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3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (17 – 18 January, 2014)

Manchester Giants

Visiting Manchester this weekend? Here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to plus some bonus suggestions from our social media friends.

  • Maria Balshaw, director of Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester City Galleries, curates the Selfridges Festival of Imagination, a series of events exploring the power of imagination. You can take part in photography workshops or ‘crafternoon tea’ sessions and watch discussions with artists, authors and actors.
  • The Manchester Giants basketball team take on the Birmingham Knights in the BBL Trophy on Sunday. Head over to the Wright Robinson College to give the Giants some support and see some great sport.
  • Fish! You’ll be amazed by how many fishy objects Gallery Oldham have in their collection! Visit the Gone Fishing exhibition to see paintings by John Constable, objects from the natural history collection, trophies from the local angling club and ‘fish and chip’ themed objects.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • @RealCB: go and see Stan the T Rex @McrMuseum followed by some theatre @ContactMcr xx
  • @RachAustin85: go across the water to @The_Lowry to Salford and see the Goldfrapp exhibition!
  • @ivanfooty4all: sex drugs an rock n roll failing that bit o shopping visit to @Etihad_Stadium @yangsingmcr hit the bars n casino
  • @Angelina252: Party @ #PropBox tonight @RevolutionDG. 241 cocktails 5-9pm. A great Friday night out! 🍹
  • @HLCupcake: Cupcakes, @illyUSA @teapigs, Afternoon Tea, Sugar Paste Class, fun & laughter all at Hey Little Cupcake this weekend!
  • @MCRFashionWeek: Go Shopping and let us know about all the new independent brands from Manchester
  • @KatePinkSmith: all the top restos @SanCarlo_Group @AustralasiaMcr @MCRHouse @Artisan_SF @AlchemistMcr x
  • @Brackenridge49: Manchester museum, Manchester museum MANCHESTER MUESUM MANCHESTER MUSEUM!!!!!!!!! You just can’t beat it !
  • @BlackSheepMCR: head to our skatepark @CentralMcr then call by our Northern Quarter store to catch the last of our big sale.

And here is what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Andrew Rowlinson: Surely a visit to the soup kitchen is a must!
  • TraceyandNick Russell: January sale shopping
  • Adam Beyonce Lowe: Visit Manchester’s historic cruising grounds! Starting under Piccadilly bridge. I think poet Andrew McMillan is creating a poetry tour of these spaces in Google Maps. He can be the tour guide x
  • Donna Lowe: Drink in the pubs n bars tha manc as to offer and go canal st as well be doing on the 25th – Claire Wakefield Carl Redfern 🍻🍹🍷
  • Graham Procter: A trip to Pie Ministry.
  • Simon John Chrisalford Mallon: Bus hopping how manycan u get on in 24 hrs
  • Andy Smithard: Check out the Tapas at La Tasca for Lunch or Dinner
  • Guy Brannigan: Afflex is a must see
  • Michael Evison: dovestone in greenfield manchester. or hollinworth lake.
  • Darren Peet: Eat out at the best Asian restaurant in town – Try Thai
  • Robert Shaw: Nothing beats a trip round the bars in the Northern Quarter.
  • Neal Shaw: Go to the night and day cafe to see some live music before the killjoys close it down.
  • David Hughes: Make sure you visit the hidden gem of brazenose street and the Buddhist center in the northern quarter and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city
  • Collette Gorman: MSI museum then to the northern quarter for a cocktail and a burrito upstairs!!
  • Phil Grunshaw: Fac 251 The Factory’s 4th Birthday Party on Sunday night featuring a live set from ESG and Dave Haslam Djing.
  • Anne-Marie Kelly: Victorian Slum & Squalor guided tour walk around the Angel Meadow area. Meet at 11am Victoria Statiion.
  • Kim Hutson: Ordsall Hall… Always
  • Emma Mummy Whittaker: peters street revs cuba
  • Chris Mcgrane: Head for the Northern Quarter, have a drink or two then head over to Croma on Clarence St, via Sams Chop House , see LS Lowry sat at the bar. Great food in Croma, well worth a visit
  • Andrew Hayward: Manchester is my favourite city,my wife will spend a few hours shopping i generally follow behind and agree to what looks nice,then its back to the hotel for a shower and a bite to eat then its party time a drink or 3 in the ox in castelfield then its of to canal street that would be my perfect weekend if we were in manchester
  • Shirley Gaskell: Coming this weekend…Bbc philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall playing Strauss x and the sales of course.
  • Helena Stacey Smythe: next weekend DELTA ENTERTAINMENTS PRESENTS ; TRANSFORM in aid of LimbPower. tickets just £10
  • Tom Ek PL: Deansgate.. enjoy.
  • Valentina Ceccacci: I feel like wall climbing.. Chill factor or stockport wall?
  • James Keighron: didsbury village great pubs and great curry houses
  • Andrea Lord: Catch up with whitworth art gallery on tour at Imagination /Selfridges – see Picasso, Emin, Turner, to name but three – as close as handbags!
  • Michael O’Carroll: Old Trafford “Theatre of Dreams”
  • Castlefield Gallery: Get political in some of Manchester’s best gallery’s – how about checking out Radical Conservatism at Castlefield Gallery; The People’s Business – 150 Years of The at People’s History Museum; Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War at Imperial War Museum North; plus it’s your last chance to catch ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’, Jeremy Deller’s excellent exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
  • Victoria Vickers: Eat, eat, eat! So many fantastic places to eat! x
  • Aleks Filo: Oastbar spinningfields and cuba de revolucion nearby

What’s on in Manchester – November

Jake Bugg

The ‘What’s on in Manchester’ blog will give you a heads up for selected highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester for the coming month – published every month on behalf of Visit Manchester.


David Chadwick: We Were All Here, Once // Until 5 November 2013 @ Cornerhouse, Oxford Street

Manchester-based photographer David Chadwick will present a selection of rarely-seen images of the city’s night scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This will be the first time these unique photographs, summarised by Chadwick simply as “young people looking for love”, have been displayed together in public.


Stereophonics // 14 November 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

In addition to songs from their latest studio album Graffiti on the Train, the four-piece will be performing tracks from their 20 plus year back catalogue including the classics The Bartender And The Thief, Have A Nice Day, Mr Writer, A Thousand Trees and the number one hit Dakota.

Jake Bugg // 6 and 7 November 2013 @ O2 Apollo

A big star at Radio 1 and 6 Music, Jake has also made appearances on Radio 2 and on Radio 4’s flagship culture show Front Row. High profile features have included the Guardian, NME front cover, Sunday Times Culture, Q, MOJO and more.

Yellowcard // 14 November @ Royal Northern College of Music (Chamber Hall)

To mark an entire decade since its original release, this is the group’s ‘Ocean Avenue: Acoustic’ tour – where they will perform their best-loved hits from the platinum selling album. With over two and a half million albums sold and counting, Yellowcard continue to dominate the music world, garnering fan support and critical acclaim alike.

Bombino: Live // 1 November 2013 @ Band on the Wall

The incredible new star of desert blues brings his band’s sun-baked sound to Band on the Wall for what promises to be an utterly thrilling night. Every year or so world music throws up a new global star in the making and 2013 looks like being Tuareg guitar genius Omara “Bombino” Moctar’s year.


A Walk in the Park // 20 – 22 November 2013 @The Black Lion, Chapel Street

When Jack (Levi Payne) and Kate (Sarah O’Byrne) first meet, the pair hit it off to a great start. Jack’s enthusiastic mother (played by BBC Radio Lancashire Presenter Sally Naden) is eager to meet her son’s new girlfriend, but Jack has reservations. As time goes on, cracks in their relationship start to show and a tragic incident brings about revelations nobody ever expected.

Mickey Flanagan // 21 November 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

The ‘Back In The Game’ tour follows on from the huge critical and commercial success of last year’s ‘Out Out’ tour where over 200,000 tickets were sold and all 150 dates a sell out.

Wicked // Present until 16 November 2013 @ The Palace Theatre

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as students. Their extraordinary adventures will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.


Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival // 18 October – 3 November 2013 @ Z-Arts

The Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival will celebrate brilliant children’s theatre and fire the imaginations of a wide range of children, from toddling two-year olds to sophisticated pre-teens.

Doki Doki The Manchester Japanese Festival // 9 November 2013 @ Sugden Sports Centre

Throughout the day, there will be talks, demonstrations, parades and other events showcasing art, fashion, martial arts, film, music, games and other aspects of Japanese culture, past and present, as well as retail stalls and artist stands. Hot and cold Japanese food and drink will also be available to festival-goers.


AJ Bell World Squash Championships // 26 October 2013 – 3 November 2013 @ National Squash Centre

The nine day tournament, to be staged at the National Squash Centre with finals at Manchester Central, is one of the cornerstones of what will be another memorable sporting year for the city of Manchester.

UCI Track Cycling World Cup // 1 – 3 November 2013 @ The National Cycling Centre

Across the three days of competition, the leading male and female cyclists in the world will compete across all the Olympic Track Cycling disciplines in this next step on the road to Rio.

Scotland v USA: Rugby League World Cup 2013 // 7 November 2013 @ Salford City Stadium

Salford holds a prime position in the heart of the North West, just one minute from Manchester city centre on the banks of the River Irwell. This is a city of contrasts offering acres of beautiful countryside, miles of waterways and lots of culture and history. Heritage is a strong theme in the city with over 250 listed buildings, including the Grade 1 listed Ordsall Hall where Guy Fawkes is rumoured to have cooked up the Gunpowder Plot. While Salford has one foot in the past in celebration of its fascinating history, the city is embracing a digital future with MediaCityUK, the new home of the BBC in the North.

Out of Town

The Saddleworth Creative Network Gift & Craft Winter Festival // 10 November 2013 @ Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee Street

The first is the ‘Winter Craft & Gift Festival’ and will be held on Sunday 10th November to tempt those early bird Christmas shoppers. This is being held on Remembrance Sunday and will observe the 2 minutes silence at 11am. All proceeds from the regular tombola will be donated to the Poppy Appeal, along with many of the traders making and selling many poppy related items to raise money for the charity.

Long Day’s Journey into Night // Until 2 November 2013 @ Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Eugene O’Neill shares, with uncompromising truth and honesty, the pain, anguish and guilt faced by his own family, in what is his most moving and compelling drama.

The Oldham Open // Present until 16 November 2013 @ Gallery Oldham

The exhibition is also a great opportunity for visitors to view and buy a range of artworks by local artists and see the range of skills and talents in Oldham. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Prize competition during the course of the show. The winner will receive vouchers for art materials.

Spindleopolis When Cotton was King // Present until 30 November 2013 @ Gallery Oldham

Cotton helped to create a prosperous working class whose cash fuelled a market for seaside holidays, football, music hall and fish and chips. The display uses the cartoons and words of local man Sam Fitton to recreate this lost world. This dialect writer and entertainer chronicled the lives of the working men and women of the town in the pages of the Cotton Factory Times, the operatives’ own weekly newspaper.

What’s on in Manchester – July

Flower Show

The ‘What’s on in Manchester’ blog will give you a heads up for selected highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester for the coming month – published every month on behalf of Visit Manchester.


Mortality: Death and the Imagination // 8 July – 18 August @ The Holden Gallery
Rather than using death as a blunt end-point, this exhibition turns its attention to mortality and the ways in which death appears (or is obscured) through being in the midst of life.

Brains: The Mind as Matter // From 26 July @ MOSI
Featuring a range of objects, audio-visual installations and beautiful artworks, this fascinating exhibition explores what humans have done to brains in the cause of medical intervention, scientific enquiry, cultural meaning and technological change.

Horrible Histories // From present until 31 December 2012 @ Imperial War Museum (IWM) North
Daily at 11am with an extra showing at 2pm during weekends and school holidays, meet Rattus Rattus as he takes you on a journey back to the woeful Second World War, where you can discover foul food, dig for victory, and make do and mend. 


The Smashing Pumpkins // 1 July @ Manchester Academy
The Smashing Pumpkins will be performing at Manchester’s Academy One venue on 1 July 2013. The performance will start at 19:00. The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history and sold over 30 million albums.

Rihanna // 15 and 16 July @ Manchester Arena
Following her four sold-out Manchester Arena dates in winter 2011, the international R’n’B star returns to showcase tracks from her latest album Diamonds, alongside the chart-topping hits Umbrella, Don’t Stop The Music, Only Girl (In The World), SOS, Disturbia and Shut Up And Drive.

Devendra Banhart // 17 July @ The Ritz
Banhart first attracted international notice with his 2002 debut album, Oh Me Oh My… The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit – a collection of recordings he had made for himself.

BUFF // 12 – 14 July @ TribeCa, Saville Street
BUFF is a weekend aimed at the trans masculine community. They aim to bring trans masculine identified people and S.O.F.F.A’s together through various events such as club nights, lunches and other gatherings.

Picnic Concert: The Human League with special guests // 20 July @ Tatton Park
The Human League and special guests for an astounding evening of much loved electro classics in the stunning surroundings of Tatton Park. The concert will conclude with an amazing fireworks display.

Picnic Concert: Katherine Jenkins // 21 July @ Tatton Park
Katherine will be performing a selection of much-loved Last Night classics such as Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. In addition, the concert will feature some of her favourite pieces including Les Filles de Cadiz, Someone To Watch Over Me and I Could Have Danced All Night. This fantastic finale to the weekend comes complete with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and culminate with a stunning fireworks display.


Too Clever By Half // 10 – 17 August @ Royal Exchange
Too Clever By Half is a biting satire about Gloumov, a young scoundrel who is out to climb to the top of bourgeois society, regardless of what it takes to rise through the ranks and who he steps on to get there.

Momentous Musicals // 25 July @ The Palace Theatre
With an accompanying cast of the highest West End calibre, this year’s show will feature brand new arrangements of classic and recent musical theatre songs including Let Me Be Your Star from Smash, What I Did For Love (A Chorus Line) and One Day More (Les Misérables).

My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock // Present until 15 September @ The Lowry
As Top of the Pop’s resident photographer from 1964 – 1973, Harry Goodwin documented some of the most important musical stars and performances of this crucial time in rock history.

Ghost // 2 – 20 July @ Manchester Opera House
Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer.


RHS Flower Show // 25 – 28 July @ Tatton Park
Set in the height of the summer in the grounds of one of Britain’s most historic estates, the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park is a stunning blend of inspirational gardening with all the magnificence and grandeur of a garden party.

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival // 1 – 31 July @ Various
Greater Manchester Fringe Festival is back in July 2013 and buzzing with new venues and new shows – sponsored by Manchester City Council and Outstanding Beers of Bury. For 31 days The Briton’s Protection, Fab Cafe Kings Arms, Kraak, Lass O’Gowrie, O’Shea’s Irish Bar, The Salford Arms, Satan’s Hollow, Taurus, Tiger Lounge, Retro Bar and TV21 will be hosting live drama, music, comedy and other events.

24:7 Theatre Festival // 19 – 26 July 2013 @ Various
11 premieres, eight days, featuring fire stations, period dramas and made-up monsters. 24:7 is a unique theatre festival that brings innovative drama to the people of Manchester and nurtures the writing, directing, performing and producing talent of tomorrow. In 2004, the first Festival took place in bars and clubs around Manchester city centre. With no finance but bags of determination, we managed to attract 1,600 audience members in one week.

Out Of Town

The Magic of Beatrix Potter // Present until 1 September @ Tatton Park
Tatton Park celebrates Beatrix Potter this summer with an enchanting exhibition of family events and activities. Look out for characters and scenes from her stories and follow trails in the mansion, farm and gardens. Find out about her life and legacy of countryside conservations. Enjoy rare opportunities to see an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s original water colours and drawings, on loan from the National Trust collection.

Worn To Be Wild // Present until 13 July @ Gallery Oldham
This unusual combination was created by dress designer and textile artist Kate Plumtree. From a medieval deer to a contemporary hedgehog, each costume has been carefully designed and constructed by observing the movement, behaviour and habitat of each animal. Other stunning creations include an elegant 18th Century Mute Swan, a dramatic 1930s Golden Eagle and a sultry Victorian Fox.

Bird Song // 1 – 6 July @ Oldham Coliseum
A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’s bestselling novel, an epic tale of love and war set both before and during the Great War.

Bugs at Chester Zoo // Until 3 November 2013 @ Chester Zoo
Mind-bogglingly big Bugs are in residence at Chester Zoo this summer. The amazing exhibition of robotic giants includes stupendous scorpions, extra-large ladybirds and spiders that are anything but incy-wincy.


Greater Manchester Swim // 20 July @ City Centre
Swimmers and spectators can enjoy live music, try amazing street food and browse retail outlets. This is a wet-suit only event. No walls, No lanes, No Chlorine. Just the great outdoors!

Top Tours

Wandering Duck’s Through the Middle: The City Tour

Wandering Duck is offering a great 1 night unique insight into the Manchester city centre canal as well as escaping to the picturesque surroundings of Worsley. Tours take place at various times throughout the season through until October.

South Cemetery Tour
Whilst the graves of those famous for music, football, cotton, philanthropy, flight, the Ship Canal, painting, politics, and property. Meet at the gates of Southern Cemetery. Price is £7/6. Tour starts at 10:30 – booking essential.

New Openings

Sea Life Manchester now open at intu Trafford Centre // Now @ intu Trafford Centre
The newly opened Sea Life Manchester will transport you into the amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks, and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. To get any closer you’d have to get wet!

Rekorderlig Summer Garden // Until 1 September 2013 @ Great Northern Square, Deansgate
Perhaps more of a ‘temporary opening’ than a ‘new opening’, the Rekorderlig Summer Garden is open throughout the season in the prime Great Northern Square spot – where Rekorderlig, Swedish lager brand Abro and Manchester favourites The Liquorists have come together to provide an array of refreshing beverages to serve throughout the summer months.