This weekend’s events are strong on botanicals. Start off the weekend with a visit to the Didsbury of north Manchester for some top alternative cabaret, followed by a weekend of flowers, gardens and gin. Well, it is summer.
Cabaret Night at Shangri-La!
The name Shangri-La means an earthly paradise, a permanently happy land somewhat isolated from the outside world – which pretty much sums up Prestwich. Coincidentally, that’s where top alternative cabaret night Shangri La! was formed ten years ago by three friends who got fed up of having to go into town to find entertainment. Since then it has featured a brass band, an opera singer, an African drumming circle, a reader of comedic erotic fiction, some of Manchester’s best burlesque acts, theramin-playing punks, yodelling lute players, accordion playing mime artists and a psychic medium stand-up – but not all on the same night, of course. Friday’s smorgasbord of talent features Pico Puppetual Motion, four piece melodic Manchurian popsters The Happy Soul and the man who should have been the new Dr Who, Randolph Tempest.
Grafene Summer Gin Garden
If you missed either the Manchester Gin Festival or the King Street Festival, this event is for you. It’s a celebration of all things gin and all things Manchester summer. Grafene are transforming the outdoor terrace space into a summer gin garden on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. The restaurant will be hosting a Sipsmiths bar in the Grafene horsebox and a Poretti bar on a tuktuk. Pretty nice hey? You’ll be able to kick back with a refreshing drink on the faux-grass lawn and do some people watching. If you book either the three courses or the seven-course tasting menu you will receive a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival and will be given the choice of eating alfresco style on the terrace or inside the restaurant. PS the Sipsmiths bar is in a horsebox and the Poretti scooter bar is set across a beautifully laid lawn, so if you close your eyes and sip on your champers in the sunshine, you might just feel like you’re on your hols. Well, almost.
Tatton Park Flower Show 2017
This show has some serious flower power. Returning to the deer parkland of Tatton Park, the 2017 RHS Flower Show offers an exciting mix of gardening inspiration, spectacular summer floral displays, delicious artisan food from specialist producers and superb live entertainment. New this year is the Future Spaces category offering a glimpse into the gardens and public spaces of tomorrow. Show favourites such as the elaborately decorated Garden Hideaway sheds, mouth-watering demos in the Feast Theatre and an extensive selection of fine wines to taste and buy in the Vineyard all make a welcome return. The Talks Theatre plays host to a wide range of fascinating talks sure to inspire while the RHS Gardening advice team will be on hand throughout the show to answer all your queries. Until July 23rd.