The leaves are starting to fall and the nights are getting darker, but that’s even more reason to indulge at the weekend, right?  It’s set to be an arty one in Manchester, as this weekend sees both the Manchester Art Fair and The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair take place.

On Saturday, Manchester’s much-loved clubnight Girls On Film is celebrating it’s sixth birthday at the Deaf institute, along with retro decoration, face painters, 80s anthems and host Hattie Pearson. Sunday sees a major record fair– The VIP Manchester Record Fair – taking place at the Soccerdome of the Intu Trafford Centre, with a massive selection of vinyl available.

Another cultural highlight of this weekend is independent theatre company Dick & Lottie bringing another Ayckbourn classic Improbable Fiction to Salford Arts Theatre on Friday and Saturday (we reviewed their previous production Private Fears in Public Places and loved it) , plus Saturday also sees Journeys Festival International come to  Manchester with a live World Music Stage at Cathedral Gardens, a free musical celebration of performers from across the world including the city’s own Manchester International Roots Orchestra. 

It’s also the last weekend to enjoy a very special coffee cocktail bar, thanks to the  Café Belvedere pop-up at Artisan in Spinningfields, which runs until Sunday. Vodka and coffee? Yes please! Thanks to Manchester-born Bartender Joe Schofield and brother Daniel, guests can enjoy coffee by day and an array of caffeine-fuelled cocktails into the evening, including espresso martinis of course.

Also running into this weekend is Heverlee at Mayfield: a Belgian Style micro-festival in the heart of Manchester. There’s beer, music, art and street food, so what are you waiting for? Get down to its last date on Saturday if you can.

Bee in the City Farewell Weekend

Three to see this weekend: bees, baths and lots of crafts I Love Manchester
Photo: David Oates photography

See all 101 of the giant Bee in the City sculptures, all together for one last time – if you didn’t spot them all, now is your chance! Bee in the City’s celebratory Farewell Weekend will run from Friday until Sunday at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester’s Sportcity. Ticket holders will be able to get up close and personal with the Bees before they are auctioned off to raise funds for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity. There will also be plenty of family-friendly entertainment on site including Pif Paf theatre company’s show Bee Cart and Egg People’s interactive performance Waggle Dance, plus BMX demonstrations, street food options, live music from Skiband and wax candle making with Manchester and District Beekeepers’ Association. An art fair featuring a number of the artists from the trail will also be there, so you can see the work of the busy bees behind the Bees! Tickets are available online.


Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Three to see this weekend: bees, baths and lots of crafts I Love Manchester

The award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) is bringing four days of cutting-edge craft and design to the Grade II listed Victorian Upper Campfield Market, near the Museum of Science and Industry.  The eleventh show of its kind will feature over 150 of the UK’s most talented designer-makers, working in a range of mediums including ceramics, interior and fashion textiles, metalwork, furniture, print-making and more. There will be the chance to browse, buy, take inspiration and meet the talent behind the work. The fair will also include artist talks and demonstrations as well as a popular regular feature the ‘Great Northern Graduates’ showcase, celebrating local talent. The GNCCF will be open to the public from 10am on Friday until Sunday, with tickets available online and on the door.


A Taste of Spice at The Victoria Baths Foodie

Three to see this weekend: bees, baths and lots of crafts I Love Manchester

Curry in the bath? A massive selection of street food vendors will be selling their best this Sunday inside the atmospheric Edwardian grandeur of Victoria Baths. The theme for this event is ‘A Taste of Spice’, so expect flavourful grub, plus Manchester’s legendary ‘Rice and Three’ curry dishes will be making an appearance on the day at The Curry Den’s pop-up in the Pineapple Room (book online). In addition to this, the Sports Hall (formerly the Male 2nd Class pool) will feature a number of traders, and the Victoria Baths bar will be open for business. There will also be guided tours of the building, including the Discover Victoria Baths tour and the Off Limits tour, so guests can feast on the history as well as the food. Doors open from 11am till 4pm and admission is £4 (or £8 including a guided tour), with free admission and guided tours for children (under 16s) and Friends of Victoria Baths – with proceeds going towards the continued upkeep of this beautiful building.


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