Although most people are busying themselves by putting up the festive decorations and preparing for the Christmas party season, here at Two Lives One Lifestyle we’re looking ahead to 2016 to see what great attractions there are to enjoy.
The north-west has a great global reputation for its vibrant cities and entertainment opportunities, so whether you fancy betting on a horse at the Grand National, or prefer seeing a big music star in your hometown, here are some top events to look forward to.
Music in the north-west
The cities of Manchester and Liverpool have transformed the musical scene over the past few decades with bands such as Oasis, New Order and The Beatles all putting the north-west on the map. And there are many festivals that aim to continue this heritage with the likes of Parklife Festival in Heaton Park and Dot To Dot providing the latest in cutting-edge indie and electro sounds.
But it’s the two Stone Roses shows at the Etihad Stadium in June that will have most Mancunians excited as this iconic band very rarely make public performances, and these shows should not be missed!
As usual, both Manchester United and Manchester City are near the top of the Premiership, and it looks to be a fantastic footballing summer as we get to see both teams fighting to reclaim the title. Furthermore, the Euro 2016 tournament in France will undoubtedly turn every pub into a mini football stadium in the months of June and July – so get the face paint ready!
And 9 April is when everyone becomes a horse racing fan when the Grand National takes place at the historic Aintree racecourse in Liverpool. With Betway’s mobile site offering the thrill of betting on a horse from within the stands, it’s now easier than ever to take part of this prestigious event – just remember that this year’s race starts at the later time of 5.15pm.
Fun in the city
If you’ve still got some energy left after the previous day’s Grand National, then 10 April is when Manchester hosts the Greater Manchester Marathon. Although the run certainly looks like a lot of fun, a far more relaxing option has to be simply taking part in the carnival atmosphere as thousands of people try and predict the winner as they throng the route from Trafford, past Stretford and then all the way back from Altrincham via Urmston.
And finally, if you’re looking for a perfectly child-like way to celebrate the end of winter, then bear in mind that Liverpool’s Echo Arena is hosting Disney On Ice’s Silver Anniversary Celebration for four days in March!