The best things to do in Manchester this week

Including a Christmas craft and flea market, Lightwaves at Salford Quays and Hacienda rave for kids.

By Manchester's Finest | November 28th '22

Are we still sure it’s coming home? After England’s performance on Friday, it’s fair to say our confidence has been knocked, but they’re bound to redeem themselves tomorrow, right?!

Either way, if you’re heading out to watch the game, you might want to check out our round up of the best places to catch the action. Alternatively, Habitat is taking over Canvas tomorrow showing the match alongside a line-up of its DJs, or you can get FREE pints at Victoria Warehouse.

Aside from the footy, there’s loads of stuff going on in the city this week. West Art Collective are showcasing a brand-new exhibition on Saturday all centred around the theme of ‘surrealism’, and Drag Race star Miz Cracker is in town with a Christmas show at HOME!

Find out more below…

LiveWell Cyber Monday

Monday 28th November
LiveWell, Stephenson Square’s wellbeing store, is giving shoppers 40% OFF online this Cyber Monday. The lifestyle brand that stocks a range of crystals, natural beauty, jewellery and alternative gifts is also giving shoppers a free gift with every purchase with the code CYBER40.

Habitat Takeover at Canvas

Tuesday 29th November
This Tuesday, one of the city’s biggest weekly club nights, Habitat is bringing you a unique World Cup experience. Join the team in their World Cup lounge at Oxford Road’s CANVAS as they bring you a night of football, food, drink and music. Will England take another step closer to bringing it home? There’s only one place to find out. The party starts from 5:30pm and super limited tickets are available below.

Red Square with FREE Drinks at Victoria Warehouse

Tuesday 29th November
Red Square is back for World Cup 2022 action at Victoria Warehouse this month. Fans can enjoy all England games on HD screens with footie-themed street food concessions, a large bar area and music, bringing an unrivalled matchday atmosphere. Already proving popular with local footy fans, the venue has also announced that anybody who attends the England vs Wales match and wears a football shirt with the name of an England player who scores during the game will receive a free drink.

WHO’S HOLIDAY! at HOME

Wednesday 30th November – Saturday 3rd December
WHO’S HOLIDAY! is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy by Matthew Lombardo, starring legendary Drag Race star Miz Cracker. It tells the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has now taken.

Viva Vintage at Central Library

Thursday 1st December
This Thursday, celebrated Morecambe-born designer and entrepreneur, Wayne Hemingway will be the keynote speaker at an event with a focus on vintage and sustainable fashion at Manchester’s BIPC. He will be joined by a distinguished panel of vintage traders who will share their experiences of working in this expanding retail sector in front of an audience of entrepreneurs, business owners and start-ups who will be invited to join in the discussion

Lightwaves at Salford Quays

Thursday 1st December – Sunday 4th December
Now in its 9th year, Lightwaves Festival is taking place from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th December, lighting up different locations around Salford Quays and MediaCity. The free festival runs from 4pm to 10pm each evening and sees visitors enjoy illuminated works from leading artists, both local and national, who bring a variety of thought-provoking pieces.

Wreath Making at Harvey Nichols

Friday 2nd December
Join the team at Harvey Nichols for a wreath making class where you and your friends get to enjoy making a beautiful delicate hanging wreath. The workshop will take part within the store’s Winter Emporium on the second floor which has been created in partnership with The Great Brand Exchange. Showcasing carefully curated products from small businesses, you’ll get a chance to discover unique gift ideas before or after the workshop. All materials will be provided, as well as a glass of fizz.

Pekka Kuusisto at RNCM

Friday 2nd December
Pekka Kuusisto, the Finnish superstar violinist is electric in performance, showcasing unparalleled freedom and an infectious disregard for the ‘rules’ of classical music. This Friday, he will lead the full Manchester Collective string ensemble into an adventurous programme of the familiar and unfamiliar. At the heart of it is a new commission by Oliver Leith – the voice of a new generation of British composers, Oliver’s music seamlessly crosses the boundary between contemporary classical and electronic worlds.

A Bed Every Night at Escape to Freight Island

Friday 2nd December
Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham and Liverpool’s Steve Rotheram will take to the decks for a fundraiser DJ event powered by The Warehouse Project this Friday, battling it out alongside special guests. All proceeds from tickets and bar sales will go to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity for A Bed Every Night, the flagship scheme which aims to provide a bed (and wraparound support) for anyone rough sleeping, or at risk of rough sleeping, in Greater Manchester.

Mystify 2.0 Exhibition at Antwerp Mansion

Friday 2nd December
There’s another huge event for West Art Collective taking place this weekend, as it presents Mystify 2.0, an exhibition exploring surrealism themed art, music and more. Guests can expect live bands, performance art, market stalls, tattoos, and a bouncy castle, as well as a huge exhibition curated by the talented team at West. As always, the event is bring your own booze and will provide a chance to network with a line-up of the city’s most intriguing creatives.

Shygirl at Albert Hall

Friday 2nd December
Simultaneously asserting her power and freedom and yet still longing for love, Shygirl delivers harmonious verses and catchy hooks telling stories of relationships, sexual desires and romantic frustrations. Over pure production, Shygirl brings us on the journey of what intimacy is like for a woman who’s seen as ‘too hot to handle’, someone sought after and overlooked at the same time.

Christmas Craft & Flea at Manchester Cathedral

Saturday 3rd December
Back at Manchester Cathedral, but this time with a Christmas theme, Manchester Craft & Flea will once again bring a huge line-up of independent makers and creatives providing guests with an array of gorgeous alternative gifting. From illustration to vintage bric-a-brac, plants to jewellery, sustainable products to food, ceramics to candles and SO much more, there’ll be plenty to explore across the event.

Not Bad For a Girl at Old Abbey Taphouse

Saturday 3rd December
Taking over the iconic Hulme boozer, Not Bad For a Girl is bringing a line-up of DJs spanning bass, breaks, UK garage, hardcore, jungle and more. All ticket sales will be donated to the Anthony Walker Foundation, a Liverpool based anti-racism charity established following the racially motivated murder of Anthony Walker in 2006. The charity delivers educational workshops and provides support for victims of hate crime.

Pop Down at ABC Buildings

Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th December
Vintage and designer outlets, including Royal Ragz, 100 Percerti, Gone Fishing Vintage, SEKKLE, Nots and many more are hosting a pop-up at ABC Building on Quay Street this weekend. Specialising in one-off secondhand gems and streetwear, you’ll get a chance to shop some incredible picks whilst enjoying live music, drinks, art, giveaways and more.

Pink Room Pop-Up at YES

Sunday 4th December
Shop from a selection of Manchester’s coolest indie makers at a curated pop-up this weekend at YES. The one-day event is showcasing four sustainable woman-owned brands; Sken Studios, Grey Milk, POWERPLANT and Mariel Osborn, who will be peddling their handmade wares against the backdrop of YES’ iconic Pink Room. Find a selection of dazzling gifts this Christmas, made by a range of designers from 12-6pm. 

Playhouse Project at Albert Hall

Sunday 4th December
Taking over The Refuge this weekend, The Playhouse Project’s Family Ball is transporting guests straight back to the baggy era of acid house with a child-friendly Hacienda rave. Soundtracked by legendary DJ and Hacienda royalty, John DaSilva, he’ll be joined by the Cequin Circus’ roster of performers who will bring unique routines and originality to the early Christmas party. There’ll also be kid friendly workshops, multi-sensory sessions, festive disco queen performers, special lighting and visuals, hoop workshops, giant balloons, face painting and more.