3 things to do this weekend in Manchester (01 – 03 November, 2013)


The Vanity of Small Differences

It’s looking like it could be a wet weekend ahead but don’t let that dampen your spirits, here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to (indoors) in Manchester, plus some great bonus suggestions from our social media followers.

  • Head to Manchester Art Gallery to see The Vanity of Small Differences exhibition from Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. The work is a series of six large tapestries, telling the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, the tapestries chart the “class journey” made by young Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects that Grayson Perry encountered on journeys for the television series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’.
  • The world’s best cyclists converge on the home of British Cycling this weekend for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup. Over three days of competition, the leading international male and female cyclists will compete across all the Olympic Track Cycling disciplines we all learnt to love during London 2012. If you can’t make it down to the National Cycling Centre, you can still catch some of the action on the BBC.
  • On Sunday Manchester’s ‘Water Palace’ opens its doors for the hugely popular Victoria Baths Art & Craft Fair. The venue will be brimming with local artists and crafts makers selling unique items from a range of stalls. Visitors can also explore the building and take an optional guided tour and learn about the amazing architecture, the history of the building and its restoration.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • @lynneparis: Castlefield indoor market in Sunday then lunch at dukes92/alberts shed/wharf or choice. It’s what I’m doing!
  • @collaboratehere: Art & crafts, film screening, great live music + silent disco at @HotchPotchEvent tomorrow: https://www.facebook.com/events/1384384501799067/ 
  • @ClarkePrue: Bring the kids along to our #BigDraw event in #HeatonPark #manchester. FREE! Drop in and have a draw! pic.twitter.com/hj2z2biACT
  • @MHCentre: Fantastic Live Music Night – Mcr International Roots Orchestra, Crossings Band + Katy Carr & The Aviators https://www.facebook.com/events/170391456479842/?fref=ts
  • @CastlefieldGall: Check out our new show ft. @CalumCrawford #SophieMitchell & #DarrenMurphy 3 exciting @McrSchArt graduates http://ow.ly/qo7sn
  • @RDPRtweets: We thought this looked pretty interesting @voiceofmosi http://www.mosi.org.uk/whats-on/manchester-science-festival/adults-and-teenagers/dark-matters.aspx
  • @LozzimusPrime: Afflecks Palace of course! A unique shopping experience 😀
  • @LipstickMonitor: Grayson Perry’s Tapestries #manchesterartgallery. And John Rylands Library. Lunch/tea at Teacup on Thomas in Northern Quarter.
  • @tatton_park: Walk @tatton_park parkland,see farmyard friends followed by warming hot chocolate in Gardener’s Cottage! @TheStableyardTP #dayout
  • @BBCPhilharmonic: Come and see the amazing Nobuyuki Tsujii in concert @BridgewaterHall tonight! Tickets from £10 on the door
  • @RollersCafe: @Rollerscafe Try the best tasting Cinnamon Rolls in the country! visitors that mention @ visit_mcr will also get a free drink with their Cinnamon Rolls
  • @contaldo80: Coffee at Fig and Sparrow. Lunch at @JamiesItalianUK King Street
  • @LGBTYNW: It’d have to be the @sapphormation festival at the #LGBT centre tomorrow. Details at http://www.sapphormation.com
  • @stef_trow_art: Visit the Chorlton Art Market, first of its kind. Music, art and food! Yum yum. #cam
  • @marie22289601: Have a cocktail in the Hilton then diner at Australasia
  • @carryonlearning: I highly recommend going to various events for this year’s Manchester Science Festival: http://bit.ly/hqcvf
  • @Gaggyboot: a weekend in the northern quarter

And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:

  • Louise Kilburn: MOSI. Didsbury Beer Festival.
  • Hannah O’Connell: Back from Hell’s Hallowe’en fest on Saturday. It’s going to get scary
  • Z-arts: It’s the final weekend of the Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival and we have two brilliant shows. STATik is on at 14.30 tomorrow, it celebrates the wisdom of children. http://www.z-arts.org
  • Rochdale Pioneers Museum: What about a visit to us including a look around our new temporary exhibition http://www.rochdalepioneersmuseum.coop/
  • National Football Museum: Check out the history of something that started in Manchester but changed the way the global game is played, with our exhibition Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League: http://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/…/20-09-13/

Image: The-Annunciation-of-the-Virgin-Deal


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