1. Manchester Literature Festival returns with literary line-up 

One of the most exciting festivals for literary enthusiasts has arrived in Manchester and will be on until the 29 November. The 2023 edition of the Manchester Literature Festival has a spectacular line up of guests including Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson, and Kate Mosse, to perform dramatic readings and lead masterclasses, in inspiring venues such as Manchester Art Gallery, John Rylands Library and the hidden gem, Portico Library. Tickets for the events can be found here

2. Wait out the rush hour with an evening of symphony 

The Bridgewater Hall opens for an early evening classical performance this Thursday, 28 September. The Hallé are bringing back their Rush Hour weekday concerts so that you can enjoy one hour of breathtaking classical music while avoiding packed trams and traffic jams. British Conductor Alpesh Chauhan welcomes to the stage Thomas Adès for a world-class performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Tickets start from £5.50. 

3. Celebrate harvest season with plenty of autumnal activities 

Autumn is well underway at Tatton Park, and celebrations are happening between 30 September and 1 October. The Apple Fest will be on at the gardens, where visitors will be able to taste different apple varieties and children can participate in games and activities. Meanwhile, the farm and parkland will be hosting the Harvest Festival, where you can make your own corn doll and try scarecrow making. The highlight of the festival is the Harvest Blessing, so make sure to bring your pets to be blessed! Standard park admission applies.  

4. Take time to reset from the week with yoga and a view 

King Street Townhouse will be hosting a rejuvenating yoga session on Sunday, 1 October. Their Yoga & Brunch session will be taking place in their enclosed sixth floor terrace with a spectacular city view to help you prepare for the week ahead. This one-hour class welcomes all levels, and the package includes a replenishing brunch and smoothie. If you fancy some time at the Gym and Spa, you can upgrade your ticket. Tickets starts from £36.74. 

5. Join B*Witched in singing Happy Birthday to the Trafford Centre 

Opening just 25 years ago, The Trafford Centre is a staple to our shopping needs and this Friday, 29 September, they are celebrating in style. Their Endless Fashion Event is a FREE one-hour show that will look back at the very best of pop culture and fashion while looking ahead to what fashion might be bringing. Headlined by iconic girl group B*Witched – who are also celebrating their 25th anniversary - it will take place in The Orient space from 7PM and will be hosted by radio star Chelsea Norris. 

Book Now: The Life of Pi 

Between the 5 December and 7 January, The Lowry Theatre welcomes to the stage an award-winning play directly from The West End. Awarded with five Oliviers and three Tony’s, Life of Pi is based on the bestselling book by Yann Martel and tells the story through the use of incredible puppetry and mesmerising visuals. There will be accessible performances on selected dates to ensure everyone can enjoy the play. Tickets start from £18.70. 

New Opening: Chaos Karts 

If you’ve ever wanted to jump right onto the screen during a racing video game, this is the place for you. Chaos Karts has just opened as the first live-action video game experience in the city centre. Combining real-life with augmented reality, you can race your friends in a real vehicle in a never-ending number of virtual tracks. Your cars will interact with the tracks, and you’ll get points by collecting jewels and using power ups along the way. This fun experience is for anyone aged 9 and above, with tickets starting at £18.