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Having it Large in Manchester


From events and attractions to fine cuisine and great nights out; there is so much to discover in Manchester. Today, this great city is unrecognisable from the post-industrial Manchester of 20 years ago. The metropolis is dotted with independently owned restaurants, boutiques, cool bars and homely pubs. Not only does it’s inspiring museums house some of the UK’s finest historic collections, but also highlight Manchester’s contemporary cultural pulse, that puts other British cities to shame.

Manchester Science Festival 2013 – 24 Oct – 03 Nov 

This year’s Festival, now reaching the ripe old age of seven years old, is an 11-day celebration of science. Visitors are invited to play, create and experiment with science through amazing installations, immersive science experiences and hands-on examinations. Everything from the bazaar beauty of the microbe, to the talented designer Helen Storey’s unique installation in which visitors interact with real eyes! The Festival encourages us to look at science differently and shows how it affects our lives on a daily basis.

A new Resident Science project, #Hooked, will début at the Festival. This event’s primary objective is to find out the science behind what makes music catchy. Live music and special inventive games will be included to attract thousands of people to take part in this groundbreaking research.

While in the city centre there is a great opportunity to go and visit one of the best restaurants in town – San Carlo – Manchester, part of the award-winning and critically acclaimed San Carlo Group. This vibrant Restaurant is just a short bus ride away from Manchester’s Piccadilly train station and only a short walking distance from the popular Arndale Shopping Centre – so there is no excuse not to make a stopover.

San Carlo ManchesterSan Carlo are famed for using only the finest, freshest ingredients to help create authentic Italian cuisine. Celebrity chef, Aldo Zilli, joined the creative team in 2013 to develop exciting new twists on Italian classics to present to the great public. This haunt is a favourite of celebrities and footballers; this is all due to the atmosphere as well as the food. San Carlo is the perfect destination for everything from business lunches to a relaxed evening meal.

“The city isn’t just for grownups, it’s an urban playground for kids too”.

The new SEA LIFE Centre in Manchester is now open

If you’re interest in life beneath the dark depths of the ocean, Sea Life has now opened at the Trafford Centre. This world renowned residence has over 5,000 creatures comprising of sharks, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish and stingrays. Watch entertaining talks and feed shows throughout the day, and if you’re feeling brave, there is the opportunity to hold a crab or touch a starfish in their interactive touch pool! Test your creature awareness and take part in a free quiz trail and saunter through the spectacular underwater tunnel as sharks and rays swim overhead. Sea Life Manchester allows you to come closer than ever before to these fascinating underwater creatures, to get any closer you would have to get wet!

Dimitris Manchester Approximately 12 minutes away from the Trafford Centre is Dimitri’s Restaurant, the epitome of uplifting cuisine. This Les Routiers listed establishment provides a warm and welcoming environment, greeting all visitors no matter what the occasion. Expect honest, Mediterranean cooking and a menu that has something for everyone – from lunch mezes to hearty tapas in the evening. Venture outside to their large heated patio area and enjoy your meal alfresco style. There is a separate bar and cellar bar, so if eating isn’t on the agenda spoil yourself with their huge selection of cocktails, wines and beers. Make sure you visit them on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening for live music events when Dimitri’s turns into a fun and lively music venue.

So go and treat yourself to a few days in Manchester and get involved in some of the magnificent wildlife and science events happening throughout October and November.





October 11, 2013 | Les Routiers UK

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