What's on in Manchester Autumn 2016

Thursday 29 September 2016 by Florence Evans

Manchester is a city that buzzes all year round, and from Oktoberfest celebrations to iconic art exhibitions, you're sure to experience something new this Autumn.

Manchester has so much going on this season, and there's no excuse not to go out and enjoy all that it has to offer. The city has so much to see and do, so go out and explore from your serviced apartment in Manchester.

Andy Warhol at The Whitworth

When you think of contemporary, iconic art, you are sure to think of Andy Warhol’s bright and colourful Marilyn Monroe or Campbell Soup can. This American artist of the sixties is responsible for starting the Pop Art movement, exploring celebrity culture and expressionism. From the 19th of November, 232 of Warhol’s works will be on show at the Whitworth Art Gallery at an exhibition produced by ARTIST ROOMS on tour - a collection of modern and contemporary art owned by the National galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the public. This exhibition is well worth a visit and dedicated to inspiring creativity in young people nationwide.

Manchester Oktoberfest

This German folk festival celebrating food and music is a great excuse to get merry with a tankard and experience some Bavarian merriment. This festival will be held at Albert Square in the city centre, in a tent holding up to 2,000 people. At this five-day event you can expect music from the likes of the traditional oompa, special brewed Bavarian beer, schnitzel and pretzels, and of course you’ll witness many adorned in the traditional lederhosen. Feast on the atmosphere and enjoy all that Manchester’s Oktoberfest has to offer.

See what’s on at the Manchester Exchange Theatre

Notable performances throughout October include ‘A Streetcar named Desire’ with Maxine Peake - the famous actress from Silk and Dinnerladies - as well as ‘Breaking the Code’ and ‘Birth’. These thought-provoking plays are truly eye opening, and can be a different way of enjoying an evening out. And visiting the Royal Exchange doesn’t always mean watching a performance. You can meet friends for afternoon tea in one of the city’s grandest settings, take a look in the craft shop, or attend numerous workshops to spark your interests. Or, simply enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of the place before your performance commences.

The Round restaurant provides mouth-watering lunches with the freshest ingredients inspired by the seasons, perfect as a pre-theatre meal. Alternatively, check out the latest exhibition at the Mezzanine gallery, a space that has frequently changing exhibitions by some of the region’s best artists.

Take a walk in Heaton park

Heaton municipal park is a gloriously large open space to the north of the city. This green expansive park surrounds the neoclassical 18th century Heaton Hall, and can be the ideal setting for a walk on a winter’s day. It even has a championship golf course for adults and kids alike and an animal centre for kids. In the old stables, visit a variety of animals including alpacas, chickens, cows, goats, guinea pigs, peacocks and sheep. And when walking around the park, see the highland cattle and horses. For the perfect autumn day, get some fresh air and take a walk in the park.

Manchester Science Festival

In venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Forum Library, 11 Days of creative and thought provoking talks, workshops and events mark the end of Manchester’s year as the European city of science. Investigate The Chromariam Sleep Lab in Manchester’s Andale shopping centre, and learn about how sleep can improve your health and wellbeing, or attend an evening ‘science after dark’ event where you can learn the science gambling or gin. Brought to you by the Museum of Science and Industry, these fabulous events are accessible to everyone and sure to get you thinking!

 

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