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Liverpool at Christmas - a fantastic festive weekend break

When you imagine a city break your brain most likely conjures up the likes of Paris, Rome, Amsterdam or even New York.

Market Place, Wigan, in the early 1950s

Ten pictures from the archives

Old pictures are like a time machine.

Porlock Weir.

Travel review: Moor the merrier in Exmoor

Can’t decide between moorland and coast for your next holiday destination? Are you looking for a place that has castles, family attractions and stunning scenery right on the doorstep?

Dingle Garden, Powys.

6 places to de-stress with a winter walk this Christmas

Take a break from Christmas shopping, list-making and party planning by enjoying the best of winter gardens nationwide.

Kirsties Handmade Christmas.

TV Choice: What to watch on TV and streaming this week

Check out our Weekend Magazine TV editor Stuart Chandler's picks for the coming week.

TV and Film
Douglas Henshall.

Big preview: Catching a real-life monster - In Plain Sight comes to ITV

The first episode opens as Detective William Muncie is celebrating his 40th birthday at home with his friends and family when a birthday card is hand delivered.

TV and Film
Theatre review: Billy Elliot at Manchester Palace Theatre

Theatre review: Billy Elliot at Manchester Palace Theatre

New to Manchester and on its first UK tour, the full production of Billy Elliot has arrived at the Palace Theatre and if you haven’t seen it before, you must.

Theatre and Comedy
Author John Sharrock Taylor

Globe-trotting book that embarks from Wigan Pier

A Wigan-born author is trying to prove the old saying about there never being more than six degrees of separation is true of the borough as well.

British World War Two veteran Bernard Sharrock, 92, is awarded with the Legion d'Honneur, presented by the Mayor of Wigan coun Ron Conway, surrounded by family, friends, members of the armed forces and pupils from Worsley Mesnes Community Primary School

War veteran given French hero’s medal 72 years later

A veteran who cheated death serving in World War Two has been given a top military honour from the French government for his service.

The cast of Much Ado About Nothing

Bard’s wit shines through in Much Ado

Review: Much ado about nothing at Manchester Opera House

Nicola Adam

It would be easy to assume that sitting down for an evening of Shakespeare, provided by the impossibly British and established RSC, would be an entirely serious affair dominated by brooding soliloquys and dashing over-wrought drama - this is anything but.

Theatre and Comedy
These brooches are just �5 each and there are lots to choose from

Brooches that won’t break the bank

A look at antiques with our expert Allan Blackburn...

Wigan World Formby inpersonator Anthony Mason has a CD out in time for Christmas

Geoffrey Shryhane’s My World

Let’s face it, it’s not Christmas without being wooed by the everlasting songs of our own George Formby.

Cinderella at The Bolton Octagon

Theatre review: Cinderella at Bolton Octagon

It’s nearly Christmas so time for fairy tale offerings from theatres across the land - many fairly predictable and some just a little bit different.

The demolition of Central Park in September 1999

Ten pictures from the archives

Everybody likes looking at old pictures, right?

Manchester German Christmas Markets on Albert Square in front of the landmark Town Hall


The glamour of Manchester at Christmas

One ordinary Saturday, 20 years ago, IRA terrorists ignited a bomb in Manchester.

Wigan Christmas lights

Let there be lights!

Thousands of Wiganers turned out for the Christmas lights switch on in Market Place.
Comic Peter Kay

Comic Peter Kay plans a show for ill mum

Comedian Peter Kay is taking to the stage for a special show in honour of a terminally ill mum from Wigan.

Gift shop

Where are the best gift shops?

With Christmas around the corner, we all need a little inspiration.

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