Manchester Airport in the United Kingdom was first open to travelers in 1938. Locals formerly referred to the airport as “Ringway” Airport. Today, this international airport offers flights to more than two hundred destinations with two runways and three terminals. Travelers enjoy flights into Manchester Airport: it was recently named “best UK airport.”

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Booking flights into Manchester Airport makes it easy for international travelers to participate in exciting events such as Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, Manchester Irish Festival, Re:play Festival, and Manchester Jazz Festival. With so many cultural events taking place in Manchester in 2018, travelers have their choice of Manchester airport hotels. Here is some information about our festival picks for 2015:

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The festival starts Wednesday (4-10:30pm) and ends Saturday (12:00 noon to 7pm). People who enjoy sampling new beers, ciders and perries will enjoy the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival at the Velodrome (National Cycling Centre).

Four large bars will also offer cask-conditioned drafts from some of UK’s finest brewers. Ten smaller breweries will also offer exceptional choices, including “Real Ale in a Bottle” and “Bière Sans Frontières” (continental brews) bars. Foreign beers from around the world, including Spain, Czech Republic, U.S., and Italy whet visitors’ palates! Drink responsibly, as there are more than five hundred beers to enjoy this year!

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This is the event’s second year, and organizers have reduced the admission rate of just £3. There are discounts (£1) for senior citizens, armed forces, full-time students and METROLINK ticket holders.

Manchester Irish Festival

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This popular festival includes a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held on Sunday, March 15th this year. According to “Irish Manchester Revisited,” (2013) Ireland’s links to Britain are strongly evidenced in Manchester but it is unnecessary to be of Irish heritage to enjoy the Manchester Irish Festival. The event takes place in Albert Square (near Lloyd and Bootle Streets) each year and offers visitors plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, and be merry!

Guinness beer and hot dogs are a favorite fast meal, though hundreds of food stalls offer a wide variety of Irish foods and other popular edibles, including donuts, hamburgers, and sweet foods. A favorite “Irish coffee” stand serves up liquor-laced hot coffee. Bistro-like tables line the streets so that attendees can enjoy the food and drink with friends.

Live music, featuring famous British performers throughout the British Isles, dance, and thousands of people from around the world attend the festival every year. Most people arrive wearing green but it is easy to purchase a huge assortment of schwags for the occasion. Airport hotels make it so easy to the festival activities.

Re:play Festival

The Re:play Festival, now in its ninth season, continues to offer attendees an assortment of “emerging, alternative arts” from Manchester, Salford and Australia! Re:play is offered by the Home Arts Centre in Manchester. The festival brings small productions that viewers might not have a chance to enjoy to a single venue.

Rob Johnston and Emma Gibson’s “War Stories” is an example of a collaborative effort between Manchester and Canberra artists. Reviewers say the result is “seamless.” Dialogue between a nurse from Australia and a UK midlands conscript are based upon actual records of the Australian Red Cross. The “JB Shorts” series is also quite popular. Each up to fifteen minute-long skit engages viewers with “compressed” drama. For instance, James Quinn and Peter Kerry act out a war satire (“A Great War”) that is praised by local reviewers. David Isaac (“Paradise Island”) and Jane McNulty (“A Hairline Crack”) are also audience favorites. See them now!

Manchester Jazz Festival

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A wide variety of artists (about fifty different groups) perform for festival-goers at assorted Manchester venues, including Band on the Wall, Central Library, Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club, Royal Northern College of Music, Soup Kitchen, St. Ann’s Church, The Midland, and Thwaites Festival Square & Pavilion. Manchester Jazz Festival is one of the world’s most attended British cultural events and is a must-see for jazz lovers. Some performances are completely free while others bear a small ticket admissions price.

Groups include Jazz on 3 (BBC), Klammer, Red Hippo, Juliet Kelly’s Spellbound Stories, Arun Ghosh Sextet (A South Asian Suite + DJ), Cuban Salsa Party, Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra, Speakeasy Bootleg Band, Young Pilgrims, Twelves and many more.

This great event is one of the best!

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