Here’s our guide to the best of what’s happening in and around Manchester this weekend, plus some bonus suggestions from our helpful social media friends.
- Head to Manchester Aquatics Centre on Saturday and Sunday to see the country’s top four men’s and women’s teams battle it out in the British Gas Water Polo Championships. As well as fighting to be crowned champions, the eight teams will be looking to qualify for the LEN European club championships. Tickets available on the door.
- This weekend is your last chance to see Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War at IWM North, which explores how artists contribute to our perceptions of war and conflict in an age where our understanding is shaped by the media and the internet. Featuring many new and recent acquisitions, Catalyst contains over 70 works including photography, film, sculpture, oil paintings, prints and books, ranging from the highly moving to the humorous, philosophical or outraged.
- For a great free family day out take a trip to Manchester Museum which is packed full of great interactive exhibitions suitable for kids of all ages. A real highlight is the Vivarium – home to poison-dart frogs, monitor lizards and stunning chameleons. Another must-see is Stan the Tyrannosaurus rex, the 65 million year old dinosaur relic that takes pride of place in the Fossils Gallery where you can take an amazing tour of life on earth that reaches back over 3,500 million years.
Here’s what our Twitter friends suggest:
- @librarytheatre: A great new version of #TheSeagull opens tonight @The_Lowry our last show before becoming #HOMEmcr http://bit.ly/1dJ4Af0
- @HLCupcake: A spot if Afternoon Tea at Hey Little Cupcake in @Spinningfields. Booking essential.
- @z_mcr: This weekend we have 2 performances of Tomten, a new puppetry show for 3+ and FREE Volatile Light Wrkshops http://bit.ly/1eTqzLF
- @CastlefieldGall: Get yourselves to @CastlefieldGall – Last chance to see #TheDrawingProject our fantastic Launch Pad show. Open 1-6pm ENDS Sun
- @KatieAtki: Head to @DoughMcr for amazing #glutenfree pizza then to @tea42uk for the biggest slice of #glutenfree cake for dessert! Perfect!
- @alliegr: Visit the museum of science and industry!
- @jonnyward21: John Rylands Library, Mr Thomas’s chop house and a walk around northern quarter
- @MarkSparky1307: Have a museum day with lunch in between. MOSI, People’s History Museum, Football Museum and tapas in between
And here’s what our Facebook friends Recommend:
- Jennifer Mabbott: Rochdale Pioneers Museum, birthplace of the modern co-operative movement, who last night won the People’s Choice Award at Rochdale Borough Design Awards for their new extension
- Phil GypsyBoi Mcdougall Belle Vue dogs on Saturday night. Superb entertainment
- Louise McLaughlin: A meal at James Martin Manchester, followed by champagne cocktails at Epernay and be sure to stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian
- Aiden Mccaffery: Go to The Angel on Rochdale Road friendly people, good food and beer, nice bar staff
- Karen Roberts: Taster tour at National Football Museum followed by a pork and black pudding sausage roll in the cafe.
- Best4Loans: The Old Trafford tour is good-especially the museum! Or the Museum of Science and Industry!
- Michelle Significant Hardisty: The big wheel
- Darren Heath: The Imperial War Museum followed by The Lowry to see the matchstick men and women.
- Craig Sumner: Shangri La in Prestwich is on tonight. The best £5 you can spend in Manchester. I’m loathed to share this info as it could make it harder for me to get in if it gets anymore people.
- Janet Hardware: Try the coco cabana club in dale st. Salsa dancing with an hours lesson if you are a novice. Great fun and food is available. Free admittance before 10.
- Kristina Rumšaitė: The comedy store.
- Elaine McKie: Have a walk around Manchester and look at the architecture, it costs nothing. Observe all types of people who visit the area to shop and meet people. I never get bored, it is often uplifting.