The Bank Holiday weekend and relentless sunshine may be over, but there are still lots of reasons to get out and about in Manchester this weekend. On Friday you can watch the sunset over Salford Quays on a city cruise that includes a banquet of homemade curries and beer. Fans of My Dad Wrote A Porno should head to the Opera House to catch the live show from the team behind the smash hit podcast. And on Saturday music fans can catch legendary DJ Norman Jay behind the decks, bringing the good times to Band on the Wall.

Curry and beer sunset cruise

Climb aboard the Princess Katharine for a sunset cruise along the River Irwell that includes an Indian feast. The three hour cruise departs from the city centre to MediaCityUK, taking in sights including Old Trafford, Imperial War Museum and Stephenson’s Bridge. The food is freshly prepared by chef Lakshmi to traditional recipes and includes a starter, three curry mains, rice, bread and wine or beer. Expect dishes such as potato and coconut curry, green peas cooked with spinach and spices, and potato-stuffed bread cooked with homemade butter. Friday 11th May, 7.30pm. Pre-booking essential. Tickets £25.

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My Dad Wrote a Porno live

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What would you do if your dad wrote a dirty book? Ignore it? Keep it quiet? Not Jamie Morton. He reads it to the world. Hear the hilarious My Dad Wrote A Porno live as the team behind the smash hit podcast bring their sell-out show to Manchester. With nearly 100 million downloads and legions of fans across the globe, the podcast has become something of a cultural phenomenon. Along with his best mates James Cooper and Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine, Jamie will read a ‘lost chapter’ from his dad’s notoriously brilliant Belinda Blinked saga when the show comes to the Opera House. Friday 11th May, 8pm, Opera House. Tickets around £30.

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Good Times and Groovement

Norman Jay is one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world. Co-founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and dance music station KISS FM, Jay fostered the ‘Rare Groove’ scene, pushing the boundaries of the UK’s emerging club culture. Awarded an MBE for services to deejaying and music, in 2017 he released Mister Good Times. On Saturday he brings his legendary party to Manchester, continuing to convert new generations of clubbers to the cause, championing new sounds, yet never forgetting his musical roots. Norman last rocked the Band on the Wall sound system in 2010, and fans will be delighted to see him back behind the decks. There’s also a set from DJ Jamie Groovement. Saturday 12th May, 11pm, Band on the Wall. Tickets from £10.

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