Should we ever leave lockdown…
We might have spent the last six months under tough restrictions, but that’s not stopping us planning ahead. With a new year in full swing, we’re looking up and forward to the things that we’ll soon be able to do – with a number of activities in Manchester right at the top of our ‘to do’ list. From magical events that are planned for the Spring, to the simplest of things such as visiting our favourite restaurants, here’s everything we’re looking forward to doing in 2021.
1. Actually leaving the house
Tired of your boring white walls? Us too. We can’t wait to safely get out and about again, pottering around all that Manchester has to offer.
2. Eating at our favourite restaurants
Hospitality has taken a huge hit during the pandemic, particularly here in Manchester. But if there’s anyone willing to get out and about spending our money at extremely deserving local businesses – it’s us. The minute we’re able to visit our favourite restaurants again, we’ll be there, right at the front of the queue.
Fever’s sell-out candlelight concerts have gained quite the fanbase since their launch, so its no surprise that they’re in our top ten of things we’d like to do once this is all over. From stunning tributes to Nina Simone, to relaxing jazz nights and the sounds of Hans Zimmer and Ludovico – there’s a performance for everyone. Check out the full list of Candlelight events coming to Manchester here.
4. Going shopping for non-essential treats at the Trafford Centre before heading out for a meal
I may have moaned and moaned and moaned about the thought of going out shopping for the day before, but now, I have to say – I genuinely miss the hustle and bustle of the Trafford Centre. From browsing the stores for un-needed treats, to popping to ‘New Orleans’ and ‘The Orient’ for a meal after walking about all day – we’re well up for a shopping trip.
5. Heading for a boozy brunch without having to pick your favourite five friends
Boozy brunches have been a bit of a saviour since we came out of the first lockdown – but the only downfall has been having to pick between our friends thanks to the rule of 6. We can’t wait to reunite with our mates for a big old booze-up (with a substantial meal to soak it all up with, of course!).
Launching in Manchester just this year, the sell-out Dining in the Dark is set to return in 2021 – with more delectable dishes to try while blindfolded. If you fancy yourself a night of adventurous dining in a beautiful setting bathed in candlelight, you’ll want to snap up your tickets before they’re gone (again!). Each ticket includes three courses, with dishes suitable for vegans, meat-eaters and those who prefer seafood, too. Get your tickets here.
7. Checking out new openings in town
Manchester’s hospitality scene may have been ground to a halt this year, but in the small peaks of freedom we have had this year, we’ve seen a number of new openings – some of which were actually born in lockdown. From Chicago deep-dish pizza, to a new foodie spot that sells only Pastel de Natas and even a place where you can dip burgers in gravy, our entrepreneurial Mancs haven’t let Corona stop them this year.
Heading into Spring in style, a wonderful Jazz in the Sky event is coming to Manchester, bringing chilled jazz vibes to a top-secret rooftop ‘high in the sky’. Watch as a number of the UK’s finest jazz musicians perform in a beautiful setting, with the sights of Manchester far and beyond to enjoy, too. Get tickets here.
Ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a serial killer? Well, Dr. David Holmes has the answers. Delve deep into the darkest of minds at this compelling talk at Manchester Academy, led by an expert and psychologist in the field. The talk will uncover the science behind what makes these people different to your average Joe, with some fascinating research up his sleeves to share with us all. Get your tickets here.
10. Seeing Market Street bustling again
One of the biggest things we’re looking forward to is the sense of normality that Market Street brings – with its shoppers and buskers all filling the streets every single day. Whether its something as small as popping to the big Tesco for a Meal Deal or being one of said shoppers for the day – we can’t wait to see Manchester alive once again.