Manchester has a bumper weekend of excellent events planned, you’d be a fool to stay away. We have struggled to narrow it down but here’s our top 3 suggestions for what to get up to, plus some great bonus suggestions from our social media followers.
• Dig the City, Manchester’s urban garden festival kicks off tomorrow, turning the city green with show gardens, a forest, a fête, markets, workshops and 100 tonnes of soil! Make sure you check out the Dance of the Honey Bee sculptures, commissioned especially for the festival, in Exchange Square and New Cathedral Street.
• In the heart of the city, Piccadilly Gardens plays host one very large gourmet garden party, as this year’s Manchester Picnic serves up a world of tasty street food. It’s a great day out for the all the family, with plenty of entertainment for the little ones including painting workshops, games, face painting and on Sunday they can dance along Baby Ballet’s Twinkle the Bear and Flutterby Fairy.
• If you want to see true spirit and endurance, head to Bolton for the annual Ironman UK Triathlon on Sunday. Spectators can cheer on the 1,500 athletes as they complete a gruelling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and if that wasn’t enough they then have to run a marathon. Athletes of the future can also take part in the IronKids event which takes place on Saturday.
Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:
- @visit_bury: Everyone’s favourite steam engine will be in Bury. It’s ‘Day Out With Thomas’ @eastlancsrly this weekend. Great family fun!
- @NamcoTrafford: What to do with the kids this weekend? THIS! http://intu.co.uk/traffordcentre/offers/familyactivityday
- @TheDataOctopus: We’d recommend checking out the @ManJazzFest plenty going on over the weekend, plus a trip to @voiceofmosi too! #Manchester
- @ZainyBebe: Arndale Centre OR Trafford Centre – will sure to satisfy even the fussiest of shoppers! (Trust me as I am one!)
- @CarlyPetitt: get down to @ManchesterCraft to see the new #formingwords exhibition and have a fab lunch @OakStreetCafeNQ while your there.
- @CityCo: The #MCRPicnic (2-4 Aug) & @digthecitymcr (3-11 Aug).
- @orelsee: What ever you do Picnic in Piccadilly, and a visit to Rylands Library.
- @5_free_hours: it’s a great weekend for #manchester: #SkyRide, #digthecity, #themanchesterpicnic. Loads to choose from!
- @ColetteHumphrey: go to @digthecitymcr of course! Especially New Cathedral Street to learn what to plant to help save the bees @mcrfoe #BeeCause
- @KidsCarBootLtd: Can I recommend r events. They are a great place for families to save or sell or buy a bargain. http://www.kidscarbootandswapshop.co.uk
- @BudGardenCentre: On Saturday and Sunday visit the horticulture market on King St @digthecitymcr, lots of #indie businesses to support!
- @twinmum22: Manchester ghost walk with Flecky Bennett!
And here’s what our Facebook fans suggest:
- Kelly Jane Roper: Museum of science and industry
- Jenny Woods: Manchester international tattoo show!
- Leoni Betts: Take part in the ‘dig it’ gardening festival, good food, talks and great ideas for enjoying the outdoors! I think events are popping up all over the city and it looks great fun – it starts tomorrow!
- Clare Simpson: How about small but perfectly formed Heaton Moor Market? Shaw Road, Saturday 10am – 2pm. Mixture of artisan produce and handmade stuff, including doggy treats, real cola, amazing cheesecakes, gorgeous smellies and unique kids’ clothes.
- Anne Sigsworth Sky ride Manchester!