Relocating to Manchester? 5 ways to explore a city of culture this weekend

tattonA change is as good as a rest, so the saying goes. So, we’re going to take a mini pause from our virtual tour of Hale this week, and spread our net a little wider in our exploration of Manchester and Cheshire.   Why so? This weekend is a particular cultural highpoint of the Manchester and Cheshire calendar, with some not-to-be missed festivals we feel we must share with you.

Relocating to a new part of the UK – or indeed from abroad – can take quite some emotional adjustment. After all, with many people compelled to move for their careers, the decision is not always driven by personal reasons. Let us help dispel any fears that Manchester and Cheshire offer anything but the very best in art and culture, with this whistle-stop tour of what’s on this weekend.

Manchester Jazz Festival

jazzStarting today, 18th July, Manchester Jazz festival is a celebration of international talent   Over the 10 days of great music in the city, 88 bands will be on hand to entertain across 8 wonderful venues. Our hot ticket is afternoon tea at the Midland Hotel with Manchester Jazz Festival.   We’ll be enjoying sophisticated jazz in truly regal surroundings.

A Grade II listed building, The Midland Hotel is no stranger to fabulous encounters: indeed, it was the spot where Rolls met Royce! Since opening in 1903, it has been home to a host of musical performances, and we yearn for la belle époque when a string quartet would perform for garden parties on the roof terrace.

It’s worth relocating to Cheshire for the food alone!

Tatton Park Foodies Festival: One truly great thing about Manchester and Cheshire is that you can be in the heart of a bustling metropolis one minute, and just half an hour later, you can find yourself in the heart of the countryside.

This weekend, the stunning and spectacular country estate of Tatton Park isn’t likely to be tranquil, however. It’s the Foodies Festival: an amazing celebration of food and drink. Michelin-starred chefs will be demonstrating their own favourite dishes as part of the Chef’s Theatre. Chocolatiers and confectioners, cake makers and bakers, and jam and preserve makers will be on hand for those with a sweet tooth. For al fresco dining there is a new outdoor BBQ arena. Join lunching chefs at the feasting tables in the fabulous Feasting Tent, the social hub of the festival.

Old Granada Studios hosts Moretti Tour

If you’re relocating to Cheshire from Italy, don’t worry, you can still eat food just like mamma makes it! Until 20th July the Moretti Movement will take you on a gastro journey across Italy tasting their unique specialty cuisine, traditional methods and signature dishes.

Old Granada Studios will be turning into a fiesta of authentic Italian food, with vendors including Pizza Pilgrims, Gurmetti, Gelupo and Terrone & Co.

Caribbean carnival comes to town!


This year’ s Annual Caribbean Carnival will be held on the 19th & 20th July 2014 at PlattFields Park Fallowfield will be home to two days of celebrating Caribbean culture. A flamboyant procession will weave in and out of the streets with stunning floats spreading the sound of Carnival. Watch out for exotic dance troupes showcasing their vibrant, elaborately designed Carnival costumes. Soca, Calypso and the unmistakable sound of the Caribbean, Steel pan bands will resound.

Relocating? Cheshire be your Culturefield Castlefield Gallery is working with Manchester Art Gallery to explore the concept of Culturefield, artist Ryan Gander’s imagined place with the perfect conditions for creativity. Coincidingwith the renowned British conceptual artist’s major solo exhibition, Make every show like it’s your last, at Manchester Art Gallery (3 July – 14 Sept 2014), it’s well worth a visit.