An Autumnal Wreath Workshop, Ancoats’ Fringe Wild Cabaret and the Best Things to do in Manchester this Week

Also featuring Toro Y Moi at New Century, the Great Northern Craft Fair at Victoria Baths and a city-wide Gin Journey…

By Emma Davidson | 11 October 2022

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There’s nothing better than a list of Manchester’s best events and activities to kickstart what looks to be a very chilly week!

Whether it’s art, music or food you’re after, look no further than the below round-up, which has events spanning theatre in Ancoats, gigs at the newly renovated New Century and an exclusive album launch at none other than The Blue’s Kitchen this week!

Elnecot is also launching a brand-new menu tonight, offering guests 30% off their total bill to celebrate. With one-of-a-kind dishes such as Pig’s Head Sliders featured on the new seasonal menu, diners can expect a cosy retreat with incredible food to take refuge in over the coming Winter months.

Street Tarot Exhibition

On Now
Street Tarot is an open air, interactive art exhibition that invites the public to discover a series of artworks installed across 22 carefully selected locations in the heart of Northern Quarter. Featuring local bars and shops including; Fred Aldous, Cass Art, Pixel Bar, Ply, Northern Flower, North Tea power, Feel Good Club and Oklahoma, participants will walk through the city as they embark on a journey of self-discovery through The Tarot. 

The Launch of Elnecot’s New Menu

Monday 10th October
Today marks the launch of Ancoats eatery, Elnecot’s brand-new menu! Already famed for its seasonal, delicious food, the new menu features the restaurant’s recognisable creative flair with dishes such as Pig’s Head Sliders, a new range of Elnecot burgers, Crispy Duck Pancakes and Cornish Seaweed Madeleines all making the menu. If you’re looking for something to do tonight, the restaurant is offering all diners 30% off the final bill (today only) to celebrate its launch!

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Sampa The Great at Gorilla

Wednesday 12th October
A truly unstoppable force in British music, Sampa The Great returns to Manchester this month after relocating home to Zambia during the pandemic. During this time, Sampa reconnected with a different side of herself, one closer to the younger artistry that was nourished growing up in Africa. From collaborations with South Africa-based creatives Rochelle Nembhardand and Imraan Christian, to time spent recording with a long-established network of close friends and family, Sampa unlocks an age of authenticity, and debuts a 360 Sampa to the world. 

Ancoats’ Fringe Wild Cabaret at Firehouse

Wednesday 12th October
Announcing its new, weekly ‘Ancoats Fringe Wild Cabaret’, Firehouse is reinventing weeknights to feature alternative cabaret performances and excellent food and drink. Now open five days a week, Firehouse’s brand-new Wednesday evening party will run initially until Christmas, deriving its name from the freedom of performance seen at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and New York free theatre festivals. 

Aiming to become a platform for alternative independent creatives to showcase their talent through what they do best, Firehouse Fringe will be the Manchester home for ‘Wild Cabaret’. Opening at 4pm with performances starting from 7pm, guests can indulge in dinner and drinks and stay for the after party. 

Vincent River at Hope Mill Theatre

Wednesday 12th – Wednesday 19th October
Green Carnation Company, whose mission is to tell queer stories through quality theatre, will return to Hope Mill Theatre from this Wednesday until Wednesday 19 October with Philip Ridley’s psychological thriller ‘Vincent’ River’. This tense, heart-breaking, and at times darkly humorous play shines an unflinching spotlight on the devastating consequences of homophobia, shame and hate crime.

OffTheRails Magazine Launch Party

Thursday 13th October
Known for authentic, unapologetic rebellion, OffTheRails brings HOT IN THE CITY, an evening of issue 20 celebrations, alongside the launch of OffTheRails Clothing – a streetwear collection of curated and independently designed pieces. Taking place on Thursday at Ducie Street Warehouse, HOT IN THE CITY will also host Manchester’s up-and-coming talent PrinceThekid, who will put on a special performance, bringing his untameable energy to the warehouse.

Toro Y Moi at New Century

Thursday 13th October
Touring quite possibly his best album yet, Mahal, Toro Y Moi blends jazz, psych, electro and his own genre creations to create a masterful live performance. Taking place at the newly refurbished New Century Hall, this rare chance to catch him live will no doubt be snapped up by anyone interested in symphonic wizardry. 

Autumn Wreath Workshop at Northern Flower

Thursday 13th October
Hosted at its Tib Street store, Northern Flower has the perfect Autumnal craft activity this week! Guests will get the chance to create their own wreath using beautiful orange, brown and bronze tones found in dried flowers and foliage. All tools required will be provided by Northern Flower, as well as drinks and snacks throughout the workshop.

Coops Album Launch at The Blues Kitchen

Friday 14th October
Not many rappers can boast that their first ever live performance was at London’s O2 Arena, such is the talent of young lyricist Coops. Signing to High Focus Records in 2017, his first two releases were critically acclaimed projects: the introductory ‘No Brainer’ and the full length opus ‘Life In The Flesh’. Returning in 2020 with the existential masterpiece ‘Crimes Against Creation’, Coops questions the current state of hip hop, politics, and the world.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th October
Now in its 15th year, the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair brings us a progressive edge that has the power to surprise. Over the years this has cemented its place as one of the top fairs in the UK and a key cultural highlight in the city’s autumn calendar. Expect a diverse range of talents, stories and objects from independent, professional makers including jewellers, ceramicists, furniture-makers, textile and glass artists, metalsmiths and printmakers.

Defected at Warehouse Project

Saturday 15th October
This weekend sees one of the UK’s most influential house labels land in Manchester. Defected has been connecting the dots between the original pioneers and the contemporary breakout stars for decades and this weekend’s line-up sees rooms hosted by their disco sub-brand Glitterbox and the cult Classic label. Long-time legends like Groove Armada, Bob Sinclair and Dave Lee ZR bring timeless house and disco, while new schoolers like Dan Shake, Sam Divine and Girls of The Internet ramp up the tempos!

Manchester Gin Journey

Saturday 15th October
An award-winning gin journey is taking place in Manchester this weekend. A must for any gin fans, you’ll be guided on a tour of some of the city’s best gin bars and secret drinking dens! Tickets cost £60 and get you 5 samples of gin, 5 gin cocktails, a distillery visit, a chauffeur to drive you to each venue, as well as a gin guardian who will stay with you throughout the day!