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Manchester Magazine 2010/11

Fashion city


Copy of Tutankhamun’s death mask. Photos: Anne-Marie von Sarosdy

A major exhibition of the international archaeological sensation. The spectacular reconstruction of the Pharaoh’s tomb and treasures.


FIRST WORDS Welcome to the sixth issue of MCR – the destination magazine for Manchester.

As the days get shorter and the nights even longer, what better way to lift your spirits than a serious dose of retail therapy. And so with MCR6 we’ve gone all out to provide you with an insight into shopping in the city. And what an exciting time it is for the city’s retail scene. In Spinningfields, a new shopping destination has been created in the form of The Avenue. With a flagship Armani store and the Manchester-born luxury brand Flannels as anchor tenants, it is set to become the place to see, be seen, and to shop, of course. Meanwhile, just next door, the institution that is Kendals department store on Deansgate is celebrating its 175th anniversary. House of Fraser Manchester (as I ought to refer to it) has lined-up a series of events to celebrate the milestone and you can find out more about the history of the store in our special feature on page 36.

To kick-start the series, we have Matthew Slater from the United Arab Emirates telling you what he thinks of Manchester’s shopping offer and Jason Salzenstein from the USA gives us his opinion on the city’s Gay Village. Out of town, we’ve got information about what there is to see and do across the cityregion and, slightly further afield; we hear from our colleagues in Chester and Lancaster about their Roman origins and what they have got to offer the 21st century visitor. As always, in MCR you’ll also find event listings, an accommodation guide, details of the flight schedules at Manchester Airport and all you need to know about getting around the city-region on public transport. For up-to-the-minute information about what’s on in the city, check out our website You can also follow us on Twitter: @visit_mcr Enjoy the read!

We’ve also begun a new series of international feature articles. Whilst it’s always good to get local writers to tell you about the various aspects of the city, we thought you might also like the word of your fellow visitors.

CONTRIBUTORS Jason Salzenstein Jason Salzenstein is the editor-at-large for EDGE Publications in the USA. In addition to writing, he is a design consultant, professional shopper and has contributed to numerous national and international magazines.

Matthew Slater Matt Slater is the director of Seven Media – a media production and public relations company in the United Arab Emirates. He has written for international publications such as Time Out, The New York Post and the Sydney Morning Herald. Before leaving England he was the Manchester correspondent for the News of the World, based at their office on Piccadilly.

Marketing Manchester Carver’s Warehouse, 77 Dale St, Manchester, M1 2HG T. +44 (0)161 237 1010 F. +44 (0)161 228 2960

Andrew Stokes Chief Executive, Marketing Manchester October 2010

Nick Johnson

Joanna Booth

Nick Johnson is the deputy chief executive of urban regeneration company, Urban Splash. A chartered surveyor for over 13 years, he was the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture fellow at Yale University in the USA in 2007 and is commissioner for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

Joanna Booth is the development officer for the North West Multi Faith Tourism Association. She has been a headteacher and senior advisor for Ethnic Minority Achievement and set up the first education department at Manchester Cathedral. A self confessed church addict, she now works extensively to develop faith tourism initiatives across the Northwest.

Percy Dean

Russ Otterwell

Percy Dean has worked as professional photographer for over 18 years. In that time he has worked around the world and in turn his work is highly respected globally. He was the founding editor and senior photographer for Document Magazine, which ran for over a decade. He has specializes in action sports, lifestyle and social documentary photography and lives and works in Manchester.

Russ Otterwell is a food and drink writer and industry consultant. Over the past decade he has been a regular contributor to publications such as Class, Waitrose Food Illustrated, the Manchester Evening News and He is also the freelance restaurant critic for the Manchester and Liverpool editions of the Metro.

Cover Photography: Female cover © John Clarke Male cover © Ian Howarth

Designed & Published: Marketing Manchester, October 2010

Photography: Ian Howarth, Percy Dean, Carl Sukonik, Paul Jones, David Lake, Jonty Wilde, Jan Chlebik, Photolink, Britain on View, Northwest Regional Development Agency, John Clarke.

Contributors: In addition to the authors of our features and Manchester Voices, Marketing Manchester would like to thank everyone that has provided editorial for this issue of MCR.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy in this publication, Marketing Manchester cannot accept liability for any loss or damage arising from its use. As changes often occur after publication date, it is advisable to confirm the information given.

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CONTENTS 003 – 003 News and developments

036 – 039

A quick tourism round-up.

010 – 017

018 – 019

022 – 025

Food and drink

Snapshot: Castlefield

054 – 057

The Gay Village: An international perspective US travel writer Jason Salzenstein tells us why the city’s Gay Village is just like Sandra Bullock. Village listings included.

058 – 061

074 – 076

Having faith in Manchester Joanna Booth reveals some little known facts about Manchester’s faith buildings.

078 – 083

Music and nightlife

062 – 063

Snapshot: Exchange Square

064 – 065

Manchester Voices: Yvette Livesey The chief of Manchester’s annual music industry event, In The City, tells about the evolution of the festival.

Day Tripper: Chester and Lancaster A profile of two of the Northwest’s great Roman cities – perfect day trips from Manchester.

Where to stay Your accommodation options

096 – 097

Manchester Airport Flight listings and more.

098 – 099

All you need to know about what to do when the sun goes does. Bar listings included.

Manchester Voices: Martine Alexander

Snapshot: Bolton Market

085 – 094

Shopping: An international perspective

Fashions of Afflecks

072 – 073

Russ Otterwell takes a tour of the best of Manchester’s culinary scene. Restaurant listings included.

052 – 053

Our pick of the best glamour, street, vintage and alternative styles on offer in Manchester’s emporium of eclecticism.


046 – 051

Explore the city-region A rundown of what to see and do across the Manchester city-region.

Meet the team behind the design of the new England football kit.

The director of music at Chetham’s talks to us about life at the largest specialist music school in the UK.

We get the lowdown on the best places to shop from the city’s resident style guru.

030 – 033

Manchester Voices: Catherine Rees & Peter Saville

Manchester Voices: Stephen Threlfall

Travel writer Matt Slater swaps the malls of Dubai for the streets of Manchester.

028 – 029

042 – 045

What’s on Your guide to the headline festivals, exhibitions, music, sport and LGBT events taking place in the coming months. Includes ‘Out of Town’ event listings and a preview of the Manchester International Festival 2011.

066 – 068

A celebration of 175 years of one of the city’s most exclusive department stores.

004 – 009 First things first Everything you need to know for your first venture onto the city’s streets

Kendals: A legend of the retail world

Public transport information and city centre map. How to get about the city-region and across the rest of UK. City centre map included.

100 – 100

The last word Nick Johnson on his love for Manchester and the North West


Manchester’s Visitor Information Centre Manchester’s new Visitor Information Centre was opened to the public in summer 2010 and is now proving a hit with visitors from around the world. The centre has interactive Microsoft surface tables and a digital wall with a live feed from Twitter which displays all Manchester-related tweets. The centre in Piccadilly Plaza on Portland Street is open from Monday – Saturday (09:30-17.30) and Sun (10.30 – 16.30).

Northern Quarter Lights

Hotel update

The light tower that forms the centre piece of the Northern Quarter’s public art scheme has been switched back on after nearly five years in darkness. The impressive piece of public art is made of animated neon light tubes. It stands 12 metres high and is positioned on top of the Northern Quarter’s NCP car park. It was created by top British lighting artist, Peter Freeman and funded by the Arts Council at a cost of £35,000. The neon tower was first switched on at the Northern Quarter street festival in 1999.

The Princess Hotel (formerly the Princess on Portland), has reopened after a major refurbishment. The new-look boutique hotel offers 81 rooms and four suites. A new Holiday Inn Express has also opened in the city centre on Oxford Road. The Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre has 147 new generation bedrooms. All rooms have high speed internet access, air-conditioning, LCD televisions and are en-suite with Power Showers.

© Mark Crossfield

Escape at Manchester Airport The new Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 1 has opened. It offers calm and tranquil surroundings for guests to relax and unwind. It includes ‘the Deli’ – offering free, freshly prepared food and a selection of hot and cold drinks. ‘The attic’ area offers a Scalextric track and Nintendo Wii Consoles for children (and adults!) to enjoy. The ‘Study’ offers business guests free Wi-Fi and available laptops. There’s a spa area with a wide range of treatments and ‘the Snug’ is a designed for pre-flight relaxation. Entry: £25.00 per adult and £12.50 per child.

City Square at Manchester City FC Manchester City FC has launched its new City Square – a pre-match entertainment zone for football fans. The square includes giant media screens, a menu devised with the help of top celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and waterproof canopies to protect guests from rainy weather. City Square also includes the Summerbee and Star bar which is kitted out with the latest technology enabling multiple pints to be poured in seconds.

Aerial Extreme A family day out with a difference, Aerial Extreme is an urban high ropes adventure course. Located at The Trafford Centre, the course lets you tackle over thirty obstacles. There are speedy drops, mid air jumps, suspended gravity defying climbing walls and much more. Aimed at ages 6 to 60, there's no experience or skill required and friendly, experienced staff are close at hand. You're always clipped into a safety system so you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.


First things first... Setting foot in any city for the first time brings with it a whole host of emotions. The excitement of so much you have yet to explore, your preconceived perceptions proved right or, sometimes, wildly wrong and all the while you’re conscious that your holiday time is precious. To help you get started, we’ve pulled together some Top 5 lists that cover the basics. Things to see, places to eat, drink and shop and, of course, the best venues for live music – this is Manchester after all.

For more Top 5’s, check out the website:

Top 5 vintage shops



Get old school by Helen Lloyd

1. Afflecks, Church St Manchester’s emporium of eclecticism, selling everything from top hats to tattoos. A rabbit warren of a building where the trendsetters flock to shop at the 50 independent outlets over five floors.


2. Cocu, Barton Arcade Situated within the stunning Victorian glass domed Barton Arcade in the heart of Manchester, CoCu's range includes gorgeous prom and party dresses, Westwood inspired daywear, fabulous evening and occasion wear.


3. Retro Rehab, Oldham St A multicoloured array of vintage cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, handbags and shoes. The boutique also houses a fine selection of jewellery and customised pieces.

4. Cow, Parker St The newest and largest vintage store in the city, nestled alongside M&S at Piccadilly Gardens. Look out for late-night lock-ins with discounts and tunes.

5. Pop Boutique, Oldham St A vintage itself, Pop Boutique has been on the block since 1983. The most retro of Manchester’s vintage shops, with clothes from the 60s, 70s and 80s as well as fashion from the Pop label.







Top 5 restaurants Fine Dining by Carolyn Hughes

1. ABode, Piccadilly


ABode Hotel is set in a truly beautiful old Victorian cotton warehouse. However, go downstairs and you hit the Ăźber-stylish and modern Michael Caines at ABode restaurant. Try out the exquisite taster dishes whipped up by award-winning head chef Ian Matfin and his team.

3. Red Chilli, Portland St This Sichuan Chinese restaurant is my favourite at the moment, with its endlessly fascinating menu and delectable starters. Just watch out for the spicy clay pot though! Try out the busy small basement restaurant on Portland Street or the sprawling open plan room on Oxford Road.

4. Chaophraya, Chapel Walks Chaophraya arrived in Manchester a couple of years back and is a glamorous space on Chapel Walks, and does a mean Thai feast. Prices are fabulously reasonable and you get truckloads of food.

2. Gaucho Grill, St Mary’s St

5. Zouk, Chester St

With a wine list to praise the grape gods for, Gaucho Grill serves the best steaks in Manchester. The huge dining space is glitzy without being over the top and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable about their meat, the wines and everything else they serve.

Set just off Oxford Road, Zouk brought a new snazzy contemporary element to curry-eating in Manchester. Set in an open ultra-modern space, the Bradford owners have brought their truly fresh and spicy dishes across the Pennines with them.




Top 5 buildings Keep an eye out by Sarah-Clare Conlon

1. University of Manchester, City Centre Manchester Modernist Society highlights architectural gems at risk, including the Toast Rack in Fallowfield and parts of the UMIST campus. Tucked in next to the apex of the Mancunian Way, the trademark WA Gibbondesigned white concrete buildings and Holloway Wall offer a 60s utopia, complete with a bowling green.



2. The Royal Exchange, St Anns Sq Starting life as the bastion of Manchester trade, the Royal Exchange survived a direct hit in the Blitz and protected St Ann’s Church from the IRA blast. Its glass and steel roof echoes the Barton Arcade opposite and juxtaposes well with the innovative seven-sided theatre performance space.


3. Victoria Baths, Hathersage Rd The renovation of Victoria Baths in Longsight is well underway, partly thanks to the BBC’s Restoration series. On the first Sunday of each month until November, you can mooch round and appreciate the lovely tiles, stained glass windows and fascinating features such as the poolside changing cubicles and steamroom contraptions.

4. The Daily Express Building, Great Ancoats St On the far edge of the Northern Quarter, the former Daily Express Building is a fabulous Art Deco curvy black and silver glass structure reflecting the version on London’s Fleet Street. The newspaper left in the 80s and it is now an apartment block, but its facade still gives contemporary architecture a run for its money.


5. Central Library, St Peter’s Sq The neoclassical circular Central Library is a great landmark and a lovely public building, but its million books and 22 miles of shelving will shortly be packed away for a spring clean. Until it reopens in 2012, find peace and quiet next door at the gothic Town Hall where you can have afternoon tea surrounded by marble busts and mosaics.




2. Band on the Wall, Swan St Band on the Wall is a legendary jazz and world music venue sitting on the edge of Manchester's bohemian Northern Quarter. Recently given a luxurious renovation, the venue has been part of the city's music scene since the 1930s when bands performed on a stage mounted literally 'on the wall'.


3. The Deaf Institute, Grosvenor St Right in the heart of the University district, The Deaf Institute is a gem of a venue. Housed in a genuine former institute for the deaf, this beautifully decorated venue serves food and drink in its cafe during the day and offers a jam-packed calendar of music events throughout the year.

Top 5 music venues 5

Get live and loud by Makeila Ellis

1. The Warehouse Project, Piccadilly The Warehouse Project is an annual series of parties held in Manchester city centre. For three months, superstar DJs and live acts perform in a former warehouse to almost 2000 people each night. Book tickets quickly - these shows sell out fast.

4. Night and Day, Oldham St At the heart of the Manchester live music scene since 1991, Night and Day Cafe has become a true institution. You can catch the latest cutting-edge sounds from around the world at night while a great food menu is offered during the day.

5. Sankeys, Jersey St Hidden off the beaten track in up-and-coming Ancoats, Sankeys is a world-renowned club that plays host to many a top DJ when they visit Manchester.



Top 5 Manchester Fashions This season’s hot looks by Selfridges Trafford and Selfridges Exchange Square

1. Nude shades Monochrome’s love affair with nude shades the two combining to create artfully understated colour palettes – continues, with labels including Stella McCartney and McQ by Alexander McQueen offering sharp and feminine tailoring for grown-up, glamorous wardrobes.


2. Get waisted Love your body and worship your curves. Celebrate femininity with the return of the1950s silhouette. Belt up to create definition; full skirts give a tiny waist. This season look out for Stella McCartney high waist trousers and complement that with a blazer from Balman for a tailed look this season.

3. Heritage A warm, autumnal colour palette evokes the outdoors. Capes are your pre-season essential. English heritage is the inspiration. Sensuous and ultra-flattering, draping is given an update this year in jersey, silk and structured wool styles. Alexander Wang offers beautifully simple pieces that can adapt as well to your work wardrobe as to a show-stopping party piece.


4. Project D Those who love a celebrity collaboration need look no further than Project D – the cocktail-chic collaboration between Dannii Minogue and established fashion designer Tabitha SomersetWebb. In true Ms. Minogue style, these are pieces that epitomize femininity and glamour, as glittering embellishments and asymmetric silhouettes take centre stage in the collection.


5. Style Stalker Of the latest collections to arrive to the store, Selfridges’ director of womenswear Anita Barr tells us: “This season, it’s really about simple pieces worn with attitude. Labels such as StyleStalker, which we’re thrilled to be carrying exclusively in the UK, have created some stunning pieces perfect for day-to-night looks. A palette of blacks and greys need never be boring – unique prints, such as those seen at Helmut Lang, are guaranteed to turn heads.”

All featured products are available now from Selfridges Exchange Square. Selected items are available online at:







Top 5 freebies: Something for nothing by Sarah-Clare Conlon


1. John Rylands Library, Deansgate A gothic sandstone building on Deansgate recently juxtaposed with a clever modern visitor centre. This fabulous legacy of Cottonopolis was commissioned by Cuban-born Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her philanthropist textile manufacturer husband. There's more about Manchester’s first multi-millionaire and some fascinating changing exhibitions in the cathedral-like public reading rooms.

2. Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Rd The only UK conservatoire to be a centre for excellence in teaching and learning, but you can still hear the talented students play for free! Orchestral performances take place in the late60s concert hall, while the RNCM's best-kept secret is their Wednesday-lunchtime recitals by soloists and smaller ensembles in the calming and charming setting of St Ann’s Church.

3. Heaton Park, Prestwich Manchester’s biggest green space, with lovely views both back over town and out to the Pennines. There’s plenty to do whatever your age: a well-equipped children’s playground; rowing boats; woodland walks and cycle paths; even a grand 18th-century mansion and farm. It’s also home to beekeepers, astronomers, trolley-bus enthusiasts and the Commonwealth Bowling Club.

4. City Airport, Eccles Formerly known as Barton Aerodrome, this was the UK's first purpose-built municipal airport and it’s still in action today. Sit in the beer garden and watch small planes bump excitedly along the grassy runway as they take off and land, and climb up the Art Deco control tower that dates from 1933.

5. Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd There's always something worth seeing at this gallery, part of Manchester University; not least the soon-to-be developed building and i ts parkside location. Recent highlights have been the Subversive Spaces surrealism show, the American Scene prints exhibition and Walls Are Talking, and the varied event programme includes related talks held in the “secret” lecture theatre.



Manchester Comedy Festival

Salford Film Festival

21 – 31 October 2010

10 – 14 November 2010

Manchester Comedy Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2010. One of the city’s ‘events to listen out for…’, this annual festival hosts nearly 100 shows across the city-region during its eleven-day run. One of the best and biggest of its kind in the UK, the festival attracts major headline acts and showcases the full field of comedy, from the traditional to the surreal.

Now in its seventh year, the Salford Film Festival prides itself on having a local accent, but with a truly international perspective. This festival is the perfect opportunity to see exciting new work by cutting edge contemporary filmmakers for the first time. Proud of its Salford roots, the festival celebrates the city's cinematic history and thriving contemporary talent, but welcomes the rest of the world to join in. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from local community films to cutting-edge new shorts; from timeless classics and rarely-screened cult features to international premieres.

Manchester Science Festival 23 – 31 October 2010 The country’s most popular science festival returns for its most exciting year yet. Expect a vibrant and packed programme of events for families, schools, young people and adults alike. This year, the festival is celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity, where visitors will have the chance to discover more about our amazing planet, learn about the plight of the humble bee and test the latest ‘green’ technology.


¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Film Festival 5 – 27 March 2011 Feel the fiesta love, as ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival rocks a real Hispanic fever at Cornerhouse with a nonstop month-long festival. As always, the festival offers a snapshot of the best in recent Spanish cinema, as well as an array of events, from guest director talks, to education study sessions, and not forgetting the famed networking events designed to give participants an opportunity to practice their language. The festival strives to showcase the best in Spanish-language filmmaking, including presenting high quality artist video works.

Exposures Film Festival 16 – 18 November 2010 Exposures is the UK’s largest festival of student moving image work that gives students from across the country the opportunity to showcase their work to a cinema audience, whilst offering a unique insight into how the TV and film industry works. Taking place at the Cornerhouse, Exposures is the only regular UK-wide competitive festival for student film and moving image.

FutureEverything 2011 11 – 14 May 2011 FutureEverything is an award-winning organisation that uses mass participation in creativity to bring the future into the present. Expect world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive citywide music programme, visionary thinkers from around the world, and awards for outstanding innovations.


Recorders: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Until 30 January 2011 Manchester Art Gallery This major new exhibition of interactive artworks by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer brings specially-adapted pieces to Manchester that have never been on public display before in England. The exhibition includes the world premieres of two new commissions and prides itself on being interactive. The artworks see, hear and feel the actions of people around them, using technologies such as biometric scanners, surveillance cameras and microphones to react to and record interaction from a visitor's appearance, movements, voice and even pulse.

Tutankhamun His Tomb and His Treasures 22 October 2010 – 27 February 2011 Museum of Museums A major exhibition of an international archaeological sensation, featuring a spectacular reconstruction of the Pharaoh’s tomb and treasures. ‘Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures’ carries visitors on a captivating journey through time into the lost wonders of ancient Egypt and reveals

the epic story of the discovery of the forgotten tomb of the ‘Boy King’ who died under mysterious circumstances aged only 19. Replicas of 1,000 burial artefacts have been painstakingly reproduced to scale by expert Egyptian craftsmen and can be viewed in the recreated burial chambers and in an extensive and detailed display.

Invitation to the Ballet: Ninette de Valois and the story of The Royal Ballet Until 6 March 2011 The Lowry The Royal Opera House collaborates with The Lowry, Salford in this retrospective exhibition, which tells the story of The Royal Ballet from its foundations in the late 1920s to the present day. It is the first exhibition to pay tribute to the company’s founder, Ninette de Valois and will also illustrate LS Lowry’s involvement with ballet in Britain and how his appreciation of art, music and dance affected his work.

The Birth of British Rock: Photographs by Harry Hammond 15 January – April 2011 The Lowry One of the leading showbiz photographers of the post war years, Harry Hammond's work embraced the first British response to rock'n'roll. Harry captured definitive images of classic British rock 'n' rollers from Cliff Richard and Billy Fury to Lonnie Donegan and Adam Faith. This exhibition comprises over eighty photographs by Harry Hammond and includes a soundtrack and interactives which explore the music, musicians and fashion of the time.

Flashback: Anish Kapoor 5 March – 5 June 2011 Manchester Art Gallery Turner Prize-winning Anish Kapoor is one the UK's leading artists and this is the first major exhibition of Kapoor's work to be held outside London in over a decade. Selected by the artist, the exhibition features important works from the Arts Council Collection alongside works from major UK collections and from the artist’s studio.



The Warehouse Project

Hallé Carol Concerts

Sounds from the other city

Every weekend under Piccadilly Station (Store St) Until 1January 2011

Various dates throughout December at The Bridgewater Hall

May 2011

Returning for another series of intimate gigs with international superstar DJ’s and block-rocking bands. The Warehouse Project line-up for 2010 inlcudes Trentemoller, Cocoon feat. Sven Vath, Delphic, Joris Voorn, Basement Jaxx, Paul Van Dyk, Booka Shade, Four Tet, Hospital Records and many, many others.

The Hallé orchestra’s traditional celebration of Christmas is a treat for all ages. There are carols for choir and audience, as well as a stocking full of the most beautiful and magical music performed by the Hallé in seasonal mood.

Chetham’s lunchtime concerts Most weekday lunchtimes

Keep it Unreal at Band on the Wall First Saturday of every month, 9pm – 3am Manchester DJ and producer Mr Scruff performs a six-hour set every month at Keep It Unreal; a staple in the Manchester music diet. He serves up a huge melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, breaks, latin and tea.


Chetham’s world-renowned School of Music educates the brightest young musicians based on their talent and potential, not background or ability to pay. During most weekday lunchtimes in term-time (September – June), Chetham’s students perform their current repertoire in concert for 40 minutes from 1.35pm. The performances occur in buildings that date back to the Medieval period. Entrance is free and no booking is required. You are advised to call the school in advance to check that a concert is taking place to avoid disappointment. T: +44 (0)161 834 9644.

A truly grass roots music festival - the seventh ‘Sounds from the other city’ will again take place at various venues in Salford. 2010 was a sell out year for the event which is going from strength to strength. A laid-back party atmosphere engulfs the bars, pubs, churches and mills on the other side of the Irwell. Past performers who have gone onto great things include Florence and the Machine, Marina and the Diamonds and Ting Tings.

Contort Yourself at the Roadhouse First and third Saturday of every month Contort Yourself makes the most of one of Manchester’s most iconic music venues – the Roadhouse – pushing the boundaries every fortnight with slamming beats, bleeps and blips, synthtastic pop, electric basslines and classic anthems. Earning praise from national media and the local nightlife veterans, this club night is a must for any music-loving visitor to the city.


World Aids Day

The Great British Bear Bash

Manchester Pride

1 December 2010

28 April – 2 May 2011

19 – 29 August 2011

Manchester participates in World Aids Day with a number of fundraising initiatives and candlelit vigils, supported by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF). The first of the vigils takes place at St Ann’s Church followed by the annual commemoration at The Beacon of Hope HIV memorial in Sackville Gardens (the only HIV memorial in the UK). After the gathering at the HIV memorial, mince pies and mulled wine are served in the Gay Village. There is also a vigil at Manchester University.

If you go down to the village in May you are sure of a fabulous surprise. Every year, over the early May bank holiday weekend, Manbears, Cubs, Chasers and Daddies gather together for a weekend of fun and frolics. The Great British Bear Bash has been taking place since 1998 and the weekend includes a wealth of events and activities such as the Bear Sauna session, Funbears and the Pool Party and Bears at the Birdcage (Manchester’s flamboyant, anything-goes nightclub). Each Great British Bear Bash now has a theme where fancy dress costumes are encouraged.

It’s a big celebration for Manchester’s famous LGBT festival in 2011 – Manchester Pride reaches its 21st anniversary and is therefore guaranteed to be its greatest party yet. The festival peaks during the August Bank holiday when a variety of acts perform at Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend. However, the event also delivers ten days of art, films, exhibitions, community get-togethers and the ever popular Pride Parade, which winds its way through the city’s main streets.

LGBT History Month February 2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month takes place across the UK every February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community, taking a close look at those who fought for social justice and also reflecting upon some of the major changes in attitudes over recent times. As ever, Manchester will be hosting a programme of activities and events to mark this key month.

Sparkle July 2011 A celebration of transgender lifestyles, Sparkle is the largest event of its kind in the UK. This will be the seventh year that the two-day festival has taken place. It offers an opportunity to make new friends, celebrate and get support and information about gender issues. Sparkle is also a weekend packed full of entertainment, with the majority of activity and events taking place in Sackville Gardens, located within Manchester’s gay village.



A Question of Sport: Live Tour 27 October 2010 MEN Arena BBC ONE's ‘A Question of Sport’ arrives in Manchester on its first ever live stage tour to celebrate a staggering 40 years on-air. The specially staged live show will follow the small-screen format with some exciting new, interactive twists and surprises.

Barclays Premier League 2010 – 2011 season Football is very much part of Manchester’s DNA. The city’s association with ‘the beautiful game’ stretches over 100 years and today there are over 903 teams competing in 74 different leagues across the city. Top flight representation includes Bolton, Manchester City, Manchester United and Wigan Athletic, who battle it out each week with their peers in the Barclays Premier League.


Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic

28 January 2011 MEN Arena

18 – 20 February 2011 National Cycling Centre

Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling returns to Manchester for Maximum iMPACT 2011. Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair heads up the roster of stars including World Heavyweight Champion Rob Van Dam and “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy. All three will be appearing for the first time in England as TNA Superstars.

Manchester will stage the final of the 2010-11 Track World Cup Series after holding the opening round for the past two seasons. In November 2009, the National Cycling Centre played host to nearly 10,000 fans who witnessed Team GB scoop ten gold medals.

Bupa Great Manchester Run 15 May 2011

National Squash Championships 6 – 13 February 2011 National Squash Centre Champions Nick Matthew and Alison Waters will be looking to defend their titles against the top British squash talent on the stunning all-glass court at Manchester’s National Squash Centre.

The Bupa Great Manchester Run is Britain’s premier 10k and was first staged in 2003. As thousands of runners take to the course, spectators can enjoy the action on a number of large screens located around the city centre.


Rochdale Family Drum

Private Lives

The Two Cities Boat Race

27 November 2010 St Andrew's Hall, Rochdale

27 January – 19 February 2011 Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

May 2011 The Quays, Salford / Trafford

Join the craze that’s catching on all over the world – Drum Circles. It’s fun, exhilarating, and no prior experience is necessary. With on-hand drum circle facilitators, you’ll be keeping a steady beat in no time. The drum circle is for all ages, so bring the family. All you need is your hands.

Affluent, alluring and hedonistic divorcees Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne accidentally arrive at the same French hotel to honeymoon with their respective new partners. After five years of separation they meet by chance and their insatiable feelings for each other are immediately reignited.

Each year, The University of Manchester and The University of Salford battle it out on The Quays to be crowned the winner of this annual regatta. Spectators can also enjoy quayside entertainment.

Decade Parade – Small Hats Big Look

Passion Play

Until 28 November 2010 Hat Works, Stockport 2010 is Hat Works’ 10th birthday year and to celebrate they are presenting a special exhibition of the best entries in their international miniature millinery competition. Professional and amateur hat makers were asked to seek inspiration from their local market to create a small hat with a big look. The results are astonishing; this is contemporary millinery at its finest.

22 April 2011 Victoria Square, Bolton Inspired by the success of the Manchester Passion, the Passion Play drama will enact key moments of the First Easter in a relevant way for the general public, whilst retaining integrity with Biblical narrative.

Tameside Music Festival

1940’s Wartime Weekend 28 – 30 May 2011 East Lancashire Steam Railway, Bury Discover what life was like during the 1940s with an amazing programme of brass band street concerts, The Forces Sweethearts shows, tea dances, vintage clothing stalls, battle re-enactments and the Parade on Sunday.

Magical Moominvalley: The Illustrations of Tove Jansson

Spring 2011

23 October 2010 – 15 January 2011 Bury Art Gallery, Bury

The Tameside Music Festival brings together some of the world’s finest musical talent. It provides world-class music at very affordable prices - proving that top quality music doesn’t have to be elitist. Previous festivals have seen artists such as the Manchester Camerata and the Black Dyke Band.

The world of the Moomins from Finland has delighted and captivated children and adults alike for the last 65 years. This exhibition brings this make-believe world to life and coincides with the 65th anniversary of Tove Jansson’s most famous characters.



The Manchester International Festival (MIF) returns in 2011 for its third programme of original, new work and special events. Launched in 2007, MIF is an artist-led, commissioning festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, music, visual arts and popular culture. Whilst very much part of the city in that it reflects so much of Manchester’s character, it is truly an international event and is recognised as such by the global cultural community. Indeed, many of the shows from the 2009 festival are now touring internationally. The JS Bach / Zaha Hadid Archictects chamber music hall has toured to the Holland Festival and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival. Meanwhile, Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna has played at Sadler’s Wells, Luminato: Toronto Festival of the Arts & Creativity and Melbourne International Arts Festival. The Financial Times has described MIF as ‘a triumph of bold commissioning’ and that success looks set to continue if the first three names that will appear in the ’11 programme are anything to go by. The full line-up will be featured in the next issue of MCR magazine, which will be published in spring 2011.


The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic A startling new piece of theatre; the biography of the godmother of performance art staged by visionary director Robert Wilson. Featuring work from Abramovic and original music written and performed by the incomparable Antony Hegarty (Antony & The Johnsons), this ground-breaking show brings together the worlds of theatre, art and music to thrilling effect. The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic is a once in a generation cultural event. Starring Marina Abramovic and cast of leading actors and performance artists. Since Marina Abramovic Presents… at MIF 09, which saw Abramovic leading audiences through an exhilarating four hours of live art at the Whitworth Gallery, her show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors. Her first UK retrospective opens at the Lisson Gallery, London on 13 October.

Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang Victoria Wood returns to her native north west to write and direct the story of the Manchester Children’s Choir. Formed in 1925 under the direction of Sir Hamilton Harty, the choir was made up of children who had no formal music training, to continue the great musical heritage of Manchester. Their work survives in the record they cut for

Columbia in 1929, including a version of Purcell’s Nymphs & Shepherds which captured the nation’s heart. The choir for these nine performances will be specially formed for the show by the festival’s creative learning programme MIF Creative, working in partnership with schools in north Manchester.

Wagner – Die Walküre The madness of an extrordinary plan: a guide to wagner's ring cycle The most enduring of operas, performed at the Bridgewater Hall, arguably the UK’s finest orchestral acoustic. Following their 2009 presentation of Gotterdamerung, which ended with a 15 minute standing ovation, Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé return to Wagner’s Ring Cycle with a concert version of Die Walküre. MIF has commissioned Gerard McBurney to create the new dramatic prologue to the concert. Sir Mark Elder leads the Hallé and three actors in an extraordinary guide to Richard Wagner’s revolutionary reinvention of the musical language of opera. This will be an illuminating experience for Wagner aficionados and newcomers alike. Directed by Neil Bartlett. The Manchester International Festival takes place from 30 June - 17 July 2011. For tickets and information:

Image this page: Marina Abramovic, photo by: Marco Anelli. Facing page left: The Threepenny Opera; right: Shakespeare's Sonnets at the Berliner Ensemble, 2009.

Manchester Voices

Stephen Threlfall Stephen Threlfall is a native Mancunian and director of music at the world renowned Chetham’s School of Music, the largest specialist music school in the UK. Here, he talks about the school, its students and why there’s no place like Manchester.

As a born and bred Mancunian, you’ve experienced the city’s classical music scene, from RNCM, through the BBC Philharmonic and now as Director of Music at Chetham’s. Why do you think Manchester inspires such fantastic music-making?

barely 30 years old, so success can’t always be measured just in terms of exposure. I wouldn’t like to leave any of them out; for example Daniel Harding, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra - if he wasn’t a Manchester United fan, he’d be alright!

It covers so many genres, doesn’t it? There’s just a creative fire about Manchester and I think if you were to analyse it to try to find out why, you might not come up with the answer even then. Manchester’s just a hard-hitting city – in the nicest sense of the word – when it comes to music.

It’s said that you’re never too old to learn an instrument. As a teacher, what is the best piece of advice you would give to someone wishing to take up an instrument later in life?

Would you say that Manchester qualifies as one of the great musical cities? Yes – I would do, as a Mancunian! Partly, this is due to the musical heritage of the city but there’s also a really strong bond between all the cultural and artistic organisations in the city, not just the musical ones. A multi-million pound development of Chetham’s is currently underway to build a new school and bring to life the medieval quarter of Manchester. Do you think this will help to engage the public with the work you do and increase awareness of the history and heritage of the school? It not only will do; it has to. With the new building, we’ve been very keen to include outreach and community areas that we hope will be used by organisations from Manchester and the northwest region, as well as from further afield and we want to expand the work we do in the community as well; it’s something the students love to do. Also, many people aren't aware that on weekdays during term time, there are free lunchtime concerts at 1.35pm at the School that the students perform in. These are open to the public to attend and take place in the 15th century Baronial Hall. We'll continue to offer lunchtime concerts in our New School building.


The Chetham’s Library is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Have you ever browsed the library yourself? I have, but not enough. It’s an absolutely staggering part of Humphrey Chetham’s original benefaction. As well as being a resource, the library is a great visitor experience, but once again, it’s something that the public should be more aware of. With the redevelopment of the school and looking at ‘what’s beyond the archway’ we’re hoping that our concerts and special events will pull people towards the medieval buildings that make up Chetham’s and of course, to the library. This is probably quite a difficult question to answer, but are there any of your more recent former pupils we should look out for in the future, who you can see achieving super-stardom in their career? I’m happy that there are so many of them to choose from! I wouldn’t necessarily look at the ones who are obvious to track, such as the violinist Jennifer Pike, or Stephen Hough and Paul Lewis – both successful concerto pianists, or Gwilym Simcock, who’s becoming well-established in the jazz world. Some of the students have become respected music professors in the US and they’re

Do it for the right reasons. Enjoy it and don’t get frustrated by your limitations. If you’ve played in childhood and had some learning then, it’s a bit easier to get going again, even if things do become a little less flexible as we get older. Starting from scratch depends on what you want to get out of it, but you’ll probably have a greater connection with the type of music you want to play. Go for it there are plenty of patient people out there who will help you. What would you recommend a visitor to Manchester to try out? In the widest sense, it’s about the atmosphere. I think – not just as a Mancunian – it influences a lot of what Chetham’s is about. The students often choose to come to Chetham’s rather than other institutions because of the vibrancy of city life, the cinemas, clubs and varied music scene. Manchester’s the perfect representation of a ‘go for it’ city, a very strong place. There’s a punch about the city that’s very captivating and I hear this from people I talk to in the music industry - professional players and educators like myself. There’s a little bit of green-eye about it, which I think is great! And of course visitors should come to Chets to experience the daily magic of the placeit's where music, history and education meet, and is a very special place. For information on the history of Chetham’s School of Music, concerts and events: For an extended interview with Stephen:

Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL T: +44 (161) 235 8888

Manchester Art Gallery is the city’s most popular gallery, with around 400,000 visitors a year. The collections include famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings, a Manchester themed gallery and contemporary art, craft and design. Visitors can relax over coffee or lunch in the gallery café or restaurant, and buy gifts in the gallery shop. Families are very welcome too, and there’s lots for them to do. Exhibition highlights in 2010/11 include: Recorders: a solo show by acclaimed electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (18 September 2010 – 30 January 2011) Anish Kapoor: Flashback (5 March – 5 June 2011) Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Free entry.

MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP T: +44 (0)161 832 2244

MOSI, Manchester’s largest cultural attraction, is located on the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station. Five listed buildings house many lively and inspirational galleries, showcasing the North West’s industrial, scientific and social achievements. Regular demonstrations of original mill engines and textile machinery, historical costumed characters, and spectacular events and activities bring this amazing museum to life! Coming Soon! An exciting new ‘Revolution Manchester’ gallery, a brand-new entrance and reception area, bigger and better places to eat and shop, and a newly refurbished Experiment gallery are all due to open in 2010, as part of the £7 million refurbishment of the Museum’s Main Building – expect to be wowed! Admission to the main Museum is free to everyone! Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm


The People’s History Museum Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER T: +44 (0)161 838 9190

After two and a half years and a £12.5 million re-development, the museum is now open again! Make sure you visit the Pump House, restored to its former glory, along with its amazing new four-storey extension. There have always been ideas worth fighting for – join a march through time following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries. Meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who fought our battle for the ballot. CHANGING EXHIBITIONS Death and the Working Class From Saturday 23 October to Monday 2 May 2011 Looking at the enormous changes in perceptions of death and funeral customs over the last two hundred years. Fascinating collections from working people’s organisations illustrate the world of ‘the good send off’. Supported by The Co-operative Funeralcare. FREE entry. Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm (except 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan)

SILVER WINNER Enjoy England Awards 2010

Imperial War Museum North The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ T: +44 (0)161 836 4000

The multi-award winning Imperial War Museum North is a great free day out for all ages. Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict, it reveals how war shapes lives through powerful exhibitions, the Big Picture (a 360 degree light and sound show), tours, object handling sessions, and family activities. Visit the cafe, shop and viewing platform offering views over The Quays. Winner - Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Northwest Tourism Awards 2009. Open 7 days a week. 10am - 6pm (closes 5pm Nov onwards). Free entry.

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Shopping: an international perspective Matthew Slater of the United Arab Emirates gives us his take on Manchester’s retail scene.

Whenever the word Manchester pops up in conversation with your average resident of the United Arab Emirates, the topic almost always moves onto football. It’s usually United, but following Sheikh Mansour’s takeover at City the blues are starting to get plenty of attention. Having a chat with the local Lebanese barber? In no time at all you will be hotly debating just how long Giggs and Scholes can continue to shine at Old Trafford. Sat quietly in the back of a taxi on the way home from a night out? The possibility of City winning the league will be on the agenda within minutes of the Indian cabbie asking: “You are from the UK?” With that in mind, it was always going to be interesting what the reaction would be of a group of friends of mine when I headed over to Manchester with them for a weekend of nothing but shopping and nightlife. All of them knew the city had undergone a huge renaissance in the last decade or so. But the idea of gritty Manchester as a shopping capital? You must be kidding was the general consensus.

Bags dumped at The Lowry Hotel, a quick stroll into the heart of the city was accompanied by genuine surprise at the standard of architecture at seemingly every turn, with even the facades of several pubs drawing admiration. Typically, the jokes about why it wasn’t raining popped up as did some truly awful attempts at the Mancunian accent, along with ridiculous impressions of the Gallagher brothers. Once we hit Exchange Square it became clear to all that despite their reservations, this was a city that had some serious shopping muscle. Retail names to whet any shopper’s appetite were everywhere and at the centre stood two department store giants. The first to be given a go was Harvey Nichols. The UAE has one but it can suffer from a lack of stock beyond the typical sharp designer suits and shirts, trendy t-shirts and jeans. No such problem here, with rails and shelves filled with everything from the biggest international names like Armani and Prada to designers setting the latest trends


such as Alexander Wang and Amanda Wakeley. As the women headed for the dresses and accessories, for the men it was straight to the shoe section. The Emirates is notorious for a lack of top drawer male footwear and starved of such offerings it was not long before they had staff running back and forth with boxes under their arms. Mark, a Sunderland expatriate living in Dubai, has a footwear collection Imelda Marcos would be proud of and was literally beaming as he found a couple of pairs of plimsolls to add to his already bulging shoe cupboard. It was safe to say everyone’s credit card took a bit of a pounding in Harvey Nics, but the real prize, especially for the women, was a trip to Selfridges. With no stores outside England, but with a worldwide reputation as one of the greatest department stores around, there is no doubt the fact Manchester has two is a real wow factor. What surprised most of the group was the sheer size and scale of the city centre branch. This played itself out at the one hour mark when a few headed off to a nearby watering hole as the others continued to shop. A detailed inventory over a casual early dinner revealed threads from Fred Perry, 7 for all mankind, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood amongst others.


The next day was a shopping double header – a morning spent in rambling around the Northern Quarter followed by a bite to eat and then a trip to the Trafford Centre. I had spent the previous night wittering on about the treasure trove that is Afflecks and how it had, at one time, the “greatest collection of Oasis bootleg CDs known to man”. It did not disappoint years later. There was something for everyone with vintage clothes, retro wall prints and handmade necklaces all being snapped up. Mark even found time to get a quick haircut. With an hour to spare there was enough time for a dash around the rest of the quarter from which Andrew and Naomi, two young music aficionados, emerged from clutching armfuls of classic and cutting edge vinyl to take back to the Gulf. Convincing a bunch of UAE expats to spend an afternoon at a shopping mall was going to be tough. All seven emirates are dotted with them and Dubai, in particular, is one of the shopping mall capitals of the world. It has one with an indoor ski slope attached, another with a giant shark-filled aquarium in the centre and a third with a giant hot air balloon attached to it. So what on earth could The Trafford Centre have to offer? The argument that hit the spot was that it boasts convenient top line shopping with

Images facing page: Armani Shop front; Harvey Nichols Restaurant. This page: shop assistant Harvey Nichols; sun glasses in Selfridges; shoppers on New Cathedral St; The Trafford Centre.

bargains galore to boot. Getting hold of high street brands in the UAE is not as difficult as you might think but with sales dotted around The Trafford Centre it was half price time and there was no shortage of takers when it came to clothes from Next and Debenhams, CDs and DVDs from the sprawling HMV and plenty of rock bottom basic sportswear from JD Sports, Adidas and Puma. In just 48 hours we managed to take in the full spectrum of what Manchester has to offer when it comes to a shopping spree. From the incredible range of designer offerings at Harvey Nics and Selfridges to the hunt for the unusual in the Northern Quarter and onto the ‘all under one roof’ experience at The Trafford Centre, the city proved to this group of visitors it can compete with the capital on more than just the football field. And as we enjoyed a nightcap on our last night at The Lowry Hotel, it had another trick up its sleeve to prove it really does have the glitz and glamour to blow away the stereotype as nothing more a grey industrial throwback. As we toasted a great trip, Jay Z and Beyonce strolled in and plonked themselves in the corner, the rapper having performed nearby that night. To say jaws dropped would be an understatement and it was the icing on the cake when it came to Manchester proving the doubters wrong.


Manchester Voices

Martine Alexander Martine Alexander is a personal stylist based in Manchester. As well as keeping the rich and famous on trend for their next red carpet experience, she works with the city’s fashion conscious, time precious set to ensure they look amazing whatever the occasion. We caught up with Martine to find out what she thinks of Manchester style and to ask the ultimate question of any fashionista – where is the best place to shop!


Which of Manchester’s fashion brands do you like to work with the most? I honestly like to work with them all, but I love the little boutiques in and around the city. There’s a great one in the Northern Quarter called ‘Renegade Marmalade’. The owner, Victoria, sources some amazing pieces from the obscure to the wonderful. Pieces that are perfect for any occasion and that you can’t get anywhere else – and pieces you see celebrities wearing.

What do you think are the characteristics of Manchester style and how do they differ from other areas of the UK? Manchester is quite eclectic. We are quite brand conscious and often keep our fashion quite mainstream – that said, the Manchester style often mirrors that of the city’s music scene. Music genres influence how people dress and that can is quite evident in Manchester. As a fashion city though I think we embrace the trends and aren’t scared to show our sense of style. If you had to match Manchester’s style with that of another city in the world, which would it be? That’s easy - New York. We’re similar in that we’re both laid-back but with an experimental aspect. New Yorkers, like Mancunians, are happy to show their individual style and it has the same cosmopolitan feel that you get walking around Manchester. It’s a relaxed take on fashion – urban chic, I guess. As a personal stylist, what do you think of the range of stores and brands that are available in the city? I think we’ve got a fantastic range. I admit, we’re not London, but we’re getting there. From designer through to couture, there’s everything. We’ve got the Northern Quarter, which is amazing for independent and vintage pieces. You can find some great one-offs there so I work quite closely with a number of its stores for my clients. We’ve also got department stores if you’re after a runway look from the high end designers. And of course, there’s the high street as well – so there’s something for everyone and every budget. The variety means that people can really experiment with their style and it brings out their true self.

Afflecks Palace is a great fashion haunt and a true trademark of the Manchester fashion scene. They have such diverse stock. From ‘rock-chick’ to vintage, to really great affordable fashion pieces, there is something for everyone. We also have the Manchester owned business, Flannels which is first class for designer brands, such as Gucci, Prada and Manchester designer Matthew Williamson. I’m fortunate that Manchester has borne some truly inspirational designers throughout the time, like Henry Holland and John Richmond, plus Manchester Metropolitan University holds an annual graduate fashion week which I’m always keen to see. I’m Manchester through and through and I stay true to my roots. I think, as a city, we’ve really given a lot to the fashion industry. Where do you shop for your own clothes? I shop anywhere and everywhere. As a stylist, I’m always looking for new inspiration. I love trying new trends and the fact that fashion changes all the time makes this all the more exciting. Shopping in places like Harvey Nichols is a must, but I also love the high street, the flagship stores in the Arndale Centre and the Northern Quarter. Apart from your own clients, of course, who do you think is the most stylish Mancunian? I would have to say Agyness Deyn. She’s a Mancunian girl and has got a fantastic sense of style. She’s not afraid to experiment, which I love.

If you’re visiting Manchester and would like Martine to guide you round the stylish fashion haunts during your visit, check out or email

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Afflecks Fashions Afflecks is an emporium of eclecticism, a totem of indie commerce in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and above all else a fantastic place to shop for anything from top hats to tattoos. Here, we’ve profiled just four of the many different looks that can be achieved with a dose of Afflecks retail therapy. Photography by John Clarke

Glamour: Strawberri Peach A long term player at Afflecks, Strawberry Peach has been going 17 years. They specialise in handmade corsets, prom dresses and evening wear with an emphasis on urban chic. They have provided outfits for Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, The Spice Girls and a whole host of Coronation Street stars. Strawberri Peach confidently proclaim: “Whatever you can dream, we can make happen”. T: +44 (0)161 839 1110


Street: Me&Yu Me&Yu arrived in Afflecks in May 2006. Everything produced in the range is the work of just two people Angie and Gordon. They wanted to create clothes that were different – an alternative to high street mass production. From the humble beginnings of a market stall in Sydney, Australia they have developed their hobby into a great business. As they so rightly say, “It’s not just a fashion label, it’s our life”.


Vintage: American Graffitti An original resident of Afflecks – American Graffitti has been supplying the best Vintage in the city since 1982. They offer party wear from the 1950s, 60s and 70s and can complete the outfit with unusual wigs, shoes and accessories. They have supplied many TV programmes and theatre productions with costumes – including Life on Mars, Shameless and The Palace Theatre. Celebrity clients have included Leona Lewis and Take That. Full outfits are available for up to £100.


Alternative: Tokyo Royale Opened in 2006, Tokyo Royale was the first dedicated handmade Lolita clothing brand in the UK. Whilst focussed on recreating the many beautiful and statement outfits worn in Tokyo, over the years, their range has broadened to provide a more casual harajuku street style for girls and guys. They also supply exclusive handmade Cosplay hoodies and Lolita inspired dresses and skirts and are expanding into eccentric handmade hairfalls by Manchesterbased ‘Star falls Designs’. Dresses such as the one modelled here are available from as little as £30.

Afflecks 52 Church Street Northern Quarter Manchester M4 1PW Opening Hours 10.30am - 6pm Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm Saturdays 11:00am - 5:00pm Sundays & Bank Holidays



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Technophiles will love exploring its Apple and Sony stores, Bose and the quirky gadgets on show at Clas Ohlson. Eating out is temptingly eclectic too, ranging from leisurely dining at Bella Italia to something spicy at Nando’s and a host of perfect spots for a well earned coffee. Manchester Arndale. Whatever you’ve got in mind, we’ve got inside.



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Kendals: a legend of the retail world Deansgate has long been the main thoroughfare of Manchester city centre. Along its length you’ll find everything from the Victorian Gothic John Rylands Library to the striking 47-storey Beetham Tower. For the past 175 years it has also been home to one of the city’s most exclusive shopping haunts. Here, we take a look at the history of Kendals department store.

Street. In 1835, however, the Watts family decided to focus on the wholesale side of the business and sold the customer facing element to three of their employees – Thomas Kendal, who had trained as a draper in London, James Milne and Adam Faulkner, who had both apprenticed in the textile trade. The transfer of ownership was announced in the local newspapers and the new management partnership re-opened the store in January 1836 as Kendal, Milne & Faulkner. They marketed the store aggressively, advertising in nearby towns like Stockport and Bolton – making their speciality the sale of both regular goods and the discounted stocks of bankrupts.

Kendals was founded by John Watts, a farmer from the then small village of Didsbury, south of the city. It opened as a small drapery shop on the Salford side of Deansgate - the side where the current store is also located. The business expanded and larger premises were rented on the opposite side of the street. By the late 1820s Mr Watts’ two sons had joined the family business and the continued growth in trade led to another move, this time to the corner of Deansgate and Police

During the 1840s the firm installed the most up-to-date gas lighting in the store and developed a substantial fleet of more than 50 delivery horses. The business thrived and, following the death of Adam Faulkner, traded as simply Kendal Milne & Co from 1862 onwards. By 1870 the range of goods and services which the firm offered had been greatly increased from drapery to cabinet making, funeral undertaking and the supply of consumer goods such as sewing machines. The firm had also begun to issue a printed catalogue and was an early adapter to the concept of mail-order.

During 1872 and 1873 the store was extensively rebuilt and now boasted four floors housing drapery, fashion departments and wall coverings. There was even an interior design advice service on offer. In 1884 Thomas Kendal retired from active involvement in the trade and control passed to John Dewhurst Milne, the son of James Milne, his brother Samuel Kendal and Thomas Herbert Kendal. By 1890 the stored employed over 900 staff and was described as ‘the largest showrooms out of London’. Tearooms were opened, extravagantly decorated in Moorish style, and the store became one of the most fashionable social venues in the city. In 1893 new departments were created for the sale of ladies’ and children’s shoes. The business was now advertising widely, as far afield as Southport and Preston, and in 1901 was appointed upholsterers to the royal household. In 1908, after the death of Herbert Kendal and James Herbert Milne, John Dewhurst Milne and Samuel Kendal managed the company as senior partners. In 1919 the store was acquired by Harrod’s Stores Ltd, which was beginning to develop a network of provincial stores away from its London flagship. Extensive refurbishment followed and in 1921 a fifth storey was added to the Police Street building. Hatter’s Alley disappeared, joining the King Street site with the rest of the building. During 1938 work began on the rebuilding of the store on the Salford side of the street. Despite a serious fire in 1939 the work continued and the new Art Deco building that remains to this day was completed in 1940. Although much of the store was requisitioned during the war for use by the Civil Service, drapery and fashion departments were gradually reopened on two floors and air-raid shelters were created in the basement. The new store offered a variety of services including hairdressing, a library, funeral undertaking, a travel agents, estate agent and Anne Fogarty shop. In 1959 Harrods Ltd was acquired by House of Fraser – the current owner. In 1981 the household store – which had remained on the opposite side of the street despite the new building – was disposed of and all of the departments were consolidated within the main store. Between 1983 and 1984 the store was progressively refurbished, installing a new food hall on the ground floor and redesigning the first and second fashion floors. The striking stone façade was cleaned and more refurbishment took place in 1985 and 1988.


Images this page: Anne Fogarty window display c. 1950. Facing page: Spring 1962 Fashion booklet; Kendalls c. 1980.

The store continued trading as Kendals until 2005 when the store was renamed House of Fraser Manchester. Despite the re-branding of Kendals, the Kendal, Milne and Co name is still clearly visible on marble fascias above the store's entrances. The opening of Tom’s Champagne Bar on the third floor back in 2009 brought back an element of the ‘destination department store’, offering consumers everything all under one roof. Towards the end of 2010 a new San Carlo Cicchetti Restaurant will open on the ground floor – and with the Kendals name behind it – will undoubtedly be a hit with the city’s movers and shakers, footballers and TV stars. And so as 2010 marks the Kendals brand’s 175th anniversary - the store is, more than ever, at the forefront of luxury shopping in Manchester. An icon of Deansgate, it holds a special place in the heart of Mancunians and visitors alike and there’s no sign of that love affair coming to an end any time soon.

Kendals’ 175th anniversary in-store events Sat 16th Oct Visit the store for your chance to meet Laurence Llewelyn Bowen - one of the UK’s most famous interior designers. Sat 30th Oct Looking for something to keep the kids entertained? How about a petting zoo, Halloween cupcake decorating and a creepy crawler hunt around the store! Tues 2nd Nov Check out the new San Carlo Cicchetti Restaurant on the ground floor. Thur 4th Nov 175th Anniversary from 6pm onwards. An evening to mark Kendals’ birthday. With the launch of the new restaurant San Carlo Cicchetti and witness the famous art deco exterior newly illuminated and enjoy special offers and prizes.

Thur 4th Nov – Sun 7th Nov If you’re in the city this week, keep an eye out for the Golden Coins that will be planted around the city centre. Each coin wins a prize varying from afternoon tea in the champagne bar or a personal shopping experience. Sat 5th Nov – Fri 12th 175th Anniversary Celebration Week Beauty masterclasses, style workshops with personal shopping, food demonstrations and fabulous gifts with purchase. Sat 13th & Sun 14th Nov Santa arrives at the store in style - with a big procession and, of course, his reindeer! Don’t forget to visit the Heritage room located on the 5th floor and the Coronation Street souvenir shop on the 4th floor.

House of Fraser, Deansgate, Manchester, M60 3AU *Extracts from House of Fraser – A Legend of Retailing by Michael Moss & Alison Turton


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Manchester Voices

Catherine Rees & Peter Saville Umbro is the Manchester-based football brand that invented sportswear and sports tailoring. It is responsible for the look of some of the UK’s biggest teams, including Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland. Here, Umbro’s Catherine Rees and iconic Manchester designer, Peter Saville, tell us about how they teamed-up for the brand’s latest project – the new England kit.



Catherine: Umbro has a long affiliation with Manchester – your first major kit being for Man City back in 1934. What is it about the city that has made such a good home? Manchester is part of our DNA; we were founded here in 1924 by a tailor called Harold Humphreys. Since then, we’ve had this link to the North West and it has always felt like home. Manchester has the perfect mix of being a big city, where we can feel comfortable dealing with international business, but also small enough for us to meet people and feel part of the community. Our design studio on Dale Street in the Northern Quarter typifies this. It’s right in the middle of one of the city’s most creative areas and therefore allows us to collaborate with all the people in this area. We can host events, like match screenings and really feel part of that community, but can also help us to launch a massive project like the new England kit. Catherine: You teamed-up with Peter for the design of the new England kit. What was it about his style that you liked and thought would work for the shirt?


We decided to work with Peter because we could see a lot of similarities between Umbro and his work. Peter’s career began here in Manchester and it was the individuality and wilfulness of the city that inspired him. He started here and went on to become one of the biggest names in design in the world. In a similar way, Umbro began here in the city, and went on to become an internationally renowned sportswear company. We also wanted to collaborate with him because Peter’s work has always been refined and with a strong ideology behind it. Peter: You’re not known for your work in the football industry – this project has been something new for you. Tell us about your relationship to the sport. Well, I can only describe myself as a casual football fan. Having said that, I was growing up in Manchester at a very important and changing time in the history of football. George Best was being George Best. His personality was a catalyst in the changing perception and evolution of football – he was the first ‘popstar’ footballer.

You always have a special place in your heart for someone that comes from where you do – you can relate them. So I suppose, because he was here in Manchester, George Best was my first pop hero. George was the blueprint for what David Beckham became in this era – the ‘pop culture’ style icon. That started with George. I grew up with that so it had a big impression on me. Peter: And what an honour to be asked to design the national shirt. Yes - a great honour. There is a recognition there because it’s for England. Early in 2010, one of my old record covers was put onto a postage stamp as part of a special collection. To be on a stamp of the realm was a nice feeling – and the national shirt comes in the same category. It was an invitation to do something for the nation. In that sense it was more appealing to me than doing a shirt for just a club – it was for the country, it was a duty. There’s a great sense of responsibility.

Peter: And what was your thinking behind the new shirt? Well, the brief was for a white shirt. And a white shirt is a white shirt. Umbro asked me to put forward some ideas about how colour could come into the design but it still be a white shirt. An idea evolved that would make the colour much bigger than just decoration. The vehicle for the colour became the cross of St George. It’s unfortunate that the red on white form of the cross has become marginalised. It has come to represent a particular mindset, a particular person a kind of narrow minded, right wing, nationalistic spirit. That isn’t representative of the UK that I live in. It’s one little corner of the pub, not even the whole pub – let alone the rest of the country. The cross in a multitude of colours seemed to me a lot more like the place that I live – a diverse, tolerant and changing society. The fact that we’re willing to make our national symbol be different colours, be green, pink, red, purple – whatever. It is an expression of our temperament.

I knew the idea would be controversial but I was very excited about the possibility and it being used in this very public medium of the national shirt. A controversial, provocative idea will always be challenging but I put the idea forward and Umbro responded very positively. They took it to The FA and to my great surprise The FA approved it. The national shirt is a big stage - a very big stage. The project has become the biggest piece of pop art or contemporary culture that I have ever done. I’ve never done anything going direct to so many people. It’s bigger than a George Michael single or a Paul McCartney album. It’s ‘route one’ public awareness. To do anything on that scale is great. Hopefully, the shirt will encourage people to see the diversity of England. The medium of the team shirt gives that gravitas – it’s an endorsement. To sum it up, the form of the George Cross represents England and the colour represents its character.

Catherine: Manchester is becoming as much of a football destination off the pitch as it is on – notably the hosting of the Soccerex European Forum. As a key player in the industry, how does a Manchester location help your business? With Manchester being a major home for football, there’s no doubt that it helps our business – you could argue that we’ve had a role to play in helping the city get to this position, seeing as we’ve sponsored both United and City during some of their most successful periods! Manchester helps us purely through the sheer passion for football there is here in the city. Everyone in Manchester has an opinion on the football one way or another, and it’s a great way of connecting people from all different backgrounds. Manchester’s also an immensely creative city, it draws in people from across the northwest and beyond, and it’s great to tap into these groups, either through collaborations, schemes like Umbro Industries or simply a love of football.


Food and Drink Russ Otterwell takes a tour of the best of Manchester’s current dining scene.


particular, reflects their extensive use of local produce with the main a la carte changing on a more seasonal basis.

Manchester has a rich and varied dining scene with plenty to suit all tastes and pockets and despite the recent recession there are still hundreds of licensed premises in the city centre alone; and many of these are restaurants.

Main image: The River Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel. This page top: Tampopo; below Thomas

Over the past decade or so, some areas more than others, have undergone a continual process of change and development; none more so than the Northern Quarter. The district is a focal point for alternative culture and has many notable casual dining venues ranging from ethnic curry houses to tea and coffee shops. The Market Restaurant is the original Northern Quarter eating house, famed for its award winning British food served in a homely setting, and for Sweet Meets, their very own pudding club, held on the last Thursday of every month. The restaurant’s lunch/pre-theatre menu, in

In contrast, the Northern Quarter’s latest newcomer, Thomas, presents a distinctive modern approach with a spacious, well designed interior and a large glass frontage, recessed to provide a small, covered, Al Fresco dining space. Expect a wide-ranging menu that appeals whatever the weather, alongside a choice of pizza, pasta and risotto dishes and a Sunday Roast selection that is already proving popular. Heading past the town hall, in a semibasement location seating 60 or so, is one of my favourite places to eat in Manchester. Tampopo, the city centre’s first noodle bar, takes its name from the title of a cult Japanese film; the word means “Dandelion,” the name of the heroine who goes in search of the perfect bowl of noodles! There are now a number of Tampopo restaurants throughout the UK, including venues in Leeds and Bristol, but the Brand remains a Manchester company, co-owned by Nick Jeffrey and David Fox, with its head office based in Chorlton. To my mind the original Albert Square outlet is still the best, serving top quality South East Asian food at value for money prices.


Images this page main: The Bridgewater Hall; below The Alderley Restaurant & Bar. Facing page: The Mark Addy

A short walk from Tampopo’s minimalist dining style will take you past the magnificence of The Midland Hotel, to a hidden gem tucked away within the imposing glass structure that is The Bridgewater Hall. This internationally renowned concert venue is home to the Charles Hallé Restaurant; a collection of a dozen or so tables available for pre-concert dining only. Given these limitations it is essential to check well in advance when wishing to book a table. Head chef Marco Tedde’s Menu de Jour changes daily and is extremely well priced; the knowledgeable and attentive service also impresses, as does the superb wine list. My previous mention of Chorlton, a suburb of Manchester known for its numerous independent eating and drinking establishments, brings to mind several cityregion venues that are definitely worth a mention. The first of these is Isinglass, an English restaurant serving seasonal dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Situated in Urmston, mere minutes away from the fashionable districts of Didsbury and Chorlton the venture has received much critical acclaim, over the years, from both regional and national press. North Manchester has its culinary gems too and Ramsons is a famous example, just ten miles from the city centre at the heart of the West Pennine village of Ramsbottom. Diners can choose from the fine dining à la carte menu or opt for the “uniquely Italian concept of ‘enoteca con cucina’” (wine bar with kitchen) available in the candle-lit cellar known as “The Hideaway.” Tuesday to Saturday at precisely 8pm a selection of classic Trattoria style comfort food is served matched to Italian wines chosen from their extensive cellar.


Travelling a similar distance away from the city, but this time in a southerly direction, will take you to The Alderley Restaurant and Bar, a three AA Rosette establishment, under the direction of Rochdale born head chef Chris Holland. The kitchen is noted for its use of the “Sous Vide” method of cooking. This technique involves cooking food in sealed containers for long periods at relatively low temperatures and involves a great deal of skill and attention to detail. Returning via Stockport, Heaton Moor to be precise, leads to Steve Pilling’s relatively new venture, Damson. Steve, late of Mr Thomas’ and Sam’s Chophouses, has put together a team that appears to have that perfect mix of youth and experience, a wonderful à la carte offering that is both compact and comforting, and a wine list destined to win many an award. Given these straightened times you will also find an excellent value Set Menu that is certainly worth travelling for. Also late of those famous Chophouses, Robert Owen Brown has recently pitched up, via a rather circuitous route, on the banks of the River Irwell. He has taken on the role of

executive head chef at the newly refurbished Mark Addy pub on the border between Manchester and Salford. There is much talk of whether the venue remains a pub or if it is now a restaurant that serves real ales; one thing is for sure, Owen Brown is at the top of his game creating magical food with the utmost local provenance. As the chef himself says “our daily specials menu tends to create quite a bit of interest featuring dishes such as Bull’s Fries, Ox Tongues and Bone Marrow.” Just along the river from the Mark Addy, heading towards Victoria Station, is the aptly, if unimaginatively named, River Restaurant, this year’s winner of the Taste of Manchester Tourism Award. The promotion, two years ago, of Oliver Thomas to the executive chef position and the recent return of Huseyin Bozkurt in the Manager’s role, has made a huge difference to the quality and consistency of both food and service. Once again the menus follow a largely British, seasonal theme, served here with five-star flair. This splendid restaurant can be found in the Chapel Wharf regeneration area within the fashionable surroundings of the Lowry Hotel.

Chancellors at Christie’s Bistro Chancellors at Christie’s Bistro, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester. M13 9PL T: +44 (0)161 275 7702

Christie’s Bistro is located at the heart of The University of Manchester, in the imposing Neo-Gothic Christie Building. The eclectic mix of classic architecture and modern furnishings makes Christie’s Bistro a stunning place to enjoy your dining experience, with dishes from an ever changing specials menu prepared fresh every day. Formerly part of the Christie Library, Christie’s Bistro is the perfect place to sink into one of our deep leather sofas with a coffee and cake, enjoy lunch with colleagues, or catch up with old friends.

Christie's Bistro is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm excluding Bank Holidays.


RESTAURANT LISTINGS American Hard Rock Café Hard Rock Cafe Manchester, Exchange Sq, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 831 6700 Old Orleans Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 839 4430

Argentinean Grillados – Argentine Grill and Tapas Restaurant 16-18 Victoria Parade Urmston, Manchester M41 9BP T: +44 (0)161 748 3110

British The Alderley Restaurant & Bar Alderley Edge Hotel, Macclesfield Rd, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7BJ T: +44 (0)1625 583033 Alto Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel, Free Trade Hall, Peter St, Manchester, M2 5GP T: +44 (0)161 835 8903

Brodsky Royal Northern College of Music 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9RD T: +44 (0)161 907 5200

Jam Street Café 209 Upper Chorlton Rd, Manchester, M16 0BH T: +44 (0)161 881 9944

The Bulb 20 Church St, Manchester, M4 1PN T: +44 (0)161 839 4848

Jem & I 1 School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RD T: +44 (0)161 445 3996

Choice Bar & Restaurant Castle Quay, Castlefield, Manchester, M15 4NT T: +44 (0)161 833 3400 Cromptons at The Waterside 1 Parrin Lane, Eccles, M30 8AN T: +44 (0)161 788 8788 Damson 113 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport T: +44 (0)161 432 4666 The Dining Rooms Worsley Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Worsley Park, Manchester, M28 2QT T: +44 (0)161 975 2030 Etrop Grange Restaurant Etrop Grange Hotel, Thorley Lane Manchester Airport , M90 4EG T: +44 (0)161 499 0500

Aumbry 2 Church Lane, Prestwich, M25 1AJ T: +44 (0)161 798 5841

The French The Midland, Peter St, Manchester, M60 2DS T: +44 (0)161 236 3333

Barbirolli Barbirolli Sq, 31-33 Lower Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3BD T: +44 (0)161 236 3060

Glasshouse Bar and Restaurant Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre, 70 Shudehill, Manchester, M4 4AF T: +44 (0)161 828 8600

Barton Arms 2 Stablefold, Worsley, Manchester. M28 2ED T: +44 (0)161 728 6157

Grill on the Alley 5 Ridgefield, Deansgate, Manchester, M2 6EG T: +44 (0)161 833 3465

Beluga Restaurant 2 Mount St, Manchester, M2 5WQ T: +44 (0)161 833 3339

Horse & Jockey 9 The Green, Chorlton, M21 9HS T: +44 (0)161 860 7794

Brasserie on Portland 101 Portland St, Manchester, M1 6DF T: +44 (0)161 236 5122

Isinglass English Dining Room 46 Flixton Rd, Urmston, Manchester, M41 5AB T: +44 (0)161 749 8400


The John Gilbert Dales Brow Farm, Dales Brow, Swinton, M28 2YA T: +44 (0)161 703 7733 Left Bank Café Bar Left Bank, Bridge St, Manchester M3 3ER T: +44 (0)161 834 4876 Linen – Manchester235 The Great Northern, Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP T: +44 (0)161 832 3927 Malmaison Brasserie Malmaison Hotel, Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 3AQ T: +44 (0)161 278 1000 Mark Addy Stanley St, Salford, M3 5EJ T: +44 (0)161 832 4080 Market Restaurant 104 High St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HQ T: +44 (0)161 834 3743 MC Café Bar & Grill – Manchester ABode Manchester, 107 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2DB T: +44 (0)161 200 5665 The Modern Bar & Restaurant Urbis, Floors 5 & 6, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG T: +44 (0)161 605 8282 Obsidian Bar & Restaurant 18 - 24 Princess St, Manchester, M1 4LY T: +44 (0)161 236 4348 No: 4 Dine & Wine 4 Warburton St, Manchester, M20 6WA T: +44 (0)161 445 0448

Opus One Bar and Restaurant Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel, Free Trade Hall, Peter St, Manchester, M2 5GP T: +44 (0)161 835 8904 Podium Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Hilton Manchester Deansgate, 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ T: +44 (0)161 870 1600 RBG Restaurant Bar & Grill 4 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester, M4 4EW T: +44 (0)161 832 6565 Red Bar and Restaurant 75-77 Market St, Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire, BL5 3AA T: +44 (0)1942 818123 Redhouse Farmshop & Tea Rooms Red House Farm, Red House Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 5RL T: +44 (0)161 941 3480 The Ridge Hollin Hall Country House Hotel, Jackson Lane, Kerridge, Macclesfield, SK10 5BG T: +44 (0)1625 573246 The River Bar and Restaurant The Lowry Hotel, Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH T: +44 (0)161 827 4000 Room Manchester 81 King St, Manchester, M2 4AH T: +44 (0)161 839 2005 The Round (only open on performance nights) The Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Sq, Manchester, M2 7DH T: +44 (0)161 615 6666 Sam's Chop House Chapel Walks, Manchester, M2 1HN T: +44 (0)161 834 3210 Second Floor Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie Harvey Nichols, 21 New Cathedral St, Exchange Sq, Manchester, M1 1AD T: +44 (0)161 828 8898

RESTAURANT LISTINGS Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier 197 Bury New Rd, Whitefield, Manchester T: +44 (0)161 767 7761

Yum Yum Buffet Restaurant 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BD T: +44 (0)161 832 2323

Smiths 1-3 Church Rd, Eccles, M30 0DL T: +44 (0)161 788 7343

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Mr Thomas's Chop House 52 Cross St, Manchester, M2 7AR T: +44 (0)161 832 2245 Tempus Bar and Restaurant The Palace Hotel, Oxford St, Manchester, M60 7HA T: +44 (0)161 2881 111 Velvet 2 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3HE T: +44 (0)161 236 9003

Brazilian Bem Brasil Deansgate King St West, Manchester, M3 2GQ T: +44 (0)161 839 2525 Bem Brasil Northern Quarter 58 Lever St, Manchester T: +44 (0)161 923 6888

Cantonese Pacifica Cantonese 5-7 Church Rd, Eccles, M30 0DL T: +44 (0)161 707 8828 Yang Sing 34 Princess St, Manchester, M1 4JY T: +44 (0)161 236 2200

Chinese Oceans Tr235ure The Great Northern, Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP T: +44 (0)161 832 3927 ocean-treasure.htm Pond Quay 15-17 Croftsbank Rd, Urmston, M41 0TZ T: +44 (0)161 748 0890

Tampopo 16 Albert Sq, Manchester, M2 3PF T: +44 (0)161 861 8862

European Blacksticks 221 Monton Rd, Monton, M30 9PN T: +44 (0)161 788 7227 Café Rouge The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 832 7749 City Café 1 Auburn St, Manchester, M1 3DG T: +44 (0)161 242 1000 Le Petit Bejou 9 Massie St, Cheadle, SK8 1BW T: +44 (0)161 428 7177 Michael Caines at Abode Manchester ABode Manchester, 107 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2DB T: +44 (0)161 200 5665 Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar 108 High St, Manchester, M4 1HQ T: +44 (0)161 832 7115 Papa G’s The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 834 8668

Khandoker 812 Kingsway, East Didsbury, M20 T: +44 (0)161 434 3596 Zaika 2 Watson St, Great Northern Tower, Manchester, M3 4EE T: +44 (0)161 839 5111

Italian Albert's Shed 20 Castle St, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4LZ T: +44 (0)161 839 9818 Bellavista Ristorante & Pizzeria Wildhouse Lane, Milnrow, Rochdale, OL16 3JW T: +44 (0)1706 342479 Carluccio's The Great Hall, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA T: +44 (0)161 747 4973 Danilo’s 151 Ashley Rd, Hale, WA14 2UW T: +44 (0)161 928 0453 Fallen Angels Manchester Rd, Castleton, Rochdale, OL11 3HF T: +44 (0)1706 861861 Franco’s 5 Rodney St, Wigan, WN1 1DG T: +44 (0)1942 248668 The Olive Press 4 Lloyd St, off Deansgate, Manchester, M2 5AB T: +44 (0)161 832 9090

Taurus 1 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3HE T: +44 (0)161 236 4593

Ramsons Restaurant 18 Market Place, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9HT T: +44 (0)1706 825070



Blue Nile 403 London Rd, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 6AA T: +44 (0)161 487 4490

Sapporo Teppanyaki 91 - 93 Liverpool Rd, Manchester, M3 4JN T: +44 (0)161 831 9888

Wagamama The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 839 5916

South American Chiquito The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester T: +44 (0)161 830 1560 Las Iguanas The Great Hall, The Trafford Centre, Trafford, Manchester, M17 8AA T: +44 (0)161 747 6119

Spanish Grado New York St, Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 4BD T: +44 (0)161 238 9790

Thai Chaophraya Above Sam's Chop House, Chapel Walks, Manchester, M2 1HN T: +44 (0)161 832 8342 Ning 92-94 Oldham St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1LJ T: +44 (0)161 238 9088

Turkish Café Istanbul 79/81 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 2RH T: +44 (0)161 833 9942

Vegetarian Greens Restaurant 43 Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, M20 2NT T: +44 (0)161 434 4259


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My dictionary defines Manchester as “an industrial city in northwestern England…” and when I visited recently, that’s exactly what I expected. Big gray buildings (covered in soot) as far as the eye could see; heavy smog hanging in the dark, dank air; and somber, depressed, unhappy people who looked a blend of chimney sweep, thug and an extra from “Oliver.” Before my trip, if I mentioned I was going to Manchester, most people looked at me like I was crazy; and often told me so as well. “Are there gays in Manchester?” one friend asked. “Are you doing research on blue collar manufacturing towns? Needless to say, I felt some trepidation about the trip as I packed, and for a few brief-butscary moments on the way to the airport, I can remember thinking, What have I gotten myself into? Is it too late to cancel my trip? I don’t want to die in a city of smokestacks, crumbling old factories, and surly, dirty men who actually do hard labor and aren’t just dressed in cheap clothes meant to look old (and which they’re going to rip off after a couple lines of horrid dialogue anyway) with a few carefully-placed smudges on their face to represent dirt (and show off their cheekbones). Manchester is going to be horrible! I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Gay Village: an international perspective Manchester’s thriving LGBT scene is centred on the world famous Canal Street and the surrounding Gay Village. Here, US travel writer Jason Salzenstein gives us his opinion on this very special quarter of the city.

When I got to Manchester, I did find big buildings and old warehouses (in fact I went to a fabulous party in one), but what decent city doesn’t have those? And as for dark, depressing and dirty- that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Not only was I shocked at how incredibly inaccurate the pictures that people painted for me were, I also realised – quite quickly – that the people back home who spoke of England’s second largest urban metropolitan area had obviously never been there! I was blown away by the culture, architecture, history, museums, hotels, shopping, art, and food in Manchester (yes, the food! In England - I know! It wasn’t just good, it was fabulous; Manchester has incredible food). And it wasn’t just the food, but the restaurants; I dined at restaurants in Manchester that were so chic, they could have easily been transported to whatever happens to be the current hottest neighborhood in Paris, Los Angeles, or New York and been perfectly at home.


And then there’s gay Manchester. My work has taken me to a lot of cities, so I’ve seen dozens of gayborhoods around the world. Without a doubt, Manchester’s Gay Village is one of the best. “The Village” is no gay ghetto; it’s clean, full of life, and somehow both well-defined as “the gay area” and yet not so far removed from the rest of the city that it feels isolated or “other.” Contributing to that feel is the fact that it’s home to such a diverse range of cafes, shops, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs, which means that the Village draws-in a diverse group of people from the community. And by “community,” I don’t just mean the LGBT community. Of course there are plenty of gays in the Village, but the neighborhood is open to everyone, and our non-LGBT friends are made to feel welcome- something that sets Manchester’s gayborhood apart from others. The Gay Village is big enough to offer something for everyone (including a bit of naughtiness, if that’s what you’re in the mood for), but not so big that you get lost. On top of all that however, there’s one thing that truly puts Manchester’s Gay Village in a league of its own, although – unfortunately – it’s a bit difficult to define. Some might call it the overall feeling – the aura even – of the village, but for me it goes deeper than that. If the Gay Village were a person, she’d be beautiful (not perfect, but head and shoulders above her peers), sexy, alluring, sophisticated and fun- but she wouldn’t be a bitch. She’d be easy to talk to and approachable; friendly and open. Her general attitude would be positive, and she’d have a cheerful disposition, although she’d certainly be able to turn up the sass and talk gossip with her “girlfriends.” If Manchester’s Gay Village were a person, she’d be Sandra Bullock! All joking aside, one could say that it’s the shops, clubs, bars, pubs and cafés and other assorted services that make Manchester’s Gay Village special. Deeper down, however, the reality is that it’s the people. The people who live, work in, and visit the Village make it what it is: a community. And whether someone’s been part of that community for 20-years or just for a few days while visiting, everyone who comes into the Village understands it, and takes pride in what he or she has helped create. While gayborhoods in most major cities have grown weary and sad – if they haven’t simply vanished as the community’s moved to the suburbs or integrated themselves into the metropolis. Manchester’s Gay Village, however, hasn’t just survived; it’s thrived.


Something about a factory boss and a line worker having to work for a raise… I’m assuming this is standard offer from kind patrons at gay bars.) Mancunians aren’t brutish thugs; they’re brilliant! (And that’s before factoring in the seX-factor of the accent, which somehow has the effect of making you want to take your clothes off…)

I came to Manchester expecting to find dirty buildings and downtrodden people. What I saw instead was a brilliantly friendly, smartly dressed, well-educated and sophisticatedyet-fun community with a strong LGBT presence who took pride in their Village, and themselves. (Although I did get gracious offers from a few locals to dress up as factory workers and recreate some historical Mancunian scenes in my hotel room.

Manchester Pride was voted “Best PRIDE Festival in the U.K.” and it’s easy to see why. While my visit didn’t center around Pride, whenever I found myself at festival events, I had a blast. In fact, I had a great time in Manchester whenever I went out. When I finally had to (begrudgingly) leave Manchester, I realized it was one of the best holidays I’ve taken, and the city has since become one of my favorites- not just in the U.K. or Europe, but overall. And I can’t wait to get back…

VILLAGE LISTINGS AXM Princess House, Bloom St T: +44 (0)161 228 7474

Cruz 101 101 Princess St T: +44 (0)161 950 0101

Rembrant 33 Sackville St T: +44 (0)161 236 1311

Baa Bar 27 Sackville St T: +44 (0)161 247 7997

The Eagle Bar 15 Bloom St

Spirit Canal St T: +44 (0)161 237 9725

Churchills 37 Chorlton St T: +44 (0)161 236 5529 Clone Zone 38 Sackville St T: +44 (0)161 236 1398 Company Bar Richmond St +44 (0)161 237 9329 Crunch 10 Canal St

Manto 46 Canal St T: +44 (0)161 236 2667 New York New York 94 Bloom St T: +44 (0)161 236 6556 Poptastic 105-107 Princess St T: +44 (0)161 236 9266 Queer 4 Canal St T: +44 (0)161 228 1360

Taurus 1 Canal St T: +44 (0)161 236 4593 Located in the heart of the Gay Village, Taurus provides a haven of sanity and sophistication on Canal Street. They offer wines, cocktails, champagne and a wide selection of hot and cold food, including lovely platters to share.

Tonic 34 Canal St Tribeca 50 Sackville St T: +44 (0)161 236 8300

The Parlour Richmond St Vanilla 39-41 Richmond St +44 (0)161 657 8890 Velvet 2 Canal St T: +44 (0)161 236 9003 Whether you are revelling to the eclectic DJs at the weekend or simply chilling with a Sunday newspaper and watching the world go by – at Velvet, you will be enveloped in the trademark truly indulgent decor.

Via Bar 28 Canal St T: +44 (0)161 236 6523 View 40 Chorlton St T: +44 (0)161 236 9033


Images this page: The Bridgewater Hall. Facing page top: the Warehouse Project; middle: jazz musician at Band on the Wall; bottom: Cecilia Bartoli

Manchester after dark It’ll come as no surprise that a city with as much imagination as Manchester refuses to sleep when the sun goes down; after all, music and nightlife is part of the Mancunian furniture and is showing no signs of being thrown onto the bonfire. So here’s a whistle-stop tour of what you can do in Manchester when the sun goes down. Much has been said of the city’s Haçienda hey-day, but it’s much more interesting to talk about what’s happening now. New, emerging bands, well-established club nights and the very best in classical music concerts; that’s where Manchester’s appeal lies today. A series of club nights, the Warehouse Project, has taken the city by storm since its arrival in 2006. Taking place between October and January, the Warehouse Project isn’t a typical night out; you’ll spend the night dancing in a car park underneath Piccadilly Train Station, for one. With renowned headline acts clamouring to appear and a mix of tastes catered for, tickets for the Warehouse Project are certainly some of the hottest in town. Another regular on the Manchester music calendar is ‘Keeping it Unreal’ at Band on the Wall. Taking place ‘til late on the first Saturday of every month, Manchester DJ and producer Mr Scruff performs a six-hour set for all funk, soul and house fans; complete with a nice cup of tea if that is your tipple of choice.

For those not afraid to embrace their love of pop, Guilty Pleasures at the Deaf Institute is an unashamedly glorious all-singing, alldancing resurrection of pop music. In just five years, this twice a month event has become one of the biggest in the Manchester music calendar; if nothing less than a heartstopping, disco dancing pop spectacular will do, then Guilty Pleasures ticks all the boxes! Manchester’s nightlife is nothing if not diverse; so if it takes a nice sit down in a magnificent venue for you to appreciate your music, look no further than The Bridgewater Hall. The Hall’s International Concert Series is celebrating its fifteenth year with one of its most star-studded line-ups so far. Headlining the Series are two of the world’s finest singers; Cecilia Bartoli and Andreas Scholl, as well as the best-known pianist of the day, the incomparable Lang Lang. This international concert venue hosts over 250 performances a year and does not restrict itself to classical music; incorporating rock, jazz and world music into its listings.


Manchester isn’t just ripe with musical talent; it’s a city with a cracking sense of humour. For those who can think of no greater night out than sitting in a room laughing with (or sometimes, at) others, try The Comedy Store, located on Deansgate Locks. Holding its own as the city’s premier comedy club, the Comedy Store hosts some of the biggest names in UK stand-up. If you’re looking to discover new comic talent, venture over to the Frog and Bucket’s amateur night, ‘Beat The Frog’, every Monday. Past ‘Beat the Frog’ regulars have included Dave Gorman, Peter Kay and Caroline Aherne, so if this sounds like your thing, get your coat, gather your friends and head over to this free comedy feast. And if the comedians fail to raise a smile, you can always take to the stage yourself. If you prefer to be the more inconspicuous audience member, you might be better suited to attending the theatre. Manchester’s theatrical offering is plentiful; former cotton mills and prestigious historic buildings play home to some of the cities best theatrical venues.

The Royal Exchange is one of the most unusual and attractive theatre spaces in the Northwest. A seven-sided steel and glass module sits within the Great Hall in the Royal Exchange and with a capacity of up to 700 people across three levels, it is the largest theatre in the round in Britain. Prepare to be completely awestruck upon entering the building. The Palace Theatre and sister venue the Opera House host regular smash-hit shows throughout the year, whilst the waterfront Lowry Theatre on The Quays offers visitors a full range of live entertainment; from opera and ballet to musicals and West End shows. If you’re not quite ready for slumber following a show, there are plenty of traditional pubs or trendy nightspots across the city centre to help you round-off your evening. Check out our bar listings opposite to see what’s on offer before you head off into the Manchester night.

Images Top: The Royal Exchange Theatre; middle: Will Young in ‘The Vortex’ by Noel Coward at the Royal Exchange Theatre; bottom: The Comedy Store Manchester


BAR LISTINGS Band on the Wall 25 Swan St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JZ T: +44 (0)845 2 500 500

The Deaf Institute 135 Grosvenor St, Manchester, M1 7HE T: +44 (0)161 276 9350

Bijou 1 - 7 Chapel St, Manchester, M3 7NJ T: +44 (0)161 834 6377

Dukes 92 18 Castle St, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4LZ T: +44 (0)161 839 3522

Birdcage Nightclub Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 3AQ T: +44 (0)161 832 1700 Blackdog Ballroom Under Afflecks Palace, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M2 5WR T: +44 (0)161 839 0664 Cloud23 Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ T: +44 (0)161 870 1600 Comedy Store Manchester Arches 3 and 4, Whitworth St West, Manchester, M1 5LH T: +44 (0)161 839 9595 Corbieres 2 Half Moon St, Manchester, M2 7PB T: +44 (0)161 834 3381 Cornerhouse 70 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 5NH T: +44 (0)161 228 7621 Corridor 6 – 8 Barlow’s Croft, Salford, M3 5DY T: +44 (0)161 832 6699 Crown at Worthington Platt Lane, Worthington, Standish, Wigan WN1 2XF T: +44 (0)8000 686678

Entourage The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 839 1344 Epernay Champagne & Cocktail Bar Unit 1A, Great Northern Tower Watson St, Manchester, M3 4EE T: +44 (0)161 834 8802 Folk 169 – 171 Burton Rd, Manchester, M20 2LN T: +44 (0)161 445 2912 Frog & Bucket Comedy Club 102 Oldham St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1LJ T: +44 (0)161 236 9805

The Hilary Step 199 Upper Chorlton Rd, Whalley Range, M16 0BH T: +44 (0)161 881 1978 Lass O'Gowrie Charles St, Manchester, M1 7DB T: +44 (0)161 273 6932 Lloyd’s No:1 The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 817 2980 Manchester235 The Great Northern, Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP T: +44 (0)161 832 3927 Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club 64 Tib St, Manchester, M4 1LW T: +44 (0)161 831 7002 Monroe's Bar 38 London Rd, Manchester, M1 2PF T: +44 (0)161 236 0564 Norwegian Blue The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 839 1451

Hard Rock Café The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 831 6700

Number 15 of Swinley 15 Upper Dicconson St, Wigan WN1 2AD T: +44 (0)8721 077077

Hennigan’s Sports Bar 908 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AD T: +44 (0)161 224 1271

Old Orleans The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 839 4430

Henry J Bean’s The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 827 7820

Opus The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 834 2414

Proof 30a Manchester Rd, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9PH T: +44 (0)161 862 9333 Pure The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 819 7770 Seven Oaks 5 Nicholas St, Manchester, M1 4HL T: +44 (0)161 237 1233 Taurus 1 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3HE T: +44 (0)161 236 4593 Tiger Tiger The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 838 5270 Trof Northern Quarter 6-8 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1EU T: +44 (0)161 833 3197 Viva Brasil! 118-124 King St West, Manchester, M3 2GQ T: +44 (0)161 839 2525 Walkabout 13 Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HN T: +44 (0)161 8174800 Waxy O’Connor’s The Printworks, Corporation St, Manchester, M4 2BS T: +44 (0)161 835 1210


Snapshot - Exchange Square


Tell us a little about In The City...

Manchester Voices

Yvette Livesey

In the City is two separate things but it’s also one whole festival. The daytime is very much for the music industry. But the night time is about the people of Manchester and it’s for Manchester’s visitors too. We’ve phrased it as the Urban Glastonbury because it has become a festival in its own right. The core of it is the unsigned acts – the (music) industry comes up from London and across from America as well. We act as curators for the next unsigned bands that are coming through. We recognise that these days, unsigned bands aren’t totally hidden; you’ve got facebook, social networking and things like that so the bands are out there already. In The City highlights the best of... it has the highest signing ratio out of any of these events that I know about. Going from Oasis, Coldplay, Catatonia, Stereophonics, and the Darkness... Elbow got signed twice because of In The City. We act as a really good hub for the industry. In the City follows a theme each year, what can you tell us about this?

In the City (ITC) is Europe’s premier new music event. It was established in 1992 by Tony Wilson and Yvette Livesey. ITC takes place in Manchester every year and is a hub for Artist & Repertoire (A&R) representatives who are desperate to seek out the next big sound from hundreds of unsigned bands and artists. In The City is also an annual conference for the music industry. It is an opportunity for professionals to debate issues affecting the industry, as well as a festival for the best contemporary unsigned bands. Since 1992, ITC has been a significant steppingstone in the careers of Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Muse, Ash, The Verve, Badly Drawn Boy, Bjork, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Gallows, Lady Sovereign, Maximo Park, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins, Snow Patrol and many others. Yvette Livesey (CEO) explains further...

We always run a strap-line for In The City which represents the feel and the current mood of the music industry. This year (2010) we’ve picked a Kanye West quote which is, ‘That that don’t kill me can only make me stronger’. The music industry’s gone through a really tough time over the last decade, with the physical world (albums / singles) shrinking so much. But it’s actually a very positive world because there’s a lot of good stuff coming through, even though the major record labels have struggled in the last few years. I think the younger generation especially have found new ways of making money. One of the things we’re doing this year is looking for the next generation of talent. In The City has been particularly successful in finding the best new acts and bands in the industry. As part of this year’s theme, we’re also looking for the next generation of industry leaders. So one of the things we’ll concentrate on is how we can foster and develop this new talent. HQ for In the City has moved to the Piccadilly and Northern Quarter area of Manchester. How will this change the event? It adds some fresh vibrancy. A lot of the venues we use are in the area anyway. By moving to four hotels (instead of just one), its allowed us to create a ‘campus’ feel. So this year, people who are in Manchester during In The City (I think around 83,000 people a day pass through the Piccadilly area) will be passing through the In The City music zone during that week in October.

How is In The City unique in comparison to other music industry events? It’s the premier new music event, not only in Britain but in the world. We go back over 19 years and we’ve demonstrated our success not just through mainline UK acts but also international acts that we’ve managed to break through. There’s definitely more of a DIY ethic with bands using the internet to break themselves but it still comes down to doing the deal. Instead of wading through thousands and thousands of videos and facebook pages, music industry professionals look to ITC to find out who is the next big act. The A+R (Artist and Repertoire) community in particular come to ITC because they know we’ve spent a lot of time finding that talent and they look to us as a tastemaker. What makes In The City such a success? From a Manchester point of view, In the City was set up as the consolidation of the music industry. There was so much good music coming out of Manchester; we didn’t want it to be forgotten about. The industry and ITC work on an international level so as a marketing tool for Manchester it’s superb. The two things that Manchester is best known for internationally, if you talk to anyone, is football and music. As a brand, we’re synonymous with Manchester and the re-establishment of Manchester as a music powerhouse is very important to ITC. How can visitors to Manchester get involved in the festival? Over the last couple of years we’ve really developed the live side of things and now you can buy a wristband for the whole three days which is just £22. You can buy it online or from HMV. ITC used to be a very underground, cool little live event but now we’ve encompassed the festival side of things so we’ve now got larger acts as well as unsigned acts. We’re also looking to build out the live festival over the next couple of years. As well as our online presence. In the City has launched a new website, initially for the festival itself but we will be developing this as a music portal. People who come to Manchester will be able to interact with the ITC brand all year round. We’ll make them aware of bands, events that are taking place in Manchester and also the live festivals that we will continue to host. The idea is that people will come to Manchester, buy a wristband, stay for three nights and hang out just like we (the music industry) do. And run around to all the gigs as fast as possible so that you can get as many in as you possibly can! To find out more, go to


Explore the city-region Manchester city centre has something for everyone, but to get the complete visitor experience you’d be wise to explore a little further afield. Visit some of the sights and attractions that are within just a few miles of the city centre. Here, we’ve pulled together our favourite places to go across the city-region.

Dunham Massey

Museum of Wigan Life

Bolton Museum

Set in a magnificent 300 acre deer park, this Georgian house in Trafford tells the story of the owners and the servants who lived here. Discover the salacious scandals of its past residents and explore its treasure-packed house, before taking a stroll in one of the North’s great gardens, including Britain’s largest winter garden. Experience the grim reality of life as an Edwardian servant and discover how the running of a country house took place.

Following a £1.9 million restoration project early in 2010, the Museum of Wigan Life is open to public. Originally opened in 1878, the museum building is one of Wigan’s most distinguishable landmarks. The museum allows you to find out more about the people, places, events and traditions that have shaped the Wigan we have today. It showcases regular exhibitions, allows you to take tours of new installations and provides fun activities for all the family. The Museum of Wigan Life is a heritage hub that allows visitors to both enjoy and experience history.

Following a visit around the markets, visitors are advised to spend some time at Bolton Museum. Recently refurbished, the museum offers an enviable local history gallery charting the impact of industrialisation on Bolton and beyond. The new gallery looks at the industrialisation and impact of the invention of the Spinning Mule; a creation that revolutionised the British cotton industry; the subsequent developments in Bolton since the textile industry declined and the lives of Boltonians past and present. Bolton Museum is one of many attractions that brings to life the rich industrial heritage of the Northwest and is supported by Modern History; a showcase of the best of the region’s museums, mills, railways and waterways.

Enjoy the garden full of native favourites and exotic treasures and discover the rare Victorian bark house and Georgian orangery. Don’t miss the wonderful Himalayan blue poppies and giant Chinese lilies; Dunham's garden is truly a year-round attraction. Wander around the beautiful avenues and ponds in the ancient park and spot the fallow deer and many rare birds. Make your way to the sawmill, where the giant waterwheel has been restored to full working order. Finally, why not treat yourself to one of the generous range of dishes made from seasonal, local ingredients or enjoy a freshly baked scone – try Dunham Pudding or Lady Jane cake for a flavour of Dunham’s history.


Bolton Markets Bolton’s long heritage as a bustling market town stretches back to the thirteenth century and is proud to still be one of the north west’s shopping hot spots. The markets offer visitors over 300 stalls bursting with fresh food, from exotic fruit and vegetables, Mediterranean delis, locally sourced meats and cheeses to the region’s best outlet for fresh fish. Visitors can enjoy much more than stalls; for those food lovers, the markets feature an indoor cookery demonstration kitchen which hosts regular events and seasonal food tastings.

The museum also houses a collection of over 3,500 fine art acquisitions, as well as a popular aquarium and Egyptian display.

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Tameside nature reserves Tameside has a great variety of countryside for visitors to enjoy, from the meadows and woods of the valleys in the south, to high open moorland in the east. It is rich in heritage and wildlife and is home to no less than eight local nature reserves, from Broadbottom and Ashton-Under-Lyne to Droylsden and Denton. Tameside’s nature reserves are places of special interest both locally and nationally, for their wildlife and natural features. The River Tame and the Goyt, in particular provide an excellent wetland habitat for a variety of wildlife including amphibians, invertebrates, small mammals and birds. Occasionally a kingfisher can be seen darting along the river. Haughton Dale has many historical and archaeological features, including the site of one of the first wireworks and a nationally important location for early glassmaking.

Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery Oldham’s Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery is housed in one of the outbuildings of the nineteenth century Victoria Mill. The only part of the mill to survive, it stands in a historic and beautiful location beside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in the village of Uppermill.

Saddleworth Museum is full of intriguing objects from the past and tells the story of the people who have created Saddleworth’s landscape and character, including the soldiers who shivered on duty at Castleshaw Roman Fort, the farmers who scraped a living from the hills by weaving cloth in their homes and the merchants who brought prosperity to Victorian Saddleworth. Showcasing the interior of an eighteenth century weaver’s cottage and a Victorian house, the museum is particularly popular with families, as there are regular activities for children to partake in.

Burrs Country Park Burrs Country Park lies on the River Irwell, covering an area of 36 hectares of scenic countryside, just a mile from Bury town centre. Burrs features a wide variety of different wildlife habitats - woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways. The park is a great place to visit; an ideal spot for a range of activities including walking, fishing, picnicking and bird watching. For the more adventurous there is an assortment of outdoor pursuits available at Burrs Activity Centre, such as archery, whitewater kayaking and canoeing. The activity centre also offers off-site activities such as the Peel Tower abseil; a 120ft abseil down the Peel Tower monument, not only overlooks

Main image: Dunham Massey; below: Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery.

Holcombe Brook and Bury, but – on a clear day – allows you to see for miles. For further information visit:


Wythenshawe Hall Wythenshawe Hall was a family home for nearly four hundred years until 1926, when the estate was sold to provide new housing for the people of Manchester. The hall and parkland became an art gallery and public park and have been open to the people of Manchester ever since. Today, Wythenshawe Hall is a centre of activity. The farmland is now one of the largest housing estates in Europe, designed in the 1930s as a 'garden city' with plenty of green spaces to provide a healthy living environment. Only a small part of the Hall is now open to the public, but these few rooms provide an atmospheric reminder of the changing history of Wythenshawe. For further information visit:

Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre Rochdale’s Hollingworth Lake is situated on the outskirts of Littleborough, about four miles from the large market town itself. Spanning 118 acres, with the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, the lake is one of the most popular days out in the area. The lake and its surrounding countryside offers a wide range of leisure and recreational activities for visitors. The lake supports watersports such as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, swimming, rafting, rowing and fishing. For those that are looking for a more relaxing day out, Hollingworth Lake has offers guided walks, events and exhibitions. Recently voted one of the Northwest's favourite picnic sites, Hollingworth Lake it is the perfect day out for all the family. For further information visit: Images top: Hat Works; below: Stockport Air Raid Shelters.

Stockport Air Raid Shelters Stockport Air Raid Shelters allows you to experience life as it was during a 'black out' in war-torn Britain. A labyrinth of tunnels under part of the town centre provided shelter, and a way of life, for families from Stockport and the surrounding area, through the dark days of the Blitz. The Air Raid Shelters have been imaginatively restored to give visitors the feel of the era and struggle that Britain was facing. The network of tunnels is nearly a mile long and was used by some 6,500 people during the Second World War. The Air Raid Shelters run regular educational sessions which truly bring 'the Home Front' to life. Sessions allow you to take part in a number of ‘first-hand’ experiences that are designed to involve and engage you and your fellow visitors from the outset.

Stockport Hat Works Just up the road from the Shelters is UK’s only hat museum; Stockport Hat Works. Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2010, the Hat Works is a museum dedicated solely to the hatting industry, hats and headwear. Hat Works


Unlocking Salford Quays Until 31 December 2010

focuses on the development of the hatting industry from its humble beginnings in the cottage industry to the mass production of the early nineteenth century. Part of Modern History’s showcase of industrial heritage attractions, where discovery lies around every corner and where every visit tells a story, Hat Works offer an exciting programme of special exhibitions, children’s events, craft workshops and special family activities throughout the year for both young and old to experience. For further information visit:

Just a tram ride away from the city centre is The Lowry; situated near The Quays, this arts centre celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2010. To commemorate the occasion, The Lowry is showcasing ‘Unlocking Salford Quays’; a heritage project that explores and preserves the rich history of the area. Salford’s role as an industrial area over the past century was paramount to the north west’s wider success; the project is set to bring the area’s heritage back into focus, ensuring it lives on for future generations. Another project supported by Modern History, this highlights the achievements and unearths the social stories that have shaped the modern world. The project has developed a piece of public art which will form part of a heritage trail sited on Salford Quays and until 31 December 2010, the complete exhibition is on show in the Lowry Galleries. For further information visit:




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Dobcross Village, Saddleworth

Winter in Oldham Enjoy a wealth of seasonal family fun this winter across Oldham town centre and the enchanting old-world charm of Saddleworth villages. Why not get into the festive spirit and head down to Santa’s Reindeer Parade and Christmas lights switch-on, or don your Santa hat and enjoy mouth-watering delicacies at our festive markets. Make the most of the winter evenings and take in a show at one of our outstanding theatres. Whether it’s “behind you” at the Coliseum pantomime, or a chamber music concert at the Millgate Arts, Theatre there’s plenty on offer to keep you entertained.

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Snapshot - Bolton Market

Having faith in Manchester by Joanna Booth

Joanna Booth reveals some little known facts about Manchester’s faith buildings.


1st July 2010. I am in London for the launch of English Heritage’s new Places of Worship at Risk strategy, when a woman comes up to me and asks why there are so few Catholic churches in Cheshire. Maybe it was a trick question, but without hesitating I found myself explaining about the great success of Henry VIII, and more particularly his son Edward VI, in their push north to convert the populace to their new, reformed Protestant religion. Until they got to Manchester, that is. Of course Manchester wasn’t having any of it. Back then we Mancunians were a pretty independent lot and somewhat hard to manage, and balked at being ordered to abandon our strongly held religious beliefs at the drop of a hat. This aggravated Edward no end - so much so that he sent John Bradford, his best preacher, up to Manchester to convert the lawless Catholic northwest and on the whole he did a pretty good job. Indeed it is a little known fact that John Bradford was the man who first uttered the words, “There but for the grace of God go I”, as he watched yet another poor Catholic soul being dragged to his execution. But then, where faith is concerned, Manchester is full of little known facts. Did you know that a cryptogram known as The Paternoster Stone was found during excavations of the Roman Fort at Castlefield? It can be dated to the year 170 and was probably brought over by a Roman soldier who was stationed here. Some of the earliest evidence of Christianity in Britain, it is now in Manchester Museum.

And did you know that there has been a church on the site of Manchester Cathedral since the year 623? Go into the Cathedral today and look for the Saxon ‘Angel Stone’. This was discovered during renovations to the church in the 19th century and is from that very first church. After being granted a Charter by King Henry V the Church of St Mary in Manchester became a Collegiate Church in 1421. When the Diocese of Manchester was created in 1847 ‘th’owd church’ was chosen to be the new Cathedral. Some 500 yards from ‘th’owd church’, in complete contrast, you can visit a fine example of Queen Anne classical elegance. St Ann’s church, on the north side of St Ann’s Square, was started in 1709, and paid for by the daughter of the Lord of the Manor of Manchester, Sir Edward Moseley. They may have wanted a church that better reflected their ‘Low Church’ views but it is the Cathedral that is still home to the memorial brasses of the Moseley family dating back to 1607. Tucked away in Mulberry Street, seek out St. Mary's, The Hidden Gem, immortalised by L.S. Lowry in his 1962 chalk and charcoal sketch. It was founded in 1794 in the centre of what was then the poorest quarter of Manchester. Another little known fact is that it is now thought to be the oldest postReformation Catholic church to be built in any major centre of population in England. The Relief Act of 1791 gave Catholics the right to build churches once again, though these chapels could not incorporate towers or bells. St. Mary's was begun in 1792 which makes it the Catholic mother-church of the whole of Greater Manchester.

Main image: Gorton Monastery; below left: St Ann’s Chruch; middle & right: Manchester Cathedral


Across the River Irwell, in a small square about 30 yards from Chapel Street, is the beautiful, classic Georgian church of St Philip, built in 1822-4, and designed by Sir Robert Smirke, best known as the architect of the British Museum in London. It is well worth a look at the impressive interior. Galleries on three sides meant that it could seat well over 1,000 people. Manchester always took its churchgoing seriously. A little further along Chapel Street, the church of St John the Evangelist was completed in 1848, becoming a Cathedral three years later when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford was created. Step inside this magnificent church and find the south aisle chapel. Below the altar, behind the blue velvet, in a screened glass fronted recess lies the clothed figure of St Aurelius, Archbishop of Carthage in the early fifth century – a gift from the Vatican when the church was raised to Cathedral status. Not many people know that. This brings me to my next jewel, the Holy Name on Oxford Road, which must surely rank as one of the finest Victorian Catholic churches in England. It was built by the Jesuits in 1869-71, at the invitation of Dr Turner, Bishop of Salford. What you may not know is that it was designed by Joseph Aloysius Hansom, whose name is best known from the Hansom cab which he also designed. The magnificent vaulted interior is taller than Westminster Abbey. Indeed it could be said that it was built as a statement when Catholics, at least in Lancashire, were no longer prepared to hide themselves away in meagre buildings in back streets. And if that is the case, then the ultimate ‘statement church’ sits just outside the city centre. In 1872, the monastery church of St Francis of Assisi, West Gorton was described as ‘the largest parish church built in England since the Reformation’. Pugin’s architectural masterpiece towers above the flat landscape of East Manchester, Vacated by the Franciscans in 1989 it was left prey to significant vandalism and theft. However, following an extensive fundraising campaign in the 1990’s the building has been saved from ruin and the site restored. Hop onto a 205 bus from Piccadilly which will drop you outside the door of The Monastery. Which brings me to wonder what John Bradford would have made of all this – a city whose very name is now synonymous with religious tolerance. Did I forget to mention that he was so successful in his mission that not long after Mary I came to the throne he became one of the first Protestant martyrs to be burned at the stake. 1st July 1555. Go back into the Cathedral and see if you can find his memorial plaque.


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Day tripper: Chester and Lancaster Although most famous as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester was actually ‘put on the map’ by the Romans in 80AD. They established a wooden fort on the east bank of the River Irwell and called it Mamucium. The Romans were also responsible for the development of two of the Northwest’s other great cities – that of Chester and Lancaster. Each around an hour’s drive from Manchester, they make for perfect day trips from the city.

Here, we find out more about these two historic cities.

Chester South west of Manchester, close to the border with Wales, Chester is a remarkable mix of ancient and modern. Medieval heritage sits alongside a tempting selection of contemporary charms including chic boutiques, restaurants and leisurely boat cruises along the tree-lined River Dee. Chester also boasts the title of being the only city in Britain that retains the full circuit of its ancient defensive walls. You can stroll around the 2.2 mile loop whilst checking out the famous Eastgate clock, the amphitheatre and the world-famous racecourse.

Chester Racecourse is the oldest racecourse in Britain. It was once the site of a Roman harbour and the course is unique as the horses run anti-clockwise. With 13 race dates throughout the year, including Ladies night, Fun-day and Roman day, celebrating the city’s rich Roman heritage − it’s a must on your itinerary. Another thing not to be missed is Chester Cathedral. A beautiful building in the city centre, this is where more than 1,000 years of history is brought to life. Founded by Benedictine Monks, the cathedral is at the very heart of the community. It has one of the most complete medieval monastic complexes in Britain and is where Handel first rehearsed the Messiah. The cathedral grounds have been named one of Cheshire’s famous Gardens of Distinction.

On your travels you might come across David and Julie Mitchell – Chester’s, and indeed the world’s, only husband and wife town crier team. Daily proclamations are made at the Cross in the city centre throughout the summer from 12.00 – 12.15. It’s a great free event and worth experiencing. For those that love to shop, check out the Grosvenor Mall, a great mix of designer boutiques and high street stores. You should also explore Chester’s unique and historical Rows - two-tiers of shops that run along the city’s main streets. The medieval black and white timber framed shops make up one of the oldest recorded shopping centres, with more than 1,000 shops - many independent stores and specialist boutiques.


If your feet need a break, take a relaxing boat ride with Chester Boats from the Groves. This half-hour journey takes you along the Dee to enjoy the city from a completely different angle. You could also indulge in the ultimate luxury of the traditional afternoon tea at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Spa. Back on the street, why not tour the city with your very own Roman centurion and learn about the Roman heritage of Chester. This tour is for visitors, families and people who like something fresh, interesting, factual and fun. Bespoke tours are available for your family or group at any time of the year and last approximately 1.5 hours. The tour includes an exhibit that recreates the living room of a Roman centurion who lived at Chester, based on an actual archaeological find in the city. You will find a Roman character on duty here most days, along with some of the very latest information about excavations and finds of the Roman period in Chester. Last, but by no means least, as the sun goes down take a night-time journey around the eerie haunts of historic Chester's mysterious and murky past. Hear spine-chilling tales of ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Revisit scenes of phantom phenomena, spine-chilling happenings and macabre, sinister and supernatural events with a ghost-hunter guide. You can get tickets and more information from the Official Visitor Information Centre, which is located in Town Hall Square. For more information about Chester:



Lancaster Lancaster is north west of Manchester and is the seat of the Duchy of Lancaster – the historic portfolio of land, property and assets held in trust for Her Majesty The Queen in her role as Duke of Lancaster. But long before the Duchy of Lancaster was established in the 13th century, the Romans had made settlement in the city. A fort was established on what is now the Castle Hill as early as 70AD. It guarded not only the main west-coast Roman road into the North, but also the lowest bridging point on the river Lune. The turf and timber fort was rebuilt in stone in the reign of the emperor Trajan, early in the 2nd century, and much later, in the mid-4th century, it was wholly remodelled to act as a fortified fleet-base. In this role it probably harboured a Roman fleet which protected the Irish Sea coasts against pirates. There is an altar stone on show in Lancaster's Maritime Museum that is dedicated to Sabinus and his boatmen, who were most likely based at the fort in Lancaster. Today, it is of Europe’s longest serving operational prisons and is notorious as the place where the Pendle Witches were tried, convicted and sentenced to death, and from where many convicts were transported to Australia. A fascinating mix of the ghoulish and historic awaits those who take the castle tour, with some of the country’s most entertaining and knowledgeable guides – watch out, you may even find yourself locked in one of the dungeons! Below the Castle Hill, where the modern city stands, was a large civilian settlement involved in manufacture and trade. Traces have been found of houses, shops and other buildings lining the roads to the east and south. There is evidence that there was a significant town associated with the fort. Burial finds around Penny Street and Aldcliffe Road give some idea of the scale of the town as Roman cemeteries were located just outside the town. One of these burial finds now on display in the Lancaster City Museum is the Lancaster Reiter Memorial stone, which was excavated in 2005. It is one of the most significant Roman discoveries made in North West England for many years. Dedicated to a


Roman Cavalry Officer Insus, the stone has been dated to c.80 A.D. The striking reliefsculpture depicts a mounted cavalry officer who has decapitated a local native warrior. The city museum itself is another must see. Housed in a fine Georgian building that was once the town hall, this free museum displays evidence of Lancaster’s Roman past as well as the history and archaeology of the area from the Neolithic age to the present day. Out and about, you will see that Roman roads, such as Church Street, are still incorporated into the city's street plan today. A bridge crossed the river Lune immediately to the north and further buildings have been located in the Vicarage Fields, which have been open ground for at least a thousand years. You’ll also see that, some 2,000 years on from the first Roman settlement, Lancaster is as modern and vibrant a city as any, with a chic and bohemian array of bars, restaurants, boutiques, specialist shops, street markets, theatres, smart hotels and B&Bs. For more information about Lancaster:


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WHERE TO STAY Part of Manchester’s attractiveness to visitors as a vibrant leisure and business destination is its array of high quality accommodation.


When you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Manchester, you can be assured that all of the accommodation featured in this section has been assessed by either Quality in Tourism, The AA or has recently applied for a rating and is awaiting assessment.

The list of symbols explains the range of facilities available at the various establishments featured in this guide. More detailed information on accommodation facilities are available online at

All types of accommodation including hotels and guest accommodation (B & Bs, guesthouses etc.) are assessed to the same criteria and awarded one to five stars; the more stars the higher the quality. Budget accommodation, which includes roadside or lodge style accommodation, does not have a star rating.

The Manchester city-region has a huge variety of accommodation available from stylish five-star hotels to trendy boutique hotels and traditional B&Bs. If you would prefer to spend your money in restaurants, shops and Manchester’s nightlife, then you should investigate the wide range of budget hotels and youth hostels available.

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Go to for a huge selection of accommodation in the cityregion. Real-time availability and online pricing make it easier than ever to book your accommodation. Alternatively the team at the visitor information centre can provide advice and assistance with your booking. Contact them: Manchester Visitor Information Centre Piccadilly Plaza, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4BT T: +44 (0)871 222 8223 E:

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Britannia Hotels - has over 1500 rooms in 8 hotels throughout Manchester all offering excellent locations, comfortable accommodation and extensive facilities for business or leisure - including 4 with health clubs and pools. The Britannia Hotel Manchester & Britannia Sachas Hotel both enjoy city centre locations with a range of restaurants, bars, meeting & event facilities and comfortable, well appointed rooms. Sachas also boasts a health club with swimming pool and gym which can be used by guests at the Manchester hotel Each hotel is ideally situated at the heart of the city with all major entertainment and shopping venues, including the MEN Arena, close by. The hotels are served by excellent transport links with national rail, bus and Manchester Metro within walking distance.

The Britannia Ashley Hotel Hale & Britannia Stockport are located in leafy suburbs offering comfortable accommodation and, at Stockport, a health club with swimming pool. Hale itself offers exclusive shopping, bars, and restaurants whilst Stockport town centre hosts markets, theatre and museums. Both hotels offer easy access to Manchester and the scenic Cheshire countryside. The Britannia Airport, Country House & Stockport hotels are within a few miles of Manchester airport and offer ‘Stay & Fly’ packages as the ideal way to start your holiday early and relax before flying. The Britannia Country House Hotel also has an excellent health club complete with pool and gym. Again all 3 hotels are well positioned to give easy access to Manchester and its many attractions.

The Britannia Wigan Hotel is adjacent to J27 of the M6 and offers a light, airy lobby, comfortable bedrooms and a health club with pool and gym. The location means that the many attractions of the North West are easily reached from this welcoming hotel. The Britannia Hotel Bolton is just minutes from the M61 and has 96 well appointed bedrooms alongside a welcoming bar & restaurant. The hotel’s position means Manchester & Bolton are easy to get to as is the Trafford centre and the magnificent Lancashire countryside.

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24 Hours at the Midland In the early 20th century when Manchester was a powerhouse of industrial activity, The Midland Hotel became a haven for wealthy cotton merchants and businessmen who arrived from around the world to trade goods and expand their empires. Modern-day Manchester continues to be an international business and leisure destination and The Midland Hotel remains at the forefront of that appeal. With its central location, timeless elegance and effortless appearance, The Midland Hotel is as impressive today as it has ever been.

Explore Arrive in Manchester and check-in to The Midland Hotel. Since 1903, this landmark building, glazed with its unmistakeable red terracotta has stood proudly in the heart of Manchester, offering comfort and style to generations of guests. The hotel has 312 rooms which have previously welcomed kings, presidents and rock stars; so you’ll be in good company. On the Midland’s doorstep is the city centre and its array of delightful shops, including independent boutiques, designer outlets and high street brands. Head out for a couple of hours to check these out before returning to the hotel for a much needed break.

Relax Back at the hotel indulge in the ultimate treat - The Midland Hotel’s famous, in fact legendary, Afternoon Tea in the Octagon Lounge (served everyday from 2.30 until 5pm). Tea is served with a selection of sandwiches, an assortment of homemade pastries, cakes and a freshly baked sultana scone, complete with Cornish clotted cream, strawberry preserve and fruits of the forest compote. If you’re keen to push the boat out further, Champagne Afternoon Tea includes the choice of a range of teas and of course, a lovely glass of champagne.


deluxe room incorporating some additional thoughtful touches, or a glamorous suite to relax in style; one thing is for certain and that is that comfort will be at a premium.

Rise A leisurely breakfast in the Colony Restaurant will ensure that you get the perfect start to your day. The Colony takes its name from the businessmen and American cotton traders who used to meet regularly with Manchester’s cotton manufacturers at the Midland Hotel and referred to themselves as the Old Colony Club.

Discover (Saturdays only) Every Saturday at 10am, Blue Badge Tour Guide Barbara Frost entertains visitors and guests with a tour around the building, revealing incredible stories and tales about its past. Having spent the night here, now is a great time to find out some of the secrets that you might not yet have discovered at The Midland Hotel. Awaken Unwind Enjoy one of many relaxation packages available from Joseph Elliott Hair and Beauty, based in the Midland Hotel. Joseph Elliott has been established in the hotel for over 21 years and the majority of its packages include full use of the hotels health club facilities including a pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. Relax in style with a choice of treatments including facials, exfoliation and various packages such as ‘Wedding Bliss’, ‘Girls Day Out’, ‘Pre Holiday Package’, ‘Elemis Ultimate Bliss’, ‘Guinot Lift’ and the ‘Detoxifying Package’. Joseph Elliott also incorporates a Salon and Barbers Shop with grooming packages for men.

Dine The French Restaurant in The Midland Hotel offers an authentic slice of 1920’s Paris. The restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes for its fine French cuisine with a British twist. This is the very restaurant where David

Beckham chose to woo Victoria ‘posh spice’ Adams on their first date. With renowned head chef Paul Beckley in charge of the kitchen, expect the ultimate in fine dining with equally sophisticated surroundings to match.

Enjoy Finish the night with drinks at the Octagon Lounge. The fully stocked cabinet ensures that all tastes are catered for. It would be rude not to try one or two of the delicious cocktails on offer before heading to your room for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Re-charge The luxurious rooms and suites at The Midland Hotel each have a unique style, blending a carefully balanced mixture of modern and old-fashioned design with striking, tasteful tones and the odd splash of drama. Whether you chose a beautifully decorated, standard double or twin room, a

Enjoy a swim, followed by a light workout in the gymnasium. The Leisure Club at the hotel is open from 6am to 10pm on Monday to Friday and 7am to 8pm on weekends. The pool closes 30 minutes prior to the club closing times. The Leisure Club has on-site fitness gurus to show newcomers how the equipment works and to help you achieve your required level of fitness and your goals.

Taste It’s time to check out but don’t go anywhere yet. Leave your bags with the concierge and then head for lunch on the Octagon Terrace. You can choose from a selection of specialty and traditional sandwiches or for those with a greater appetite, the Octagon dining menu offers a variety of hearty dishes.

The Midland Hotel Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS T: +44 (0)161 236 3333 the-midland-manchester.aspx


City Inn Manchester «««« One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn Street, Manchester, M1 3DG T: +44 (0)161 242 1000 Price band: B

City Inn Manchester is an award-winning, stylish, contemporary hotel in the heart of the dynamic city centre of Manchester and opposite Piccadilly train station. Canal Street, the gay village, China Town, Piccadilly Gardens and shopping galore are all just on the doorstep. Our 285 guest rooms, including City Club and City Suites all come complete with a light, fresh design, floor to ceiling windows, personal bars, fabulous Apple iMac entertainment systems, complimentary wi-fi, bespoke toiletries, bathrobes, walk-in power showers, 24 hour room service, library of movies and music and of course the best of beds! The hotel also has two stunning bars - Piccadilly Lounge and Blue Bar - two fantastic spaces to relax and chill out. City Café is our critically acclaimed restaurant offering innovative, modern British food using seasonal, fresh ingredients. Or why not eat alfresco on our lovely, sunny terrace. And if all the food and drink is too much, then we have a really great gym on the first floor.


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The Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP T: +44 (0)161 835 9929 Price band: AA

The acclaimed Radisson Edwardian Hotel on Peter Street, voted the city’s Best Large Hotel at the Manchester Tourism Awards 2010, Large Hotel of the Year in the North West at the Regional Tourism Awards 2007, and joint Silver at the Enjoy England 2008 awards, continues to be first choice for leisure and business visitors, offering the perfect fusion of luxury and city centre convenience. With 263 rooms, ranging from king-size doubles to a range of 23 newly refurbished suites, each room is dramatic and indulgent containing everything expected of an up market hotel. The hotel offers guests dining opportunities for every occasion from the newly redesigned Alto Restaurant offering guests a relaxing and inviting dining experience; to the dramatic Opus One restaurant, which continues to gain acclaim for its stunning interiors and honest British food. Sienna Spa and Health Club provides an urban retreat for guests, with five treatment rooms and two inviting relaxation rooms, as well as a swimming pool and full gym, sauna and steam room. Conveniently positioned for Manchester’s vast business, cultural, retail and night life, the 5* Radisson Edwardian Hotel offers the ultimate city break experience.


Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre ««« Chancellors Way, Moseley Road, Manchester, M14 6NN T: 0161 907 7414 Price band: C

Chancellors is set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens with ample free parking on site, and located just 3 miles south of the city centre. Chancellors exudes the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere you would expect from Manchester’s premier country house hotel. Along with 71 ensuite bedrooms all with free wired internet access, Chancellors also offers a conservatory bar overlooking the hotel gardens serving drinks and lounge dining, as well as the Carriage Restaurant, serving high quality food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chancellors also offers 12 meeting rooms for meetings of 4-125 delegates, with a dedicated conference team on hand to help your event run smoothly and efficiently.

Malmaison Manchester 1-3 Picadilly, Manchester, M1 1LZ T: +44 (0)161 278 1000 Price band. AAA

This one time elegant warehouse in Manchester is now a gorgeous boutique hotel offering 167 rooms, including 13 luxury suites all with a very theatrical style. With stunning rooms and suites, Mal Manchester is the perfect venue for business trips or luxury city breaks. The rooms are an oasis of calm amid the bustle of a great city, with each one unique and dramatic in both style and finish. Velvet and silk cushions, and ambient lighting create an extra special touch of luxury. All our rooms have the complete set of Mal ingredients - great beds for sleepy heads, moody lighting, power showers, CD players, CD libraries, satellite TV, serious wines and naughty nibbles. With wow-factor suites, delicious brasserie dining, dangerously good cocktails, Le Petit Spa, and then one of the Britain’s most colourful and exciting cities to explore, make it the Manchester Malmaison. You won't be disappointed. Go on we dare you. That’s Mal Life. Eat, drink and sleep it.


Days Hotel ««« Manchester Conference Centre & Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB T: +44 (0)161 955 8000 Price band: A

The Days Hotel Manchester City is a quality hotel offering affordable hotel prices with a convenient city centre location, just 300 meters from Piccadilly train station. The Days Hotel is conveniently located within the city’s most fashionable areas for clubs, culture and shopping. Our hotel facilities are impressive, including the Conservatory Bar, Weston Restaurant, and 117 modern hotel bedrooms. Whether you are travelling for leisure or business, our friendly staff will guarantee your stay at the Days Hotel Manchester City will be relaxing and enjoyable.

The Place Hotel «««« The Place Hotel, Ducie Street, Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2TP T: +44 (0)161 778 7500 Price band: AAA

The Place Hotel offers, spacious, unique loft style living in the centre of Manchester. The Place offers all the service and convenience of a hotel, with the comfort and space of home. Each apartment is individual, with 1-2 bedrooms, lounge and fully equipped kitchen in which you can prepare your own food. All bedroom’s benefit from internet access making it an ideal base for both business or leisure visits by individuals, couples, groups and families alike. For even more luxury and a special treat, enjoy panoramic city views from the roof terrace in our penthouse.

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Whether you’re travelling as a family, a group or prefer your home comforts, serviced apartments provide an ideal option for your stay in Manchester. There is an array of properties across the city centre to suit every need and budget, allowing you more privacy and flexibility. Choose from five-star luxury, stylish boutique or simple contemporary, each one is equipped with all the essentials – it’s like a home away from home.

The Atrium «««« 74 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6JD T. +44 (0)161 235 2000 Price band. C

The Atrium by BridgeStreet consists of 116 4 star serviced apartments. Situated in the heart of Manchester, The Atrium is the ultimate ‘home from home’ experience.

SACO Manchester «««« 5, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BP T. +44 (0)161 870 1909 Price band. B

These 4* serviced apartments provide a variety of studio, one and two bedroom serviced apartments centrally located at Piccadilly Place, just minutes from Piccadilly train station.

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Laystall Apartments, 40 Laystall Street, Manchester, M1 2 JZ T. +44 (0)161 236 7330 Price band. C, Manchester's premier serviced apartments offer a superb range of generously proportioned 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments, located 5 minutes walk from Piccadilly train station.


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MANCHESTER AIRPORT Your gateway to the North of England. Situated in the heart of the UK, Manchester’s award-winning airport prides itself on being one of the world’s busiest and friendliest. As the largest airport outside of London, Manchester Airport handles over 20 million passengers per year. Its facilities are world class with three terminals, two runways, over 250 check-in desks and 65 airline operators.

If Manchester is your gateway to exploring the many attractions in the North of England, or alternatively the venue for a connecting flight, why not take advantage of the fantastic offers available from the array of hotels located on the doorstep of Manchester Airport. From budget to four star luxury, these venues make for a perfect take off or touch down.

The £35m transformation of Terminal 1 has seen the unveiling of stylish new retail outlets and restaurants as well as increased security lanes, to make your journey through the airport so much easier.

When you arrive at Manchester Airport, head for The Station, a £60 million ground transport interchange which brings rail, coach, bus and taxi under one roof, offering frequent and direct transport services to Manchester city centre, York, Leeds, Windermere, Blackpool and Newcastle to name but a few. State of the art technology with an impressive ticket sales facility provides upto-date travel; visitors will enjoy a relaxing introduction to the region. Alternatively pick up a hire car at the airport and take to the open roads of the city-region.

In fact, it has never been easier to fly to Manchester with a variety of competitive fares and direct scheduled flights offered by major US, UK, Middle Eastern and European airlines.

A train service from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly railway station operates every 10 minutes, with a journey time of approximately 15-20 minutes.

Over 190 destinations worldwide are served from this international hub and a comprehensive European and domestic air network enables visitors to use the city as a convenient base for transfers to the rest of the UK and indeed Europe.


Manchester Airport Scheduled Flights

DOMESTIC SCHEDULED FLIGHTS Aberdeen Belfast (Intl) Belfast (City) Bournemouth Bristol Cork Dublin Edinburgh Exeter Galway Glasgow Guernsey Isle of Man Inverness Jersey Kerry Knock London Gatwick London Heathrow Manston Norwich Plymouth Shannon Southampton Waterford

bmi bmibaby Flybe Flybe Air Southwest Aer Lingus Aer Lingus, Ryanair bmi, Flybe Flybe Aer Arann Flybe Aurigny, Flybe Flybe Flybe bmibaby, Flybe Aer Arran bmibaby British Airways bmi, British Airways Flybe Flybe Air Southwest Aer Lingus Flybe Aer Arann

INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULED FLIGHTS Abu Dhabi Agadir Alicante Almeria Amsterdam Antwerp Antalya Athens Atlanta Barbados Barcelona Basel Billund Brussels Budapest Calgary Cape Verde Chambery Chicago Cologne Copenhagen Doha

Etihad Airways Thomson Airways Monarch Scheduled,, easyJet Monarch Scheduled KLM, easyJet Air France Pegasus easyJet, Viking Delta Air Lines Virgin Atlantic Monarch Scheduled, Swiss International Air Lines British Airways Flybe, Brussels Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Thomson Airways American Airlines Germanwings SAS, easyJet Qatar Airways

Dubai Dusseldorf Faro Frankfurt Fuertaventura Funchal Geneva Gibralter Gothenburg Gran Canaria Hamburg Hanover Helsinki Hurgada Islamabad Istanbul Lahore Lanzarote Larnaca Lyon Malaga Malta Marrakech Milan Munich Murcia New York (Newark) New York (JFK) Orlando Oslo Paderborn Palma Mallorca Paphos Paris Philadelphia Ponta Delgada Prague Rome Reykjavik Salzburg Sharm El Sheik Singapore Sofia Stockholm Stuttgart Tel Aviv Tenerife Tolouse Toronto Tripoli Zurich

Emirates Flybe, Lufthansa Monarch Scheduled Flybe, Lufthansa Monarch Scheduled bmibaby,, easyJet, Swiss International Air Lines Monarch Scheduled City Airline, easyJet Monarch Scheduled Lufthansa, easyJet Flybe Finnair, easyJet Thomson Airways, Air Blue, Pakistan International Airlines Turkish Airlines Pakistan International Airlines Monarch Scheduled, Cyprus Airways, Monarch Scheduled bmi, easyJet, Monarch Scheduled, Air Malta, easyJet Thomson, easyJet Flybe Lufthansa, easyJet, Continental Airlines Delta Air Lines, Pakistan International Airlines, Virgin Atlantic SAS Air Berlin bmibaby,, Monarch Scheduled Cyprus Airways, easyJet Air France, Flybe US Airways SATA International bmibaby, CSA Czech Airlines, Icelandair, Thomson Airways, easyJet Singapore Airlines easyJet SAS Lufthansa Monarch Scheduled,, easyJet bmibaby Air Transat, Thomas Cook Airlines Libyan Arab Swiss International Air Lines

*Flight schedule correct at time of going to print


TRANSPORT INFORMATION Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK, thanks to its central location and excellent transport links. Manchester has a comprehensive public transport system, so once you’re in the city you should have no problems getting around using buses, trains or trams. Buses


Buses are a great way to see both the city centre and the wider city-region. A comprehensive network of buses offer frequent services to many destinations. When in the city centre, you can hop on one of the Metroshuttle buses. These are free and link to all the main rail stations, shopping districts and businesses in the city centre. T: +44 (0)161 244 1000

There are four key train stations in Manchester city centre – Deansgate, Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Of these, Piccadilly attracts the most visitors and is the main arrival point into the city centre. With a fully-developed network of local services to both local destinations and beyond, taking the train is an ideal way to travel on your visit. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly Station, taking just 15 to 20 minutes. T: +44 (0)8457 484950

Trams The city-region’s Metrolink network is one of the most successful light rail systems in the UK, carrying nearly 20 million passengers every year. Running every five minutes, Metrolink is the perfect mode of transport for those who don’t require a strict timetable. Trams run from the early morning until late in the evening; don’t forget to purchase your ticket from the machine at the platform before you board. T: +44 (0)161 205 2000


Daysaver Travelcard DaySaver is a Travelcard that is accepted by most bus, train and tram companies in Manchester. It allows you to transfer easily from one form of transport to another, as many times as you wish. Daysavers are available from bus drivers, tram ticket machines and train stations. T: +44 (0)871 200 22 33

For more information about public transport in the city-region: T: +44 (0)870 200 22 33

Travelling further afield If you are venturing to another UK city, National Express operates from the modern Chorlton Street Coach Station. T: +44 (0)8705 808080

Virgin Trains run a maximum of three trains per hour to London from Piccadilly train station, with frequent rail services to many other major UK cities available, including Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and Newcastle. T: +44 (0)8457 484950

CITY CENTRE MAP approx. 20 & 10 minutes by Metrolink from Victoria

Manchester City Centre Welcome! Manchester’s compact city centre contains lots to do in a small space. To help, we’ve colour coded the city. Explore and enjoy! Central Retail District Featuring the biggest names in fashion, including high street favourites.

Chinatown Made up of oriental businesses including Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Korean restaurants.

Piccadilly The main gateway into Manchester, with Piccadilly train station and Piccadilly Gardens.

The Gay Village Unique atmosphere with restaurants, bars and clubs around vibrant Canal Street.

Petersfield Manchester Central Convention Complex, The Bridgewater Hall and Great Northern.

Northern Quarter Manchester’s creative, urban heart with independent fashion stores, record shops and cafés.

Castlefield The place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with waterside pubs and bars.

Spinningfields A newly developed quarter combining retail, leisure, business and public spaces.

Oxford Road Home to the city’s two universities and a host of cultural attractions.


THE LAST WORD One of the reasons, born and bred, I stay in Manchester - and there are many - is because it’s in the Northwest of England. By that, I mean my being here is more to do with a complex relationship with this region: what it is; what it does; what’s going on in it, not just the city itself. Alright, so my permanence may have a little to do with loyalty - being born in Bolton to a ‘cow ‘yed’ mother from Westhoughton, a father from Little Hulton, brought up in Salford and now a resident of leafy Cheshire - but my roots are not the sole reason I remain resident. And it’s also true that my tenure might owe more than a little to the credible culture that grew up here, and that I grew up with: in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s around music, fashion and football that made Manchester a Mecca for youth and gave it a credibility that long outlived its own adolescence. But now, as things inevitably mature, as one ‘gets older’ it becomes clearer to me that the strength of my attraction, the foundation of my desire, lies in the reward of living in a region that offers so much. Tony Wilson, one of Manchester’s most loyal sons and proudest advocates famously said that Manchester music was what it was because the kids had the best record collections. The implication being that Manchester music was informed by the richness of its reference, its lack of boundaries, its appetite for something new. The same applies to Manchester, the city and its region. MCR might well be shorthand but it stands for so much more. As well as the Boltons, the Burys, the Stockports, the Oldhams and Wigan’s infamous Pier, it’s about the Gormley statues on Formby beach (okay, that’s in Merseyside but it’s still the North West); it’s about Scafell Pike and Hellvelyn; it’s about Morecambe Bay, Blackpool Tower, the Cheese Hamlet in Kirkby Lonsdale, Grasmere gingerbread, the North Wales coast.


Wilson was a bold advocate of the Northwest too, and started a fashionable fight for independence during the brave New Labour mid-term years, when John Prescott was championing the virtues of the ‘Northern Way’. He even went so far as to commission Peter Saville to design a north west flag; Saville’s response was simple – take the upper left quartile of the flag of St George - genius! So, as much gets talked about localism; as the political machinery is unpicked then reassembled in the image of the new; as language is finessed in order that what was once ‘theirs’ becomes more clearly ‘ours’, we need to be careful that we don’t lose sight of the single strength that binds us together and makes us equal than more that the sum of our parts: we are all part of this amazing region. To me, ‘regional’ is simply ‘local’s’ bigger brother, not tainted political shorthand for the mechanics of local governance. Regional and local walk hand in hand and long after the dust has settled, Manchester and its cityregion will still sit in the North West of England; let’s make sure that in the rush to be local, that the baby isn’t thrown out with the bathwater.

Nick Johnson Chairman of Marketing Manchester and regional representative of CABE the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

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Manchester Visitor Information Centre Piccadilly Plaza, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4AJ Monday - Saturday: 9.30am - 5.30pm Sunday: 10.30am - 4.30pm Tel: 0871 222 8223 Email:


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