Spring has sprung, and it’s about dang time if you ask us. Although Manchester isn’t exactly the French Riviera in springtime (we’re still one of the rainiest cities in the UK), you’ll never be short of things to do.
If you’re looking for upcoming bank holiday plans or want to brave beer gardens early and manifest warm weather into existence, we’ve picked out the best of the best things to be doing this season in our favourite city.
Grab a cuppa, pop your feet up and have a little scroll.
Head to a Beer Garden
Spring marks the start of beer garden season, and we couldn’t be happier. And you’re definitely in luck because one thing that Manchester isn’t short on is a beer garden or two.
Want a cool and classic pub? The Wharf in Castlefield is the place. Looking for something a lil fancier? The Lawn Club and Oast House are based in Spinningfields and are perfect for a sunny-day cocktail (and they’re right next to our office!). Or why not take a stroll of the Northern Quarter and discover a whole load of hidden gems like Terrace NQ!
Want to see our top picks of beer gardens? We’ve thought ahead and written a little blog for you to peruse. Enjoy!
Visit a Museum
Manchester is a city that’s completely rich in culture and the arts. You name it, and we probably have an exhibition or museum for it. Whether you wanna fill your boots with science and industry knowledge or soak up art and music history, Manchester offers something for everyone.
Hit up some Brunch Spots
Manchester is known for a lot of things; football, music and good ol’ northern humour. But we’re also home to a whole host of independent eating spots. Take advantage of the lighter mornings and treat yourself to a decent brunch.
Koffee Pot in the Northern Quarter has been known for causing and curing hangovers since the 70s, and to this day, they’re still a fan favourite. Serving classic fry-ups from British brekkies to Welsh and Scottish go-to's, they’ve got brunch down to an art.
Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more scenic, New Islington Marina is ideal for sunny spring days. There are plenty of waterside hangouts to choose from, like Pollen Bakery and Cask, which are the perfect place for a coffee!
Catch a Show
Manchester is known for its music scene and its array of theatres! The Northern Quarter is home to a whole hog of independent venues, from jazz bars like Matt & Phreds to The Night and Day Café, a former chip shop turned bar which has gained a reputation for pioneering live music.
There are also plenty of places to check out plays and musicals! The Opera House in the heart of the city and The Lowry in Salford Quays are always full of shows to check out.
Go for a Scenic Walk
Despite being a big city, Manchester has plenty of green spaces and scenic walks to choose from.
Mayfield Park is a little city centre gem, perfect for short strolls in the sunny weather, or take a trip to the Whitworth Art Gallery and take a wander through their grounds during your visit. Not to mention, with Manchester being a stone's throw from the peak district, you’ll never be short of a good walk or two in the countryside.
Head to the Shops
Spring in the city is the perfect time to hit up a couple of shops - a little retail therapy never hurt anyone, right? From vintage treasure troves in the Northern Quarter to the hustle and bustle of Market Street and Exchange Square, there are plenty of places for you to shop and treat yourself, because why not?
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