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Things To Do This Weekend 30-31 June

Lynda Moyo imparts weekend wisdom

Written by . Published on June 29th 2012.

Things To Do This Weekend 30-31 June

Music – The Stone Roses

What? You haven’t got your ticket yet? Unfortunately, Friday and Saturday are sold out aside from expensive hospitality packages but (at the time of publishing) there are some tickets priced at £59.95 still available for the Sunday show with Beady Eye, Hollie Cook and Professor Green supporting. Get yours here

Beady Eye Will Support The Stone Roses On SundayBeady Eye Will Support The Stone Roses On Sunday

Exhibition – Set In Stone

If you’re not lucky enough to be going to The Stone Roses gig this weekend, don’t worry you can still get your Roses fix at the Set In Stone exhibition which is running at Manchester Photographic until the end of July. This special collection of many unseen Stone Roses pictures. Photographer Ian Tilton. has captured The Stone Roses in his lens more than any other photographer ranging from the first time in his studio in Chorlton in November 1987 right up until their last gig with the original line up in June 1990 at Glasgow Green just a few days after the notorious Spike Island gig. Entrance to the exhibition is free. Gallery open hours – Mon to Sat – 10am to 6pm. Visit www.manchesterphotographic.com

The Stone Roses Captured By Ian TiltonThe Stone Roses Captured By Ian Tilton

Family - Armed Forced Day

Manchester will thank all members of the armed forces, past and present, during Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June in Piccadilly Gardens. Between 11am-5pm Piccadilly Gardens will be filled with live music, family friendly activities and food stalls. The area will be transformed into a picnic area, with an array of food and drink concessions.  At 11.30am there will be a Veterans' Static Parade of Standards followed by music throughout the afternoon provided by a military band and a dance band. Other activities will include an Armed Forces Day craft market, RAF flight simulator, an army climbing tower and the chance to take part in military fitness sessions. For more information, please visit www.manchester.gov.uk/armedforcesday

Armed Forces Day ManchesterArmed Forces Day Manchester

Market - Castlefield Artisan Market

Castlefield’s monthly Artisan Market can be found in its usual spot this Sunday, next to Dukes92, underneath the railway arches by the canal in Castlefield. According to their Facebook page, this month’s market will include a number of new stalls such as fresh hand crafted Sicilian delicious deli, fresh vegetarian soups and Paul's beautiful Small's - all ethically produced, hand crafted and responsibly sourced. To get a taste of what to expect, read Lynda Moyo’s review from her visit in March. Click here to read.

Castlefield Artisan MarketCastlefield Artisan Market

Drinks - Bop Local 2nd Birthday

Are you a Chorlton resident? This Saturday, Bop Local celebrates its second birthday. The monthly event, held at Chorlton Irish Club prides itself on providing a night of drinking, partying and dancing outside of Manchester city centre. They say ‘The idea is that you start early; have lots of fun and a darn good time, without spending wads of cash on drinks and taxis in and out of town.’ This weekend’s birthday celebrations will see Jeff Hordley (known to many as Emmerdale’s Cain Dingle) DJing downstairs, while upstairs Mark Smith will be in charge of 'The Chorlton Allstars' - a selection of DJs from the Chorlton community. Doors open at 8.30pm and, as it’s their birthday, they’ve got a licence till 2am. Wahey! Tickets are available in advance for £5 via www.boplocal.com. There will also be some tickets available on the door on June 30 for £6.

Bop LocalBop Local

Kids – Manchester Children’s Book Festival

The 2012 Manchester Children's Book Festival - a biennial celebration of reading - is eleven days of fun, events and activities to inspire children to read. Hosted by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, the 2012 festival will officially open at 6pm on Friday 29 June at a free gala event featuring poetry from Carol Ann Duffy and a musical performance by local schools. Adults and children are welcome to turn up to Manchester Metroplitan University Holden Gallery from 6pm. For a list of more MCBF events taking place over the weekend please click here.

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

Food – Las Iguanas

The editor was surprised to find this chain restaurant offering excellent food at reasonable prices. OK it's a bit of a mish mash of Latin American styles but the service is superb and the occasion always vivid and entertaining livened up with plenty of spice. Given the Manchester Children's Book Festival mentioned above, it's also good for families. Try the xinxam reviewed here. Las Iguanas is at 84 Deansgate in the city centre.

Las IguanasLas Iguanas

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