Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in Manchester this weekend, plus plenty of bonus suggestions from our social media friends.
- Fancy a tasty tipple? Head to Manchester Beer & Cider Festival at the National Cycling Centre, home to Team GB’s Olympic cyclists. On today and tomorrow, the festival offers you more cask conditioned craft ales in one place than Manchester has ever seen before, including ten breweries bringing their own bars to the festival. The main bars will be on the Velodrome floor surrounded by the famous banked track which will remain in use during the festival.
- Ever missed a play you wish you’d had the chance to see? Check out re:play Festival at The Lowry, offering a diverse sample of the best Manchester fringe theatre from the last 12 months. With nine productions on offer the festival provides a fantastic selection of the most ground-breaking, most talked-about new drama in Manchester.
- Discover the curious world of coral at Manchester Museum’s Coral: Something Rich and Strange exhibition. This temporary exhibition tells a story about biodiversity and the importance of marine environments. It features art installations by Mark Dion and textile artist Karen Casper, along with Manchester’s first Crochet Coral Reef and much more.
Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:
- @HLCupcake: Come to our little hidden gem of a cupcakery for freshly baked cupcakes and a huge selection of teas & coffees!
- @jenlahughes: Go see the Grayson Perry exhibition at the art gallery, lunch in china town, then a movie at print works gallery #perfectday
- @iLoveMCUK: Come and visit the amazing MediaCityUK in Salford #Inspirational
- @mercuremanchest: Join us at the Mercure for #afternoontea in our 3rd floor bar, with a great view of the #Manchester wheel!
- @tomhiltz: Visit the football museum then @HardRockCafeMCR for food and cocktails #buffalowings
- @LRainbowDesigns: Go on the Ferris wheel at night and take a picture next to the colourful water beside it! It’s soothing to watch!!
And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:
- Markéta Vanková: Trafford Centre the best !!!
- David Jackson: Visit the Museum of Transport on Boyle Street in Cheetham Hill
- Lindsay Anne Monica: Lunch and a pint in Sam’s Chop House! Excellent place to people watch and while away the day.
- Mandy Holgate To visit the Manchester United museum
- Georgia Hutchings A visit to teacup. northern quarter
- Jo Pollock The food at bakerie is amazing
- Vickie Brookes Revolution De Cuba!!!!
- Anna MÖller Watch the live Roller Derby Bout at George H Carnall Leisure Centre – double header for only £6.50 (£8.50 on the door)
- Michael Jack Gould The Buddhist centre for lunch or the Chop House on cross street.
- Tanya Cheetham: Thai boxing interclub this Sunday at 11am MFA. A chance to see some amateur muay thai
- Peter Bowcock Afternoon tea in Cloud 23
- Liz Barras: Listen to some Mediterranean classics tomorrow night with the Halle at The Bridgewater Hall to warm you up in this gloomy January. http://www.halle.co.uk/concerts-tickets.aspx?day=25&month=1
- Ann Edwards: Go to Annie’s Manchester for lunch!!!
- Colette Hill: Go on Oldham st. for the pubs and Princess St and that area for clubs. The South is amazing owned and run by our lovely Clint Boon. (Inspiral Carpets)
- Christopher Hall: Champagne afternoon tea at The Lowry Hotel
- Jeni Hawkswell: Get your brass on at The Bridgewater Hall with the RNCM Festival of Brass on Sunday!
- David ‘moose’ Mucedola: Take a stroll from the city centre up the rochdale canal.
- The Whim Wham Cafe: Local & independent traders will be selling their vintage wares tomorrow at The Whim Wham Cafe at our Vintage Emporium, whilst we provide the refreshments! (including lunch menu, tea and cake, local ales and gin cocktails!) 12-5pm! Free Entry!