Join us on 10, 11 and 12 September for Woman’s Weekly Live!, which will be taking place over three days at EventCity in Manchester (close to The Trafford Centre)

Emily Dawe Michaela Strachan

We are delighted to announce that award winning TV presenter Michaela Strachan will be opening the show!

Michaela Strachan

If you’re coming to Woman’s Weekly Live! and you’re there at 10am on Thursday 10 September, you’ll to be just in time to join Michaela in unveiling our exciting show.

You’ll know Michaela from BBC Two’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch. She’s a very busy bee, recently taking part in the ITV celebrity diving competition Splash!, as well as going on tour with a live theatre show based on her very first children’s book, Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures.

Don’t miss your chance to meet her!

Come along to Woman’s Weekly Live! and you’ll have the opportunity to meet Diane Kenwood, Editor of Woman’s Weekly and the team

There’ll be Jane Bolsover, Editor of Love To Make with Woman’s Weekly, Knitting Design Editor Kandy Regis, Fiction Editor Gaynor Davies and Lifestyle Editor Jayne Marsden.

You’ll also recognise Home Editor Emily Dawe, Deputy Craft Editor Esme Clemo and Knitting Assistant Freddie Patmore from the brilliant craft, knitting and crochet videos on our website.

What’s On at Live!

This year under the expert guidance of the Craft team, there’ll be FREE workshops and demonstrations covering embroidery, jewellery making and creating a picture using a butterfly punch.

Glue the die cut felt butterflies to the cushion cover | Woman's Weekly | Craft | Papercraft

You will also be able to knit with colour, discover how to add professional finishing touches to your knits and learn to crochet.

These FREE workshops and demonstrations all have limited seating and availability and can be booked on arrival at Live! Please be aware that they do get booked up early on in the day.


Paid Workshops

Full Day Fiction Writing Workshops (Stand F51)

For all you budding authors, we’re bringing the full day paid for Fiction Writing Workshops to Live! These will be held slightly away from the main area.

The full day costs £60, tutors Gaynor Davies (below, left) and Della Galton (below, right) will guide you through the day and you get a FREE ticket to Woman’s Weekly Live! so that you can visit on another day of your choice. Book your ticket in advance by ringing us on 0800 024 1212 or at stand F36 at the show.

Gaynor Davies, Woman's Weekly Fiction Editor          Della-Galton

Characterisation – Thursday 10 September: A full day writing workshop learning how to create real characters who leap off the page with Gaynor and Della. £60 per person

Plot – Friday 11 September: A full day writing workshop, learning how to weave a storyline that has readers gripped from start to finish with Gaynor and Della. £60 per person

Style – Saturday 12 September: A full day writing workshop, where you will discover your unique writing voice with Gaynor and Della. £60 per person.

fiction workshops

Fiction Workshops

10 September – Characterisation

10.30 to 11.15 TALK: Who are these people?
11.15 to 11.45 BREAK
11.45 to 1.00 GROUP EXERCISE: All the world’s a stage
1.00 to 2.00 BREAK
2.00 to 3.15 EXERCISE: Writing realistic dialogue
3.15 to 3.45 BREAK
3.45  to 4.30 Q & A: Bringing it all together

11 September – Plot/Weave a story

10.30 to 11.15 TALK: What makes a good story (and what doesn’t)
11.15 to 11.45 BREAK
11.45 to 1.00 GROUP EXERCISE: Who, why, where and how?
1.00 to 2.00 BREAK
2.00 to 3.15 EXERCISE: Create a plot and write a summary
3.15 to 3.45 BREAK
3.45 to 4.30 Q & A: Bringing it all together

12 September – Style/Your writing voice

10.30 to 11.15 TALK The joy of good writing
11.15 to 11.45 BREAK
11.45 to 1.00 GROUP EXERCISE Flexing your writing muscles
1.00 to 2.00 BREAK
2.00 to 3.15 EXERCISE Doing it your way
3.15 to 3.45 BREAK
3.45 to 4.30 Q & A Bringing it all together

Tina Egleton knitting workshop at Woman's Weekly Live! 2014

FREE Woman’s Weekly workshops

Places to the workshops are limited and can be booked on arrival at the Woman’s Weekly Booking Desk (Stand F36) at Woman’s Weekly Live!

Knitting & Crochet Workshops with the Woman’s Weekly Team (Stand F38)

Meet our Knitting Design Editor Kandy Regis (below, centre), Knitting Assistant Freddie Patmore (below, left) and pattern designer Lynne Rowe (below, right) at one of our FREE one-hour knitting & crochet workshops.

        Click Here to Read Lynne's BlogFreddie-Patmore

10.30 to 11.30 Learn To Crochet (slip knot start, chain stitch, doubles, trebles, half trebles, double trebles and the slip stitch)
12 – 1.00pm Professional Finishing
2.30 to 3.30 Make A Woodland Leaf Key Ring Or Brooch
4.00 to 5.00 Learn To Crochet (slip knot start, chain stitch, doubles, trebles, half trebles, double trebles and the slip stitch)

Craft Make & Take Workshops with the Woman’s Weekly Team (Stand E34)

Meet Love To Make Editor Jane Bolsover (below, centre), Home Editor Emily Dawe (below, right) and Deputy Craft Editor Esme Clemo (below, left) at one of our FREE craft workshops.

Esme Clemo           Craft Editor Jane Bolsover         Emily Dawe Home Editor, Woman's Weekly

10.30 to 11.30 Hand Stitch A Bird Brooch
12 noon to 1.00 Christmas Quilling
2.30 to 3.30 Craft A Macramé Bracelet
4.00 to 5.00 Create A Lovely Picture Using A Butterfly Punch And Card Using Paper

Interactive Fashion Workshops (Stand F40)

(From left to right) Join Editor Diane, Lifestyle Editor Jayne Marsden and fashion expert Anne Hartnett at one of our three brand-new Interactive fashion Workshops. We’ll show you how to dress to flatter your shape, gorgeous casual wear and special occasion wear. No need to book – just turn up!

Diane Kenwood             Jayne Marsden             Anne Hartnett

11.30am-12pm Dressing To Flatter Your Shape

1-1.30pm Casual Wear

2.30 – 3pm Special Occasion Wear

Woman’s Weekly Healthy Living (Stand C32)

There will be four sessions each day. On Thursday, the health expert will be WW’s Dr Melanie and on Friday and Saturday, it will be long-time GP, Dr Toni . Asking the questions each day will be WW’s Health Editor Tanya Pearey.

Thursday 10 September with Dr Melanie

11am Breast Cancer

12.30pm Menopause

2pm Cardiovascular Problems

3.30pm Backache

Demonstration Theatres

Gardening Theatre (Stand E32)

Expert Martin Fish is an RHS-accredited judge; he also regularly answers gardening questions on BBC Radio Nottingham, is a BBC Radio York gardening expert and has presented gardening programmes for BBC East Midlands Today, Carlton, Yorkshire and Anglia TV.

Martin Fish gardening expert and radio journalist

See Martin’s demonstrations for FREE in our Gardening Theatre.

10 -10.30am Pop In And Ask The Expert
10.45-11.15am Right Plant Right Place (colour and interest throughout the year, tips on pruning and maintenance)
12-12.30pm Simple Propagation (how to take cuttings; shrubs, perennials, house plants)
2-2.30pm Pop In And Ask The Expert
2.30-3pm Container Planting (getting the best out of our containers, caring for and watering them)
3.30-4pm Pop In And Ask The Expert
4-4.30pm Growing Fruit and Veg (in containers)

Cookery Theatre (Stand B22)

Top chef Denise Tollyfield will be cooking a selection of delicious Woman’s Weekly recipes in our cookery demonstration theatre. Denise has appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s F Word and as a judge on Street Market Chefs.

Denise Tollyfield Chef

See one of Denise’s expert tutorials in our FREE demonstration theatre

11-11.30am 5:2 Meals – Meals Under 500 Calories (Primavera Pasta, Hoisin Duck Wraps and Carribean Chicken Couscous)

12.30-1pm Family Meals On A Tight Budget (Chinese-style Chicken With Vegetables & Noodles, Tomato & Bacon Risotto, Baked Pollock With Pea Crust)

2-2.30pm Cooking For Those With Food Intolerances (Gluten-free Scoop Scones, Sugar-free Chocolate Mousse & Berry Layer, Gluten & Dairy-free Peanut Butter Jammy Cookies)

3.30-4pm Health & Delicious Meals (Chicken Korma, Sweet & Sour Pork, Gluten-free Pizza With Feta)

Creative Demonstration Theatre (Stand D40)

Learn new craft techniques completely free, by watching the Woman’s Weekly Experts (from left to right) Deputy Craft Editor Esme Clemo, Love To Make Editor Jane Bolsover, Home Editor Emily Dawe and Knitting Assistant Freddie Patmore.

Esme Clemo          Craft Editor Jane Bolsover          Emily Dawe Home Editor, Woman's Weekly       Freddie-Patmore

12-12.30pm How To Make Cheat’s Soap

1.15-2pm How To Knit In The Round

2.15-3pm How To Make A Simple Christmas Candle

3.30-4pm Tips On How To Knit With Colour

4.15-4.45pm Setting Up Your Sewing Machine

Theatre Supporting Be Clear On Cancer (Stand C25)

Breast cancer be clear on cancer logo

Come and talk to Be Clear on Cancer’s friendly staff on stand C25 next to the refreshment area. There will be Be Clear on Cancer Leaflets to take away plus the chance to talk privately with a specialist nurse.

Friday 10 September with Dr Toni

12pm Breast Cancer

1.30pm Menopause

2.30pm Cardiovascular Problems

3.30pm Backache

Saturday 11 September with Dr Toni

11am Breast Cancer

12.30pm Menopause

2pm Cardiovascular Problems

3.30pm Backache

Please note all details relating to the workshops are subject to change

Woman's Weekly Live! logo 2015

To buy tickets to Woman’s Weekly Live!

Call 0800 024 1212 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday, the line is closed at weekends and on Bank Holidays. Phone bookings can be taken up to and including Friday 4 September.

Or print off the booking form and return it to us before Monday 31 August 2015.

Tickets are valid on any day and are cheaper when bought in advance
Adult £8
Senior £7
Child under 16 with an adult FREE
Child under 16 without an adult £3.00

Terms and conditions

Woman’s Weekly Live! – Your ticket will be valid on any one of these days, Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September 2015. The show is open between 10am and 5pm – so you can choose when to come. Woman’s Weekly Live! is at EventCity, Phoenix Way, Barton Dock Road, Manchester M41 7TB (next to The Trafford Centre). There is lots of free parking and great public transport to the venue

By attending Woman’s Weekly Live! you will also have FREE access to The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show. This show has great shopping with around 100 stands selling almost everything a keen crafter could want, plus more free workshops.

Woman’s Weekly Live! is always such fun

Woman’s Weekly Live! has always been a HUGE success. We would like to thank all our readers who have come along and supported us in 2012, 2013 and 2014.


More information…

How To Get There  Click here and find out how to get to Woman’s Weekly Live!