Get into the festive spirit with a day out at the Manchester Christmas Markets

Halloween has only just gone, but the festive season is ready to take over Manchester! Starting from 10 November, the Manchester Christmas Markets are back for their 25th year, bringing the oh-so-joyful Christmas spirit to the city. Though you may have already spotted a cheeky few stalls open, from Friday you can find over 225 stalls across the nine hubs, including Winter Gardens which will be back at Piccadilly Gardens this year where you’ll find the iconic Manchester Christmas Windmill!

Explore some iconic film and TV scenes with a specialised walking tour

Do you want to walk in Captain America’s shoes for a few hours? Discover where The Garrison Tavern set once stood? Join The Locationist this Thursday 9 or Sunday 12 November, and learn all about Manchester as the set for countless productions, including The Crown, Morbius, and of course, Peaky Blinders. The tour lasts 2.5 hours and your guide will be pointing out many places of interest along the way, including bars and restaurants. Tickets start from £15.

Brace yourself for a true horror experience

If you’re not quite ready to move on from the spookiest time of the season, the Metro Majestic Cinema in Ashton-Under-Lyne is where you want to be. This weekend, 11 and 12 November, step into the Theatre of Screams and discover a petrifying world of darkness and nightmares. NOT for the faint of heart, this horror themed event will feature terrifying live actors and eerie sets that will spike your adrenaline. Minimum age is 15, with tickets starting from £16.75

Celebrate the opening of Aviva Studios at a series of free events

The incredible opening show at Factory International might have closed last week, but the launch celebrations are only just starting. Between 11 and 19 November, head over to Aviva Studios for The Welcome and enjoy an incredible line-up of live performances and art installations that will take over the venue. These will include an exhibition of portraits of some exceptional Mancunians and Community Takeover sessions. Most of the events are free to attend, so make sure you pop by!

Join The Hallé for a traffic free hour of musical bliss

This Thursday, 9 November, experience an evening of world-class classical music at The Bridgewater Hall. Renowned American Conductor Roderick Cox will lead Hallé rush hour concerts - Visit Manchester with a performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 by Benjamin Grosvenor and Debussy’s La Mer. Avoid the crowded trains and packed roads and savour an hour of enchanting performances.

Book Now: Kitchen to Canvas at Kala Bistro

Kala, the beloved bistro in King Street, has invited Chris Cyprus to join them for an evening of art and food. On the 23 November, head to Kala and experience Kitchen to Canvas, where you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the Manchester artist and have a look at some of his new pieces. You’ll get to enjoy a three-course set menu as well as a snack and drink on arrival. Tickets to the event are limited so book your now here.

New Opening: Charity Super.Mkt

Quayside MediaCity has just welcomed its latest slow-fashion store. Charity Super.Mkt is the UK’s first multi-charity fashion store, with a variety of pre-loved styles on offer to bring style and sustainability under one roof. The store will be open until Wednesday 13 December with a line-up of DJs ready to liven up the weekends. 


Manchester Christmas Markets
Christmas Market
Manchester Christmas Markets in Cathedral Gardens. Credit to Manchester City Council.

The Manchester Christmas Markets 2023 will take place from 10 November - 21 December.

The Locationist: Film and TV locations walking tour
The Locationis: poster

Walk in the footsteps of your favourite actor or superhero, and test your film knowledge as you discover locations used in film & TV.

Theatre of Screams
Person Behind White Cover

The Theatre of Screams comes to the Metro Majestic Cinema Ashton Under Lyne Oct 28th, 29th, 31st & Nov 11th, 12th.

The Welcome
Events at Aviva Studios
The Welcome - illustration by Jiaqi Wang

A wide range of music, circus, art and fashion will fill Factory International’s indoor and outdoor spaces in a nine-day programme developed by Greater Manchester residents aged 17 to 70 from an array of backgrounds.

Hallé rush hour concerts

Woven in amongst the Hallé’s stunning 2023-24 season, there is a brand-new series of four innovative ‘rush hour’ performances.

Kitchen to Canvas: An evening with Chris Cyprus
Artist Chris Cyprus

An acclaimed Northern artist Chris Cyprus will be joining you for an evening at Kala. Chris will exhibit a few new pieces and have a little Q&A about all things art, food and the North.



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