3 ideas for this weekend in Manchester (05 – 07 July, 2013)

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The sun is shining and the weekend is upon us once again, so get yourself to Manchester for a weekend of fun and frolics. Here’s our top 3 suggestions for what to get up to, plus some bonus suggestions from our Twitter and Facebook friends.

  • It’s the opening weekend of Manchester International Festival and the city is buzzing with festival fever. Head down to the festival hub at Albert Square where you can soak up the atmosphere, lounge in deck chairs and listen to the free outdoor sounds, from brass bands to world music on the new outdoor stage. Food and drink are also available throughout the day.
  • The extremely popular National Football Museum celebrates its 1st Birthday tomorrow with a host of great family-friendly events, including some very big referees keeping everyone in line. There will also be a performance by the Manchester United Community Choir in the afternoon.
  • If you want to enjoy the glorious weather, head down to the MediaCityUK where you can watch live screenings of the Wimbledon finals on the Piazza. There will also be plenty to keep visitors of all ages entertained, with interactive games including ‘speed of serve’ and ‘volley courts’, face painting and a bouncy castle, plus Dock Bar will be getting into the Wimbledon spirit serving up strawberries and cream and Pimms.

Here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • ‏@cornexchangeMAN: Why not swing by Corn Exchange tomorrow from 10.30am & see our brave team abseiling down the building in aid of @4EVERManchester
  • @visit_bury: The foodie town of Ramsbottom holds its 1st @PieFestival on Sunday. Great weather so add in a walk. See http://tinyurl.com/brgpa9t
  • ‏@librarytheatre: #ManchesterSound ends on Saturday! Last chance to see site specific show about Peterloo and acid house http://bit.ly/X75DxU
  • ‏@SalfordMuseum: Explore Victorian Salford on our recreated street with sounds of horse draw carriages and knocker-uppers http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture/salford-museum-and-art-gallery/lark-hill-place
  • ‏@ChildfriendlyMN: We reckon Sunday Storytime @WaterstonesMCR looks good. Happy Birthday celebrations http://www.childfriendly.co.uk/family-events/england/greater-manchester/manchester/happy-birthday-winnie-sunday-storytime
  • ‏@VisitSalford: We’ve another fantastic Walks & Water Cruise, this Sunday from #TheQuays. Call 0161 848 8601 to book http://ow.ly/mGbqp
  • ‏@BuryCemFlowers: Ramsbottom Pie Festival this Sunday! @PieFestival
  • @kidsinmuseums: Go visit Quarry Bank. Especially if the weather is nice. @quarrybankmill
  • ‏@serpant: it’s got to be #MIF13 or #heatonpark in the sunshine or #MegaMela at platt fields and don’t forget the Tameside Hospital march
  • ‏@MCROpenTopBus: Perfect sunny weather this Sat 6 July for a #Manchester open-top sightseeing bus tour. pic.twitter.com/JeB7z9B883

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Karen Morecroft: Checking out the goings on in Festival Square for MIF
  • Raiha Aftab Khan: visit International Food Festival at the student union.
  • Danny Orwin For people averse to sunshine, John Rylands library followed by a trip to Manchester Art Gallery for the “do it.” exhibition.
  • Jo Pitchford: Head off to the Peoples History and make the link with the birth of the NHS
  • Jo Beggs: Nikil Chopra’s 65 hour non stop performance at the Whitworth. Already amazing!
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