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14 Discovering the City of Salford 26 Reinventing Ancoats 34 City Life - Crafts, Music & Records 44 Exhibitions - See & Do 46 Theatre Productions - See & Do 48 Festival Highlights - See & Do 50 Music Events - See & Do A new year, let’s hope it’s a fresh start for everyone and we are back with our Spring guide. Once Easter arrives the city changes and starts to look forward to brighter longer days, and hopefully the return of cheery weather, offering thousands of activities for you to pack your days. In this issue we take a look at Greater Manchester’s Food & Drink events. All ready to dish-up tasty snacks and meals for you to try, washed down with some excellent craft beers, ales and some great wines. We explore the City of Salford and look back at its Industrial heritage and it’s 21st Century plans.We delve into the city’s visitor attractions including Tudor Mansions, Recreated Victorian Streets and the recently opened Royal Horticultural Gardens at Bridgewater. While Manchester is still experiencing a vast building explosion; you cannot miss the new tower blocks starting to dominate the skyline.

We re-visit Ancoats and discover that the last few years has turned this once almost derelict space into a modern desirable neighbourhood. The rebuilding of Cutting Room Square, the works at New Islington Marina and the future plans for the old Central Retail Park all are making Ancoats a destination of choice. Our ‘See & Do’ listings offer a plethora of events to discover and explore this coming season from Musical events to open air Markets, all created to keep you and your family busy. We welcome you to our city and are confident that you will enjoy your trip, with a little help from Unlock Manchester. Nick Coulthurst - Editor City Guide No.17 April 2022 unlockmanchester.com - Above: Manchester Day Parade and Festival in June

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Manchester Food & Drink Festivals

Manchester Food & Drink Festivals Our Guide to Manchester’s Best Gastronomical Events


If it’s good food and drink you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Mancunians are hard to please; they know what food they like and they know when it’s done well. It is for this very reason that restaurants that are cheap imitations or using low quality ingredients simply won’t cut the Manchester mustard. Whether it’s fine dining, searching for Michelin approval using only the finest ingredients or even if it’s finger-lickin’ good, street-style tasty morsels served up in newspaper, this city knows how to do food and drink. The fact is there is so much on offer, for the food and drink connoisseur, that it is hard to know where to start or possibly even when to stop! Your choices are further confounded once you discover restaurants such as ‘Where the light gets in’ in Stockport [wtlgi.co], Greens in West Didsbury (regarded as Manchester’s flagship vegetarian restaurant) or the recently opened The Creameries in Chorlton. The Creameries was launched by the Manchester Chef Mary-Ellen McTague. She is a very respected chef who, during lockdown, co-founded Eat Well MCR an organisation dedicated to bringing chef made dishes to vulnerable people across the city [eatwellmcr. org].

In Ancoats Mana is the proud hold of a Michelin Star and several city restaurants hold Michelin Plate awards such as The French in the Midland Hotel, Erst in Ancoats and 20 Stories, Spinningfields [guide.michelin.com]. Inspired by New York’s meatpacking district Spinningfields is home to numerous quality restaurants where you’ll find menus full of good fare in places such as Australasia, Tattu and The Ivy. The explosion in interest of beer brewing has brought the city many accolades and it has almost as many brewers and micro-breweries as London, the list is seemingly endless. Some of our favourites in the city include First Chop brewery based in Eccles, the

Manchester stalwart Blackjack (Arch, 36 Irk St M4 4RN) and Cloudwater Brew Co (9 Piccadilly Trading Estate, M1 2NP). Check their websites for Taproom opening times Manchester ale festivals include The Manchester Beer Week [mcrbeerweek.co.uk], 10th – 19th June, expands across the city’s pubs and ale-houses with tasters and events all helping you to discover new and exciting tastes. The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival, 22nd & 23rd July, boasts over 1000 tipples and will be held in the Mayfield Depot, Baring St, M1 2PY. It features many breweries from the UK and Europe plus DJ sets from the likes of Goldie, Norman Jay and David Holmes. Drink and dancing what else can one need?


For those cider drinkers check out the Fairfield Cider Fete, last bank holiday in May, held at the Fairfield Social Club, 6 Archway, Temperance St, M12 6HR. Featuring over 20 cider producers you will be able to compare apples with, err apples… While at the end of September The Indy Man Beer Con returns to the Victoria Baths, Hathersage Rd, M13 0FE. Before lockdown there where Cocktails festivals in the city that saw local bars competing to create the very best mixes and secure awards such as Best Mixologist. At the time of writing none are planned but we are hoping that some will return in 2022. Even so you’ll find Manchester bars serving some amazing cocktails, mixed using ingredients you’d never thought of drinking, created by mixologists whose knowledge of the backbar is enough to boggle the mind. Even with all this drink about, it’s amazing the city has any time to think about food, but trust us it does! Greater Manchester is host to so many Food Festivals that it’s pretty easy to stumble across one somewhere in the region. The daddy of them all is the Manchester Food & Drink Festival, held in September, that said there are several others that are worth getting along to. Rest assured a quick web search will reveal a wealth of regularly planned food and drink events. Read on to help plan your Manchester gastronomic opportunities over the next year or so… - Left: Alchemist Cocktails 3 Hardman Square, M3 3HF - Right: Chaophraya Thai Manchester Food & Drink Festival Albert Square


Manchester Food & Drink Festivals

Manchester Beer Week 10th - 19th June 2022 Manchester’s oldest family brewers will team up to create a range of groundbreaking new beers for Manchester Beer Week, the city’s biggest beer festival. JW Lees and Cloudwater Brew Co have agreed to work together for this citywide beer week. This marks a milestone for Manchester’s beer scene and builds a bridge between the city’s fast-growing craft beer movement and the more mainstream beer industry. Locally brewed beers are one of the areas where we can see sustainable growth as craft ale aficionados look for something that tastes different while retaining the passion, history and tradition that makes brewing a quality ale. Manchester Beer Week is considered unique as it is the first of its kind in the UK and one of only a handful of such events in Europe. Venue: Bars & Pubs across the city 10

Foodies Festival - Tatton Park 8th - 10th July 2022 Watch MasterChef Champions, Michelinstarred and top local chefs cooking their signature summer recipes in The Chefs Theatre and see MasterChef ‘The Professionals 2021’ champion Daniel Lee and ‘MasterChef 2021’ champion Tom Rhodes. Learn how to make show-stopping cakes in The Cake & Bake Theatre with expert bakers. Great British Bake Off stars will share their best baking hints and tips live on stage. Sample new wines, champagnes and cocktails in The Drinks Theatre. Eat delicious street food from around the world and taste new flavours. With all day activities such as the chilli eating competitions and food challenges while your kids join in the fun at The Kids Cookery Theatre. Venue: Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6SG

Manchester Craft Beer Festival 22nd & 23rd July 2022 Taking place in the huge Mayfield Depot you willfind the best breweries from across Manchester and beyond. There should be over forty world class brewers pouring hundreds of amazing beers, ciders and even the odd spirit to tipple your fancy. This is all in tandam with live entertainment from world renown DJs and vast selection of food special guest chefs cooking at the headline ‘firepits’

Venue: Mayfield Depot Baring St, Manchester M1 2PY

Heaton Park Food & Drink Festival 20th & 21st August 2022 New for 2022 this festival is focusing on international cuisines, street food, Artisan produce held in the vast space of Heaton Park supported by live music and entertainment. Bring in sweet tasting morsels such as Spanish Churros, smothered in Belgian Chocolate, try artisans cheeses, Pomegranate topped Halloumi Fries. Vegan? Expect exhibitors offer tempting nibbles for your tastebuds. With good weather you’ll be able to rest your bust feet in deckchairs whilst trying cold beers, spirits and heady cocktails. Venue: Papel Field, Heaton Park M25 2SW


Beyond this dedicated space restaurants, bakers, cafes and even tea houses become part of the festival. They create special menus, cakes and drinks to try, all as part of the diversity that is Manchester’s foodie scene. The MFDF awards provide a benchmark for excellence and winners are often propelled into local stardom with their creations talked about by foodies and critics alike. The winners are chosen from a mixture of public votes, on the nominee lists, and the judgment of a panel of food and drink experts. Categories include Best Restaurant, Best PopUp and Best Street Food with nominations and winners drawn from across Greater Manchester. If you are in Manchester during the festival take advantage of this great opportunity to get your ‘food and drink’ on. Venue: Cathedral Gardens and across the city

Bolton Food & Drink Festival 26th - 29th August 2022 Now in it’s 17th year this event takes place during the August Bank Holiday. Here you will find regional and local chefs delivering cooking demonstrations. Known for attracting some the UK’s best chef talent you should see James Martin, the Hairy Bikers and Ainsley Harriot displaying their creative talents. The event is held across Bolton and there are stalls for food, arts and crafts and plenty of live entertainment. Venue: Town Hall, Victoria Sq Bolton BL1 1RU

Manchester Food & Drink Festval 16th - 27th September 2022 The MFDF, is the biggest of them all and in 2022 it will be celebrating its 24th birthday. This nationally acclaimed event boasts the very best Manchester has to offer. The autumnal urban event is a vast, sprawling affair in which the entire city goes food and drink crazy for 11 straight days. Centred upon Cathedral Gardens, free to attend, the public space sees street food traders, artisan bread makers, fine wine importers and a huge tent where you can sample something over 100 ales, beers and ciders. The main festival stage plays host to a broad spectrum of live entertainment events during the extravaganza.

Indy Man Beer Con 28th Sept - 2nd Oct 2022 This beer festival is all about celebrating small and independant brewers from across the the UK and an added flavours from international indie brewing houses. Held in the Victoria Baths swimming pool, hopefully they’ll remember to drain it first, this 4 day event will see over eighty taps serving the finest beers on cask and keg. There are secret tastings, pop-up beer talks and even some special one-off beers created especially for the convention. Venue: Mayfield Depot, Baring St M1 2PY - Centre: Indie Man Beer Con Victoria Baths copyright: Indymanbeercon.co.uk


Home to a mouthwatering mix of restaurants and activity in the heart of the city centre. Offering an eclectic selection of restaurants, with a menu for every taste and an exciting array of leisure activities to keep you captivated from brunch to cocktails. A great spot for lunch, or an evening meal – there’s a wide range of dining options, whether you fancy Italian, Indian, German, Pan Asian or Vietnamese – the choice is yours!


A rather splendid bar & restaurant. Think mansion splendour meets village hall eccentricity.

A menu that show cases what India eats today! A modern combination of fresh, traditional delicacies and a spin on international flavours.

With an open kitchen, cocktail bar and large alfresco terrace you can dine all’aperto “in the open air”. La Dolce Vita or “the sweet life” is exactly what you’ll get here.

Small plates and tiffins full of fresh bright intense flavour. This is how Indians eat at home and on their streets.

Authentic and healthy Vietnamese street food. Specialising in delicious pho noodle soups.

A family run restaurant and deli with a passion for authentic Italian produce and excellent food – a slice of Neapolitan life in the heart of Manchester.

The best street food from across East Asia. Fresh, healthy and delicious. Take a taste tour and explore the fantastic food of the region.

Handmade, fresh pasta & pizza cooked in front of you, exactly how you like it.

A trendy bubble tea cafe. They specialise in fine tea and ingredients directly imported from Taiwan. Freshly brewed to perfection daily.

A stylish and genuine bar serving beautiful food and drink all day long.

The best of Berlin street food in the heart of Manchester. The most genuine Berlin Döner, currywurst, beers, cocktails and more.

Fantastic pizza, pasta and desserts made with top quality ingredients, since 1965.

Authentic Greek cuisine and atmosphere comes to Corn Exchange. The menu features meze dishes, flamegrilled meats, souvlaki wraps and salads.

Tasty Italian dishes from pizza, pasta, risotto and salads with indulgent desserts but always with a twist!

A stylish aparthotel with suites and serviced apartments in the heart of the city. Offering that personal touch for adventure, business and celebration.

60 minutes. A locked room. Crack the code. Gain the glory. Your escape adventure awaits.

Inspired by the age old game, we invite challengers to test their batting skills against some of the worlds finest (or just your mates). Alongside BBQ-Inspired food and experimental, signature & classic drinks!

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The City of Salford Explore the history of Manchester’s sister city Salford


In the modern era, Salford started as a village on the east banks of the river Irwell settled in and around what today is Chapel St. The small hamlet was clearly described in their 1751 Casson & Berry map of Manchester. As the Industrial Revolution swept across England, Salford quickly grew in status and it became one of the first major industrial towns. In its mills cloth and silk was being weaved, while nearer the river dyeing and bleaching was being carried out, as these processes required a lot of water. During this rapid growth period Salford, like its neighbour Manchester, experienced a huge population influx. Mostly caused by the demand for workers in the mills and driven by the reduction of manual labour required for farming, because of ‘modern’ machinery. The Industrial Revolution was a time of major change for Britain. It saw the growth of the middle-classes as entrepreneurs who saw the protentional of opening mills which drove a large demand for workers and supporting industries to keep the mills operating 24/7. However, the working environments where very dangerous and further compounded by living in the over populated and polluted slums within Salford and Manchester. Salford was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1844 and at this time Friedrich Engels, one the grandfathers of Marxism, was living and working in Manchester.

A philosopher and writer his book, ‘The Condition of the Working Class in England’ and in the section of ‘The Great Towns’ he had this to say about Salford: “If we cross the Irwell to Salford, we find, on a peninsula formed by the river, a town of 80,000 inhabitant. ...Salford, once more important than Manchester, was then the leading town of the surrounding district to which it still gives its name, Salford Hundred. Hence it is that an old and therefore very unwholesome, dirty, and ruinous locality is to be found here, lying opposite the Old Church of Manchester, and in as bad a condition as the Old Town on the other side of the Irwell.”

And Engels continues: “All Salford is built in courts or narrow lanes, so narrow that they remind me of the narrowest I have ever seen, the little lanes of Genoa. ... These lanes of Chapel Street, Greengate and Gravel Lane have certainly never been cleansed since they were built.” The Manchester Ship Canal, completed in 1894, introduced a system of docks on the Salford side of the canal and it cemented the city’s dependence on its industrial heritage. Those docks, now known as Salford Quays, where a major hub helping to move the goods shipped there on the Bridgewater, Rochdale and Ashton canals.


The 20th Century and Regeneration

Loading the produce onto larger ships that can easily navigate the Manchester Ship Canal to Liverpool and thus the rest of the world. This in turn drove the fortunes of Salford and it was granted City status by a royal charter in 1926. However, the great depression of 1930s took a hard toll on Salford. It saw its factories becoming uncompetitive, in the new world economy, and by 1939 its population had declined by 29%. A survey in 1931 concluded that Salford contained some of the worst slums in the country. A statement that would not have surprised Friedrich Engels.

The slums clearances projects where under way by 1933 and today that old community and townscape has been replaced the tower block. More areas where redeveloped in the 1960s and 1970s including the Victorian era terraced streets that inspired the Painter L.S. Lowry and his tutor the French impressionist Pierre Vallette [Visit The Lowry exhibition at the Lowry Theatre, The Quays. See Valette’s work at the Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St]. The last nails in the coffin came in the mid 1970s when containerisation became the efficient way to ship goods. Liverpool and thus the Salford docks where too small to handle these vast ships and the shipments.

The Salford docks where finally closed in 1982, demolished and by 1984 the area was derelict. Salford City Council purchased the entirety of the docks in 1984, for the princely sum of £1m and with amazing speed the Salford Quays Redevelopment Plan was adopted leading to the modern and vibrant district it is today. One of the very first openings was the Lowry Theatre, named after the famous Salfordian painter. This huge multi-use space is home to three theatres and two large exhibition spaces. Soon after the Lowry Shopping Mall opened its’ doors and the Imperial War Museum North was built and it is a highly respected tourist attraction. Whilst in Trafford, the Old Trafford Cricket and Football grounds also draws in visitors to the Quays. Another huge success for Salford was the building of the national media hub called MediaCityUK. Opened in 2011 it saw the BBC and ITV broadcasters working together to create new studios, sets and working spaces that is the heart of the UK’s television network. This vast development is a work in progress with new facilities and studios being built it has helped to return the Quays to a hive of activity. Residential opportunities have opened up too. There are new projects are being built across the City seeing the redevelopment of sites like Chapel Street, Greengate Square, The Crescent and major work in Pendleton. The future is looking strong again for this once small village and subsequently important Industrial town. - Left: Lark Hill, Salford Art Gallery - Right: St Phillips Church Wilton Place M3 6FR Images copyright Visit Salford


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Salford Regeneration Salford is working hard to reinvent the city for the 21st Century


Salford has history of trying to reinvent itself. Whether this be the change from small village to an industrial city or trying to come to terms with the 1930s great depression and the subsequent slum clearances. The closure of the Ship Canal Docks, 40 years ago, was the point where Salford decided to take on the 21st Century, with re-purposing of the huge dockland. Now 20 years later Salford has returned to its vision to build a city that will be fit-for-purpose drive business and create desirable residences. This challenging plan is called ‘The Crescent’. The idea is to transform the east of the borough bordering Manchester, at the river Irwell, into modern and busy metropolis. Centred around Peel Park and the University of Salford it will see major redevelopment of A6 corridor, extending though The Crescent and out past the University grounds, an area of no less than 240 acres. Plans for new pedestrian sky walkways, a big extension of the Metrolink tram network and changes to road networks, to remove general traffic, are all included in this £2.5Billion investment (somewhat bigger than the £1m purchase of the Salford Docks in 1984), which should be complete by 2040. It sets out targets to create 3000 new homes and in excess of 1 million square feet of modern office, retail and leisure space. All set within a new green environment.

Part of the plan is for an ambitious 11-meter wide podium spanning Frederick Street. This sky walkway has been designed improve the movement around the Innovation Zone with the aim of creating a ’15-minute neighbourhood’ (whatever that actually means?). The Parks and Rivers zone covers public open spaces bordered by the river Irwell, David Lewis Playing Fields, Peel Park and the Meadows. It includes provision for the creation of cycleways, new paths and a return to native tree species. The Crescent will also be transformed under the plan. The repurposing of the Old Police Station as a Hotel while the Fire Station becomes a new community and start-up business hub.

Most notably for locals the, somewhat derelict, University buildings of Humphrey House, Crescent House and Faraday Building will be demolished to make way for new residential housing. This will be matched by the redevelopment of the Adelphi Village east of the river. This combined with the future development of the east of Manchester City, well under way, will make the two cities boundaries almost seamless. A bright future for All. - Above: Artists Impression Fire Station Square and A6 Crescent copyright Crescent Salford


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Salford Culture Our Guide to Salford’s Best Museums and Attractions


Ordsall Hall is possibly Salford’s oldest building with parts of it dating back to the 13th Century and it was the family seat of the Radclyffe family. During the 1340s Sir John Radclyffe distinguished himself while campaigning with Edward III in France. As a reward Sir John was allowed to take some Flemish weavers back to his estate who taught local craftsman to improve their weaving skills. Those skilled craftsmen also introduced Silk weaving to Manchester, foreshadowing Salford’s Industrial Revolution manufacturing. The impressive Tudor mansion that you see today was constructed in the 16th century when Sir Alexander Radcyffe was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire. He was a Royalist and during the English Civil War was imprisoned and suffered financial hardship. This led his son John to sell the hall in 1662, thus ending 300 years of the family’s occupation. The next 250 years saw the fortunes of this once great mansion falter. Sold several times, used a cowshed and butchery and even a working men’s club during the Industrial Revolution. Fortune smiled again on the Hall in 1896 when Earl Egerton of Tatton bought the building and restored it. Finally, it was acquired by the Salford Corporation in 1959 and in 1972 was opened to the public as a period house and local history museum.

You wil be ‘wowed’ by its Great Hall, view the kitchen, ready for a great wedding feast for Sir John and Lady Ann in 1572, explore the rooms and galleries with their exhibits and discover the long history of the hall in an interactive exhibition in the Frederic Shield Gallery. A visit to Ordsall Hall and its styled gardens is a wonderful experience. The Salford Museum and Art Gallery, next to Peel Park, is home to a wealth of Salford’s history, art and its manufacturing past. Visit Lark Hill a recreated Victorian street full of surprises and actual shop fronts rescued from the 1950s slum clearances.

The LifeTimes Gallery tells Salford’s story, over the last 200 years, focusing on real people and events; and you can be dazzled by the gallery’s world-famous collection of Pilkington pottery that was famed for its’ Art Nouveau creations. The Victorian gallery celebrates paintings, decorative and fine art from, and is hung to replicate, that era. The gallery supports local artists and ‘By Hand’ was established to showcase that local talent, designers and makers. These skilled artists are creating affordable and high-quality pieces available to buy in the gallery shops.


The Salford Quays are full of contemporary architecture, with the Lowry Theatre or across the water the imposing Imperial War Museum; when dark falls the whole area looks like a massive Christmas tree. Visitors should explore the Salford Quays Heritage Trail of sculptures scattered around the waterways and quays. The art animates the rich industrial history and it tells the stories of the men and women who lived and work on the docks. The multi-award winning purpose built IWM North brings the national collection to the quayside and draws visitors from across the globe, not just northern audiences.

Designed by world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict, the iconic building, innovative and dynamic exhibitions. The use of digital media through hourly Big Picture Shows and public events explore how war shapes lives and encourages debate. In 2018 it hosted the ‘Wave’ - ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, by artist Paul Cummins, and installation designed by Tom Piper. Pictured above this massive display was originally exhibited at the HM Tower of London where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm (last entry 30 minutes before closing) with free admission. IWM North is easily accessible via the Metrolink. Take the Eccles line to MediaCityUK and walk across the footbridge to reach the museum or use the Trafford Centre service to IWM. The Lowry is a large arts and entertainment venue based in Salford, housing two galleries, three theatres, and a bar and restaurant called Pier Eight. Named after the Salford artist L.S. Lowry, the building is home to the world’s largest collection of his works with a huge gallery of his works. It is also worth watching the short film about his life and work. The Lowry’s second gallery is used to create exciting new exhibitions from contemporary artists. The three theatres present productions of all sizes including dance, drama, musicals, circus, opera, music, comedy and family shows. Pier Eight, the bar and restaurant, serves two modern British menus including a casual dining bar menu and formal menu within its restaurant. Sport is synonymous to the area with The Quays being home to Salford Watersports Centre, and it is closely bordered by Manchester United Football Club and Old Trafford Cricket Ground which is regularly host to open air concerts, both are in Trafford. The Quays are only a 10 minute tram ride from Manchester’s city centre. Website - visitsalford.info Here you can find out more about the city and regaion of Salford, find useful guides and download free trail maps to explore. - Centre: Ordsall Hall, House and Gardens 322 Ordsall Lane, Salford M5 3AN copyright - Visit Salford


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MediaCityUK Salford Quays transformation from disuse into a modern high-tech wonder


It is fair to say that the Quay’s Plan really began to have local impact when the Lowry Theatre was opened on Pier 8 in 2000. Twenty-two years later the Quays are now an important part of Greater Manchester; and the revived docks are home to residents and used for sailing, watersports and recreation. MediaCityUK, built upon the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal is home to the likes of the BBC, BBC Radio, ITV, Ericsson, Studio Dock10 and Kellogg’s, and is further complemented by over 250 media and digital businesses all delivering specialist content and services. It’s also a host to a wide variety of leisure activities, whilst being an international hub for technology, innovation and creativity. The BBC’s move to MediaCityUK in 2011 was one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the BBC and created a new centre of excellence outside London for production, technology development, training and digital media. With around 3,200 staff working in 26 departments including CBBC/CBeebies, BBC Learning, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Breakfast, thousands of hours of content for television, radio and online are produced from here. Occupying three buildings at MediaCityUK - Quay House, Bridge House and Dock House. Each of these impressive buildings houses a host of departments covering the wide spectrum of content the BBC produces for television, radio and the BBC Worldwide extensive catalogue.

Alongside the BBC buildings is the main studio block known as Dock10. Although this is not a BBC building, a great deal of BBC’s output from MediaCityUK is filmed or broadcast from these vast studios. The BBC was offering regular tours of their Oxford Rd studios and when they moved to Salford, of course the public were eager to see inside. Believe it or not, the first BBC radio broadcast was way back in 1922 and the first regular BBC television broadcasts started in 1936. Back then, Salford Quays was a very different place and being used for a different purpose.

Who could have envisaged how the world of industry would change and advancements in technology would drastically alter the way we live our lives. In an ever-changing digital world, not only has the BBC kept up with technology, but it has become a driving, inventive force, looking to the future. The impressive new facilities at MediaCityUK reflect this and will allow the BBC to continue being the pioneering force it is within the broadcast industry. - Above: MediaCityUk



RHS Garden Bridgewater


A garden with real heart Welcoming, relaxed, nurturing are just a few words that describe RHS Garden Bridgewater – 154 acres of glorious gardens set in Salford’s historical landscape. As one of our newest gardens, RHS Bridgewater continues to evolve with help from award-winning designers and the local community. The contemporary Worsley Welcome Garden greets everyone with its architectural topiary and lush seasonal planting. And from here on, it’s up to you what you discover next.

Step inside the walls of the Paradise Garden with its awe-inspiring blend of Mediterranean and Asiatic planting. Treat your senses to the abundant Kitchen Garden. Or follow the winding paths of the new jewel border of the Chinese Streamside Garden. And for the young at heart, no visit could be complete without exploring our natural play areas, set within our shaded woodland.



Hive of Activity

RHS Bridgewater is alive with year-round events. There are activities and workshops for all ages, including school holiday highlights like The Power of Superbees (May), The Great Garden Adventure (Jul-Aug) and Deadliest Bugs and Plants (Oct). Watch winter sparkle with our Glow illuminations, and don’t miss all our horticultural talks, fairs and Potting Shed exhibitions.

Taste Sensations

When visiting our gardens, why not treat your taste buds too? The Bridgewater Café is perfect for seasonal produce grown here, as well locallysourced delights.

The Garden Cottage and Woodland Play Shepherd’s Huts serve freshly-brewed coffee, mouth-watering cakes and snacks. And new for Summer 2022 is the Stables Café with relaxed dining inside and out.

Green Shopping

We’ve got plants galore for big or small gardens and indoors. Over eighty percent of our plants are sourced from UK growers and nurseries, we offer a 5-year guarantee on hardy plants, and all our bagged compost is peat-free. In our shop, discover RHS Exclusive Collections, local artisan produce, horticultural books and sustainable homeware.

Discover Us

9 miles from Manchester City Centre. From the M60, leave at junction 13 for the A575/A572 exit to Worsley/Leigh/Swinton, then follow signs to the A572 Leigh Road. From the A580 East Lancs Road (southbound), turn left onto Ellenbrook Road and then left onto Leigh Road (A572).

- Left & Above: RHS Garden Bridgewater Occupation Road, Off Leigh Road Worsley, Manchester M28 2LJ rhs.org.uk/bridgewater

RHS Garden Bridgewater

National Gardening Week and Gardening Day

Sun 1st – Sat 7th May ‘22 A national celebration of the positive power of gardening. From community gardens to no-dig veg patches, gardening can transform your health and wellbeing.

May Half Term: The Power of the Superbees Sat 28th May – Sun 5th June ‘22 Join us for a week of fun activities all about our favourite pollinators. Make a bee friendly garden in our interactive planting workshops and follow the garden trail to discover more about how special bees are. Wander amongst the honey-scented bee colony in Artizani’s funny and thoughtprovoking installation for a multi-sensory peek into the secret life of bees. 24

Supporting our charity

The RHS aims to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. From national outreach programs in communities to our world-leading scientific work, we’re committed to growing the future of horticulture a Every visit helps our vital work as a charity. RHS Garden Bridgewater 10am-4pm daily (to 28th February) 10am-6pm (from 1st March) RHS Bridgewater Garden Centre 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Sat (to 28th February) 9.30am-6.30pm Mon-Sat (from 1st March) 11am-4.50pm Sunday(to 28th February) 11am-5pm Sunday(from 1st March) Occupation Rd, Off Leigh Rd, Worsley, Salford M28 2LJ Email: bridgewater@rhs.org.uk Tel: 0161 503 6100

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13 May - 14 Aug




Reimagining Ancoats

Ancoats Reimagining Ancoats From Gruel to Cool - A potted history of Ancoats


The first Ancoats’ mills where built in the late 1700s and when the Rochdale Canal was opened in 1804 it accelerated investment into this already busy and thriving environment. Workers’ accommodation was built doorto-door, on almost any available land, and this frenzied building drove the population to 54,000 by 1851. It was a mix of locals, Irish and Italian migrants; with such a high percentage of the latter, the area became known as Little Italy. We can recommend the annual Festa della Madonna del Rosario procession, held in July, organised by the Manchester Italian Association. Did you know? The first ice cream wafer cone was created in Ancoats by Antonio Valvona in the 1890s replacing the unhygienic glass ‘penny lick’ bowls. Ancoats was producing cotton, glass and even aircraft, at the Avro factory. Walking west you would have heard the drone of the Daily Express printing presses, housed in the impressive 1939 Art Deco building on the corner of the A665 and Oldham Road. It is next-door to the Grade 2 listed pub Crown & Kettle with its ornate ceiling, built in 1734.

The area continued to be a hive of manufacturing and activity until after the Second World War when the decline in cotton sales closed many of the mills. And when the slums where cleared in the 1960s the remaining population was dispersed, leaving the once busy streets to crime and deprivation. In recent years Ancoats has benefited from major investment, developing these once rundown buildings and spaces into residential districts, sociable squares and offering new business opportunities. Walking round Ancoats today you will find a very different environment and you can visit some the areas reflecting its history.

For example, Manchester’s first municipal housing Victoria Square, built in 1889, and Anita Street, formerly Sanitary Street (the first Manchester housing to have running water, a toilet and sink) which is one of the city’s most Instagrammable streets and is a popular film location. Back in 1884, Thomas Horsfall opened the Ancoats Art Museum to improve the lives of the poor people who lived in the area. He filled his space with art and sculpture, held music recitals and public lectures, ran trips to the local countryside, back then Wythenshawe.



Thomas even housed live birds and rabbits in an attempt to connect people living in the surrounding slums and working 6 days a week with art, nature and beauty. It was a very early take on what we now refer to as wellbeing placing Thomas Horsfall way ahead of his time. 42nd Street [42ndstreet.org.uk] drew inspiration from Thomas Horsfall renovating and re-opening their 18th century building in 2016 (after a successful crowdfunding campaign).

The Horsfall, 2 Jersey St M4 6JB, has become home to group work based around the benefits of art and nature on mental health, exhibitions by new and established artists, performances, pop-up shops, special events and much more. Today most of the derelict buildings have been demolished and many of the old mills converted into stylish apartment blocks acknowledging the names of industrialists of the past such as James McConnell, John Kennedy and Richard Fairbairn. Cutting Room Square is a new purpose built large public space; it proves a very popular destination on bright and sunny days [and yes we do have them…].

On its eastern side is the impressive Italian Romanesque St. Peter’s Church which is now home to the world famous Hallé Orchestra and its choir. Interested in discovering more about what’s happening in Ancoats? Then check out Ancoats Plus [ancoatsplus.com]. Created to reward customers and help business get more from the district; ideal if you’re a regular visitor or resident. One of their regular events is the Monthly Ancoats Market in Cutting Room Sq. - Above: The Chef ’s Table - CANTO Blossom Street, Ancoats

Reimagining Ancoats

Cutting Room Sq Reimagining Ancoats


Even in the early years of the regeneration of Ancoats it was starting to look like it would soon become a new Manchester hot-spot. One of the first openings was Rudy’s Pizza creating a taste of cosmopolitan Napoli, they were quickly followed by Nam, a Vietnamese restaurant offering the essential staples such as pho, Spring rolls Banha, to mention just a few. Mana, Blossom St, is the only restaurant in the city centre to have been awarded, and retained, a much-coveted Michelin Star. El Gato Negro, King St, is a Bib Gourmand and Canto, Blossom St, Ancoats has a Michelin Plate award, along several other restaurants across the city [guide.michelin.com/gb]. Canto is the second offer from Simon Shaw, Creative Director and Chef Patron of awardwinning El Gato Negro, presenting modern Portuguese cuisine. Just along Blossom St is Elnecot serving a diverse selection of dishes, mostly of meat and fish, and its name is derived from the first settlement there in 1212. The Hip Hop Chip Shop, Blossom St, menu is full of classic dishes, plus many other delights, created in a modern style. Try the mouth-watering Bklyn Masala Fish which boasts Curry battered fish served with Bombay Chips accompanied by Indian chutneys. The ‘Hip Hop’ part is a small, yet busy, live music/ entertainment space [thehiphopchipshop.com]. Across the road is Blossom Street Social where celebrated Masterchef star Caroline Martins is the brains behind some of the most stunning Brazilian food imaginable and an extensive and carefully curated wine list.

Talking of drink, Cutting Room Square is home to the Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse pouring beers brewed by the successful McAvoy brothers; or try a glass of Sis4ers Gin made by their four sisters. This busy bar serves excellent food, offers beer tastings and regularly hosts live music. Almost next door is the recently opened Edinburgh Castle, good for a tipple or two and should you wish to take some interesting real beers home a stroll around the corner to the specialist off licence Epicurean.

Here you will find shelves packed deep with choice to delight any budding beer drinker. We have mentioned a few of our personal favourites and I should give a special mention to the Chinese restaurant Blue Eyed Panda, the food there is always of an excellent standard.

- Above: Hallé St Peter’s Cutting Room Square, Ancoats

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Reimagining Ancoats

Islington Marina Reimagining Ancoats


New Islingtom Marina is now the centre piece for the redevelopment of the Ancoats district and it actually comprises of two basins that connect the Rochdale and Ashton Canals. These canals where important thoroughfares for the shipment of goods and materials to and from the ‘dark’ mills of Lancashire and Manchester, which then connected to Liverpool the Industrial Revolutions gateway to the world. This hive of activity was soon joined by the slums of the Ancoats district which Fredrich Engels described in his book ‘The Condition of the Working Classes in England’ (pub. 1845) as:

‘No more injurious and demoralising method of housing the workers has yet been discovered’

In 1801 the first census revealed the Ancoats population was about 11,000 but by 1861 it had risen to 56,000; clearly this was a very cramped space to try and live in. By the 1930s the slums, and derelict buildings, where being targeted for demolition. Even then the housing stock was described as ‘grossly unfit’ but it wasn’t until the early 1960s that the wrecking balls started to swing. This is about the same time as Coronation Street, Granada TV’s seminal television drama and social study, was first being aired. On Great Ancoats the old Central Retail Park has been demolished and there is a current £37m plan is to build a new neighbourhood, on this large open space, with ‘Cotton Field Square’ at its heart.

Should this plan proceed then it will cap of the redevelopment around the marina and further drive demand what is certainly no longer any form of urban slum. Ancoats and New Islington Wharf are well worth the visit and you will experience this ‘new feel’ space and discover some of the more recent budding enterprises that have opening in many of the redeveloped mills and buildings.

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Bar & Restaurant 1: 7 Brothers, Blossom St - B2 2: Cask, New Union St - D2 3: Crown & Kettle, Oldham Rd - A2 4: Edinburgh Castle, Blossom St - B2 5: Epicurean, Henry St - B2 6: House of Esk, New Union St - D2 7: Jane Eyre, Hood St - B2 8: Jimmy’s, Blossom St - B2 9: Kerb, Henry St - B2 10: Second City, Blossom St - B2

Entertainment 1: Frog & Bucket, Oldham St - A2 2: Horsfall Gallery, Jersey St - B3

Cafés 1: Ancoats Coffee, Royal Mills, Redhill St - C2 2: Ancoats General Store, Great Ancoats St - B2 3: Lily’s Deli, Henry St - B2 4: Cotton Café, St Peters - C2 5: Pollen Bakery, New Union St - D2

Restaurant 1: Blossom Street Social, Blossom St - C1 2: Blue Eye Panda, Jersey St - B2 3: Canto, Blossom St - B2 4: Cha Ology, Great Ancoats St - B2 5: Coca-Cabana, Murry St - C2 6: Elnecot, Blossom St - B2

7: Erst, Murry St - C2 8: Flawd, New Union St - D3 9: Hip Hop Chip Shop, Blossom St - C1 10: Kettlebell, Great Ancoats St - B3 11: Mana, Blossom St - C1 12: Mule, Blossom St - B2 13: NAM, Blossom St - B2 14: Rudy’s Pizzas, Cotton St - B2 15: Sugo Pasta Kitchen, Blossom St - C1 16: The Counter House, Blossom St - B2 17: Vet Shack, Great Ancoats St - B3 - Above: Anocoats & Islington Marina Map copyright Unlock Publishing


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City Life - A Sporting City

Manchester a Sporting City City life - Where to find and watch Sport in Manchester


Manchester is a popular destination for sports fans, not only is it home too two of the country’s premier football clubs (more of that later) it also offers visitors the chance to experience a diversity of sporting activities. While it isn’t always possible to get tickets for many of the events and fixtures. However, Manchester offers visitor’s quality bars and pubs where one can enjoy the build up and the excitement of an event, while possibly enjoying a pint or two... We have rounded a few our favourites where you can follow and watch the action take place. Not far from the Etihad Campus is the National Cycling Centre, opened in 1984, it is sponsored by HSBC UK. The complex includes a large indoor Velodrome, a BMX arena and outdoor mountain bike trails each of which are open to the public to book and use. While it’s not the 1970’s anymore and Eddie Waring is no longer with us, Rugby is still a ‘northern’ sport. Eccles’s AJ Bell Stadium hosts two such clubs the Super League Salford Red Devils and the Rugby Union Sale Sharks. There is a difference in how the two rugby games are played, yes really... In 1974 Greater Manchester was formed and it encompassed Old Trafford, previously part of Lancashire. The Lancashire County Cricket Team (LCC) is still at Old Trafford and its cricket ground plays host to county and international matches during each season.

The National Speedway Stadium, in Gorton, is the home race track for the Belle Vue Aces. There is a long history of Speedway in Manchester with an inaugural meeting held in 1929 in the purpose built Hyde Road stadium. It was demolished in 1987 and the Belle Vue team moved to the NSS. Mondays are when the clubs regular meets are held should you fancy popping by for some ‘high octane’ excitement. The Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium, opened in 1926, has been a casualty of COVID19 and dwindling attendances at the race meetings. In its last few years of operation the stadium was a regular venue for Stock-car and Banger racing, but eventually the stadium was sold off and finally closed in 2020.

And so into the modern era; of course Manchester is best known for its football clubs Manchester City and Manchester United. Their lasting rivalry has seen the fortunes of both clubs grow into world class brands both sporting teams of home-grown and international football talent. You can take a tour of both the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford Football Ground. These tours are very informative and give you the change to get ground side with the stadiums, check out the dressing rooms, ogle the trophies and you may even spot a few players.


National Football Museum Urbis Building, Todd Street, M4 3BG nationalfootballmuseum.com | @footballmuseum Old Trafford Cricket Ground Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PX lancashirecricket.co.uk | @lancscricket Old Trafford Football Ground Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA manutd.com | @ManUtd Recommended Sports Bars O’Sheas Irish Pub 80 Princess St, Manchester M1 6NF osheasirishbarm1.co.uk Pie & Ale The Hive, 47 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN pieandale.co.uk | @pieandalemcr Second City Bar 23 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5EP secondcitybar.co.uk | @secondcity_bar

If you’re travelling to support either of these football teams then for City fans we can recommend pre-match build up at The City Arms (Kennedy St, M2 4BQ) and The Waldorf (Gore St, M1 3AQ) the ‘Blue’ pub. Whilst United fans will do well to visit The Old Nags Head (Jacksons Row, M2 5WD), one of George Best’s favourite haunts, here you will discover a whole raft of ‘Red’ celebrations. Manchester is home to the National Football Museum and it’s the world’s biggest football museum telling the story of the UK’s national game from its humble beginnings to the huge world sport it is today.

Manchester Stadiums AJ Bell Stadium Stadium Way, Eccles, Manchester M30 7EY ajbellstadium.co.uk | @EliorAJBell Belle Vue Speedway Kirkmanshulme Lane, Manchester M12 4WB bellevue-speedway.com | @TheAces Etihad Stadium Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF mancity.com | @mancity National Cycling Centre Stuart St, Manchester M11 4DQ nationalcyclingcentre.com | @N_CyclingCentre

The Brotherhood 2 Mount St, Manchester M2 5WQ thisisthebrotherhood.com | @brotherhoodmanc The Seven Oaks 5 Nicholas Street, M1 4HL sevenoaks.pub | @sevenoaksmcr Tib St Tavern 74 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG tibstreettavern.co.uk | @tibstreettavern Walkabout Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS walkaboutbars.co.uk | @walkabout - Centre: The Seven Oaks, 5 Nicholas Street M1 4HL


City Life - Developing Artistic Talents

Manchester Craft & Design City life - Helping to Develop Artists and Designers for 40 Years


Established in 1982 in a former Victorian fish market, Manchester Craft and Design Centre celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. This creative community in the heart of the Northern Quarter houses some of the region’s most talented independent designers and makers. The Centre has more than 20 shops over two floors all belonging to independent businesses selling textiles, jewellery, accessories, ceramics, glass, prints, art and homeware. It offers much more than just a shopping experience with the retail units doubling up as maker studios. It’s one of the only places in the UK where you can meet the makers and watch the product being made right in front of you. It’s Manchester’s go-to destination if you’re on the look out for a unique gift or a special piece for your home. Most makers also work to commission so if there’s something bespoke you have in mind, the Centre is the perfect place. The beautiful historical building is worth a visit alone and retains original features such as an ornate cast iron gate and two restored fishmonger’s booths. The Northern Quarter has a vibrant street art scene, and you can check out a specially commissioned piece by Hammo on the side of the building on Copperas Street.

The mural is inspired by the story of Jimmy Kelly, a fishmonger who looked after the cats after the markets closed down. The cats were used as a form of pest control and were paid for their hard work with fishy dinners. Once the market ceased trading, Jimmy would return to feed the cats, so they didn’t go hungry! Manchester Craft and Design Centre also run a regular exhibitions programme that promotes and celebrates local, regional and national craft talent.

The exhibitions are free to visit and are open to the public Mon-Sat from 10am – 5.30pm. A date for your diary is Saturday 14th May where the Centre will be holding a celebration event to mark its 40th year. This free event will include live music, food & drink and craft activities alongside an interactive exhibition where you can share your memories, craft something yourself and see how the Centre has evolved since 1982. Find out more about Manchester Craft and Design Centre and start planning your visit at craftanddesign.com


- Left: Ella Mcintosh Contemporary Pewter Designer Studio 10, MD&CD - Image: The Manchester Design & Craft Centre 17 Oak St, Manchester M4 5JD

City Life - Live Music

Manchester built on Music City Life - Discover Manchester’s bustling Live Music scene


From Oasis to Joy Division, The Smiths to The Stone Roses, the list of bands the city has spawned is endless and their impact on the world is immeasurable. So if you’ve come to Manchester for its music scene, it’s impossible to be disappointed. You could be part of the audience that attends the huge Parklife festival, held in Heaton Park, where wellington boots are essential, or Summer in the City at the Castlefield Bowl. Yet, while The Stone Roses may be able to sell out Heaton Park for three nights, and Oasis may be able to take over Manchester Arena or the Etihad Stadium, it wasn’t in packed arenas that these bands made their name. It was in intimate, sweaty clubs, pubs and venues across Manchester, crammed with people and character. Want to experience some of that ‘indie’ or ‘underground’ scene? Then try clubs like the infamous Warehouse Project (Oct-Dec), visit the tiny space in The Castle, Oldham St or the even smaller Temple, Great Bridgewater St (a converted public convenience). You can easily dance the night away at FAC251, Club South, Gorilla, Deaf Institue or try the Gay Village for a ‘camp’ disco.

Manchester also has a very successful classical music scene and is home to world renowned Royal Northern College of Music and the Halle Orchestra. Read on to discover some of the best live music venues in one of the world’s great cities of music. If you were hunting for the authentic Mancunian live music experience, then there are many options on the table and you could be easily overwhelmed. Manchester’s live music venues have jam-packed bills featuring local and international touring talent for your entertainment.

Just off Piccadilly, where you can bump into people from every nationality and a fair few oddball characters, is Oldham St. The street is a city centre hot-spot and it is still brandished the torch of the undying Mancunian passion for live music. Walking north along it, for a minute or so, you arrive in the beating heart of Manchester’s music, art and creativity district, the self-styled Northern Quarter. On your right is The Night & Day Café established in 1991, by a mad Dutchman. This is a music venue of world renown with a laid back, unpretentious yet quirky ambience.


Having played host to tens of thousands of musicians in all genres from indie to folk, jazz to electronica, the Night & Day stage has had real international stars performing on it such as Arctic Monkeys, MGMT and Mumford & Sons each on their rise to the top of the music hierarchy. For an authentic look at what’s going on in the Manchester music scene, often very out of step with the rest of the commercial pop world, head to Night & Day Café. It is right next to what used to be the ‘Factory Records’ owned Dry Bar, part of Mancunian music folklore from the 1990s Madchester era.

It was notorious for many things including banning people such as Shaun Ryder and Liam Gallagher and not least it’s funding… Oldham Street is also home to The Castle and Gullivers both charmingly unique of character and enthusiastic about their live music. Each is likely to be presenting a night of great new music. Fancy something more traditional? Then Matt & Phred’s could be right up your alley, located only a stone’s throw away from Night & Day on Tibb St. It is a dimly lit, style Jazz club with a small black curtained stage and decorated to give the place a certain intimate romanticism.

Mainly a Jazz club, its events calendar can include Blues, gypsy, swing, soul, folk, electro and funk depending on the night. Some nights Matt & Phred’s can get packed so booking a table in advance could be a wise move. Cocktails and Pizza are the specialities here and food is served until midnight, try the Dave Walsh pizza. Band on the Wall, Swan St, is a longestablished venue regularly playing host to international stars and major tours. Recently re-opened with two event spaces it continues to be a Manchester tradition. In more recent years the city has seen several new venues open such as the Albert Hall, The Stoller Hall and YES. The Stoller Hall was designed to cater for and deliver an excellent audio experience while listening to live orchestras, it’s location opposite the AO Arena and Victoria Station has helped to expand that repertoire to include modern bands too. The Albert Hall, above Alberts Schloss on Peter St, is a converted Methodist Church and the stage in the round. It is a very exciting and interesting space to experience live music and it is often used for club nights. YES, Charles St, has four floors to explore and it includes one of the cities few, and far between, roof top bars [I might do a piece on that in the future…]. The bar is usually busy and the food is simple and reliable including pizzas and Vegan Kebabs. It, like the Albert Hall, has become a main stay concert venue for the live bands on their UK tours. Check out these and other city venues events diary and discover who you can see tonight. - Centre: Bonobodo - Band on the Wall Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ


City Life - Celebrating the Long Player

Manchester Secondhand Record Shops City Life - Celebrating LP Vinyl and where to buy them


The impact Manchester has had on the modern music genre cannot be understated. Looking back through the decades reveals bands who are still being palyed today across the globe. The 1960s saw the rise of the first BritPop phenomena with bands like The Hollies, from Salford, and the Manchester band Herman Hermits. Leading into the 1970 with groups such as The Buzzcocks, from Bolton, The Fall and Joy Division. The explosion of pop in the 1980s saw the rise of legends such as The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays, New Order and Simply Red. The arrival of the 1990s saw the second coming of Brit-pop sound driven by a culture of new ideas. Bands became international mega-stars. Oasis release Defiantly Maybe, the Charlatans hit the scene with Some Friendly, while the Chemical Brothers are soon propelled to worldwide recognition as DJ’s and electronic music artists. Madchester, coined by Tony Wilson, was all about the indie dance/rave scene and refers to groups such as Inspiral Carpets, James and 808 State, formed by Martin Price (then the owner of Eastern Bloc Records on Stevenson Sq).

All supported by night clubs, and probably MDMA, like the infamous Haçienda (FAC51), co-owned by New Order [read Peter Hook’s book ‘The Haçienda - How not to run a club’]. In 1968 the Stockport’s Inter-City Studio was bought by Peter Tattersall who invited Eric Stewart (10cc fame) to join him as a partner. It moved to No.3 Waterloo Rd and was renamed Strawberry Studios (in honour of Eric’s favourite Beatles song). Here 10cc recorded much of their catalogue. Popular with other major artists including Joy Division, Neil Sedaka, Barclay James Harvest, the Smiths, The Stones Rose, The Moody Blues and Paul McCartney.

Look for the studio of the recording on sleeve and Stockport’s Strawberry Studio is a recurring location. So, you may not be surprised to learn that the city has a number of good second-hand record shops, and incidentally the only second-hand tape cassette shop [marstapes. co.uk / 3rd Floor, Afflecks, Church St]. Back in the 1970s I was buying secondhand records and there where a few shops that happy hours could be spent flicking through racks and crates of used albums. The returning interest in physical media must have been a shock to many, with it being so easy to create a fab Spotify list.


Secondhand Record Shops Clampdown Records 1 Paton St, Manchester M1 2BA clampdownrecords.com Empire Exchange 1 Newton St, Manchester M1 1HW Hi-Tackle Downtex Mill, Mary St, Manchester M3 1NH hitacklerecords.bigcartel.com Piccadilly Records 53 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR piccadillyrecords.com | @PiccadillyRecs Vinyl Exchange 18 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN vinylexchange.co.uk | @vinylexchange Vinyl Resting Place 3rd Floor Afflecks, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW afflecks.com | @vrpmanchester

That for me, and I suspect others, simply fails convey the sense of personal reward of discovering that elusive album or rare record for which you’ve been long searching. Now it’s a matter of the important questions: Which issue is it, What’s the sleeve condition, Is the poster intact and Does it even play well? Needless to say, the cost of some these rarities can be overwhelming. Some years ago I was lucky enough to replace my long lost copy of Power, Corruption and Lies (New Order) in the original die-cut sleeve for a mere £50...

Here the experience of such a discovery, and hopefully some great bargains too, adds to the value and the experience of spinning them on your old turntable. Collecting these items can be time consuming, and costly, however while you are in Manchester, or Madchester, it would seem a good idea to at least spend a while routing through some record racks. I should mention the UK’s ‘Record Store Day’ (held in April) which often sees artists releasing limited edition pressings. With all this in mind here are a few of our favourite Manchester based second-hand record shops.

Vinyl Revival 5 Hilton St, Manchester M4 1LP vinylrevivalmcr.com

- Centre: Secondhand Record Racks


City Life - Best Jukeboxes

Manchester Classic Jukeboxes City Life - Where to find the city’s best bar Jukeboxes


Now this might sound a bit strange, because in this modern age anyone armed with a half-decent mobile device, and enough mobile data, can play music or music videos almost anywhere. However, for some of us there is still pleasure to be found, and possibly the awe of your friends, should you take the opportunity to stroll over to the pubs jukebox, drop in some cash and make your selection for the next best song to pumped out too all and sundry. Good choices can be as impassioning as ‘bad’ choices (please no Blacklace), and let me tell you there are plenty of jukeboxes with appalling musical taste out there. So with this in mind we have gathered together a list of Manchester bars, in no particular order, with what we consider to be excellent musical taste for you to ponder choices over. The Jukeboxes we have selected are not only carefully curated but they are in interesting bars where the drink is good too, so you cannot drown your, or another’s, poor musical choices with a pint of say Carlsberg (I know some people might like it...). We have avoided the modern digital jukeboxes as these, in our humble opinion, do not deliver the right ‘experience’ when choosing the next track to play.

Seeing something change on a screen is nowhere as rewarding as watching a clever mechanism rotate, twist and move small panels displaying lists of album tracks and in some cases seeing records actually being placed on a turntable. You’re the DJ is it going to A18, C12 or possibly E5?

Fringe Bar 10 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JN

Recommended Jukebox Bars Cask 29 Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4NQ

The Temple 100 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5JW

Corbieres 2 Half Moon St, Manchester M2 7PB

Gullivers 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW The Castle 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

- Above: Jukebox in Cask

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Manchester Exhibitions

Exhibition Highlights Our Guide to Manchester’s Current Exhibitions


Julian Grey: Stories For Us The Lowry, The Quays,†Salford M50 3AZ until 1st May ‘22 An exhibition centred on work by Manchester based illustrator Julian Gray. As a queer, trans, disabled and mixed race artist, Julian champions authentic representations of marginalised populations in comics and graphic novels thelowry.com | @the_lowry

The Lowry Collection The Lowry, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ Permanent Exhibition There are over 400 works in the collection, 57 of which are oil paintings. Alongside the works of art is an archive containing thousands of items ranging from photographs to press cuttings and exhibition catalogues. This Lowry collection was formed in 2000 thelowry.com | @the_lowry

National Football Museum Free Tours Urbis Building Cathedral Gardens, Todd St M4 3BG until 1st Dec ‘22 Learn more about the game through our objects on one of our National Football Museum guided tours, included in the price of admission. Please ask about the tours when you arrive at the Welcome Wing, or ask a member of the team for more details nationalfootballmuseum.com | @footballmuseum

Lark Hill Place: A Victorian Experience Salford Museum & Art Gallery, The Crescent M5 4WU Permanent Exhibition Head onto the cobbles of Lark Hill Place, a carefully recreated street and step back in time to experience what life was like in Victorian Salford. The street is constructed with original shop fronts and objects salfordmuseum.com | @SalfordMuseum

Suzanne Bethell: Lucky Dip HOME, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN until 22nd May ‘22 Presenting a diverse body of work, artist Suzanne Bethell, celebrates the power of colour to excite the eye, engage the heart and awaken the soul. Her practice is expressive, intuitive and process-led, with many of her works being created when she is in a state of ‘flow’ homemcr.org | @home_mcr

Fired - 3D Design Exhibition Water Side Arts, Waterside Pl, Trafford M33 7ZF until 30th April ‘22 Glass artists Megan Cowley and ceramicists Lillie Tew and Jake Stevenson Grimberg present work developed since their graduations from MMU’s School of Art in this exhibition curated by glass artist Michelle Keeling

#WELCOME? PHM, Left Bank, Spinningfields M3 3ER until 5th June ‘22 This exhibition explores the wider impact of negative media coverage and changing immigration controls, as well as highlighting campaigns to end the ‘hostile environment’ and its policies

watersidearts.org | @WatersideArts

phm.org.uk | @phmmcr


Constellations: Care & Resistance Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St M2 3JL until 5th June ‘22 Jade Montserrat creates works on paper and performances exploring race, the body and language. Part gallery and part studio, we also present her notebooks, research, and art materials, giving us a unique insight into her artistic process manchesterartgallery.org | @mcrartgallery

British Art Show 9 The Whitworth, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER 13th May - 4th Sept ‘22 This precarious moment in Britain’s history has brought politics and narratives of identity to the centre of public consciousness. Artists respond in critical ways to this complex context; imagining more hopeful futures and exploring new modes of resistance whitworth.manchester.ac.uk | @whitworthart

You Belong Here Salford Museum & Art Gallery, The Crescent M5 4WU until 19th June ‘22 Salford based artists Jack Brown, Cheddar Gorgeous, Hilary Jack and Lizzie King have each been exploring the city and present exciting new work in a range of media displayed alongside original archive material, photographs and historic artworks of Salford salfordmuseum.com | @SalfordMuseum

2022 Banner Exhibition PHM, Left Bank, Spinningfields M3 3ER unitl 8th Jan ‘23 Banners are large and colourful representations of groundbreaking moments of protest and the people united by them. Join a march through the history of rights and equality in PHM’s main galleries, discovering the memorable messages and motifs which make banners such a powerful tool in fighting for change phm.org.uk | @phmmcr

Altered: Tony Heaton OBE BAM, Moss st, Bury BL9 0DR 5th Mar - 25th June ‘22 Exploring Tony Heaton’s sculptural practice from his early work including his activism and initiation of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive to more recent work including direct stone carving, establishing his position in the wider art historical context buryartmuseum.co.uk Amazonia Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Rd M3 4FP 13th May - 14th August ‘22 Sebastiao Salgado, winner of the 2021 Praemium Imperiale award for painting, presents Amazonia, a breath-taking photography exhibition that celebrates the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk | @sim_manchester


- Left: AMAZONIA Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Rd (c) Sebastiao Salagado

Manchester Theatre & Shows

Theatre Highlights Our Guide to Manchester’s Forthcoming Theatre Shows

Theatre & Shows

Northern Ballet - Casanova The Lowry, The Quays,Salford M50 3AZ 18th - 21st May ‘22 Consumed by his desires, Casanova lived every minute in a whirlwind of scandal and decadence. But behind the mask, there was more to the man. Casanova takes you inside the heart and mind of one of the most notorious figures in history thelowry.com | @the_lowry

Between Tiny Cities Contact Theatre, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA 10th - 12th May ‘22 Dancers Erak Mith, from Phnom Penh, and Aaron Lim, from Darwin, use the rituals, movement styles and language of their shared hip-hop culture to reveal their dramatically different worlds and uncover the choreographic links that unite them contactmcr.com | @ContactMcr

ComedySportz Water Side Arts, Waterside Plaza, Trafford M33 7ZF 28th May ‘22 You’ve seen football. You’ve seen tennis. But have you seen Comedy as a sport? Then you don’t want to miss this all ages, all action, all improvised competitive comedy show!

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Water Side Arts, Waterside Plaza, Trafford M33 7ZF 11th & 12th May ‘22 Immerse your in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. Gripping, stylish and thoughtprovoking, this is unmissable theatre. Go on... treat your dark side! watersidearts.org | @WatersideArts

Oh Mother HOME, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN 12th - 28th May ‘22 A fever dream made in the heat of the love, the exhaustion and the chaos. It’s for our friends, our parents, our partners, our babies and for any of you that are making a family. Family means everything you want it to mean.

BERYL Oldham Coliseum, Fairbottom St, OL1 3SW 7th - 21st May ‘22 When actress Maxine Peake was given cyclist Beryl Burton’s autobiography as a gift she questioned why no one had ever written a play about Britain’s unsung sporting legend, and so she wrote it herself...

Passion Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard St, Manchester M4 7JA 5th May - 5th June ‘22 Reimagining of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s multi-award-winning Passion. Exploring the consequences of intense passion and obsessive adoration, Passion is a ravishing and thought-provoking look at the lengths people go to for desire hopemilltheatre.co.uk | @hopemilltheatr1


watersidearts.org | @WatersideArts

homemcr.org | @home_mcr


Fat Friends - The Musical The Lowry, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ 6th - 11th June ‘22 This hugely entertaining musical reunites our favourite foodie friends as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local slimming club, whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams thelowry.com | @the_lowry

Vice Versa HOME, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN 1st & 2nd July ‘22 A vibrant show where performance-art meets theatre to explore the journey of how a young woman goes from being a passive civilian in a totalitarian, dystopian and android-like world to becoming an active voice for change and finding freedom homemcr.org | @home_mcr

Anything Goes Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6FT 9th - 18th June ‘22 Featuring a 50 strong cast and ensemble of the finest we have to offer on stage (including tap dancing sailors!) and a full-sized live orchestra, this uplifting production of Anything Goes features heart-warming romance, farcical fun and spectacular show stopping dance routines atgtickets.com | @atgtickets

South Pacific Opera House, 3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP 16th - 23rd July ‘22 Boasting one of Rodgers & Hammersteinís most memorable scores, this much-loved Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical features songs such as Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Bali Ha’i atgtickets.com | @atgtickets

Red Velvet Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, M2 7DH 27th May - 25th June ‘22 When celebrated actor Edmund Kean takes ill, Theatre Royal Covent Garden’s 1833 run of Othello is at risk of closing. Flustered, but loving the drama, the impassioned acting company hastily reallocates roles - but the producer has a radical idea royalexchange.co.uk | @rxtheatre

The Osmonds - A New Musical Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6FT 9th - 13th August ‘22 You Loved Them For A Reason. Now, for the first time, you can see this sensational new musical and relive one of the world’s biggest ever boybands. THE OSMONDS: A new musical tells the official story from Jay Osmond about the five brothers from Utah atgtickets.com | @atgtickets

My Fair Lady The Met, Market Street, Bury BL9 0BW 29th June ‘22 My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young and fiesty Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, an acclaimed linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a ‘proper lady’

The Gruffalo The Lowry, The Quays,Salford M50 3AZ 30th July - 21st Aug Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler thelowry.com | @the_lowry

themet.org.uk | @themet

- Left: Casanova - Northern Ballet


Manchester Festivals

Festival Highlights Our Guide to Manchester’s Forthcoming Major Festivals

Irlam Live Prince’s Park, 34 Highbury Ave, Irlam M44 6BA 2nd - 5th June ‘22 Four great days one awesome festival. Irlam Live 2022. 2-5 June 2022. Bananarama, The Feeling, Heather Small, N-Trance, Hue & Cry, Nadine Coyle and lots more will play Irlam Live 2022 irlamlive.co.uk | @irlamlive

Sounds from the Other City Venues across Salford 1st May ‘22 A festival of new music and art. A day of discovery and a community festival. Drawing together the independent creative scenes of Manchester, and more importantly Salford, to create something downright magical


Manchester Histories Festival Venues across Manchester 8th - 12th june ‘22 A festival exploring climate change taking place across Greater Manchester. It will be full of exhibitions, talks, creativity and more. Itís a festival for the community, which means there will be something for everyone to enjoy

soundsfromtheothercity.com | @sftoc

manchesterhistories.co.uk | @mcrhistfest

Manchester Jazz Festival Venues across the city 20th - 29th May ‘22 First staged in 1996 today it features hundreds of musicians, across 80-100 free and charged events each year. The festival hubs in St Ann’s Square and Exchange Street, plus events across the city in such favourites as the RNCM, Matt & Phreds, St Ann’s Church and Band on the Wall manchesterjazz.com | @ManJazzFest

Parklife Heaton Park, Manchester 11th & 12th June ‘22 Parklife is the largest metropolitan music festival in the uk and takes place at heaton park in Manchester. The Manchester festival blends beats from multiple music genres, including hip hop, grime, pop, rock, club, house and dance DJs

Neighbourhood Weekender Victoria Park, Warrington WA4 1DG 28th & 29th May ‘22 Bringing together an incredible weekend of live music across three stages alongside a hub of local concessions and festival favourites The Neighbourhood Inn, The Cornershop, The Library Silent Disco and much more

Manchester Day Deansgate and venues across Manchester 19th June ‘22 Manchester Day - the city’s favourite day of the year’ is back for 2022 and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Street fairs and the huge Deansgate parade - family fun for all.

nbhdweekender.com | @nbhdweekender

parklife.uk.com | @parklifefest

manchesterday.co.uk | @ManCityCouncil


Sounds of the City Castlefield Bowl, Liverpool Road M3 4JR 28th June - 8th July ‘22 Sounds of the City is back in June 2022, taking over Manchesterís Castlefield Bowl for a series of headline concerts, featuring Lewis Capaldi, Foals, Crowded House, James, Pixies, Sam Fender and Hacienda Classical

RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park Tatton Park Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6SG 21st - 25th July ‘22 Find an abundance of ideas and inspiration in our glorious gardens. Pick up big ideas for small spaces in our Small Tatton Gardens

gigsandtours.com | @gigsandtours

rhs.org.uk | @The_RHS

Wigan International Jazz Festival Village on the Green, Apull, Wigan 7th - 10th July ‘22 Started in 1986 the is now one of the UKs longest running jazz festivals. Featuring many of the world’s finest jazz artists, many of iconic status, the event quickly gained a reputation for being one of the finest jazz Festivals in Europe

Manchester Pride Canal St, Manchester M1 27th - 30th August ‘22 Current planned events include the popular Gay Village Party, Manchester Pride Parade, Superbia Weekend and the closing Candlelit Vigil, a gathering in Sackville Gardens to remember those lost to HIV, and those still facing LGBTQ+ persecution globally manchesterpride.com | @ManchesterPride

wiganjazzfest.co.uk Manchester Craft Beer Festival Depot Mayfield, Baring St, Manchester M1 2PY 22nd & 23rd July ‘22 Banging beers from the best breweries from Manchester and beyond. They’ll be fixing up a feast with our fair city’s finest independent kitchens and culinary talent, and making sure everyone is having a party with a curated lineup of live music manchestercraftbeerfestival.com | @anchestercbf Bluedot Festival Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield SK11 9DL 21st - 24th July ‘22 Leave the festival fantasy world behind and embark on the Bluedot experience. The awardwinning Bluedot is an ‘intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space.’ The festival combines an out-of-thisworld lineup with a pioneering program of live science, experiments, and expert talks discoverthebluedot.com | @bluedotfestival

OUSE + RESTAU BLIC H U P WI TH PRIVATE DINING Rising from the ashes having been lovingly restored, and with capacity for over 220 revellers, we’re on a pilgrimage to bring together friends to break bread and share a drink this festive season.

Manchester Science Festival S&IM, Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP 21st - 30th October ‘22 Produced by the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester Science Festival 2022 will be exploring what makes us human and asking the question - what might the future hold for humankind?


scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk @sim_manchester

- Left: Parklife at Heaton Park parklife.com.uk

41 Blackfriars Road, Salford M3 7DH enquiries@theblackfriarsalford.co.uk 0161 667 9555


Music Events

Music Highlights Our Guide to Manchester’s Comprehensive Public Transport

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Band on the Wall, 27-29 Swan St, M4 5JZ 28th May ‘22 After two long years, the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club is back with a bang at Band on the Wall, taking over our brand new stage and newly renovated venue bandonthewall.org | @bandonthewall

Bianca Del Rio: Unsanitized O2 Apollo, Stockport Rd, Ardwick Green M12 6AP 11th May ‘22 Get your vaccinations & cocktails because everyone’s favorite ‘clown in a gown’ is returning to the stage with her new comedy tour ‘Unsanitized’! She’s vaxxed; she’s waxed, and she has more attitude than ever academymusicgroup.com | @o2apollomanc Blu Detoger The Deaf Institute 135 Grosvenor St M1 7HE 14th May ‘22 Emerging from lockdown with over 1 million TikTok followers, NYC based alt-pop artist Blu DeTiger is strapping on her bass guitar for a small run of UK live shows in May 2022 thedeafinstitute.co.uk | @DeafInstitute

Music Events

The Twisted Wheel Club Band on the Wall, 27-29 Swan St, M4 5JZ 15th May ‘22 A Manchester institution since 1963, The legendary Twisted Wheel Club is back, celebrating its 22nd anniversary since reopening in 2000 with fellow icon of the Manchester music scene, Band on the Wall bandonthewall.org | @bandonthewall

Manchester Beethoven Orchestra The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA 28th May ‘22 In the orchestra’s debut at The Stoller Hall they will be performing a programme of well loved pieces. Elgar’s contemplative cello concerto, composed just after the First World War, will be played by Clara Hope Simpson from the Royal Northern College of Music stollerhall.com | @stollerhall Jarvis Cocker: Good Pop, Bad Pop RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, M13 9RD 29th May ‘22 Join legendary musician and broadcaster Jarvis Cocker live in conversation to celebrate the publication of his highly anticipated new book Good Pop, Bad Pop rncm.ac.uk | @rncmlive All Star Jam: Led by Dreamer Matt & Phreds, 64 Tib Street, M4 1LW 30th May ‘22 Making it feel like it’s the weekend again already, the All Star Jam is sure to get each and every one in the club moving. Every 4th Monday of the month, House band Dreamer take to the stage to invite musicians to join them in filling M&P’s with the very best Funk, Soul, and Disco from across the decades mattandphreds.com | @mattandphreds


Twist & Shout Stockport Plaza, Mersey Sq, Stockport SK1 1SP 3rd June ‘22 Twist & Shout - an all-star cast from the West End deliver a musical powerhouse of a show that starts with the explosion of Brit Pop in 1962 through to the era of Flower Power and Free Love of the late Sixties stockportplaza.co.uk | @stockportplaza1

Kula Shaker Albert Hall, 27 Peter St M2 5QR 6th July ‘22 Kula Shaker’s most inspired album in years, 1st Congregational Church Of Eternal Love and Free Hugs is a firebrand double-album, energised with an assured display of vehemence and songcraft featuring cross-genre sonics and a renewed super confidence alberthallmanchester.com | @Alberthallmcr

The Amy Winehouse Band Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St M1 5WW 24th June ‘22 In this stunning retrospective show, Amy’s original band fronted by the exceptional young vocalist Bronte Shand, celebrate her era defining music and live performances. An authentic re-imagining of the Amy sound, featuring brilliantly staged lights and films thisisgorilla.com | @thisisgorilla

Peter Hook & The Light O2 Apollo, Stockport Rd, Ardwick Green M12 6AP 29th July ‘22 This show commemorates the 40th anniversary of Joy Division and Ian Curtis’ continuing influence. Peter Hook And The Light will perform Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’ in full

A Night at the Musicals The Met, Market Street, Bury BL9 0BW 25th June ‘22 A night to celebrate and hear all the hits from shows including Les Miserables, The Greatest Showman, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and many more

ELO Again Stockport Plaza, Mersey Sq, Stockport SK1 1SP 4th August ‘22 Experience a dramatic taste of what a legendary ELO concert would have been like back in their heyday, the whole experience is professionally re-enacted with a great sound reproduction, light show and visual effects stockportplaza.co.uk | @stockportplaza1

themet.org.uk | @themet Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill @ 25 AO Arena, Victoria Station Approach M3 1AR 25th June ‘22 Seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette is touring celebrating 25 years of her 1995 hit record Jagged Little Pill skyrocketed the now 47-yearold to rock ‘n’ roll icon status. Plus special guest Beth Orton ao-arena.com | @AOArena

academymusicgroup.com | @o2apollomanc

The Bridge & The Heaton

The Bridge and The Heaton, sister restaurants to No.1 Canal Street, have menus that focus on British locally sourced produce and a selection of mouth-watering Asian influenced dishes. These dishes are accompanied by a carefully curated wine list, craft beers and exciting cocktails to enjoy in this attractive and modern restaurant. Both restaurants have very popular Sunday Lunch Menus and offer diners attractive alfresco eating areas. Check the websites for opening and serving times.

The Bridge, Dane Rd, Sale M33 7QH thebrdigesale.co.uk | 0161 962 3030

- Left: Night & Day Café Oldham Street, Manchester Photo: Billy Seagravel

The Heaton, 474 Didsbury Rd Heaton Mersey, Stockport SK4 3BS the-heaton.co.uk | 0161 432 6262


Manchester Tours

Manchester Guided Tours Our Guide to some the best and most vibrant guided tours of the city. Focusing on its history and its lasting impact on the worlds social ideas Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off stops across the city Fri, Sat & Sun - Tours Starts from 10.30am Discover Manchester’s vibrant history from the top deck of the green Sightseeing opentop bus, as it takes you on a 90-minute trip around the city and the modern waterfront developments at Salford Quays. Taking in some of Manchester’s key sights, including the National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, Old Trafford football stadium and The Lowry. Lord of the Rings and Lost actor Dominic Monaghan, provides the commentary aboard the bus sightseeingmanchester.com

City Tours

Rock & Goal Manchester Tour Starts: Mercure Piccadilly Hotel M1 4PH Tues to Sun - starts 11am Join Joe for a fun walking tour of Manchester. Learn some of the hidden gems and secrets of Manchester! See Hollywood & Netflix sets and incredible street art. You’ll learn how Manchester gave the world ice cream, The Premier League, women voting rights, vegetarianism, policemen and much more!


Manchester Bites Starts: Northern Quarter Wed, Fri & Sats - starts 11.30am The Manchester Guided Tour for Foodies. Explore the city with a local guide, hearing the stories of the communities that make Manchester unique and meeting some of the local characters in the food and drink industry. This tour offers a unique way to explore this amazing city, from the Arancini rice balls of our Italian community, to the spicy Caribbean patties of our West Indian friends manchesterbites.com Afternoon Walking Tour Starts: Central Library Mon to Fri - starts 2pm As the first Industrial City in the World, Manchester has always been at the forefront of social change, as Disraeli reportedly said ìWhat Manchester does today, the rest of the World does tomorrow. We will discover the Mancunians who fought for worker’ s rights, women’s liberation and LGBT freedom, as well as looking at how Manchester helped lead to the formation of new political ideologies simanchester.com Free Manchester Tour Starts: Central Library Everyday from 10.30am Manchester is the key City where the Industrial Revolution was borned but also where the modern world began. Come to our Free Tour to discover the past, the present and the future of a city shaped by Revolutions, Music, Football, Freedom and much More. Donations gratefully accepted



The Manchester Cheese Crawl Starts: Richard Cobden Statue, St Annís Square 12pm & 3pm - Dates & times when booking Calling all curd nerds and turophiles - yep there’s a word for your love of cheese. Manchester’s finest cheeses are being wrapped up into one 2 hour walking tour. You have not truly explored Manchester until you tour as a turophile. Get involved in Manchester’s first and grate-est cheese crawl!

Street Art: A Modern History of the NQ Central meeting points Dates & times when booking Presenting a few different Manchester tours these informal but informative ‘anti-tours’, and the only northern tours to feature in The Telegraph Travel’s Incredible Street Art Tours, and ‘Travel’s Offbeat City Tours. 2020 winner of Lux’s Best Alternative Walking Tours - North West England. Alternative and independent walking tours of Manchester since 2012



Eat the City - A Manchester Tour City Centre Starts 11.30am - Dates & times when booking A gastronomic adventure, sample some of the best food and drink the Britain’s greatest industrial city has to offer and learn how our food and drink offers an insight into the city’s past, present and future. Manchester’s food and drink scene is booming and this tour will show you why

Manchester’s Music Scene Central meeting points Dates & times when booking Join one of our Manchester hosts to get to the bottom of a musical legacy intertwined with industrial roots. And the best way to do this? Visit the spots where music history went down, like the Free Trade Hall where the Sex Pistols held their infamous gig that inspired members of Joy Division, The Smiths and the Buzzcocks, and Salford Lads’ Club - youíll recognize it from one of The Smiths’ album covers



Silent Disco - Manchester Tour Starts: Banyan, Corn Exchange Dates & times when booking A ‘sight-singing’ disco adventure youíll never forget through the iconic, dance-drenched streets of Manchester instead! Say bye bye to all of your fears and inhibitions as you don our hi-tech headphones ahead of hitting the streets, where you’ll get a chance to show off your dazzling dance moves and sublime singing voices! silentadventures.co.uk

- Left: Salford Lads’ Club St Ignatus Walk, Salford M5 3RX





Manchester Markets

Our Guide to Greater Manchester’s Best Seasonal and All Year-round Arts, Crafts and Food Markets

Bolton Artisan Market Heaton Fold Garden Centre, Overdale Dr, Bolton BL1 5BU Returning in July ‘22 Visitors will find an exciting range of high quality and locally sourced food, drink and crafts from specialist producers and suppliers. There is free parking on site as well as a gift shop and self-service café. The market is held under cover in bad weather heatonfold.co.uk | @BoltonArtisan

Altrincham Market Greenwood Street, Altringham WA14 1SA Tuesday - Sunday Weekly Quality food traders from fresh fish to fruit & veg, from regional cheese to prime meat cuts, from crafters to jewellers, from makers to vintage retailers and beyond. Showcasing the talent, skill, passion and creativity of the finest Northwest makers and some amazing food altrinchammarket.co.uk | @altrinchammkt

Bury Market The Fish Market, Murray Rd, Bury BL9 0BJ Weekly Monday - Saturday Bury’s World Famous Market is a multi award winning market and was voted Best Market Attraction in 2015. It’s one of the most popular shopping destinations in the north of England attracting thousands of visitors each week with over 370 stalls drawing in the crowds burymarket.com | @BuryMarket

Ancoats Pop Up: Ancoats Cutting Room Sq, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5BF Middle Weekend Monthly Ancoats Pop up is a glorious celebration of all things independent, with handmade products, scrumptious baked goods and original art

Heaton Moor Producers &Art Market Shaw Road, Heaton Moor, SK4 4NZ Stockport 1st Sunday monthly It focuses on bringing local, independent producers’ and artists together offering a wide range of products, including fresh produce, gift items and crafts

Manchester Markets



Ancoats Pop Up: KAMPUSMCR KAMPUS, Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3GL Last Sunday of the Month A collaboration between Kampus and Ancoats Pop-Up a runaway success from Manchesterís Cutting Room Square. A glorious celebration of all things independent, with handmade products, scrumptious baked goods and original art ancoatspopup.com

heatonmoormarket.com | @HMoorMarket Levenshulme Market Stockport Rd, Levenshulme (behind the Station) Every Saturday (March-December) Since its March 2013 launch Levenshumle Markets delivers a diverse range of high quality traders and at every market you can expect an ever changing roster of 50 artisan traders selling produce, street food, plants, gifts, vintage clothing and homeware levymarket.com | @levymarket


Piccadilly Gardens Street Food Market Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre Weekly - Thurs - Sun from 11am The Street Food Market features stalls selling delicious food from around the globe. With dishes ranging from Middle Eastern wraps, dim sum and to chow mien noodles to Italian pasta, ostrich burgers and African cuisine manchester.gov.uk

The Wilmslow Artisan Market Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 1PB 3rd Saturday Monthly (10am-4pm) The market consists of over 120 of the very finest artisan market traders and is the flagship of The Market Cous events. In its alleyways you will find high-quality range of authentic goods with an emphasis on all that is local, ethical and original from traders who are all super-talented themarketco.co.uk | @_TheMarketCo

The Arndale Market Upper Hall, The Arndale, 49 High St M4 3AQ Mon - Sat 8am-8pm / Sun 11.20-5.30pm From mouth-watering chicken combos to Thai cuisine, Turkish sweets and British favourites, you’ll beat hunger in a heartbeat. Prefer to cook storm at home? There’s plenty of fresh grub to pick up as well; visit the butchers, fishmongers, and fruit and veg sellers manchesterarndale.com | @manarndale

Vintage Village Market, Stockport Stockport Market Hall, Market Place SK1 1EU 2nd Sunday Monthly (March-December) Held in Stockports’ ‘Glass Umbrella’ and aims to deliver things might be rare or unique, beautiful, special, amusing, useful, bizarre or remarkable in some way. They are all intensely covetable - in the Markets considered opinion and most of them are cracking bargains too facebook: VintageVillageUK

The Makers Market Check the website for full details This monthly market brings together the finest and often award-winning food, drink, art & crafts producers in the area. The market is well known for presenting the very best of seasonal local farm produce, artisan breads, delicatessen and hand crafted cheeses themakersmarket.co.uk | @_makersmarket

Worker Bee Markets Bramhall, Marple Bridge, Reddish & Cheadle Hulme These artisan markets are open regular weekends across Greater Manchester. Here you will find established stall holders and many new makers dipping their toe into the artisan market scene. Passionate people who wish to make their talents a full-time career workerbeemarkets.wordpress.com

The Treacle Market Old Butter Market, St Michael’s, Macclesfield Last Sunday of the Month (March-Aug) The market started in 2010 and each month sees the handsome cobbled Marketplace and surrounding streets throng with visitors and over 150 stalls of unique crafts, exceptional lovingly produced food, drink and several vintage finds treaclemarket.co.uk | @treaclemarket

- Left: Northern Letters The Makers Markets


Getting About the City

Getting About Our Guide to Manchester’s Comprehensive Public Transport


Whether you land at Manchester International Airport or arrive at Piccadilly Station, the national railway connection, you will find that Manchester has a superb public transportation service. Extending from the city centre there are bus routes, local train services and the excellent Metrolink tram service. Of course if you are staying in the city then these same services will enable you to visit further afield places and generally make your visit easier when travelling around the city or out to its suburbs. Want to get about the city centre? Then the ‘Free’, yes free, bus services numbers 1, 2 and 3 are ‘hop-on hop-off ’ and operate circular routes throughout the city. The city is also well served by its bus operators who run services from the city centre out to Greater Manchester and the entire North West region. The central bus station, in Piccadilly Gardens, is the main hub for most of the bus services. Take the express X50 to get to the Trafford Centre, in double quick time, or head into deepest Yorkshire on the Witch Way (well actually, from Chorlton Street). Around the corner from Piccadilly Gardens is the National Coach Station on Chorlton Street, and from here you can get a seat going to Liverpool, London, Leeds or even Glasgow to mention just a few.

A recent addition to city is the MT1 open top ‘hop-on-hop’ off tour bus. Its route circles the city and reaches out to Salford Quays in a 1hour and 20 minutes journey with 15 stopping points on the way. The service start/stopping point is on Albert Square opposite the Town Hall and tickets are valid for 24 hours and tickets starting at £6 with a family ticket available for £25 (two adults and three children). Manchester’s ever-growing tram network, known as Metrolink, is a modern wonder as it seamlessly moves you around the city. Its network of 99 destinations on 64 miles of track include places such as Media City, in Salford Quays, great for visiting the Lowry Centre, travelling to Bury or connecting you to directly to Manchester Airport.

The Free Bus routes 1, 2 & 3 do not require any tickets simply get on and off where you want [check tfgm.com for service updates]. The Metrolink tram services require tickets and these can be purchased on each station platform via the electronic ticketing machine, either a single or return ticket as you need. These machines accept UK Sterling coins, notes and credit or debit cards. There is a minor restriction on the tram tickets and it is that ‘You must start your journey within 120 minutes’ of buying your ticket, this is not applied to your return journey. Bus and Metrolink tickets do not need validating. - Above: Manchester Metrolink Tram St Peters Square Photo: Wam Bam Photography


Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) offer a huge selection of tickets to suit group or single travellers. For an individual the £14.70 Day Wayfarer Adult Ticket, or the £29.40 Group Wayfarer Ticket (up to two adults and two children) lets you travel on Trams, Trains and Buses (from participating providers) throughout Manchester and parts of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire and the Peak District. The bus operators have specific fares covering journeys you may want to take. If you travel using Stagecoach, or the Magic Bus, services the ‘Dayrider’ individual ticket is just £5, the ‘Dayrider Plus’ Adult and Child is £6.80 and the ‘Group Dayrider’, up to two adults and up to three children, is only £10.50.

Transport for Greater Manchester website [tfgm.com] has a good journey planner service and has transport updates should timetables be altered or affected by maintenance. Additionally it provides good information about all travel, ticketing and highway information in the Greater Manchester region. All ticket prices correct at time of going to print (E&OE). Useful links Metrolink - metrolink.co.uk National Railways - nationalrail.co.uk Stagecoach - stagecoach.com Transport for Greater Manchester - tfgm.co.uk MT1 - Sightseeing Manchester - sightseeingmanchester.com

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Greater Getting Manchester About the City tram network map




P+R 250

Besses o’ th’ Barn

Langworthy Prestwich



D MediaCityUK MediaCityUK

Bowker Vale


Exchange Quay


Robinswood Road

Manchester Airport




Old Dane Road Stretford Trafford


P+R 108

St Peter’s Square


P Firswood Trafford St Werburgh’s J Bar P+R Road Peel 300 Northern Chorlton Hall Moor Sale Barlow Wythenshawe Water Moor Wythenshawe Park Withington Park Road Crossacres Town Centre Didsbury Roundthorn Village Moor Road Burton Benchill Road West Baguley Martinscroft Didsbury



Navigation Road


Exchange Square




P+R 81





Shaw and Crompton

Market Street Piccadilly Gardens

P+R 302




Newton Heath and Moston

Central Park

Oldham Central Hollinwood


P+R 190



Kingsway Business Park



P+R 251


Rochdale Railway Station

Newbold P+R 217

P+R 90

I Rochdale Town Centre

P+R 270

Oldham King Street

South Westwood Chadderton




New Islington

Clayton Hall

Etihad Campus

Piccadilly East Didsbury

Oldham Mumps

Queens Road



P+R 100

Holt Town



Cemetery Road Edge Lane

Audenshaw Droylsden

P+R 200

Ashton West

Ashton Moss


P+R 195



Altrincham – Bury Mon to Fri 0715–1930 and Sat 0930–1830 only

Altrincham – Piccadilly

P+R 369


Services A




Abraham Moss




P+R 216



Salford Quays



Heaton Park

Harbour City




East Didsbury – Victoria Mon to Fri before 0715 and after 1930, Sat before 0930 and after 1830. All day Sunday

MediaCityUK – Piccadilly Mon to Fri 0715–2000 and Sat 0900–1800 only




Eccles – Ashton-under-Lyne via MediaCityUK


Manchester Airport – Cornbrook Bury – Etihad Campus



Shaw and Crompton – East Didsbury Mon to Fri 0715–1930 and Sat 0930–1830 only



Rochdale Town Centre – Exchange Square


Firswood – Manchester Airport


East Didsbury – Deansgate-Castlefield

0300 – 0600 only (0700 on Sunday)


Interchange with other services


Mon to Fri 0715–1930 and Sat 0930–1830 only

Bus interchange

Metrolink stop

Line under construction


Check your tram times at www.metrolink.co.uk before travelling

Rail interchange P+R 100


Park + Ride

Number of spaces available

Car Park

Limited spaces available

Cycle hub

Membership required


Metrolink Tram services generally run every 12 minutes. As most stations are serviced by two, or more routes trams usually arrive every 6 minutes or even more frequently.

Free Bus Route 1 - every 10 minutes Monday to Friday: 7am-7:15pm Saturday: 8:20am–7:15pm Sundays & Bank Holidays: 11am-6pm

Many of the services run from: Monday to Thursday: 6am-11:30pm Friday and Saturday: 6am-00:30am on Sundays and bank holidays: 7am-10:30pm

Free Bus Route 2 - every 10 minutes Monday to Friday: 6:30am-11.30pm Saturday: 8:30am–11:30pm Sundays and Bank Holidays: 9:54am-6:54pm (Every 12 minutes)

Early Morning Airport Services: Deansgate-Castlefield to Manchester Airport. 3am-6am Monday to Saturday, and 3am-7am Sunday and public holidays (This service runs every 20 minutes)

Free Bus Route 3 - every 20 minutes Monday to Friday: 7.25am-11:25pm Saturday: 7:28am–11:30pm (Every 15 minutes) tfgm.com - details of Bus & Tram service times


routes around the city centre


GREEN QUARTER Manchester Victoria

Manchester Arena







































Rochdale Canal



Central Coach Station

Ashton Canal








St Peter’s Square






Manchester Art Gallery

Central Library















Palace Theatre


Route 1 peak only Mon to Fri

Centre forChinese Contemporary Art



Town Hall




Manchester Central

Bridgewater Hall



Craft & Design Centre




Route 1



Deansgate Locks



Piccadilly Gardens














Albert Hall

Beetham Tower








Great Northern













Market Street



Shudehill HY









Manchester Arndale






John Rylands Opera Library House



Barton Arcade/ St Ann’s Square




Royal Exchange


The Printworks

Exchange Square















Cathedral Corn Exchange



People’s History Museum




well River Ir


Salford Central

Science and Industry Museum

MEDIEVAL National QUARTER Football


CHAPEL ST Peak Free bus Route 1 via Salford Central not currently in operation due to roadworks



Chetham’s School of Music


University of Manchester Sackville Street Building

Manchester Piccadilly


Route 1 Saturday service Route 2 Route 3 evening service Metrolink line and stop

MMU All Saints Campus

Manchester Oxford Road


Bus interchange Rail line and station Central Coach Station

Monday – Friday Every 10 minutes: 7am – 7:15pm

Monday – Friday Every 10 minutes: 6:30am – 7:10pm

Monday – Friday Every 20 minutes: 7:30pm – 11:30pm


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FRI 19 AUG - SAT 3 SEP The Lowry, Salford

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