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. 

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Go and see a piece of iconic British history on display at the People’s History Museum 

Excitement builds as the iconic Manchester Women's Social and Political Union banner of 1908 goes on display at the People's History Museum (PHM). Rediscovered five years ago, it joins PHM's collection, marking the centenary of women achieving the vote. The banner, dedicated to Emmeline Pankhurst and Manchester's pioneering role, will be exhibited from Wednesday 21 June, to celebrate its birthday. Preserving its legacy, the banner will also play a vital part in commemorating the centenary of all women's suffrage in 2028. Entry is free to this iconic British museum. 

Celebrate 50 years of musical brilliance at the RNCM  

On Thursday 22 June, join in celebrating the Royal Northern College of Music's 50th birthday, a milestone honouring its rich history and embracing the present and future of musical excellence. This special evening showcases the diverse talents of staff and students from across the years, featuring innovative concerts and installations. It is a testament to the college's commitment to nurturing exceptional musicians, inspiring creativity, and pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. Don't miss this unforgettable celebration of half a century of music at the RNCM. 

Celebrate Eastern European culture in the city centre 

Góbéfest, Manchester's annual festival of Eastern European music, dance, food, and drink, returns on Friday 23 June for a two-day celebration. Cathedral Gardens hosts stages with diverse performances, while the food market offers a culinary adventure. Family activities include dance classes and workshops. Góbéfest unites cultures, creating a vibrant celebration of Eastern European heritage.  

Unleash your senses at Bridgewater Hall this week 

Experience 48 hours of music, art, and entertainment at Manchester Classical, held at The Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June. Immerse yourself in orchestral performances, featuring world-class artists and ensembles like the Hallé, Manchester Collective, and BBC Philharmonic. Enjoy free shows by Hallé choirs and RNCM students, while exploring crafts and savouring delicious food inside the hall’s foyer. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover the magic of orchestral music and the iconic Bridgewater Hall. Tickets start from £10. 

Explore one of Britain’s most visited zoos…after hours! 

Chester Zoo's Into the Night is back with two exclusive adult only evenings on Friday 23 June. From 4pm to 9pm, experience the zoo in a child-free atmosphere. Delight in delicious food, thrilling entertainment, and witness your favourite animals in their nocturnal habitats. This unique event offers a magical opportunity to explore the zoo after hours and create unforgettable memories. Tickets start from £20. 

Book Now: The Grand Bug & Pest Hotel Hunt 

From Sunday 23 July join Lloyd of the Flies at RHS Garden Bridgewater. Guests can embark on an adventure with Lloyd and his insect friends in the luxury bug hotel. Explore the garden, seek out characters, and learn fascinating minibeast facts. Experience the world through insect eyes with an augmented reality app developed by Aardman. The free app allows you to shrink to fly size and interact with Lloyd and his pals amidst the flowers. 

New Opening: Madre 

Having recently opened in Manchester's Kampus neighbourhood, Madre is a Mexican restaurant and bar that captures the essence of Mexico's culinary heritage. With a menu inspired by the team's travels to Mexico City, guests can savour authentic street food like tacos, wood-grilled seafood, and succulent steaks, while the carefully crafted cocktail menu pays tribute to Mexico's iconic agave spirit.