AUTUMN/WINTER EVENTS 2017
Welcome to Manchester An introduction to our guide and the city of Manchester
Stockport - A Day Out Seven minutes from Piccadilly, we explore this remarkable town
First Street - Manchester This new quarter promises culture and entertainment
Whatâ€™s on? Autumn and Winter highlights coming to Greater Manchester
Free Buses and the Trams Get about the city with these great hop-on hop-off services
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A festive season of events and activities to keep you and your family entertained Welcome to our winter/autumn guide to unlocking all that Manchester has to offer, whether you are resident or a visitor to our city, there is a lot to do. September saw the Arena re-open with the huge concert ‘We are Manchester’ celebrating some of the city’s best musicians and international artists. The event was a fundraiser towards the building of a permanent memorial, maybe within Victoria Station, to the victims of the attack in May 2017. However, Manchester is not one to dwell upon the past and the coming festive season will no doubt see friends and loved ones reunited and out-and-about in what is a very busy city. In this issue we take a look at Stockport and discover that it has a wealth of visitor attractions and a food and drink scene that is challenging the best of the city centre. Up-market restaurants ‘Where the Light Gets In’ and ‘The Allotment’ will excite your taste buds or try the popular street food celebration that is ‘Foodie Fridays’. Stockport is steeped in history and we can recommend a visit to the illuminating ‘Strawberry I am in Love’ exhibition, at Staircase House, examining the impact of this important Manchester recording studio.
There are several other museums of note such as the Stockport Art Museum, the Air Raid Shelters and The Hat Works (Britain’s only hatting museum). Back in city centre we explore First Street, off Whitworth St West, which is fast becoming the ‘hot’ place to be seen. Whether visiting HOME, trying the excellent food at Wood or the Indian Tiffin Room, or you just fancy a few rounds of indoor Crazy Golf at Junk Yard Golf. 3 Our autumn/winter calendar lists some of the interesting and exciting activities coming in the next few months highlighting many theatre, music and special events all well worth checking out. I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all seasons greetings and I am confident that you will have fun exploring this great city. Nick Coulthurst - Editor unlockmanchester.com @unlockmcr Edition No. 6 - October 2017 Copyright Unlock Publishing
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Stockport - a Day Out A ‘hop, skip and a jump’ from Manchester the town is full of visitor attractions
Stockport is seven miles out of Manchester or just seven minutes away on the fast train from Piccadilly Station. This short journey offers a panoramic vista of the town from the lofty heights of the famous viaduct, a major feature of Victorian engineering constructed of 11 million bricks, making it one of the 4 largest brick structures in the world. Stockport has its fair share of unique and landmark buildings from the contemporary blue glass pyramid, overlooking the M60, to the iconic 1930s Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre with its distinctive red neon sign blazing down over Mersey Square. It is one the finest examples of Art Deco cinemas in the country. While the town is more traditionally known for its industrial history and heritage celebrated in attractions such as the Hatworks (the UK’s only hatting museum), the Air Raid Shelters, the country’s largest purpose-built civilian shelter, and Staircase House, the towns oldest medieval townhouse with its rare Jacobean staircase, it is Stockport’s contemporary history that is now driving the town in a new direction.
As the birthplace of many creative people who have made their mark in the music, art and film Stockport is at last asserting its own cultural identity and emerging out of the shadows of Manchester. From 1967 to 1993, Stockport was home to the world-renowned Strawberry Recording Studios pioneered by Eric Stewart, of 10cc fame, who named it after one of his favourite Beatles’ songs ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. 10cc famously recorded their multimillion selling worldwide hit ‘I’m Not in Love’ at Strawberry and the studios influenced popular music on a global scale establishing a reputation as the ‘Abbey Road of the North’. Eric Stewart was a musical innovator who centred his career around the town and remembers it affectionately - “Stockport has a huge place in my memories and the history of English music would haven’t been the same if 10cc hadn’t created their many hits at Strawberry Studios”
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Perhaps what is less well known is the important role that the town has played in Manchester’s musical history with many of the city’s most famous bands such as, Joy Division, New Order and The Stone Roses recording their early music with legendary producer Martin Hannett at Strawberry. It is here too that The Smiths recorded their ground-breaking singles ‘Hand in Glove’ and ‘This Charming Man’. Today the studios are offices and a blue plaque marks its contribution to popular music and the Stockport story.
The studios 50th anniversary is being celebrated with the exhibition ‘Strawberry I am in Love’, at Staircase House, which has attracted visitors from across the globe [runs until 29th January 2018].
above: Stockport Plaza (c) melissiapps.co.uk
Walking through the large Merseyway shopping centre, with its proliferation of chain stores, you can be forgiven for thinking that this is just another ‘clone town’. However, quickly you will discover the secret side of Stockport with its quirky cobbled streets, stunning architecture and wealth of independent shops. It is experiencing a revival in its food and drink with interesting restaurants, ale houses and cafés, such as the Lord of Pies or the 1930s Plaza Café delivering exciting tipples and diverse menus.
The last Friday of each month sees the Market Place hosting ‘Foodie Fridays’ a festival of all things food and drink. This is street food at its best and here you sample everything from a Massaman Curry to a classic pizza accompanied by some excellent local beers. Celebrating the real ale culture of the town, the ever-popular Bakers Vaults has been joined by The Petersgate Tap specialising in local craft ales and Remedy Bar and Brewhouse with its in-house microbrewery, continues the town’s legacy of centuries of brewing tradition.
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Just around the corner is Robinsons’ Brewery Visitor’s Centre, a must-see attraction featuring the largest hopnik in the world. Its exhibition documents the fascinating history of one of the oldest names in British brewing history. Chef Samuel Buckley opened ‘Where the Light Gets In’, to enormous critical acclaim, in an old coffee warehouse. Its name is drawn from huge windows that light the dining area and open kitchen. There is no menu as Sam simply creates dishes from the day’s fresh catch, harvest or slaughter.
The Allotment is another great find; this fine dining vegan restaurant is headed up by chef Matthew Nutter. Located on a steep cobbled street a visit here will certainly excite your taste buds and open your eyes to some amazing vegan dishes. These restaurants along with the Foodie Friday’s extravaganza have won awards at the acclaimed Manchester Food & Drink Festival. above: Ukele Players in Market Place Stockport Old Town Fringe Festival
For film buffs the Stockport Plaza has to be visited and not just to see a film or show, the ‘behind the scenes tour’ gives unequalled access to this fully restored classic era 1930s entertainment venue. We also recommend taking a stroll upstairs and experiencing ‘Afternoon Tea’ in the glorious Art Deco Plaza Café. Seven Miles Out, on Market Place, is a community driven creative arts centre. Its spaces are used by many events held in the old town such as Foodie Fridays, A Laugh in Stockport (ALIS) and is a live music venue [sevenmilesoutarts.co.uk]. The remarkable Stockport Market is the heart of the old town and is a stunning Victorian iron frame and glass construction. Open all week, with busy traders, it is also used for special events such as the monthly Vintage Village [2nd Sundays].
Among the fairs many stalls you can discover wealth of authentic vintage clothing, accessories, household items and curios. The concentrated focus of food, drink and entertainment is shaping an exciting new future for Stockport and attracting many visitors who had never thought of spending their leisure time in the town. In the words of Frank Sidebottom depicted in the mural on the wall of Seven Miles Out, “Stockport is really fantastic, you know it is, it really is.” Come and find out why.
above: Stockport Market Hall Market Place, Stockport
Stockport Museums Whether you’re looking for things to see at Stockport Museum, exploring the Air Raid Shelters, taking a trip of discovery at Staircase House or visitng the magnificent Bramall Hall, there’s a host of top museums in Stockport. Many offer activities for kids and things to do for children and what’s even better is that kids go free! Take your pick of our unique days out in Stockport. For further details of all Stockport Council’s events and exhibitions, pick up a copy of the Exhibitions and Events Guide: tel: +44 (0) 161 474 4444 stockport.gov.uk/museums Join the Stockport Museums on social media and keep up to date with all the latest news: Facebook /stockportmuseums Twitter @SMBC_Museums
Stockport’s oldest town house, Staircase House is one of Stockport’s hidden gems offering visitors a hands on, barrier-free historical journey exploring how our ancestors lived from the 15th to the 20th centuries. The House is also home to one of only three surviving Jacobean cage-newel staircases in the country. Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 1pm - 5pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm Subdays & Bank Holidays: 11am - 5pm Jacobean Staircase, Staircase House (c) Stockport Council
Stockport Museum is a heritage hub. Time-travel from Palaeolithic to present day Stockport to experience the townâ€™s entire history under one roof, explore the fantastic finds from Mellor Iron Age hilltop settlement, life in medieval times, the thriving textile industry of the Victorian era as well as the impact of World War I. Kids young or old love our family gallery, designed to help imaginations run wild!
Strawberry Studios: I Am In Love. Our current exhibition celebrates Strawberry Studios and explores Stockportâ€™s musical heritage through film, conversation, collections, graphics and above all else, the music. Numerous iconic bands recorded their music within its walls. Joy Division, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, James and The Happy Mondays all recorded at Strawberry. The studios may have stopped recording in 1993, but nothing can stop the music living on. Fifty years later, the sounds still speak for themselves ensuring that Strawberry remains forever preserved in music history. The exhibition runs until 29th January 2018. Stockport Museum & Staircase House Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm Bank Holidays: 11am - 5pm
Bramall Hall is one of England’s most striking black and white timber-framed manor houses. Set in 70 acres of stunning parkland, the Hall has witnessed seven centuries of colourful history from early medieval beginnings to the present day. There are over 14 historic rooms to explore from the Solar with its unique collection of nationally significant Tudor wall paintings to the Withdrawing Room with its beautiful Elizabethan plaster ceiling. Bramall Hall reopened in 2016 following a £2.2 million restoration project which has given the Hall a new lease of life. Rooms have been redecorated and re-interpreted to reflect the lives of the people who once lived here.
Two previously unseen rooms have also been opened to the public, a Butler’s Pantry and Small Dining Room. A beautiful new visitor centre houses a new exhibition space, gift shop and stylish café. Bramall Hall will be hosting a superb selection of Christmas concerts throughout December which promise to be magical.
Bramall Hall Hall Road, Bramall, Stockport SK7 3NX tel: +44 (0) 474 2020 Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 1pm - 4pm Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 5pm Bank Holidays: 11am - 5pm
Visit Bramall Hall One of England's most striking black and white timber framed manor houses set in 70 acres of beautiful parkland. This magnificent house has witnessed seven centuries of colourful history from medieval to present day. Reopened in 2016 following a ÂŁ2.2million restoration Unique suite of nationally important Tudor wall paintings New visitor centre, gift shop and stylish cafĂŠ Guided Tours Family trails
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Hat Works offers two floors of interactive exhibits taking visitors on a journey through the history of Stockport’s once thriving hatting industry. Come and see our recreated hat factory, Victorian-style machines and our fantastic collection of over 400 hats from around the world. Experience a hub of excellence, creativity and innovation for milliners, crafts-people, designer-makers and those with a keen interest in haute couture fashion and cutting edge textile design. If you’re thinking of developing your hat-making skills, Hat Works is the place to learn. The museum offers a unique programme of taught courses designed and delivered by professional milliners. Where better to learn the art of millinery than at the UK’s only hat museum.
Courses range from sessions for beginners, open blocking weekends and style icon workshops for the more advanced.
Hat Works tel: +44 (0) 161 474 2399 Wellington Rd South, Stockport SK3 0EU Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm Bank Holidays: 11am - 5pm above: Hatworks Museum (c) Pauline Neild, Stockport Council
Stockport Air Raid Shelters
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Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 1pm - 5pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm Bank Holidays: 11am - 5pm
tel: +44 (0) 161 474 1940 6 Chestergate, Stockport SK1 1NE
Deep under Stockport town centre lies a labyrinth of underground tunnels carved into the natural red sandstone cliffs which offer visitors an unparalleled insight into life in 1940s wartime Britain. Take a walk through our purpose-built civilian air raid shelter and learn about the experiences of local people during the war. End your tour with a visit to the 40s themed gift shop.
STOCKPORT AIR RAID SHELTERS
Picture: (c) Gareth Lowe, Stockport Council
Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery A unique building and the only one in the world serving as both an art gallery and war memorial. The Gallery has a long history of exhibitions from some of the art world’s finest artists. Today, the gallery boasts an extensive exhibition programme which gives emerging artists an opportunity to showcase their work. Linked with this programme are activities, events and services focusing on Remembrance. tel: +44 (0) 161 474 4453 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 8AB
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 1pm - 5pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm Bank Holidays: 11am - 5pm right: Stockport Art Gallery (c) Stockport Council
1: Cineworld, Railway Road - B5 2: Seven Miles Out, Market Place - D2 3: Stockport Plaza, Mersey Square - B3 4: Tourist Information, Market Pl - D2
Bar & Restaurant
1: Bakers Vaults, Market Place - D2 2: Remedy, Market Place - D2 3: The Petersgate Tap, St Petersgate - C3 4: Unicorn Bar, Aspley Street - D3
1: Blackshaw’s Cafe, Market Place - D2 2: Lord of the Pies, St Petersgate - C3 3: Plaza Cafe (2nd Floor), Mersey Sq - B3
1: The Allotment, Vernon Street - D1 2: Where The Light Gets In,Rostron Br - D2
1: Merseyway Shopping Centre, Great Underbank - B2 2: Stockport Market, Market Place - D2
1: Frederic Robinsons Visitor Centre, Aspley Street - E3 2: St Marys Church, Churchgate - E2 3: Staircase House, Market Place - D2 4: Stockport Air Raid Shelters, Chestergate - C3
5: Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Wellington Road South - C5 6: The Hat Works, Wellington Road South - B4 above: Stockport Map Copyright Unlock Publishing
GET MORE AT THE HEART OF MANCHESTER’S ENTERTAINMENT SCENE
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‘Tis the Season to Party!
New faces joining The Printworks are Lazy Lizard, the Christmas comes but once a year, Ibizan beach lounge, and O’Neills and The Printworks is decking its open just in time for Christmas! halls with delicious festive menus. Whatever you decide to do, The Whether you’re looking for a Printworks is the go-to place this fun venue for a meal with friends, festive season. drinks post-Christmas shopping, or a work night out, don your most • Printworks Christmas decorations from 1st Nov outrageous Christmas jumper, and enjoy the warmth of great deals • Waxy O’Connor’s Live Music and party packages. every Fri/Sat in Nov and Dec Get your picture taken in our • One Blue String – 19th Nov festive photo prop before seeing the most anticipated films of the • Lazy Lizard opens – 6th Dec year at Vue including Star Wars: • Russell Shaun Live the Pump Yard – 7th Dec The Last Jedi, Pitch Perfect 3 and • Star Wars: The Last Jedi Justice League. VUE IMAX – 14th Dec Enjoy the party atmosphere and book a package at Tiger Tiger • Breakfast with Santa or Bierkeller or spend an evening Hard Rock Cafe – 16th Dec with friends and good food at • Sinatra Singing Santa Waxy O’Connor’s or Prezzo. Pump Yard – 17th Dec With the little ones?! Not to worry as Hard Rock Cafe has jingle • Breakfast with Santa Hard Rock Cafe – 16th Dec bell rock at their hugely popular • Soul on Sunday Breakfast with Santa events and Pump Yard – 17th Dec Frankie and Benny’s will have lots of cheer for all the family. • Breakfast with Santa Hard Rock Cafe – 23/24th Dec 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS theprintworks.com facebook.com/printworksmcr Twitter - @The_Printworks Instagram - @the_printworks
“We do things differently here” Tony Wilson
First Street is part of southern border of the city centre, however this can be misleading as it less than 5 minutes walk from St Peters Square, one of the city’s main Metrolink hubs, and Piccadilly gardens is only 3 minutes from there. The sites footprint is fairly large 22 and from 1825 it was home to the vast Gaythron Gas Works. Gas was produced there until 1929, when the site was converted to a gas distribution centre, it finally ceased operations and closed in 1953. The works where eventually demolished and the office block, known as Number One, was constructed with its first occupant being The British Council, in 1992, and subsequently British Telecom. The modern incarnation of First Street really has its beginnings in 2007 when Number One underwent a complete refurbishment. The site was muted as a possible new home for the BBC, eventually with the closure of the ITV Granada Studios both broadcasters moved to Media City in Salford Quays.
In fact the whole area is somewhat of an entertainment district, with the Bridgewater Hall opposite and Deansgate Locks across the road, with its bars and the Manchester Comedy Club. At the centre of First Street is Tony Wilson Place, named after the famed Manchester TV personality, Hacienda night club owner and originator of the phrase, “We do things differently here,” in praise of the city he called home. Here you will find the Manchester institution that is HOME, in its purpose built £25million complex.
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With its five cinema screens, two theatres, a large art gallery with a calendar of changing exhibitions, exploring international contemporary art, and a restaurant and bar. HOME was created by the merger of two of Manchester’s best cultural venues The Library Theatre and independent cinema Cornerhouse. With its doors opening in 2015, HOME has proved a very popular destination for mancunians. It delivers exciting productions, world cinema and thought provoking art exhibitions.
Soon after its opening it was joined by the 4 star Melia ‘Innside Hotel’ with its unmissable red cladding, in contrast to Home’s Dark Blue, this 10 storey building towers over First Street. The district has grown rapidly over the last two years and has attracted some of Manchester’s more interesting food and drink entrepreneurs. above: Innside & Junk Yard Golf and public art work ‘Up There’ First St M15 4FN
The much acclaimed Indian Tiffin Room, oppposite the Innside, menu offers a mouth-watering selection of street-food dishes. The Laundrette serves great sharing boards, burgers and pizzas, not to mention their cocktails (try the Rum Passion) and the The Liquor Store is classy, smart and sassy with cocktails galore! MasterChef winner Simon Wood opened his first restaurant on Jack Rosenthal Street in 2017, expect a finedining experience in a relaxed and stylish atmosphere at Wood.
Simon’s seasonal menus are a modern interruption of traditional flavours. Kettlebell Kitchen is all about being healthy and its concept of serving up clean ‘Fast Food’, think fresh, natural and nutritious and it has been a success with Manchester’s foodies. Adding to the attractions at First Street is Junk Yard Golf; this is a real treat for those looking for something different. Yes it’s a bar but it also happens to have three nine hole ‘Crazy Golf ’ courses constructed within it.
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This is a lot of fun, try for a hole-in-one on the Skull Carousel, and it can make a great icebreaker for a group night out. The Gas Works, you know why its called that, is a modern large bar with food service and an in-house brewery. First Street is also home to Pizza Express, Starbucks and the high street supermarket chain Sainburys. Should you be travelling to Manchester by car it is worth knowing about QPark, located within the district, that offers some of the best value car parking in the city.
As for the future, it is looking good for First Street with more buildings being erected you can expect further development and added attractions to this exciting new quarter in Manchester.
left: HOME MCR 2 Tony Wilson Place M15 4FN above: â€˜You Gonna Die Clownâ€™ Junk Yard Golf, 1 First St M15 4FN
Attraction 1: Anthony Burgess Foundation, Cambridge St - E3 2: HOME, Tony Wilson Place - B2
Bar & Restaurant 1: City Road Inn, Albion St - A1 2: Junk Yard Golf, First St - A2 3: The Gas Works, Jack Rosenthal St - B2 4: The Liquor Store, Jack Rosenthal St - C2
Other 1: Innside, First St - B2 2: Q Park, Anne Horniman St - C2 3: Sainsburys, Isabella Banks St - A2 4: Starbucks, Jack Rosenthal St - C1 5: Vita (student accomodation), Jack Rosenthal St - C2
Restaurant 1: Indian Tiffin Room, First St - A2 2: Kettlebell, Jack Rosenthal St - C2 3: Pizza Express, First St North - B2 4: Street on First, Innside - B2 5: The Laundrette Jack Rosenthal St - C3 6: Wood, Jack Rosenthal St - C2 above: First Street Map Copyright Unlock Publishing
AUTUMN/WINTER EVENTS 2017
(c) Christmas at Grafene Manchester
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Autumn is upon us and the city has started to gear up for the forthcoming festive season with special events, celebrations and parties. It is an ideal time to spend time with your friends, partners and family. Manchester theatres start to move towards the Pantomime season with the ‘it’s behind you’ brigade in full flow by mid December. Before this can we suggest that you try Jubilee, at the Royal Exchange, or Uncle Vanya, at Home, one of the Russia at 100 events. It is possibly fair to say that Christmas starts in Manchester with the return of the huge market on Albert Square and its enticing stalls are full of amazing decorations, European foods and seemingly endless mugs of Glühwein. The East Lancashire Railway runs the ever-popular ‘Santa Specials’ steam engine experiences complete with brass bands, carol singers and Santa - a fun trip 31 for all the family. From the 2nd December the Bolton Winter Festival returns with its market stalls, live entertainment, a covered ice rink and the super fun ‘Snow Glide’ all held in and around Victoria Square. The formal gardens at Dunham Massey are being transformed into a Winter Wonderland, from the 1st December, for a magical after-dark experience. By the end of this busy season you may fancy a drink or two and the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival, in January, could well provide that well-earned beverage. And finally don’t forget to explore all the arts and crafts, museums exhibitions and special markets where you may find that elusive present... So take our event highlight guide with you and we hope it helps to plan your festive season..
(c) Aardman Animations - Manchester Animation Festival
The start of autumn heralds the festive season and it is already in full swing for many people in restaurants and bars throughout the city. It is also a time when Manchester has much to offer in respect of festivals and special events to keep you entertained, and in some cases warm, through the chilly dark nights. The Animation Festival, at HOME, will be a great insight into this creative field and part of the event ‘Exploring Aardman Worlds’ will no doubt be very popular. Christmas in Manchester wouldn’t be the same without its foodie’s, and come to that Glüwein, with the new ‘Eat & Drink Festival’, at Event City. It joins the calendar along with the unmissable Manchester Christmas Markets, in Albert Square and across the city.
FS2017: Flying Solo Festival Contact Theatre, Oxford Road M15 6JA 27th October - 11th November Artists from the UK and Europe shake things up this year in the name of politics, gender, race and the body, in shows at Contact and The Lowry. Featuring performances by Afreena Islam, Demi Nandhra, Desiree Burch, Elmi Ali, Kate O’Donnell and more contactmcr.com @ContactMcr
Eat & Drink Festival Christmas Event City, Urmston 9th - 12th November Eat & Drink Festival will light up EventCity Manchester, make itself at home in the iconic venue, and once again bring together the best in exciting trends in modern cuisine and mixology
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Manchester Christmas Markets
Mossley Light Festival
Albert Square, Manchester 10th November - 20th December Don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit - it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Market
Emmaus, Queen St, Mossley OL5 9AH 25th November A Tale of Two Giants - tells the story of the colossal Alphin and Alder and how they fought for the love of beautiful water nymph Rimmon. The age-old love triangle will be played out by large-scale and illuminated puppets that have been created especially for the event
Bolton Winter Festival
Sugden Sports Centre, 114 Grosvenor St M1 7HL 11th November 2017
Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1SA 2nd December - 7th January 2018
The Manchester Japanese Festival is an event held yearly, celebrating both traditional and modern Japanese culture
Bolton’s Winter Festival offers something for all the family from the popular covered ice rink, super fun snow slide, magical Santa’s Grotto and festive artisan markets. Don’t miss the traditional nativity scene on Victoria Square or the giant glittering singing symphony tree
Manchester Animation Festival
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First St M15 4FN 14th - 16th November 2017
Manchester Central, Windmill St M2 3GX 25th - 27th January 2018 The 2017 featured over 750 different beers and ciders, the 2018 promises to be bigger than ever. Organised by the Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) it also brings together some of the best local and national street food traders
Hosted at HOME in Manchesterus First Street complex, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join us to delight in all things animated manchesteranimationfestival.co.uk @mcranimation
Wonder Women 2018
East Lancashire Railway, Bury
People’s History Museum, Left Bank M3 3ER 1st March - 11th March 2018
Starts 25th November 2017 Take a steam train ride through a winter wonderland on what has become a tradition for many families in the North West. Soak up the atmosphere with carol singers and brass bands and meet Father Christmas; handing presents out to the little ones eastlancsrailway.org.uk @eastlancsrly
Manchester’s feminist festival highlighting the feminist journey, via 10 days of events, debate, music, art, gigs, profiles and more
ROBOTS - (c) Museum of Science and Industry
LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ A permanent display of the best of LS Lowry There are over 400 works in the collection, 57 of which are oil paintings. Alongside the works of art is an archive containing thousands of items ranging from photographs to press cuttings and exhibition catalogues. Both the collection and archive were formed by Salford Museum & Art Gallery and transferred to The Lowry in 2000 thelowry.com @The_Lowry
The Whitworth, Oxford Road M15 6ER until December Barbara Brown was the golden girl of Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s. Talent-spotted as a student, her designs for furnishing fabrics are some of the most striking and unusual ever produced in the 20th century and won awards from the Council of Industrial Design
Lancashire Day Tales & Ales
Mackinnon & Saunders: Origins
East Lancashire Railway, Bury 18th November Celebrate everything Lancastrian with this special Rail Ale Trail tour. Join an expert guide as they take you on a journey of discovery through some of the finest Lancashire scenery. Explore local history, discover popular drinking grounds and some hidden gems and raise a glass to the red rose county!
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First St M15 4FN 3rd November - 7th January 2018 Origins takes a behind the scenes look inside the workshops of the Altrincham-based puppet makers entrusted with bringing some of animationĂs most beloved characters into being
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The Earth Behind the Screen
South Asian Modernists
CFCCA, Thomas St M4 1EU 3rd November - 4th February 2018 A group exhibition exploring the relationship between the natural and the technological. The participating artists attempt to interrogate the material foundations of our contemporary digital universe and its related socio-political and environmental concerns
The Whitworth, Oxford Road M15 6ER until 15th April 2018 Exploring the works of Pakistani and Indian artists who worked with Victor Musgrave between 1953-63 to introduce the South Asian Modernists. Drawing exclusively on works from the this period and capturing the creative atmosphere of the time
Christmas at Dunham Massey
Woodhouse Ln, Altrincham WA14 4SJ 1st - 24th December
MSI, LIverpool Rd M3 4FP
For the very first time, Dunham Massey is transformed into a winter wonderland inspired by the landscape itself. Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour dripping with shards of light, largerthan-life snowflakes and baubles
We think of robots as a modern invention, but we’ve been harnessing the power of robotics for over 500 years. See a unique collection of over 100 robots from a 17th century dancing goblet to Maria from Metropolis and a japanese news-reading android
until 15th April
Strawberry Studios - I am in Love
Stockport Museum, 30/31 Market Pl SK1 1ES until 29th January 2018 Manchester’s musical legacy is famous throughout the world. Perhaps less well know is the important part Stockport played. Founded in 1967, Strawberry Studios became one of the finest professional recording studios outside London
People’s History Museum, Left Bank M3 3ER until 13th May 2018 Savage Ink looks at the development of the cartoon as an important form of visual protest. The exhibition charts cartoon pioneers and innovators, right through to those artists currently working in graphic novels, comic books and newspapers
Pelé: Art, Life, Football
New North South
National Football Museum, Urbis M4 3BG
Venues across manchester until June 2018 A world of art and culture across the city. Watch incredible performances, see extraordinary art and immerse yourself in a programme of art and culture from South Asia and the UK. #NewNorthSouth
until 4th March 2018 Exploring the stages of the Brazilian icon’s life; from Santos to New York via 4 World Cups, through the eyes of artists and photographers around the world. Bringing together iconic items from our own collection and those owned by private collectors nationalfootballmuseum.com @footballmuseum
YO U R TA S T E B U D S TA K E YO U
Bock Biere Cafe is a European cafe in the heart of Manchester, serving the best of a Lowlands inspired menu which includes sharing platters, fondue, savoury waffles and croques. Bock has a fantastic selection of wines, cocktails, spirits and continental coffee and the North's largest selection of Belgian and Belgian inspired biere. Want to know the difference between a Blonde and a Trappist? Bock Biere is the place to help you with a choice of over 100 biére, styles ranging from supreme Belgian brews to lesser known artisan varieties.
Food is served until 11pm and being centrally located between Albert and St Anne’s Squares, makes it the perfect stop off pre or post theatre. Show your theatre ticket to enjoy a special 10% discount. If you are visiting Manchester for the Christmas markets, then Bock’s Christmas Roast Fondue is an absolute must - Belgian waffle style Yorkshire puds with crunchy vegetables, stuffing balls, pigs in blankets, mini roast potatoes, slow roasted Beef brisket dipped in an incredible red wine gravy lava.
Bock Biere Cafe is available for hire, group and table bookings
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Cinderella - (c) RNCM
Being part of an audience is an exciting feeling and Manchester certainly has a wealth of theatres offering very diverse productions for your enjoyment. Independent theatres such as Hope Mill or the 3 Minute Theatre, in Afflecks, are breaking grounds for new works which regularly head to the big lights of London and onwards. This coming season sees some exciting highlights such as the screening of ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’, at the Arena, with a full orchestral accompaniment or the magical Christmas story of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Dance House. You will find stimulating productions at the Royal Exchange Theatre, with its presentation of Jubilee, by Derek Jarman, or its new production of ‘Guys & Dolls’ Frank Loesser’s hugely successful musical set in Harlem, New York.
Cilla comes to the Palace Theatre, in November, and it is a celebration of the life of one of Britain’s most popular personalities. The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) productions are music focused and this year’s Christmas production of Cinderella will enchant and enthral with its whit and magic (sung in French). Of course it’s not Christmas without a pantomime and Aladdin, at the Stockport Plaza, or Dick Whittington, at the Oldham Coliseum, could be ideal choices to entertain your whole family.
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The Hunting of The Snark
Royal Exchange Theatre 2nd - 18th November 2017 Derek Jarmanís iconic film captured punk at its giddy height: a riot of music, DIY fashion, and every kind of sex ñ with a little pyromania thrown in. Now, forty years on, this new stage adaptation of JUBILEE remixes it for the social and political turmoil of 2017
The Quays Theatre at the Lowry 17th - 19th November The new magical madcap adventure from the genius behind Alice In Wonderland. Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his beloved classic poem
Cilla - The Musical
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First St M15 4FN 3rd - 25th November 2017 Chekhov’s characters exist on the brink of a new era; a new order is approaching. One they fear. Written 20 years before the Russian Revolution, what does this much loved play tell us about the world we live in today?
Palace Theatre, Oxford St M1 6FT 21st - 25th November The musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta Award winner, Jeff Pope. It tells the story of the teenage girl from Liverpool whose dreams of stardom lead to her becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers
Oldham Coliseum, Fairbottom St OL1 3SW 11th November - 13th January 2018 Poor young lad Dick Whittington lives in the country but wants a life of adventure. He journeys to seek his fame and fortune in London with just his rat-catching cat as his only friend. Are the city’s streets paved with gold?
Waterside Centre, 1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF 25th November ComedySportz is an all ages, all improvised show where two teams battle it out for laughs as players create quick-witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them by the audience
Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana
Hancock & Co
The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry 15th - 18th November 2017 Opera North’s thrilling curtain-raiser to the season, Leoncavallo carves a ‘bleeding slice of life’ out of the tale of a touring theatre troupe preparing for a show. Canio is eaten up with jealous suspicion of his wife, the leading lady
The Met, Market St, Bury BL9 0BW 30th November A one man show which includes one classic episode of Hancock’s Half Hour, and two episodes James has written himself in the same style as Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, with James voicing the entire cast
Stockport Plaza, Mersey Square SK1 1SP 1st December - 7th January 2018 Sensational pantomime entertainment for our glittering production ALADDIN starring TED ROBBINS star of Phoenix Nights and The Slammer who makes a welcome return to The Plaza as the hilarious Widow Twanky
The Dancehouse, 10 Oxford Rd M1 5QA 7th - 9th December It’s Christmas and little Clara’s parents are holding a party. The magician Drosselmeyer arrives and presents her with a nutcracker doll. Later that evening when midnight strikes, Clara gets caught up in a magical adventure
Guys and Dolls
Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
Royal Exchange Theatre 2nd December - 27th January 2018
Victoria Station, Manchester, M3 1AR 8th December 2017
In this new production, Frank Loesser’s timeless musical is relocated to Harlem during its renaissance, and celebrates the vivacity of that era in black America. It bursts into seductive life with unforgettable songs and the irresistibly infectious title number
Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwars! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on a giant screen, while a live orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score
Around The World In 80 Days
Hamlet - an RSC Production
The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry 5th December - 7th January 2018
The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry 26th January - 3rd February 2018 The Royal Shakespeare Company production of Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge. A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted, who can be believed?
The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join him and his loyal valet Passepartout, as they voyage from Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West thelowry.com
The Quays Theatre at The Lowry
The Kitchen Sink
6th December - 6th January 2018
Oldham Coliseum, Fairbottom St OL1 3SW 9th - 24th February 2018
Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo - is there?
An irresistibly funny and touching play, The Kitchen Sink is a modern family story about big dreams, small towns and looking after each other. It shot writer Tom Wells, writer of Jumpers For Goalposts, to stardom, earning him multiple awards and nominations for Most Promising Playwright
WHP - (c) The Warehouse Project
It’s difficult to avoid Manchester’s musical connection. Everyday there are new bands being formed, musicians trained and songwriters slaving over hot laptops in the city’s coffee bars. Take a stroll into the Northern Quarter and you walk in the footsteps of, and experience spaces where, many world famous musicians have been and performed. Oldham Street alone has The Night and Day Café, The Castle and Gullivers all part of Manchester’s long musical history. Around the corner is Matt & Phreds, a performance space dedicated to Jazz, a central hub for touring bands; we can also recommend La Gitane on Bridge Street. Band on the Wall, Swan Street, is a venue of renown. In its intimate space you can see all manner of solo artists, bands and even the now almost legendary Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club.
Classical music is extremely well served with superb venues such as the Bridgewater Hall and the RNCM both worldclass experiences; they even have some pop bands too! As part of the RNCM’s ‘French Connections’ season you can enjoy a unique screening of The Phantom of the Opera (1925). This is a chance to see this classic gothic horror film complete with live organ accompaniment by Darius Battiwalla. The return of the Warehouse Project and Craig Charles ‘Funk Show’, at Band on the Wall, will keep you dancing all night. While The ‘Strictly Tour’, in January at the Arena, lets you sit and watch the professionals glide across the floor.
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The Phantom Of The Opera (1925)
Store St Car Park, Store Street, Manchester
RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD 30th November Based on Gaston Lerouxís novel, this 1925 version of Phantom of the Opera remains one of the definitive masterpieces of silent horror. The story becomes a Gothic nightmare with many of the scenes focusing on the creepy, cobweb-ridden corridors of the opera house Organist Darius Battiwalla
16th Sept - 1st Jan 2018 The Warehouse Project returns to Manchester this Autumn heading back beneath the streets. This year taking place back at Store Street as well as a number of other venues across Manchester thewarehouseproject.com @WHP_Mcr
The Elvis Years
Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St M2 3WS
RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD 6th - 16th December 2017 A fairytale for the festive season, in Cendrillon, Jules Massenet gives the story of Cinderella a perfect French operatic form with plenty of wit and style. This opera reveals Massenet at his most inventive and highlights his gift as a comic composer
24th November The Story of the King - Celebrating 10 years on the road this year, The Elvis Years is an outstanding musical production which brings to the stage the incredible and compelling story of the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ - Elvis Presley tickets.bridgewater-hall.co.uk @BridgewaterHall
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club
A Gospel Christmas
Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St M4 5JZ
Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street M2 5QR 10th December
25th November Itís a big one! We’re taking the flavoursome funk far into the night as the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club returns to Band on the Wall with acclaimed DJ, actor, presenter and funkster about town Craig Charles bandonthewall.org @bandonthewall
Christmas time, a restored Wesleyan Chapel, the AMC Gospel Choir and Manchester Camerata all combine to give you a Gospel Festive Happening this year. You will be singing and dancing along to Christmas Carols shared with a Gospel twist alberthallmanchester.com @Alberthallmcr
Beautiful - The Carol King Musical
Victoria Station, Manchester, M3 1AR 29th November One of the great British musicians is back performing, having just returned to the stage for his first live dates in 10 years. His performances have received rave reviews with his incredible band storming venues every night, including his 16 year old son Nick taking his dad’s place on drums
Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford St, Manchester 12th December - 6th January 2018 The inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history
No.1 Canal Street
The Hallé - The Snowman Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St M2 3WS 22nd & 23rd December 2017 Bring all the family along to the Hallé’s screening of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film, The Snowman. The film is accompanied by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s magical score live including a chorister singing ‘Walking in the Air’ tickets.bridgewater-hall.co.uk @BridgewaterHall
Located on the world famous Canal St the No.1 menu focuses on British locally sourced produce and a selection of mouth-watering Asian influenced dishes. These dishes are accompanied by a carefully curated wine list, craft beers and exciting cocktails to enjoy in this attractive and modern restaurant. Its sister restaurant The Bridge and No.1 both have very popular alfresco eating areas set alongside the Bridgewater canal and Rochdale canal respectively. Check the websites for opening and serving times. no1canalst.co.uk thebridgesale.co.uk Addresses No.1 Canal Street 1 Canal Street, M1 3HE tel: +44 (0) 161 228 7722 The Bridge Pub & Dining Dane Road, Sale M33 7QH tel: +44 (0) 161 962 3030
Celebrating David Bowie The O2 Ritz, Whitworth Street WestM1 5NQ 13th January 2018 Celebrating David Bowie after its hugely successful run in 2017. This brand new show spans his entire career featuring performances from musicians, who have worked closely with Bowie, who want to keep his music alive academymusicgroup.com @O2RitzManc
Strictly Come Dancing Victoria Station, Manchester, M3 1AR 27th - 28th January 2018 Join the fans of all ages as you watch the stars perform in a evening of pure dancing pleasure in this supersized Strictly Live extravaganza. The Strictly Live Tour delivers escapist entertainment on a breath taking scale. manchester-arena.com @ManchesterArena
The Rat Pack - Live from Vegas Opera House, 3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP 20th - 24th February 2018 The boys return to Manchester to take you back the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 50s and early 60s. The fabulous Burreli Sisters and the Rat Pack Band join Frank, Sammy and Dean performing at the Sands Hotel atgtickets.com @ATGTICKETS
Christmas at grafene
two courses ÂŁ34 | three courses ÂŁ39 Starters Partridge, braised leg pastilla, pomegranate and salsify
Roasted onion tart, mushrooms and truffle Celeriac and chestnut soup, roast celeriac, croutons Smoked ham terrine, pickles, mulled cider jelly Cured salmon, salt baked beetroot and horseradish
Bronze turkey, cranberry, stuffing, smoked bacon, glazed sprouts, sourdough bread sauce Roast loin of cod, cauliflower risotto, lobster bisque Braised beef shin, root vegetables, cavelo nero Butternut squash gnocchi, confit egg yolk, BBQ leek, spiced seeds Sage and onion pearled barley, onion consomme
Apple, nut crumble, custard, sorbet Chocolate delice, malt barley, dark chocolate aero, salted caramel White chocolate cheesecake, spiced clementine, pain d'epice ice cream
Iced Christmas pudding parfait, cranberry granola, honeycomb Warm date sponge, walnut, mandarin sorbet
A discretionary 10% service charge will be added to bills. Inform a server of any dietary requirements or allergies
55 King Street | 0161 696 9700 | grafene.co.uk
Greenwood Street, WA14 1SA Tuesday - Sunday Weekly Altringham Market features traditional favourites. Quality food traders from fresh fish to fruit & veg, from regional cheese to prime meat cuts, from crafters to jewellers. Weekend markets showcase the talent, skill, passion and creativity of the finest traders in the North West altrinchammarket.co.uk @altrinchammkt
1, The Fish Market, Murray Rd, Bury BL9 0BJ Monday - Saturday Bury’s World Famous Market is a multi award winning market and was voted Best Market Attraction in 2015. It’s one of the most popular shopping destinations in the north of England attracting thousands of visitors each week with over 370 stalls drawing in the crowds
Bolton Artisan Market
Castlefield Artisan Market
Heaton Fold Garden Ctr, Overdale Dr BL1 5BU 3rd Sunday Monthly (February-December) Visitors will find an exciting range of high quality and locally sourced food, drink and crafts from specialist producers and suppliers. There is free parking on site as well as a gift shop and self-service cafe. The market is held under cover in bad weather
Royal Mills, Redhill Street M4 6JG First Saturday of the Month Castlefield Events creates a variety of local events including a monthly artisan food, craft & art market in the heart of Manchester. We are committed to bringing together some of the region’s highly acclaimed artisan food producers, as well as creating interesting antique, craft and vintage markets
Heaton Moor Producers & Art Market
The Makers Market
Shaw Road, Heaton Moor, SK4 4NZ 1st & 2nd Saturdays each Month The Heaton Moor Market returns in 2016 with an addition of a new Art Market. It focuses on bringing local, independent producers’ and artists together offering a wide range of products, including fresh produce, gift items and crafts
Check the website for full details
The monthly Makers Market brings together the finest and often award-winning food, drink, art & crafts producers in the area. The market is well known for presenting the very best of seasonal local farm produce, produced and sourced by people who are passionate about what they do themakersmarket.co.uk @_makersmarket
The Treacle Market
Stockport Rd, Levenshulme Every Saturday (March-December)
Old Butter Market, Macclesfield Last Sunday of the Month (March-Aug)
Since its March 2013 launch Levenshumle Markets delivers a diverse range of high quality traders and at every market you can expect an ever changing roster of 50 artisan traders selling produce, street food, plants, gifts, vintage clothing and homeware. Check website for full details levymarket.com @levymarket
The market started in 2010 and each month sees the handsome cobbled Marketplace, Old Butter Market, St Michael’s churchyard and surrounding streets throng with visitors and over 150 stalls of unique crafts, exceptional lovingly produced food, drink and several vintage finds treaclemarket.co.uk @treaclemarket
Piccadilly Gardens Street Food & Crafts
The Wilmslow Artisan Market
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre Thurs, Fri and Sat The Street Food Market features over 15 stall selling delicious food from around the globe. With dishes ranging from Middle Eastern wraps, dim sum and to chow mien noodles to Italian pasta. The Craft Market sells a variety of beautifully crafted items, from jewellery to homewares manchester.gov.uk @ManCityCouncil
Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 1PB 3rd Saturday Monthly (10am-4pm) The market consists of over 120 of the very finest artisan market traders and is the flagship of The Market Cous events. In its alleyways you will find high-quality range of authentic goods with an emphasis on all that is local, ethical and original from traders who are all super-talented themarketco.co.uk @_TheMarketCo
The Clog Market
Vintage Village Market, Stockport
Town Square, Rawtenstall 1st Sunday (April-Oct)
Stockport Covered Market Hall SK1 1EU 2nd Sunday Monthly (March-December)
Featuring vintage, vintage industrial, collectables, curios, clothing, vinyls and homewares plus boutique clothing and accessories, gifts speciality food stalls, patisserie, vegan skincare, artisan jewellery and tasty streetfood
Held in Stockports’ ‘Glass Umbrella’ and aims to deliver things might be rare or unique, beautiful, special, amusing, useful, bizarre or remarkable in some way. They are all intensely covetable - in the Markets considered opinion - and most of them are cracking bargains too
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The Metroshuttle bus is a free service and makes travelling around the city easy and quick; just find a stop, stick out your arm and hail one of these modern buses. With its three routes, the shuttle buses cover most of the city and have good interconnections with each another. The routes are circular so even if you miss your stop just stay on and it will come round again. You could even use them as way to sightsee the city, although be warned that they can get very busy, especially at peak times. The buses are clearly marked and you can use the map to find the stops and route information. The Manchester Metrolink trams, in their fun bright yellow livery, trundle across the city transporting commuters and visitors alike. They connect the main stations of Piccadilly and Victoria to the wider region and Manchester Airport.
The new second city crossing completes the public transport jigsaw, with a direct line running right through to Rochdale. The semi-organised chaos caused by the St Peterâ€™s Square stop development is over. The new state of the art station fits right in with its imposing neighbours, the Central Library, The Town Hall and Manchester Art Gallery. If you are off to The Lowry Theatre or the Outlet Mall, in Salford Quays, the tram will whisk you there in about 10 minutes from Piccadilly Gardens. Bury, with its attractions such as the East Lancashire Railway, its award wining Market and The Met theatre are only 30 minutes away. These services, coupled with the commercial buses routes and the national railway connections, make reaching and getting about the city very simple - Just remember to buy a ticket!
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Published on Oct 27, 2017
Published on Oct 27, 2017
In edition 6 we explore Stockport and discover it to be full of great visitor attractions, food and drink. Also we visit First Street, Manch...