Whether you want to stuff your face at a food fair, spook yourself out at a ghost hunt or get jolly at a gin festival, there’s plenty going on around our city this weekend. Thankfully these events are all on Friday and Saturday because Sunday is Mother’s Day and you should probably save the day for your mam.
Here’s my three to see this weekend in no particular order.
Manchester Gin Festival
Described by Time Out as one of the Top 10 Things to do in 2016, the UK’s biggest (and probably best) gin festival hits up Manchester again this weekend. Victoria Baths in Rusholme will turn into ginaissance central complete with four gin bars, a cocktail bar and plenty of the finest street food stalls. You’ll be able to try gins not available anywhere else (over 100 brands) and even take home your favourites from the festival’s own off licence. Maybe bag a pressie for your mum? To top things off there will be a programme of mixing master classes and live gypsy jazz jangles to keep you entertained. The event is for over 18s only so if you’re lucky enough to look like a baby-faced high schooler, it’s probably best to bring some ID. Other than that, for the love of gin, get yourself down. Tickets £9.
Woman in Black Ghost Night
This one’s for all of those fright-fanatics out there. On Friday night you can head down to watch ‘the most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter’ (Daily Telegraph). Think shadows, screams and the creepiest rocking chair known to stage. And if Susan Hill’s story wasn’t unnerving enough, theatre-goers can continue their thrilling and chilling evening with a night of ghost-hunting at Ordsall Hall after the show. A medium will guide you through the grade I listed building and contact all kinds of spirits during the Woman In Black Ghost Night. If this doesn’t curb your cravings for all things horror, then I don’t know what will. It’s worth mentioning that if you couldn’t bear to watch the dementors from Harry Potter, you’ll probably want to steer clear of The Woman in Black. Grease is on at The Palace Theatre so you can always head to that.
Tickets to the show £15.50 to £28.50. Tickets to the show and ghost hunt £62.50.
GRUB Food Fair
Head down to Alphabet Brewing Co this weekend and you’ll find a roster of the finest foodie delights that Manchester has to offer. Vendors will be doling out everything from 12-hour beef brisket from smoke king, Andy Low and Slow to some fine looking salmon sliders from the fishy folks at Holy Crab. There will also be a fantastic selection of craft ale, and some cracking live music to boogie along to in between mouthfuls of food. GRUB promotes and supports all independent food initiatives and local vendors to ensure Manchester has the freshest lineup of grassroots food operators. So if you fancy some fine tasting fare from the region’s lesser known street foodsters, you better get yourself to GRUB this weekend. You might need to loosen a belt buckle or two. You’ve been warned.