Manchester fun happens thick and fast at this autumnal time of the year. First we had the Halloween Howler over at Clayton Vale. Lots and lots of people (we believe well over 2,000) and they seemed to be having a great time.
Then over here we had the Heaton Park fireworks last night. Yet again the hordes that came to watch gave us no trouble. The only slight downside was that the vast traffic jam meant I didn’t manage to make it to my first Pirates of Penzance Rehearsal of the year at UMIST (or whatever, it’s called now it’s part of the University of Manchester again).
And if bonfire night is over then it must be Remembrance Sunday closely followed by Christmas! Or at least plenty of Christmas light switching on, up and down the country.
Here in Manchester there’s going to be some fun over at Sportcity on the 19th November to celebrate the grand light switching on.
I believe there’ll be all manner of good things, including craft workshops for children to make Christmas decorations for us doting parents. A brass band (please let them be reasonable!). Of course hot drinks and mince pies(and these are free too).
Plus a 1 kilometre Santa Claus fancy dress fun run, which sounds very sweaty and beardy. For those not inclined to sweat it for Christmas you can go on some fairground rides or be entertained by a motley band of street entertainers
It kicks off at 5:15 and finishes all too soon at 6:30. I understand you can get in through Gate 11 on Rowsley street off Ashton New Road in soon to be fun-filled Beswick.
If you find the lights at Albert Square a bit too much of a crush this might be just the thing to go to. Try it out and let us know what you think!