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BEST WESTERN Hotel Smokies Park

Ashton Road, Bardsley, Oldham, Lancashire, OL8 3HX

Ratings & Awards

3 stars Hotels that are inspected by the AA for their level of service and facilities are reflected in the number of stars awarded.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (84 spaces)
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Lift
  • 24hr service
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

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near the BEST WESTERN Hotel Smokies Park, Oldham

English National Badminton Championships

The English National Badminton Championships at Manchester Velodrome feature a great crop of home-grown talent battling to be English champion. Forget any thought about badminton being among the more genteel sports - this series of matches are hotly contested.

Available : Feb 2012 (annual)

UEC European Masters Track Championships

A test of endurance, stamina and skill, the UEC European Masters Track Championships returns to the Manchester Velodrome this year. It's one of England's most exciting cycling events, attracting participants from across Europe.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

Manchester City FC 2012/13

Manchester City FC play their home matches at the Etihad Stadium. The Premier League runs between August and May and full fixture lists can be found on the club websites. Please note: games may be rearranged due to cup or television commitments.

Available : 18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

National Winter Ales Festival

For anyone suffering from the January blues, CAMRA returns with the National Winter Ales Festival in Manchester's Sheridan Suite. Presenting a selection of 200+ British and foreign beers, ales, ciders and perrys, it's just what's needed for a fun night out.

Available : Jan 2014 (annual)

National Squash Championships

The British National Squash Championships take place at the National Squash Centre in Manchester's state-of-the-art Sportcity complex. As well as professional men's and women's events, the tournament features a Master's competition spread over 13 age-group categories.

Available : Feb 2013 (annual)


Urbanathlon is a test of stamina and endurance, an athletic event set in an urban environment. At the event, in Manchester's Sportcity, spectators can watch as competitors climb, crawl, slide and slip through an urban obstacle course for charity.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

British International Taekwondo Open

The world's top taekwondo talent comes to Manchester's Sportcity for the BTCB British International Open. With pressure on participants increasing as the Olympics draws closer this is your chance to cheer the athletes determined to fight for glory and country.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)


Sankeys, east of the city-centre in Ancoats, is a hub for techno and house lovers and a stalwart on the Manchester scene. Attracting some of the biggest DJs in the world, it hosts regular and one-off club nights every month.

Available : Daily

Mint Lounge

This funky 500-capacity underground club in the Northern Quarter hosts DJ nights and live music gigs from reggae, jazz, and Latin jazz to soul and chilled grooves. The Mint Lounge has a chill-out room, great cocktails and serves Afro-Caribbean food.

Available : Daily

Matt and Phred's Jazz Club

The region's first dedicated live jazz club, Matt and Phred's in the Northern Quarter is a laidback, bohemian jazz joint with a relaxed dress code. Its homemade pizzas are as renowned as its late-night jam sessions. Arrive early to secure a seat!

Available : Daily; not Sun

Night & Day Café

High-ceilinged Night & Day Café in the Northern Quarter is part café with wi-fi, and part bar with impressive absinthe selection. The low-lit live venue hosts original music from international and local acts - no tribute or cover bands allowed.

Available : Daily

Vinyl Exchange

The two-storey Vinyl Exchange, in the eclectic Northern Quarter, stocks secondhand and rare CDs, records and DVDs. Expert staff cover indie to experimental music with one whole floor dedicated to dance music and vinyl records.

Available : Daily

Socio Rehab

Signature drinks and customised blends such as chocolate and gingerbread cocktails are concocted in this low-lit, atmospheric lounge bar in the trendy Northern Quarter where you can relax on egg-shaped stools. Socio Rehab also hosts inventive themed nights.

Available : Daily


A trendy bar in a former fish market in the Northern Quarter, Bluu, so-called after the Blue Note Jazz Club, has a lively ground-floor bar, intimate basement lounge and private outdoor terrace. Fine dining is available in the upstairs restaurant.

Available : Daily

Festival of Fantastic Films

The Festival of Fantastic Films is a three-day convention for fans of sci-fi, fantasy and horror films. It features multiple screenings, interviews with special guests, panel discussions, art and poster exhibitions, and memorabilia auctions.

Available : Oct 2011 (annual)

Platform 4 Piccadilly

Platform 4 Piccadilly returns for another festival of free outdoor performances. Offering three days of eclectic entertainment, Piccadilly Gardens is transformed into an arena offering music, dance, theatre and circus acts for all to enjoy.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Bar Burrito

Inspired by the street stalls of Mexico, Bar Burrito is an award-winning city centre Mexican eatery with open kitchen and contemporary interior. Enjoy tasty bean- and rice-filled burritos, toasted quesadilla sandwiches and crispy corn tacos with salsa and cheese. Those wanting a quick bite can enjoy a beer with nachos or a healthy salad bowl.

Available : Daily

Manchester Fashion Market

Every Saturday in the city centre, the Manchester Fashion Market showcases one-off independent label designs by fledgling Manchester designers. Browse and buy everything from clothes and lingerie to bags, hats and jewellery in the region's first dedicated designer fashion market.

Available : Sat only

The Printworks

The Printworks is a futuristic family entertainment complex in Greater Manchester. It offers non-stop entertainment in the form of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, a 20-screen cinema, an IMAX screen, a health club, plenty of shops, galleries and more.

Available : Daily

The Modern Bar & Restaurant

A private lift transports guests to The Modern Bar and Restaurant at the top of a glass-covered landmark building in Cathedral Gardens. Dark woods and warm tones create a homely interior where the focus is on modern British cuisine prepared with local ingredients. Enjoy panoramic views and an ever-changing cocktail menu in the sixth-floor bar.

Available : Daily


Glass-covered Urbis in the city centre offers five floors of temporary exhibitions exploring city life from modern urban culture, design, architecture and graffiti to music. See innovative displays in the Corridor Gallery or relax in the smart café bar.

Available : Daily

Suffragette City

Celebrate real girl power in Manchester every Wednesday afternoon: discover how the Suffragettes fought for equal rights, where they displayed their first militant action and how women fought for free birth control on the Suffragette City tour.

Available : Wed only

Radical City Walk

Explore Manchester's radical heritage on the Radical City Tour. Cultural revolutionaries, middle class reform and democratic rights are all covered on the Urbis city tour around Manchester...

Available : Mon only

MEN Arena

From Kylie and Take That to Classical Spectacular and World Swimming Championships, the 23,000-capacity Manchester Evening News Arena in the city centre is one of Europe's largest indoor events venues hosting pop, rock, classical, comedy and sporting events.

Available : Daily

Manchester Arndale

An expansive city-centre shopping mall, Manchester Arndale has over 200 stores under one roof including high-street favourites, trendy shops and a music store with a stage for live gigs. For additional purchases browse fashion and food at Arndale Market.

Available : Daily

The Triangle

State-of-the-art The Triangle shopping mall in Manchester's original Corn Exchange Building stocks fashionable womenswear in East, street style in Roxy and designer jewellery in Green + Benz. Top Manchester DJs spin discs in the centre's trendy Zinc Bar & Grill.

Available : Daily

Via Fossa

Hailed as one of the most gorgeous bars in the gay village, Via Fossa is spread over several floors and its Gothic style gives camp a fresh twist. Check out the church pews and explore all those nooks and crannies. A 20-plus crowd (mixed gay/straight, mainly male) move to dance and handbag, with a DJ at times.

Available : Daily

Room Restaurant

Huge windows look onto bustling King Street from Room Restaurant and lounge bar. Antique blends with contemporary with its vaulted ceilings and modern fittings and the retro cuisine includes the best of British comfort food and traditional desserts. Try their signature Roomberry cocktail from the extensive drinks list during cocktail hour 5-7pm Monday to Friday.

Available : Daily; not Sun

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols on Exchange Square offers three floors of high-end and designer fashion, a foodmarket and a restaurant, bar and brasserie. Ease tired feet and get pampered in the Urban Retreat Hair & Beauty Salon.

Available : Daily

Wheel of Manchester

The 60-metre-high Wheel of Manchester in Exchange Square offers 360-degree views of Manchester's ever-changing cityscape from its 42 pods, while commentary highlights local landmarks. Enjoy the 13-minute ride in heated, air-conditioned eight-seater capsules or sip champagne in the VIP gondola.

Available : Daily


Manchester's Cruz101 is a the city's largest purpose-built gay venue and packs out every week with an array of nights dedicated to the camper end of gay music.

Available : Daily; not Tue or Sun

Manchester Art Gallery

The refurbished city centre Manchester Art Gallery houses thousands of exhibits from 17th-century European art and Pre-Raphaelite paintings to Victorian dolls' houses and a Levi jeans chair. Enjoy the special exhibitions or take a break in the café.

Available : Daily; not Mon

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders

Pioneering artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses highly sophisticated responsive technologies such as robotics, video projection, and sound to sense the actions of nearby people. This installation at Manchester Art Gallery allows visitors to leave a trace of themselves in his art.

Available : Daily; not Mon

Yang Sing

Yang Sing's Shanghai-inspired 1930s interior, open kitchen and Art Deco bar offers a chic dining environment in Manchester's Chinatown. With more than 200 menu items, specialities include dim sum and speciality spare ribs. Plan ahead and order a customised four-course banquet, be it vegetarian, a meat feast or seafood spread.

Available : Daily

Chaophraya Thai Restaurant & Bar

The traditional city-centre Chaophraya Thai Restaurant & Bar has cushion seating and the à-la-carte selection includes modern interpretations of traditional Thai cuisine. At lunchtime, chefs prepare dishes at the Yee Rah Sizzler Grill. Enjoy a Singha beer at the Chaophraya Thai Cocktail Bar or book a table upstairs in the award-winning restaurant.

Available : Daily

Grinch Wine Bar

A bustling city centre wine bar and bistro, Grinch Wine Bar's eclectic menu is famed for its delicious stone-baked pizzas. There's a budget-friendly wine, champagne and cocktail list plus happy hour 5pm-7pm daily. On Saturday nights, soul and jazz classics play upstairs.

Available : Daily

Manchester Museum

Ancient history and world cultures are explored in the university-owned Manchester Museum's galleries in the city centre. Displays include dinosaurs, Egyptology and Mediterranean archaeology. Discover monitor lizards and Amazonian habitats in the award-winning Vivarium.

Available : Daily

Lounge 10

Behind Lounge 10's Grade-II listed city centre façade lies a Parisian nightclub interior of chandeliers, red velvet and provocative art. Enjoy indulgent French cuisine plus an extensive wine and champagne list. Singers, dancers and magician offer live entertainment while the last Friday of the month hosts a late-night supper club.

Available : Daily

Manchester Town Hall

Designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1877, Manchester's impressive neo-Gothic town hall rises almost 90m above Albert Square. Once inside, look up to see the Great Hall's hammer-beam roof, and don't miss the pre-Raphaelite murals by Ford Madox Brown.

Available : Daily

Dazzle - Manchester

Every item is for sale at the Dazzle exhibition of contemporary jewellery and applied art, held at Manchester Town Hall. Just before Christmas, this is the ideal opportunity to buy some striking and unique gifts for friends, family and yourself.

Available : Nov 2013 - Jan 2014 (annual)

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