ITV FeverPitch, Granada Studios, Quay StreetManchester, 12 June – 13 July
Every single game will be screened live on a giant 40 square metre screen at this 2014 WorldCupFanPark, which also includes a Brazilian-style beach soccer stadium - what better way to celebrate the tournament.
Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf), 18-27 July
Immerse yourself in the 19th annual mjf. This year there will be 10 days of great music in the heart of the city with over 70 bands performing in one of 70 city centre locations.
Dig The City, 2-10 August
This summer, Manchester becomes a garden city once more. The city’s shopping streets will bloom into life, via flowers, food and fête, with show gardens, horticultural markets and kid’s fun with the National Trust. As the festival blossoms across the city, so too will nine days of unexpected things to do – after work, at the weekend and in the holidays.
Coronation Street The Tour, until 4 October
Coronation Street The Tour is a unique opportunity to walk down the famous cobbles of the nation's favourite street, have your picture taken at the bar of the Rovers Return and take a tour behind the scenes of the former Manchester sets.
War Horse, The Lowry, 23 July – 20 September
War Horse, presented by partner company The National Theatre, returns to The Lowry this summer. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, it tells the uplifting story about young Albert his beloved horse Joey, and the obstacles they overcome individually and together.
A Land Fit For Heroes, People’s HistoryMuseum, Until February 2015
The exhibition examines how WW1 changed society, radically altering the social, economic, cultural and political outlook of the British people.
For more information on events in Manchester go to visitmanchester.com/summer
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.