3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (18 – 20 July, 2014)

Ironman UK

Ironman UK

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 followers.

  • Missing all hype around Tour de France? Head to the Museum of Science & Industry’s (MOSI) on Saturday to see the brand new and family friendly Pedal Power exhibition, exploring Manchester’s rich cycling heritage past and present. From bone shaker bikes and Empire Games medals, to contemporary track bikes and hi-tech kit, Pedal Power is a celebration of track cycling, technology and teamwork.
  • Manchester Jazz Festival kicks off 10 days of around the clock, day and night, indoors and out musical entertainment today. Bringing the best contemporary jazz to Manchester from around the region, the UK and abroad. Presenting mostly new and original material, visitors can catch premieres and international debuts with a focus this year on musical innovation. And the best thing is that many of these gigs are free.
  • The country’s fittest men and women descend on Bolton this weekend as it plays host to Ironman UK. This year’s course features breath-taking views and a spectator-friendly course, including a lake swim in Pennington Flash (near Leigh), a 112-mile bike ride through picturesque countryside and a marathon through Bolton with a spectacular finish in Victoria Square in front of Bolton Town Hall.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • ‏@RuthRosselson: Hulme is where the Art is. Live music and all sorts in Hulme on Saturday afternoon 12 – 6.
  • ‏@MintClitheroe: has to be the amazing National Football Museum – fantastic family fun & admission is free!
  • ‏@beatstreetmcr: Do we need to say anymore?  #eats #beats #booze pic.twitter.com/aUJzXB3cEE
  • ‏@revealmcr: Guided walk ‘Whitworth, Warehouses, Vimto, Valette & the Village’ Sat 19 July 2pm £7. Meet outside Britannia Hotel, Portland St
  • @TheKyleLord: go to the Etihad
  • @stuartbarnes: am visiting MCR this wkend, to see 2 exhibitions: soc of island universes, curated by @LisaDenyer @PiccadillyPlace, & @PSMirabel
  • ‏@hollyrowan: Hi – Society of Island Universes exhibition, last ever show at 4C Piccadilly Place, 5 #abstract artists http://hollyrowanhesson.tumblr.com/society
  • @N_CyclingCentre:  come along for the ride on Clayton Vale Mountain Bike Trails. Leafy urban fun for kids and big kids http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com
  • ‏@miss_hahu: a trip to @levymarket on Saturday. Always great start to the weekend.
  • ‏@levymarket: here here!
  • ‏@MCRMarriottVA: We recommend @ManJazzFest which starts tonight, and there are @NewMcrwalks Clock Tower Tours too. (and #afternoontea with us!)

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Tricia Trixie Mullins: Definatley Rossos Bar for cocktails and Sapporo Tepenyaki Restaurant!
  • Tim Bolton: The MCM Expo is on in Manchester this weekend, two days of it! http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/manchester/
  • David Ainsworth: Method man & Redman at the Ritz!
  • Beccy Gibson: The Manchester Jazz Festival in Albert Square for great music and gorgeous tasty street food by Chaophraya.
  • Melanie Kroll: Moretti Gran Tour Manchester at Old Granada Studios
  • Mike Edge: If anyone is going to Manchester Comicon they get a free side to the value of £4 with any hotdog at The Splendid Sausage Co just off Albert Square if they come in wearing costume
  • Loretta Traynor: Reds True BBQ, love Rosso too tho… and i recommend investing in a good brolly!
  • Angelina Wallsworth: PropBox! It’s a party paradise with lots of free giveaways: http://vimeo.com/m/93366258
  • Anne Hunter: Restaurant bar and grill for a special treat, heading there tomorrow for our anniversary
  • Angela Hawes: The Caribbean Carnival at Platt Fields this weekend, it’s always good fun and lots of delicious food too!
  • Nancy Hopkins: Pedal Power exhibition opens tomorrow at MOSI – bob down and see Victoria Pendleton ‘s London Olympics Gold Medal winning bike.
  • Bex Phillips: All Star Lanes! Classy bowling, restaurant, cocktail bar and DJ’s
  • Helen Potts: There is a charity 5k run/walk in aid of heart research on sunday at Heaton park, there will be activities for the family. If you want to take part registration starts at 9.30 the “race” is at 12
  • Paddy Holland: Town Hall Tour is amazing its no wonder they use this beautiful building for films and television series its historical ambience is amazing the whole building in my opinion is awesome well worth a visit
  • James Cadman: Old Trafford theatre of dreams
  • Leanne FJ: Book a tea workshop session with the gang at Proper Tea at Manchester Cathedral! Wine tasting’s so last year…
  • David Brightwell: The Molly House is great for tapas and real ales
  • Jonathan Hewitt: Definitely Red house farm and the maize maze!

For more information about what’s going on in Manchester go to www.visitmanchester.com/summer and check out our great summer competition give-aways here

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