It might be the ‘saddest day of the year’, but it really doesn’t have to be – nor should it be. In a bid to infuse some ~positive vibes~ in your life this Blue Monday, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Manchester that are bound to keep things cheerful this Blue Monday.
1. Lane7 Karaoke
Need to let it all out? Hit up Lane7 today for a night of free karaoke, with tons of mood-boosting tracks to belt it out to. From Olivia Rodrigo’s Good 4 U to classics such as 22 by Taylor Swift and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson, guests can get one hour completely free just by mentioning the Blue Monday Singing Session, with tons of other activities to enjoy afterwards including bowling, games and, of course, food. Lane7, Unit 3, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN.
Not only a bit of fun, but a great sense of relief, too, Whistlepunks is the perfect activity for Blue Monday – with guests able to leave the world behind them while they take on the ultimate axe throwing challenge. Blow off some steam and attempt to hit the bullseye, before winding down with a refreshing beer. Book it here.
3. Reset with a winter walk
If a more chilled out Blue Monday is on the cards, escape your four walls for a slice of nature. Blessed with plenty of idyllic walking routes, Mancs can enjoy beauty spots such as Dovestones, Heaton Park, Hollingworth Lake and more – all just a short drive away from the city. Check out some of our favourites here.
A fantastic roster of Hollywood hits awaits at the cinema this January, including the long-anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home, Scream and The Matrix Resurrections. Unwind in front of the big screen with pick n mix, Tango Ice Blasts, hot dogs, and more, with tickets available for just £4.99 via Fever here.
If there’s one place that’s a whole world away from our day-to-day world, it’s Alcotraz. Opening just last year in Spinningfields, the unique cocktail experience is perfect for a day like today. Smuggle in your own booze, don the orange jumpsuit, and try to hide your contraband from the pesky guard’s watchful eye. Book it here.
6. Cheer up with 50% off food
If there’s one thing that’s certainly cheered us up this January so far, it’s the 50% off food offers. Many of Manchester’s restaurants are participating this month, and you can check out some of the most generous offers via our guide here.
7. Enjoy a delectable treat
If sugar is your favourite dopamine hit, you’re in luck – because Manchester is filled with a ton of amazing dessert spots. From Oh My Cheesecake at Hatch to Fress NQ’s drool-worthy cakes, we’re not short of delicious options.
8. Do something outdoorsy
When you’re feeling blue, there’s nothing quite like getting outdoors – not only for the vitamin D, but for the endorphins, too. From treetop adventures to watersports, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to get involved in in Manchester.