October Festivals

Heather Owen

What with the buzzing atmosphere of Fresher’s Week fading, and the workload already beginning to pile up, it’s natural to believe that we’ve had all our fun for this year here at Manchester Metropolitan. But don’t be fooled as most new students haven’t even heard that October is in fact the most exciting month here in our great city. This is the beginning of both the music and theatre season, so to celebrate four festivals will be taking place this month!

The first will be the Manchester Food and Drink Festival – from the 10th to the 17th of October. Food lovers will be able to enjoy talks, tastings and demonstrations throughout the week, not to mention the opportunity to attend the Manchester Chocolate Festival in Exchange square and St. Ann’s Square Feast Market. Meanwhile, the Manchester Literature Festival will be on from the 10th ‘til the 23rd. Story-telling events will take place hosted by a never-ending list of impressive special guests such as Sarah Dunant, Tahmima Anam and Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze’. The Manchester Comedy Festival starts on the 17th and is on until the 30th of October, taking place at over 30 different venues. Incredibly, there will be over 200 shows performed featuring comedians such as Rob Brydon and Peter Kay! Definitely not something comedy-lovers will want to miss.  Finally appealing perhaps more so to families, is the Manchester Science Festival which is on from the 22nd until the 30th  of October.  Here we will be given the opportunity to listen to the thoughts and ideas of renowned scientists from across world as well as being able to take part in creative projects set across nine days. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone who has any questions regarding science, that only the best can answer.

And, as if October wasn’t packed with enough fun as it is, creativetourist.com have decided we need one more weekend of ‘extra special’ events to make this year the best yet! The Manchester Weekender will take place on the 14th until the 16th and will be stuffed to the brim with poetry, food, film, literature and theatre celebration. Consisting of over 70 events this weekend will bring together the best Manchester has to offer in just three days.  Highlights will include performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops and screenings in countless venues spread across the city, expanding our knowledge of where we live. Performances by guests such as Jarvis Cocker and the Swing Out Sisters will be just some of the many options available to us on the three nights.

So don’t give in to your winter blues just yet. Get involved with the mayhem that will soon be taking over and feel privileged to be a part of such an incredible city.

One Response to “October Festivals”
  1. Ahhh I wish I was in Manchesterrr!!!!!!!!!!

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