growing line-up of foodie spots in Ancoats. With bubble tea prepared by a robotic arm and an automated candy-floss machine, Hachi looks like it’s just jumped out of your favourite anime with its neon lights and striking mural. Head to this colourful new restaurant and try out their fried dumplings and noodles soups before finishing your meal with a delicious cake!


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