There is plenty going on across Greater Manchester over the next few days, not least the big Christmas Lights Turn on in Albert Square this Saturday, but here is a selection of a few other events that you might like

Gin & Fizz Festival

Get down to The Last Drop Village in Bolton this weekend for the Gin & Fizz Festival. With a varied selection of gin over four flavour profiles and a wide range of fizz, their team will be on-hand to help you match the different flavours and styles. There will also be plenty of entertainment from local performers including the Harc Duo and a brass quintet. The festivities start at 3pm on Friday 2nd November until late and entry is free. More information can be found here:

Peterloo –

Written and directed by Mike Leigh, Peterloo is an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest battles in British history. The film will be showing from Friday 2nd November until Friday 23rd November at HOME.

Festival of the Dead

Featuring a new hoard of characters and creations, Manchester’s Festival of the Dead is coming to Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park on Friday 2nd November. Expect acrobats, dancers, carnival pageantry, giant skull processions, professional skull face painting, DJs and live music. Tickets are available from Eventbrite:

Cocktails in the City

The UK’s leading cocktail festival is back to deliver a double header of cocktail creativity at New Century Hall this Friday and Saturday. Sample a range of cocktails from venues including The Ivy, 20 Stories, Liars Club and The Alchemist, and take part in espresso martini masterclasses with Tia Maria & The Coffee Project.Info

Intu Trafford Centre Christmas Lights Switch On – Thursday 8th November will see the Trafford Centre celebrate the start of the festive period. Widely regarded as Britain’s most adventurous orchestra, Manchester Camerata will be kicking off the night with some of the most iconic and recognisable Christmas pieces before AMC gospel choir join them to raise the roof of the Main Dome. The event starts at 7pm and tickets are not required. For more information visit:

Ice Village – The UK’s biggest ever ice attraction comes to Cathedral Gardens in Manchester this year from 9th November, 9am-11pm. It will include an Arctic Bar, Santa’s Grotto and Ice Rink. You can also find a range of unique gifts, grab a bite to eat or drink at the traditional Christmas market stalls and practice your moves on the Ice Rink. For more information and tickets visit:


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