Manchester Journals

Festive Days Out

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A December 2012 trip to Manchester by Joy S

Manchester Christmas Market Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: Some of the things we, as a family, enjoyed doing over the festive season in and around Manchester

Opera House

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Attraction | "Manchester Opera House"

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The Opera House in Manchester is a grand old theatre, located fairly centrally, with car-parks, bars and restaurants close by. Every year at Christmas, they put on a spectacular Christmas pantomime - this year it was Peter Pan, a great way to get into the festive spirit. Adults and children alike in our party thoroughly enjoyed the show.The Opera House, as well as staging some wonderful shows is also a beautiful building. It is Grade II listed and dates back to 1915 when it first opened as a theatre. Check out the facade - it is beautiful with lovely Ionic columns.It actually closed as a theatre after World War II. It then became a cinema for a while and even a bingo hall,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2013

Opera House
Quay Street
Manchester, England M3 3HP
+44 161 242 2524

Speke Hall

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Attraction

Speke Hall Photo, Liverpool, England
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Speke Hall is a Tudor mansion, close to Liverpool airport and just on the outskirts of the city. It dates back to the 1530's and is a beautiful building with wonderful black and white Tudor architecture. It was the home of the Norris family, but now is run by the National Trust.It is a lovely place to visit all year round, but at Christmas time, the whole place is decorated and they run festive events, so it really does come into its own and we think this is a great time for a visit.We went 3 weeks before Christmas. They seem to run the festive events every weekend in the run-up to Christmas. It was very busy - do be prepared for the crowds. That said though, we managed to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2013

Speke Hall
The Walk
Liverpool, England L24 1XD
+44 151 427 7231

Bridgewater Hall

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Attraction | "Messiah at the Bridgewater Hall"

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A visit to watch a performance of Handel's Messiah every year at the beginning of December has become another of our festive traditions. It, for us, really marks the start of the Christmas season and is a special thing to do each year. Although this choral masterpiece was originally designed to be performed at Easter time, for me, Christmas is the perfect time to see it.The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester is the perfect setting to see Messiah. It has a lovely atmosphere, is very convenient to get to and the accoustics inside are perfect.The Bridgewater Hall is one of Manchester's main concert venues. They have a lot of classical music performances, it is home to the Halle Or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2013

Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester, England M2 3WS
+44 161 907 9000

Manchester Christmas Market

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Attraction | "Manchester Christmas Markets"

Manchester Christmas Market Photo, Manchester, England
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A visit to the Christmas Markets in Manchester is something we, as a family, do religiously every year in December. The markets are wonderful, it is hard to believe that next year will be their 15th anniversary. They have become a feature of Christmas in the city since 1998. A group of German market traders came over that year, set up 17 stalls in St Anne's Square and the markets haven't looked back!! They have grown, become more and more successful and now, seem to have taken over the entire city. It is great.The main market is in Albert Square, right in front of Manchester Town Hall. It is very pretty, especially when it gets dark, with all the fairy lights strung around the trees ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2013

Manchester Christmas Market
Albert Square
Manchester, England

Royal Exchange

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Attraction | "Royal Exchange Theatre"

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We booked the Christmas show at the Royal Exchange Theatre - had a wonderful afternoon out, not only did we enjoy the performance, we loved the chance to explore this beautiful theatre and its surroundings.It is very easy to find - right in the city centre close to all the shops, in a building which was once the Victorian Cotton Exchange. The theatre is in the Great Hall - a historic and very beautiful setting.The Royal Exchange was founded in 1976. An IRA bomb in the centre of Manchester in 1996 caused it extensive damage, it was closed for 2 years for repairs and rebuilding work, then opened again in 1998. They did a great job with the rebuilding - it is a lovely theatre....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2013

Royal Exchange
St Ann's Square
Manchester, England M2 7DH
+44 161 833 9833

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom