Our top tips for making the most of the week ahead, with brilliant things to do across the whole of Greater Manchester… For even more ideas, visit our What’s On page. 

1. Delve into the history of video games with the Science and Industry Museum 

Power UP, the ultimate hands-on, interactive gaming experience, returns to the Science and Industry Museum on Monday 25 July. Play the very best video games from the past five decades and try out over a hundred different consoles. There's something for everyone, from Pong to Pacman, Sonic to Street Fighter and Mario to Minecraft, plus a selection of games created in Manchester. 

2. Experience open-air theatre at one of Salford’s most iconic listed buildings  

From Thursday 28 July, Salford’s Grade I listed Manor House, Ordsall Hall, will be hosting a fantastic 3-month programme of outdoor theatre. Bring a chair, bring some nibbles, and experience some of the greatest theatre shows of 2022. The Handlebards open the programme of events with the ‘Twelfth Night’, a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy. Tickets start from £16. 

3. Don your best cosplay as pop-cultures biggest gathering makes its mark on Manchester 

MegaCon will make its Manchester debut on Saturday 30 July at Manchester Central. Backed by MCM Comic-con’s founder, the show will make its mark in the pop-culture space as it’s set to welcome over 20,000 fans for its inaugural event. Over the two-day event, there will be a wide range of exhibitors, from major movie companies to big names in the gaming industry, and cosplay fashion brands to comic book retailers. They’ll also be some special guests for some great photo opportunities. Tickets start from £13.50. 

4. Secure your place at the UK’s biggest tribute festival  

The UK’S biggest tribute festival returns on Saturday 30 July, with two days of some of the best tributes from the world of Rock and Heavy Rock, Electronic Dance and classic Pop music. Celebrating ten years at St. Mary’s Park in Prestwich, Festwich sees great tributes bands from the likes of Metallica, Queen, The Prodigy, The Police and many more. Plenty of food and drink will be available alongside a vast array of traders, fairground rides, and live entertainment. Tickets start from £13.70.  

5. Uncover history in Bolton 

From Monday 25 July to Friday 5August, you are invited to join a team of archaeologists from the University of Salford in the excavations of Bolton’s iconic Hulton Hall. The hall, once home to William Hulton and family, has been noted as the inspiration for the hit British drama Downtown Abbey and played a huge role in the history of Greater Manchester. Bookings must be made in advance, with three-hour slots available  from 9 am - 12 pm or 1 pm - 4 pm. 

New opening of the week: Stretford Canteen, Stretford Mall 

Over the last five years, Stretford Canteen has cemented itself as one of M32's most cherished eateries and are now excited to be finally planting permanent roots at Stretford Mall. Combining a love of classic French cuisine, traditional British dishes and locally sourced produce, they are one of many new food offerings in the south Manchester suburb.  

Book Now: Premium Hospitality packages with Seat Unique 

After a fantastic summer of sport in Greater Manchester, Premier League football returns in August, and thanks to Seat Unique, you can now secure tickets for hospitality packages and live events, including the season opener between Manchester United and Brighton on Sunday 7 August. 

Seat Unique also offers tickets for future Manchester United and Manchester City games, as well as packages for big sporting events such as The Hundred at Emirates Old Trafford and music events such as Snoop Dogg at Manchester Arena.