Summer is officially here, so get yourself to Manchester and enjoy a fun-filled weekend. Here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to plus some great suggestions from Twitter and Facebook friends.
- Animation lovers should check out the Creating the Illusion: Animation in the North West exhibition at MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), which explores the development and legacy of the internationally renowned Cosgrove Hall Films, whose best known creations include Danger Mouse and Chorlton and the Wheelies. This fascinating exhibition features famous puppets as well as rarely seen items from personal collections.
- Check out one of the hidden gems of Greater Manchester and explore the walking trail from the iconic Wigan Pier to Leigh Bridge. This canal-side trail is rich in natural history and heritage. The route takes you through the unique collection of lakes and waterways known as Wigan Flashes and on through the Hey Brook Corridor to delightful Pennington.
- It’s the opening weekend of the Chagall, Soutine & the School of Paris exhibition at Manchester Jewish Museum, the first showing of major Jewish artists ever staged in Manchester. With original works by Marc Chagall and Chaim Soutine, this exhibition is a real coup for the region so head down before the art-loving masses hear about it.
Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:
- @librarytheatre: #ManchesterSound continues until 8 July, site specific drama about Peterloo and acid house rave culture http://bit.ly/X75DxU
- @voiceofmosi: Come and see our new Creating the Illusion exhibition about animation in the North West http://ht.ly/mfy28 #ellolittleoldlady
- @Cont_breakfast: Head to one of MCR’s many international restaurants – Armenian Taverna is a personal fave – more here: http://wp.me/p3i9y0-82
- @CastlefieldGall: Harness the power of the sun @CastlefieldGall. Solar Jar Making Workshop http://ow.ly/mftVb Sat, 2-5pm £5
- @timhammo: Catch the #folktrain to #NewMills for Carnival on Saturday
- @PrGrPa: @voiceofmosi then a coffee @northteapower and then a swift one @TheMarbleArch before visiting Didsbury and a film @cinedidsbury
- @Wendoverdrive: We are visiting my daughter and then off for a sight seeing bus tour around the city.
- @mjfashion82: visit castlefield markets on Sunday ten till four next to dukes 92 for unique food and crafts
- @BudGardenCentre: Go to @levymarket, now a CIC run buy the community. 40+ traders with street food, plants, vintage, bread, pies, cakes, gifts etc.
And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:
- Jane Lark: Go to Mosi it’s fantastic and free and in Manchester
- Lorena Salazar Sankey: It’s been years nine years since I lived in Greater Manchester and I visited with my family earlier this year. A visit to Old Trafford, The National Football Museum, The Manchester Art Gallery and The Imperial War Museum make a great day out for the whole family. Those places never go out of style. If I went back today, I’d also include a few cocktails at Harvey Nichols or create an “unofficial” pub tour around the city. There’s definitely loads to do there. Locals go out and enjoy these first days of summer!
- Mark Caban: I’ve seen 3 of the best shows going at the The Lowry over the past 3 days. The hilarious Noises off, Miss Nightingale and The Enough Project are all heartily recommended. So if you have a spare evening/afternoon this weekend you won’t be disappointed with any of them. Brilliant!