5 things to do in the North West

Manchester Children’s Book Festival
Head to All Saints Campus at Manchester Metropolitan University on Saturday to enjoy Children’s Book Festival’s family fun day. The free event will have something for everyone to enjoy, from story-telling, arts and crafts and workshops, as well as market stalls and exhibitions, for pre-readers right through to teenagers and families. The event, which is taking place from 10am-4pm, will also have special appearances from Peppa Pig and Q Pootle 5. Find out more here.

Mersey River Festival
The Mersey River Festival returns to Liverpool’s waterfront this weekend. Celebrate the city’s historic waterfront, which will be home to everything from narrow boats and tall ships to jet skiing demonstrations, air displays and plenty for visitors to have a go at themselves. There will also be live music and entertainment to enjoy along the River Mersey. Find out more here.

The Edgeley Park Stadium Antiques, Collectables & Vintage Fair
Head along to Edgeley Park Stadium in Stockport on Sunday for their vintage fair. There is set to be over 80 stalls offering a huge range of antiques and collectables, giving you the perfect opportunity to find the item you have been after for your collection, home or even your wardrobe. There will also be a licensed bar and food available to enjoy. Find out more here.

Russell Brand
Comedian Russell Brand is set to take to the stage at Liverpool’s Echo Arena this weekend. Brand has gone from presenter to actor to activist in recent years, but he is now back on the road with his brand-new show. The show, titled ‘Re:Birth’ will be based on what happens once you have had a child and how you can stop your daughters dating a man like Brand himself. Find out more here.

Armed Forces Day
Liverpool will be the official host of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, giving visitors the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the armed forces community, both past and present. There will be a display arena, which will include demonstrations from Royal Marines alongside marching bands and RAF dog handling exercises, as well as loads more family fun to enjoy. Find out more here.