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This Weekend: Top Ten (Plus One) Things To Do

Rakhi Sinha with art, food, skating, tours, family and so on......

Published on November 19th 2011.

This Weekend: Top Ten (Plus One) Things To Do


Yes, it’s that time of year again, the Christmas Markets are back in town and this winter season, they’re bigger than ever. Spread over eight sites throughout the city centre, including a new location on King Street, they’re the perfect place to warm up with a glühwein and spicy bratwurst sausage, or buy some crafty Christmas gifts. The markets run from 17 November-21 December. See this website for more information and opening times: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/markets.   


Get your skates on and get down to Manchester’s open air ice rink which returns to Spinningfields this weekend. There’s something for adults too, as this year sees the addition of the pop-up Canadian Lodge, The Moose Bar, which will be serving up hot toddies to sup on whilst the little ones are gliding their way around the rink. Tickets range from £5-£ 8.50. See http://www.spinningfieldsicerink.com/ for more information.

Moose Bar


Children in Need Rocks MediaCityUK. Head down to MediaCity to join in with the fundraising fun today. You can hang out with Pudsey and Shirley the Sheep, play Beat the Goalie and watch a live flash mob dance of Singing in the Rain- buy a yellow poncho when you arrive and you can even take part in the dance yourself. Show your support and give a little to charity. Events run from 10am-4pm and are all free. 


In October BLANKSPACE gallery launched their Title Art Prize exhibition which celebrates the nation’s top emerging visual artists. The prize was won by Joe Dolden, his work and the other 25 shortlisted artists’ work can be seen until Sunday 27 November. There are paintings, photography, videos, sculptures and instillations. BLANKSPACE, 43 Hulme St, http://www.blankmediacollective.org. Open throughout the week, and Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm. 


The best of British cycling will be taking to the tracks in Manchester Velodrome’s Revolution Championship this Saturday evening. Riders compete in teams, in four events -the team with the most points wins. Tomorrow, Olympic Champion, Geraint Thomas and World Road Race Champion, Mark Cavendish, will be fighting it out for the title. Tickets cost £17.50 for adults and £8.75 concessions. http://www.cyclingrevolution.com/ 



Think you can do a better job of running the country than the current Government? Then help comedian and political activist Mark Thomas put together a series of new policies in his show, Manifesto Work in Progress. It’s on at the Lowry Theatre tonight, tickets cost £10 and are available from https://www.quaytickets.com. Help Mark make the world a better place. 


The bonkers Baked A La Ska, Manchester’s own answer to Madness, bring their infectious ska sounds to Band on the Wall tomorrow night (Saturday 19 November). The eleven-piece band inspire frenzied dancefloor action with their renditions of Toots and the Maytals, The Wailers, The Upsetters, Curtis Mayfield and more. Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the door http://bandonthewall.org



More than just a café and canteen, The Soup Kitchen on Spear Street in the Northern Quarter is a great place to start off your weekend. They have a huge selection of fine beers and wines and this Friday, they have Manchester electro group Crazy P taking over the club downstairs for the launch of their new album. 


Tonight looks set to be another great night of music at the Warehouse Project as electro musician Aphex Twin tops the lineup, whilst residents from Manchester club night, Hoya:Hoya, take over the back room. See the WHP website for more details: http://www.thewarehouseproject.com/ 


Round off the weekend with a delicious no-nonsense roast from The Parlour on Beech Road in Chorlton. These mountainous meals have been gaining in popularity and come with all the trimmings, including a huge Yorkshire pud. Choose from a selection of meats or a tasty nutroast for the veggies out there (£10.50 each). You can’t book ahead so get there early to avoid disappointment.   

Top Ten Plus One

Big Fun Christmas Pub Walks
Thursday 1 December, 6pm and Part 2, on Thursday  8 December, 6pm

A couple of informative and fun crawls around city centre boozers, each different from the other, looking at the city's crazy drinking history and finishing with a brief quiz. It's a tour that's informative and entertaining. Walk starts at 6pm from the Manchester Visitor Information Centre on the corner of Portland Street and Parker Street. The guide is the Confidential's very own editor Jonathan Schofield. Price £6








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CobbydalerNovember 19th 2011.

A new location on King Street for the Xmas markets? You mean that 20 metre stretch between Police Street/Ridgefield & Deansgate? The Xmas market was on the rest of King Street last year!

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