What's happening with New Manchester Walks
This Saturday, 21 April, Tony Wilson’s Manchester
Tony Wilson never wrote a song, sang one or played an instrument. Yet he created the modern Manchester music scene. He made things happen; he cajoled people into doing important things. He harried, encouraged, pushed, promoted. It might be fair to say without him Manchester’s music history might have stopped with Sad Café.
As part of the Manchester Heroes and Heroines weekend in April, Fri 20– Sun 22 we honour one of the most popular figures in recent Manchester history: a vainglorious, proud, arrogant, infuriating but genius impresario.
* 11.30am, HOME Arts Centre. No need to book.
MIDLAND HOTEL SHOCKER – ROLLS & ROYCE DID NOT MEET HERE. THAT’S WHY YOU’RE COMING ON OUR TOUR!
We host an original, highly-entertaining and absurdly amusing tour of Manchester’s most famous hotel (after sumptuous refreshments …optional) one Sunday a month and every Monday lunchtime (from end March).
We will tell you the real story about 4 May 1904, the date when Rolls and Royce are believed to have met in the Midland Hotel and decided to go into business together. What a great event in Manchester history. Well, Ed Glinert, Penguin author and prolific Manchester tour guide, has now done some serious research into this story and come up with some startling twists.
This is just one of the reasons why our Midland Hotel tours sell out fast.
So come with us to hear enlightening and expertly researched anecdotes about Winston Churchill, John Barbirolli, Michael Collins, Alex Ferguson, Albert Tatlock, the King of Afghanistan, George Best, Johnny Cash, Michael Collins, Van Morrison, Theresa May…
To book press Continue Reading and click the date you require.
• Book a private tour for your group! We catered for 60 very happy ladies from Wilmslow U3A recently.
THE PANKHURSTS: THIS YEAR WE MARK THE CENTENARY OF WOMEN GAINING THE VOTE…TOURS AND HARD-HITTING ARTICLE
Here at last is the article you’ve been waiting for about the centenary anniversary of the royal assent being granted to a bill to allow women to vote. This is because we at New Manchester Walks have been singularly unimpressed with the poor standard of articles in the local and national press about this most important topic. Even the Sunday Telegraph managed to bore its readers with their anodyne piece. And as for the Manchester media, they all missed the key points…
Most of the tours sell out quickly but we are adding dates to meet demand.
BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR WITH THE EXPERT GUIDES
Calling all Probus/U3A/W.I. groups, works outfits, social societies: book a private tour with New Manchester Walks, an umbrella group of official, trained Blue Badge and Green Badge tour guides. We have created a unique and ambitious programme of tours in and around Manchester.
We have taken thousands around the city in recent years on Peterloo, Pankhursts, Pre-Raphaelite, Castlefield, Ancoats, Town Hall, Salford Quays tours, just to name a few.
We also venture to Knutsford, Macclesfield, Haworth, Hebden Bridge and Liverpool.
We pride ourselves on tours that go that bit further with trenchant analysis, witty anecdotes and original research. You thought that Rolls and Royce met at the Midland Hotel? Hear the real story on our Midland Hotel tour? Think again. You thought that the pillar box on Corporation Street is the one that survived the 1996 IRA bomb? Think again, and in the meantime we look forward to meeting you.
PRE-RAPHAELITE WOMEN OF THE ART GALLERY TOURS
See the Nymphs (and a host of Pre-Raphaelite-era women) on our “Pre-Raphaelite Women of Manchester Art Gallery” tours. Regular dates, Thursday evenings at 5.30pm. Please book with eventbrite.
They dazed and dazzled. They starred and shone. They glowed and gleamed through the canvas and the frames. They were the most mysterious and mesmerising women in Victorian Britain. They were amongst the most feted women of the 19th century, captured for all time in intensely saturated luminous colour by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and their circle, but their names are still barely known to the public: Jane Burden, Elizabeth Siddal, Emma Watkins, Alexa Wilding…
They were the Pre-Raphaelite women featured in some of the most important British paintings ever created including Autumn Leaves, Astarte Syriaca, Work, The Light of the World and The Hireling Shepherd which live in Manchester Art Gallery.
SPRING & SUMMER 2018 PROGRAMME out now, read here
Click here to see the New Manchester Walks spring and summer 2018 programme, in chronological order.
All the usual favourites – the Pankhursts, Salford Quays, Peterloo, the historic Canal Cruise, Ancoats, Hacienda-era music – plus the return for now of the Underground; a different Underground, wittier and wiser.
Soon available in leaflet form on the website and in your hand.
UNDERGROUND MANCHESTER RETURNS…at last!
New Manchester Walks is delighted to announce the long-awaited return of underground Manchester!
Yes, we will be descending beneath the city streets again on a scintillating subterranean sensationally funny but damned serious new tour: “Underground Manchester: Don’t Mention the War!”
All details of what we’re going to do, where, when and how you can book (only on eventbrite) will be available very soon on our website and Facebook. Tours will probably begin end March.
Until then, beware Nazis in the air, 5th columnists God knows where, GIs on the streets, take refuge in the shelters down below, don’t worry about the nukes, stay calm, don’t panic!
MANCHESTER TOWN HALL: NOW CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN BUY ED GLINERT’S BOOK
That’s it folks. No more Town Hall for six years but to remember the great days, dramatic architecture, action-packed events, you will soon be able to buy Ed Glinert’s Town Hall book: Manchester Town Hall: 140 Glorious Years. Available soon from all good book shops – and some shops that aren’t that good.