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Things to do in Manchester & North England

A city that has reinvented itself since its industrial past and is ever-evolving, Manchester is a buzzing city popular for shopping, theatre-going and major sporting and music events.

Famous not only for its two major football stadiums, themselves a massive draw to the city, but also for its array of trendy bars, endless shopping opportunities and huge and varied Christmas markets.

Also an established venue for the biggest and best in popular and classical music artists as well as top comics and West End shows, there need never be a dull moment in Manchester.

Further afield, the beautiful villages and dales of the Peak District National Park and the towns and beaches that make up England’s East coast are easily reached by car or train.

What's on?

Manchester Fashion Week -  18th to 21st April 2014
Manchester fashion week return to the city in 2014, spanning 4 days over Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Independent fashion designers, graduates and leading names in fashion will decend upon the city, placing Manchester firmly on the fashion map. Expect high profile surprises and jaw dropping fashion designs

The Duck Race 2014 - Spinningfields
Good Friday -  18th April 2014

Annual Duck Race on the left bank Spinningfields. Starts 11am with a craft tent, bouncy castle, giant slide, hook-a-duck, a cups and saucers ride, catering vans selling candy floss, ice cream and hot food. We'll also have cocktails from Bitter Twisted mobile bar who will be donated a percentage for their proceeds to charity. The 'duck race' starts at 2pm with1,000's of people attending to watch and enjoy the action. The Race will be followed by a film screening of The Mighty Ducks on the outdoor screen at 3pm. Family ducks are just £1 (Corporate Ducks £240 inc VAT) . Book your duck at


Local attractions – just round the corner:    

  • Bridgewater Hall (classical music)
  • Musuem of Science & Industry (science musuem)
  • Phones4U Arena (pop concerts, stand up tours etc.)
  • Manchester Cornerhouse Cinema (art films)
  • The Etihad Stadium (home to Manchester City Football Club)
  • People's History Museum (history museum)
  • O2 Apollo Manchester (concerts)
  • Urbis (urban art)

Local attractions – ideal for day trips:

  • Alport Castles (natural Peak District feature)
  • The Pavillion Gardens, Buxton (visitor attraction)
  • Tatton Park (historic estate)
  • Blue Planet Aquairium

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