It’s that time of year again. If you’re heading to the Christmas Markets shopping for presents, pop into Manchester Cathedral where you can get warm, have a drink and find even more gift ideas. Lovers of the fizzy stuff should head down to Alty for the Fizz Festival, whilst Hilda Ogden takes on Deirdre Barlow in the ultimate Corrie showdown at HOME on Saturday.
Christmas Arts & Crafts Market at Manchester Cathedral
Come in out of the cold. For one weekend only, Manchester Cathedral hosts its first Christmas Arts & Crafts Market with over 75 artists and makers gathering under the roof of one of the city’s finest buildings to bring you a huge selection of the best Christmas presents in town. It’s the perfect place to spend time shopping, enjoying a warming cup of tea with some delicious cakes as you experience the unique atmosphere of one of Manchester’s finest buildings. And The Gin Society’s famous gin bar offers an extensive range of artisan gins, prosecco and cocktails. Friday 17 November, 10am – 8pm. Saturday 18 November, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Altrincham Fizz Festival
Want to find out more about your favourite sparklers and stock up for Christmas at the same time? Get busy with the fizzy at Altrincham Town Hall which will once again host the Fizz Festival and Fizz Festival People’s Choice Awards. There will be over 100 wines available to try and buy, from cava and prosecco through to award-winning English sparkling wine and champagne. There will be a pop-up food area, live music and a range of informal masterclasses. Tickets are normally £25 with a reduced rate of £15 on the later Sunday session. Early bird deals are available for a limited period. The ticket price includes a free tasting of ALL wines with no need to buy additional tokens. 18 November, 12noon-3pm & 4pm-7pm. 19 November 12noon-3pm, 4pm-6pm + Awards.
Queer Media Festival
This one day event on Saturday features live speakers who are creating LGBTQ stories using the new digital platforms of virtual reality, online storytelling, interactive games or mobile filmmaking. Enjoy a creative mix of engaging talks, performances, workshops and films followed by Hilda vs Deirdre: Queer Corrie Spectacular celebrating the camp heritage of Coronation Street featuring Manchester drag queens Anna Phylactic and Miss Blair as they take on the roles of iconic characters Hilda Ogden and Deirdre Barlow. The event is inspired by Corrie superfan Martyn Hett, who was killed in May at the Ariana Grande concert terrorist bombing, whose favourite character was Deirdre. Tickets start from £10. The festival after party will be held at Tribeca, 11pm to 2am. Free entry. Find out more here.