3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (17 – 18 January, 2014)

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Visiting Manchester this weekend? Here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to plus some bonus suggestions from our social media friends.

  • Maria Balshaw, director of Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester City Galleries, curates the Selfridges Festival of Imagination, a series of events exploring the power of imagination. You can take part in photography workshops or ‘crafternoon tea’ sessions and watch discussions with artists, authors and actors.
  • The Manchester Giants basketball team take on the Birmingham Knights in the BBL Trophy on Sunday. Head over to the Wright Robinson College to give the Giants some support and see some great sport.
  • Fish! You’ll be amazed by how many fishy objects Gallery Oldham have in their collection! Visit the Gone Fishing exhibition to see paintings by John Constable, objects from the natural history collection, trophies from the local angling club and ‘fish and chip’ themed objects.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • @RealCB: go and see Stan the T Rex @McrMuseum followed by some theatre @ContactMcr xx
  • @RachAustin85: go across the water to @The_Lowry to Salford and see the Goldfrapp exhibition!
  • @ivanfooty4all: sex drugs an rock n roll failing that bit o shopping visit to @Etihad_Stadium @yangsingmcr hit the bars n casino
  • @Angelina252: Party @ #PropBox tonight @RevolutionDG. 241 cocktails 5-9pm. A great Friday night out! 🍹
  • @HLCupcake: Cupcakes, @illyUSA @teapigs, Afternoon Tea, Sugar Paste Class, fun & laughter all at Hey Little Cupcake this weekend!
  • @MCRFashionWeek: Go Shopping and let us know about all the new independent brands from Manchester
  • @KatePinkSmith: all the top restos @SanCarlo_Group @AustralasiaMcr @MCRHouse @Artisan_SF @AlchemistMcr x
  • @Brackenridge49: Manchester museum, Manchester museum MANCHESTER MUESUM MANCHESTER MUSEUM!!!!!!!!! You just can’t beat it !
  • @BlackSheepMCR: head to our skatepark @CentralMcr then call by our Northern Quarter store to catch the last of our big sale.

And here is what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Andrew Rowlinson: Surely a visit to the soup kitchen is a must!
  • TraceyandNick Russell: January sale shopping
  • Adam Beyonce Lowe: Visit Manchester’s historic cruising grounds! Starting under Piccadilly bridge. I think poet Andrew McMillan is creating a poetry tour of these spaces in Google Maps. He can be the tour guide x
  • Donna Lowe: Drink in the pubs n bars tha manc as to offer and go canal st as well be doing on the 25th – Claire Wakefield Carl Redfern 🍻🍹🍷
  • Graham Procter: A trip to Pie Ministry.
  • Simon John Chrisalford Mallon: Bus hopping how manycan u get on in 24 hrs
  • Andy Smithard: Check out the Tapas at La Tasca for Lunch or Dinner
  • Guy Brannigan: Afflex is a must see
  • Michael Evison: dovestone in greenfield manchester. or hollinworth lake.
  • Darren Peet: Eat out at the best Asian restaurant in town – Try Thai
  • Robert Shaw: Nothing beats a trip round the bars in the Northern Quarter.
  • Neal Shaw: Go to the night and day cafe to see some live music before the killjoys close it down.
  • David Hughes: Make sure you visit the hidden gem of brazenose street and the Buddhist center in the northern quarter and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city
  • Collette Gorman: MSI museum then to the northern quarter for a cocktail and a burrito upstairs!!
  • Phil Grunshaw: Fac 251 The Factory’s 4th Birthday Party on Sunday night featuring a live set from ESG and Dave Haslam Djing.
  • Anne-Marie Kelly: Victorian Slum & Squalor guided tour walk around the Angel Meadow area. Meet at 11am Victoria Statiion.
  • Kim Hutson: Ordsall Hall… Always
  • Emma Mummy Whittaker: peters street revs cuba
  • Chris Mcgrane: Head for the Northern Quarter, have a drink or two then head over to Croma on Clarence St, via Sams Chop House , see LS Lowry sat at the bar. Great food in Croma, well worth a visit
  • Andrew Hayward: Manchester is my favourite city,my wife will spend a few hours shopping i generally follow behind and agree to what looks nice,then its back to the hotel for a shower and a bite to eat then its party time a drink or 3 in the ox in castelfield then its of to canal street that would be my perfect weekend if we were in manchester
  • Shirley Gaskell: Coming this weekend…Bbc philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall playing Strauss x and the sales of course.
  • Helena Stacey Smythe: next weekend DELTA ENTERTAINMENTS PRESENTS ; TRANSFORM in aid of LimbPower. tickets just £10
  • Tom Ek PL: Deansgate.. enjoy.
  • Valentina Ceccacci: I feel like wall climbing.. Chill factor or stockport wall?
  • James Keighron: didsbury village great pubs and great curry houses
  • Andrea Lord: Catch up with whitworth art gallery on tour at Imagination /Selfridges – see Picasso, Emin, Turner, to name but three – as close as handbags!
  • Michael O’Carroll: Old Trafford “Theatre of Dreams”
  • Castlefield Gallery: Get political in some of Manchester’s best gallery’s – how about checking out Radical Conservatism at Castlefield Gallery; The People’s Business – 150 Years of The at People’s History Museum; Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War at Imperial War Museum North; plus it’s your last chance to catch ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’, Jeremy Deller’s excellent exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
  • Victoria Vickers: Eat, eat, eat! So many fantastic places to eat! x
  • Aleks Filo: Oastbar spinningfields and cuba de revolucion nearby
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