Indoor Food & Drinks, Ghost Walks & The Best THINGS TO DO in Manchester this Week

Also including Lord of the Rings in 4K, Pride in Trafford and Brutalism in Castlefield...

By Ben Brown | 11 May 2021

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Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Ghost Walk
Friday 14th May
The ghostly legend that is Flecky Bennett will be heading on down to Stockport Old Town this Friday night for a LIVE tour around the oldest part of the town. Kicking things off at the Plaza Theatre, he’ll take you into the depths of history, with stories about Mad Hatters, Haunted Taverns, Devils, Dancehalls and best of all – Dungeons. These things go on for just shy of 2 hours – so make sure you’ve got some tinnies to hand and you’re sitting comfortably. Things might get quite scary too – so maybe have a cushion to hand.

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BRUTAL Exhibition at Saul Hay Gallery
From Saturday 15th May
I’ve got a little smarmy fact here for you now. ‘Brutalism’ has nothing at all to do with something that’s “brutal”, instead – it’s from the French “Béton brut” which translates into “raw concrete”. There’s plenty of raw concrete at this much-anticipated exhibition of painting and sculpture at Saul Hay Gallery – which includes works from some of the nation’s best artists specialising in Brutalism, including Mandy Payne, Emma Bennett, William Braithwaite, Dan Broughton and Jen Orpin. Oh, and it’s FREE!

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Ancoats Pop-Up
Saturday 15th May
Another week, another brilliant pop-up down on Radium Street in Ancoats. This place might be small but they pack in enough stuff to keep you coming back – with speciality coffee, rum, baked goods, wine crafts, and hot grub courtesy of some of the city’s best street food vendors. If it’s raining – don’t worry – because it’s all under cover.

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From Monday 17th May
This is it. Finally – indoor eating and drinking is allowed once more. No more hypothermia. No more wet socks. No more water-logged Spaghetti Bolognaise. We can hardly wait. The city (and the suburbs) will come alive once again and you should expect to find it difficult to get a booking in most places. It’s also great to see so many of our favourite places returning after the worst EVER year for hospitality. Get in!


Lord of the Rings in 4K @ Chapeltown Picture House
From Monday 17th May
I’m really rather excited by the knowledge that cinemas are opening again from this Monday, but there’s one BIG problem – there aren’t any bloody films to show! So, what do you do? Well, the excellent Chapelhouse will be re-opening with a list of films that are about movie-making, sat alongside easily the greatest trilogy ever made – Lord of the Rings in glorious 4K! Frodo & co. should be enough to entice you out of your house.

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Pride in Trafford
From Monday 17th May
Taking place throughout Trafford from Monday 17th – Saturday 21st May, Pride in Trafford explores and celebrates both identity and LGBTQ+ life in the suburb. The idea is to challenge and entertain, “taking a queer art focus over a more traditional pride format”. So, you’ll find a packed calendar of arts events through the week, including a Disco Tea Party with Fatt Butcher, ‘Oh What A Lovely Lockdown’ with Cheddar Gorgeous, stand up comedy and loads more. Check their site for a full listing…

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