Hidden Altrincham
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Hidden Altrincham Festival 2017

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

This year’s edition of Hidden Altrincham makes clear that the leafy Greater Manchester town is far from just a food lover’s paradise. It’s throbbing with creativity too, with plenty going on across the arts. The ten-day festival line-up of mostly free events, includes everything from dynamic group exhibitions and open studio days, to a mass life-drawing session, a psychogeographical dérive through the town, a poetry-slam and an intense, one-hour creative stand-off between six painters. There’ll also be plenty of talks, workshops, poetry readings, performances, unusual activities and other ‘spontaneous occurrences’ to take part in.

Spread across 30 unique locations, Hidden Altrincham is an opportunity to experience the town from another perspective: discovering new places and unusual venues, and encountering familiar ones afresh. Above all, however, it’s a celebration of creativity, with something for everyone to enjoy – from young families to seasoned art buffs alike – featuring work by 50 locally-based international and emerging artists.

Things to do right now

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Cinema Until 29 September 2022, from £9.95

Crimes of the Future at HOME

Activity Until 30 September 2022, from £25.00

Canoeing and Kayaking on the Mersey

Families Until 1 October 2022, from £13.00

Mrs Doubtfire at Manchester Opera House

MFDF 2022
Festivals Until 2 October 2022,

Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2022

Music Until 5 October 2022, from £5.50

Sounds of Nature at The Stoller Hall

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange
Theatre Until 8 October 2022, from £10.00

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange

Electric Gamebox at the arndale
Childrens Until 22 October 2022, from £5.00

Electric Gamebox at The Arndale

Victoria Baths Guided Tour
Activity Until 26 October 2022, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Illustration entitled ‘Because you cannot tame something so happily wild’ by Emily Hughes showing painted animals in a woodland setting
Exhibitions Until 30 October 2022, FREE

Picture This at The Lowry

vegan super club
Activity Until 25 November 2022, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 11 December 2022, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House