3 ideas for this weekend in Manchester (08 – 10 March, 2013)


The weekend is upon us once again and whether you are planning a big night out, a Mother’s Day treat or just some retail therapy, Manchester is the place to be. Here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to this weekend plus some bonus suggestions from our Twitter and Facebook friends.

  • Head to Cornerhouse for the ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival which kicks off today, featuring premieres and previews of the best of Hispanic cinema. It is the largest Spanish language film festival in the UK and features a rich and varied programme, ranging from small independent feature films and documentaries through to big Spanish blockbusters.
  • On Saturday IWM North unveils a new free exhibition marking 10 years since the start of the 2003 Iraq War. Iraq: Photographs by Sean Smith reveals previously unpublished photographs taken before, during and after the Iraq War, alongside the award-winning British war photographer’s better known images from The Guardian’s coverage from Iraq.
  • Enjoy a taste of Ireland at Albert Square where the Manchester Irish Festival gets underway today with the opening of the Manchester Irish Market. The square is a sea of green with plenty of stalls, live music and a traditional ale bar. New for this year is the village green feature including a Leprechauns house. You can also pick up some Irish craft, music souvenirs, food and jewellery or simply relax and enjoy a Gaelic Coffee.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • ‏@playfituk: For indoor kids fun Science and Industry museum is fab
  • ‏@CornerhouseMcr: #Viva2013 Festival kicks off today! Treat yourself to lots of Spanish & Latin American film & art goodness http://bit.ly/YZdoq4
  • ‏@CastlefieldGall: Check out some of the fantastic #IWD #WonderWomenMcr exhibitions & events happening across the city http://ow.ly/iyAox
  • @ContactMcr: our final weekend of #flyingsolo2013 – 3 FREE events Fri/Sat & 2 shows for #InternationalWomansDay Fri http://www.contactmcr.com/flyingsolo
  • ‏@BridgetAherne: simple free pleasure – walk in Heaton Park if its dry. Never fails to amaze me that we’ve got something so magnificent
  • ‏@Ste_Cooper: Visit @city_airport great for kids as have a small adventure playground. Watch planes from decking or even have flying lesson!
  • @HelenTither: go & visit pop up shop from amazing bespoke jewellery designer to the stars @Fatzk – Mcr fashion at its finest. Starts Sat.
  • ‏@GMPCharityJOGLE: Take the Mother (or in law) to @anniesMCR for some great food.
  • ‏@scouseleder: Take Mum to @Richmond_Tea_Rooms on Richmond Street for Alice’s Rarebit and cake, as it’s Mothers Day gr8 food & service.
  • ‏@Victorialush: come and see the @voodoo_cartel play live tonight at Gullivers in Manchester 🙂
  • ‏@SpaSatori: after a hard week at work let @SpaSatori look after you on Sat & Sunday with amazing massages, facials, pedicures & much more:)
  • ‏@Nellyjuke: Wander round city pit stops in northern qtr, lunch Spinningfields, mosi, John Rylands library & catch a show at royal exchange
  • ‏@RuffJustice1: go to @MOJO_BAR!
  • ‏@designermag: metal on metal tomorrow @drybarmcr – manchester is often seen as an indie city – it has a massive rock/ metal scene as well

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Visit Salford: We have a special Mother’s Day cream tea cruise on Sunday. Sail from historic Worsley village to Boothstown Marina and return, whilst enjoying a spot of cream tea onboard. Book now by calling 0161 848 8601 http://www.visitsalford.info/2060.asp#Mother_s_Day_Cruise_with_cream_tea
  • Andrew Hayward: If I was to visit Manchester this weekend we would venture onto canal street for a few beverages
  • Hannah Gross: A meal in any of Manchester’s amazing restaurants with mum of course…..happy mothers day x
  • Louise Bolotin: Vintage Village is on Sunday in Stockport.
  • Anne-Marie Kelly: Got to be Manchester Irish Festival market and O’Briens beer tent this wkend. Starts today until 17th march with the St Patrickd day parade nxt sunday. Loads going on x
  • Cultivate film art: The Cultivate Film Clubs Visionary special at Joshua Brooks on Sunday with the amazing escapist fantasy drama THE FALL by Tarsem Singh and Claire Denis’s brilliantly touching, mesmeric look at the French Foreign Legion Beau Travail. This spellbinding lyrical master piece is a must see. https://www.facebook.com/CultivateFilmArt

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