3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (21 – 23 March, 2014)

central Library

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend, plus some bonus suggestions from our social media friends.

  • The much-awaited reopening of Manchester’s Central Library takes place on Saturday following a four-year £50 million refurbishment, bringing this iconic Grade II-listed building bang up to date whilst restoring the intricate 1930s architecture. Key features to look out for include the Henry Watson Music Library, the BFI Mediatheque and those looking to trace their family roots back to Manchester should visit Archives+.
  • Salford Quays will be illuminated this weekend as Future City kicks off a month of contemporary art activity at the waterside location. Thank You by Craig Morrison is the first of five installations, which sees two of the world’s most powerful display lasers beaming Thank You in Morse Code across the night sky in memory of the service men and women from the WWI and WWII, and to thank eminent Manchester scientist Alan Turing for the many lives he helped save.
  • Manchester Histories Festival starts its 10-day celebration of Greater Manchester’s unique histories and heritage today with a packed programme suitable for all ages. A must for visitors is the hop-on free heritage bus, where you can spend the day exploring the hidden gems of Manchester and Salford’s small heritage venues including Victoria Baths, Manchester Jewish Museum and Chetham’s Library.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • @CeliaFarm: wedding fair @CeliaFarm Sunday 23 March 12-4pm or how about #llama trekking! pic.twitter.com/XtWi0AJBfm
  • @theviolethourUK: this 🙂 pic.twitter.com/Hrc07XhpU7
  • @charliebobs1: @SEALIFEManc that’s where we are going & I bet it’s great!
  • @bespinsuitluke: the newly refurbished, beautiful central library. It opens Saturday and is stunning!
  • @ovilius: I’d recommend people visit magnificent, medieval @ManCathedral – concerts, Evensong, PassionArt, Backstage Tours, teas and cakes.
  • @MissVioletEyes: visit @archivesplus at Manchester library tomorrow, it’s great!!
  • @hannahraeside: go see the new library!
  • @VisitSalford: @QuaysCulture present the brilliant #FutureCity at #TheQuays http://ow.ly/uOulf

And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:

  • Natalie Ireland: New Wellcome Image Awards at MOSI… Beautiful beautiful images of science up close.
  • Claire Thomas: Almost Famous!
  • Hannah Baguley: Eithad Stadium
  • Angie Thompson: Manchester art gallery and ma ho’s bakery in china town
  • Louise Cooper: A trip to upper campfield market for @beatstreetmcr #fridayfoodfight has got to be on the list !!
  • Margaret Clegg: Manchester Histories Festival, 21-30 March. Over 180 events. http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk
  • Manchester Histories Festival: http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk Start planning your ten days as the MHF 2014 programme is now live and you can v…See more
  • Lindsay Grant: We’re taking in the Passionart trail in the city centre this weekend. Gorgeous venues and interesting art works, exploring the Easter story in a fresh way – free booklet with reflections to help you engage with the art.
  • Giada Schioppa: Join Veeno the Italian Wine Cafè and have a glass of Italian Wine with Italian Tapas!See Translation
  • Michael O’Carroll: Go to my home town Market at Ashton under Lyne on Saturday morning then visit Old Trafford to check out the Manchester United Museum in the afternoon lunch at the Red cafe. Heaven.
  • Darren Bell: Central Library reopens tomorrow! It’s been closed since 2010.
  • Kim Hutson: Ordsall Hall have loads going on! – a walking tour for £2 at 2pm on Sunday and also a family garden event called ‘Soil soup and magnified minibeasts’ which is FREE from 1.30pm on Sunday! In the evening from 7.30pm there’s also the final event of the ‘What Do You Want To Say’ project, with artwork being projected onto the Hall itself! (FREE but email fay.flatt@scll.co.uk to book for that one!)
  • Only a short tram ride out of Manchester City centre – just pop on the Eccles line to Exchange Quay – should be lots of fun!
  • Billy O’Carroll: Courtyard Manchester, sorted
  • Suzanne Hall: A trip to gorton monastery, they are holding an exhibition on Bellevue free entry,also a beautiful building well worth the trip.
  • Diane Pollitt-walmsley: U.Dance 2014 at the Lowry this Saturday and Sunday, it is youth dance groups and coming together to share their work on a large scale. A combination of dedication and talent.
  • Claire Molineux-Jones: For evening entertainment, they should go to the Frog and BUcket Comedy club and have some giggles
  • Jennifer Dean: Manchester Histories Festival is a must – loads of great events for the next 10 days with just a couple of this weekends highlights including Creative Threads and the Belle Vue Roadshow The Monastery Manchester http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk
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