3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (01 – 03 August, 2014)

Dig the City

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.

  • Manchester’s urban gardening festival Dig the City kicks off tomorrow, packed with fabulous floral show gardens, giant garden games, talks from TV experts and loads of great family friendly events including a mini city farm. The whole city will be transformed with fabulous floral window displays and special festival food and drink menus on offer at Manchester’s best pubs and restaurants.
  • Enjoy a family day out in the countryside at the famous Red House Farm Maize Maze. Cut out of a large field of the crop maize, which grows from around 3ft to 8ft high towards the end of the summer, the maze is harvested, re-planted and a new design created every year. This year the inspiration is taken from Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit.
  • On Saturday head down to The Quays to see Honour, a large-scale outdoor music, digital art and dance event inspired by the memories of World War I. Audiences will be offered an innovative window on the effects of conflict, with MediaCityUK buildings used as giant screen for projections, leading them through the experience of war.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • ‏@EponinePatiss: Definitely @CastlefieldMrkt on Sunday, 10-5. Close to the city centre, and some lovely independent shops nearby as well 🙂
  • ‏@SnowsportEng: how about cooling down at @Chill_Factore and TRY #skiing #snowboard with #goskigoboard
  • ‏@hpstubbs: The #honour choir singing at Media City on sat & Poppy day at Ordsall Hall sun #ww1
  • ‏@digthecitymcr: Dig the City of course! Rachel de Thame, minifarm, @nationaltrust Treehouse, @tatton_park, Disco, Gardens galore #digthecitymcr
  • ‏@rlknorth: A visit to @levymarket is essential!

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Adeline Dallman: Roller derby men’s survival tournament at the Thunderdome home of Rainy City Roller Girls in Oldham
  • Lucy Hollingsworth: Sky Ride Manchester http://www.goskyride.com/ManchesterSkyRide.
    Visit Salford: Has to be Dig the City of course! Head to Greengate Square to meet some of the animals from Stockley Farm and soak up all the fun of the festival.
  • Nancy Hopkins: Have a play around with a nuclear reactor at MOSI this Saturday (don’t worry it’s made out of Lego!) http://www.mosi.org.uk/…/pi…/nuclear-science.aspx
  • Kim Hutson: Definitely Dig the City!… and Ordsall Hall has the Big Poppy Picnic from 2-4 on Sunday! http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/…/big-poppy…
  • Andrea Sturgess: I’m obsessed by Australasia.
  • Lisa Goddard: The Coronation Street tour and drinks in Spinningfields…
  • Janean Moulden: There’s so much cheaper to choose from. Heaton Park, Lyme Park, Wythenshaw park, style park, prestwich Forrest, John Rylands library, the Urbis, the art gallery, jodrel bank, the round library, the town hall and the pub at the end of the runway Manchester airport. I miss my home!

*Did you know you can buy discounted tickets for the following regional attractions from our Visitor Information Centre: Legoland, Sealife Centre, MCFC Tour, Tatton Park, Chester Zoo and Alton Towers. All tickets are cheaper than on the gate and the big advantage is that they are fast track tickets so there is no waiting in a long queue. Ask in store for details.

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