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27 achingly cool pictures of Manchester's architecture

We've rounded up a few incredible pictures of places you probably see everyday. Get ready to look at our architecture in a new light

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10 eggcellent things to do over the long Easter weekend

Aaah, the joy of a double bank holiday. Four days free of the stresses of work. And what a great week we've got lined up for you. Ready?EasterIt's that time of year again where we take two bank holidays to remember the story of the death of Jesus Christ with the help of bunny rabbits and chocolate, because nothings says 'resurrection' like an egg hunt. So whether you're looking for things to do with the kids or without them, we've got it all tied up in our guide to the long Easter weekend.Send a postcard to CornerhouseThat Manchester institution Cornerhouse closes on Thu Apr 2 before moving to its new home, Home. You can send in your memories of the place via their clever Scribbler tool - just type it in online and it prints out at the venue! Cool!Visit The QuaysThe long weekend is an ideal time to take a trip to The Quays, where From Street to Trench continues at IWMN, go shopping for a bargain at the Lowry Outlet Mall or you can see Lowry Favourites at, guess where?Vintage Trouble, Academy, Wed Apr 1, £17.50The LA based blues rock band head to Manchester after proving what they can do live on recent TV appearances including Later with Jools.I've Been Thinking, Royal Exchange, until Thu Apr 2, free This series of free creative workshops is aimed at women aged between 14 and 21, with others workshops aimed at those 21 and older as part of Wonder Women: Radical Manchester, a programme of art, gigs, film, debate, talks, tours and more celebrating the creative women of Mancheste

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Future revealed for Cornerhouse site

What will become of the Cornerhouse site when HOME opens?

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Cornerhouse wants your memories before it closes in April

Use the online Scribbler to leave a fond farewell message for Cornerhouse, which closes on 2 April

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Early morning fitness and a flat white

Fancy fitting in a morning exercise session but hate the idea of not having time to get breakfast and that all important first brew of the day?

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Summer in the City

If you've seen a gig at Castlefield Bowl you know that it can be a wonderful outdoor experience, so book yourself in for Paolo Nutini, The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher and more

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Black Grape

A special, long-awaited reunion show on Saturday April 11 featuring the likes of Jenna and the Gs and Alias Kid

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Theatre

The Skriker

From July, Caryl Churchill's disturbing play re-unites director Sarah Frankcom and actor Maxine Peake

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Urban Food Fest

Every Saturday night, a car park on the corner of Deansgate becomes a hot venue for great street food, pop up bars and live music

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Madonna

Madonna's new show comes to Manchester in December and tickets go on sale soon

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Where to eat and drink in Manchester

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The best coffee shops and cafés in Manchester

Coffee remains hot but tea's very cool these days. Here's where to get your hit of both

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Manchester's best burgers

Partial to a patty? Head to these and get your burger fix

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Bars and pubs

The best pubs in Manchester

From lovely locals to great gastros, make a beeline for these brilliant boozers

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The best restaurants in Manchester

Whatever tickles your culinary fancy, there are plenty of very good restaurants to get stuck into

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The best cocktail bars in Manchester

If creative concoctions are your thing, take a peek here and partake in a tipple or two

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Enjoy some Manchester culture

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The best museums in Manchester

Delve deep and marvel at Manchester's vibrant cultural institutions 

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The best free things to do in Manchester

Explore these and have your fill of fun for a lot less lolly

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The best art galleries in Manchester

From the best of yesteryear to the mercilessly modern, Manchester has it all

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Top ten Manchester attractions

Check this out for our ten favourite places to visit in Manchester

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Theatre

The best theatres in Manchester

Find a stage to suit in the city with our pick of Manchester's best theatres

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Manchester events calendar

Diaries at the ready: check out the biggest events all-year-round

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The best craft beer bars in Manchester

If craft's your creed, head to these and worship at the altar of ale

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The best cheap eats in Manchester

Please your pocket by bagging a culinary bargain at these great spots

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Clubs

The best clubs in Manchester

If there's one thing Manchester does well, it's clubbing

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The best comedy clubs in Manchester

Aching to be amused? Check these out, and have those sides split

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Travel

The best hotels in Manchester

Looking for somewhere to rest your head? Here's where to hit the hay

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