Love Manchester!

Caution – this post contains nudity!

Last weekend’s events really demonstrate how much there is to see and do in my favourite city. From art to arses and picnics to parades, Manchester had it all. And I did my best to see as much of it as possible – perhaps a little too much!

Manchester School of Art Degree Show

I’m always in total awe of the work on display at degree shows and this one was no exception. Growing up I harboured dreams of becoming an artist (in fact I wanted to be an interior designer for years) but viewing the students’ work only served to demonstrate that I would never have made it. The pieces look so professional and the ideas are incredible.

Manchester School of Art degree show

Architecture degree show, final year

Architecture degree show, final year

If you fancy checking one out, degree shows are running throughout the city right now. The guide I wrote for Time Out has all the info you need.

Manchester Naked Bike Ride

I have to confess that I was somewhat distracted from the artwork by the Naked Bike Ride taking place outside. I mean, when you realise that people are getting their kit off in the park round the corner, you just have to check it out – don’t you!

World Naked Bike Ride, Manchester

World Naked Bike Ride, Manchester

World Naked Bike Ride, Manchester

Global Picnic for Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival

On Sunday lunchtime I saw Levenshulme come together over food at the Global Picnic, part of the Food and Drink Festival. Unperturbed by rain, residents gathered in Cringle Park to admire some classic cars, watch a world record attempt in the form of the world’s largest tablecloth (possibly), and sample free food from around the world – delish!

Levenshulme Global Picnic tablecloth

Levenshulme Global Picnic free food

Levenshulme Global Picnic free food

FadFest is running until Sunday night. My whistle-stop tour for Time Out can be found here.

Fuelled by rice and dhal, I was ready to head in to the city for the highlight of Manchester’s year.

Manchester Day!

Launched in 2010 to celebrate the people, the communities and everything that makes Manchester so fantastic; Manchester Day drew the masses for a spectacular occasion. Words will not do it justice, the atmosphere in the city is really something else! Hopefully a handful of Mark Johnson’s pics will give you a flavour.

Manchester Day Pixel

Manchester Day parade

Manchester Day Guess Who


Manchester Day parade

Manchester Day acrobatics

Manchester Day Albert Square

Manchester Day


Take a look around my blog for more things to do in Manchester

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