1. Were you sitting comfortably?
It’s nearly all over for Here’s One We Made Earlier, our very popular BBC children’s television exhibition which closes Sunday 12 October. That’s this very Sunday, people.
It has become the most popular visiting exhibition in the The Lowry’s 14-year history.
Here’s One We Made Earlier has attracted more than 60,000 visitors since it opened on Saturday 19 July.
Sooty & Sweep from The Sooty Show, which ran on the BBC from 1955 to 1967, proved the most popular characters in an exit poll with visitors. They were followed closely by Postman Pat and Paddington Bear.
Michael Simpson, director of visual art and engagement here at The Lowry, said: “From the original discussions with the BBC through to the opening day, this has been a treat of an exhibition to work on.
“Our ambition was to get different generations of family and friends talking to one another about their memories of children’s programmes on the BBC – and from the visitor feedback, we’re confident we achieved that.”
The Lowry’s next visiting exhibition is Akram Khan: One Side to the Other, which opens on Saturday 15 November. It is the second of the Performer as Curator series, which launched in 2013 with an exhibition by Alison Goldfrapp.
So there’s very little time left to come and visit. The exhibition closes at 5pm today, tomorrow and on Sunday. It’s open from 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. This is your last chance to take a selfie with the Teletubbies. How can you pass up an opportunity like that?
2. Super Saturday
My, what a day Saturday is going to be. We have a big screen in the plaza outside The Lowry building, banked seating erected during the course of the past few days and even a wooden galleon in Salford Quays that looks like it’s being turned into a pirate ship!
All that activity is related to the CBeebies Christmas special, Peter Pan, which is behind hosted in our Lyric Theatre and will be performed in front of a lucky few who won tickets in a ballot.
Then the CBeebies Peter Pan Event takes place outside all day Friday and Saturday. It is unticketed and, among other things, you’ll be able to watch the Peter Pan recording on the big screen.
There will also be sea-themed music, singing and storytelling sessions and a CBeebies treasure hunt. Plus, climb aboard the CBeebies pirate ship, get hands-on with some splash science and have a go at a special Mister Maker make!
But that’s not all. As usual on the second weekend of the month it’s the Waterside Market.
Come along, enjoy great food and drink, soak up the atmosphere of market day and meet our friendly, dedicated and enthusiastic producers.
It’s an international break in football, so no Manchester United action this weekend. But Old Trafford will still be buzzing come 6pm with St Helens v Wigan Warriors doing battle in the First Utility Super League Grand Final.
When it comes to sporting rivalries, few are as fierce as this one – the neighbourhood will be awash with rugby league fans come the early evening.
So, all in all, a busy 24 hours here in Salford Quays! On a more serious note, expect major traffic congestion in the area and leave plenty of time to complete your journey. And have fun!
3. Going Gaskell
One week after reopening why not pay a visit to the newly-refurbished former home of Manchester novelist Elizabeth Gaskell?
‘We’ve got a house… it certainly is a beauty… I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.’ So wrote Gaskell in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.
The House, 84 Plymouth Grove in Manchester, is a Grade II* listed property and was built between 1835 and 1841.
Now, thanks to a major £2.5m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, the restored House is to be fully open to the public for the first time.
Gaskell was one of the nineteenth century’s most important writers, and she lived at Plymouth Grove from 1850-65. During this time she wrote nearly all of her famous novels, including Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters, as well as composing the biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë.
Visitors to the House included fellow writers Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, the American abolitionist and novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe and musician Charles Hallé.
Visit Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between 11.00am and 5.00pm, with last entry 4.30pm.
Tickets cost £4.95 for adults, £3.95 for senior citizens and students, and children under 16 get in free!