The English city of Manchester is called the treasure of the north.
Perhaps this statement is a little exaggerated, but everyone who has been there in person will definitely confirm that this is a very pleasant city that has something to offer tourists. Once a settlement around a Roman fort, today it is a bustling city that has survived terrorist attacks and economic downturns.
If you have already played enough online casino real money NZ and decided to go on a trip to England, visit this wonderful northern city to see its sights with your own eyes.
1. Manchester Town Hall
The Town Hall, built in 1877 by Alfred Waterhouse, is a stunning example of the Victorian era. As the main building of the Manchester City Council, which still houses many of the city’s offices, this building is striking in its beauty both outside and inside. Waterhouse gave the building a neo-Gothic style, taking elements of the early 13th century Gothic. Today, the town hall is considered one of the finest examples of the Victorian neo-Gothic style. The large hall is decorated with high arches inside, and the names of mayors, lord mayors, and consuls are engraved on the skylights. No tourist has yet passed by a delightful castle with a rich history.
2. Imperial War Museum North
As a complement to the Imperial Museum in London, the North Museum stands out for its strong emphasis on art. The museum is dedicated to researching the impact of modern conflicts on people and society. The original building of the museum is located in a beautiful area overlooking the Manchester Canal, which during the Second World War was a leading industrial center, which was bombed in 1940.
3. Old Trafford
The grandiose park, located on the outskirts of Manchester, is famous for the fact that on its territory the famous stadium of the world-famous football club Manchester United, as well as a cricket field, so (unless of course, you hate Manchester United) you just need to visit the stadium – the second largest in the United Kingdom, with a capacity of 75,635 people. No wonder the stadium is called the “Theater of Dreams”! Every fan’s dreams can come true – special tours include a visit to the Manchester United Museum and Mega market, guided by a former club player!
The theatre adaptation of the groundbreaking cult classic movie The Full Monty has thrusted its way onto the stage in Manchester, making us both laugh and cry… sometimes at the same time.
On opening night, the Manchester Opera House is quite the experience, the foyer awash with excited northern women – your Nanny Pats to your Auntie Jeans and just about everything in between. There’s a hungry twinkle in all of their eyes as they practically clamber over each other to get through the doors and into their seats.
For anyone who may not have seen the 1997 classic (or you just hadn’t been born yet), the show is set in Thatcher-era Sheffield, where many of the steelworks were being closed down.
It follows Gaz (Danny Hatchard) and his best friend Dave (Neil Hurst) who, along with other members of the cast, have been let go from their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet.
Gaz’s antics have got him in trouble and he risks losing access to his son unless he can pull together the child maintenance cash.
The local Working Men’s club is visited by the sexy male strippers The Chippendales, inspiring him to pull together a group of out of work pals to strip for cash.
The film was ahead of its time, featuring a storyline of openly gay characters (Guy, played by Jake Quickenden and Lomper, played by Nicholas Prasad) which was relatively unheard of with section 28 and the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ being prohibited at the time. This theme is carefully and comically handled within the show, although some ‘of the time’ vernacular is used early on.
The set on stage is based around the steelworks, with everything having an industrial feel – you are immediately taken back to the 90s terraced streets of Sheffield.
The cast are all lively. You can tell they’re excited for their first night. It was, however, a bit of a slow start in my opinion. Possibly down to me slowly being reacquainted with the storyline which I hadn’t clued myself back up on, or maybe it was the slightly dated jokes, but it took me a little while to warm up.
Whilst Neil Hurst (Dave), Bill Ward (Gerald) and Ben Onwukwe (Horse) all gave particularly stand out performances throughout the show, all of the cast performed brilliantly and were a big hit with the audience.
We’re definitely outliers with some of the jokes, as the rest of the audience are absolutely howling practically the whole way through.
The Full Monty. Credit: Ellie Kurttz
We’re practically deafened upon the arrival of Jake Quickenden – the mums, the huns and all the grans can hardly contain themselves. One woman is even asked to calm down as she was disturbing other audience members.
As the story continues, the lads recruit their former boss and Conservative party supporter Gerald (Bill Ward) to teach them to dance. An unlikely friendship is formed, showing how hard times can cross party lines.
The final performance is something to behold – a fantastic display of body positivity, where there is literally a body for everyone. The women in the audience are losing. their. minds. One has to be asked to ‘sit down’ three times by Opera House staff.
All in all it’s a light, funny and heartwarming performance that is well worth having a ladies’ night out to watch. The show is on a short run, closing on Saturday 17 Feb, so get your tickets while you can.
The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 19 – 25 February 2024
We may be coming off-the-back of one of the busiest weeks of year so far, but there’s still so much happening this week too.
Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day are over and done with now, but that doesn’t mean the Greater Manchester social calendar is slowing down any time soon, as there’s still a wide range of exciting events and activities to get stuck into this week – especially as it’s half term in some of the region’s boroughs.
But if you’re finding it a bit tricky to pick what to do, not to worry, as we’ve chosen a few of the best bits for another edition of our ‘what’s on‘ guide.
Here’s some of our recommendations.
Hamilton: The Story of Tonight
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
Monday 19 – Thursday 29 February
Hamilton: The Story of Tonight / Credit: Danny Kaan (via Supplied)
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is celebrating Manchester hosting the multi award-winning cultural phenomenon Hamilton for the very first time with a photography exhibition showcasing moments both on and off stage.
Open for free to the general public until the end of February, Hamilton: The Story of Tonight offers a glimpse into the journey of the musical that captured the imaginations of audiences in our city.
20 photographs taken by Hamilton’s production photographer, Danny Kaan, are currently on show.
Manchester Open Exhibition is back for the third time in our city.
Taking place every two years down at HOME, the Open Exhibition is the biggest celebration of Greater Manchester’s creative talent, and sees HOME’s Gallery walls filled with 480 artworks created by the people of our region that have been specially-selected by a panel consisting of art experts and community representatives.
Open to all, the Exhibition brings together artwork including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital and mixed media, video, audio, and so much more.
It’s that time once again… the Six Nations is back.
With the international rugby tournament having now officially kicked-off, we thought it would be only right to put together a list of the very best places in Greater Manchester to head on down to and catch a game.
After all, we don’t want you scrambling around to find places showing the action, we just want you to sit back and enjoy the games.
Read our round-up of the best places to watch the Six Nations here.
Did you know there’s currently 15,000 free cinema tickets up for grabs this month?
It’s all part of Escapes – a new project supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) and National Lottery funding that’s giving everyone the opportunity to “enjoy the big screen experience” and “discover independent cinema”.
The thousands of tickets are now available across the UK for completely free of charge, and there’s a handful of Greater Manchester cinemas taking part.
Escapes / Credit: Unsplash | A24
So whether you’re someone who prioritises a trip to the cinema, someone who treasures a visit but only on a special occasion, or someone who’s just keen to discover more, there’s a free ticket to see brand-new wrestling biopic film, The Iron Claw, with your name on it
Back by popular demand, The Black Friar’s ‘Pie Festival’ has returned for 2024.
There’s nothing that sounds more inviting on a cold evening than a lovely warming pie, right? So when we heard that The Black Friar’s now-annual Pie Festival was making a 2024 comeback, we have no shame in admitting we did a little dance.
Now in its third edition, the Salford restaurant has brought back the parade of meat and gravy, sweet and savoury, and all things pie and pastry-encrusted – with something for everyone on the menu.
Best of all, not only are there some enticing flavours on offer, but they’re also only £10 each.
Don’t forget there’s a world-first exhibition still running down at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, and it’s giving families the chance to “dive headfirst into the digestive system” and “travel like a poo”.
The new blockbuster exhibition, Operation Ouch!, is based on and will see the award-winning CBBC children’s TV series brought to life.
Visitors can expect interactive experiences, amazing objects from the Science Museum Group’s collection, and appearances from world-renowned doctors who will be on hand to guide audiences through this “lively, interactive, and playful adventure to better understand our brilliant bodies”.
Welly Walk – A Family Trail / Credit: National Trust
The National Trust is encouraging Greater Manchester families to “brush off your best boots and wring out your waterproofs” to join in with a ‘Welly Walk’ around the gardens at the beautiful Dunham Massey this half term.
You’ll get to spot colourful displays, get stuck into playful installations, spot some resident deers, and see the first bulbs peeking out of the winter soil as you walk around, all before you sit down to enjoy a hot drink in the restaurant or café when your legs get tired.
Find out more, and book your ‘Welly Walk’ timeslot here.
Mini Master Model Builder UK
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester
Monday 19 – Sunday 25 February
Mini Master Model Builder UK / Credit: LEGOLAND
Is your child a LEGO super fan? Do they reckon they could build impressive LEGO creations in their sleep? Well, if they’re feeling brave enough and are ready to put their skills to the test, then you’ll want to take them down to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester, as the hunt is one for a talented youngster to be crowned the UK’s newest ‘Mini Master Model Builder’.
For only the second time ever, young LEGO fans will have the chance to let their imaginations run wild in a “bricktastic” competition, by building the most epic creation entirely out of LEGO bricks in an attempt to take home the coveted title.
Oh, and they’ll could also win a handsome £500 too, if they take the crown.
One of the most popular weekly foodie events is back at Manchester’s largest street food fair GRUB over several days this week.
Taking place from Wednesday right through to Sunday, with different independent street food traders on the lineup each week, the GRUB Street Food Fair will this week see the likes of Eat Like A Greek, Gatto Pizza, Nina’s Taco Truck, and Mary’s Cakery Makery all serve up wide range of mouthwatering delights for you to try.
With loads of vegan and gluten-free options on the menu too, this is an inclusive weekly event with something for all appetites to tuck into.
The hugely popular wizard-themed steam train will be back travelling through Greater Manchester once again this week.
Aspiring witches and wizards for all ages are invited to enrol in the spellbinding school of sorcery on the East Lancashire Railway this summer as they take a “wacky and wonderful whistle stop tour” of the Wizard Academy.
They’ll get to learn to become a master of mystery and magic during this immersive interactive experience through the Irwell Valley of wonders that’s hauled by a genuine steam – and spell – powered train.
Brickhouse Social has announced that it 00s-themed brunch is back by popular demand.
The Manchester social hub is inviting music lovers down to enjoy 90-minutes of bottomless pizza slices, fizz, bottled beers, and select cocktails on its ooftop terrace every Saturday over the nexr couple of months – with a resident DJ playing all the best tunes from the 2000’s.
Tickets will set you back £33pp, and there’s two Brunch sittings available, so you can opt for 1-3pm, or 3:30-5:30pm.
Seconds Sunday Roast Carvery / Credit: Freight Island
Freight Island’s most famous Sunday feast, Seconds Carvery, is back to bring the good people of Manchester some proper winter-warming comfort food.
Diners can now dive into this modern take on a classic carvery every Sunday.
Running between 12pm and 6pm, you book yourself a half-hour slot to see the carvery chef on the terrace, where you choose a main from roast topside of Highland beef, marmalade glazed gammon joint, roast turkey crown, or roast squash and wild mushroom wellington.
But the stand-out feature of Seconds has to be the bottomless trimmings – including proper Yorkshire puddings, garlic and rosemary roast potatoes, buttered mash, broccoli, glazed carrots, petit pois, and 48-hour gravy.