Guys and gals. Ed Sheeran is in the neighbourhood this weekend. If you want to throw some shapes with the world’s coolest ginger, now’s your chance. It’s also St George’s Day so there’s heaps going on in his name. If, however, you’re not feeling a weekend of parades and pints and you want to pass on Ed Sheehan, too, there’s plenty more going on around town. From silent discos to rail ale trails, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy in this week’s three to see.
So, in no particular order, here’s out three to see for this weekend.
Retro Silent Disco
A fan of disco? A fan of books? You’re in luck. Celebrate world book night and dance to your own beat with a silent disco at Central Library. Strap on your platform shoes and join DJ John Ryan (Max 80s digital radio, Girls on Film) to boogie with the best of ‘em in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings. Once you’ve put on your headphones you’re in control. Choose your volume and your music by flipping between classic hits, chart or Manchester bands. Perfect for those of you who don’t want ringing ears and sore throats the next morning. There’s no strict dress code but librarian fancy dress is encouraged and there will be prizes for the best outfits. Square rimmed spectacles at the ready.
Never Going Underground at People’s History Museum
Opened by actor and activist Ian McKellen, this exhibition documents the stories and events that have been part of an ongoing political struggle. Make sure you browse through photographs of the ‘abseiling lesbians’, who descended from the public gallery to the chamber of the House of Lords in protest on 3 February 1988. You’ll have thought-provoking art to look forward to, including an example of the Campbell’s Soup costume that was worn by LGBT+ rights group Stonewall at London Pride after a Heinz TV advert showing two men was withdrawn. The overall feel of the exhibition is inclusive yet defiant, promoting equality on all fronts. It’s free to attend but donations are always welcome so feel free to pony up some cash on your way out.
More info here.
Guided Rail Ale Trail
Beer drinkers, listen up. How do you fancy a day chugging through the countryside, taking in the views and learning a ton about ale along the way? Join the guided rail ale trail where you’ll stop off at some of the finest drinking dens for a pint or three and learn about your drinks history, heritage and the hops that were involved in its brewing. Kick off the weekend by exploring the beautiful Irwell Valley to find the most legendary local ales. St George would be proud. You may not be slaying dragons but you’ll certainly be slaking your thirst. Mind you, it might be an idea to invest in a couple of paracetamol for the next morning. Just in case.
More info here.