Manchester Life

20 Marvellous Things To Do In Manchester In September

By Laura O'Neill

Can you believe it’s September already? Better get filling your diaries before you blink and it’s over.

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Autumn has arrived, and as always instead of crunchy leaves and Autumnal sunsets, we’ve got grey skies and drizzle. But just because the weather’s on the turn doesn’t mean your social life has to be, there’s a whole host of wonderful events taking place across the city to help you stave off the winter blues.

1. Master the art of mixology at Cloud 23’s cocktail making masterclass (September 6)

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At this cocktail making masterclass, you’ll learn how to make your favourite tipples and enjoy the best views over Manchester at the same time! Taking place at Cloud 23, you’ll be greeted with a Bellini on arrival, before making two delicious cocktails with a Cloud 23 bartender. All will be accompanied by tasty bar snacks. Cheers!

2. Visit the circus at Impossible Manchester (from September 8)

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The Theatre Of Impossible at Impossible Manchester is bringing a circus-themed immersive club night to the basement of its Peter Street bar. Featuring live theatrical shows, choreographed dancers and an exciting team of characters hidden in the crowd, it’s a show you won’t want to miss.

3. Indulge your sweet tooth at Cocoa Cabana’s chocolate workshop (from September 1)

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The award-winning Chocolatiers at Cocoa Cabana can’t wait to show you all the secrets to making fabulous chocolates in their beautiful chocolate shop. On arrival, you will be provided with a delicious hot chocolate, and given a fascinating insight into the wonderful world of chocolate. The chocolatiers will then demonstrate how you can hand temper chocolate, how to prepare a ganache, pipe, fill and hand roll truffles. You will be able to make your own truffles and chocolates which you can take home to enjoy. Yum! 

4. Complete The Bee Trail, while it’s still here (until September 23)

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The Bee in the City trail pays homage to famous elements of Manchester’s history with more than 100 sculptures of the iconic worker bee. The bees have taken up new habitats across the city’s streets, parks and public spaces and will be on display until September 23. Stop by and spot them all and take in Manchester’s incredible architectural, industrial and cultural heritage.

5.Try a rum and tonic at Turtle Bay (from September 1)

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The nation has been in a long-term relationship with the glorious gin and tonic for…well a long time, but Turtle Bay in the Northern Quarter has introduced something that they think could turn our collective head. The Carribean themed bar and restaurant has added six new rum and tonic pairings to its menu which promise to marry the flavours of each rum with a perfectly paired tonic, definitely worth a try.

6. Test out the new Amazon themed mini golf course at The Printworks (from September 1)

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A new mini-golf course that promises to whisk visitors into a world of Amazonian adventures has open in The Printworks. Set high above Manchester, Treetop Adventure Golf features two Amazon themed indoor 18-hole mini-golf courses in a tropical rainforest world, including a fig tree that comes alive and a cascading river featuring a trio of actual singing frogs.

7. Try Crazy Pedro’s September Special (from September 1)

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The people at Pedro’s have cooked up something outrageous for their September special and it sounds delicious. The pizza mavericks have decided to combine two of our favourite Friday night foods, pizza and chippy tea, and will be serving up pizzas topped with sausages, chips, mushy peas and curry sauce all month in their Northern Quarter and Bridge Street bars.

8. Book a bargain holiday (until September 3)

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Summer may be over but you can still bag yourself some last minute sunshine as Ryanair has announced a massive discount on travel across Europe between September and January. The budget airline is offering flights for between £10 and £30 but you have to book by midnight on tonight (September 3).

9. Greet the morning with Sunrise yoga at Cloud 23 (from September 4)

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Sunrise Yoga is a thing, and it’s happening every week in the Hilton’s Cloud 23 bar. Yogis of all skill levels are invited to greet the morning from the 23rd floor of Manchester Deansgate’s Hilton hotel with a session of Sunrise Yoga In The Clouds, followed by a nutritious breakfast.

10. Treat yourself to afternoon tea at the Lowry (from September 1)

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Have a sweet or savoury tooth? The Lowry Hotel’s afternoon tea has something for every…tooth and you can sample roast beef and smoked salmon as well as creamy and fruity treats. You’ll also be blessed with a range of tea including fancy household names and further afield options from China. Come and enjoy afternoon tea in one of Manchester’s grandest hotels!

11. Celebrate Roald Dahl day with an Immersive screening of The Witches (September 15)

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The good people at Make A Scene film club will celebrate Roald Dahl day with a special screening of every morbid child’s favourite Dahl story, The Witches. Organisers promise an engaging experience teeming with real-life witches (well…drag queens) with a visit from the Grand High Witch herself!


12. Overdose on cute at Sadler’s Yard’s dog festival  (September 8)

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The festival season may be coming to a close, but Sadler’s Yard is giving the people of Manchester one last hurrah with dog-centered festival Sit and Stay. The event space will welcome Manchester’s doggos (and their owners) for a day of shopping, street food and live music. But the headline act will be the hounds themselves, as owners will have the opportunity to enter their four-legged friends in a dog show.

13. Embrace your inner Whovian at The Printwork’s Doctor Who convention  (September 9)

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Whovians unite as Manchester’s much-loved entertainment complex is set to transform into the Whoniverse with a Doctor Who fan convention on September 9. Vworp will see actors, including former Time Lords, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Paul McGann, as well as companions, scriptwriters, and episode directors and producers, step into The Printworks TARDIS.

14. Get involved with the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships (September 9)

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This annual competition which dates back to the 1980s sees Black Puddings hurtled at a pile of Yorkshire Puddings on a 20ft high plinth. Competitors have three turns in an attempt to knock down as many Yorkshire Puddings as possible (they are arranged in a pile of a dozen) and must throw underarm. Fun right? The Black Pudding World Championships will take place this year on September 10 outside The Oaks Pub, Ramsbottom from 12pm.

15. Take a look behind the scenes at the Lush Showcase (September 23 and 24)

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The Lush Showcase is a vibrant, varied and interactive event where you can expect a first look at innovative new products, get a hands-on opportunity to make products and hear from some inspirational guest speakers. Peek behind the curtain and see what goes into our favourite ethical toiletries.

16. Take a tour of ales by rail with East Lancashire Railway’s Ales on the Rails tour (September 7 – 9)

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All hail the ale! Steam and sup at the East Lancashire Railway’s three-day beer festival. Stops along the line will be showcasing of the very best of the very best breweries, so whether you are an ale aficionado or a cider supremo you are sure to find something to suit your palette.

17. Support a great cause at the Bloody Big Brunch (September 8)

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Say no to bad pizza! Pedro is giving pizza lovers the chance to learn his ways with a masterclass in pizza making. Tickets are priced at £20 per person and will include two drinks, sharing nachos, a 16-inch pizza between two as well as a prize for the best pizza. The class will take place at 1pm at the Northern Quarter premises.

19. Indulge in a Freakshake, or two, at Black Milk (From September 1)

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Located in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Black Milk is a guilt-inducing-but-YOLO glucose heaven dedicated to sweet treats! Just to give you a taster, their impressively stacked Marshmallow Rodeo Freakshake includes freshly baked fudge brownie, torched marshmallows, melted chocolate and cream with caramel shortbread and a chocolate milkshake. Your ticket includes two Freakshakes, so make sure to bring a friend to share the candy cheer (and calories) with!

20. Or, of course, if you don’t fancy leaving the house you could always stay in and watch this stuff on Netflix!