In praise of the Whitworth #galleryinthepark

We were lucky enough to go to the preview of the new Whitworth Art Gallery at the weekend and now we can take part in the big reveal.  So here are a few of our snaps, that don’t really do it justice – you have to go to truly appreciate. It’s gone from being one of Manchester’s most prized buildings and collections to a dazzling world-class showcase.  We were impressed, proud and worried about tripping over Cornelia Parker’s art, all at once.

Gin Palace

Manchester’s water palace Victoria Baths is set to host its first ever Gin Festival on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March. In a weekend of tastings and masterclasses, you’ll discover new varieties (there are over 100 to try!) and learn the history of one of Britain’s favourite tipples. The ‘Males 2nd Class’ pool will be the setting for gin brands from around the world to showcase their products, from the London drys to flavoured gins. Industry experts will be on hand to recommend the best garnishes to sample with each variety, and to help we gin novices get …