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What's on in 2024

Our events are listed in date order, please check details for each event to find out about the location and how to purchase tickets. All Waterside events tickets are available from Waterside Arts Box Office

Web: watersidearts.org  

Tel: 0161 912 5616

Sat 1st June

‘Let’s get Creative’

A fun event for under 12s  with craft and poetry workshops, live music, face painting and story time organised by Sale Library, Trafford Events, Spotlight Drama, and friends of the Sale Poetry Trail.

Sale Library - 11.00 - 3.00pm Free Entry and Refreshments

Weds evenings in June

‘Everyone Can’, Floor 1, 25 School Road, Sale M33 7XX

Our local charity ‘Everyone Can’ is holding gaming sessions on Wednesday evenings throughout June for children with a disability and their families 4pm to 5:30pm and 6pm to 7:30pm and on Thursday mornings for adults with a disability 10:30am to 12 noon.

Gaming sessions can have up to 30 players using the latest consoles and technology. Open to every disability, though please contact  prior to your first visit to ensure you get the most out of your time at the centre. 

SESSIONS ARE FREE Contact julian.lee@everyonecan.org.uk or phone 0808 800 0009

4th & 5th June

‘Britain in the 1960s- cultural and political memories of the Swinging Sixties’ - an illustrated talk by Dave Walmsley 

£10 cash payment on the night- places must be reserved via dave@walmsley.co.uk 

Sale Sports Club, doors open at 7.00pm. Talk begins at 7.30pm

Weds 5th June

Waterside Arts presents the film ‘Viva Las Vegas’ with Elvis Presley

Waterside Arts’ friendly films make cinema more accessible for people living with dementia or additional access needs, their families to have  a fun and inclusive experience in a safe and welcoming environment. With no adverts and  low lights, the audience can move around and sing along to any musical numbers. A short halfway break means that free tea and coffee can be served.

Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre – 2.00pm ( the film lasts 1 hour 25 minutes) Tickets are £6 with a free place for an essential companion if required.

Thurs 6th June

‘Sale Male Voice Choir with Sweet Rhythm Swing Band’

Timperley Congregational Church, Heyes Lane – 7.00pm Tickets £10

Fri 7th June

'Motion, Movement and Action’- Sale Photographic Society’s themed Exhibition and Awards Ceremony

Join the Mayor, competition judge and competition entrants to view the superb entries for the adult and young people’s 2024 competition, and to congratulate the winners.

HIYA Rooms, Stanley Square Mall- 6.30pm- 7.30pm Free Entry

Sat 8th June

‘Sale Comic Con’

Wow Events present a free fun day out for the whole family with Sale Comic Con.  Special guests from the world of film and television include Phil Fletcher with Hacker T. Dog from CBBC, Willie Coppen from the world of Star Wars, George Coppen from Willow, and actor Clem So from Dr Who and many other films and shows.

 

From the world of comics  guests attending include Lew Stringer and Laura Howell from The Beano, Marc Jackson from The Phoenix  and Brian M. Clark and John Jackson from The Mancunian among others.

 

You can see a Tardis, meet a Dalek, a Cyberman or take a look at The A Team’s van. You can also take part in one of our three cosplay competitions for children under 8,  for teens under 15, and for adults.

There will also be lots of traders selling comics, toys, and memorabilia from tv and film.

Stanley Square and Mall – 10.30am- 4.00pm Free Entry

Sat 8th June

Artful Playground presents ‘Minifest’ - A Gig for Kids that Adults will Love too

‘MiniFest’ is a fun, live musical experience for children. With original songs written especially to stimulate young imaginations and encourage physical activity, and some familiar favourites too. Played by the brilliant Artful Playground Band you are treated to a wide range of musical styles from Rock and Roll to Gypsy Jazz, to rap. Although aimed at 2-8 years olds ‘MiniFest’ will have family members of all ages up on their feet having a jolly, musical party together.

Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre - 11.00am Tickets £8/£6 concessions

Sat 8th June

‘Trafford Mayor’s Canal Boat Parade’

Sale Cruising Club start the Mayor’s parade near the Bridge Inn on Dane Road and sail down to Timperley Bridge before returning to the Plaza. View the parade and relax on the Plaza.

Waterside Plaza & Canal – 2.00pm/ Return 3.15pm (approx)

Sat 8th June

Amy Webber with Hootin’ Annies -‘Up Close and Personal – from standards to stand up and everything in between’

“Up Close & Personal with Amy Webber” promises to be an utterly entertaining experience with an artist unleashed to do what she does best. This one-off show will be a first for Amy, weaving together jazz classics, weird and wonderful stories, and hilarious comedy. 

Amy will be singing some of her all-time favourite songs while delving into anecdotes from her childhood in Japan to how she accidentally fell into comedy, careers tried and failed, and music she discovered along the way. Expect soulful singing, unfiltered storytelling, and captivating entertainment from a performer who is unashamedly herself. 

Amy is an award-winning comedian and vocalist, as heard on BBC Radio 4. A versatile voice and flare for performance have led to a diverse and exciting career as a singer, musical comedian, and songwriter. With an degree in Opera and a masters in Pop (Royal Northern College of Music), she is excited to be returning to Manchester for this intimate and exclusive show.

Winner of 'Best Stand Up Comedy' at Manchester Fringe (2023), Amy's debut one woman comedy show was praised as “a divinely constructed comedy hour” (Playbill) and alongside a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe, was added to the Telegraph's '35 of the funniest shows of the Fringe' list. As a singer, Amy has performed in iconic venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Abbey Road Studios and as a songwriter she has written songs for the likes of Oxford University Press, BBC Radio Manchester, and Manchester’s very own Take Back Theatre.

Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre – 7.30pm Tickets £10 to 31st May/ £12 June

Sun 9th June

Trafford Music Service ‘ Intermediate Strings and Soloists’

The Intermediate String Ensemble under the direction of Alison Lansdowne will perform a programme of pieces and young string players will perform solos.

Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre- 7.00pm ickets £8/£6 concessions

Mon 10th June

‘Artificial Intelligence and Aliens: how modern astrophysics is searching for extra-terrestrial intelligence.’ Professor Anna Scaife

What do we expect the echoes of alien civilisations to look like? Why are radio telescopes a promising way to search for them? The radio Universe is a noisy place and separating out interesting signals that may point to extra-terrestrial intelligence is a difficult task. In this talk we’ll explore how modern methods in artificial intelligence (AI) are now being used to search for alien techno-signatures in data from the world’s leading radio observatories.

 

Anna Scaife is Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester and Head of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics Interferometry Centre of Excellence.

Waterside Chambers - 7.30pm Tickets £10

Mon 10th June

‘Monday Night Blues Live’

Showcasing some of the North’s best contemporary blues artists including guitar and vocal feature artist Dr Tom Attah with Mat Walklate, Alex Haynes, James Lawley. Greater Manchester’s premier blues dancers, The Honeybee Blues Dancers, will demonstrate their dance moves and the floor will be open for the audience to join in.

Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre - 7.30pm Tickets £10 

Tues 11th June

‘40s Night with Hootin’ Annies’

Kingsway Church, Carrington Lane. Ashton-on- Mersey, 7.00pm

Tickets £7 pay at the door

Tues 11th June

‘He Loves me, He Loves me not’

Fifteen-year-old, Lexi and her siblings battle through stereotypes from their teachers whilst attempting to break free from generational trauma. Their mother has their self-esteem on the floor-The perfect conditions for an exploitative man to enter Lexi’s life and throw her and her friend into a whirlwind of manipulation, exploitation, and coercive control.

A realist story of heroes, villains, community casualties and victims-a creative response to raising awareness of CCE /CSE. Warning: scenes may be upsetting. Minimum age 13. Pejorative/foul language.

Written and directed by Anthea Cribbin, co-directed by the community of Gorse Hill Studios.

​Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre - 7.00pm Tickets £8/£6 concessions

Weds 12th June

‘Primary School Choir Celebration’

Choirs from Primary Schools in Trafford take to the platform to perform songs of their own choice and then come together ‘en masse’ under the direction of Clare Cooper. An hour and a half of uplifting songs!

Waterside, Robert Bolt theatre – 7.00pm Tickets £8/£6 concessions

Weds 12th June

BreathStars are a local lung health singing group. They meet every Wednesday in Hiya!

These fun and friendly sessions support anyone with a breathing condition. 

Run by specialists Simply Singing and BreathChamps.

Come along, enjoy the music and grab a cuppa. Why not sing along?

Hiya, Stanley Square

Thurs 13th June

'All that is Irish’

The Manchester Irish Community cherishes its vibrant musical identity. In this tradition the House Devils musicians, The Sonas Irish Dancers and the  Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band join in a celebration of Irish dance, music, and song that will set feet tapping and hearts beating.

Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre – 7.30pm Tickets £10 to 31st May/£12 June/£10 concessions

Fri 14th June

Flatpack Music presents Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

Get ready to laugh out loud with this hilarious production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" in English! Join us for an evening packed with comedy, romance, and catchy tunes. Follow the adventures of Susanna, the clever maid, as she outwits her eccentric employer. With relatable humour this production is perfect for opera newcomers and seasoned fans alike. Get swept away in the antics of Figaro and company as they navigate through misunderstandings and mischief. Don't miss out on a night of laughter and fun – grab your tickets now for a show that's sure to leave you smiling!

Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre – 7.00pm Tickets £20

Sat 15th June

Sale Choral Society Summer Concert

 A programme of light music including John Rutter’s ‘Feel the Spirit’ and George Shearing’s ‘Songs and Sonnets’ with Mezzo  Soprano Victoria Little and Conductor Russell Medley. 

The Avenue Methodist Church, Sale - 7.30pm Tickets £14 (children free) from salechoralsoc@gmail.com, Ticketsource, choir members or on the door

Sun 16th June

‘Fathers Paddle for Free’ on Father’s Day with Grip Adventure

Bridgewater Canal

Minimum family of three – 12.00 - 5.00pm

Text 07919993669 to book

Sun 16th June

‘The Makers’ Market’

The market brings to Sale’s Town Centre a craft market together with the finest food and drink to suit all tastes and ages.

Sale Town Centre – 11.00am - 4.00pm Free Entry

Sun 16th June

'Sale Lions Charity Father’s Day Fete and Family Fun Day'

Father’s Day family fun day with bouncy castles and fairground rides.

Worthington Park from 12 noon Free Entrance

Mon 17th June

‘Civilisations of Crimea: Chronicles of Diversity’ and ‘Ukraine’s Journey: From Regaining Independence to regaining Resilience

A talk on two themes by Bohdan Bilyk firstly unravels the multifaceted identity of Crimea as a crossroads of civilizations, where the legacies of diverse peoples converge. Bohdan traces Ukraine's path from the euphoria of regaining independence in 1991 to the challenges faced in modern nation-building. He examines Ukraine's unwavering determination to forge its destiny and emerge stronger in the face of adversity, delves into the complexities of Ukrainian politics, society, and identity, and navigates through pivotal moments, including the Orange Revolution, Euromaidan protests, and the ongoing 10th year of the Russian-Ukrainian war. Amidst the turmoil, he contemplates the concept of victory for Ukraine, considering not only military outcomes but also the resilience of its people, the preservation of democratic values, and the quest for peace and stability. 

HIYA Rooms, Stanley Square Mall – 7.00pm Free Entry with donations to Ukraine

Thurs 20th June

Angelicus Saxophone Quartet’

St Paul’s Church, Sale

The ANGELICUS SAXOPHONE QUARTET are looking forward to entertaining you with a wide selection of music ranging from light classical, easy-listening jazz and some more popular tunes all played with great passion and energy.  If you want an evening of fun and entertainment, this is not to be missed! Playing for you:

Helena Summerfield: soprano/alto

Paul Froggatt: alto

Mike Hall: tenor 
Debbie Hall: baritone

field Road, Sale – 7.30pm Tickets £8 at the door

Fri 21st June

‘Simister and Small Blues Duo’

David Simister (guitar) and Chris Small (harmonica & vocals) delve into the vast tradition of Mississippi, Memphis, and Chicago Blues. Their amplified sound is original, melodic, clean, and accomplished. Inspiration comes from a wide range of styles - Howling Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, B B King, Albert King, Elmore James, & Bobby "Blue" Bland.  Appeared at Knutsford Music Festival 2023, Chorlton Arts Festival 2023, and Colne Blues Festival 2023.

Bookable via dave@walmsley.co.uk - £12 payable in cash on the night 

Sale Sports Club, doors open at 7.00pm. Music starts at 7.45pm

Sat 22nd June

Outdoor Learning and Arts Family Festival’

Fun for the whole family. Join Grip Adventure for a bushcraft session. Play in our mud kitchen and enjoy art on the big red bus.

Springfield School – 10.00- 2.00pm Free Entry Visit www.reallygreatsite.com for further information

Sat 22nd June

‘Tea Gathering’ - Trafford Hongkongers’ with learning mahjong and calligraphy

A fun morning for beginners to learn alongside accomplished players and writers from Sale’s Hong Kong Community

St Joseph’s Church Hall. Hope Road, Sale - 10.00am-1.00pm Free Entry

Sat 22nd June

‘The Big Bad Wolf Has Asthma’ - An interactive puppet show by BreathChamps CIC & Sale & District Lions

Story times at 2.00pm. 2.30pm, 3.00pm and 3.30pm

Calling all children 2 - 10 years! The Big Bad Wolf needs your help to blow the piggies' houses down!

Singing, huffing, and puffing guaranteed. Let's all learn about asthma together. Clinically led.

With a gift for every child that helps the wolf.

Worthington Park field next to the JP Joule memorial.

Free entrance

Sun 23rd June

Trafford Arts Association ‘Showcase 24’

Trafford Arts Association (TAA)  open day event features members’ activities. Highlights include cosmological poster displays and telescope instruction, art & photography exhibits, painting techniques, members’ stalls with leaflet and poster displays for general information & recruitment, and performances, including the Sale Handbell Ringers with a hands-on handbell demonstration. www.trafford-arts.org

HIYA Rooms, Stanley Square Mall – 11.00am-4.00pm Free Entry

Sun 23rd June

‘Ashton Park Festival Day’

More details to follow...

Ashton Park from (time to be confirmed) Free Entry

Weds 26th June

‘The Canal Street Stompers’

This fabulous trad jazz group is loved by all who hear them.

The Railway Inn, Sale – 8.15pm Free Entry

Fri 28th June

‘Showtime 24’ with Cadmans Dancers, Spotlight Drama, Sale Nomads, and your host Billy Scouse

Come along and support our local groups in this spectacular evening of artistic performance

led by host Billy Scouse.

Enjoy Spotlight Drama Youth Theatre’s collection of stories, poetry, and drama scenes,

Cadmans dancers and Sale Nomads musical delights.

Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre – 7.30pm Tickets £8 adults/£6 concessions

Fri 28th June

Sale U3A ‘An Interesting Life in Television, Theatre, Radio, and Films’, a talk by Alan Shalk 

Sale Moor Community Centre – 2.00pm

Fri 28th June

‘World Wine Masterclass by Cork of the North’

An exploration and experience with Marc Hough, Greater Manchester Food and 

Wine Retailer of the Year in aid of the Mayor of Trafford’s Charitable Fund.

Waterside Chambers - 8.00pm Tickets £35

Sat 29th June

Sallow Tree Concerts presents ‘A Night at the Ballet with Mercury Strings, Rachel Li and Rachel Armstrong’

Following on from the success of last year’s sell-out String Quartet recital at Sale’s Waterside Arts, Sallow Tree Concerts is delighted to welcome back the superb Mercury Strings for a very special collaboration with two outstanding ballet dancers, for what promises to be a very special evening of beautiful string arrangements of ballet music, along with specially choreographed dance.  

Ballet dancer Rachel Li was born and raised in Hong Kong, trained at the renowned Rambert School of Ballet and has since toured around the UK with the Emergence Dance Company, whilst Rachel Armstrong from UK, won a place at the prestigious Royal Ballet School before becoming just the 7th British dancer of all time to win a place at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She has since been working with Ballet Cymru and Northern Dance.   

Together they are a formidable dance duo, and this collaboration, with the exquisite playing of Mercury Strings, showcases some of the most beautiful excerpts of ballet music ever written.  Music-lovers and ballet-lovers alike will be treated to a tasting menu of ballet, including excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Waltzes and Polkas from Johann Strauss, and the sublime music of Saint Saens “The Swan”. 

Destined to be a highlight of this year’s Sale Festival, early booking is advised. 

Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre -7.30pm Tickets £16 to 31st May/£18 June with special price of £8 for under 19s

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