What's On

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 4 – 10 March 2024

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We’re into our first full week of March now, and the first signs of spring are definitely starting to show across the region.

There’s absolutely no shortage of exciting events and activities in the Greater Manchester social calendar to be getting involved with now a new month is here – with everything International Women’s Day, Manchester Irish Festival, Mother’s Day, and so much more on the packed lineup this week.

If you’re finding it a bit tricky to pick what to do though, not to worry, as we’ve chosen a few of the best bits for another edition of our ‘what’s on‘ guide.

Here’s some of our recommendations.



Six Nations 2024

Greater Manchester

Monday 4 March – onwards


The Six Nations is back, and in full swing across the UK.

With the international rugby tournament having now officially kicked-off, we thought it would be only right to put together a list of the very best places in Greater Manchester to head on down to and catch a game.

After all, we don’t want you scrambling around to find places showing the action, we just want you to sit back and enjoy the games.


Read our round-up of the best places to watch the Six Nations here.


Pretty Woman – The Musical

Opera House Manchester

Monday 4 – Sunday 17 March

Pretty Woman The Musical is here in Manchester again this week.


Having taken over the iconic Opera House Manchester stage on an extended run right through to 17 March, the smash-hit musical production is based on the beloved 1990 romantic comedy film of the same name starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

It’s described as being a “a sensational show guaranteed to lift your spirits and light up your heart”, and there’s still a few tickets on sale.

Find out more and grab last-minute tickets here.


Did you know that a new ‘hobby house’ has opened up in the heart of Manchester city centre?

It’s called ‘Altogether Otherwise’.


Having recently opened down at Manchester’s growing neighbourhood, NOMA, the innovative new concept is is setting out to provide the Greater Manchester public with a welcome relief from all the demands and fast-paced culture of city centre life that we’ve, sadly, all become so used to.

It’s been dubbed a “place to pursue creativity” and a chance to explore and get stuck into some new activities, all while bumping into like-minded people in an ever-changing gathering space. 

There’s an exciting lineup of workshops and events that are free to attend.

Find out more here.



Manchester Open Exhibition 2024


Monday 4 March – 28 April

Manchester Open Exhibition is back for the third time in our city.

Taking place every two years down at HOME, the Open Exhibition is the biggest celebration of Greater Manchester’s creative talent, and sees HOME’s Gallery walls filled with 480 artworks created by the people of our region that have been specially-selected by a panel consisting of art experts and community representatives.

Open to all, the Exhibition brings together artwork including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital and mixed media, video, audio, and so much more. 


Find out more here.


The Sopranos 25th Anniversary BADA-QUIZ-SHOW


Wednesday 6 March

Big fan of The Sopranos?


In a bid to celebrate the 25th anniversary of what many consider to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, TV shows of all time, Cultplex – which is Manchester‘s home of cult cinema, video games, and “cool nerdy events” tucked away within the award-winning venue GRUB in the Green Quarter – will be holding a special edition of their popular cult film trivia evening ‘Quiz Show’ dedicated to the show.

Through various ‘quizzical multimedia rounds’, quizmaster Jason Bailey will be testing players’ knowledge of New Jersey’s greatest family man and waste management consultant.

Find out more and grab last-minute tickets here.


Lass Fest 2024



Thursday 7 – Sunday 11 March

Manchester is hosting its very-own ‘Lass Fest’ with loads of special events to celebrate International Women’s Day this week.

In a bid to mark the annual occasion and properly celebrate all the brilliant women and girls from Greater Manchester and beyond, GRUB’s ‘Lass Fest’ is back with four days of special events and activities across three venues from this Thursday through to Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Festivalgoers can expect food, drinks, music, art, shopping, comedy, cabaret, games, films, and more, all to celebrate amazing women in our region.

Find out more here.



Did you see that Rochdale Town Hall has now officially reopened to the public?

The stunning Grade I-listed building in the Greater Manchester town recently underwent a major restoration project, and although it’s been a long time coming, last weekend, the venue finally reopened to the general public.

Residents and visitors are finally able to see the results of the work for themselves now that the stunning building has thrown open its doors.

Teams of specialists and more than 500 volunteers have spent four years transforming the space and restoring it to its former glory.

Spaces previously been hidden from view are also now accessible for the first time ever.


Find out more, and catch a glimpse of the new Town Hall here.


BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2024

Manchester City Centre

Thursday 7 – Saturday 10 March

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is back in Manchester for another year this week.


Taking over O2 Victoria Warehouse and several other venues across the city centre from this Thursday through to Saturday, Young Fathers, Gossip, and The Smile are the big-name headliners on the absolutely stacked lineup for 2024, and are all set to play the iconic old Warehouse Project venue across the three days.

Other notable names on the roster include Hak Baker, Jordan Rakei, and DJ Seinfeld, as well as rising local artists Porij, Witch Fever, DJ collective Not Bad For A Girl, and so many more.

Find out more about everything happening at the 2024 festival here.


Manchester Irish Festival 2024

Manchester City Centre


Friday 8 – Sunday 17 March

Manchester’s massive Irish Festival is returning to the city centre this week.

The biggest of its kind in the whole of Europe, Manchester Irish Festival is known and loved for putting on 10 whole days of Irish revelry in the heart of the city centre every year – with something for everyone of all ages to get involved with.

Taking place from this Friday 8 March, right through to St Patrick’s Day on Sunday 17 March, you can expect a jam-packed lineup of 200 events spanning the whole city this year.

Find out more here.



NEW OPENING – The Lamb of Tartary

Northern Quarter

There’s now a brand-new pub right in the heart of the Northern Quarter.

The Lamb of Tartary has now officially opened its doors, and the stunning space has completely transformed the former Cottonopolis site on Newton Street into a bright and airy restaurant.

The new venue comes from the same team behind the Edinburgh Castle pub in Ancoats, which was recently named one of the best gastropubs in the country, and executive chef Shaun Moffat, who is also an award-winner after being named Chef of the Year at the MFDF Awards, will be in charge of the menu.

Chef Moffat has created a mouthwatering list of seasonal British dishes.

There’s small plates including Atlantic prawn cocktail with melba toast, burrata with pumpkin and green sauce, Otterburn Farm pork available as bacon collar and loin chops, and Cornish lobster with hollandaise, as well as an eclectic Brunch Menu too.

Find out more here.


Canine Café

Abney Court Care Home

Friday 8 March

Abney Court Care Home calling on locals to take their dogs down to its ‘Canine Café’ this Friday to help cheer up the residents.

After recent studies have shown that introducing dogs into care home settings can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction among the community, the Cheadle-based care has decided to host its very-own ‘Canine Café’ with tasty puppy-themed treats and drinks, garden games, raffles, and so much more.

The Greater Manchester public is invited down to join in the fun from 11am-12pm.

Find out more here.


Red Rose Diner

East Lancashire Railway

Friday 8 March – onwards

Greater Manchester’s iconic heritage railway is hosting one of the most unique fine dining experiences in the region this week.

Running on selected Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 March right through to November this year, East Lancashire Railway’s Red Rose Diners are described as being “the ultimate first class foodie experience”, as they start with a glass of fizz and stretch over an almost three-hour steam train journey through the Irwell Valley.

The experience includes a four-course dinner with complimentary sparkling wine, followed by tea or coffee and after-dinner chocolates.

Find out more and book here.


Did you hear that six cult Manchester restaurants have recently scooped coveted Deliveroo awards?

The results of the 2024 Deliveroo Restaurant Awards are in, and six of our city’s most-popular and best-loved eateries have been announced as claiming coveted prizes, after the food delivery service’s loyal customers voted with their hearts – and stomachs – for their favourite local establishments. 

Slap & Pickle, Double Zero Pizzeria, and Mughli are among the local restaurants in Manchester that fought off competitors across the North and Midlands to take a title.

Then, a further five restaurants were recognised in the region’s best cuisine awards – with winners including Burgerism for ‘Best Burger & American’, and Unagi Street Food & Sushi for ‘Best Japanese’.

A total of 60 honours were up for grabs in this year’s Awards.

So, if you’re wondering where to order a takeaway from this weekend, then find out which locals won big in the 2024 Deliveroo Restaurant Awards here.


Walk For Women

Manchester City Centre

Saturday 9 March

Hundreds are set to march through the streets of Manchester city centre to mark International Women’s Day this weekend.

The annual ‘Walk for Women’ returns for 2024 this Saturday from midday to 2:30pm.

The much-loved event is a celebration of the significant economic, political, and social achievements that women have made since they first won the right to vote just over 100 years ago, and organisers say it’s a brilliant chance to come together with family, friends, colleagues, and likeminded strangers to share a passion for equality and creating opportunities for Manchester women. 

Find out more here.


Seconds Sunday Roast Carvery

Freight Island

Sunday 10 March – onwards

Freight Island’s most famous Sunday feast, Seconds Carvery, is back to bring the good people of Manchester some proper winter-warming comfort food.

Diners can now dive into this modern take on a classic carvery every Sunday.

Running between 12pm and 6pm, you book yourself a half-hour slot to see the carvery chef on the terrace, where you choose a main from roast topside of Highland beef, marmalade glazed gammon joint, roast turkey crown, or roast squash and wild mushroom wellington.

But the stand-out feature of Seconds has to be the bottomless trimmings – including proper Yorkshire puddings, garlic and rosemary roast potatoes, buttered mash, broccoli, glazed carrots, petit pois, and 48-hour gravy. 

Find out more and book your carvery slot here.


Looking for some Mother’s Day plans in Greater Manchester this Sunday?

In case you need a little reminder, this Sunday 11 March is Mother’s Day, and for those who are fortunate to have a mother figure be a part of their lives, then it’s time to show your love and appreciation for all they have done for us, this year and every year – as well as a time to remember those who are sadly no longer with us.

But, if you’re looking for a last-minute way to mark the special day, and are in need of some inspiration, then keep your eyes peeled and check The Manc website in the coming days.

After all, Manc mums should always be celebrated.


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