Here’s our suggestions for the best of what to do in and around Manchester this weekend, plus some bonus suggestions from our helpful social media friends.
- Collaborative arts festival FutureEverything returns to Manchester this weekend, using digital culture, music, art and performance to create something truly unique. For those not attending the conference there is a city-wide live music and performance programme presenting work from across the spectrum of contemporary instrumental, electronic and experimental music. A key event to look out for is Big Digital Project on Saturday in Albert Square.
- Fancy treating the little ones to a fun day out? Head to Play Factore, conveniently located next to the Intu Trafford Centre should you want to do a bit of shopping while your out. This is a young adventurer’s paradise, home to the tallest standing indoor slide in the world, the largest play frame in Europe, go-karts, laser-tag, a zip-wire ride, an extensive toddlers play area and an the hugely popular interactive dance area.
- With temperatures set rise (a little) over the weekend, get out and enjoy some of the glorious Manchester countryside. We have pulled together five great walks with views that make doing some exercise at the weekend worthwhile. From chocolate-box villages to woodlands and waterways, if the hills don’t take your breath away the views definitely will!
Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:
- @kathrynb62: A trip to #mcrcentrallibrary is an absolute must. Fantastic place and staff all very very helpful and smiley! @MancLibraries
- @Rail_Ale: Hi there @visit_mcr we suggest visitors soundtrack their weekend with the new album from Manchester folk pioneers @Harpandamonkey
- @NansNapkins: A visit to the beautiful john rylands library & the cathedral, followed by shopping & dinner at piccolinos #traditionalfun
- @Veganmanc:m Saturday 8pm til late original vinyl soul, SKA, Latin & MOD sounds @ 45rpm @ @Thirsty_Scholar – FREE ENTRY!
- @planetvintage: Nice weather! A Saturday walk along Bridgewater Canal, a visit to @insitu_mcr and @MediaCityUK, with a drink @DukesManchester.
- @lastexitgirl: Manchester roller derby game this Saturday in Urmston. @mancrollerderby
- @LostNola: Visit the Gallery of Costume, walk in Platt Fields (weather permitting) then lunch in Didsbury! pic.twitter.com/snC9evb0WH
- @z_mcr: Spend this #MothersDay enjoying Circles In The Sand, “A fine example of theatre for under 3’s” 1pm & 3pm http://bit.ly/1phRuGp
- @mjfashion82: Worsley farmers market
- @Mr71Sunshine: A trip to the Manchester United museum is a must for any Man Utd fan
- @GlossopCartons: The Football Museum!
- @BudGardenCentre: No competition @visit_mcr you MUST visit @levymarket http://www.levymarket.com ; then walk 10 mins to the smallest garden centre in the world!
- @Jameslnewman: Get down to #fridayfoodfight @beatstreetmcr for some meeeeeeaaat!
And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:
- Phoebe Cross: Levenshulme Market, tomorrow. 5 mins on the train from Piccadilly.
- Luke Pirie: Genting casino near deansgate good night out
- Neil Whittaker: See the Happy Mondaze (the Happy Mondays tribute band) at The Kenilworth in Cheadle Hulme on Saturday night
- Beverley Picton Was Tipping: More trees please gig at Night and Day, Oldham Street, amazing young band with lots of talent….. Amazing …. Saturday 29th March 8.30 pm onwards
- David Shanahan: Future Everything events all over town centre
- Papa Gs: Food at Papa G’s, the best Greek restaurant in town 😉
- Anna MÖller: Manchester Roller Derby double header at George H Carnall Leisure Centre in Urmston. Tickets are only £8.50 on the door!
- Cat Hewett: Jack Spratt’s restaurant on John Dalton Street closes it’s doors for the final time on Saturday, going to be a great night.
- Caroline Melody: Have a Sunday lunch at Tom’s Chop House.
- Rob Carson: The Hallé Orchestra and combined choirs of 254 voices are performing at the Bridgewater Hall. Tickets from the Box Office.
- Paul Lunn: Go to SoLiTa. You should always go there!
- The Whim Wham Café: Join us for our Vintage Emporium Sat 12-5pm. Local independent vintage traders will be selling their wares whilst we provide the refreshments including Gin & Cake of course!
- Helen Gilder The Stranglers at The Academy Saturday night.
- Helen Stewart Prestwich Artisan Market, 9.30am to 2.30pm for local foodie heaven produce, BIG FASHION SALE; 90% OFF! Hand made soaps, candles, wood carvings, cakes, olives, cheeses and loads more. Bring your mum for a day out!