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Epic Lord of the Rings live show with orchestra coming to Bridgewater Hall this Christmas

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This Christmas you can celebrate the festive season by watching a live orchestra perform the music from the Lord of the Rings and beyond, at the Bridgewater Hall.

If you’re looking for something extra special to do this festive season, or you’re wondering what to give your friends and loved ones as presents, the Bridgewater Hall has you covered.

The huge concert venue in Manchester city centre has an extraordinary line-up of seasonal festivities for music and concert lovers to enjoy and here’s what’s on offer…

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The music of Lord of the Rings and beyond

Fans could experience the epic and inspirational music from Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and beyond as the worlds of TV, film and fantasy are brought to life by a full symphony orchestra and stunning choir.

Get your tickets now for this unmissable concert featuring the greatest movie music of all time.

And, if you’re not a fan but you know someone who is, this would make the perfect Christmas gift. The Lord of the Rings and beyond concert will take place on Sunday, December 10th at 3.00pm. For tickets, click here

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All I Want For Christmas… Live!

This one’s sure to get you in the Christmas spirit, if you’re not already. All I Want For Christmas… Live! has it all.

Raymond Gubbay Limited will present a brand-new show that promises to bring joy and laughter to audiences of all ages.

This concert boasts a spectacular blend of festive pop hits and traditional favourites, featuring a dazzling live ensemble band and four headline singers, dancers, fireworks, lights, and incredible live music.

Unwrap the sound of Christmas with this unforgettable gift that will stay with you forever. All I Want For Christmas… Live! will take place on Tuesday, December 19th at 7.30pm. For tickets, click here. 

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Christmas Carol Songs

Concert-goers can sing their way into Yuletide as Jonathan Cohen leads them through the very best Christmas songs and seasonal classics in one irresistibly family friendly extravaganza.

Songs will include White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Merry Christmas Everyone, Sleigh Ride, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Frosty the Snowman.

Plus, carols for all including Good King Wenceslas, O come all ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Once in Royal David’s City and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

Get involved in festive traditions and sing-along to some magical festive cheer. The Christmas Carol Song concert will take place on Sunday, December 24th at 3.00pm. For tickets, click here.

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Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas

Horrible Histories proudly presents the terrific tale of Christmas. Raymond Gubbay will present this family friendly production from the Birmingham Stage Company.

When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas?

From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, join us on a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas, as they all join forces to save the festive season!

It promises to be a celebration of Christmas in the most wonderful, funny and moving way you’ll ever see. Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas will take place on Tuesday, December 26th at 3.00pm. For tickets, click here. 

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The Music of Zimmer Vs Williams

Manchester Concert Orchestra will give an unforgettable, grand concert celebrating the very best epic scores from two of the greatest film composers of all time.

Be transported through some of the best blockbusters ever made at this magnificent concert.

Music from their most loved films will include E.T, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Star Wars and many more.

The Music of Zimmer Vs Williams will take place on Wednesday, December 27th at 7.30pm. For tickets, click here.

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Huge beer festival with more than 500 different varieties coming to Manchester

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Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Manchester Craft Beer Festival is back for another year, bringing with it more than 80 breweries and 500 different beers to sample.

The fourth edition of the festival will be taking place at Depot Mayfield on Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6th.

Cloudwater, Track, Marble, Northern Monk, Bundobust, Sureshot and Seven Brothers will be there to represent Manchester, alongside other UK stalwarts like Deya, Verdant, Siren and Leeds’ North Brewing Co.

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Heritage breweries like Timothy Taylor’s, Chouffe and Timmermans will also be there, as well as international breweries from the US, Greece, Spain and Australia.

There will also be some great food options to line your stomach, including bao buns, crispy chicken and katsu tater tots at Bone Daddies, as well as Almost Famous, Bundobust, MorMor and Voodoo Rays.

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Greg Wells, director of Manchester Craft Beer Festival, said: “It’s been a disheartening year for Manchester’s beer scene so far with closure of the beloved Indy Beer Con Fest and the unsuccessful debut of the International Brewing and Cider Festival, but we’re pleased to announce our return and bring more of what has been loved in the past three years.

“With even more breweries and experiences on offer and larger capacity this year, we’re buzzing to be back to satisfy all the beer lovers out there.

“The addition of a complimentary trade session to our programme is all about promoting this world class beer city and a small gesture to support all the incredible people who work across the drinks and hospitality industries.

“We all have a mutual understanding of the hardships our industries have faced in recent times so we thought it’d be a nice gesture to get everyone together for the love of drinks, food and music to celebrate beer and ourselves!”

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The entry price includes all your drinks throughout your session, as well as festival glass and access to all the events happening.

And as it’s on during the Euros, it will be screening the football too.

Day tickets cost £57 per day session – with a discount for four tickets – or £145 for the whole weekend. Grab tickets HERE.

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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

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Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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