Ramsbottom Cricket Club, 13th - 15th September
If you're looking for things to do in Manchester this summer, then sourcing the best of local festivals is always an exciting prospect. And you don't get much more local than Ramsbottom Festival. Taking a backseat from the bigger names on the festival circuit, Greater Manchester's popular family friendly festival takes place in the scenic town of - as you may have already guessed - Ramsbottom.
The festival grew out of an idea to do something great in a beautiful town on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. The picturesque Ramsbottom Cricket Club plays festival host over the mid September weekend. From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of September there is going to be an eclectic mix of live music, delicious food, fairground attractions and, most importantly, a warming local atmosphere. Though only in its third year, the festival has already achieved great things - and this year is set to be the festival's best yet.
This year's impressive line-up includes headliners The Futureheads with their much loved post-punk melodies, critically-acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter, Richard Hawley and the talented Public Service Broadcasting who will be showcasing their unique collection of samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live music. Other top picks include, Sinead O'Connor, The Unthanks, Junip and The Beat.
There is a range of tickets to suit pretty much everyone. Family tickets (two adults and up to three children) are priced at £140 for the full weekend, single adult tickets for the weekend are £65.00. Children aged 6-16 only have to pay £10 and anyone younger than that goes absolutely free. Single day tickets vary.
One thing's for sure - Ramsbottom Festival is set for its best year yet. Will you be a part of it?
photos courtesy of Haydn Rydings