Spring bank holiday in Manchester and the North

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Spring bank holiday in Manchester and the North

Chris Horkan, Music Editor

Spring bank holiday, or late May bank holiday as you may know it, offers the perfect time to do something a little different.

To help you take full advantage of your three-day weekend, we’ve gathered together our top tips – from a city-wide music festival and street-wide takeover by one of the city’s most beloved bands, via The Refuge’s hedonistic three-day-long party, through to the final performance of ‘one of the most impressive pieces of theatre you’ll see this year’, Manchester has plenty to offer.

Further afield, it’s your last chance to catch this year’s Leeds Indie Food Fest, while Liverpool’s diverse celebration of Sgt Pepper is only just kicking off. And if you yearn to escape the city, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is handily launching its latest high-profile showcase.

Read on for details of all of these – and why not check out our half term guide too?

Things to do right now

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Dance 17–18 November 2017, from £7.00

Black Gold Arts Festival at Contact

Festivals 13–18 November 2017, FREE

New Music North West 2017

Theatre 2–18 November 2017, from £10.00

Jubilee at the Royal Exchange

Exhibitions 23 September–19 November 2017, FREE

Arts and Wonder season at Quarry Bank

23 September–19 November 2017, FREE

Broadside Ballads at Quarry Bank Mill

Exhibitions 23 September–19 November 2017, FREE

Changing Places at Quarry Bank

Festivals 16–19 November 2017,

Kendal Mountain Festival 2017

Cinema 17–23 November 2017, from £5.00

Thelma at HOME

Theatre 31 October–25 November 2017, from £12.00

The Hound of the Baskervilles at The Kings Arms