Look at the weather. Just look at it. Doesn’t it make you want to jet off somewhere hot? Somewhere you can sit on a beach with a margarita. If it doesn’t stop soon we’ll all be scuba diving down Oxford Road and going home by lifeboat. If you’re in a funky rut and missing the sunshine, there’s plenty going on around the city to get you out of it. But better have your wellies and waterproofs at the ready. Just in case
Here’s this weekend’s three to see in no particular order.
1Victoria Baths 80s Weekend
The Village Screen pop-up cinema is returning to the stunning Grade II listed Manchester Victoria Baths this weekend. They’ll be showing Back to the Future on Friday 28th July and Dirty Dancing on Saturday 29th July. They’ll be joined by local DJ Matt Hydes as well as local food traders Proove Pizza, the Blue Caribou Poutine, Fat Annies and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium. If that’s not reason enough to get yourself down, The Village Screen bar will be open each evening serving cocktails, prosecco, wines, craft beers and soft drinks. Audiences will be seated on vintage beach deckchairs in the Gala pool (don’t worry, it’s empty) as well on wooden seating in the Gallery level to snuggle up and watch the films on a huge, 16ft screen. Doors 7pm Friday and Saturday. Click here for more.
2The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
This weekend eight designer-makers, who will be exhibiting at the GNCCF in October, will set up pop-up studios in PLANT NOMA, a new workshop space on Dantzic Street. You’ll have the chance to see GNCCF exhibitors making work and take part in free workshops. The space will be open from 10am to 6pm when makers will demonstrate working on pieces for the GNCCF and will chat to visitors about their craft. You’ll also have the chance to get involved, make your own pieces and learn all kinds of quirky techniques like screen-printing, hand-building ceramic pieces, glass engraving, jewellery making and more. Free entry to boot too. Click here for more.
3Bongo’s Bingo at Albert Hall
Eyes down to win cash prizes, crap prizes and all kinds of craziness. Bongo’s Bingo is back for the summer at Albert Hall. It’s the bastard child of traditional bingo and rave complete with dance offs. Join host Jonny Bongo and sidekicks Sweaty Betty and Slutty Sue for one of the biggest nights out in the city. So peel yourself away from the sofa, put your microwave pizza down and head over to Albert Hall for the first game at 9pm. Tickets are almost sold out so if you want to get your hands on one, get them here.