Thursday 01 Dec 2022
Festival celebrations are often great ways to have shared experiences with your friends and family while enjoying specialist events and live entertainment.
We have selected a few of the best and diverse cultural festivals, coming this summer, including entertainment, parades, performances and film festivals.
In July the Manchester Fringe Festival presents a month’s worth of new theatre, comedy and much more, listen to and engage with writers and storytellers at the Literature Festival, in October, or simply marvel at the beauty of the ‘Steam Age’ at the East Lancs Railway, open all summer.
So grab your shoes, get those tickets and get going.
Manchester Christmas Markets
Over 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread across the city centre, the Christmas Markets are free and accessible to all. Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre, tempting you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys
Bolton Christmas Festival
You won't be short of things to do as there's a HUGE ice rink for you and your mates! Go prepared with your list, as there's a Santa's Grotto AND a festival Teepee bar for warm Christmas tipple and live bands!
Kick start your Christmas celebrations with a steam train ride through our very own winter wonderland, the Irwell Valley, on what has become a firm family favourite in the North West!
Glow - RHS Brdigewater
Bring all the family for a magical evening at RHS Garden Bridgewater. See the garden in breathtaking beauty and follow amazing displays lighting a wonderful new route
Christmas at Dunham Massey
Dunham Massey's biggest and brightest Christmas event returns with plenty more surprises. Experience the gardens all aglow for a magical outdoor, after-dark experience
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Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’
Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip
Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established 'Mamucium'. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions
China Town, a stone's throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space
Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eatRead About All Manchester‘s Quarters