The festive season is in full swing and Manchester is brimming with lots of great seasonal gems for visitors to enjoy. Here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to this weekend plus some great suggestions from our social media friends.
- Victoria Wood’s heartwarming production That Day We Sang returns to the city following its overwhelming success at the Manchester International Festival 2011. The beautiful Royal Exchange Theatre plays host to the big-hearted and nostalgic Manchester love story. There might even be a few half-price preview tickets available for tonight’s show, prices start at £15.50 – but be quick!
- For a touch of traditional festive magic head to the Lowry Outlet Victorian Christmas Market which is on now until Sunday. Featuring over 100 festive stalls, a cast of Dickensian characters to transport you back in time and live music from the finest regional choirs, brass bands and performers, it’s a festive treat not to be missed.
- Head to Great Northern to catch a glimpse of the Northern Souls pop-up exhibition by infamous street artist Stewy. The artist’s distinctive stencils are commonplace across the UK and you may have already spotted one or two of Stewy’s stenciled characters nearby, such as John Cooper Clarke in Salford’s Black Lion Pub or Frank Sidebottom on Manchester’s Oldham Street. Northern Souls also sees the unveiling of a new piece of street art somewhere in central Manchester, this time featuring ‘Mr Manchester’ aka Tony Wilson.
Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:
- @5_free_hours: There’s festive ‘arty’ fun for the kids @BuryArtMuseum on Saturday, 10am-4pm
- @KingStReserve: Saturday we have a meet the maker tasting and bottle signing with Bulleit Bourbon Master Distiller Tom Bulleit.
- @Chethams: TONIGHT! ‘Ferocious folk’ @4square, @BBCRadio2 YoungFolkAward winners MooreMossRutter @CityFolkMCR Baronial Hall 7.30pm #MCR
- @stockportVTA: Stockport’s @Vintage_Village – massive vintage fair on Sunday and vintage traders in the market on Saturday.
- @MLFHS: John Rylands Library has festive fun on, worth a visit any day.
- @annebesw: Discover Manchester tour, Sat, sun at 1pm. Even locals will be amazed. http://Www.manchesterguidedtours.com
- @honeytia: I’d suggest the indoor Victorian Christmas market at the end of Deansgate across from the Hilton for great food, drink & crafts
- @NQManchester: It’s Small Business Saturday, so head to the Northern Quarter & help support the incredible variety of independent businesses.
- @HLCupcake: Hey Little Cupcake, for our festive freshly baked cupcakes & Afternoon Tea! Find us behind the Opera House, open Sat & Sun!
- @LRainbowDesigns: As a newbie to MCR, I’d suggest a rummage through its amazing charity and vintage shops in Northern Quarter! Amazed by them!
And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:
- Lizzie N Beth: Greater Manchester Transport Museum.
- Jacqui Limer: MOSI it’s brilliant!!
- Robert Ritchie: Visit the manchester craft and design centre for some really great alternative Christmas gifts, followed by lunch and a few beers in the northern quarter. Perfect!
- Clare Simpson: Head to Chorlton on Saturday to celebrate Small Business Saturday. See Horse + Bamboo’s Red Riding Hood at the Edge http://www.edgetheatre.co.uk then go to the Christmas Lights Switch On at the precinct.
- Julia Robinson: A nice meal at Rosso
- Andrea Jones: Beech road Chorlton cum hardy, Barbakan deli for the best bread & buttys in the world and a trip round MOSI & Manchester Museum
- Michael Kett: I heard the sea life centre is a good place to visit , maybe followed by watching Dick Whittington and throw in a trip to Dimitri’s inbetween
- Thomas Williams: On Swan Street (just off Shudehill) is the costume hire department of the Royal Exchange Theatre. It’s a little known gem. If you phone and book an appointment, you are allowed to roam the racks of incredible hand made costumes from the past productions.
- Gerry Howley On Friday: Start off your day with a visit to Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Then head over to the Manchester Christmas Markets for sausages and gluhwein. Finish off a fantastic day with live music and craft beer at Dogface Records Official Launch Night
- Helen Stewart: RAMSBOTTOM ARTISAN MARKET on Sunday 9am to 3pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1378017849114530
- Tatton Park: Just outside of Manchester is a White Christmas Mansion at Tatton Park where you can enjoy live festive music! Then you could pay a visit to see Father Christmas at Home Farm Tatton Park good girls & boys get Christmas prezzies
- Jennifer Mabbott: Visit the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, birthplace of the co-operative movement http://www.rochdalepioneersmuseum.coop