Three to see this weekend: the tropics, robotics and acoustics

Had enough of weekends at home curled up on the sofa watching box sets with your favourite takeaways on speed dial?

Brave the arctic weather and get some great summer holiday ideas and deals at the UK’s leading and longest-running travel show at EventCity. See a local songwriting legend in concert at Manchester’s newest performance space. Or meet some robots at the Museum of Science and Industry.

The choice is yours.

Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show

The UK’s leading and longest running travel show takes place at EventCity from 18 – 21 January 2018, hosting the region’s biggest choice of travel brands under one roof. With over 150 travel companies, the show is packed with leading and independent tour operators, tourist boards from across the globe, vibrant entertainment and culinary experiences from around the world. Enjoy over 25 hours of talks in the Meet the Experts Theatre and sample international flavours and get tips from top celebrities at the Food & Travel Stage.  Back for 2018 is an even bigger Visit USA Pavilion – the perfect place to learn where’s hot in North America in 2018 and get some great deals. Advance tickets are £8.50 (£9.95 on the door).

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ROBOTS at the Museum of Science and Industry

Cygan a 1957 robot © Plastiques Photography, MOSI

The robots are coming! Get close to a unique collection of over 100 robots from a 17th century dancing wine goblet and an animatronic baby, to Maria from 1927 film classic Metropolis and a news-reading android from Japan at this blockbuster exhibition which brings together some of the most advanced technology out there as well as exploring the question of what it means to be human in an increasingly robotic world. And on Saturday from 10.30 till 3.30 there’s a special chance for you to meet some of our robot friends at Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens which will feature some of the University of Sheffield’s friendliest robots. Free.

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Graham Gouldman – A Heart Full of Songs

Pic Judy Totton

Salford-born songwriting legend Graham Gouldman is probably best known for his stellar success as part of 10cc and for writing songs such as I’m Not In Love and Rubber Bullets. He also penned some of the biggest hits of sixties for Manchester bands like The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits and Wayne Fontana. On Sunday, he is performing Heart Full of Songs, an intimate, critically acclaimed acoustic set, at the stunning Stoller Hall, Manchester’s newest concert venue.

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