3 ideas for this weekend in Manchester (23 – 26 August, 2013)


The long-awaited August bank holiday weekend is upon us and there are plenty of great things going on across the region for you to enjoy. Here’s our top 3 suggestions for what to get up to, plus some bonus ideas from our social media friends.

  • It’s the Manchester Pride Big Weekend, which sees Manchester city centre come to life as a sea of rainbow-coloured floats parade through the streets on Saturday. The four-day celebrations are based around Manchester’s Gay Village, with live music acts and DJs entertaining the thousands of revellers. Headline acts include Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Sam Sparro and Kate Nash.
  • Those seeking out some culinary treats should head to the Bolton Food & Drink Festival – a real highlight in the national foodie calendar with celebrity chef appearances aplenty. There’s also lots of free live cooking demonstrations, street entertainment and a new Children’s Food Emporium to entertain the chefs of the future with food related stories and fun activities.
  • Head to The Quays for a lovely free family day out on Saturday when IWM North has some wacky performances by comic characters from Bread and Butter. Over the water at MediaCityUK check out the Rugby League World Cup Roadshow where visitors can play on a giant inflatable rugby pitch and watch local team Wigan Warriors take on Hull in the Challenge Cup Final, live on the big screen. If that wasn’t enough, global superstar Titan the Robot will be appearing at The Lowry Outlet Mall.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • @criquaer: Erm…. Mardi Gras!!! %DDD
  • ‏@ThisMorningCall: I would recommend Manchester Pride this weekend!
  • ‏@Sallysallysal: Morrissey25 at @CornerhouseMcr 1820 Monday
  • @allanbartram: well it’s got to be @ManchesterPride #hightlifeofourweekend
  • @p_marmion: Manchester Pride or the Parade on Saturday should be a Not To Be Missed event @ManchesterPride
  • ‏@JaffaBagpuss: gotta be Pride! Visit @lgfoundation see what exciting things we’re up to!!!
  • ‏@SMancparkrun: start the day with a free 5k! 9am Saturday Platt Fields. Register first: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southmanchester/
  • ‏@lgfoundation: Visitors to Manchester this weekend should come to @ManchesterPride! Parade on Sat, party all wkend + lots of fringe events.
  • ‏@louisebolotin: the Heritage Hostage art exhibition by Friends of London Road Fire Station @ManFireStation at 4 Piccadilly Place. Daily 1-5pm
  • @5_free_hours: so apart from pride 😉 – Cinderella @Spinningfields; English Country W/end @tatton_park; trip to @visitBrockholes – w/end sorted!
  • ‏@HLCupcake: A little visit to our cupcakery is a must this weekend to enjoy one of our @ManchesterPride cupcakes! pic.twitter.com/xeWrcpoElz
  • @5329Michelle: Check out the exclusive offers #wedding event at Ernest Jones Jewellers in @manarndale centre Friday-Sunday This weekend ! 💍💕
  • ‏@johnpindararts: It’s Pride Weekend! But that’s probably why they’re visiting Manchester in the first place!
  • ‏@TheWhimWhamCafe: visit us @TheWhimWhamCafe for a taste of local&regional food&to take advantage of our Bank Holiday offers pic.twitter.com/O1MWGgsHfT
  • ‏@hannahraeside: The FREE family fun days (sat/sun) @ManchesterCraft-craft activities for kids, #formingwords exhibition & lunch @OakStreetCafeNQ!
  • ‏@openshawgazette: Surely the lesser known festival at w/e: Openshaw’s Party in the Park featuring @ManchesterGiant &more pic.twitter.com/SimneM2w85

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Kelly Jane Roper: Mcdc Manchester Craft bank holiday fun days xx
  • Timothy Turner: Drive along the M56 to the Anderton Boat Lift. For some fantastic living industrial history
  • Gary Edwards: Manchester Pride parade
  • Mary Thornton: have Sunday Lunch in the Kings Arms, Salford I’ve heard it’s superb
  • Jules Bowes: Pride parade!

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