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The weather may be miserable, but you don’t have to be. There’s plenty to do in Manchester this week to get you up, out of the house and having bundles of fun you’ll never forget.

We’ve lined up the very best things to do in Manchester this week. From theatre, music, art and more, we have it all.

Monday 21st August 

We Love Sport Week — Salford Shopping Centre

Starting a week that promises nothing but action-packed fun, Salford Shopping Centre will be celebrating We Love Sport Week.  With sport themed competitions and activities in centre and online, hosted by the energetic Wilma Whistle and Freddie Finishline, there will be silly sports fun and smiles all round.

Salford Shopping Centre, Hankinson Way/ 0161 736 8089/ Monday 21 – Sunday 27 August 2017/ 9am-5.30pm/ Free admission. 

Peter Pan — Manchester Open Air Theatre

Based on the classic children’s tale written by J.M Barrie, Peter Pan will land at Manchester Open Air Theatre. Join the boy who wouldn’t grow up as he flies between worlds, battles pirates and ultimately learns what it means to find a home. Peter Pan is the perfect antidote to adulthood. After all, who really wants to grow up?

Manchester Open Air Theatre, Chorlton Park / Monday 21 – Saturday 26 August 2017/ 7.30-9pm/ Prices from £15.

Mondo Cozmo — Soup Kitchen

Mondo Cozmo, the American singer, song-writer and producing most notably known for his songs ‘Shine’ and ‘Automatic’, will be playing in Manchester for one night only. Join Mondo Cozmo in the eclectic emporium that is Soup Kitchen for a live and unmissable performance.

Soup Kitchen, Spear Street/ Monday 21 August 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £9.

Monday Beat the Frog — Frog and Bucket 

Frog and Bucket’s open mic night is one of the most unpredictable comedy nights in the north and has launch the likes of Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas John Bishop, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican and more. Could you be next? At the start of Monday’s show, 3 audience members are given cards. Up to 10 acts take the stage and perform five minutes of material. If the all the cards go up the act has lost. If the cards stay down, they have successfully ‘Beat the Frog’.

Frog and Bucket, Oldham Street/ Monday 21 August 2017/ 8.15pm/ Prices from £3. 

Manchester Life Drawing —  Z Arts Centre

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, all are welcome (ages 18+) to Z Art Centre’s life drawing class. Perfect the skill of drawing the human body through different art mediums in 2 hours on a weekly basis.

Z Arts Centre, Stratford Road, Hulme/  Monday 21 August 2017/ 6.30-8.30pm/ Prices from £12.75. 

Artful Playground’s Musical Theatre Course — Waterside Arts Centre

For budding young performers keen to jump into the exciting world of musical theatre, Sale’s Waterside Arts Centre offers the perfect week-long course. Sessions will include acting, singing dance and movement. On the last day there will be a performance for friends and family.

 Waterside Arts Centre, Sale/ 0161 912 5616/ Monday 21 – Friday 25 August 2017/ Prices from £50(4-6 year olds, £85 (7-16 year olds). 

Tuesday 22nd August

HogWhats Quiz — Dive Bar NQ

Returning to the Northern Quarter, HogWhats quiz opens the world of magic to muggles and promises an evening of ‘wizardly cavorting, fancy dress, exchanging owl post and meeting other potterheads and competing to win against the creme de la creme of other potter superfans’.

Dive Bar, Tibb Street/ Oldham Street/ Tuesday 22 August 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £12.50.

Spinningfields Summer Screenings: E.T  —  Oast House

As part of their 10 week summer screening sessions, Oast House will be screening E.T, the 1982 classic that quickly become one of the highest grossing films in Canada and the US. Due to being a free, non-ticketed event, be sure to arrive early to bag the best seat in town.

Oast House, Spinningfields/ Tuesday 22 August 2017/ 7pm/ Free admission. 

This is Human: Occupy  — HOME

HOME will see Occupy run as a continuous event where a large-scale, interactive puppet built by Katy-Anne Bellis will stand without identifying with age, sex or birthplace. All that is known is its name, Atlas. Ignoring the elitist culture of art venues and claiming the space as its own, the titan will represent those who are not the casual gallery-goer.

HOME, First Street/  Wednesday 9 August -Wednesday 31 August 2017 / 12.00-6pm / Free admission. 

Power Up — Museum of Science and Industry

Despite the universal Museum policy of looking and not touching, Power Up! at the Museum of Science and Industry is turning the tables with their latest, exciting event.  Power Up! returns to the Museum of Science and Industry this year with over 160 consoles on offer. Get your game face on and play some of the most popular video games from the past 40 years, from Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario. 

Museum of Science and Industry, Great Western Warehouse Temporary Exhibition / Friday 11 – Monday 28 August 2017/ Drop in sessions 10.15am – 3.30pm/ Prices from £5. 

Wednesday 23rd August 

Maddie and Tae —  o2 Ritz

For one night only, Maddie and Tae will be performing for their most loyal fans at the O2 Ritz. The American female country music duo, consisting of Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye, will be touring their debut album ‘Starts Here’.

O2 Ritz, Whitworth Street West / Wednesday 22 August 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £21.50.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band — The Ruby Lounge

Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life. This week, you can see him perform at The Ruby Lounge.

The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street/ Wednesday 23 August 2017/ 7.30pm/ Prices from £16.50. 

Tiger’s Jaw — Deaf Institute

A band whose music has matured from pop-punk to emo to indie rock, Tigers Jaw have earned a growing following for their melodic but insistent music and emotionally powerful lyrics. For one night only, don’t miss them at Deaf Institute.

Deaf Institute, Grosvenor Street/ / Wednesday 23 August 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £15.40. 

Murder on the Terrace — Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens

Heartbreak Productions is returning to Manchester with Murder on the Terrace, which played to sell out audiences at Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens last year. A farcical romp through English entertainment, this original, interactive murder mystery follows a series of twists and turns through a puzzling and thoroughly enjoyable whodunit.

Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, Wilmslow Road / Wednesday 23 August 2017/ 7.30pm/ Prices from £11. 

Thursday 24th August 

Frank Turner — O2 Ritz

Singer-songwriter Frank Turner comes to O2 Ritz Manchester with his distinctive brand of folk punk as the headline act for Street Noise – a night of music with a heart, held to raise funds for Big Issue North Trust and INSP (International Network of Street Papers).

O2 Ritz, Whitworth Street West / Thursday 23 August 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £21.50.

Stand Up Thursday – The Comedy Store

MC Stephen Grant hosts this week’s Stand Up Thursday at The Comedy Store. With a lineup including the likes of David Hadingham and Mick Ferry, its set to be a night like no other.

The Comedy Store, Deansgate Locks/ Thursday 23 August 2017/ 8pm/ Prices from £12. 

The Crystal Maze LIVE EXPERIENCE — Old Granada Studios

The Crystal Maze was one of the UK’s favourite television programmes in the 90s, but now its your turn to get involved and make it your own. As part of the ultimate team challenge, you and your friends face challenges testing your skill, mental and physical ability across four adventure time zones: Aztec, Industrial, Futuristic and Medieval.

Old Granada Studios, Stage 2 (Off Lower Byrom Street / 1 April – 30 September 2017  / Prices from £30. 

Thursday Lates – Whitworth Art Gallery 

There’s no better place to meet up with friends and enjoy world class art exhibitions, talks and performances than the Whitworth Art Gallery. Every Thursday the Whitworth hold Thursday Lates, meaning that you can start the weekend early.

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road / Thursday 24 August 2017/ 6-9pm/ Free admission. 


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