3 ideas for this weekend in Manchester (26 -28 April, 2013)

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Manchester is ready and waiting for lots of lovely visitors to descend this weekend. Here’s our top 3 suggestions for what to get up to once you arrive, plus some bonus suggestions from our Twitter and Facebook friends.

  • On Saturday Gallery Oldham opens its new Worn to be Wild exhibition of costumes, inspired by wildlife and the evolution of fashion through the ages. From a medieval deer to a contemporary hedgehog, each costume has been carefully designed and constructed by dress designer and textile artist Kate Plumtree.

  • On Sunday pack up your best cheering voice and head over to Trafford to support the runners taking part in the Great Manchester Marathon. The race village and finish line will be located by the world-famous Old Trafford football stadium. Other landmarks on the new route, which heads through the Trafford Quays area, Sale and Altrincham, include IWM North and MediaCityUK.

  • The Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair takes place on Sunday bringing high quality craft from leading designer-makers to Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. From the organisers of the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, the event will feature over 40 specially selected designer makers and artists from the region selling a range of hand-made work, from unique jewellery and fashion accessories to beautiful things for the home. Go on, treat yourself!

Here’s what our Twitter friends suggest:

  • ‏@visit_bury: Great weekend for a rail ale tour @eastlancsrly Download the guide and start planning your route http://bit.ly/jeDU0E
  • ‏@SMancparkrun: Start the day with a free 5k! 9am Saturday Platt Fields. Register first: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southmanchester/
  • ‏@CornerhouseMcr: Why not catch Caesar Must Die today or Sunday. It took home the Golden Bear at 2012 Berlin Film Festival http://bit.ly/ZGgoWN
  • ‏@ingysven: Support the athletes running the Manchester marathon this sunday
  • ‏@staithes: Have a pot if tea in the atmospheric town hall
  • ‏@altrinchamhq: We have the @marathon_mcr coming through #altrincham this weekend. Street Entertainment lining the route
  • ‏@CastlefieldGall: Last chance to catch emerging artist Kevin J Pocock’s Launch Pad exhibition @CastlefieldGall FREE open Sat/Sun, 1-6pm
  • ‏@hollyrowan: How about popping in to see me making art on Slow Art Day @visit_mcr, open 12 to 6 at @PiccadillyPlace ! #onlyforward pic.twitter.com/o4I4d7gUoR
  • ‏@edgar_wood: How about a twilight talk on the famous Flodden window in the oldest church in Manchester? #radtown https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/475644762502192/
  • @LisaKeys: Opening of new exhibition, nature’s library @McrMuseum. That’s where I’m going with my family!
  • ‏@kenworthy39: Tonight is a night out for @JourneyJoshuas Music! and might get to meet @GMPBlackley 🙂
  • ‏@cllrjhennigan: Without a doubt @levymarket Saturday @ lev station car park. Over 30 stalls w/ everything from gourmet burgers 2 vintage records!
  • @HeppleTweeter: Almost Famous burgers!
  • ‏@levenshulmelife: Got to be @levymarket this Sat 27 April 9-4pm #Levenshulme as recomended in #SundayTimes #Food #Crafts #Vintage #Entertainment
  • ‏@Veganmanc: Saturday 1 til 3pm Manchester Vegan Society monthly social meetup all welcome@ Mod’s Veggie/Vegan Cafe@ the Thirsty Scholar
  • ‏@chapoiron: Food and Drink at @TheOastHouseMcr
  • ‏@McrSoul: Rhythm & #soul white lion Castlefield this eve. #stax of Great food ale and #motown
  • ‏@chrishowse: Sunday lunch at the fabulous @thisisgorilla
  • @129Didsbury: Book their accommodation with us! #MCR W #Didsbury
  • ‏@OllieBriggs: Definitely to drop in and check out the @rxtheatre and go shopping in Affleck’s Palace!

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

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