Ice Skating, Little Amal Arrives & The Best THINGS TO DO in Manchester this Week

Also including supper clubs, cheese and beer, HOMOBLOC, a 90s rave and Dolly Parton...

Events

Ice Skating Rink at Cathedral Gardens
From Monday 1st November
It’s already been known as ‘Scare Skate’ for over a week, but now it’s open as a festive Ice Skating rink. Over at Cathedral Gardens, it’ll be there until the 3rd January, so you’ve got plenty of time to strap on your boots and fall flat on your face countless times.

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An Evening with Queen Bayard and Bay Bryan @ Feel Good Club
Wednesday 3rd November
A theatrical evening at Feel Good Club this week with two VERY different acts. Queen Bayard is all things drag, while Bay Bryan brings singer-songwriter realness. As well as electric performances from both acts, there’ll also be a raffle to win prizes, with all proceeds going to The Proud Trust.

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Urmston Artisan Makers Market
Saturday 6th November
Taking place on the 1st Saturday of every month, right in the centre of Urmston, the Artisan Makers Market is home to loads of stalls, culinary treats, artists, vintage dealers and designer-makers, all being entertained by local musicians and DJs throughout the day.

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Food & Drink

World Vegan Day Tasting with Mi&Pho and Pomona Island
Tuesday 2nd November
Celebrate World Vegan Day this week with two of Freight Island’s incredible traders – Pomona Island and Mi&Pho. They’ve joined forces to create a fully vegan Vietnamese tasting menu – paired with some of Pomona’s incredible beers. 6-courses and 6-paired beers for £50 per person.

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Beer & Cheese Tasting @ Wandering Palate
Wednesday 3rd November
At the Wandering Palate in Monton this week – a Beer & Cheese Tasting session, where you’ll be taken through 6 chosen cheeses each paired with a different beer. It’ll include local and national cheeses, as well as beers from Wild Beer Co in Somerset and our very own Manchester Union Lager.

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Wine Tasting Experience at Harvey Nichols: The Hidden Gems
Thursday 4th November
Head up to the Second Floor Deli Bar at Harvey Nichols for a celebration of the lesser-known and often-overlooked bottles that sit outside the mainstream, as their resident experts guides us through underrated wine gems. Tickets are £40 per person and include a 90-minute tasting session, five wines pre selected by HN experts and nibbles.

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Nell’s Launches at KAMPUS
Friday 5th November
Nell’s are opening up their very own dedicated restaurant and pizza bar down at KAMPUS this Friday. We went down last week and it was bloody brilliant – proper nice inside and those pizzas are hard to beat. Get yourself a table booked below here:

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Bonfire Night x Havana Club Takeover at Alvarium
Friday 5th November
To celebrate the launch of Havana Club becoming Alvarium’s house rum, they’re hosting a big Bonfire Night party this Friday, with Live Music, a special Havana Club cocktail menu and FREE bevvies too! It’ll all be kicking off from 7pm.

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Arts & Culture

‘Completely a Hustling Place’ at Manchester Central Library
Until 31st December 2021
This week sees the launch of ‘Completely a Hustling Place’ at Manchester Central Library, a FREE art show from Venture Arts, one which works exclusively with artists with learning difficulties. There’s photography, ceramics, textiles, illustration, print, light and sound, all exceptionally creative and uninhibited.

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‘Original Randm Material’ – Comedy from Ben Randm
Tuesday 2nd November
Hitting up the unique exhibition space at the Great Northern this week is Ben Randm, a fantastic stand-up comedian who is solely independent; sourcing all of his own venues, artwork and promotion himself. Expect plenty of laughs, but also some deep subject matters ranging from racism to gender identity and male suicide prevention.

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Life Drawing in Levenshulme Old Library
Tuesday 2nd November
For experienced & novice artists alike, this relaxed arty social is a chance to use your chosen medium to capture the ultimate subject: an actual human being. Pencils & paper are provided, however feel free to bring whatever materials you like to capture the subject. It’s also BYOB and you’ll get some interlude snackage and a Jazzy Jazz playlist throughout.

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Doc N’ Roll Film Festival 2021
Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th November
Doc´n Roll Film Festival returns to the big screens of Manchester for its fourth edition in the city. With eight feature-length documentaries premiering at HOME and Chapeltown Picturehouse between 2nd and 7th November. From definitive portraits of two trailblazing women to an Irish star’s mission to foster hope and healing, and from Brazilian Black pride to the hidden history of drum and bass, these feature-length documentaries spotlight era-defining music and those who made it.

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The Walk: Little Amal comes to Manchester
Wednesday 3rd November
The culmination of an epic 8000km journey, Little Amal, a nine-year-old refugee girl in the form of a 3.5 metre puppet will be arriving in Manchester this Wednesday after setting off from the Turkish-Syrian border in late July. This free event will see Little Amal arrive at Castlefield Bowl alongside live music, song, puppetry and dance.

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Ergon Theatre: The Wicked Problem @ Contact Theatre
Wednesday 3rd – Saturday 6th November
This production at Contact Theatre couldn’t come at a more apt time, as world leaders sit down at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow this week. Exploring themes of climate change and sustainability, this play offers the chance for the audience to interact directly with the performance, whilst investigating the future of Greater Manchester.

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Clubs & Gigs

 

HOMOBLOC
Saturday 6th November
Here it is – one of the biggest parties in the Manchester clubbing calendar. HOMOBLOC is a HUGE queer block party for all, and the line-up this year is mega. Hot Chip, Honey Dijon, Derrick Carter are headlining this all day and evening party down at Depot Mayfield. Tickets have sold out, but there might be some knocking about on Twickets…

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An Evening of Dolly Parton @ Withington Public Hall Institute
Saturday 6th November
Dolly Parton tribute act Kennedy Caitlin will be bringing all of the country faves to Withington this Saturday, from ‘9-5’ to ‘Here You Come Again’ and ‘Jolene’ to ‘I Will Also Love You’. The Gin Bar and pizza (from Basilico) are available too for a night of good times and sing-a-longs!

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Lunar x Warped Day & Night Charity Takeover Party at Hatch
Wednesday 3rd November
Lunar and Warped are coming together one again with an 11 hour party – raising as much money as possible for the Afghan Refugees (Care4Calais) who do invaluable work with migrants and refugees in the UK, France and Belgium. The party starts at 3pm and finishes at 2am – it’s a biggie!

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Rhythm of the 90s LIVE at Manchester Academy
Saturday 6th November
Everyone’s favourite 90s dance anthems covers band returns to mighty Manchester for a night of 90s nostalgia – from all the classics, to the best era for dance music – it’ll all be here at this massive rave. Tickets are selling out fast so be quick!

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