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3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (21 – 23 February, 2014)

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum

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.

What’s on in Manchester – January

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Chinese New Year

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.

Festivals

Chinese New Year
Saturday 18 January – Sunday 2 February
Chinatown and the surrounding area come alive to welcome in the year of the horse. Over 100,000 people are expected to join in the festivities, which will include traditional events such as lantern lighting, gift giving, food tasting, fireworks and of course the magnificent dragon parade.

re:play Festival at The Lowry
Monday 20 January – Saturday 1 February
Ever missed a play you wish you’d had the chance to see? Well now you can – re:play Festival returns with a diverse sample of the best Manchester fringe theatre from the last 12 months. 

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival at The National Cycling Centre
Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 January
Over 300 cask ales along with traditional ciders, perries and beers will be available to try at this Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) event held in the unique setting of Manchester Velodrome, the home of British Cycling.

Music

Trans Siberian Orchestra at O2 Apollo
Friday 10 January
Described as The Who meets Phantom of The Opera with Pink Floyd’s light show, Trans-Siberian Orchestra take rock opera into a whole new world, creating compelling and emotionally powerful narratives to match the epic scope of their music. 

Dwele at Band on the Wall
Thursday 23 January
US soul artist Dwele returns to the UK to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut album ‘Subject’ with a very special performance. After working with luminaries such as Kanye West and J Dilla, Dwele has expanded his sound to include a mix of vintage Soul, Hip Hop and Rap.

Showaddywaddy at The Albert Halls, Bolton
Friday 24 January
Once labelled ‘the greatest rock and roll band in the world’ Showaddywaddy are back with a dynamic and uplifting live show featuring all of their biggest hits. The band formed in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 20 million records and tour the world.

Mogwai at Bridgewater Hall
Monday 27 January
Just one week after the release of their eighth studio album ‘Rave Tapes’, Mogwai perform at The Bridgewater Hall. You can expect dynamic guitar instrumentals, melodic bass lines and heavy use of distortion and special effects.

London Grammar at Manchester Academy
Wednesday 29 January
Described by the Guardian as ‘an old-school, homegrown band that’s putting real music back in the charts’ Trip-Hop trio London Grammar continue to prove just why they were one of the most exciting new bands to breakthrough in 2013.

Outdoors 

New Year Ghost Walk at Haigh Hall and Country Park
Saturday 4 January
Join Haigh Hall’s ghost hunters on a night walk through the grounds of the country park estate to discover (and possibly meet) its long dead characters. Anyone brave enough and over the age of eight is invited to this chilling event which will finish with a fire-roasted spud deep in the woods. Don’t forget your torch!

Skate the Park at Heaton Park
Until Sunday 12 January
Enjoy a real ice rink, festive market stalls and warming food and drinks, all in the stunning surroundings of the one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Skate the Park is ideal for a family trip or a romantic date with a difference.

Exhibitions

Christian Dior: Designer in focus at The Gallery of Costume
Until Sunday 12 January
Christian Dior’s brief but supremely influential career began with his iconic ‘New Look’ in 1947 and he went on to reign supreme in Parisian fashion until his untimely death ten years later. This unique exhibition features stunning displays that represent many of Dior’s seminal couture collections.

The Gifts of the Departed at Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Until Saturday 1 March
Enchanted by the idea of textile as a metaphor for text and language, Alinah Azadeh’s exhibition is an on-going body of work, comprising objects which once belonged to her late mother wrapped and bound in cloth, articulating separation, loss and longing.

Coral: Something Rich and Strange at Manchester Museum
Until Sunday 16 March
This new exhibition provides a plethora of fascinating and beautiful objects, telling a story about biodiversity and the importance of marine environments today. Explore the material and symbol that has been an inspiration for artists, cultures and societies across the centuries.

Performance

Wanted! Robin Hood at The Lowry
Until Saturday 11 January
A thrilling contemporary combination of adventure, comedy, music and daredevil fighting, Wanted! Robin Hood promises to be a magical adventure for all. Written by Charles Way whose imaginative and award-winning family plays have been performed all over the world.

Swan Lake at Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 14 January
The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of a palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

That Day We Sang at Royal Exchange Theatre
Until Saturday 18 January
Reinvented and re-orchestrated for the Royal Exchange’s unique space, That Day We Sang is a big-hearted and nostalgic Manchester love story for all the family, written by Victoria Wood, one of the country’s most distinctive and well-loved comedic voices.

Walk of the Month

Victorian Slums & Squalor
Saturday 25 January
Take a guided tour through an old Manchester overflowing with cholera, crime, vice and vermin. A Blue Badge Guide will lead you into the uglier side of the industrial revolution and explore the impact it had on the local population.

New kid on the block

Almost Famous Burgers at Great Northern Warehouse
Almost Famous is back in Manchester and once again serving its tasty burgers, ribs, chilli dogs and cocktails. Formerly located in the Northern Quarter, this hidden gem was forced to close due to fire damage in June 2013. It has now re-opened in the dramatic surroundings of Great Northern Warehouse alongside fellow new residents Lucha Libre, All Star Lanes and James Martin Manchester.

What’s on in Manchester – October

Gabrielle Aplin

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.

Exhibitions

David Beckham // Until August 2014 @ Manchester United Museum

See some of David’s winner’s medals and commemorative shirts feature; predict where he will place the ball during one of his many famous strikes; and relive some of ‘Becks’ changing hairstyles via the interchangeable portrait of the his famous face.

Forming Words flow freely from London to Manchester // Until 9 November 2013 @ Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Each work in this exhibition was specially commissioned by Flow Gallery, London, and responds to a piece of writing of the artist’s choice, from poetry to a letter to lyrics. MCDC is the exhibition’s first touring venue outside London.

Double Indemnity // Until January 1 2014 @ Cornerhouse

The exhibition will inter-weave images and text from Billy Wilder’s classic film with a selection of photography, video, painting and installation artworks, which expose and subvert the distance between those who desire and are desired.

Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War // 12 October 2013 – 23 February 2014 @ IWM North

Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War reveals how war has been crucial subject matter for contemporary artists in the last two decades. Visitors will explore the rich, varied and moving artistic response to conflict in a media age. Hear from the artists themselves and discover what motivates people to create art about conflict.

Vivarium (Live Animals) // From 26 October 2013 @ Manchester Museum

The new Vivarium provides better displays, enhanced interpretation and reveals more of the conservation work that currently takes place behind the scenes. The new gallery looks at themes such as human impact on the natural world, local and global reptiles and amphibians, how humans help these animals and how these animals help humans.

Music

Bruno Mars // 5 October 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

The Hawaiian-born singer-songwriter will be performing hits including Just The Way You Are, The Lazy Song and Marry Me. Released in 2010, Mars’ debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans was greeted with international chart and critical success and garnered the performer numerous Grammy, American Music, MTV and Billboard awards.

Gabrielle Aplin // 31 October 2013 @ HMV Ritz

Gabrielle Aplin will be performing at Manchester’s HMV Ritz on 31 October 2013. The performance will start at 18:00. She is a whipsmart self taught 20 year old singer songwriter from Bath, Gabrielle has been writing and recording songs since she was 15.

Tom Odell // 19 October 2013 @ Manchester Academy

Tom Odell is a British singer-songwriter. He released his debut extended play, Songs From Another Love, in 2012. His debut studio album, Long Way Down, will be available from 15 April 2013.

Norman Jay MBE // 19 October 2013 @ 2022nq

Sir Norman Jay has been spinning righteous soulful music from many genres and eras since the late 70’s and he has partied and played at some of the most influential clubs around the world.

Birdy // 31 October 2013 @ Academy 2

Eighteen months on from that debut, the 17-year-old Hampshire singer and songwriter is back on tour in line with the release of her new album ‘Fire Within’. It sees her stepping into, and shining in, a new role as songwriter-in-chief. Fire Within’s 11 tracks include her stirring, propulsive new single, Wings, the tender piano ballad No Angel and Light Me Up, the song that, more than any other, emphasises the dramatic developments in Birdy’s musicianship and writing over the past 18 months.

Performance

Educating Rita // Until 12 October 2014 @ The Lowry

Brash, straight-talking hairdresser Rita is determined to change her life. She wants to know ‘everything’ and she thinks the Open University might just be the answer. World-weary, alcohol-fuelled lecturer Frank is a failed poet, a self-acknowledged ‘appalling teacher of appalling students’. In fact, he’s just about given up. In need of extra cash, he agrees to tutor Rita, totally unaware of the whirlwind that’s about to enter his world.

Go Back for Murder // 14 – 19 October 2013 @ Opera House Manchester

This production is a gripping murder mystery packed with intrigue, murder and suspense and one of over a dozen plays from the pen of Agatha Christie. Go Back for Murder was adapted by Christie in 1960 from her novel Five Little Pigs, editing out the legendary detective Hercule Poirot for the stage version.

Festivals

Grimm Fest // 3 – 6 October 2013 @ Dance House Theatre

Grimmfest 2013 will launch on October 2nd with a special preview night at the spectacular 1200-seater Art Deco Super Cinema, Stockport Plaza. This will feature a screening of the fully-restored 40th Anniversary rerelease of cult classic THE WICKER MAN and Q&A with the film’s director Robin Hardy and special preview of the CHILD’S PLAY reboot CURSE OF CHUCKY.

The Manchester Weekender 2013 // 10 – 13 October @ Various

From performance art to pop-up cinema, from music premieres to intimate gigs, from superstar authors to Britain’s best bloggers, from art exhibitions to secret theatre, The Manchester Weekender features dozens of events and hundreds of artists – in some of the city’s most iconic and historic spaces.

North West Food Lovers Festival // 18 – 20 October @ EventCity

The festival will feature all the best chefs from across the North West and UK, as well as showing some of the very best produce available. Over 150 local, regional and UK food and drink producers will share their passion with you at this amazing foodie spectacular. There will be kids cooking classes, wine seminars and of course chef’s cooking up some of the best meals you have tasted.

Manchester Science Festival // 24 October – 3 November 2013 @ MOSI

This autumn Manchester Science Festival returns for the 7th year. Play, create and experiment with your scientific side as Manchester Science Festival brings together a unique blend of art, make-it workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages across Greater Manchester.

Vogue’s Fashion Night Out // 10 October 2013 @ Various

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, a one-night-only shopping event rolls into Manchester for the first time this October. More than 100 shops, bars and restaurants have signed up and will be open into the night.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival // Until 7 October (from September 26) 2013 @ Various

The Festival Hub will be housed in Albert Square as usual, and will be filled with Manchester’s biggest Street Food Fair, a Beer Festival serving up over 100 different local beers, Robinsons’ Pub on the Hub, an artisan food market, The Festival Tiki Shack, The Birdhouse Charity Cake Sale, and a series of Masterclasses providing practical tips from fileting a fish to plucking a pheasant!

Sports

AJ Bell World Squash Championships // 26 October – 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. Reigning champion Ramy Ashour and four-time champion Amr Shabana are set to feature and squash will also find out this year if it makes it into the 2020 Olympics so this is set to be a phenomenal show.

Out of Town

Whitefield Halloween Festival // 20 – 31 October @ various, Whitefield

The North West Premier destination for all your spooktacular needs; activities range from education to creative with something for everyone, alongside the traditional pumpkin carving and lantern making. Join us on a journey of fun and excitement

Homegrown // 17 – 19 October @ various, Bury

The UK’s only English folk Festival previewing the finest English folk from established artists and rising stars taking place at venues across Bury.

What’s on in Manchester – August

Manchester Pride

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.

Exhibitions

Collecting Trees // Until 6 October 2013 @ Manchester Museum, museum.manchester.ac.uk
From woodland wildlife, to wood for art and buildings, the objects we’ve collected as part of our ‘Trees – collecting to connect’ project show how important trees are. Part of the British Ecological Society’s Festival of Ecology.

Horrible Histories: Rotten Rationing Big Picture Show // Throughout August @ Imperial War Museum North, iwmn.org.uk
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. IWM North is also hosting a range of Get Fit for Summer activities throughout August – see their website for more information.

Music

Jodrell Bank Live: Hallé // 31 August 2013 @ Jodrell Bank, jb.man.ac.uk
The Hallé present Close Encounters, an wonderful summers evening of classical music inspired by the stars. Britain’s oldest syphony orchestra will perform a unique prom in the shadow of the iconic Lovell Telescope at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory. Picnics, pimms, prosecco, fireworks, hands-on science workshops, lectures and experiments also included in the ticket price.

Owen Pallett and Buke and Gase // 12 August 2013 @ Band on the Wall, heymanchester.com
Hey! Manchester present Owen Pallett Buke and Gase, rock alternative music, for a fantastic night for any big music fans at the fantastic Swan Street venue.

Matthew Halsall Sextet and GoGo Penguin
1 August 2013 @ Band on the Wall, Swan Street, bandonthewall.org
Matthew’s sound echoes the modal jazz of John and Alice Coltrane and the hard bop of the late ’50s and early ’60s, but on Fletcher Moss Park, his latest recording and the focus of tonight’s performance, he offers his most personal statement yet. GoGo Penguin draws on a heady brew of influences from classical to electronica: from Aphex Twin to Brian Eno, Debussy to Shostakovich and Massive Attack to EST. Their debut recording Fanfares won rave reviews and was nominated for ‘best jazz album’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.

Performance

Manchester Pride Fringe
Throughout August @ various venues, manchesterpride.com
Manchester Pride Fringe will run throughout the entirety of August, featuring a variety of arts, culture, entertainment, sport and family activities for all. This year’s highlights include a dinner with Christopher Biggins, artistic celebration of all things marriage in Britain ‘A Royal Wedding’ and ‘The Great Village Bake Off’. For more information on the many, many events taking place, see the Manchester Pride website.

Evita
29 July – 10 August @ The Lowry, The Quays, thelowry.com
Bringing to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita tells the story from her young and ambitious beginnings to the enormous wealth and power she gained and her ultimate rise to sainthood.

Save the Last Dance for Me
12 – 17 August 2013 @ Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, atgtickets.com
For the first time without their parents, two siblings embark on a holiday to the seaside. Full of freedom and high spirits they meet a handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the local U.S. Air force base but, young love and holiday romance is never as simple as it sounds, and the sisters soon realise that while the world around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be much more colourful.

Twisted Tales
15 – 17 August 2013 @ Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, afflecks.com
Following the success of Stone Jetty’s previous 4-star productions including Guilt, this new play is a retelling of some of the Grimm Fairy Tales for adults, both well known and some more obscure. Moving from modern day to the depths of the enchanted forest, this eerie production puts a spellbinding new twist on the stories we all know and love.

Festivals

Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend // 23 – 26 August 2013 @ Manchester’s Gay Village and throughout City Centre, manchesterpride.com
Manchester’s biggest largest festival – and winner of five consecutive ‘Best UK Pride’ (Pink Paper) awards – is back this August for it’s fabulous and flamboyant Big Weekend. Musical performers across the weekend include Sam Sparro, Kate Nash, The Feeling, Patrick Wolf, a variety of X-Factor favourites and Moto Blanco – two of the hottest DJs of the minute. Additionally you will find the Pride Parade, Candlelit Vigil and much, much more across this wild – and extremely celebratory and meaningful – Big Weekend.

Chand Raat Festival // 5 August 2013 @ Tommyfield Market, Oldham, visitoldham.com
Oldham’s Tommyfield Market hosts all things Asian this August – with a fabulous array of foods, fun, jewellery, entertainment, fashion and more. For information on booking a stall, or for further details on the event please call 0161 770 4459.

Out of Town

Day Out With Thomas
3 – 4 August 2013 @ East Lancashire Railway, Bury, eastlancsrailway.org
It’s full steam ahead for Thomas and his friends on the East Lancashire Railway. One price ticket includes all rides and entertainment with face painting, train rides, magic, circus shows and much more.

Sports

Sky Ride Manchester
August @ Manchester City Centre, goskyride.com
Sky Ride Manchester is a great opportunity to ride with family and friends in the city centre this summer. There’ll be loads of free things for the whole family to do on the day, so get your bikes ready and come and join in!

UK Backward Run
11 August 2013 @ Heaton Park, M25 2SW, heatonpark.org.uk
The 4th UK Backward Run is taking place in Heaton Park on Sunday 11th August 2013. No other sport could possibly lay claim to be as humorous, as tough, as exciting, as contagious, as healthy or as entertaining and all at once.