3 ideas for this weekend in Manchester (19 – 21 April, 2013)

Whitworth_NancyHolt-SunLight_ST-12 (2)blog                Image credit: Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels, 1976

Planning a weekend visit to our lovely region? Here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to, plus some bonus suggestions from our social media followers.

  • The BMX Supercross World Cup kicks off today at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre with the Elite Men and Women’s Time Trials Superfinal tonight. Olympians Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips will both be in action on the indoor BMX track, along with all of British Cycling’s BMX Academy riders.
  • Tomorrow Whitworth Art Gallery unveils a new exhibition called Land Art from conceptual and public art pioneer Nancy Holt. Although most well-known for her large-scale sculptural work, this exhibition focuses on Holt’s photography and film, highlighting her interest in memory, perception, time and space.
  • This weekend is your last chance to watch The Lion King at the Palace Theatre before Simba and pals take their final bow following a extended stint in the city. The show is a must-see spectacle, suitable for adults and children alike, with enchanting costumes, sets, music and storytelling.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • @kultcountry: Catch us @soupkitchen_mcr at 4pm for Record Store Day Live http://www.facebook.com/events/161184837374113/
  • @CornerhouseMcr: Why not check out our new exhibition #AnguishAndEnthusiasm. It runs through all 3 galleries and is free http://bit.ly/13OyiLk
  • @FionaMcGarva: @letterstofiesta at the @Bench_Clothing #selfmadegallery is going to be AMAZING
  • @voiceofmosi: Come to our Saturday Science session for hot-off-the-press Planck Satellite data http://ht.ly/kdsDZ http://ht.ly/kdsMM
  • @CastlefieldGall: Get along to emerging artist Kevin J Pocock’s new exhibition of paintings & drawings @CastlefieldGall pic.twitter.com/3Wdfzyzb1I
  • @HLCupcake: Check out our exiting NEW cupcake themed Ice Creams this weekend… MCR Mint Choc Chip Whoopie Pie! pic.twitter.com/BF7vWjn2dO
  • @David8Blake: Go for a kick about on Spinningfields new 5aside pitch
  • @ClickOnXmas: Discovering all those very cool #independentdesigners #manchester #fashion
  • @tutticornet: Get along to the incredible Chethams library, a jewel in the city and not many people seem to know of it
  • @UsherKirsty: The @BMXSuperX World Cup in Manchester tonight & tomorrow night! An action packed event. Visit http://www.bmxsuperx.com for info!
  • @timmcfarlane1: start the day with a free 5k! 9am Saturday Platt Fields. Register first: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southmanchester/
  • @PhilConnor: I’d say @mcrartgallery then head over to @Neighbourhood4 for a spot of lunch and drinks
  • @markjtaylor1: well what about being swung round 67m in the air in Piccadilly gardens?
  • @maywildceramics: Here’s a nice free event this sunday, a spring fete & garden party created by local independents. pic.twitter.com/mgClKgHwC7

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggst:

  • Lee Perkins: Go on a tour at the BBC at MediaCityUK bbc.co.uk/showsandtours
  • Patsi Jones: Concert of Russian music for Water Aid. Saturday 20 April 7:30. Holy Innocents Church Wilbraham Road Fallowfield
  • Shwan Arass: Juan Megan’s concert at Manchester Academy Saturday 20th April . 10am to 6 am !!!!!!!
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