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Top Ten Things To Do This Weekend: 11/12 December

Rakhi Sinha sweeps up the end of the week for you

Published on December 8th 2011.

Top Ten Things To Do This Weekend: 11/12 December


This Saturday from noon, local designers and businesses will be selling their crafty wares at the Christmas Markets at the Soup Kitchen in the Northern Quarter. If you don’t know what to get for that fussy someone, chances are you’ll find something unique for them here. There’ll be artwork, vintage clothes, cards, jewellery, and DJs spinning tracks all day. There’s also mulled wine, Christmas ales and afternoon tea and cake: 12-6pm, The Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, City. Click here.


Take the kids to the Museum of Science and Industry this weekend to see Sleigh Ride 4D. It’s Christmas Eve in the North Pole but Santa is accidentally knocked unconscious leaving his reindeer and elves to help deliver presents. Will they be able to do the job? Watch their trials and tribulations in MOSI’s special 4D theatre. MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry), Liverpool Road, Castlefield,M3 4FP, click here. Suitable for ages 4 plus. Adults £4, concessions £3. 


Imagine you’re an Earl or Countess and visit Dunham Massey for Carols by the Tree to see what Christmas might have been like in the beautiful Georgian house. This Saturday and Sunday they will be holding a Christmas carol concert in the elegant Edwardian dining room with mulled wine and a mince pie on the side. Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ, click here. Booking essential 0844 249 1895, Suitable for accompanied children aged 7+. Tickets cost £8.50 for adults and children. 


Award-winning director Steve McQueen (Hunger) will be at the Cornerhouse on Friday night for a Q&A and special preview of his new film, Shame. Filmed on location in New York, it tells the story of a thirty-something man and his attempts at balancing his shameful social lifestyle and sexual obsessions. Cornerhouse, Oxford Rd. See here for more details. 


The Library Theatre are showing Alan Bennet’s version of Wind in the Willows at the Lowry Theatre this festive season. Kids will love the humour and adventures of pals, Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. This version has clever songs, witty dialogue and imaginative visuals to help bring the enchanting tale to life. The Lowry, Salford Quays. Tickets cost from £8.50 - £18.00, for more info see here


It’s the season for buffoonery and slapstick performances of traditional fairy tales. Cinderella at the Opera House is a fun-filled family extravaganza with real ponies, a sparkly set and former HearSay member, Suzanne Shaw. Manchester Opera House, Quay St -the show runs until December 31. Tickets are £11-£34, click here.


The eclectic, outrageous, bizarre Sun Ra Arkestra take to the stage at Band on the Wall (BOTW) on Saturday night. Considered to be one of the most pioneering jazz ensembles of all time, it promises to be a mystifying musical journey covering the entire history of jazz, from ragtime to swing. Sun Ra, the cosmic jazz composer sadly left this planet and rejoined the ‘Angel Race’ in 1993 so the Arkestra are now under the direction tenor saxophonist, John Gilmore. Tickets cost £20 in advance or £22.50 on the door. Click here for more info.  BOTW, 25 Swan Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester.   


…at the rustic Oast House in Spinningfields. Their succulent hanging kebabs have been causing a stir. There are also other barbecued foods, burgers, and deli platters.  It’s a good place to rest your feet, refuel and sup an ale or two after hours of Christmas shopping. Oast House, Crown Square, Spinningfields.  


The Deaf Institute on Grosvener Street is Trof’s third bar and is spread over three floors. At weekends they have gigs on the top floor in the music hall, and DJs in the main bar and basement. This weekend, Omar Souleyman, a Syrian musician who has recorded over 500 albums will be performing. Like the other Trofs, the décor is comfy and cosy- there are big wooden tables, quirky wallpaper and a massive glitter ball. They have a wide range of beers, cocktails and spirits. 135 Grosvener Street. Click here for web details.  


Join Islington Mill for their special festive club night, Off with Their Red Deer Heads, on Saturday night. For this particular party they’ll be collaborating with Manchester label, Red Deer Club Records. Expect fun, madness, visuals and erm, lots of dead deer. Islington Mill, James St, Salford. Tickets cost £6 and can be bought from here.




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Stephen DouglasDecember 8th 2011.

The Shame preview at the Cornerhouse has actually been sold out for a day or two now.

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