1. Get your reusable cups ready for this caffeine heaven

Bowlers Exhibition Centre will be filled with the scent of delicious coffee this weekend, 18 and 19 November. The Manchester Coffee Festival takes over the venue to bring a series of events including the team-based Extracted Development competition, and the exciting UK Cup Taster Competition. If you always wanted to learn how to create beautiful beverages, sign up for the latte arts or cocktail-making workshops! There is something for all hot beverage lovers at this caffeine-packed festival – except paper cups, so make sure to bring your own! Tickets start from £14. 

2. How the Grinch took over Cockfields Farm 

This weekend, 18 and 19 November, Cockfields Farm, near Oldham, is welcoming a popular, mischievous Dr. Seuss character. Get ready for fun games and activities with the Grinch on the Farm, and you can even take a picture with the green and not-so-mean Grinch. Farm admission is included, so you’ll get to meet some cute small animals, feed the meerkats, and even enjoy a carousel ride! Tickets start from £15 for children, £17 for adults. 

3. Unleash your inner art enthusiast at Manchester Art Fair 

Between 17 and 19 November, enjoy a curated mix of galleries and independent artists with the acclaimed Manchester Art Fair at Manchester Central. Here you will find spectacular art works, print demos, art classes and expert talks. Pop down to INNSiDE Manchester and find a free pop-up exhibition with sculptures from the Saul Hay Gallery. And if you happen to be staying at the hotel, drop by reception for some free tickets for the Art Fair. Tickets start from £25. 

4. Step into the magical land of Tinsel Town at the Trafford Centre 

The festive season has arrived at The Trafford Centre! Starting from Friday, 17 November, the leisure destination transforms into Tinsel Town, a magical winter wonderland where you’ll find a huge ice rink, festive themed fairground rides and stunning ice shows. Pose for a photo by the over-50ft tall Christmas Tree bar, hop onto The Big Wheel to view the scenery from 55 meters high and then sit down for some Yorkshire pudding wraps, donuts, and hot chocolate. Fairground entry is £2 if pre-booked online.  

5. Discover the glowing magic of Greater Manchester’s canals 

The wide network of Wigan’s canals is being lit up in a free event between 16 and 18 November. Head over to Mesnes Park this week and discover glowing light installations that bring out the magic of the area. Light Night Wigan will feature many craft workshops and storytelling shows to watch, as well as plenty of street food vendors selling delicious warming food and drinks. The event is completely free to attend, but make sure you don’t miss out by booking your preferred timeslot. 

Book Now: Hop aboard the Santa Cruise!

Enjoy a Christmas experience like no other. Create new, surprising memories with Manchester River Cruises this festive season and join them on a Cruise with Father Christmas. This spectacular, one-of-a-kind experience starts at Salford Quays and brings families down the historic ship canal aboard Santa’s Grotto. During this one-hour journey, children will get to enjoy some sweet treats and activities and have the chance to meet Santa Claus and his elves – and even receive a gift! For the adults there will be mulled wine and mince pies. You can book now here.

New opening: The Pearl, Prestwich

A new project from the mind behind popular sandwich pop-up Sansan is coming to Prestwich. Sam Taylor, joined by top Manchester chef Iain Thomas, is bringing a new seasonal menu of British favourites to The Pearl. Having just opened its doors on November 4, make your reservation now to try out their Autumn menu, which features the Pearl Chips and Konro Beef. 


Manchester Coffee Festival 2023
Stall at Manchester Coffee Festival 2023

Manchester Coffee Festival is back! Get ready for another jam-packed weekend of all things coffee this 18-19 November at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre.

Grinch On the Farm

Tickets include general admission to the farm, so there’s plenty of entertainment for a full day out.

Manchester Art Fair 2023
Yellow poster: Manchester Art Fair 2023

Manchester Art Fair delivers a curated mix of acclaimed galleries and independent artists, blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary, creating a friendly, unpretentious and uniquely Northern art-buying experience.

Tinsel Town
Trafford Centre illuminated for Christmas

Greater Manchester’s very own winter wonderland, ‘Tinsel Town’ will return to the Trafford Centre this festive season.

Light Night Wigan
Dark poster: Light Night Wigan

Prepare to be mesmerized as some of the most familiar spaces in Wigan will turn into an enchanted landscape of colour with interactive light installations from the community, alongside internationally acclaimed artists Tine Bech and Pif-Paf.

Cruise with Father Christmas
Couple looking out over Christmas outdoor gathering

Santa is giving up his sleigh for the Isabella this Christmas



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