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 pals.
- It’s the opening weekend of Manchester Children’s Book Festival which is packed full of author events and activities for children, families and anyone who has ever loved children’s books. Events are being staged at iconic venues across the city including National Football Museum and IWM North, and virtual activities are on offer online to Festival followers across the globe. Authors taking part this year include Michael Morpurgo and Carol Ann Duffy.
- Get your heart pumping over at the National Cycling Centre on Saturday night watching the Keirin Manchester Track Cycling. Based on one of the most exciting forms of velodrome track racing, Keirin Manchester is the ultimate test of a sprinter’s speed, strength and skill, and promises a packed night of high sporting drama featuring top men and women.
- The hugely popular Grillstock Festival returns to Manchester’s Albert Square this weekend, promising meat, music and mayhem. Enjoy 40 bands and eight DJs playing across four music stages, street performers and cooking demonstrations, there’s even a children’s treasure hunt. Don’t miss the obligatory eating competitions, which include hot wings, hot dogs and chilli eating contests.
Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:
- @AFSCJ museum of science and industry, for the cafe if nothing else
- @ContactMcr we have Fluxus, a FREE night of music/film/installation/performance Sat, 6pm ’til late.
- @MissPond @grillstock of course!!
- @CastlefieldGall Last chance to see #AboutPainting @CastlefieldGall http://ow.ly/yvB47 Stunning paintings by 8 emerging. ENDS Sun 29 Jun
- @thisisInc #BillyLiar @rxtheatre excellent show & amazing venue!
- @MsForshaw go and get the meet sweats at Albert square’s #grillstock
- @ManJewishMuseum Tours of Manchester Jewish Museum this Sunday! Stories of Jewish Manchester will be brought to life
- @McrSciFest #Collider PI tomorrow 10.30am-3.30pm. Chat to particle physicists and create an artwork to take home. FREE.
- @HollyBurgessPR head down to @HandmadeBurger who are open for their first weekend!
And here’s what our Facebook followers suggest:
- David Shanahan: Fever pitch no ticket required. Sand deck chairs beer and very nice food and football
- Emma Finch: Free photography exhibition at the Old Parsonage in Didsbury, runs until Sunday. A fantastic display of images on view and on sale.
- Val Robus: When I visited last month one of my highlights was afternoon tea in the John Ryland’s library plus wandering around the magnificent building.
- Lorraine Dane Nolan: Richmond Tearooms on Richmond st. Its beautiful!
- Jennifer Mabbott: Rochdale Pioneers Museum are having a Tour de France Countdown Party on Saturday featuring a pedal powered smoothie maker, Tour de France themed ales at CAMRA award-winning pub The Baum and more! http://www.rochdalepioneersmuseum.coop/tdfparty
- Jo Benjamin: Evuna for tapas on deansgate, absolutely delish & the wine list is amazing!!!
- Carlyann Corcoran: Armed forces day celebrations! X
- Craig Taylor: Have a trip to Liquor Store Manchester. Best bar in the whole of Manchester. Great atmosphere, great cocktails, great music, and great service!
- Nancy Hopkins: Pop on down to Collider – Platform for Investigation on Saturday 28 June, 10.30am – 3pm at MOSI
- Marc Bamber: Go and support all the riders in the Great Manchester Cycle on Sunday
- Michael O’Carroll: Go to Old Trafford and watch Luke Shaw sign for the mighty Reds.
- Jacqui Digs: Grillstock festival. Meat, Music and Mayhem!
- Alexandra Glew: Chorlton Arts Market tomorrow!