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Manchester

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England’s Northwest

Museums & Galleries

Itinerary Ideas


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Welcome to Manchester

Historical Homes & Horticultural Havens

An introduction to Manchester

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Discover the magical gardens and stately homes on Manchester’s doorstep

A City of Choice

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From city places to green open spaces discover everything Manchester has to offer your group

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Manchester’s Heritage & History

Green Manchester Learn how the choices you make can make a difference

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Coach Parking in Manchester

Explore the city’s unique heritage and history

Everything you need to know about coach parking , including the new coach map

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Groups News & Developments Discover new activities for your group to enjoy

Seasonal Guide to Manchester Come sun, rain, wind or snow - Enjoy all four seasons in Manchester

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Museums & Galleries Get the low down on the city’s art and culture

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What’s on in 2010 Music, festivals and exhibitions

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Bring Learning to Life

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Bring the subject matter to life in Manchester

Greater Manchester

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Discover group offerings beyond the city centre

The Quays - Then & Now A look into Greater Manchester’s unique waterfront past and present

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Shoppers Paradise A guide to the city’s shopping offering

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Trafford Quays Leisure Village A round up of sporting activities available at the new development

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United City Sports activities for all in and around the city

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Student Savvy Discover the UK’s favourite student destination

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After Hours Entertainment Nightlife for all

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England’s Northwest Everything you need to know about the wider Northwest region

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Industial Powerhouse Check out the city’s legacy following its former status as the world’s first industrial centre

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Itineraries Itinerary ideas for your group

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Where to Stay Your accommodation options

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Manchester Airport Flight listings and more

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Special Offers Everything you need to know about visiting Manchester on a budget

Manchester’s Theatres

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Discover the city’s theatrical heritage

Keep in Touch

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Keep up to date with Manchester’s group offering and enter the competition

Groups off Road Whether on foot, road, water or in the air, Manchester has something to offer everyone

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Piccadilly Bridgewater Gardens Canal

Welcome to Manchester There is so much more to Manchester than meets the eye; it’s a city just waiting to be discovered. More and more groups are choosing to visit Manchester each year and it’s easy to see why. It is one of the most exciting cities in the UK, with its energy expressed through its magnificent architecture, fascinating things to see and do and, most of all, the spirit of its people. Manchester has earned a reputation for being revolutionary, innovative and entrepreneurial. The city was the birthplace of the industrial revolution, leading the development of the modern world. Stroll the streets and you’ll see the mixture of old and new architecture sat side by side. Manchester is a unique city that offers a warm welcome to visitors from around the world. The city has an international reputation which is reflected in the diversity of its regular cultural events and festivals which include Manchester Pride, Chinese New Year, Manchester Irish Festival and the biennial Manchester International Festival. Bridgewater Canal

Group visitors to Manchester are often surprised as to how compact the city centre is, with most attractions able to be reached on foot. However, there is also plenty of coach parking bays throughout the city making it accessible for all. Furthermore, with a free city centre bus service (Metroshuttle) operating three circular route services throughout the day every 5-10 minutes, there’s no excuse not to explore what Manchester has to offer! There’s an array of things to do in and around Manchester suitable for a whole range of group visitors including educational, social, special interest and youth. Choose from over 90 awardwinning museums and galleries, many of which are free to enter. Manchester is constantly improving its attractions and facilities, be it the sports developments in areas such as New East Manchester or the re-invention of the more established quarters of the city, such as Cathedral Gardens. However, new developments such as The Trafford Quays Leisure Village, keep Manchester at the forefront of other leisure destinations offering a unique, varied and everchanging experience to group visitors just a few miles from the city centre. Urbis & The Printworks

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For those who love shopping, Manchester boasts over 700 stores, offering groups a wealth of choice, catering for every style and budget; whether designer labels or vintage clothing, the city has it all. If you’re looking for quirky place for a quick bite or more glamorous setting for those special occasions, Manchester can definitely tickle your taste buds. Manchester’s location in the heart of the UK makes it a perfect base for your group to visit some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and to connect some of England’s most vibrant and picturesque towns and cities. With efficient transport links, historic cities such as York and Chester, the outstanding beauty of the Peak District and Lake District are never more than 90 minutes away. With so many attractions and destinations to discover, you’ll want to turn your day trip into an overnight stay and with great group rates at many hotels you’d be crazy not to! So if you’re looking for history, culture, shopping, theatre, entertainment or the great outdoors, whether you’ve got a few days or just an afternoon, Manchester makes the perfect groups destination. Chinese New Year


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A City of Choice Manchester is a city of contrasts, ensuring there is something to suit everybody’s tastes and budgets. From Urban to Rural, Gardens to Galleries groups are spoilt for choice. Old and new - Manchester city centre offers a hotchpotch of architecture, mixing the exceptionally old with the strikingly new. Since 1877, the gothicrevival architecture of Manchester Town Hall has attracted visitors from far and wide. The structure is a bold, arrogant statement about Manchester, with every detail thoughtfully included to represent the city’s history. In contrast you’ll find the contemporary Beetham Tower; currently the tallest residential building in Europe. A Hilton hotel occupies the bottom 22 floors, as well as the Cloud 23 bar, where groups can go for classic afternoon tea whilst taking in the views across Greater Manchester and beyond. Out and about

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His and hers - Come to Manchester and experience the best in local produce, ranging from local chocolatiers to an abundance of local breweries. JW Lees has been making beer in Manchester since 1828 and is one of the few remaining independent family brewers in the UK. Its core brands are Bitter, Real Ale, Golden Original and Moonraker, each offering distinctive tastes and textures. For those with a sweet tooth, head to Bury and visit Slattery’s; the family-run awardwinning patisserie, complete with coffee shop. Groups can watch the team, who have almost 200 years’ combined expertise, or can even participate themselves. Learn many different skills from a number of courses on offer including the art of chocolate work, sugar modelling, cooking and many more. Shopping for everyone - When it comes to shopping, Manchester is hard to beat, so it should come as no surprise that high-end purchases are just around the corner from vintage chic. Classical rock - Over the years, every genre of music has drawn a crowd to Manchester, from classic performances of the Hallé Orchestra to Joy Division’s punk era; from an 80s ‘Madchester’ scene to mid-90s Britpop Oasis. Today, the city continues to build on this legacy with some world-class venues that play host to all kinds of musical styles. Hallé Orchestra

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Spectator to player - Manchester has everything for sports fans and thrill seekers. Whilst it is great to watch the many sporting teams and events happening in the city, there are also a lot of sports activities that your group can get actively involved in. So whether it’s football or cricket, skiing or cycling - come to Manchester to spectate or participate and always enjoy!! From city places to green, open spaces With stunning country houses and parks, tranquil lakes and wonderful heritage all just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant, bustling city centre, groups can enjoy the best of both worlds, with beautiful countryside on the city’s doorstep.

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Manchester’s Heritage & History Once known as ‘Cottonopolis’ producing 80% of the world’s cotton and being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

During the 19th Century, the whole of England’s Northwest was a powerhouse for the rest of the world, contributing to advancements in engineering, manufacturing, fashion and transport. Manchester has been at the forefront of new ideas and social movements, bringing major issues to the world’s attention as well as nurturing some of the technology that transformed manufacturing and transport to shape the industrial landscape. Manchester’s former landscape was one of chimneys, mills and steam driven transport. The legacy of the warehouses and mills, canals, bridges and viaducts has left the city with a wonderfully unique character where old and new contemporary buildings now sit side by side. Groups can experience for themselves the pioneering and radical spirit of Manchester at various locations and attractions within the city. Carried Away, the opening exhibition of the newly refurbished People’s History Museum charts the history of protestors such as the Suffragettes through moving photographic displays. 4

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MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) is another fascinating attraction which documents the reforms and revolutionary ideas which has shaped Manchester into the city it is today. The legacy of Manchester’s heritage can be found beyond the city centre along the Manchester Politics Trail which weaves between various museums and galleries across the city including MOSI. Areas such as Castlefield boast canals winding through the city centre, alongside mighty bonded warehouses that once stored goods ready for dispatch across the world. Outside of the city centre, a whole host of wonderful locations are waiting to be discovered including the Rochdale Pioneers’ Museum (for the history of the Co-operative Movement), Trencherfield Mill Engine in Wigan and Barrow Bridge Village in Bolton. It all happened in Manchester: • The Peterloo Massacre • The Co-operative Movement • Trade Unions • The Suffragettes • Rolls-Royce • Vegetarianism.

Did you know? City of firsts Manchester is a proud city of firsts; The passenger railway station, the world’s first stored computer program, the splitting of the atom, the first public lending library in the English speaking world, the first true commercial canal, the labour movement, waterproof fabric and England’s professional football league.

Manchester population In 1801, Manchester’s population was 76,788. By 1851, it had quadrupled to 316,213. The cause of this phenomenal increase was the shock era of the Industrial Revolution.

Nobel Prize winners There have been 23 Nobel Prize winners from Manchester University including… •

Ernest Rutherford (1908, for his work with atomic substances)

James Chadwick (1935, for his discovery of the Neutron)

Joseph E Stiglitz (2001, for his economic analyses of markets with asymmetric information)


Group News & Developments Manchester is a radical city that has never been afraid to experiment and push boundaries. Over the last year, Manchester has continued its seemingly endless phase of reinvention and development. Take a look at the future plans for the city and also the developments which have taken place during 2009 that will only improve and enhance the group visitor experience.

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In March 2009, Manchester’s new tour guides celebrated the successful completion of a six month training course with the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Twenty-four new guides have been added to Manchester’s tourism offer following the training they undertook between September 2008 and March 2009. The Green Badge authorises guides to carry out public walks and coach tours within the Greater Manchester area.

The Legoland Discovery Centre is a new family visitor attraction set to open at Manchester’s Trafford Centre in time for Easter 2010. Legoland Discovery Centres are a new concept offering a fun, interactive and educational experience for children aged between three and twelve years old. This attraction will present a host of Lego-themed attractions, including a 4D cinema, an immersive Lego ride, and a ‘Miniland’ featuring key landmarks from Manchester and the Northwest.

Go Ape in Bolton! A new addition to the group’s offer in Bolton is Go Ape! This High Wire Forest Adventure is a three hour course featuring zip wires, slides and connecting bridges set on the banks of Lower Rivington Reservoir. Being the only Go Ape! course with a water feature running parallel to it, it is a great day out if you are organising a corporate event, a birthday party, stag or hen night or any other group outing. Visit www.goape.co.uk for more information.

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Metrolink transport reform The Metrolink tram system is benefiting from a £700 million investment programme that will almost double the size of the network and deliver a brand new fleet of trams and ticket machines. New lines are being built to connect South Manchester, East Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale, and MediaCity:UK in Salford. City centre tracks are also currently being replaced to provide improved journeys with greater comfort. Visit www.gmpte.com for more information.

Development funding of £152,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund has been awarded to The Whitworth Art Gallery to help progress plans which include building a new park-facing entrance, a Centre for Landscape Study, a new shop and a café. The Gallery will offer better facilities for schools in a new workshop space, access for disabled visitors will be improved and additional exhibition space will enable the Whitworth to show bigger, more ambitious exhibitions.

Proposals for £24 million BMX centre announced Designed by Ellis Williams Architects, proposals for the 110,000 sq foot building will, with the existing Manchester Velodrome, form the National Cycling Centre, the home of British cycling. It will include a 2,000 seat capacity BMX area and offices for the headquarters of the British Cycling Federation. Subject to funding and planning approval, work will start on site by January 2010 with completion by March 2011.

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Museums & Galleries Since its emergence as an industrial powerhouse in the nineteenth century, Manchester has remained a bold and international home for art and culture. Manchester is known for many things: industrial revolution, football, music and shopping. So it sometimes comes as a surprise to discover that the city also has a reputation as one of the best cultural destinations in the country.

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The year kicks off in style with the re-opening of the People’s History Museum. After a £12.5m development, this architecturally impressive museum has doubled in size, allowing more of its collection to be on display. Visitors can discover fascinating stories and hands-on exhibits that bring thousands of objects to life - from artefacts dating back to the 1819 Peterloo Massacre to hangings from the world’s largest collection of political banners. The new museum also includes a People’s Theatre, a multi-sensory space for performance and interactive drama activities. In a year that will see a general election and all the political debate that goes with it, the People’s History Museum has never been more relevant. Another national museum with architectural clout is the Imperial War Museum North (IWMN). This awardwinning museum explores the human impact of war and conflict in a series of engaging and interactive exhibitions and displays. In 2010, the museum opens

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a show by one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers - Don McCullin. In the largest British exhibition of McCullin’s work, IWMN displays over 200 photographs, contact sheets, objects and magazines that reveal a life spent documenting conflict. Opposite IWMN is The Lowry, an arts complex that’s as good for theatre and performance as it is the visual arts. The Lowry celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and its programme reflects its celebratory mood. As you’d expect, the centre displays the work of LS Lowry in the Lowry Favourites exhibition - which includes paintings, photographs, sound and film. Alongside this, visitors can see new contemporary art, photography and much more. Contemporary art is also on display at Manchester Art Gallery. The city’s most central gallery, shows a mix of historic collections and current displays spanning six centuries. Highlights include an outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and a gallery of craft and design showcasing the best in international decorative art. Recent acquisitions include Antony Gormley’s sculpture, Filter, which is suspended at the top of three-story glass atrium.

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Visit Manchester Art Gallery in the heart of the city and discover our internationally renowned collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art. Catch this year’s programme, which includes contemporary art from Asia and a major exhibition of photography by Dorothy Bohm. Book a tour and explore the gallery’s highlights, including our world famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Enjoy a meal in our licensed restaurant or drop into our cafe for coffee and cake. Browse a wide range of prints, books and gifts in our shop. • A world class collection spanning six centuries.

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In early 2010, the Gallery brings the hyper-real sculptures of Ron Mueck to Manchester for the first time, while in April, the Gallery premieres A World Observed, the first ever retrospective of Dorothy Bohm, one of the doyennes of British photography. The Whitworth Art Gallery is another gallery that mixes outstanding historic collections with new and recent work its textile and wallpaper collections are, for example, second only to the V&A in London. This collection forms the backbone of The Walls Are Talking. In the first such show of its kind in the UK, the Gallery has gathered a disparate

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range of images: bullet-ridden masonry in Beruit, an NYPD crime scene and images of chemical warfare. What unites these images? They have all been applied to that most domestic of products: wallpaper. Including loans from the V&A, private collectors and artists, this exhibition underlines what the Whitworth is best at: treading the fine line between high and popular art, and between the historic and the contemporary. Close by, you’ll find Manchester Museum. Within its 15 galleries are many natural wonders, telling the story of the past, present and future of our planet. Come face-to-face with live snakes, Egyptian mummies and pre-historic creatures or handle real objects from the collection. 2010 marks the international year of biodiversity and, to celebrate, the museum is hosting a special exhibition, Charles Darwin: Evolution of a Scientist (until August 2010) showcasing fascinating objects used and collected by Darwin and illustrated in a graphic-novel style.

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As well as being big enough to explore (MOSI has its own steam train running across its sprawling site), the museum works hard to make the past engaging. As such, it runs a series of award-winning tours led by costumed characters that range from the 18th century scientist, John Dalton to the ‘Spitfire Girls’. Finally, don’t leave Manchester without visiting the digital art and film centre, Cornerhouse. In 2010, it premieres Contemporary Art Iraq (April-June), an exhibition that includes new film, video, digital art, photography, sculpture and more. Unlike anything seen before in the UK, Cornerhouse hopes to show a different side to Iraq by revealing the culture and creativity that occurs beyond the theatre of war.

If industrial history is your thing, head to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) to hear the story of Manchester’s industrial and scientific past - one of its star exhibits is ‘Baby’ - the world’s first computer to have a stored memory.

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MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP Visit one of the best cultural attractions in the region and uncover the history, science and industry of Manchester. Enjoy demonstrations of original mill engines and textile machinery, walk through an atmospheric Victorian sewer and marvel at the magnificent flying machines that made aviation history. With five buildings and many galleries to explore, there will be something for everyone in your group to enjoy. Da Vinci - The Genius, 14 November 2009 - 13 June 2010 An inspirational exhibition, featuring the Secrets of Mona Lisa. • Located on the historic site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station. • Main museum is free to everyone. • Costumed character tours. Open daily: 10am-5pm (ex. 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan) Admission: Free to main museum Average length of visit: 3-4hrs Group size: Min 10, No Max

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Bring Learning to Life Enrich your students’ understanding of history and bring the subject matter to life. IWMN

From big-name exhibitions at Manchester Art Gallery through to edgy art on display at Cornerhouse, Manchester is the place for educational groups to come and be inspired - and to see the kind of art and historic collections that are the envy of the world.

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Teachers bring their pupils to Manchester to fire their enthusiasm and engage their imaginations, as well as to develop their own creativity, achieve their curriculum objectives and generate ideas for followup work in the classroom. Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) can help you book a visit that meets the needs of your group resulting in a memorable day out. Booked groups receive a free ten minute introduction to the museum, free parking and access to the AirShard. Teachers may wish to book one of the popular ‘Learning from Artefacts’ session. Students learn about

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history through examining real artefacts, studying photographs and listening to sound clips from Museum archives within the Learning Studio.These sessions are suitable for primary and secondary school and A level students, whilst the topics covered are First World War, Second World War and Stories of Conflict. John Rylands Library has more than 4 million printed books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and 500,000 electronic books, along with several hundred databases. As well as being one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country, the library is home to some fascinating collections, including exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts, examples of the earliest forms of European printing including the Gutenberg Bible, as well as the personal papers of distinguished historical figures including Elizabeth Gaskell, John Dalton and John Wesley.

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The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, houses some of the most significant books and manuscripts ever produced. The magnificent neo-gothic building in Manchester’s city centre is a major visitor attraction as well as a research library of world renown. It includes the St John Fragment, the earliest known piece of the New Testament in existence. The exhibition galleries tell the story of the Library and its collections. The changing themed exhibitions include interactive exhibits to engage both children and adults. • Dynamic changing events and exhibitions throughout the year.

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Whether you are a primary, secondary or further education teacher, The Lowry has a programme to suit your needs. School visits to The Lowry can support and inspire learning in both visual and performing arts and through their education programmes, pupils can explore their own responses to the exhibitions and theatre shows. The Lowry has programmed a range of creative workshops for you and your students. They give schools the opportunity to work with a large team of practising artists, dancers and drama practitioners to help pupils access the LS Lowry collection and some of their visiting shows. All the workshops support the art and design national curriculum, as well as physical education, English and drama. In addition to the workshops, they offer resources for teachers, training and a public space for your pupils to perform. Within Manchester Art Gallery, ‘workshops for schools’ cover National Curriculum topics for all Key Stages and include sessions on Toys, Ancient Greece, Shakespeare and the Victorians. Expert staff use the gallery’s unique resources to bring these subjects to life; for example,

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the gallery’s session on Victorian Manchester is based around Ford Madox Brown’s famous painting Work. This interactive resource was shortlisted for a BAFTA Children’s Award in the Supporting Primary Learning category and depicts a host of characters from all walks of life and all sections of Victorian society. The Manchester Museum provides a unique opportunity for pupils to engage with collections and experts across a variety of subjects. Museum staff, in partnership with University academics, lead a range of hands-on sessions to enhance the curriculum. With over 4 million objects in its collection, reflecting all life on Earth, The Manchester Museum provides a unique learning opportunity for your pupils. Their new programme offers a range of different activities to help make the most of the Museum. The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) makes learning and teaching fun, with interactive sessions, shows, workshops and tours that fire the imagination and inspire children into wanting to find out more. Based in the historic buildings of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, MOSI

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attracts over 100,000 school children each year, from both primary and secondary schools.The Museum’s taught sessions are all linked to the National Curriculum and tell the story of Manchester’s scientific and industrial past, present and future. MOSI is the only museum in the Northwest dedicated to science and industry and is a fantastic venue for inspiring your students with exciting science shows and lively debates. The People’s History Museum explores the world changing events led by the working people of Britain. While the museum has been closed, the Learning Team has been busy developing an exciting new education programme for Early Years through to Key Stage 4. Discover fascinating histories, incredible facts and hands-on interactive activities, which bring thousands of objects to life. Furthermore, new to the museum is a ‘People’s Theatre’. This exciting space allows the museum to take its successful Living History programme in a new direction through the use of lighting, sound and film effects.This area also creates a multi-sensory space for storytelling sessions.

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The Quays - Then & Now Spanning the length of the Manchester Ship Canal and just 15 minutes by tram from Manchester City Centre, The Quays is Greater Manchester’s inspiring waterfront destination. Visitors have been attracted to The Quays since the early part of the 19th century, when the area was a country idyll and a playground and cultural haven for the wealthy Victorian elite; as the century wore on, more attractions developed and the appeal of the area spread. The Botanical Gardens at Old Trafford were the big draw in the early part of the century when they played host to the Manchester Art Treasure’s exhibition in 1857. Today you can experience art 364 days a year at The Lowry, alongside the lively programme of special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, photography and design; you will always see the work of LS Lowry. Sport is also synonymous with the area, Lancashire County Cricket Club played their first match at Old Trafford in 1865 and in 1884 Old Trafford became the second ground after the Oval to stage Test cricket in England. Manchester United is the new boy, not arriving in Old Trafford until 1910. Earlier generations would be amazed by today’s 21st century facilities, the concerts and the hospitality. You can enjoy a full day pleasure cruise operated by Mersey Ferries between Salford Quays and Liverpool. Turn the clock back to 1894 and similar trips took place with passenger steamers running pleasure trips between Manchester Cathedral and Pomona Gardens and local beauty spot Throstles Nest, as well as regular sight-seeing tours around the docks and rarer trips to Liverpool. IWMN

There could be fewer appropriate locations for the site of Imperial War Museum North than its home on the banks of the Ship Canal. During the Second World War the area became a target for the enemy after producing the famous ‘Manchester’ and ‘Lancaster’ bomber, Rolls Royce Merlin engines for fighter planes, as well as radar equipment and other armaments. During the Manchester Blitz, the area came under attack where an estimated 684 people died and 2,364 wounded. The museum houses a number of artefacts from the time and sound clips can be heard in the AirShard.

Food and drink has always been a feature of visits to the area and there are a range of options with a choice of cafÊs, bars and restaurants at The Lowry Outlet Mall, Manchester’s only Factory Outlet offering discount prices, up to 70 per cent lower than the high street, all year round. This is just a taste of The Quays; to fully appreciate the area you will want to stay overnight. Not surprisingly, there is a wide range of accommodation for groups to choose from including the Ramada Salford Quays and Old Trafford Lodge. Visit www.thequays.org.uk for more information. Lowry Coach

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The multi-award winning Imperial War Museum North is a great free day out for all ages. Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict, it reveals how war shapes lives through powerful exhibitions, the Big Picture (a 360 degree light and sound show), and object handling sessions, all available daily. Free benefits for booked groups of 10 or more include group leader pre-visit, themed welcome session, access to AirShard Viewing Platform and coach parking. • Adult groups offer includes a free welcome, discounts on guidebooks and refreshments (pre-booked groups of 25+).

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The Lowry Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester M50 3AZ

The Lowry is one of the Northwest’s premier arts and entertainment venues. Alongside an array of modern and contemporary art, photography and design exhibitions, the galleries house one of the largest collections of LS Lowry’s work.

With three state-of-the-art theatres staging a diverse variety of performances direct from the West End, family shows to gripping drama; there’s something for everyone at The Lowry. • Groups of 10 or more make savings throughout the building, from theatre visits to guided tours and catering.

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Lowry Outlet Mall The Quays, Salford Quays, Manchester M50 3AH

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In the heart of The Quays, the Lowry Outlet Mall is the ideal destination for group travel and coach parties, throughout the year.

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Enjoy shopping with up to 60% off at over 80 outlet stores, from fashion and footwear, homeware, gifts and more.

Set in a unique waterfront location, the Lowry Outlet Mall is home to big names like Marks & Spencer, Past Times, Flannels, Nike, Whistles and many more. Plus visit Vue Cinema with exclusive Gold Class Lounge!

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Market Street

Harvey Nichols

Shopper’s Paradise With an array of shopping precincts and high street stores, designer labels, vintage and independent outlets, Manchester has something for every group within one easily navigated square mile. Manchester Arndale

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It should come as no surprise that the city that led the world’s textile industry and lays claim to the world’s oldest department store, offers one of the greatest shopping experiences in the North of England. Whenever you visit Manchester, you’re likely to encounter some of the year-round specialist markets that make the city unique. Today, almost 800 years since Manchester was granted the right to hold markets and fairs, the tradition is still going strong with stalls selling everything from bonsai trees to bratwurst sausages. Enjoy the local banter as you browse stalls selling unique hand-crafted gifts and sample delicious local, regional and continental produce at bargain prices. If you visit Manchester at Christmas, you can browse the famous Christmas Markets taking place between November and December. Other specialist markets include regular food, fashion, and flower markets, French and jewellery markets in Autumn and the Spring Market in May.

Open 7 days a week High Street, Manchester

In the heart of the city centre there is plenty of coach parking and car-free Market Street couldn’t be a better location for high street shopping. Besides the likes of American Apparel and Urban Outfitters for the latest in contemporary fashion, there is also Manchester Arndale - the UK’s largest inner city shopping centre. A double layer of loveliness, the Arndale is jam-packed with big names including Topshop, Levi’s, Apple, Adidas and Next. Home to over 240 stores, including the indoor Arndale Market. Manchester Arndale is open seven days a week and until 8pm on weekdays. Two minutes on foot from Market Street is King Street, a former bank district which has been an area for prestigious retail therapy since the 19th Century. Today it is home to designer shops including Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss and Hermès. Beyond King Street, you’ll find more upmarket shopping in Exchange Square. Set amidst the picturesque Wheel of

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The Trafford Centre

Manchester is Harvey Nichols for the ultimate in luxury. From Chanel to Christian Dior; lavish beauty counters provide the most sought after brands as well as an elegant bar, restaurant and brasserie. Directly opposite you’ll find another luxurious department store in Selfridges, where groups can indulge themselves in a fantastic mix of Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Diesel, FCUK and more. Afterwards, why not take a stroll in the food hall or relax over a cocktail or two at the chic Moet Bar.

Triangle Shopping Centre

Also situated in Exchange Square is the Triangle Shopping Centre; the original Corn Exchange building that has been wonderfully resurrected and now houses a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants. Want to look fabulous without spending a small fortune? At the Quay’s, The Lowry Outlet Mall is open seven days a week and offers top quality high street names at up to 60% off (with further discounts for groups). Manchester’s only discount outlet mall offers more than 260 brands at over 80 stores. After a hard day shopping, take a break in one of the restaurants overlooking the Plaza, or catch the latest blockbuster at the cinema. Why not book your group onto one of the ‘Special Group Days’, which includes a classic film, buffet lunch and an afternoon tea dance? On the edge of Manchester with great access by public transport and car, The Trafford Centre, is the place to go for your fashion fix. The Trafford Centre

offers free coach parking, passenger and driver discounts, driver meal vouchers and ‘meet and greeters’. Manchester is a shopper’s paradise. Whether you’re a regular visitor to the city or it’s your first time, you’ll be sure to discover something to satisfy your retail needs.

The Trafford Centre The Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AA

0161 749 1717 / 1718 marketing@traffordcentre.co.uk www.traffordcentre.co.uk/grouptravel

The Trafford Centre is an award-winning shopping centre, conveniently situated alongside the M60 and just a few miles from Manchester city centre. There are over 200 shops packed with the latest fashion, including John Lewis, Selfridges, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer. It’s the only place outside London’s Oxford Street where you’ll find this combination of stores. There are 60 restaurants, cafes and bars for the gourmets to choose from and just next door you’ll find Trafford Quays Leisure Village, with everything from skiing to golf, to keep the thrill seekers happy.

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Chill Factore

Playgolf

Chill Factore

Powerleague Soccer Dome

Trafford Quays Leisure Village The ultimate getaway destination with many shopping, sporting and accommodation opportunities all in one place. Enjoy a real snow experience where you’ll find more snow than you could possibly imagine and more ways in which to enjoy it. Ski, sledge or Tube down the indoor ski slopes or take a trip down the thrilling ice slide. Every day is a winter wonderland adventure at Chill Factore. A spectacular golf facility with 64 driving bays, personal coaching, meeting facilities, a shop, and a relaxing café bar, Playgolf Manchester is the Northwest’s favourite golf facility, with unbeatable golf teaching and golf practice packages for golfers of all standards. Let Powerleague Soccer Dome show you how football should be played. The very name ‘Trafford’ screams football and Powerleague’s Trafford centre is massive. In fact, this is the largest five-a-side football centre in the world! With 19 indoor pitches and four outdoor surfaces, who knows, maybe one of Fergie’s scouts is watching. With the all-weather floodlit pitches you can play anytime.

The latest attraction to experience is Airkix, a new indoor skydiving tunnel which is an exhilarating, adrenalin packed and challenging experience for the ultimate thrill seeker. Airkix suspends skydivers in the air, emulating the effect of freefall and giving participants something to go home shouting about. It’s so realistic that World Champion skydivers spend hours training and perfecting their competition moves. Airkix

If you prefer shopping to sport, then head to The Trafford Centre and see why it remains the UK’s favourite shopping and leisure destination, with over 30 million visitors a year. After a long day’s shopping, you’ll find a multitude of bars and restaurants just waiting to help you put your feet up and enjoy one of the myriad cuisines on offer. There’s so much on offer with something to suit everyone, and with a selection of on-site hotels, why not make a weekend of it? Find out more at www.traffordquaysleisurevillage.co.uk

The Trafford Centre

Chill Factore

0161 749 2225 groups@chillfactore.com www.chillfactore.com

Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester M41 7JA Manchester’s Indoor Real Snow Centre, Chill Factore, is one of the coolest destinations for group fun. Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of the year-round perfect snow conditions, while beginners can have a group lesson with a professional instructor.

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There’s plenty to entertain groups of any size, from whizzing down the ice luge and sliding down the slopes in tubes to tackling the climbing wall. Chill Factore also boasts active lifestyle shops, as well as bars, cafes and restaurants.

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Manchester United

Manchester City

United City The ultimate sporting destination.

Sportscity

In addition to a year round programme of sports events, Manchester is packed with plenty of additional activities and entertainment to keep even the most ardent sports fan amused.

Trafford Quays Leisure Village

Manchester is renowned for its sporting prowess, particularly for football, with the city-region being home to no fewer than four premier league football teams. Whatever you’re here for, a trip won’t be complete without a visit to either Manchester United’s Museum and Stadium Tour or the Manchester’s City Experience. Don’t miss the chance to walk in the footsteps of famous players, run through the tunnel to the roar of the crowd, sit in the director’s box and visit the players changing rooms. Both United and City have won awards for their behind the scenes tours. On each of the tours, the genuine passion of the guides (often lifelong supporters) will ensure you receive a unique glimpse of life, on and off the pitch. Various group discounts are available and tours can be tailored to suit particular needs.

The beautiful game isn’t the only sport that is followed here with passion. The successful hosting of world championship events (including the 2002 Commonwealth Games and no fewer than eight international sports events in 2008, has certainly made its mark. Sportcity is home to many award winning facilities including the City of Manchester Stadium, the National Squash Centre and the legendary Manchester Velodrome (currently the UK’s National Cycling Centre). Test the same track that the British Cycling Team use to practice - you don’t need to be an athlete to get involved, just hire a bike and a helmet for a taster. On the outskirts of Manchester city centre is the new Trafford Quays Leisure Village, where groups can experience numerous sporting highlights in one place. It’s the ideal destination all year round for groups to ski, kick, putt and skydive all within the same vicinity.

Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA

0161 868 8000 toursenquiry@manutd.co.uk www.manutd.com

Most people have heard of the triumphs and tragedies at Old Trafford, but how much of the Manchester United story do you really know? Historical exhibits and state-of-the-art interactive experiences bring the legend to life like never before. The trophy room lets you share in every victory with interactive exhibits and the behind-the-scenes stadium tour will get you even closer to the world of Manchester United. The story continues to be told, and as it does the experience continues to grow with two new exhibits due to launch in 2010. • Free coach parking alongside the Museum & Tour Centre.

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Go Ape!

For those who aren’t afraid of heights, swing by the new Go Ape! Rivington. The forest is a woodland adventure of zip wires and rope swings for group fun. The tunnels, bridges and slides will keep you entertained for hours.

Feel the adrenaline as a spectator at the trackside of the dogs in Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium. Packages offer discounts to groups of twelve or more and are ideal for groups of up to two-hundred people for a night out with a difference.

For more climbing adventures head to the Manchester Climbing Centre at St Benedict’s Church were group discounts are available. There are expert instructors who offer indoor and outdoor courses from beginner to advanced.

For another kind of racing, step into Karting 2000 and challenge your group on the indoor karting circuit. The track is available to hire or for tuition so that nobody gets left behind.

Those who prefer to stay on the ground should head to North Manchester for a round of golf at the picturesque Heaton Park Golf Centre. Enjoy spectacular views over the Pennines and a tour of the 17th Century Heaton Hall.

Salford Watersports Centre

Velodrome

For more information on sporting events in Manchester visit www.manchesterworldsport.com Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium

In the summer, try outdoor activities at Salford Watersports Centre located at the city’s stunning waterfront. Sail, surf, canoe or build rafts; there are plenty of other seasonal activities offering group tuition.

Manchester Velodrome Stuart Street, Manchester M11 4DQ

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The Manchester track is the world’s busiest velodrome and offers a packed and popular programme of track cycling activities for all. The unique appeal of the track is that it is able to cater for elite athletes as well as to children from local schools. The centre area has also been used for many non-cycling events over the years, such as the National Badminton Championships, National Taekwondo Championships, National Cheerleading Championships, international boxing and gymnastic competitions and many more. • Home of the successful GB track cycling team. • Venue for the XVII Commonwealth Games and World Track Championships in 1996, 2000 and 2008.

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• Opportunity to try a taster session on the Olympic track (advance booking required and subject to availability). Open daily: 9am-10pm (excl. Bank Holidays) Admission: Free* Average length of visit: Varies Group size: Min 1, Max 16-30 *charge applied if an event is on, a taster session required or a conducted tour is requested.

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Band on the Wall

Did you Know? If you’re under 26, you are entitled to free theatre tickets - you can get complimentary tickets to some of the best shows around Manchester by visiting www.anightlessordinary.org.uk Participating Manchester theatres include The Library Theatre Company, Royal Exchange Theatre, Coliseum Theatre in Oldham and many more. A great time for your group to visit Manchester is between May and September, when hotels generally have more availability and many venues offer great group rates. For special group offers, check out www.visitmanchester.com/specialoffers before you arrive, and make sure to book early for cheaper rates. Sunday night is always a good choice for groups with good availability all year round. Why not stay that little bit longer and discover more of the Northwest? 18

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Pride

Piccadilly Records

Student Savvy

Manchester is one of the UK’s favourite academic destinations, attracting over 100,000 students every year, to four of the country’s most popular universities. Students are at the beating heart of Greater Manchester, keeping the city at the cutting edge. They create diverse cultures and a vibrant environment, ensuring that visitors to the city don’t leave disappointed. Manchester offers students and like-minded individuals a jam-packed calendar of cultural events, a selection of good quality affordable accommodation, restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and unique shopping experiences. With many great value places to stay, a visit to Manchester needn’t burn a hole in your pocket. There are numerous hostels dotted around the city with Hatters Hostel and Hilton Chambers both situated in the bohemian Northern Quarter. You’ll never be far from a treasure trove of independent stores, home to all sorts of quirky finds from funky accessories to vintage clothing, furniture to books and records. An alternative department store featuring local designers and independent traders is Affleck’s, a hub of independent businesses consisting of a maze of fascinating shops packed with retro fashion, tarot readers, piercing studios, tattoo parlours and more. Clothing boutique Rags to Bitches offers reworked vintage at its best, where your group can pick up unique, custom made dresses, and gorgeous hand tailored clothes and accessories. Those on the hunt for rare vinyl and independent music should try the record shops along Oldham Street such as Fat City Records and Vinyl Exchange, which attract local DJs, musicians and music lovers alike. Find new and rare releases at Piccadilly Records, established in 1978, as well as white labels, regular in-store signings and live performances.

With cheap deals for students almost every night of the week, Manchester’s bars, nightclubs, and its legendary music scene all add to the excitement of the city. Although the famous Haçienda may have long since closed its doors, club culture lives on at places like The Warehouse Project, Sankeys and Music Box which attract big-name DJs and clubbers from all over. Intimate venues such as Band on the Wall in the Northern Quarter are great places to hear new music. Band on the Wall has been a catalyst for Manchester’s music scene, serving generations of Mancs since the early 19th Century. Following a £4 million redevelopment, this stunning venue features some of the best music performance facilities in the UK, and still attracts the world’s greatest musicians. For a truly electrifying group experience, follow your dreams and walk in the footsteps of some of the legendary performers who have played at Band on the wall including Joy Division, Buzzcocks, The Fall, and Simply Red. Groups of six to thirty can build their own band, learn to sing, play a variety of instruments, perform on the famous stage and even make a record! For more information, email najia@bandonthewall.org Most of Manchester’s iconic bands paid their dues on the local live circuit and it’s definitely worth keeping your ear to the ground to hear new talent at the city’s many live music venues and regular live music festivals.

These free events and festivals run throughout the year and keep Manchester city centre buzzing: The Two Cities Boat Race (May) is an annual regatta held at Salford Quays and is one of the biggest student sport events of the year, between Salford and Manchester University. Eurocultured festival (May) brings together the very best of European bands, DJs and graffiti artists. Live performances, plenty of stalls and on-site art turn this event into a colourful celebration of new and established talent from all over Europe. Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend (August) is a fantastic four-day party with community spaces, street entertainers, market stalls and amazing performances from great artists and DJs. Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, the colourful Pride parade is not to be missed! In The City festival (October) is one for future music moguls. It is the biggest city-based music festival in Europe and has an astonishing track record of helping launch the careers of bands like Oasis, Radiohead, Coldplay and Foo Fighters. Over the past 15 years the festival has hosted now-legendary gigs by The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Arctic Monkeys and many more. For budding directors, Exposures UK Student film festival (November) is a national showcase for the very best in student filmmaking, with an awards ceremony, discussions and workshops.

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After Hours Entertainment Music and entertainment has always been an important part of life in Manchester. Manchester’s creativity and diversity is reflected in its music scene and nightlife. Household names to emerge from its melting pot of influences include The Hollies, Bee Gees, New Order, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Oasis and Take That.

The MEN Arena is one of the largest entertainment venues in Europe, welcoming big names in 2010 including Peter Kay, Leona Lewis and Michael Bublé, as well as hosting television series tours such as Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor live tour.

Nightlife was all about music, and still is. Throughout Manchester there are countless live music venues hosting local singer-songwriters, or the latest international acts. Night & Day, Roadhouse and numerous bars in the city host up and coming artists, whilst the Carling Apollo, Academy and the Manchester Evening News Arena (MEN) present more established acts.

Yang Sing

If you’re more of a classical fan, head to The Bridgewater Hall, a regular host to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and home of the Hallé, or try and catch a free evening performance of Evensong at Manchester Cathedral. Evensong takes place at 5.30pm on selected days during the week and weekends and is a great chance for your group to hear the Manchester Cathedral Choir, consisting of a group of students from Chetham’s School of Music.

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For an alternative form of evening entertainment, we bet your group will enjoy an evening out in Manchester235. The casino boasts contemporary interiors offering the best in classic and electronic gaming, alongside luxury dining and a live music bar. Night & Day

Food & drink Looking for a restaurant that will feed your musical hunger and hit all the notes with your group? Then head to the Hard Rock Cafe for an evening meal where you can enjoy a special Groupies Menu, live performances every Friday and special events and tours. Rusholme’s Curry Mile has the largest concentration of Asian restaurants in the UK catering for 65,000 diners per week. Sample the award-winning Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi cuisine on offer. The Orient at The Trafford Centre is a unique restaurant and leisure environment with themed areas from around the world. The 1600-seat food court, located in the lower plaza, is the centerpiece of The Orient. It boasts 60 restaurants, bars, cafes and entertainment venues all under one roof. Take your group to see the lights, sounds and tantalising smells of Chinatown. It is not only home to an abundance of Chinese restaurants, including the Yang Sing; considered one of Europe’s finest Cantonese restaurants, but it also contains Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean and other Pan-Asian restaurants, shops, bakeries and supermarkets.

Hard Rock Cafe Exchange Square, Manchester M4 2BS

0161 831 6700 david_atkinson@hardrock.com www.hardrock.com

Upon entering a Hard Rock Cafe you receive an authentic and unpredictable experience along with a passionate and democratic atmosphere surrounded by the world’s largest music memorabilia collection. Catering for groups of all sizes with the famed Hard Rock food - the official Food of Rock! Presented in three menu genres: Mosh Pit, Groupies and Shake It Up, offering buffet options, group menus and cocktail packages. The venue boasts its own dedicated Sales Manager who will assist with your bookings and oversee your event, even helping to create a bespoke e-proposal. Complimentary ‘Memorabilia Tour’ available. Hard Rocks are also situated in Edinburgh and Cardiff, with the original Hard Rock and the company flagship in Hyde Park, London.

• Authentic American food with a burst of rock.

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• A globally recognised brand with an international welcome. • A unique dining experience fused with kick-ass service.

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Manchester’s Theatres

Manchester’s pioneering spirit isn’t limited to science and industry. Celebrate the city’s theatrical heritage by taking your group to a show at one of Manchester’s many theatres. The flame of innovation and independence that made Manchester famous is today carried forward by its many nationally and internationallyfamous theatres. Venues that are steeped in history continue to push forwards, while brilliant modern auditoria carry a tradition that started right here; Manchester was the first city in the UK to have a repertory theatre (and it is still home to the largest theatre concentration outside London). Today the theatres cater for groups of all ages and tastes, amid an array of settings; from ornate Victorian gems to fantastical space age auditoria. For a unique theatre layout head to The Royal Exchange Theatre housed in Manchester’s historical Cotton Exchange building; a must-see on your visit to the city. Housing The Round restaurant, Bar Exchange and two gallery spaces, there is plenty to do… and that’s before you have decided which production to see from the sensational and varied programme on offer.

The Palace Theatre, often referred to as ‘The Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street’ is now one of the best equipped and most popular theatres in the country, hosting many major touring musicals, often with major celebrities. The regional premiere of Les Miserables ran there for 13 months from 1992-1993 and is due to return soon. The Palace’s sister theatre is the Opera House on Peter Street, which plays host to touring musicals, ballet, concerts and popular Christmas pantomimes. 2010 will see Hairspray: The Musical brought to the Opera House along with romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally and family favourite George’s Marvellous Medicine. Timeless classics and modern drama can be found in the Library Theatre, housed in the basement of the beautiful, circular Central Library. Included in the 2010 itinerary is local comedy Beautiful House by Cathy Crabb (23 April - 8 May) and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of being Earnest (4 June - 4 July).

Palace Theatre & Opera House Palace Theatre, Oxford St, Manchester M1 6FT | Opera House, Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP

Royal Exchange Theatre

In Salford Quays groups will find The Lowry. Named after the much-loved painter LS Lowry, the complex houses two theatres - the 1730-seater Lyric, boasting the largest stage (outside of London’s West End), and the smaller, infinitely adaptable Quays - as well as studio spaces and a gallery, boasting hundreds of paintings by LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions. For up-to-date information and to book your tickets visit www.artslist.org.uk/theatre

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Having played host to the first UK tours of Mary Poppins and We Will Rock You, as well as a selection of other diverse shows, The Palace Theatre and Opera House are two of the North West’s most prestigious venues. Offering major benefits to our group organisers, including meal packages, generous discounts, freephone booking line and launch invitations, get your group together and experience live theatre at its very best.

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Aviation Viewing Park

Take a different route with your group and get lost in everything that Manchester has to offer. Aside from the open top bus, the city has many other forms of transport which offer just as good city views of Manchester. Whether on foot, road, water or in the air, Manchester has something to offer everyone.

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The new Concorde Hangar and Visitor Centre at Manchester Airport’s Aviation Viewing Park offers a great day out to visiting groups. With BA’s flagship Concorde moving indoors, visitors can come and enjoy the Park’s unique facilities in all weathers. The new developments boasts a stunning glasswalled restaurant alongside Concorde with views of Manchester Airport’s busy runways, an education centre for school tours, a corporate hospitality suite and a shop. Advanced booking required for tours of Concorde and lunch reservations for groups.

An ideal group day out whatever the weather is the beautifully restored East Lancashire Railway, offering spectacular views along the beautiful Irwell Valley. The Irwell Valley is a very popular destination for walking parties and there is also a wide range of interesting attractions throughout the area. Attractive discounts are offered to groups travelling on the railway. The popular steam railway offers a day out for all groups, with all the trimmings you expect on a railway (tunnels, level crossings etc). You can break up your journey by visiting The Mill Shop, Rawtenstall Shops & Market, Dickensian Ramsbottom or the famous Bury Market. If you arrive the weekend of 29-31st May, enjoy the 1940s war-themed weekend or maybe a meal while you ride on a special evening Diner Train or the Sunday Lunch Train?

The Northern Belle’s magnificent period carriages enable guests to experience all the magic of the Orient-Express without leaving Britain.

For information and special group rates, call 0161 489 3932 or visit www.manchesterairport.co.uk/concorde

For more information visit www.east-lancs-rly.co.uk

The train offers day and weekend trips from Manchester to other spectacular UK destinations. When visiting Britain’s greatest cities, gardens, castles and sporting events aboard these luxury trains, the journey is as exciting as the destination. Orient-Express has many years experience welcoming groups on board. You can choose to travel on one of the regular excursions to carefully selected destinations and events, or charter the whole train and tailor the journey and occasion to suit your own particular needs. For more information visit www.orient-express.com

Manchester Wheel

Manchester Wheel The 60m high, big wheel is an unforgettable experience for any group visit. Each of the 42 capsules seats up to eight people, with wheelchair access, air conditioning and heating. The ride in the sky lasts approx 13 minutes and features a commentary pointing out local landmarks whilst offering spectacular views across Manchester and beyond. Groups booking for a minimum of twenty people (including children) will receive a discount of 15% per ticket. To make your group booking call 0161 831 9918 or visit www.worldtouristattractions.co.uk 22

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Walking Tours John Rylands Library

Discover Manchester

Sail

Walk

Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

Walk Talk Tours

Blue Badge Guide Walking Tours

Operated by Mersey Ferries is a six-hour trip which departs from various points including Salford Quays, Manchester on selected dates from April to September 2010. Along the 35-mile stretch of canal, groups will hear a lively commentary giving a revealing insight into the facts, the history and the dramas of one of Britain’s major waterways. Many of the cruises include a stop-over in Liverpool or Salford Quays for a chance to visit the area’s key attractions, before a bus returns your group to your starting point. Discounts apply to twenty or more people.

Explore Manchester with your personal audio tour. Select the tour and download it to your iPod, MP3, or mobile phone music player. The 2.4 mile (3.8 km) wheelchair accessible tour takes you on a fascinating journey through Manchester’s proud past and visits some of the city’s new developments, highlighting many of the city’s firsts on the way. It comes with an easy to follow map and can be completed in about two hours. Walk Talk Tours for groups and schools is a useful and inexpensive learning resource which will hold everyone’s interest, making their visit an enjoyable and memorable experience.

There are several very distinct districts for you to explore; from Chinatown and the Northern Quarter to Castlefield and the Gay Village. A guided walking tour will best uncover these areas’ hidden secrets. There are also various themed city centre walking tours, however if your group is new to Manchester, why not take them on the ultimate Manchester Tour, Discover Manchester. This one and a half hour tour introduces new visitors to all aspects of the city including the history, Manchester today, culture, attractions, entertainment etc. All accredited Guides can cater for up to 25 people and have personal and public liability insurance.

For more information visit merseyferries.co.uk/manchester-scc

For more information visit www.walktalktour.com

City Centre Cruises

City Centre Cruises Cruising all year round for groups and individuals, located in the city centre at Castlefield and sailing around Salford Quays. Leaving the city the luxurious restaurant boat ‘LS Lowry’ travels along The Bridgewater Canal to Pomona and descends the lock onto The Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell. Take in views of the various waterside developments including The Lowry, IWMN and the construction of ‘Media city, UK’ at Salford Quays. Please note: all cruises are only available for ‘private charter’ group bookings requiring a minimum of 25 people. For smaller groups a popular Sunday lunch cruise is offered. For more information visit www.citycentrecruises.co.uk

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You will be surprised by the magical gardens and regal stately homes on Manchester’s door step. Manchester is one of Britain’s most sustainable cities, combining vibrant urban landscapes and a natural environment. Make sure your group take a trip to some of Manchester’s beautiful parks and gardens to discover the tales of Earls and Lords and the ghost stories of historical houses set within award-winning gardens that immerse you in a world of period drama and long forgotten times. Summer is a great time to head to Heaton Park and visit the Manchester Beekeepers’ Association in the restored Dower House. The public can watch the bees in the demonstration hive and see Heaton Park honey being extracted from the comb in state of the art surroundings. The Beekeepers Association are enthusiastic in sharing their skills and knowledge and can open the facility out of hours to accommodate interested parties. The Hidden Gem is Heaton Park’s own garden centre and is a must for those with an interest in horticulture. Home to the Northwest’s largest Hanging Basket centre; they have a large selection of indoor and outdoor garden plants including gift plants. The garden centre has its own coffee shop too, so whether you’re looking for plants, pots, or a nice day out the Hidden Gem has got it all. In the winter, Tatton Park is a special place to visit. Enjoy the beautifully decorated Mansion by day. Listen to a concert, take time to shop for friends and family and then relax in the Stables Restaurant with a tasty home-cooked meal or warm drink. The gardens in their winter colours provide a great outdoor option. Festivities are centred around the Mansion which dates from the 18th century and is traditionally decorated with fragrant garlands and floral decorations using fresh foliage from the parkland and gardens. Many groups combine their visit to these beautiful locations with one of many various events held throughout the year, including antique fairs, classic car shows, flower shows and spectacular outdoor concerts. Heaton Park

01625 374416 tatton@cheshireeast.gov.uk www.tattonpark.org.uk

Tatton Park Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN

There are four impressive attractions within Tatton’s magnificent 1000 acre deer park. The Mansion’s art collection includes a Van Dyck and Canalettos, also furniture by Gillows of Lancaster, while the Victorian kitchens provide an interesting contrast. The 50 acre Gardens feature 250 years of garden design including the famous Japanese Garden. There is also a historic farm, while the Tudor Old Hall tour covers 500 years of Tatton history. Our events include the RHS Show, theatre, car shows and picnic concerts.

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Coaches are free and access is easy from the M56 and M6 motorways. Four speciality shops offer innovative gifts and present ideas, local cheeses, estate-reared meat, seasonal fruit and vegetables. Enjoy the dedicated lunch and high tea packages at the Stables Restaurant which are waitress-served.

Open: Tue-Sun: Mansion 1pm-5pm Gardens 10am-6pm, Farm 12pm-5pm. Mon: Parkland 10am-7pm, attractions closed. Last entry is 1 hour before closing. All timings change for Low Season (Oct-Mar), please check website for details.

Admission: Single attraction £3.60, Totally Tatton Ticket £5.60 Average length of visit: 3-4hrs Group size: Min 12, Max 50

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Haigh Hall & Country Park, Wigan

Smithills Hall & Country Park, Bolton

Formerly the home of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, the Grade II listed hall dates back to 1840. The house is surrounded by 250 acres of parkland with magnificent views across the Douglas Valley to the Welsh Hills. The nature trails offer a guided route throughout the park whilst the miniature railway provides groups with an interesting ride past the walled gardens and Swan Pond. www.wlct.org | 01942 832 895

Dating back to medieval times, Smithills Hall is one of the oldest and best preserved manor houses in the Northwest. It contains fine examples of architecture through the ages, from Medieval and Tudor right through to Victorian times. Uncover fascinating stories of ghosts and explore more than 2,000 acres of moorland, woodland and farmland. www.boltonmuseums.org.uk 01204 332 377

Heaton Park, Manchester

Tatton Park, Cheshire

RHS Show Tatton Park

At the foothills of the Pennines, Heaton Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Discover the ornamental ponds, extensive gardens and Grade I listed, 18th century neoclassical Heaton Hall. Historic buildings tell the story of the park through the ages from the magnificent James Wyatt Hall to the Tram Museum. www.heatonpark.org.uk 0161 773 1085

Set in 1,000 acres of award-winning parkland, the 18th century mansion and Tudor Old Hall offer a fascinating insight into 400 years of the Egerton family. Highlights include the collections of fine art and furniture, the Japanese Garden dating from 1910, the 200 year old Topiary and RHS Flower Show every July. www.tattonpark.org.uk | 01625 374 400

21- 25 July Come along and see the hottest new talents within the horticultural world and pick up expert advice and inspiration to transform your garden. There is plenty to see and even more to take home with an abundance of stylish gardening accessories and seasonal plants to make your garden grow.

2010 Horticultural Highlights include: Tatton Park Biennial 2010 8 May - 26 September This May, Tatton Park hosts the second edition of its Biennial of commissioned contemporary art, with new works installed in the deer park, mansion and formal gardens of this listed National Trust property. Twenty artists will be contributing to the life of the Biennial, with new works responding to the site as a living and evolving subject rather than an historical keepsake. The Biennial’s theme, ‘Framing Identity’ will consider ideas about what links people to place, notions of history and place-making and collective visions for the future.

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Heaton Park Blackley, Manchester M25 2SW

Heaton Park’s 644 acre rolling landscape offers a varied day out for groups of all types. Historic buildings tell the story of the park through the ages from the magnificent James Wyatt neo-classical Hall to the Tram Museum where a ride on a tram gives a taste of public transport in the early 20th century. Guided tours of the Hall and park are available at very little cost and lunch or tea can be taken in the elegant surroundings of The Orangery. • Restored 18th century landscape. • Bespoke walks, talks and activities arranged for groups.

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Local food

Peveril of the Peak

Countryside

Greater Manchester has been designated the UK’s first Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) for the built environment. With environmental issues becoming increasingly more important, tourists are thinking more about the impact of their carbon footprint on the environment. There are loads of sustainable alternatives in Manchester, so why not plan a green visit with your group?

Things to do

Places to eat and drink

Take your group on a Green City guided tour to discover how Manchester shapes up as a green destination. For more information and dates call Manchester Visitor Information Centre on 0871 222 8223.

Choose a restaurant or pub serving local food and drink and savour the home-grown flavours from the region, whilst contributing to the local economy. The appreciation of real ale is thriving in Manchester so check out the local pubs for an opportunity to sample the local tipple!

Visit during the annual Food & Drink Festival which takes place in all ten Greater Manchester districts. Open to locals and visitors alike, you’ll be able to taste some of the great flavours of the area. Find the best bargains at one of the city’s many markets. You’ll find a wide variety of local goods on sale including everything from fresh food, fashion, home textiles and flowers. Buy local

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Grab an ethical and delicious lunch-onthe-go at one of the local food markets that boast a great selection of home grown and home-reared produce. Try the Manchester Real Food Market, held twice a month at Piccadilly Gardens. Keep an eye out for regional specialities such as Eccles cakes, Lancashire hotpot and Bury Black Pudding.


Local fashion

Metroshuttle

Places to stay

Places to visit

Getting around

Choose accommodation with green credentials. Many hotels and serviced apartments in Manchester are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. GTBS accredits businesses on their efforts to reduce their environmental impact against a range of rigorous criteria including energy efficiency and waste management. For a full list, check-out: www.visitmanchester.com/green

Manchester is the perfect base for groups to combine a city break with a few days in the surrounding towns and countryside. Travel on Manchester’s efficient public transport system to take you further afield helping reduce your carbon footprint.

People are often surprised at how compact Manchester is, therefore the best way of discovering the city is by foot. Walking allows you the freedom to explore at your own pace, as well as being environmentally friendly. Alternatively, take the free Metroshuttle bus and hop on and off at attractions across the city as you wish.

Manchester hotels who are members of the GTBS include the Palace Hotel, Radisson Edwardian and the Lowry Hotel. Alternatively, serviced apartments offer a flexible and cost effective alternative for large groups; Atrium by Bridgestreet and Staying Cool are both involved in GTBS. Whilst you’re there, remember to do your bit by adhering to towel policies in hotels and using water wisely. Conserve energy by switching off lights that aren’t required. Castlefield Walking Tours

There are plenty of beautiful rural areas to discover within Manchester including Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, Heaton Park and Tatton Park which all have environmental policies and procedures in place so you can be assured that your visit will be a sustainable one. Talented local artists create masterpieces at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Home to 18 studio boutiques belonging to contemporary artists and craft-workers, it is one of the few places in the UK open to the public where goods are both individually produced and sold on the premises. The centre boasts jewellery, textiles, ceramics, art work and furniture so you’re sure to find a unique gift.

Journeying further afield? Groups can rest assured that coach travel is actually one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel, causing less pollution per passenger than the equivalent journey made by the same sized group of car passengers. Throughout the region there is ample coach parking next to many of the fantastic museums and galleries. Alternatively, consider the extensive network of trams, trains and buses. For more sustainable ideas, visit www.visitmanchester.com/green

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Coach Parking With pickup/drop-off points throughout the city, as well as medium and long stay coach parking bays visiting Manchester is now easier than ever.

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General advice for coaches

Do not obstruct traffic

Arrive early to drop off your passengers and unload the coach

Any instructions to move on by Police or city centre wardens must be obeyed

Make full use of telephones and radios to ensure groups are ready to be picked up

Only drop-off/pick-up at designated points

Stay with your vehicle at all times when parked at short stay drop-off points and medium stay coach stands

It is illegal to leave your engine running while parked. Please consider residents, shops and businesses and switch engines off while stationary.

What you should know about parking restrictions in Manchester A Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) operates within Manchester city centre. Waiting restrictions apply to this area and zone entry signs give details of when the restrictions operate (Monday to Saturday, 8am-6pm).

Designated parking bays operate within the zone for different types of waiting and loading requirements; for example, pay and display bays, goods vehicle loading bays, bus stops and taxi ranks. The following are specific provisions for coach operators:-

Short stay coach drop-off bays (20 mins) Located near city centre venues these bays are for the dropping off/picking up of passengers only, for a maximum of 20 minutes. They offer safe, pleasant routes to and from major attractions. 1 Chorlton Street

2 bays

(E4)

2 Cross Street

3 bays

(D3)

3 Greengate

9 bays

(C2)

4 Liverpool Road

2 bays

(B4)

5 Lower Mosley Street

3 bays

(C5)

6 Oxford Street

2 bays

(D5)

7 Peter Street

1 bay

(D4)

8 Princess Street

1 bay

(D4)

Medium stay coach stands Located on the outskirts of the city centre, these stands can be occupied for a maximum of 4 hours for coachs whilst concerts and events are taking place. 9 Charles Street

2 bays

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10 Great Bridgewater Street

1 bay

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11 Store Street

6 bays

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12 Water Street

2 bays

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13 Byrom Street

2 bays

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(6pm-8am)

14 Cheetham Hill Road

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15 Great Ducie Street

3 bays

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(7pm-4am)

16 Miller Street

9 bays

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(6.30pm-8am)

Long stay off-street coach parking Located at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester Velodrome, Owen Street Car Park and Imperial War Museum North (see The Quays map). These facilities are for parking for longer than 4 hours on a pre-booked basis. 17 City of Manchester Stadium £40

T. 0161 438 7609 18 Manchester Velodrome

T. 0161 223 2244

F. 0161 438 7999 £15.50 F. 0161 230 2309

19 Imperial War Museum North £15

T. 0161 836 4000 20 Owen Street Euro Car Park

Tel: 0161 832 9777

F. 0161 836 4090 (see Quays map on page 10) £10 Fax: 0161 831 7088

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Performers

Seasonal Manchester

Manchester has achieved an international reputation as a vibrant and dynamic leisure and business destination, offering the best in shopping, sport and culture all year round!

Christmas markets

Christmas markets

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Winter

Spring

Get all wrapped up in the festive spirit at Manchester’s Christmas Markets. Taking place across six picturesque locations throughout the city centre, these are considered to be amongst the best in Britain. The markets transform the city with their charming traditional wooden chalets, providing a unique seasonal atmosphere.

Step into spring with a visit to Piccadilly Gardens, which hosts a traditional Flower Market on a weekly basis (Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-6pm.) The floral treats include a wide range of exotic and traditional cut flowers, potted plants, shrubs and bonsai. The quality of the products and fantastic prices is bound to put a spring in anybody’s step.

After a fun-filled day of shopping, visit Spinningfields for a spin on the ice rink, now in its third year, followed by a festive drink in The North Pole Bar. A glittering Christmas tree and sparkling yuletide decorations turn Spinningfields into a modern winter wonderland!

Afterwards head to the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) where visitors can view exciting 3-D animations of Da Vinci’s most famous works next to large-scale interactive machines in the new exhibition ‘Da Vinci - The Genius’. Supported by written commentary from seasoned experts and museum curators, this fascinating exhibition brings together over 200 items to portray Da Vinci’s inventions, sculptures and paintings in a fascinating new light.

However, for those really seeking a thrill in the chill, Chill Factore situated in Trafford Quays Leisure Village is the only place a white Christmas is guaranteed. Ski, board, climb, shop and dine at this unique, fun-filled destination; ideal for the perfect group outing. With hireable equipment, available tuition and many special group rates, there are no obstacles in arranging this affordable snow-filled Christmas outing. If you prefer to leave skiing to the experts, the Christmas Mansion at Tatton Park is bound to get your group embracing the magic of Christmas. Wrap up warm and take a morning stroll through the park before heading over to the Christmas fayre. There is also a range of speciality shops stocked with unique gift ideas and festive food, a diverse concert series and stable-yard carols.

Complete your group day out with an evening meal and theatre visit. Pop to the Hard Rock Cafe at the Printworks, which offers fantastic group menus. From late April to mid May, Manchester welcomes ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ to the Palace Theatre. With sensational sets and stunning special effects, this actionpacked adventure is the story of the magical car, Chitty Chitty Bang. Bursting with enchanting songs, don’t let this award-winning show take off without you!


Manchester’s Cathedral

Tatton Park

Flower market

Go Ape!

Summer

Autumn

Don’t miss summer in Manchester; it’s packed with fantastic events from the Urban Moves International Dance Festival and the Manchester Jazz Festival to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. Come along between 21-25 July to see the hottest new talents within the horticultural world and pick up expert advice and inspiration to transform your garden. There is plenty to see and even more to take home, with an abundance of stylish gardening accessories and seasonal plants to make your garden grow.

The possibilities of summer are gone, and the chill of winter is on the horizon, however autumn in Manchester is far from gloomy. Autumn is the season which brings a real mix of events including the Manchester Food & Drink Festival, the Manchester Literature Festival and The Manchester Comedy Festival to name but a few.

There is no better time to visit The Quays than in the sunshine. Take a leisurely summer stroll around the stunning waterfront destination, taking in the wonderful mix of culture, retail and leisure. Head to the Imperial War Museum North for the major new interactive family exhibition ‘War at Sea’ (working title), drawing on the wealth of personal stories and material from the Museum’s collections about life at sea during conflict and wartime. Afterwards rest your sea legs at the Terrace Bar situated in the boat-shaped building of The Lowry. The stunning waterside venue with sunny, south facing terraces is an ideal place for groups to soak up the sun and have a bite to eat. Once in the Lowry take full advantage of discounts for groups of ten or more, making savings on theatre tickets, catering and various tours and events.

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival has gained a superb reputation for showcasing Greater Manchester’s rich diversity and talent in restaurants, bars and producers. The Manchester Literature Festival presents some of the world’s most influential and inspirational authors and poets in prestigious and unusual venues across the city, whilst the Manchester Comedy Festival can hold its own along big names such as the Edinburgh Fringe.

MOSI

Whilst in the city, don’t miss an opportunity to visit Manchester’s Cathedral and Visitor Centre which features a multimedia exhibition, gift and book shop and an award-winning café/restaurant. This is the only restaurant in the world that has a medieval bridge in the middle of it. To help you get the most from your visit there are volunteers on hand to give personal guided tours of the Cathedral. There is no better place to get close to nature and admire the autumn colours than in the forest. For those who are feeling adventurous, head out to Go Ape! Rivington, where your group can climb rope ladders, zip wire through the trees, crawl through tunnels and tackle high wire rope bridges. www.visitmanchester.com/traveltrade

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Da Vinci - The Genius

What’s on in 2010? See highlights of this year’s unmissable events. Manchester has a busy events calendar, not to mention ever changing museum and gallery exhibitions, sports events and spectacular shows. There’s also a wide variety of entertainment and cultural attractions, a diverse range of festivals, theatre shows and over 90 free museums and galleries that are open throughout the year. Below are a slection of unmissable events to watch out for.

Charles Darwin: Evolution of a Scientist Urban Moves

Manchester will celebrate its annual Irish Festival (5 - 21 March) with a two week extravaganza featuring a range of events staged at different venues throughout Greater Manchester. The festival will feature art, culture, comedy, community, dance, music, sport and theatre events, making it one of Europe’s biggest Irish Festivals. For more information visit www.manchesteririshfestival.com Don’t miss Da Vinci - The Genius at The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), on show until 31 June; an inspirational exhibition featuring the UK Premiere of the Secrets of Mona Lisa. View exciting 3-D animations of Da Vinci’s most famous works next to large-scale interactive machines, supported by written commentary from seasoned experts and museum curators. This fascinating exhibition brings together over 200 items to portray Da Vinci’s inventions, sculptures and paintings in a fascinating new light.

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Urban Moves (23 - 25 July) is a three-day festival featuring live professional dance performance outdoors. Urban Moves celebrates the cityscape and architecture of Greater Manchester - out in the parks and in the fountains, in the squares and in the gardens. The festival is renowned for some awesome aerial dance performance and for the use of some unusual stages! Previous years have included a swimming pool, an underground car park and a dance with mechanical diggers. For more information visit www.urbanmovesfestival.co.uk Make sure to catch Charles Darwin: Evolution of a Scientist at The Manchester Museum, running until 30 August. This major exhibition combines fascinating objects - many collected and studied by Darwin himself - with spectacular full size graphics illustrated in a graphic novel style by Chrissie Morgan. Discover the key moments of development in Darwin’s career, from his interest in nature throughout childhood to his discovery of the most important idea in biology. Explore the impact Darwin made on science and society with his ideas, and discover Manchester’s links to Darwin from the story of the Peppered Moth to the history of The Manchester Museum. Check out www.visitmanchester.com or call 0871 222 8223 prior to your visit to get the latest information.


Events and festivals

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Chinese New Year Spectacular: The Plaza Stockport, 6, 7, 12 & 13 Feb Chinese New Year: Albert Square, 14 Feb ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Film Festival: Cornerhouse, March Irish Festival: City-wide, 5 - 21 March Hungry Pigeon: Northern Quarter, 28 - 31 May Eurocultured: City-wide, 30 - 31 May Urban Moves: City-wide, 23 - 25 July 24:7 Theatre Festival: City-wide, 26 July - 1 August Manchester Jazz Festival: City-wide, 23 - 31 July Manchester Pride: Gay Village, 20 - 30 Aug BBC Proms in the Park: Salford, September Manchester Food & Drink Festival: City-wide, 1 - 11 October Dashehra Diwali Mela: Platt Fields Park, 2 October Manchester Literature Festival: City-wide, 14 - 24 October Manchester Comedy Festival: City-wide, October Manchester Science Festival: City-wide, October - November Manchester Christmas Markets: City-wide, November - December

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Exhibitions

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Living with the Wall: Berlin 1961-1989:

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Home Grown: The Story of UK Hip Hop: Urbis, Until March Manchester On Screen: TV and Film Urbis, Until April Surviving the Peace: Photographs by Sean Sutton: IWMN, Until 6 June Da Vinci – The Genius: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Until 31 June The Evolutionist: A Darwin Extravaganza: Manchester Museum, Until 30 Aug Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin: IWMN, 6 February - 13 June Facing East: Recent works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection: Manchester Art Gallery, 4 February - 11 April

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Dorothy Bohm: A World Observed: Manchester Art Gallery, 24 April - August Shadowplay: Whitworth Art Gallery, May - July War At Sea: IWMN, May - Jan 2011

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Les Miserables: Palace Theatre 19 January - 13 February Ninteen Eighty-Four: Royal Exchange, 24 Februay - 27 March Whistle Down the Wind: Opera House, 22 March - 3 April The Comedy of Errors: Royal Exchange, 31 March - 8 May Pygmalion: Royal Exchange, 12 May - 19 June George’s Marvellous Medicine: Opera House, 29 May - 3 July The Importance of Being Earnest: Library Theatre Company, 5 June - 3 July Hairspray: Opera House, 13 July - 31 July The Balsom Ensemble: Bridgewater Hall, 21 September Oklahoma!: Opera House, 12 - 16 October

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Sports

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Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts: 11 March MSA Muay Thai Premier League: MEN Arena, 27 March European Badminton Championships: MEN Arena, 14 - 18 April Two Cities Boat Race: The Quays, May Manchester Rugby Sevens: Sale Football Club, 3 - 4 July

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Cooking demonstrations

Bolton stand

Great Days Out Fair 13 February 2010, Bolton Arena, 10am-4pm. Bolton Areana

Great Days Out was launched over 27 years ago and it has steadily grown to become the leading show for group travel organisers in the North of England. The show attracts over 2,000 visitors annually from teachers, major retailers and retirement associations to sports and social clubs, tour operators to executive PA’s and specialist groups. The only show of its kind in the North of England, just one day at Great Days Out offers: •

free entry for all group travel organisers and teachers

200+ attractions and destinations including Cadbury World, Harewood House, Leighton Hall, Blacksheep Brewery, Interchoice Holidays, Royal Air Force Museum, WWT Martin Mere, City Sight Seeing, Shakespeare in Stratford, Discover Durham, Wales Cymru and Jet2.com to name a few

great features including LEGO Model Builders Workshop, Central Café, Great Days Out Farmers Market, Competition Trail, discounts, not to mention walkabout entertainment and live demonstrations

not forgetting free parking!

Walkabout entertainers Be surprised and entertained on the show floor by a whole host of characters from sword fighting knights in armour to giant dragons and bears all adding to the atmosphere of a great day out

Central Café featuring LEGO Mini World

Competition winner

Sit back, relax and take the weight off your feet in our Central Café. Soak up the sights and sounds of the show whilst spotting a landmark or famous building from your region in the LEGO Mini World. The café will be serving a delicious selection of sandwiches, wraps, cakes, hot and cold drinks and snacks during the show.

Great Days Out Farmers’ Market Make sure you leave time to visit our brand new feature, the Great Days Out Farmers’ Market. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample and purchase gorgeous food and drink from leading small fine food producers from across all the regions represented in the show.

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Competitions trail Follow the fantastic Great Days Out Competition Trail and have the chance to win one of many superb prizes from family season tickets, museum memberships through to week long holiday breaks we’ve got something for everyone!

Warwick Castle

LEGO Model Builders Workshop Offers a peek into the incredible world of LEGO architecture, roll up your sleeves in the model builders workshop and have a go at re-creating a famous landmark from one of our exhibiting regions.

Great Days Out is not only a show packed full of new and exciting ideas for businesses, but it is also a great day out for all the family, so bring the kids along and join in the fun! If you wish to attend Great Days Out please visit www.greatdaysout.com to register or call our ticket hotline on 0161 235 5224. www.visitmanchester.com/traveltrade

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Wigan Pier

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is made up of ten districts each offering groups something different to do. Just twenty minutes away from the city centre, your group will discover more than 500 square miles of breathtaking countryside, historic waterways, picturesque towns, parks, wildlife and country houses that all offer the perfect balance to the hustle, bustle and excitement of the city centre. Each borough town makes for a great day out from Manchester. On the edge of the West Pennine Moors, Bolton is easily accessible from all major motorways and offers free coach parking, lunch for drivers and dedicated tourist information for groups. Whilst in Bolton try one of five themed itineraries. The new Traditional and Modern itinerary guarantees visitors a shopping and foodie haven - Visit the Market Place Shopping Centre where there are over 50 top quality high street stores, before exploring Bolton Market; a colourful, traditional indoor and outdoor market, famous for its fantastic selection of fresh produce, clothing and much more. Stay for the cookery demonstrations and whet the appetite for lunch by sampling local delights such as traditional fish and chips, Chinese food and Mediterranean specialities. 36

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In the neighbouring town of Bury, bag a bargain at the award-winning Bury Market. The market attracts over 250,000 visitors every week with its free parking, welcome packs and coach drivers meal vouchers worth £5. The world famous market is also the home of the original black pudding - the best in the country! A short walk away from the market is the East Lancashire Steam railway. This beautifully restored heritage railway follows a 12-mile route, taking passengers along the scenic Irwell valley from Bury to Rawtenstall and to Heywood. There is also a chance to stop off at Ramsbottom to explore specialist shops and cafes. The trains run at weekends thoughout the year and mid-week from May to September. North of Manchester you’ll find the traditional mill town of Oldham, a culturally diverse landscape that is rich in industrial heritage. At the heart of the town centre groups will find the Coliseum Theatre where the region’s most loved thespians have performed. Nearby, Gallery Oldham, is a contemporary arts venue with fascinating collections and dynamic exhibitions from local, national and international artists.

Travel to the picturesque village of Saddleworth, the jewel in the crown of Oldham and home to traditional tea-rooms, Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery, and lots of intriguing shops. North of Manchester, at the foot of the Pennines, you’ll find Rochdale - an area with fascinating history, fine architecture and wild, breathtaking countryside. Rochdale


Manchester United

Hat Works

Manchester’s famous co-operative movement began in 1844, when a group of weavers formed the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers. The store they opened is preserved today as the Rochdale Pioneers Museum and explains the ideals and principles of the cooperative movement. Meanwhile, Rochdale’s ‘hidden gem’; The Baum Pub, is situated next door to the Museum. It was voted CAMRA Pub of the Year 2009 and serves a wealth of refreshments, real ales and home-cooked food all day.

In South Manchester, Stockport will keep your group busy - visit the historical Staircase House, where you can travel through time and touch the past, as visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibits. Take your hat off to the only museum in the UK dedicated to millinery, the unique and engaging Hat Works Museum, which offers guided tours that really brings the subject to life. It is a must for history enthusiasts and guided tours include a special High Tea tour, served in the Victorian kitchen.

Manchester’s oldest and closest neighbour is Salford; a city in its own right, contrasting picturesque villages such as Worsley (birthplace of the Bridgewater Canal) with ultra-modern attractions like the Lowry and The Lowry Outlet Mall, over at The Quays (Greater Manchester’s waterfront destination). You’ll never be stuck for things to do; you could try a guided walk on one of many heritage trails or explore Salford’s countryside at Clifton and Blackleach Country Parks. Why not visit the recreated Victorian Street, Lark Hill Place or enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on the Bridgewater Canal?

Situated just seven miles east of Manchester city centre, groups are only minutes away from Tameside via the frequent bus or train services. Shopping is plentiful in Tameside with Crown Point North in Denton and The Arcades Shopping Centre in Ashton under Lyne, home to the famous Ashton Market with over 140 stalls. With nine seperate towns, Tameside is the perfect blend of urban and countryside living, ideal for a group day out or short break. As well as the valleys of the Rivers Tame, Medlock and Etherow, Tameside has three country parks, eight local nature reserves and a fine canal network making it a great choice for nature lovers.

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Trafford has a diverse range of things to see and do. Dunham Massey Hall, a national trust property is one of the highlights in this area, along with sporting favourites Manchester United Football Club and Lancashire County Cricket Club. In recent years, visitor attractions such as Waterside Arts Centre with its theatre and art gallery, and Redhouse Farm with its tea rooms and shop have become very popular with groups. The Trafford Centre, a huge indoor shopping complex, is known far and wide but groups will also want to explore the surrounding towns and villages of Trafford which offer a wide range of shopping experiences. Wigan effortlessly mixes character, history and heritage. Situated approximately halfway between Manchester and Liverpool, the town has a vibrant mixture of fantastic amenities including great shopping facilities, a vast array of pubs, clubs and restaurants, accommodation, tranquil countryside and lakes, and award-winning attractions. www.visitmanchester.com/traveltrade

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East Lancashire Railway

Bury With the re-opening Bury Transport Museum and a new Fusilier Museum, there are even more reasons to visit Bury in 2010. Bury is becoming increasingly popular with tour operators and group visit organisers. The multi-award winning East Lancashire Railway and Bury Market are already firm favourites. Bury Market opens on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and visitors can choose from over 350 stalls offering products from household goods and clothing to superb fresh food. Fusilier Museum

Bury Transport Museum which will re-open its doors to the public in early 2010, is now part of the East Lancashire Railway experience. The historic goods shed, which houses the collection has been completely restored and the display area transformed. Not only will transport enthusiasts enjoy this experience; this is a family orientated museum with hands-on interactive displays. The fantastic outside space will be used to showcase vehicles from the museum and allow the public to get close up to working engines. A meeting and education room will be available for schools and groups, along with an outside picnic area. Joint tickets and programmes are available so that your group can combine a visit to both the museum and the railway. A varied programme of special events will be taking place throughout the year. Call 0161 764 7790 or visit www.east-lancs-rly.co.uk to find out more.

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The new Fusilier Museum is also flying the flag for Bury. Since opening in June 2009 this fascinating museum is proving to be popular with groups of all ages. Exhibits include the collections of the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers which together record over 300 years of history and heritage. The interactive galleries record the regiment’s role in historic events, as well as an insight into army life in the 20th Century. Groups can pre-book guided tours and talks, formal and informal meals in the Gallipoli room amongst the regimental silver, or dine in the CafÊ Bar. For more information and details of the museums events programme visit www.fusiliermuseum.com or call 0161 763 8950. Directly opposite the Fusilier Museum you will find Bury Art Gallery, Museum and Archive. Here world-famous Victorian paintings sit alongside challenging contemporary art and mysterious objects in a distinctive Edwardian building which is a work of art in itself. There are regular exhibitions where visitors can experience some of the best local, national and international art as well as themed museum displays. Tours and talks are available for pre-booked groups, please call 0161 253 5878. These are just a few ideas for your group visit. You can find out more by contacting Bury Tourist Information Centre who can offer advice and information to help you plan you trip including possible itineraries, Blue Badge tour guide bookings, maps showing coach drop off points and coach parking. For more information visit Bury Tourist Information Centre, The Fusilier Museum, Moss Street, Bury, email touristinformation@bury.gov.uk or call 0161 253 5111.

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Welcome to Bolton Bolton is packed with beautiful scenery, unique attractions, smart shopping and great places to eat to entertain your group. Ideally located near the M60, M61 and only 12 miles from Manchester city centre, it's easy to get here so you don't have to spend lots of time planning your route. Come and enjoy a top day out and discover Bolton’s distinctive character for yourself. For a selection of exciting, ready-made itineraries, visit www.visitbolton.com/grouptravel or call 01204 332853 for more information.

Bolton Market

Facilities:

Offering great value, choice and quality and located right in the heart of the town centre, Bolton Market is a shopper's delight. Visit over 300 stalls featuring an extensive range of goods from exotic fruit and vegetables to the finest cuts of locally produced meat and freshly caught fish. The non-food section has everything else for the home, family and fashion.

 Free coach parking

 Café/restaurant

 Driver concessions

 Guide dogs permitted

 Average length of visit: 2 hours

Tel: 01204 336825 www.bolton.gov.uk/boltonmarkets

Bolton’s Museums Smithills Hall is one of Bolton's original family homes dating back to medieval times. Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum is a 15th century half-timbered hall and is the birthplace of the spinning mule. Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive offers brilliant displays of art, Egyptology, archaeology, botany and zoology and houses the only public aquarium in Greater Manchester.

Facilities:

 Free coach parking

 Catering available on request  Driver concessions

 Guide dogs permitted

 Average length of visit: 1.5-2 hours

Tel: 01204 332211 www.boltonmuseums.org.uk

The Olympus Fish and Chips Restaurant No visit to Bolton is complete without sampling the award-winning fish and chips at the Olympus. Since its opening 21 years ago, the restaurant and take-away has become a firm favourite with Bolton residents and tourists. The restaurant is conveniently placed near shops, the Octagon Theatre, the market and is licensed.

Facilities:

 Free coach parking  Driver concessions

 Guide dogs permitted

 Average length of visit: 1hour

Tel: 01204 523887

Market Place Shopping Centre Situated in the heart of Bolton town centre, The Market Place is a bright and modern indoor shopping centre with over 50 top quality high street stores, such as Debenhams, Next, H&M, Zara and Starbucks arranged over two floors. There are cafés and restaurants to relax in, including the Mezzo on the upper ground floor.

Facilities:

 Free coach parking  Driver concessions

 Guide dogs permitted

 Average length of visit: 2 hours

Tel: 01204 361100 www.boltonmarketplace.com

Ramada Bolton The 3 star hotel is set in one of the most beautiful spots in Bolton and has a fully equipped Sebastian Coe Health Club with pool. It is built around a former Georgian manor house with charming English rose gardens and landscaped grounds. It is just off Junction 6 of the M61 with access from the M61, M62 and M65. Tel: 0844 815 9029

www.ramadajarvis.co.uk

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 Free coach parking

 Group rates available

 Guide dogs permitted


Visit Tameside’s Museums & Galleries Tameside boasts six museums and galleries, all absolutely free! With a family friendly programme of exhibitions and events, there is always something new to see and do. Portland Basin Museum, Ashton Setantii Museum, Ashton Museum of the Manchester Regiment, Ashton Photo: Tameside Advertiser

Central Art Gallery, Ashton The Rutherford Gallery, Hyde Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge For more information contact Tameside Museums and Galleries on 0161 343 2878 or visit

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Manchester’s Countryside

Take a different view of Manchester. Over 500 square miles of unspoilt landscapes, waterways, villages, heritage, events and character just waiting to be discovered. 20 new walking and cycling trails now available.

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England’s Northwest Manchester is the perfect gateway to the Northwest, so whilst in the city take the opportunity to discover what the region has to offer.

The Big One

The Clock Tower

Blackpool & Lancashire

Chester & Cheshire

A warm welcome awaits you in colourful Lancashire, a county steeped in history and rural traditions but also bursting with contemporary culture. With its spectacular scenery and breathtaking coastlines, including world-famous Blackpool, Lancashire boasts some of the most beautiful countryside in the country. From the undulating hillside of Lancaster and the Lune Valley, loved by William Wordsworth for its panoramic views, to the razzmatazz of Blackpool, the UK’s most popular seaside resort, Lancashire is a wonderful county of contrasts. From coast to countryside, city to village, farm shop to Michelin star restaurant - there is everything you need for a day out or a longer stay.

Chester is a delightful mix of exclusive stores, excellent dining and vibrant nightlife - but you can never forget that this modern, exciting city has been shaped by 2,000 years of history.

Whatever the season, Cheshire’s delightful countryside is the ideal refuge from the pressures of city life. Walk, cycle or ride through secluded landscapes; or simply visit one of the picturesque market towns.

Completely encircled by city walls, Chester’s most unique feature is the 13th century ‘Rows’ - two tiers of enticing shops, running through the main streets. Destinations for history hunters include the beautiful Norman Cathedral and Britain’s largest Roman Amphitheatre, built to entertain 7,000 spectators. A walk around the city walls will take you past the enchanting Eastgate Clock, the River Dee and the oldest racecourse in Britain.

Historic houses, stately homes and awardwinning gardens are all within easy reach of each other. In fact, Cheshire has more gardens open to the public, per head of population, than anywhere else in the UK.

For more information go to www.visitlancashire.com Lancashire

If city style is not your thing, then delve in to rural Cheshire. Thaw to the winter day crackle of log fires in cosy country pubs or warm to the glow of summer sunsets viewed from magical, wooded hillsides.

Picturesque, worldly, packed full of history and well stocked with excellent restaurants, indulgent shops and fantastic golf courses; Chester and Cheshire are well connected with the rest of the country. But when you need to disappear off the radar for a while, it is full of wonderful hiding places. Scratch the surface and discover the real beauty of Chester and Cheshire. For more information go to www.chesterandcheshireforgroups.co.uk Runcorn Bridge

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The Lake District

Lake District & Cumbria The Lake District and Cumbria offer a wonderful combination of attractions in spectacular settings. As one of UK’s favourite destinations, Cumbria is dotted with coach friendly things to do and superb cafés, restaurants and shops. Take your group on a memorable journey through picturesque villages and towns. And of course, the natural splendour of the landscape has provided inspiration for many great writers, poets and artists. It’s impossible to cover everything the Lake District and Cumbria have to offer in just one visit. With Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall in the north, Penrith and the Eden Valley in the east, Keswick and the coast in the west, Coniston and the peninsulas in the south or Kendal and Windermere near the middle, Cumbria provides endless options for group visits. Make the most of the growing number of accommodation providers and attractions looking forward to welcoming your group to the Lake District and Cumbria.

Liverpool Docks

Liverpool Liverpool will always be a European cultural capital and is only a short rail journey from Manchester. Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage waterfront is home to the Albert Dock, where you’ll find award-winning attractions including Tate Liverpool, International Slavery Museum and the Beatles Story. A haven for music-lovers, Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall is home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst the Echo Arena’s exciting programme of international artists and showcase events must not be missed. The world-famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street is a must for Beatles fans and offers live music eight days a week.

Sport enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with two Premier League football teams, Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club, plus the Grand National, the world’s most famous steeplechase, which is held annually at Aintree Racecourse. The new Liverpool ONE retail and leisure complex, boasts famous brand names and stylish bars and restaurants, while Met Quarter and Cavern Walks offer designer labels and bespoke gifts. Fine dining and elegant cocktails can be found in Liverpool’s Hope Street, which is also home to the city’s two cathedrals, Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral. For more information go to www.visitliverpool.com

Liverpool Docks

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MOSI

Honister Slate Mine

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Industrial Powerhouse Much of what we know in the modern world today was forged in the Northwest. Rich in industrial heritage from the textile mills of Lancashire to the bustling docks of Liverpool from the world’s first industrial city Manchester to Blackpool’s role as the workers preferred holiday destination, the fascinating story of the Industrial Revolution is told across the Northwest in museums, mills, waterways, railways, steam sheds, walking trails and events. Here are some of the not to be missed highlights of the region. Enjoy one of Manchester’s best loved visitor attractions the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) where you can explore the history, science and industry of Manchester and its people through the Museum’s galleries. The only national museum in Manchester, the People’s History Museum explores the world changing events led by the working people of Britain. Deep in the Rossendale valley at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum you can explore the true story of the Lancashire textile industry from the 18th century to the present day. Soak in the memorable atmosphere of these majestic mills and discover textile treasures from famous inventors and original working machinery with live demonstrations.

The lively university city of Preston is home to the Harris Museum and Art Gallery. Housed in a Grade I listed building, the museum is an important regional museum which holds exciting collections of fine art, decorative art, costume and textiles, history and photography, many of which are of regional, national and international significance. Once essential for trade and not forgetting impressive feats of engineering, the canals of the Northwest now provide a more leisurely experience. At the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, take a boat trip along the canal, explore the former canal port and experience life aboard the water. Discover the stories of the people who worked on the canals and rivers and lived in the dock workers’ cottages. One of only two working boat lifts in the UK, the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire provides a 50 ft (15.2 m) vertical link between two navigable waterways. Visitors today can enjoy a 30 minute boat trip on the glass top Edwin Clark as the magnificent Victorian boat lift towers above. As well as enjoying the beautiful countryside of the Lake District you can visit Honister Slate Mine, the last working slate mine in England. Explore the awesome caverns and learn how the Victorian miners worked using hand tools by candle light.

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Harris Museum and Art Gallery

With magnificent views of the Lake District and Coniston Fells, Blackwell-The Arts and Crafts House is a tribute to the Arts & Crafts movement, borne out of the Industrial Revolution. Set sail and drop anchor for a fun day out at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Explore the large and varied collections that reflect the seafaring importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world. For something a little bit different visit Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village, also in Liverpool City Region. It’s a unique and beautiful 19th Century garden village created solely for the Sunlight Soap factory workers. Experience what it was like to live and work here during the village’s heyday, and gain an insight into different characters that lived and worked in the village during its early years. This is just a snapshot of the wealth of places to go throughout the Northwest that tell the stories of our past and the legacy of the Industrial Revolution. For more information on what’s on, things to do and where to stay visit www.industrialpowerhouse.co.uk


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Itineraries - City Centre Itinerary If you prefer to do the organising yourself but would like some new ideas on where to take your group, take a look at the following suggested itineraries. We’ve pulled together some ideas that highlight a range of attractions, activities and entertainment. Why not combine two or three itineraries and turn your visit into a short break, see pages 48-51 for some great hotel suggestions.

Day 1: ShopandDiscover

Day 3: OxfordRoad

AM - Book a guided walking tour of the city centre. The tour will encompass the contrast of the splendid Victorian architecture with the emergence of modern buildings, such as Urbis.

AM - In the morning take a tour of BBC Manchester, the regional television centre for the Northwest of England. Take a look at the studios, present the weather, make your own radio drama complete with sound effects and see what the future holds for the BBC. Tours run regularly on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and last for approximately 90 minutes.

PM - Spend the afternoon looking around the different shopping quarters. If high-end, exclusive labels are what you’re looking for then head on the tree-lined King Street where you’ll find the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Hugo Boss and Armani. Likewise head to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols which grace Exchange Square, where you’ll find another one of the city’s exclusive shopping malls, The Triangle. For familiar high street favourites, walk along Market Street and into the Manchester Arndale for an abundance of high street stores. In the evening, take in the spectacular views of Greater Manchester from the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower at Cloud 23 bar. The range of cocktails and drinks can be enjoyed along with the amazing views through the floor-to-ceiling windows from Manchester’s tallest building. Cloud 23 creates an atmosphere like no other.

Day 2: HiddenGems AM - The John Rylands Library is one of Manchester’s most beautiful buildings. Built in 1890 in memory of the Manchester cotton merchant John Ryland, the library is one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Europe. Discover world famous collections through themed displays and hands-on activities or relax in the new café and giftshop. PM - Spend your afternoon at the Manchester Art Gallery, one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Northwest. The gallery has a welcoming atmosphere and holds a renowned collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art objects, best explored on one of the many themed tours. Alternatively visit MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry). Located on the site of the world’s first passenger railway, this exciting attraction offers colourful galleries packed full of fascinating facts and amazing artefacts. In the evening take your seats for one of the hottest shows in town. Manchester enjoys a packed programme of performances all year round. Famous faces, West-End favourites, world class performers, musicians and conductors, all on stage at one of Manchester’s many theatres.

PM - Continue down Oxford Street and you will come to the Manchester Aquatics Centre, a purpose-built, state-of-the-art swimming facility, that stands as a fantastic legacy to the success of the Commonwealth Games in 2002. The centre is accessible to all so grab your swimwear and enjoy the afternoon at the only complex in the UK with two 50-metre pools as well as separate diving and leisure pools. In the evening head to the Northern Quarter, Manchester’s bohemian district, home to independent restaurants and bars and the perfect place for a relaxed night out. Try Odd Bar for continental beers, the Bay Horse for a pool table, Trof for a relaxed yet quirky atmosphere and Matt & Phred’s for live jazz music. Many bars are open until the early hours so put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away.

Day 4: TheQuays The Quays is Manchester’s unique waterfront destination and an ideal destination for a group day out. AM - In the morning take the Metrolink tram from the city centre to Harbour City, duration of journey is approx 15 minutes. Visit the Imperial War Museum North where your group will have a personal welcome before exploring this fascinating and dramatic museum. Stroll across the bridge to The Lowry (free coach parking) where your group will have a building tour, including a backstage tour of the theatres (performances and rehearsals permitting) and a Gallery Welcome Tour, where the friendly informed assistants introduce the group to the current exhibition and help you to understand the works of LS Lowry. PM - After lunch choose to visit either the Lowry Outlet Mall for some retail therapy with discount vouchers available or alternatively visit the Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour for a behind the scenes look at this famous football club. Return to the city centre by Metrolink for dinner or alternatively transfer to your next destination…

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Slattery’s Patissier and Chocolatier

Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal

Greater Manchester Itinerary Whether you arrive morning or afternoon, adapt itinerary to suit your schedule.

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Day 2

Day 2

AM - Venture beyond the city centre for less than £3 one-way to Greater Manchester’s Countryside, easily reached within 15 minutes by train. The countryside costs nothing to explore, with superb walking trails and routes through Haigh and Smithills Country Parks in Bolton and the Peak District National Park bordering Stockport.

AM - Head north of the city to Bury Market for a unique shopping experience where you can buy the best black pudding in the world! It is a very large traditional market in a modern setting making it a great day out for individuals and groups.

AM - Start your morning at the ultimate getaway destination at the Trafford Quays Leisure Village. Choose from a variety of unique experiences from practising your golf swing at Playgolf, gliding down the 180m real snow indoor ski slope at Chill Factore, or scoring some goals at the Powerleague Soccer Dome.

Whilst visiting Smithills Country Park, head to Smithills Hall. One of Bolton’s original and most impressive family homes, it is a Grade I listed building, full of history and drama. Containing fine examples of architecture through the ages, from Medieval and Tudor right through to Victorian times, the hall is set in formal gardens next to the West Pennine Moors. For more information visit www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/smithillshall Bolton is a culturally diverse town, so whilst you’re there why not experience an afternoon out that’s a little bit different. PM - Later in the day visit the Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal. This arts and cultural centre hides a superb decorative ceiling that interprets the Hindu faith. The shrine is a magnificent focal point and is carved out of solid hardwood with intricate floral designs embellished with real gold leaf. Displayed within the shrine are three pure white marble idols. Some say it is Bolton’s very own Sistine Chapel. For more information call 0161 280 3508. 46

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Whilst in Bury, groups will not want to pass up the opportunity to visit the familyrun Slattery’s Patissier and Chocolatier. Pick up home-made chocolates, freshly baked cakes, preserves and other treats. Alternatively, book a chocolate demonstration workshop taking approximately 2½ hours, ending with a delicious box of handmade chocolates to take home - ideal for groups. There’s also the renowned café upstairs for lunch or afternoon tea. For more information call 0161 767 9303 or visit www.slattery.co.uk PM - From Bury travel to Stockport and step back in time at the Hat Works where groups can discover the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry. Visitors can experience the world of hatting from its humble beginnings in the cottage industry to the mass production of the early 19th century when hat manufacturing was a thriving industry with over 100 hat factories and businesses in the area. For more information call 0161 355 7770 or visit ww.hatworks.org.uk

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head over the road to The Trafford Centre and grab a bite to eat in one of the 60 restaurants, cafes and bars within The Orient. PM - Once refuelled, a 20 minute drive away will find you at Sportcity, the largest concentration of sporting venues in Europe. Here you will find the Velodrome, official home of the British Cycling Team. Hire yourself a bicycle and helmet and practise on the professional track. If that’s too much exercise for one day, catch Manchester City FC playing at the City of Manchester Stadium. Tickets are available for most games and can be bought on the day. Outside of the football season the stadium hosts major national and international football events as well as summer concerts. There are more than enough reasons to get your group down to Sportcity! For more information call 0161 223 2244 or visit www.sportcity-manchester.com


World of Beatrix Potter

Chester Racecourse

The Lake District

Northwest Itinerary With Manchester in the heart of the Northwest, take a couple of days to explore the best on offer.

Day 1: Chester

Day 3: TheLakeDistrict

AM - Depart from Manchester Piccadilly to Chester, duration of journey approx. 1hr.

AM - Depart for the Lake District from Manchester Piccadilly to Oxenholme, with a journey time of just over 1hr.

Only 20 minutes walk from Chester railway station you will come across Chester Boat - River Cruises. These sightseeing cruises are a great way to appreciate the beauty and character of ancient Chester. However, if you prefer to stay on dry land, take a Roman soldier escorted tour of the city to learn about the early history.

The Lake District is the most famous National Park in England. With its inspiring landscapes of mountains and lakes, pretty villages, waterfalls - it is the perfect place to tour or enjoy fell or mountain walking.

PM - If you are lucky enough to arrive in Chester on one of the famous race days then head to Chester Racecourse dressed to impress. The thudding of the horses on the turf is echoed by the thud of the chariot racing and the marching of the gladiators and centurions, a fitting tribute to Chester’s Roman heritage. Chester Races - 2010 dates • May Festival, 5 -7 May • Roman Day, 22 May • Ladies Evening, 25 June • Midsummer Meeting, 26 June • Ladies’ & Gents’ Evening, 9 July • Totesport Day, 10 July • Family Funday, 01 August • Totesport Summer Festival, 21 August • September Weekend, 10 - 11 September • Summer Finale, 25 September Stay at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Spa, one of the city’s exclusive, world-renowned hotels offering a luxury spa experience and award-winning dining. For more information go to www.visitchester.com

Day 2: Liverpool AM - Depart Chester for the 45 minute journey to Liverpool. Upon arriving in Liverpool, head to the Albert Dock, where numerous attractions are waiting to be explored. The Tate Liverpool offers modern and contemporary art from 1900 to present. During gallery opening hours, the Tate offers a comprehensive tour and talks programme for any group, large or small. Afterwards, head to The Beatles Story and discover the fascinating history of the famous ‘fab four’. The world-famous museum devoted to John, Paul, George and Ringo documents the Beatles’ rise to fame through the living history audio guide, available in seven languages. PM - Check out the latest addition to Liverpool’s shopping quarters at Liverpool ONE, offering more than 160 famous high street stores, ultra-hip fashion brands, cool independent boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Afterwards take time out to visit The Leisure Terrace overlooking Chavasse Park, the restaurants and cafes there offer the perfect retreat from a hard day’s shopping. In the evening, either take the 50 minute train journey back to Manchester or visit one of Liverpool’s impressive theatres. For more information on go to www.visitliverpool.com

Upon arriving discover the real Miss Potter at the World of Beatrix Potter, the only Beatrix Potter themed attraction in Europe. The attraction includes all 23 tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells Afterwards why not head to the home of another famous inhabitant. The Wordsworth Trust was once the inspirational home of William Wordsworth between 1799 and 1808. Visit his beautiful Lakeland Cottage, glimpse important artworks and experience a wide range of special events and exhibitions that run throughout the year. PM - Head to Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District and take a trip on England’s largest lake. Windermere Lake Cruises offer boat rides from 45 minutes to three hours and have sailings everyday from Bowness, Lakeside and Ambleside. For more information go to www.golakes.co.uk

Day 4: Lancashire&Blackpool AM - Depart from the Lake District and head towards Blackpool, duration of journey is approx. 1 hour, 20 minutes. Upon arriving in Blackpool, see some familiar faces at the recently refurbished Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. Visitors will find themselves mixing with a host of famous and infamous faces. When lunchtime beckons experience the sumptuous elegance of High Tea in the Tower Ballroom. Afterwards put on your dancing shoes and take to the floor to the sounds of the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. If you’re not feeling energetic, sit back and watch the award winning Tower Circus and let the acrobats do all the Phard work! PM - Spend the afternoon discovering the area of Morecambe. Situated on the edge of the famed Morecambe Bay, it is once again becoming one of the nation’s best loved seaside resorts. Whilst there, visit the Morecambe Winter Gardens and check out the extensive list of events they have planned from lively pantomime to spooky overnight paranormal investigations! Continue your exploration with a walk along the Promenade, where you’ll soon come upon the famous Eric Morecambe Statue. In the evening no visit to Blackpool would be complete without a visit to one of Blackpool’s fabulous shows. However, if you’re visiting during the Illuminations period, a drive down the ‘prom’ is a must before you head back to Manchester. For more information go to www.visitlancashire.com www.visitmanchester.com/traveltrade

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0871 222 5502 email - grouptravel@britanniahotels.com BRITANNIA HOTELS SPINDLES HEALTH & LEISURE CLUB is the ideal location to unwind and relax. Take time out with a gentle swim in the heated indoor swimming pool, or why not try our sauna, steam room or jacuzzi.  For the more energetic individuals, we have a selection of the latest Gym equipment so you can keep fit with a workout session. Spindles is open throughout the Day, and resident entry is only

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Where to Stay

Turn your visit to Greater Manchester into a longer stay, there’s plenty of accommodation options available. Manchester has achieved an international reputation as a vibrant and dynamic leisure destination. This could not have happened without the quality accommodation to go with it. Wherever you choose to stay in Manchester, you can book with confidence. Expect the highest standards of service, facilities and comfort. From the vibrant city centre, bustling market towns or quiet spots in the middle of the countryside, Greater Manchester has something to suit all tastes and budgets with many hotels offering great group rates all year round. All types of accommodation, including hotels and guest accommodation (B&Bs, guesthouses etc), are now assessed to the same criteria and awarded one to five stars. The more stars the higher the quality. If you prefer to spend your money on restaurants, shops and souvenirs, then

you should check out the wide range of budget hotels available. Budget accommodation such as Premier Travel Inn, which includes roadside or lodge style accommodation, do not have a star rating. Ratings made easy: Simple, practical, no frills ★ ★★ Well presented and well run ★★★ Good level of quality & comfort ★★★★ Excellent standard throughout ★★★★★ Exceptional with a degree of luxury

How to Book Go to www.visitmanchester.com for a huge selection of accommodation in Greater Manchester. Real-time availability and online pricing make it easier than ever to book your accommodation. Alternatively, contact the team at the visitor information centre who can provide advice and assistance with your booking. Call +44 (0)871 222 8223 or email touristinformation@visitmanchester.com Isn’t it about time your group visited Greater Manchester?

For more information on star ratings visit www.enjoyengland.com Over the next few pages, you’ll find a selection of accommodation. More detailed information about accommodation facilities is available online at www.visitmanchester.com

Book your accommodation in Manchester Use our FREE online booking service www.visitmanchester.com or call the tourist information centre on +44 (0)871 222 8223

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0161 907 7414 ★ Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre ★ ★chancellors@manchester.ac.uk Chancellors Way,Off Moseley Road, Manchester M14 6NN

www.meeting.co.uk/chancellors

Chancellors offers a great location, set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens, built around a country house, and ideally placed for access to Manchester city centre and to motorways for day trips. The food at Chancellors is fantastic, and the chefs are happy to provide packed lunches for groups planning visits and trips through the day. Guests have access to the hotel bar and restaurant, and the on site conference facilities are ideal for any meeting requirements your group may have. • Great location for access to motorways for day trips.

Pre-booking required Languages Spoken Driver/guide concessions ✓

Packed lunches Tea room/café

Restaurant Leisure Facilities Evening Entertainment

Disabled access

Lift Study area

• ‘Get away from it all’ environment, yet very close to Manchester city centre.

Coach parking on-site 250m Distance to coach parking Coach drop-off/pick up point

• 24 hour reception.

69 Total number of rooms 0

Ground floor rooms

25 Double rooms

Group rates (Per person, per night, based on two people sharing): B&B Mon-Thu: From £55 (inc. dinner £69) Single supplement: £n/a B&B Fri-Sat: From £55 (inc.dinner £69) Group size: Min 15, Max 69

Hilton Chambers ★ 15 Hilton Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1JJ

5

Twin rooms

39 Single rooms

0800 083 0236 groups@hattersgroup.com www.hattersgroup.com

The Award Winning Hatters Group boasts two key properties in Manchester which include Hilton Chambers and Hatters. The Group is listed as Lonely Planets Top 5 Picks and Hostel World voted us the second best hostel chain in the world! Our efforts have also been recognised by BETA. Our accommodation is safe and secure. Each agent will have a dedicated group co-ordinator to look after their requirements. • High quality, clean and safe dormitory accommodation with large living areas and self catering facilities.

Pre-booking required

Languages Spoken

Driver/guide concessions

Packed lunches

Tea room/café Restaurant Leisure Facilities

Evening Entertainment (on request) Disabled access Lift

• Excellent customer care with knowledgeable staff who will also book excursion and group meals.

Study area

Coach parking on-site

• Only 5 minutes from all major transport links.

Distance to coach parking Coach drop-off/pick up point

32 Total number of rooms

Group rates (All rates are negotiable depending on size and length of stay): B&B Mon-Thu: From £12 - £14 Single supplement: £20 B&B Fri-Sat: From £22 - £35 Group size: Min 8, Max 80

Novotel Manchester West★ ★ ★ Worsley Brow, Worsley, Manchester M28 2YA

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Ground floor rooms

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Triple rooms

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Double/twin rooms

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Single rooms

152 Dormitory beds

0161 799 3535 h0907-re@accor.com www.novotel.com ✓ 6

Pre-booking required

Driver/guide concessions

Packed lunches

Tea room/café

Restaurant

Leisure Facilities

Evening Entertainment

• Free on site secure car & coach parking.

Disabled access

Lift

• Large lounge & reception area with complimentary use of Imac and Xbox.

A spacious and contemporary 3 star hotel situated in the heart of Worsley Village, a few minutes walk from the Bridgewater canal. A haven to nearby bustling Salford Quays, Old Trafford, the Trafford Centre and Manchester City Centre. The hotel provides the complete range of facilities the business and Leisure traveller has come to expect from a full service hotel. Situated at Junction 13 of the M60 for easy access to all Northwest attractions, with free on site car parking.

• Complimentary use of the fitness room and outdoor heated pool (open May to September).

Languages Spoken

Study area Coach parking on-site Distance to coach parking Coach drop-off/pick up point 119 Total number of rooms 37 Ground floor rooms

Group rates (Per person, per night, based on two people sharing): B&B Mon-Thu: From £22 (inc. dinner £32) Single supplement: £12 B&B Fri-Sat: From £19 (inc.dinner £29) Group size: Min 15, Max 120

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Radisson Edwardian ★★★★★ Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP

0161 835 9929 resmanc@radissonedwardian.com www.radissonedwardian.com/manchester

The hotel features outstanding leisure and dining facilities, including two restaurants - the lavish Opus One and the more relaxed Alto. Opus One Restaurant and Bar is famed for its modern British cuisine made from local ingredients. It’s buzzy cocktail bar plays on a ‘glamorous Manhattan’ theme and provides the perfect destination to sip cocktails and relax. For pampering, try out Sienna Spa with top-of-the range treatments, a fully equipped gym and swimming pool. • Luxury without pretention, the award-wining hotel has been recognised for its quality, style and service. • Situated in the heart of the city, offering guests 263 indulgent rooms containing everything expected from a hotel of the finest calibre. • Luxurious bedrooms and suites, two restaurants, a spa with pool and outstanding meetings and conferencing facilities.

Pre-booking required

Languages Spoken Driver/guide concessions

Packed lunches

Tea room/café

Restaurant

Leisure Facilities Evening Entertainment

Disabled access

Lift

Study area Coach parking on-site

800m Distance to coach parking ✓

Coach drop-off/pick up point

263 Total number of rooms 0

Ground floor rooms

51 Twin rooms

Group rates (Per person, per night, based on two people sharing): B&B Mon-Thu: From £50 Single supplement: n/a B&B Fri-Sat: From £70 Group size: No Min, No Max

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Single rooms

0844 815 9024 Ramada Manchester Piccadilly ★★★ sales.manchesterpiccadilly@ramadajarvis.co.uk www.ramadajarvis.co.uk/manchester

Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PH

An impressive large hotel located in the heart of the city centre. Overlooking Piccadilly gardens so centrally located with excellent transport links. The hotel boasts 280 modern and contemporary bedrooms and excellent restaurant and bar facility on the 3rd floor. The hotel also has 12 impressive conference rooms suitable to hold from 2 to 700 people.

Languages Spoken ✓

Driver/guide concessions

Packed lunches Tea room/café Restaurant Leisure Facilities Evening Entertainment

• Fantastic Central Location. • 280 bedrooms. •

Pre-booking required

Disabled access

Lift Study area

Newly refurbished hotel.

Coach parking on-site 300m Distance to coach parking

Ramada Jarvis won 2008 Award for Best Group Accomodation at the Group Leisure Awards.

Coach drop-off/pick up point 280 Total number of rooms 186 Double rooms 0

Single rooms

Group rates (Per person, per night, based on two people sharing): B&B Mon-Thu: From £80 (inc. dinner £90) Single supplement: £20 B&B Fri-Sat: From £60 (inc. dinner £70) Group size: Min 9, No Max

0871 942 9055 Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport ★★★★ reservations-manchesterairport@ihg.com Ringway Road, Manchester M90 3NS

www.crowneplaza.com/manchesterap The four-star Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport offers the perfect combination of style, service and facilities. Award winning customer service, an array of dining options and 24-hour residents gym makes this hotel the ideal gateway to the attractions of the Northwest. Following a multi-million pound refurbishment Crowne Plaza continues to invest with the launch of Sleep Advantage during 2010. Enhanced bedding and linen, luxury sleep amenities and guaranteed wake up calls are some of the features your guests will enjoy. • Easily accessible by motorway with complimentary on-site coach parking for residential groups by arrangement. • Close to many local attractions including Concorde, Tatton Park and Manchester United. • Extensive range of bar & dining options plus 24 hour gym and sauna.

Pre-booking required

Languages Spoken

Driver/guide concessions

Packed lunches

Tea room/café

Restaurant

Leisure Facilities Evening Entertainment

Disabled access

Lift Study area

Coach parking on-site Distance to coach parking

Coach drop-off/pick up point

294 Total number of rooms 53 Ground floor rooms 72 Twin rooms: 72

Group rates (Per person, per night, based on two people sharing): B&B Mon-Thu: From £28 (inc. dinner £43) Single supplement: £25 B&B Fri-Sat: From £23 (inc. dinner £38) Group size: Min 10, Max 200

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Manchester Airport Your gateway to the North of England Situated in the heart of the UK, Manchester’s award-winning airport prides itself on being one of the world’s busiest and friendliest. As the largest UK airport outside of London, Manchester Airport handles over 19 million passengers per year. Its facilities are world class with three terminals, two runways, over 250 check-in desks and 65 airline operators. The £35m investment in the redevelopment of Terminal 1 saw the unveiling of stylish new retail outlets and restaurants as well as increased security lanes, to make your journey through the airport much easier. If Manchester is your gateway to exploring the many attractions the North of England has to offer, or alternatively the venue for a connecting flight, why not take advantage of the fantastic offers available from the array of hotels located on the doorstep of Manchester Airport. From budget to four star luxury, these hotels make for a perfect take off or touch down.

Ground handlers Below are some of the largest and established wholesale tour operators who specialise in bringing visitors to the UK. They can provide assistance with ground arrangements such as accommodation booking and transfers along with other destination management related services. Organisation

Telephone

Website

Discover Travel & Tours

+44 (0)870 290 1010

www.discovertravelandtours.com

Europe Incoming

+44 (0)208 994 5001

www.europeincoming.com

Evan Evans Tours (US)

+44 (0)207 950 1777

www.evanevanstours.co.uk

Great Days (Greater Manchester)

+44 (0)161 928 9966

www.greatdays.co.uk

GTA (Gullivers Travel Associates)

+44 (0) 207 716 2400

www.gta-travel.com

JAC Travel

+44 (0)20 8563 7878

www.jaconline.com

Kuoni Destination Management

+44 (0) 20 7734 7061

www.kuoni-dmc.com

MIKI Travel

+44 (0)207 507 5000

www.miki.co.uk

Saltours

+44 (0)207 724 7711

www.saltours.com

Select Travel (US)

+44 (0) 1480 455 850

www.selecttravel.com

Sovereign Tourism (US)

+44 (0)20 7491 2323

www.sovereigntourism.com

Travco

+44 (0)207 739 3333

www.travco.co.uk

Wiseguides (Manchester based)

+44 (0)161 773 0692

www.wiseguides.co.uk

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Welcoming you to Manchester Manchester Airport serves as a convenient base for travel around Greater Manchester and is easily accessible by all forms of transport. When you arrive at Manchester Airport, head for The Station, a £60million ground transport interchange which brings rail, coach, bus and taxi under one roof, offering frequent and direct transport services to Manchester city centre, York, Leeds, Windermere, Blackpool and Newcastle to name but a few. State of the art technology with an impressive ticket sales facility provides up-to-date travel; visitors will enjoy a relaxing introduction to the region. A first-rate train service operates from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly railway station operating every 10 minutes, with a journey time of approximately 15-20 minutes, taking you direct to the city centre. Alternatively pick up a hire car at the airport and take to the open roads of Greater Manchester. The airport is linked directly to the UK’s motorway network at junction 5 off the M6 - perfect for your group to explore the region and enjoy a hassle-free trip!

Distance graph 1km = 0.62 miles Chester 230 Carlisle 278 120 Durham 386 158 224 Edinburgh 134 366 402 522 Holyhead 218 274 206 430 353 Hull 158 76 116 232 291 264 132 203 135 358 266 97 32 203 258 358 163 206 71 195 211 350 196 156 246 153 46 308 378 143 302 97 27 248 428 228 89 144 178 300 222 196 124 276 188 432 254 106 276 171 20 221 403 198 178 189 121 343 309 61 310 504 446 658 452 302

Kendal 114 Leeds 128 119 Liverpool 119 71 56 Manchester 135 101 232 184 Middlesbrough 164 151 282 232 62 Newcastle Upon Tyne 69 110 58 52 166 244 Preston 201 58 128 63 159 209 134 Sheffield 151 147 271 212 44 21 213 208 Sunderland 146 39 164 114 80 142 155 92 133 York 430 319 346 325 409 459 359 270 444 340 London

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Scheduled flights Over 190 destinations worldwide are served from this international hub and a comprehensive European and domestic air network enables visitors to use the city as a convenient base for transfers to the rest of the UK, Europe and further afield. In fact, it has never been simpler, or cheaper, to fly to Manchester, with an array of competitive fares and direct flights offered by major US, UK and European airlines on a daily basis. For further details of the many airlines that fly into Manchester, visit www.manchesterairport.co.uk

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DOMESTIC SCHEDULED FLIGHTS

INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULED FLIGHTS

Aberdeen bmi Belfast - International bmibaby Belfast - City Flybe Cork bmibaby, Aer Lingus Dublin Aer Lingus, Ryanair Edinburgh bmi, Flybe Exeter Flybe Galway Aer Arann Glasgow bmi, Flybe Guernsey Aurigny, Flybe Isle of Man Flybe Jersey bmibaby, Flybe Kerry Aer Arann Knock bmibaby London - Gatwick British Airways London - Heathrow bmi, British Airways Newquay bmibaby, Air Southwest Norwich Flybe Plymouth Air Southwest Shannon Ryanair Sligo Aer Arann Southampton Flybe Waterford Aer Arann

Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways Alicante Thomson, Monarch Scheduled, Jet2.com, bmibaby, easyJet Almeria Monarch Scheduled Amsterdam KLM, bmibaby Antwerp VLM Athens Olympic Airlines, easyjet Atlanta Delta Air Lines Barbados Virgin Atlantic Barcelona Monarch Scheduled, bmibaby Basel Swiss International Air Lines Bergerac Flybe Billund British Airways Bordeaux bmibaby Bratislava SkyEurope Brest Flybe Brussels Flybe, Brussels Airlines, Ryanair Budapest Jet2.com Calgary Flyglobespan Chambery Jet2.com Chicago American Airlines Cologne TUIfly Copenhagen SAS Crete easyJet Dalaman Kibris Turkish Airlines, Jet2.com Doha Qatar Airways Dubai Emirates Dusseldorf Flybe, Lufthansa Faro Jet2.com, Monarch Scheduled Frankfurt Flybe, Lufthansa

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Geneva

bmibaby, Jet2.com, Saudi Arabian Airlines, easyJet, Swiss International Air Lines Gothenburg City Airline Hamburg Lufthansa Hanover Flybe Helsinki Finnair Islamabad Air Blue, Pakistan International Airlines Istanbul Turkish Airlines Jeddah Saudia Arabian Airlines Karachi Pakistan International Airlines Lahore Pakistan International Airlines Lanzarote Monarch Scheduled, Jet2.com Larnaca Cyprus Airways, easyJet La Rochelle Flybe Las Palmas Thomson Lisbon bmibaby Luxembourg VLM Lyon bmi Malaga bmibaby, Jet2.com, easyJet, Monarch Scheduled, Thomson Malta Air Malta, easyJet Marrakech Thomson Menorca Monarch Scheduled Milan Flybe Munich Lufthansa Murcia Jet2.com, Monarch Scheduled Naples Thomson New York (Newark) Continental Airlines New York (JFK) Delta Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines

Nice Niedderhein Olbia Orlando Oslo Paderborn Palma Mallorca

Jet2.com Ryanair Jet2.com Virgin Atlantic SAS Air Berlin bmibaby, Monarch Scheduled, Jet2.com Paphos Cyprus Airways, easyJet Paris Air France, Flybe Perpignan bmibaby Philadelphia US Airways Pisa Jet2.com Prague bmibaby, CSA Czech Airlines Rennes Flybe Rome Jet2.com Rotterdam VLM Reykjavik Icelandair Riyadh Saudi Arabian Airlines Salzburg Thomson Sharm El Sheik Jet2.com Singapore Singapore Airlines Sofia Bulgaria Air, easyJet Stockholm SAS Stuttgart TUIFly Tel Aviv Thomson, Jet2.com Tenerife Monarch Scheduled, Jet2.com, easyJet Tolouse bmibaby Toronto Air Transat Tripoli Libyan Arab Vancouver Air Transat, Flyglobespan Zurich Swiss International Air Lines


Special Offers Manchester offers great value for money with free attractions, transport, events and special offers. Ensure your group gets the most out of their visit with the range of offers and helpful hints outlined below. Looking for a bargain?

Free Travel...

Bolton group offers:

There are more than enough opportunities to get your retail therapy in Manchester; however for bargain hunters the best time to visit is during the sales season which is early January and throughout the summer. However, for year-round bargains, head to the Lowry Outlet Mall. Here, you’ll not only benefit from up to 70% off high street names but also receive special discount vouchers for group trips. In addition, group organisers and coach drivers receive a £10 shopping voucher.

The Metroshuttle is Manchester city centre’s free bus service operating on three circular routes covering all areas of the city centre, linking hotels, attractions, shopping areas, bus and train stations. Service run throughout the day every 5-10 minutes, so you can hop on and off as you wish!

Bolton Market and Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park offer free coach parking and free lunch vouchers for coach drivers. Whilst Market Place Shopping Centre offers free coach parking, refreshment vouchers for your party and a free £5 voucher for the coach driver. For more information on special offers and group travel in Bolton, visit www.visitbolton.com/grouptravel or call 01204 332853.

If you love Manchester, you’ll love the Manchester Gift Shop Free museum and galleries within Greater Manchester:

Feeling Peckish? Many of the Chinatown restaurants have all-you-can-eat buffets and offpeak discounts for authentic Chinese cuisine. There are also lots of meal deals available all over the city centre, with set prices for two or three courses, early bird and group discounts. However, if you’re going to see a show at one of Manchester’s eclectic theatres, don’t miss the many pre-theatre meal deals that are available at a selection of hotels and restaurants.

Chinese Arts Centre Cube Hat Works Heaton Hall Imperial War Museum North John Rylands Library The Lowry Manchester Art Gallery Manchester Jewish Museum Manchester Museum Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) People’s History Museum Salford Museum and Art Gallery Smithills Hall Whitworth Art Gallery Working Class Movement Library

Shop online at www.visitmanchester.com/giftshop and receive 10% discount by typing in the promotion code ‘GROUPS’

Shop, snow & stay

Before you visit Manchester go to www.visitmanchester.com/specialoffers for hotel packages, 2-4-1 offers, discounted menus, bargain theatre tickets and more!

For only £115 two adults and two children can enjoy a snow activity (tubing or luge) at Chill Factore, a discount book containing 40 amazing offers for you to enjoy in the shopping delights of The Trafford Centre and an overnight stay with breakfast at the Premier Inn Trafford Centre West. For full details visit www.traffordquaysleisurevillage.co.uk

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Keep in touch Stay in the know with everything Manchester has to offer. Sign up for our e-newletters, follow us on Twitter, meet us at trade fairs or simply browse our website. We are happy to assist in any way we can.

Travel Trade exhibitions & events Visit Manchester’s Travel Trade team are always out and about, visit us at one of the shows we will be attending below: •

Great Days Out Fair, Bolton, 13 February 2010 - trade & consumer.

ITB, Berlin, 10-14 March 2010 - trade & consumer.

Best of Britain & Ireland (BOBI), Olympia, London, 18-21 March 2010 - trade & consumer.

Destination Britain & Ireland, Dubai, 10-13 May 2010 - trade.

World Travel Market, Excel, London, 8-11 November 2010 - trade.

Travel Trade website & e-newsletter www.visitmanchester.com/traveltrade is a ‘one-stop-shop’ aimed at the travel trade which includes itinerary ideas, latest news and developments, images as well as details on hotels, attractions and other products. To be added onto our mailing list, complete your details at www.themanchestertouristboard.com/ traveltrade/e-newsletter and receive quarterly trade e-newsletters which include up-to-date destination, events and Visit Manchester information

Social Networking Keep up-to-date with what’s happening, where and when in Manchester through social networking. Become a fan of Visit Manchester on Facebook, follow our tweets on Twitter and be the first to see

photos, videos and articles from the latest attractions and events happening in the city on The Visit Manchester Blog. Facebook www.facebook.com/visitmanchester Twitter www.twitter.com/visit_mcr Blog www.visitmanchester.posterous.com Please get in touch with the Visit Manchester Travel Trade Team with any queries: Anh Nguyen (International) T: +44 (0)161 238 4550 E: anh.nguyen@visitmanchester.com Emma White (North America based in New York) T: +1 212 850 0348 E: emma.white@visitbritain.org

WIN a summer cultural break for two which includes: • • • • •

Two nights B&B at the five star Radisson Edwardian Hotel Tickets to a show at the Lowry Theatre Tickets to the ‘Da Vinci - The Genius’ exhibition at MOSI Lunch with wine at The John Rylands Library ‘Totally Tatton’ Tickets to Tatton Park (Terms & Conditions apply)

WIN a Christmas break for two, which includes: • • • •

Two nights B&B at the three star Ramada Piccadilly Vochers for the famous Christmas Markets A meal for two at the Hard Rock Café Lunch for two at People’s History Museum

For your chance to win one of these fantastic prizes, log on to www.visitmanchester.com/groupscompetition and enter your details.

(Terms & Conditions apply)

Winner - Congratulations to Maxim Pitirimov from London who won an exciting trip to Manchester from last years Groups Guide 2009.

We hope you have found this guide informative and we will look forward to welcoming you to Manchester in 2010!

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we’ll make it happen... For more than 75 years and Coaches has developed the experience and professionalism that now drives our travel and transport services. The care of a family-run efficiency of a well-organised business, and the broad range of services we provide form the basis of our success is providing With Bullocks Coaches, you enjoy quality and service delivered by the smart, friendly, informed drivers of our fleet of modern, comfortable, luxury coaches. Whether it’s the school run, a day trip, a corporate event, or holiday, you can be sure that travelling with Bullocks will always be a pleasure.

Bullocks Coaches Commercial Garage, Stockport Road, Cheadle, Stockport, SK8 2AG

Tel: 0161 428 5265 or 0161 428 2423 Fax: 0161 428 9074 Email: coachinfo@bullockscoaches.com Web: bullockscoaches.com


Opening early 2010! If your group is visiting Manchester in 2010 then why not include a visit to the new People’s History Museum? Come and see this iconic new building and learn about the history of the fight for democracy. Visit our shop for unique gifts and enjoy a cup of tea in our new cafÊ, complete with the sunniest riverside terrace in Manchester! Tours available for groups. Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER 0161 838 9190 | info@phm.org.uk | www.phm.org.uk

Manchester Group Travel Guide 2010  

Manchester Groups Travel Guide 2010

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