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The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 2 – 8 May 2022, The Manc

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 2 – 8 May 2022

We’ve waved goodbye to what was a busy April, and it’s now time to welcome in another new month in Manchester.

Starting off the month with a bank holiday, there’s a whole host of exciting activities lined up in the events calendar, and plenty to be getting up to across the region this week, so we’ve cherry-picked a few of the best bits for another edition of our ‘what’s on‘ guide for the city and beyond.

As always, some of the events we’re going to mention are completely free, while others will set you back a few pounds, and many will need to be booked in advance.

Here’s our top picks.

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Day Out with Thomas

East Lancashire Railway

Monday 2 May

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The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 2 – 8 May 2022, The Manc
Credit: East Lancashire Railway

Iconic heritage railway service East Lancashire Railway (ELR) has announced that the Thomas the Tank Engine replica train is back by popular demand this early May bank holiday, and the Day Out With Thomas experience is said to be “a train ride like no other”.

Families will be able to hop on board the replica of the cult-classic blue train character for a 45-minute trip through the Greater Manchester countryside.

The journey begins at Bury Train Staion, where you’ll be greeted by The Fat Controller, meet Sir Topham Hatt, say hello to Thomas on the platform, and then climb aboard a carriage, all before Thomas makes a final stop at the beautiful Ramsbottom station.

You can find out more, and book tickets here.

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Celebrating 100 Years of the BBC in Manchester

Science and Industry Museum

Monday 2 May – onwards

A new display has been unveiled at the Science and Industry Museum, which celebrates 100 years of the BBC in Manchester.

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The hugely popular museum has brought together objects and photographs – including some never-before-seen items – that showcase Manchester as a centre of innovation in broadcasting, and it will take visitors from the early radio experiments of the 1920s right though to the revolutionary ideas of today.

The temporary display of 14 items, along with accompanying stories, shows off the BBC’s time in Manchester.

Find out more here.

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Roxy Curling Lanes

Roxy Ball Room

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Monday 2 May – onwards

In what is a first for Manchester city centre, popular Deansgate venue Roxy Ball Room has added ice-free curling lanes to its adults-only playground this month, and it means that revellers can take on games of pool, crazy golf, ping pong, beer pong, shuffleboard, and curling, all in one evening.

The venue has remodelled its top floor to make room for two full-size, ice-free curling lanes.

Players are given four curling stones per team, which they have to carefully slide down the length of the ice-like surface, aiming for a huge target at the other end.

You can find out more here.

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Mums Brunch Club

Printworks

Wednesday 4 May

Printworks is launching its first ever brunch club exclusively for mums this week.

The landmark city centre entertainment venue’s new Mums Brunch Club is giving all the amazing Greater Manchester mothers out there an opportunity to meet likeminded people, make some new friends, share parenting tips, and ultimately, treat themselves like they deserve, no matter whether their kids are little, all grown up, or they’re expecting mums-to-be.

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The day will begin with a brunch at popular TexMex restaurant chain Chiquito, before taking part in a round of mini golf at Treetop Adventure Golf inside the complex.

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are welcome at the event too, as the club comes complete with soft play toys and childminders, so that mums can enjoy brunch while the kids play.

Find out more and grab tickets here.

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Cloudwater X Levanter – Mexico

KAMPUS

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Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 May

Manchester’s neighbourhood KAMPUS will play host a solid ten weeks of back-to-back block parties from its canalside garden, with each weekend seeing guest DJs take to the decks to spin tunes from different corners of the world – and this weekend’s event is celebrating the annual Mexican festival, Cinco de Mayo.

Free-flowing beer will come courtesy of Manchester brewery Cloudwater, and food will be provided by Ramsbottom favourites Levanter serving up tapas, giant paella, and charcuterie boards aplenty.

This weekend, you can expect Cinco de Mayo celebrations, with traditional décor and absolute Latin party vibes.

You can find out more here.

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The Village Screen

Peak Cavern

Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 May

Did you see that one of the Peak District’s most impressive landmarks has been been turned into a pop-up cinema by The Village Screen?

The dramatic Peak Cavern will be kitted out with a full cinema set-up, plus cosy blankets and hot water bottles, for an unmissable film experience. Visitors will be greeted by live music, street food stalls, and pop-up bars before heading through to the cinema area, surrounded on all sides by stunning natural limestone walls.

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Films on this week’s schedule include Pulp Fiction, The Lost Boys, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Dune.

You can find out more here.

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Mancunia Motorcycle Festival 

Depot Mayfield

Friday 6 – Sunday 8 May

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A brand-new festival filled with all things motorcycle and lifestyle is coming to Manchester city centre this week.

Mancunia Motorcycle Festival is pitching up at popular warehouse venue Depot Mayfield next to Manchester Piccadilly station from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 May 2022, and it looks set to combine the best of new and custom motorcycles, test rides, BBQ, craft beer, and entertainment – and bring it right to the heart of our city.

You can find out more and grab tickets here.

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Peaky’s Speakeasy

Peaky Blinders Manchester

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Friday 6 May

City centre venue Peaky Blinders Manchester is inviting you to “peak your curiosity” each month with a diverse lineup of performance artists from the world of Burlesque, Circus, Drag, and many more at ‘Peaky’s Speakeasy’.

According to the event description, jazz quintet The Bourbon Street Band will provide the soundtrack to the show to take you into the night and “dance the blues away”, while Don Vinaste – described as being the purveyor of finery and quality goods – will be at the helm, and proudly welcome you to “sample the delights on offer”.

The performance will begin at 9:30pm and run until late, you’re advised to arrive early for the best views.

You can find out more and grab tickets here.

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Back To The 90s Boat Party

Salford Quays

Friday 6 May

Manchester Cruises is inviting you to jump aboard Manchester’s number one party boat, the Princess Katherine, this Friday for a night of “totally bangin’ sounds” that all had us hitting the dance floor back in the 90s.

The boat will pick guests up at Salford Quays, where you’ll be greeted with a themed cocktail on arrival setting off for a three-hour 90s extravaganza.

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Tickets will set you back £25, and you can grab yours here.

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Bez’s Bingo Brunch

Escape to Freight Island

Saturday 7 May

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 2 – 8 May 2022, The Manc
Credit: Escape to Freight Island

Happy Mondays’ hype man Bez is hosting a bottomless bingo brunch in Manchester this weekend.

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Taking place on Saturday 7 May, and includes an hour of bottomless drinks alongside a street food dish of your choice from any of Escape’s traders, which means you’ll be able to get stuck into some of the food hall’s brand new offerings – including new arrivals Gooey, Batard, Carnival and Lucky Foot.

Joined by a host of comedians, dancers, singers and DJs, Manchester’s best-loved party hero will lead the day’s festivities.

Tickets are priced at £45 per head, and you can find out more here.

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French Patisserie & Desserts

Food Sorcery

Saturday 6 May

Didsbury’s very-own cookery school, Food Sorcery, is hosting a dedicated French Patisserie & Desserts workshop this weekend.

As the French and fine dining are undeniably linked, it’s true that elegant desserts with quality ingredients make French cuisine great for occasions where you want to impress, but there are also some simple classics that can showcase your skills with minimal fuss – and this workshop will guide through how to make them all.

Traditional French Apple Tart, Profiteroles, and Citron Curd Tartare just some of the dishes you could learn how to prepare during this five-hour class.

Find out more and book your spot on the class here.

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Featured Image – ELR | The Village Screen

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