Friday fever is sweeping over the region once again and we have pulled together our guide to the best things to do in Manchester this weekend, plus some extra suggestions from our faithful Facebook and Twitter followers.
- The Manchester Mini Maker Faire takes over MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) this weekend with an exciting explosion of hobbyists, inventors, 3D printers, hackers and crafters showing off their wonderful creations. Highlights include an Urban Woodland Village, a collection of walking and static robots and a workshop to make and fire your very own potato cannon.
- Join the party at Manchester’s Caribbean Carnival at Platt Fields Park on Saturday and get swept away by the infectious music, dance, theatre and costume at what is the North West’s largest celebration of Caribbean music and carnival arts. Watch as the carnival procession of elaborate costumes winds its way through the crowds with steel bands, floats, dance troupes and folklore characters.
- On Sunday take a trip out to the beautiful Tatton Park and step back in time as Vikings of Middle England invade Tatton’s Old Hall. Experience skirmish and domestic life, have a go at archery, try on armour, watch falconry demonstrations and listen to tales of Viking life.
Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:
- @lanceybaby: family = heaton park, arty = the cornerhouse, music lovers = the ruby lounge, and active = national swimmming centre. Simples. X
- @MCROpenTopBus: #MCRSummer open-top bus tours Sat 10 Aug at 10:30 & 13:30. Book online at least 1 hr in advance to guarantee a seat
- @CornerhouseMcr: Go see #HanselAndGretel at Capitol Theatre. Our @LiveWireMcr team made all the fab props & scenery http://twitpic.com/d761bc
- @Drachir1983: ennio marchetto at z arts! Great show by the man described as a living cartoon! Tonight last night! #Theatre #Manchester
- @snyggstyle: Stockport Vintage Village on Sunday 10am-4pm for a brilliant vintage shopping session @Vintage_Village
- @librarytheatre: catch our talented young company in the gloriously grotesque tale of #HanselAndGretel tonight & Sat http://bit.ly/1c5taoS
- @digthecitymcr: the last days of Dig the City – still plenty to see including celebrity gardener Rachel de Thame tomorrow http://www.digthecity.co.uk/event/rachel-de-thame/
- @Veganmanc: Saturday 8pm til late Martin the Mod Motown special @ the Thirsty Scholar Manchester free entry!
- @mcfcnorthstand: Trip to Heaton Park. With bags of monkey nuts, bird nuts, carrots and apples.
- @CityCo: the final weekend of @digthecitymcr of course!
- @robtomlin: The Pie and Ale cafe/bar in the Northern Quarter.. THE most amazing food and they have a ‘wine jukebox’ !!!
- @5_free_hours: this weekend for us will have to be a final, farewell visit to @digthecitymcr (sniff) & @MakerFaireMCR @voiceofmosi
- @Poptasticdave: visit the Science and Industry museum and / or the City Art Gallery, Victoria Baths, visit Alan Turing in Sackville Park, then enjoy food & drink in the sunshine on Canal Street
- @KT_Fairfield: Visit the Richmond Tea Rooms!
- @JayneBousie: They’ve got to check out @digthecitymcr. Loads to do for adults and children. Lots of free fun to be had.
And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:
- Helen Smith: Caribbean Carnival at Platt Fields Park this Saturday!
- Pierre Labbé: Palace hôtel breakfast!
- Nicolette Ellinas Pratsas: Mosi – the mini makers fayre
- The Whim Wham Cafe: Visit Castlefield Market for local, independent & artisan suppliers followed by a Sunday Roast at The Whim Wham Cafe just a few minutes walk away!
- Cath Brady: Visit the ‘Do It’ exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery http://doit2013.org/ and have some fun!