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Museum of Science and Industry (all of August)
First discovered in 2004 at the University of Manchester, graphene is invisible to the human eye and thinner than a human hair, but 200 times tougher than steel.
This brand new exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry Manchester is your chance to get up close and personal to the 21st century wonder material through a combination of fascinating objects, photographs, music, films and newly commissioned artworks.
Discover more at the Museum of Science and Industry
Alexandra Park (13th-14th August)
From its roots as an impromptu procession through one of the city’s neighbourhoods, the Manchester Carnival has grown into the North West's largest celebration of Caribbean music and carnival arts.
Join the Carnival route as it weaves its way from Alexandra Park and prepare to be mesmerised by the vibrant singing and dancing, steel bands, amazing costumes and mouth-watering Caribbean food too!
Join the fun at The Manchester Carnival
Bolton (26th-29th August)
A whole world of food, fun and family entertainment lands in Bolton this August Bank Holiday. The food and drink festival will feature cooking demos from celebrity chefs like John Torode and showcase the best of the region’s grub with over 180 artisan traders ready to serve up a delicious lunch.
If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the family brunch and Afternoon Tea Picnic with Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.
Grab a slice of the action at Bolton Food and Drink Festival
Manchester city centre (26th-29th August)
Manchester Pride's annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life comes alive during August Bank Holiday weekend. The city’s world famous Gay Village plays host to The Big Weekend, which will feature live performances and brilliant nightlife.
Fun is available throughout the day too, with a parade taking place through the city on Saturday 27th August.
Show your pride and get involved at The Big Weekend.