3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (09 – 11 May, 2014)


Clifford Owens at Cornerhouse

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.

  • Watch New York-based conceptual artist Clifford Owens perform his new commission Anthology (2014) live tonight at the launch of his debut European exhibition Better the Rebel You Know at Cornerhouse. Owens’ work explores the intersection of photography, video, text and performance. His practice has sought to challenge the boundaries of performance and the possibilities of interaction between artist and audience. Performances also take place throughout the opening weekend.
  • Enjoy a family day out at the City of Manchester 7s Festival – the largest sports and music festival in the North of England. Based at Broughton Park Rugby Club, the festival features Rugby 7s, Netball, Gaelic Football, Lacrosse and Hurling, plus superb live bands, Manchester DJs, a Bavarian Bar, cocktail bar and kids zone.
  • Head down to Sackville Gardens tomorrow for The Village Market which will be packed with stallholders selling a range of products including vintage homewares, photography, artwork, tasty treats and much more. It’s a great excuse to get some fresh air plus there’s an acoustic music area and even a Hot Dog competition where dog owners can enter their pampered pooches to win a number of prizes.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • @fattypantaloon: See the very special film that is Frank @CornerhouseMcr pic.twitter.com/XkhKpCmFyo
  • @CornerhouseMcr: Why not check out some performance art at our #CliffordOwens exhibition opening tonight http://bit.ly/1f0pyI3 It’s free & fun!
  • @mercuremanchest: #AfternoonTea in The Brasserie £12.50 pp Great views of the City. Sit back, relax & watch the world go by. pic.twitter.com/tNwBFLAvofs etc!
  • ‏@VisitSalford: Lots happening with #SpiritofSalford Festival. @SalfordDevils in action & Waterside Market at #TheQuays http://ow.ly/wEx3H
  • @smallyperson: Take a brolly and have a walk between pubs and places of interest ie museums + art galleries etc!
  • ‏@TTTMCR: Come and see us, play Ping Pong & check out some great art by @ashes57
  • ‏@SchoolHolGenie: Definitely go to #IWMNorth and drop in on @mediacityuk while you’re there #Manchester
  • ‏@MetDidsbury: Traditional afternoon tea @MetDidsbury? Served Saturday 3-5pm
  • @SPurcell_Photo: The Electric Run at MCFC Saturday night
  • ‏@LeePH68: @ManchesterCraft @northteapower
  • ‏@realfoodfans: Depends on age group but @ManCathedral worth a visit & art gallery, big wheel, & loads good places eat!
  • ‏@gemmapnorth: @The_C_Project @The_Lowry Friday and Saturday night, raising money for @TheChristie
  • ‏@naomijane1234: Legoland discovery centre and sea life at the Trafford centre. We may go ourselves!!

And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:

  • Emma Pond Bezer: The kilo vintage fair at the peoples history museum on Sunday (:
  • Mark O’Shea: If your into sport, take a trip to the football museum and take the tram to Old Trafford to do a tour of the best football stadium in the world .
  • David Shanahan :New central library
  • Susan Whittaker: Cloud 23
  • Alexandra Amaral :I loved Manchester Cathedral and its surroundings
  • Gavin Harrison: Chorlton water park for a good walk!!
  • Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel: There’s Coronation Street: The Tour, then the Urban Market, then come and join us for afternoon tea by the River Irwell! Saturday afternoon sorted!
  • Bethany Joy: Free concert – Band: Jesus Worshipper @ NHCF Salford, 7pm Saturday
  • Jeni Hawkswell: Go and see some award-winning folk with Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita on Saturday or The Von Trapps (the great-grandchildren of the original Von Trapp Family!) on Sunday – both at the RNCM.
  • Emma Hough :Well worth having a drink in new york new york, always buzzing and great to lift your mood from the horrid weather by having a vodka and coke with such friendly people !
  • Ian Willoughby: Support non league football. Conference North playoff final at Altrincham FC. Alty v Guiseley 3pm kick off from £13 adults
  • Helen Stewart: Ramsbottom Artisan Market 9am to 2pm on Sunday 45+ stalls of local produce, hand made soaps, candles, innovative and design led jewellery and fashion, great coffee, cakes, old fashioned sweets, and loads more.

2 thoughts on “3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (09 – 11 May, 2014)

  1. Alice

    Is it possible to send you some information about an event in June?
    Do let me know.



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