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Five of the best live events in Manchester this weekend

This House

You don’t have to be into politics to thoroughly enjoy the superb touring production of James Graham’s Westminster-based play This House, which is at The Lowry until tomorrow evening. The fast-paced, witty and tense production is based on real-life events occurring in parliament between 1974 and 1979 and proves to be fantastically entertaining insight into the secrets of the Place of Westminster. You’ll laugh, cry and maybe even feel a surge of pride in the whole chaotic system.

Read our review here or book tickets here.

The Animals

Altrincham’s Cinnamon Club in a veritable hidden gem on the Manchester music scene. With an unmatchable atmosphere and the region’s largest sprung dancefloor, it certainly knows how to attract the biggest names in jazz and pop music. Tonight, quintessential Sixties rockers The Animals return for a third gig, playing all their hits including The House of the Rising Sun.

Book tickets here.  

Scotsman on Show

There’s much excitement at the East Lancashire Railway as, hot on the heels of Tornado, another legendary locomotive steams into the Irwell Valley. This time it’s the turn of the most famous steam engine in the world, The Flying Scotsman. This weekend’s Scotsman on Show events allow visitors to get up close and personal with The People’s Engine and learn about its illustrious past. There’ll be bragging rights aplenty after you’ve climbed aboard and had a photo in the driver’s seat.

Book tickets here. Limited seats remain to ride behind the Flying Scotsman this May, click here for more details.

Milton Jones is Out There

TV regular and king of the one-liner Milton Jones brings his new tour to Stockport Plaza on Saturday evening. Milton is promising to “hold up the mirror of truth to society” – which can surely only end amusingly. Between the laughs be sure to admire the beautifully-preserved art deco interior of an amazing venue that’s been keeping Stockport entertained since 1932.

Book tickets here. Book a behind-the-scenes Plaza guided tour here.

Michael Parkinson: Our Kind of Music

Is there a better way to wind down on a Sunday evening the to join Sir Michael Parkinson on a musical journey via Barnsley, sixties Manchester, Wood Lane and Broadcasting House? Our Kind of Music promises to be a memorable, one-of-a-kind show featuring live music, archive clips and, of course, a good deal of chat from the master himself.

Click here to book tickets – enter promo code qtparkinson for a special ticket offer!

Visit the Quaytickets website for our full event listings. Have a great weekend!


Review: This House (The Lowry, Salford 25/04/18)

It can be universally agreed that politics aren’t an awful lot of fun these days. So a trip to the theatre to watch the turbulent exploits of Labour and Tory whips as they negotiate the chaotic inner workings of the House of Commons might seem an unusual means of escapism. Fear not, however, for This House provides tense, moving and frequently hilarious entertainment from start to finish.

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Ride with The Flying Scotsman!

Ride with The Flying Scotsman on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May at East Lancashire Railway 

The People’s Engine – The Flying Scotsman – makes a hotly anticipated return to the East Lancashire Railway in 2018 as she runs a series of passenger services and static displays throughout the year.

You can reserve your place in history (and bragging rights too) with a ride behind the world’s most famous steam engine as it steams through the picturesque Irwell Valley.

Your ticket entitles you to a return trip on the iconic engine, as well as unlimited travel on other ELR train services running on the day!

There are two types of Flying Scotsman tickets available:
Bury to Rawtenstall (Return)
Approximate journey time of 1 hour and 10 minutes (tickets priced at £25 adults and £15 children)
Bury to Heywood (Return)
Approximate journey time of 45 minues (tickets priced at £15 adults and £10 children)

Click here to reserve a seat on The Flying Scotsman from Bury to Heywood


It is possible to book both a Bury to Rawtenstall (Return) and a Bury to Heywood (Return) ticket to form a full line return journey, however please note that the same seats may not be available. Please check the seating plan during the online booking process to see if the same seats are available for both legs of the journey, if they have already been booked then you can select other seats. If your seats are different then you will need to swap when ‘Flying Scotsman’ returns to Bury (from Rawtenstall). Click here for full information.

Flying Scotsman Factfile:

  • Built in 1923, at Doncaster Works
  • In 1928, hauled the first ever non-stop London to Edinburgh service (8 hours)
  • In 1934, became the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph
  • Retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2.08 million miles
  • In 1989, set the record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive (422 miles)
  • Featured on specially produced £5 coins for the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Returned to service in 2016 after a £4.5 million restoration project

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