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RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – 22nd July – 26 July 2015

This is a spectacular day out for friends and family and of course plant lovers.

Set in magnificent parklands,  the RHS Flower Show is a celebration of the best in gardening with a vibrant carnival garden-show-203807_640atmosphere.

Laid out in 3 “zones” –

Grow zone – floral marquee and lively Plant Village,

Inspire zone – fire your imagination in this zone

Feast zone – celebrates every aspect of growing your own.

For more information click here RHS Flower Show website



Also on the Garden topic you may be interested in this 7 day festival:- Dig the City – Manchester’s urban garden festival. 

31 July – 06 August 2015

Show Gardens and children’s programmes both bigger than before, and with more of the UK’s leading names in landscape design, horticulture and food. The city’s retail heart, from King Street to the Cathedral, will be transformed into a network of green, living streets.


For all you soap fans why not take a trip down the famous cobbles of the nation’s street Coronation Street The Tour.

Now open to the public for a limited time only – 5th April 2014 – 31st December 2015

You can have your picture taken at the bar of the Rovers Return and take a tour behind the scenes of the former Manchester sets.  Studio guides will share fascinating facts and stories from over 50 years of filming at the site which now has a new home at MediaCityUK. Click here for more information Coronation Street Tour

Bolton Food & Drink Festivalmeal-414382_640

28th August – 31st August 2015

A must see event in the North West’s food calendar, 10th Anniversary not to be missed.

The four day event is bursting with cooking demonstrations, speciality markets, entertainment and familyfun.


Listed below are 5 walks with a view

Historic Houses, Highest Hill – enjoy views over Bolton. Wigan and the West Pennine Moors as this walk takes you on a round trip from historic Smithills Hall up to Winter Hill – via the pretty mill village of Barrow Bridge. 

South Pennine Water Trail – Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough is your start and end point. As well as stunning views over the lake, you will also take in the Rochdale Canal. 

Worsley Village Circular – Enjoy the chocolate-box black and white timbered houses, tranquil woodlands and the birthplace of the transport revolution – The Bridgewater Canal.

Etherow Country Park Woodland and Waterways – A beautiful and calm woodland walk around mill ponds, rivers and streams with colourful views of the Goyt Valley. Begins and ends in Etherow Country Park, Stockport – look out for the giant kingfisher sculpture.

Peel Tower, Holcombe Moor and Ramsbottom – This circular walk has spectacular views, woodlands, riverside rambles and heritage. When you reach Peel Tower take a moment to admire the views over Manchester and the rest of the north-west. The walk begins at Ramsbottom Station – travel there in style on a steam train!

If you are looking for a good Italian Restaurant look no further – visit one of our Les Routiers Gold Member establishment San Carlo ManchesterSan Carlo Manchester Located in the city centre, San Carlo is a short bus ride away from Manchester Piccadilly train station, just a short walk from Manchester Central conference centre and the Arndale Shopping Centre.

Using only the finest, fresh ingredients San Carlo create authentic Italian cuisine; their speciality menus are designed by their team of esteemed chefs, management and directors. Celebrity chef, Aldo Zilli joined the creative team in 2013 to collaborate and develop exciting new twists on Italian classics.

A favourite with celebrities and footballers; due to the atmosphere as well as the food, San Carlo is the perfect destination for everything from business lunches to a relaxed evening meal.  San Carlo Manchester

We must not forget the Shopaholics! Shopping in Manchester is well worth more than one day’s attention!

Manchester Arndale – It is the UK’s largest shopping city-centre with over 200 retailers there isn’t a well-known high street brand that you won’t find – the phrase everything under one roof was never more appropriate!

Fashion lovers are particularly well catered for with Topshop/Topman, River Island and Nike alongside the world’s largest Next store. Gadget lovers can get their technology fix from the ever popular Apple store as well as a range of other electrical shops such as Bose. In addition to jewellery to suit every price point you can find a particularly inspiring branch of bookstore Waterstones, complete with in-store café and the vast Clas Ohlson, a store packed with useful things you never knew you needed.

After a day’s shopping you will need to refuel – why not visit another one of our Les Routiers Gold Member Establishment San Carlo Cicchetti. 

Situated on the ground floor of House of Fraser 101125_cicchetti_food_shots_002-710x470in Manchester.

The restaurant reinterprets the Venetian dining custom of Cicchetti. Using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients the small plates, similar to tapas, are perfect for sharing with friends whilst enjoying a glass of wine.

Celebrity chef, Aldo Zilli, joined the restaurant’s creative team in 2013 bringing his experience and twist on classic Italian dishes to Cicchetti. With an Italian Chairman, Italian director and Italian chefs, Cicchetti is an authentic Italian restaurant.

The relaxed atmosphere and stylish decor suits breakfast, lunch or dinner and can accommodate any occasion. San Carlo Cicchetti

Manchester is not only for the grown ups children can have fun too!

Visit the Play Factore – the UK’s leading indoor family entertainment arena complete with the largest play frame in Europe, the world’s tallest slide, laser quest, go-kart track, zip wire and extensive toddler area.

A must see family attraction is Museum of Science and Industry – based on the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world.  Kids big and small will be fascinated by the hands-on exhibitions, while the huge collection of vintage vehicles and historic working machinery is enthralling.

Legoland Discovery Centre – explore a Lego wonderland!  Just about everyone loves Lego and everyone will enjoy a trip here at the Trafford Centre.

Sea Life Manchester – over 5,000 creatures including sharks, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish and rays which you can watch fun talks and feed shows throughout the day while holding a crab or touching a starfish in an interactive touchpool experience.

There is lots to see and do whatever the weather and whatever age you are there is something for everyone!
















July 22, 2015 | Les Routiers UK

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