Manchester Christmas Markets

A few weeks ago distinctive wooden chalets started to arrive and fill the streets of our city. Son noticed straightaway and from then on has been lobbying hard to visit the Christmas markets. My position is to hold out until at least the first weekend in December, after that resistance is futile and the Christmas markets…

On Board Concorde

Manchester Airport Runway Park was our destination on an icy winter afternoon with tickets booked for a tour of Concorde. Son had heard of the supersonic beauty but that was about it. Husband and I remembered this special aircraft in her heyday and never imagined one day we’d step on board – albeit not taking off.…

Snowdrop City

Part of our summer was spent visiting World War 1 battle sites in Belgium and the war cemeteries around Ypres and Passchendaele. When we heard the National Trust had some special plans in Manchester to commemorate the centenary of WW1 and were looking for  volunteers we were all super keen to get involved. Their ambitious…

The Loveliest Library Ever?

Everyone in our house loves books and reading and libraries. Everyone in our house also loved John Rylands Library – certainly one of the most beautiful we have ever visited. Slap bang in the middle of a highly commercialised area of Manchester, this gorgeous Victorian, neo-Gothic building looks like a fish out of water. But…

Merry Manchester

Manchester doesn’t have the 12 days of Christmas – here there are 37.  That’s how long the Christmas markets take over the city.  Several times in December, we, together with the brave and hearty thousands, brace ourselves and squeeze into the frantic hustle and bustle of the markets. Husband and I in days of old…

Sea Life

Amid much hype and publicity, the new Sea Life Manchester Centre opened in spring this year. Taken in by the effusive marketing campaign and the huge lines of people queuing expectantly outside the door on weekends, we decided to check it out for ourselves.  We had two objectives – drag Son away from the cartoons…