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What’s on Manchester….

Yesterday I focussed on what you can do in Leeds and Yorkshire throughout April and over those lovely bank holidays we’re getting! Now today as I was rumaging through the internet to look at Manchester I found a list of the best things you can do free of charge… as you know we love luxury but we also go wild for a bargain so I thought I would share this list with you!
  1. John Rylands Library – A gothic sandstone building on Deansgate recently juxtaposed with a clever modern visitor centre. This fabulous legacy of Cottonopolis was commissioned by Cuban-born Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her philanthropist textile manufacturer husband. There’s more about Manchester’s first multi-millionaire and some fascinating changing exhibitions in the cathedral-like public reading rooms.

  1. Royal Northern College of Music – The only UK conservatoire to be a centre for excellence in teaching and learning, but you can still hear the talented students play for free! Orchestral performances take place in the late-60s concert hall, while the RNCM’s best-kept secret is their Wednesday-lunchtime recitals by soloists and smaller ensembles in the calming and charming setting of St Ann’s Church.

  2. Heaton Park – Manchester’s biggest green space, with lovely views both back over town and out to the Pennines. There’s plenty to do whatever your age: a well-equipped children’s playground; rowing boats, woodland walks and cycle paths; even a grand 18th-century mansion and farm. It’s also home to beekeepers, astronomers, trolley-bus enthusiasts and the Commonwealth Bowling Club.

  3. City Airport – Formerly known as Barton Aerodrome, this was the UK’s first purpose-built municipal airport and it’s still in action today. Sit in the beer garden and watch small planes bump excitedly along the grassy runway as they take off and land, and climb up the Art Deco control tower that dates from 1933.

  1. Whitworth Art Gallery – There’s always something worth seeing at this gallery, part of Manchester University; not least the soon-to-be developed building and its parkside location. Recent highlights have been the Subversive Spaces surrealism show, the American Scene prints exhibition and Walls Are Talking, and the varied event programme includes related talks held in the “secret” lecture theatre.

*List courtesy of Visit Manchester
In the spirit of bringing you something for very little don’t forget to ‘like’ our facebook pages for Leeds and Manchester today – we’ll be making our winning choice tomorrow…. so get your bags packed and ready as it could be you!

What to do with that extra hour (of daylight)? Part II

Yesterday we asked you what you were planning to do with the extra hour of daylight when the clocks spring forward this weekend… we had so much fun discussing this amongst ourselves that we thought we’d encourage the rest of you some more and so our Friday faves this week has a different theme.

Yes all you have to do to win a night in Leeds City West on us this Friday the 25th March* is tell us what you plan to do with the extra hour of daylight post this on our new Facebook page and we will pick a winner tomorrow!

One thing you could do is visit the Tutankhamun exhibition being displayed at the Trafford Centre – it’s your last chance this weekend. The story of Tutankhamun, the ancient Egyptian ‘boy king’, has captivated audiences around the world and now you can experience it first hand in Manchester.

Tutankhmun: His Tomb and His Treasures promises to take you on a fascinating journey through time to discover the relics of a forgotten tomb, only uncovered in in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter.

Most of Tutankhamun’s treasures are held in the Egyptian National Museum in Cairo and his tomb and mummy are preserved in the Valley of Kings, making this new exhibition a unique opportunity to experience the legendary tomb in what the organisers call ‘virtual archaeology’

PS We now have two brand new Facebook pages – don’t forget to visit them and recommend us!

*The Prize. 1 night at Leeds City West for 2 guests. Room type will be allocated on arrival. T&Cs apply.

Electronic Artist – Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders – Manchester Art Gallery

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Saturday 18th September 2010 – Sunday 30th January 2011

Recorders is a major new exhibition by Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The artworks in Recorders see, hear and feel the actions of people around them, using technology to create a playful yet ominous experience. This solo exhibition features seven recent pieces by the artist, including the world premieres of two specially commissioned new installations.

Lozano-Hemmer’s artworks depend on the participation of visitors to exist and develop, as the artist describes:

“In Recorders, artworks hear, see and feel the public, they exhibit awareness and record and replay memories entirely obtained during the show. The pieces either depend on participation to exist or predatorily gather information on the public through surveillance and biometric technologies.”

Highlights of the exhibition include Pulse Room, on show in the UK for the very first time. Made up of 100 light bulbs activated by a sensor to flash at the exact rhythm of particpants’ heart rates. Also, the work People on People (a co-commission by Manchester Art Gallery and Abandon Normal Devices festival), a major new installation inspired by portraiture and shadowplays, which will turn the gallery’s temporary exhibition space into one of the world’s most advanced scanners.

Manchester Art Gallery is the only UK venue for this show, an interactive experience not to be missed! Plus free of charge!!!

Visit Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s website to find out more about his work.

Manchester Hotels Near Manchester Art Gallery

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