The students are descending on Manchester, as the Freshers’ period for many starts next week. But whether you are new to the city or not, there is plenty in and around Manchester for you to enjoy this weekend.

For an alternative taste of Shakespeare, unique theatre show othellomacbeth starts at HOME on 14th September until the 29th – smashing together two of the Bard’s bloodiest plays, with one company and two directors. And for a foodie fix, there’s a Veg Fest Night Market at Levenshulme Market, with all street food veggie or vegan, on 14th September from 5-9pm.

Saturday sees the massive Art Battle Manchester number eight take place at a top-secret venue close to Piccadilly Station, revealed just 24 hours before the event. This edition is called ‘A Battle Off The Beaten Track’ and will feature 10 artists creating live artwork in only 30 minutes. Plus there’s DJ entertainment and glowstick fun. The Outdoor Art Club reurns to The Whitworth on Saturday, with a Poets & Players session there in the afternoon.

The second Mancsgiving Day takes  place with a big cultural celebration in Whalley Range on Saturday, raising funds for Reach out to the Community and Manchester Mind, plus in Platt Fields Park an Apple Day celebration will be underway.

There’s also a heritage open weekend taking place, with archives and activism coming to life in Suffrage in the City. Hosted by the Co-operative Heritage Trust along with the Co-operative College, this is a series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of women being able to vote under The Representation of The People Act 1918. The Mikron Theatre Company will be performing in Sadler’s Yard with a show called Revolting Women and there will be workshops in the Plant area– all for free.

And a bit further afield, Head For The Hills festival is taking place in Ramsbottom across the weekend, featuring Manchester’s own The Slow Readers Club and many other bands.

The Gin Experience

Three to see this weekend: gin pours, witches galore and an RAF tour I Love Manchester

The beautiful Manchester Cathedral will host a Gin Experience this weekend. There will be 120 gins to pick from, masterclasses and tasting sessions, delicious street food and entertainment from a vintage DJ and live singers. During the Gin Experience, attendees will be able purchase gin vouchers, allowing them to visit the range of different bars and taste away, and will receive a limited edition gin glass from The Gin Society along with a gin guide. Sessions are 6.30pm – 11pm on Friday 14th September, and on Saturday 15th September there is an early session noon – 4.30pm and an evening session 6.30pm – 11pm.


The Witches immersive film experience

Three to see this weekend: gin pours, witches galore and an RAF tour I Love Manchester

One of Roald Dahl’s most-loved stories The Witches will be coming to life at Z-arts in Hulme, with two film sessions on Saturday at 2.30pm (family) and 7.30pm (adults only), hosted by Make A Scene. The event will celebrate Roald Dahl Day, turning this vibrant community centre into the Headland Hotel for one day only.  For the family screening there will be crafts, face-painting, and witch-spotting workshops, as well as a Witches mocktail to enjoy for all who watch the interactive screening. The adult-only session in the evening is cinema with a difference, with themed fancy dress encouraged and proper cocktails, too.


RAF100 Aircraft Tour

Three to see this weekend: gin pours, witches galore and an RAF tour I Love Manchester

This weekend Albert Square will be transformed thanks to the RAF100 Aircraft Tour, with a number of exciting aircraft on display throughout the weekend as well as an interactive STEM and Techno Zone. In this immersive event, the Royal Air Force is showing its stock and service to the public. See many exciting planes up close, including the historic Sopwith Snip Biplane, The Supermarine Spitfire Mk1A, The Harrier GR3 and a Typhoon full scale replica. Open Friday 11am – 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm.


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