3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (30 May – 1 June, 2014)

UK Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

UK Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

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.

  • Check out People’s History Museum’s new exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes which examinse how the war changed society, radically altering the social, economic, cultural and political outlook of the British people. It looks at why people supported the war (and those that didn’t), the role that women played in the war effort, how home life was radically changed, the influence the war had on politics and the labour movement and life after the war.
  • The UK Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is growing to become one of the premier events in the North West. On show at Salford Quays from 10:00am on Sunday will be dragon boat races, traditional Chinese attractions featuring a lion dance and kungfu, and Chinese delicacies such as Zongzi (sticky rice dumplings) and much more. A truly wonderful day out for the whole family.
  • With over 70 stalls Manchester’s biggest city centre Artisan Food, Craft & Vintage Market is a community of locals who all care deeply about what they produce and sell. Castlefield Artisan Market runs from 10am until 4pm on Sunday. Local bands will be playing so take your dancing shoes and join in, or if you are more of a people watcher, the Black Cat Cafe has seating and serves a cracking afternoon tea.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • @GidneyDaniel get down to @EmiratesOT to watch @LancsCCC vs bhambears and then see @Castofficial tonight #amazingvenue
  • @kaleighpie it’s @skbeerfestival this weekend – went last night, great selection of local beers
  • @mclean428 Visit the record fair on Saturday at Sachas hotel. I will b there
  • @OfMustAndMash the @ArepaArepaArepa kitchen takeover @BrewDogMancs on Sunday for great beers and food!
  • @ManchesterTitan Manchester Titans v Crewe Railroaders American Football At AJ Bell Stadium
  • @VisitSalford It’s the #SpiritofSalford Weekender with children’s activities & live music headlined by @RenHarvieu

And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:

  • Rachel Walker: Have an Apple Martini and a Twisted Mac N Cheese in Hard Rock Cafe. Yum! Xx
  • Sean Thomas Seddon: Ditch the commercial restaurants and go to happy seasons in china town or head off to Manchester’s number one canal side restaurant and bar dukes 92, and alberts shed, only a stones throw from a gentle stroll around the castle ruin and the science museums
  • Sarah Finn: Definitely the Manchester museum. My youngest loves it there. Oh and obviously if you are a fan then get down to the Coronation Street tour. It’s ace x
  • David Shanahan: Castle pub then a walk to the marble arch, two fine pubs
  • Visit Bolton: Get ‘on your bike’ this Sunday at our traffic free Skyride in Bolton town Centre….
  • Chi-Ban Ha: See the dragon boat race in Salford Quays this Sunday at 10:00
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