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Images of the Week



Stunning canal-side picture captured by @razvantu.

university of Manchester

The University of Manchester (University Place building, Oxford Road) Captured by @hadkur.


A beautiful sunset in Manchester. Image by @lillybethdesign. 


The Palace Hotel captured by @bill_ayres.


The @cornexchangemcr and @the_printworks looking sultry and splendid. Image by @susanaco2000.

chorlton water park

“Sunset & Swans” – This week’s Walk of the Week is Chorlton Water Park. Image by @rachgu.


A moving picture from @ManchesterPride‘s Candlelit Vigil for those who’ve been lost to the HIV virus.

That’s all for this week. Want to feature? Tag your images with #BestofMCR or share them with us @Visit_Mcr and they might appear next time.


3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (22 – 25 August, 2014)

Bolton Food & Drink Festival

Bolton Food & Drink Festival

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around our region this lovely long bank holiday weekend, plus some bonus suggestions from our social media pals.

  • Bolton Food and Drink Festival kicks off today, packed with cooking demonstrations, speciality markets, live music, entertainment and family fun. The four-day foodie spectacular features celebrity chefs, a huge food and drink market, and free street entertainment in the town centre.
  • The multi award-winning Manchester Pride returns this weekend for the annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. On Saturday Orange Is The New Black’s Big Boo, Lea DeLaria will lead Manchester Pride Parade, and throughout the weekend revellers will be treated to plenty of live music acts and DJs. Headline acts on the main stage include Anastasia, Pixie Lott, All Saints and Marcus Collins.
  • Want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Head to Tatton Park’s English Country Weekend at the Farm – a celebration of country life, featuring traditional English fayre and fun. You can take part in the egg and spoon race or show your strength in the Farm’s tug of war. Those feeling less energetic can meet the resident Shire horses and watch their fabulous ridden displays or check out the sheep racing and sheep dog demonstrations on Sunday.

Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:

  • ‏@MCRGuidedTours: Perfect Bank Holiday Monday 13:00 come and spend it with us Monday 25th August “Discover Manchester” walking tour
  • @TheSwanDobcross: Saddleworth Rushcart Festival this weekend @Rushcartnews pic.twitter.com/Kf7DItfhbc
  • ‏@ManJewishMuseum: Guided tours of Manchester Jewish Museum- sweat shops, charity & Titanic! http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/component/content/article/11-current-events/270-guided-tours
  • ‏@McrSportTrust : Check out the beer festival at the @N_CyclingCentre! Runs Fri-Suns.
    ‏@racquelparsnip: #pride of course! Check out the brothers & sisters of the fabulous @MancShowChoir dressed as nuns…you know you want to!
  • ‏@Martinthemoddj: On Bank Hol Sat & Sun I will be spinning vinyl @Thirsty_Scholar til late.Suitable on Sat & BH Ska Sunday special FREE ENTRY!

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Diane Marson: Watch the pride parade, loads of fun for free!
  • Janet Lord: Japan day at the Midland on Friday. Tea ceremony, food, culture, everything Japanese.
  • Tray Keymer-blay: Irlam & Cadishead Festival The fair, live bands, crafts, food, stalls and lots more Princes Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam.
  • Angelina Wallsworth: HELL YEAH! On Sunday at Revolution Deansgate Locks. Sounds of Nu Disco & House music for your listening pleasure. It’s time to dust off those disco pants!!

*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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.