Chinese New Year 19 – 22 February
This February, welcome in the Year of the Ram as Manchester is brought to life via a mix of art, music, film and dance. Each evening the façade of St. Ann’s Church will be brought to life with a mix of light projections, art and film. Take a look at newly commissioned art work, from solo artist Sun Xun at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, join Manchester Art Gallery for an afternoon of traditional Chinese dance, music, storytelling and special drop-in workshops and on the final day, sample the spectacular Dragon Parade and fireworks.
The Lowry Theatre
This Spring sees a host of musicals, dramas and comedy at The Lowry theatre, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, 12 Angry Men and Woman in Black. Set in a magnificent waterside location, at the heart of Salford Quays, The Lowry is guaranteed to have something for everyone this Spring.
MOSI 3D: Printing the Future 23 October – 19 April
From printed knickers and a synthetic heart, to 3D printed pills and skull scaffolds, 3D printing could change your life. 3D printing is revolutionising the fields of medicine and engineering and 3D: Printing the Future brings together hundreds of 3D printed objects, celebrating the creativity and potential of this ground-breaking technology. On public display for the first time will be a prototype radar scanner designed to detect 3D printed weapons and the world's first fully 3D printed bike frame.
Manchester International Festival 2 – 19 July 2015
Returning for its fifth edition, Manchester International Festival presents an array of new, exciting and specially commissioned work by some of the world’s best artists in visual and performing arts, music and pop culture. Visit Manchester to see world premieres, special events and eighteen extraordinary days, which transform the city into a bustling festival zone.
May 2015 will see this new purpose-built centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books open its doors for the first time in the heart of Manchester. From gallery to screen via café bar and bookshop, HOME is set to redefine the contemporary arts centre.
For more information on events happening in Manchester, please go to www.visitmanchester.com/spring
John Rylands Library
In July, 'Locating Boccaccio in 2013' opens at The John Rylands Library. It celebrates the enduring popularity of the works of Giovanni Boccaccio and marks the 700th anniversary of his birth. Taking a wide-ranging overview of his works, it 'locates' Boccaccio in different times, languages, and places, from the 14th century to the present day, in manuscript, print and beyond. The exhibition showcases some of the riches of The John Rylands Library along with loans from private collections, and a new series of artists' books specially commissioned to commemorate the anniversary.
Running through until November, 'Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual' is an exhibition that focuses on the material culture of Native North American Indians of the Plains between 1800 and the present and the importance of the objects in a social and ceremonial context. The exhibition explores the world of the Plains Indians through exceptional examples of feather headdresses, shields, moccasins, painted hides, scalps, pipes, tomahawks, and traditional and contemporary dress.
The National Football Museum
Visit the National Football Museum in its new home at Urbis in Manchester city centre. Explore the world's finest collection of football artefacts and archives. Admission is free and there is plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied.
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Based on the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world, MOSI is must-see for visitors. Kids big and small will be fascinated by the hands-on exhibitions and the huge collection of vintage vehicles and historic working machinery. This summer there's the Steam School where you can learn to drive steam trains, and a Day out with Thomas family fun day.
The Quays is Manchester's unique waterfront destination. Just 15 minutes by tram from the city centre, it's an ideal destination for a day out or weekend break. Visit the IWM North for the fascinating children's exhibition Once upon a Wartime. Entry is free, and you can get one child's meal free for every 2 hot adult meals purchased in the Watershard cafe.
Walk Talk Tours
Go walk about in Edinburgh, York and Manchester with your own audio tour guide from Walk Talk Tours. Download and away you go. Enjoy seeing the sights on your own terms and at your own pace.
Is the place to go to put the bloom back in everyone's cheeks. Check out the family events, golf course, animal park and loads more.
Manchester United Football Club
The most famous club in the whole world. Only Manchester City fans might want to give it a miss...
Manchester City Football Club
Not second best by any means! Not everywhere could have hosted the celebrated 2002 Commonwealth Games.