Here’s our weekly guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester, plus some bonus suggestions from our social media friends.
- It’s the opening weekend of Queer Contact at Contact Theatre as part of LGBT History Month. This festival of LGBT performance, music, theatre and visual arts is jam-packed with shows, workshops, debates, club nights and events. Highlights this weekend include Mother’s Ruin: Who’s Got The Max Factor? tonight and The House of Suarez Vogue Ball on Saturday.
- Anyone responsible for organising group activities or trips should head to Great Days Out at Event City on Saturday, where over a hundred attractions, destinations and activity providers will be showcasing the best of what they can offer to visitors planning a great day out. The hotly anticipated new Coronation Street: The Tour will be there to tell you all about what lies ahead for visitors to the cobbles. It’s a fun, free day out that could inspire 100 more.
- Take a trip out to the beautiful Rochdale countryside where you can enjoy breathtaking scenery and some of the finest landscapes in Britain. The picturesque villages of Littleborough and Milnrow are great starting points for exploring the wide, open moorland and deeply-wooded valleys, or you can enjoy fishing, boat trips and bird watching at Hollingworth Lake.
Here’s what our Twitter friends suggest:
- @EDOharaDesigns: How about Manchester Wheel; Manchester Saturday Market & Manchester Street Food Market all in Picadilly Gdns @PiccadillyMCR
- @Em_Burgessx : Afternoon tea @MCRHouse – simply amazing!
- @TTTMCR: Our #pongping exhibition is a must see this weekend! Open from 4pm today & tomorrow
- @Louise243: Manchester to Hathersage Folk Train – Sat, 8 Feb features Chorlton Folk Club Train, dep Piccadilly 11:45h http://www.hvhptp.org.uk/folktran.htm
- @HegartyMichael: Blindsided at Royal Exchange Theatre for us.
- @moslonian: Visit @SoLiTaNq it’s a must also @FootballMuseum @ManUtd @I_W_M North @voiceofmosi whatever they choice Manchester is the best #No1
And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:
- Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel: Come and see us! Enjoy the view of the wheel & do some Piccadilly Gardens people watching while you have a little drink or something nice to eat in The Brasserie on 3rd floor.
- Phil Storer: There is a great new store opened in Afflecks Palace this week. Called Kuhl Vintage on the 2nd Floor. Specialising in vintage fashion for both men and women. 1920s to 1980s. Definitely worth a visit.
- Julie Thomson: Old Trafford and the Trafford Centre
- Saorla Boyle: Manchester Museum, Football Museum and Museum of Science and Industry, John Rylands Library and stop off for lunch at The Oast in Spinningfields, great spot!