Things to do in Manchester this weekend (3-5 March) – including Walk for Women and TedX

We’ve rounded up what’s on in Manchester this weekend.

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From sharks to singalong film screenings, there is plenty going on for both kids and adults this weekend in Manchester, including the return of TEDxManchester.

Even if you are just passing through the city on Saturday, be sure to check out the Walk for Women and show your support ahead of International Women’s Day next week.


Bridgewater Hall, Saturday 4 March

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TED talks are coming to Manchester this weekend. Throughout the day, 12 different speakers will be talking on a variety of different topics, from what it’s like to win an Olympic gold medal, to the extraordinary health benefits of ‘fidgeting.’ Tickets prices start at £35 and vary depending on where you chose to sit. More information about the tickets and how to book can be found on the TEDxManchester website.

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Singalong Encanto screening

Opera House, Sunday 5 March

Manchester Opera House are hosting a special sing-a-long screening of the hit Disney film Encanto. It tells the story of the magical Madrigal family who live in the mountains of Columbia, and stars Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn 99) and John Leguizamo (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge). Children and adults alike are encouraged to come in Encanto-themed fancy dress – and sing their hearts out.

The film screening starts at 1pm on Sunday 5 March. It will last 2.5 hours, including an interval. Tickets can be purchased from the ATG website, starting at £17.50.

Walk for Women

Starts at Manchester Cathedral, Saturday 4 March

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, people will be marching the streets of Manchester city centre on Saturday 4 March for the annual Walk for Women. The procession will start at the Cathedral at 12:30pm and finish at Central Library. Organised by Manchester City Council, the event is a chance for people to come together in solidarity and support of women’s rights. The theme of this year’s march is ‘Embrace Equity,’ part of a global campaign to promote inclusivity. More information, including the route of the march can be found here.


Sealife, from Saturday 4 March

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Sharklife starts this weekend at Sealife Manchester. Credit: Sealife Manchester
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There is a new exhibition at Sealife starting this weekend and it’s all about the ocean’s deadliest inhabitants, the shark. As well as seeing different varieties of shark up close, visitors will also be able to follow the activity trail throughout the aquarium and meet shark expert Professor Finn. Sharklife will run until 26 March. Tickets cost £18.50 in advance and £25 on the day. More information on what to expect and how to book can be found on the Sealife Manchester website.


Whitworth Art Gallery, Saturday 4 March

A celebration of art and culture from throughout the muslim diaspora is taking place at the Whitworth art gallery this Saturday as MACFEST marks its fifth anniversary. Some of the exciting events taking place include performances by the Turkish Folk Dance group, Sudanese School Group, ‘Wind of Love’, and Dabke by Manchester Arabic School. There will also be poetry reading and music performances, as well as calligraphy and art workshops. Tickets cost £10 for the whole day and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

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