Whether you’re out to impress, or looking for the ultimate mates date – we’ve got you.
Whether you’re newly dating, or just looking for something fun to do with your beau – there’s no better season for it than Autumn. From the fresh sense of ‘new beginnings’ that comes with the season to the welcome excuse to cuddle up because “it’s cold” – we’re prepped with fun activities to take on with your nearest and dearest.
1. Stroll hand-in-hand around Heaton Park
Heaton Park is one of Manchester’s best green spaces all year round, but in Autumn, it has a particular charm to it. Not only is there the annual Bonfire Night event which is a permanent fixture in its calendar (subject to the COVID-19 situation – no announcements yet!), but you’ll also find squirrels parading around, with stunning auburn trees surrounding. It’s very picturesque for a romantic stroll.
2. Enjoy a romantic cinema screening at the Everyman
Fancy a slice of normal life? Everyman Cinema has officially re-opened, and they have a fantastic line-up in store for our grand return to cinemas. Kick back with comfy surrounds to Bill & Ted Face The Music and Tenet among a number of classics – all while enjoying Everyman’s fantastic menu (which is served right to your private sofa in the screening room) and bar offering. Everyman, ABC Buildings, 23 Quay St, M3 4AS.
3. Take in a Candlelight Jazz concert
Nothing says romance quite like a candlelight setting, and coming just in time for Autumn is Fever’s much-loved Candlelight series. Enjoy an evening in honour of legends such as Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, or take in a night of beautiful jazz in one of Manchester’s most beautiful venues – all while bathed in candlelight with a glass of prosecco in hand. Find out more and book here.
4. Glide around an ice rink together
The perfect excuse to hold hands with your date – every year Manchester is blessed with a number of ice rinks, all dotted around the city centre and MediaCityUK. The rinks usually hit town early November (COVID permitting!), so keep your eyes peeled for announcements this Autumn.
5. Share a cheesy fondue together
There’s nothing cheesy about saying ‘I love you’ with fondue – and where better than Bøck Bière Café to do just that? The cosy restaurant offers up a number of things to dip in cheese, and there’s even a Sunday roast fondue for the gravy fans among us. Bøck Bière Café, 10 Tib Ln, M2 4JB.
6. See Fletcher Moss in all of its Autumnal glory
Another fabulous green spot – this time in South Manchester, Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is beautiful all year round. And while it’s extra pretty in full bloom over the summer, the Autumnal shades in October and beyond make for a lovely little walk.
7. Pick your own pumpkins are carve something special together
Getting into the Halloween spirit? There’s nothing more wholesome than picking your own pumpkin to later carve, and thanks to Dunham Pumpkin Patch, you can feel a little grown-up while doing it. The farm serves its own wood-fired pizza (which is absolutely delicious) and you can also enjoy their very own cider, which is made from the apples which fall in the Orchard by their pumpkin patch.
8. Enjoy cocktails on a cosy, heated terrace
Fancy a cosy cocktail? We know just the place. Decked out with outdoor heaters, thick blankets and all-pink decor – Sunset by Australasia serves up Asian-inspired cocktails that are great for both dates and girl’s nights, with a lengthy menu featuring a little something for everyone. If you fancy a little grub, too, guests can also enjoy sushi and Asian fusion dishes. Sunset by Australasia, 1 The Avenue, M3 3AP.
9. Compete in a match of tenpin bowling
Tenpin Bowling has arrived in Manchester, and it’s the perfect place to go head-to-head with your date. Compete in a round of bowling, or have a game of shuffleboard or beer pong while knocking back a cocktail or two – before enjoying a bit of grub and a pint at one of their two bars. Tenpin Bowling, The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS.
10. Stroll around the Makers Market
Pick up some locally made bakes, purchase some homemade art or simply browse the lovely little stalls that make up the monthly Makers Market – which can be found at both Stevenson Square and the Great Northern on a monthly basis. The market at the Northern Quarter is open on the second Sunday of every month, with the Great Northern market taking place on the first Sunday of every month.
11. Escape to a bolthole in the Saddleworth woodlands
A gorgeous bolthole tucked away just outside of Manchester, there’s no better local escape to hide away with your one and only. The cabin boasts incredible views of the nearby Saddleworth Hills, and there’s even a chiminea and a BBQ on the private decking to enjoy on Autumn evenings. The wholesome getaway is near to the village of Diggle, with the Peak District close by to explore too.
12. Cuddle up with a scary movie on Netflix
If you’re trying to find an excuse for a cheeky cuddle – here it is. Netflix has officially released its Halloween slate for 2020 – with a number of spooky films and TV shows to watch in the run up to Halloween. Freak yourself out with The Haunting of By Manor (The Haunting of Hill House’s follow-up series), delve into Unsolved Mysteries Vol. 2, or spook yourself silly with a classic such as A Nightmare on Elm Street or Child’s Play.
[Featured image: Otto Berkeley]