The Guide: events in Greater Manchester

From music and fun to arts and events: some suggestions of things to do in Greater Manchester over the next few months.

Events & Attractions

Manchester Christmas Markets As ever, Manchester's markets are watched over by Father Christmas

In recent years, a Mancunian winter has not felt complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of Manchester's Christmas markets with a warm glass of Gluhwein in one hand and a hot dog in the other, and this year will be no different, as the stalls and sellers return to Albert Square, Brazennose Street, King Street, St Ann's Square, Exchange Square and New Cathedral Street for a few weeks of festive fun (Thurs 17 Nov - Thurs 22 Dec)

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  • To mark the end of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the Bridgewater Canal, Salford's famous Barton Swing Aqueduct, opened in 1893, will be illuminated with orange light, making the well-known landmark even more striking than usual (Weds 14 Dec 2011 to Tues 3 Jan 2012)

Arts & Exhibitions

The first major exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite pioneer Ford Madox Brown's work since 1964 is at Manchester Art Gallery from September, showing with it 140 works from public and private collections, including his epic paintings of Victorian life, Work and The Last of England. The exhibition looks at 10 periods of the great artist's life, including the time he spent in Manchester working on the Town Hall murals (until Sun 29 Jan 2012)

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  • Inspired by "films like 28 Days Later, The Road, Children of Men and games such as Metro 2033, S.T.A.L.K.E.R and the Fallout series", James Chadderton's Manchester Apocalypse at Incognito is an exhibition of photos that show the city in a "evacuated, eroded and derelict, as if left to degrade for years" (Until Weds 4 Jan 2012)
  • Inspired by their experience of being stranded together in Mexico City in April 2010 under the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, Under That Cloud is an exhibition of jewellery by 18 international artists at Manchester Art Gallery (until April 2012)
  • Taking art display into an unusual setting, Salford artist Harold Riley is showing around 250 works in the corridors, wards and waiting areas of Salford Royal's new Hope Building, including some of his best loved works and a selection of pen sketches he produced during a recent stay in the hospital himself (ongoing)

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