3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (11 – 13 July, 2014)

Ryan Gander: Make every show like it's your last, Manchester Art Gallery. photo ©Manchester Art Gallery

Ryan Gander: Make every show like it’s your last, Manchester Art Gallery. photo ©Manchester Art Gallery

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.

  • Set your imagination free with a trip to Manchester Art Gallery to see Make every show like it’s your last, a new major exhibition of work by renowned British conceptual artist, Ryan Gander. Witness how Gander plays with ideas and visual puzzles to subvert your expectations and make you think. The show is part of an international tour programme and has taken on a special new form for its time in Manchester.
  • Treat the little ones with a trip to Legoland Discovery Centre and keep them amused for hours with all the entertaining and educational interactive activities that are on offer. Plus you can take advantage of the Kids Go Free offer where you get one free child’s ticket with each full paying adult ticket, this covers admission to all of the attractions, including the rides and 4D cinema experiences.
  • Wigan International Jazz Festival is now in full swing after opening last night with a performance from Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. This weekend-long musical extravaganza is packed with must-see performances including a free gig from young local performers in Wigan town centre on Saturday and one in Mesnes Park on Sunday from Echo 42 performing the sounds of ’40s.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • ‏@toebag: coffee +cake @HomeSweetHomeNQ in between shopping + then @beatstreetmcr for some amazing street food, tunes+ company!
  • ‏@BrothersCider: Come and see Brothers Cider in Spinningfields for free cider and sausages! 11-6pm. #4realbrothers
  • ‏@CastlefieldGall: New show @CastlefieldGall: International art star #RyanGander’s work alongside 5 emerging NW artists http://ow.ly/z2hpt
  • ‏‏‏@ContactMcr: It’s the finale to #contactingtheworld tonight with new theatre from Scotland, England + Jamaica! http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/17288-ctw2014-quilt-performing-arts-company-firefly-arts-fresh/
  • ‏@SueEllCee: A tour of the Town Hall, the Lowry and if a footy fan, Old Trafford. The libraries are great too. #likemanchester
  • ‏@MP_SledgeHockey: FREE sledge hockey game at @Altrincham_Rink, Saturday 12th July, 4:15pm..lots of GB internationals in the ice! Give it a try!!
  • ‏@MsBobbysBangers: @levymarket of course!
  • ‏@mcrcoffeeco: @_urbanmarket: THIS WEEKEND @OldGranadaMCR #stfood #vintage #art #design #markets #workshops #tunes 11-5pm Water Street Entrance
  • ‏@Toddybee: They deffo need to head over to Up In My Grill @beatstreetmcr for some pure amazing scran!

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • James Fox: Sparkle weekend, Saturday noon in sackville park
  • David Ainsworth: Ordsall hall festival
  • Louise Bolotin: The Urban Market is on Saturday and Sunday at the Old Granada Studios – artisan food, vintage, crafts and more.
  • Julie Szlifirska-Davies: Rock Choir Concert at the Bridgewater Hall on Sunday at 3pm. Cheshire and Manchester choirs. Can’t wait to sing with my Nantwich Choir.
  • Tiger Tiger Manchester: Tiger tiger!! 9pm -12am 50% off food and drinks! Xxx
  • Kooky Lu: Nice coffee at Eastern block, northern quarter watching the world go by
  • Hazel Adcock: Portland Basin museum. Just outside Town centre, but well worth a visit. And best of all admission is free. The fresh milk shakes in the cafe are the best I’ve ever tasted and the massive slices of cake are gorgeous. There is also a canal boat trip. We live local but I can’t stop telling people about it
  • Anne-Marie Kelly: Ordsall hall summer festival garden party on sun and launch of “Oscar & the White Lady” book x
  • Tray Keymer-blay: Barton Airport Family day just off Barton Stretch Barton. 12-4pm x
  • Sheila Jack: Afternoon tea at the Radisson Blu,what a treat
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