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HUGE free festival for dogs coming to Manchester this month

Pooches will enjoy a pawesome time

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Ex-Paw Extravaganza

A free dog festival is coming to Manchester later this month for a huge day of fun.

Mark your calendar and unleash the fun as the Ex-Paw Extravaganza returns on Saturday, April 27th at Angel Meadow Park from 11am – 4pm.

Owners can enter their dogs into its famous dog show with five different categories including Cutest Pup, Golden Oldie, Waggiest Tail, Talentful Trickster and Best Dressed. 

Ex-Paw Extravaganza 

It’s just £4 to enter with 50% being donated to Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home. Winners of each category will receive a goodie bag and a sought-after Ex-Paw Rosette.

Guests can also learn about how to give first aid to their furry friends with My Pet First Aid, who offer hands-on training by experienced instructors at all levels, from pet owners to pet professionals. 

Manchester’s newest Pug Cafe, CuppaPug, will have pug welfare at the centre of their heart with some helpful information and advice for pug owners.

Ex-Paw Extravaganza 

A new addition to the event this year will be breed-specific meet-ups taking place throughout the day and will be an opportunity for guests to meet like-minded doggie enthusiasts in Manchester.

Owners and pet lovers can browse a fantastic line-up of stalls selling dog wear, accessories, food and treats in case they want to treat their fur baby.

Pawsome pooches can try out the agility course which is free to use throughout the day or schedule a pupdate in the puppy play area.

Ex-Paw Extravaganza 

Ex-Paw Extravaganza isn’t just about celebrating your four-legged companions, it also works towards making a difference to the lives of dogs in need – with 50% of ticket proceeds from its dog show being donated to Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home.

And Foundation Coffee House will be offering FREE puppacinos for all the doggos on the day.

If hoomans get a little hungry as they watch their pride and joy have the time of their lives, they will be pleased to hear Ex-Paw has partnered with the recently re-launched Fairfield Social Club and will be providing attendees with delicious food from ISIT Kitchen. 

Ex-Paw Extravaganza 

Fairfield Social Club’s new venue on Irk Street is located right next to Angel Meadow with direct access to the park, making it the perfect place for the Extravaganza After Pawty.

The event will take place at Angel Meadow Park on Saturday, April 27th  from 11am – 4pm.

Ex-Paw Extravaganza is FREE to attend. Entry tickets to the dog show can be found HERE.

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

Get this one in your diary!

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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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Billie Eilish announces FOUR Manchester shows as part of world tour

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Pop star Billie Eilish is coming to Manchester, with four dates confirmed at the new Co-op Live arena.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning pop icon will be playing Manchester’s newest arena on July 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd, 2025.

The dates are part of a full world tour taking place next year, in the wake of Hit Me Hard And Soft, her fourth studio album which is due out on May 17th.

The full UK dates:

  • 7 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 8 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 10 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 11 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 13 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 14 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 16 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 17 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 19 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 20 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 22 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 23 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester


Presale tickets go live tomorrow, Tuesday April 30th, at 12pm and are exclusive for Co-op members only.

To become a Co-op member, click HERE, and enjoy exclusive benefits.

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