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TRAVEL bi­ble Rough Guides re­cently con­firmed what ev­ery Man­cu­nian al­ready knows, the city is the coun­try’s cul­tural cap­i­tal and with an en­tic­ing se­ries of sport­ing, culi­nary and art events com­ing up in the next few months it’s clear Manch­ester de­serves such an ac­co­lade. If you’re a sports fan, a gourmet, are seek­ing a cul­tural fix or are just af­ter an un­for­get­table day out with the fam­ily then look no fur­ther than Manch­ester’s ex­cit­ing pro­gramme of events.

May has is a se­ries of foodie fi­es­tas tak­ing place.

From May 15 to 17 restau­rants and street food traders are join­ing forces for the first Castle­field Food Fes­ti­val.

The three-day event at Castle­field Bowl will fea­ture a demo kitchen show­cas­ing cooking ex­per­tise, pop-up restau­rants and live mu­sic. From May 30 to 31, Al­bert Square will be filled with the mouth-wa­ter­ing aro­mas of bar­be­cue when it hosts the Grill­stock fes­ti­val. DJs and bands will also be per­form­ing pro­vid­ing the per­fect mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of all things grilled, pulled and slow cooked.

The Spring Fes­ti­val of Mar­kets re­turns to St Ann’s Square on May 21 run­ning un­til June 7. The mar­ket in­cludes a se­lec­tion of themed stalls, a vin­tage fash­ion bou­tique and unique prod­ucts from some of the north west’s best ar­ti­sans, three bars and live en­ter­tain­ment.

On May 10 The Great Ci­tyGames Manch­ester will see world-class ath­letes com­pete on a pur­pose-built track on Deans­gate and in an arena in Al­bert Square.

The games will be a rare chance to see top ath­letes com­pete in an ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment and marks the com­pet­i­tive re­turn of Jes­sica En­nis-Hill in the 100m hur­dles.

The fol­low­ing day, May 10, sees the re­turn of Mor­risons, Great Manch­ester Run when thou­sands of run­ners will take to the city streets for Europe’s big­gest 10k run.

From May 31 to June 7 North­ern Lawn Ten­nis Club, Dids­bury, will host the Ae­gon Manch­ester Tro­phy. The tour­na­ment will see some of the world’s best ten­nis play­ers kick­ing off their prepa­ra­tions for Wim­ble­don.

For any­one look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion, in­no­va­tion and a chance for se­ri­ous con­tem­pla­tion Manch­ester In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val be­gins on July 2.

With an ex­cep­tional arts pro­gramme the fes­ti­val nur­tures new work and de­but per­for­mances – high­lights to look out for in­clude Bjork’s first Euro­pean per­for­mance of her new al­bum, and an un­prece­dented col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween painter Ger­hard Richter and com­poser Avro Pärt.

Fi­nally the un­miss­able Manch­ester Day is on June 14. The city em­braces a party at­mos­phere as the streets be­come a car­ni­val of colour with a pa­rade, amaz­ing spec­ta­cles and ex­cit­ing things to do. Manch­ester Day should be in ev­ery­one’s di­ary.

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