Brace yourself. The bank holiday is here again. This weekend’s three to see will have you dancing to some feel good beats and rifling through locally sourced goods with a vegan brownie in one hand and Joe on the Go iced latte in the other. If that’s not reason enough to peel yourself off the sofa this weekend, there’s a Grandadaland farewell bash that’s guaranteed to be a good time.
So without further ado, here’s this weekend’s three to see in no particular order.
Party in the Park
This festival is set to be loud, proud, and extremely diverse. It’s the perfect place to let loose, be yourself, and maybe pick up a number or two, if you’re lucky. AXM Foundation is hosting Party in the Park as a dance happy bash to celebrate the start of summer. Ish. The line-up promises a ton of talent including Eurovison star Sonia, Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus and village icon Danny Beard. It’s a weekend based on inclusion, acceptance and great music so, if you’re fancying an alternative place to party, this is definitely a date for your diary.
Sackville Park, Sunday 30th April. Free
Lowry Makers Market
The Lowry Makers Market brings together the finest bakers, creators, designers and collectors to help you get your hands on some glorious goods. Skip standing in hour long lines and fighting over the last rose gold plated mirror at TK Maxx, in favour of rifling through locally sourced goods with a cocktail in one hand and a gourmet burger (or vegan pie) in the other. A selection of the freshest farm produce, artisan breads, delicatessen, cheeses, handmade chocolates, puddings, pies awaits. You name it and they’ll probably have it. The rocky road brownies from Weenie Bakes are worth breaking any diet for, as are the fluffy doughnuts from MCR Doughnut Co. All this good stuff plus the smooth jangles of DJ Pasta Paul and DJ Tom Malam make for a pretty fabulous afternoon.
Lowry Outlet, all weekend. Free
The studios hosted the first televised performances by The Beatles and Take That, as well as being home to popular TV series including Take Me Out, Coronation Street and University Challenge. This is the perfect excuse to grab a cocktail and head on down to the old Quay Street site for a night of tribute acts, American street food, a Stars In Your Eyes themed bar and DJ sets late into the night. Everyone and their nan’s invited. Good vibes all round.
Old Granada Studios, Friday 28th April until Sunday 30th, £10
Tickets can be purchased here.