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The New Year brings lots of new events and activities to the region – theatre, history and culture don’t slow down after Christmas.

Local history enthusiasts should pop along to Chetham’s Library on Sunday and participate in a self-guided tour of the museum and working library. There’s the opportunity to handle items from their extensive collection, see how the library works and learn how you can get involved.

If you still have time in your day, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House holds their monthly second hand book sale where you can find unseen gems and hidden favourites as well as visiting the home of one of Manchester’s prominent authors.

If you want to build your photo skills and get some fresh air on Friday, there is a free photography walking tour across the city centre starting at the O2 Store on Market Street.

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Push Festival

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HOME’s annual celebration of creative talent in the North West returns this weekend. Running until 26th January it will showcase fantastic works from around the region on stage, screen and in spaces around the centre.

As well as being able to see brand new creations and showcases, you’ll have the opportunity to meet industry professionals who will share ideas, inspiration and help to develop your skills.

The festival launches on Friday – and you can get a first look at the Push exhibitions, see extracts from Push performances and see a special performance of the House of Ghetto and Gemma Parker’s The Hidden Pin Up. Then carry on the celebrations in the bar with a DJ set by electronic artist Andrew James Brooks, where he’ll be playing a colourful mix of music inspired by themes in the festival.

Throughout the festival you can get involved with networking events in the galleries where you can meet artists, talks from fantastic regional directors and creators, and workshops where you can work on your own creative writing.

Tickets are on sale now from HOME and online, priced from £5, and it is on until Saturday 26th January.

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Wine Tasting Day

Wine Unearthed are hosting their monthly wine-tasting day at the Midland Hotel this Saturday.

The Manchester Wine-Tasting Courses are fantastic days out, learning about wine in a relaxed and fun environment – suitable for everyone from the absolute beginner through to budding wine enthusiast.

It’s a full day where you’ll taste 14 wines, learn about food and wine matching, how to spot a corked wine and much, much more. You’ll leave with a Vine to Wine or World of Wine notebook, your wine-tasting notebook, and most importantly increased confidence and a new found knowledge of your favourite wines.

Choose from ‘Vine to Wine’, World of Wine’, ‘Old World’, or ‘New World’ workshops.

The wine-tasting course is Saturday 12th January from 10.30am – 4pm and tickets are priced from £69.

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Messy Play Worsley event

This is a large scale, multi-sensory, messy play event with over 13 messy activities for families to explore freely.

It might be cold outside but join the Mess Around gang and party away those January blues. Little ones from six months up can enjoy getting messy with a painting wall, rainbow rice tea party, celebration spaghetti and lots more.

Explore, play, discover and learn – and have lots of messy fun! All you need to do is come along and mess around, and they’ll sort out the cleaning. It’s fun for all family as the adults get to play, too.

It’s aimed at ages six months to five years, with older siblings up to age 10 welcomed to enjoy the big kids create and make area. Get involved and enjoy playing, exploring, having fun and making memories.

Messy Play Worsley is at Boothstown Village Hall on Saturday 12th January from 2.30pm – 3.30pm.

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