It’s that time again.
Christmas shopping in Manchester can be pretty vile at the best of times, but throw in some Black Friday hysteria and we’re bordering on hell on earth. If you want to take advantage of the discounts but can’t shake the image of crazed shoppers fighting over electricals, let us do the hard work for you.
We’ve rounded up five of the best deals on some amazing events taking place across Manchester, so you can treat yourself (or some lucky soul) to a lovely life experience, without having to brave the crowds.
1. Disney-Themed Karaoke Brunch (December 15)
We tend to go all out in Manchester when it comes to Christmas (we do have the UK’s best markets, after all). And this year, a festive event will take place that is set to put all other years to shame. The Disney-themed bottomless brunch will take place in a secret location on December 15. The event will kick off at 11am and guests will have an hour and a half to gorge themselves on a selection of divine treats, as well as bottomless drinks if you fancy it!
And you’d best fill your boots because you’ll need your energy for the next part. From 12.30pm – 4pm a Disney-heavy karaoke free-for-all will take place with prizes for best (and worst) song. The dress code will be Christmas or Disney themed, or if you’re feeling clever, Christmas Disney. And to make things interesting, there’ll also be a prize for the best costume.
2. Manchester Craft Beer Trail (November 23 – December 14)
Join us on the Manchester Craft Beer Trail and discover local beers at craft beer venues and brewery taprooms. Your knowledgeable guide will take you around the Piccadilly Beer Mile where you’ll get to sample some fantastic beers and make friends along the way.
The trail will serve as a light introduction to the Manchester beer scene and your guide will take you to three venues where you will sample a different drink at each stop. Venues and drinks may differ depending on availability, however, guests on the Craft Beer Trail will usually visit The Piccadilly Tap, Track Brewery and end at Beer Nouveau.
3. Burn’s Night Whiskey Tasting Experience With Three-Course Scottish Themed Supper (January 25)
The Burns Night tasting experience will include a delicious range of Scottish-themed food, accompanied by a variety of different whiskies from around the world – how can you say no? The scotch will take centre stage and you’ll discover the impact cultural and stylistic differences can make to such a complex drink, as well as the impact different food has on the taste of this magical spirit!
Starters (Choose one)
- Lentil soup
- Smoked salmon salad, topped with toasted seeds and lemon dressing
Mains (Choose one)
- Traditional roast Haggis with neeps, tatties and gravy or Supreme
- Chicken stuffed with Haggis accompanied by neeps and tatties
- Mushroom Stroganoff with wild rice and speciality toast
Dessert (Choose one)
- Raspberry Cranachan
- Mint choc chip ice cream
Tickets are available from Fever and priced £41.30 with the Black Friday discount (were at £59). Available today (November 21) until Friday (November 23).
Gin Tasting Experience (December 6)
Gin, glorious gin! The best craft gins will be carefully selected to give you the tasting experience of a lifetime! This session will include premium mixers – like Fevertree tonic – to bring the best out of your gin. Experiment with premium elderflower and ginger ale to mix things up a little so you can find your favourite combination. Celebrate some of the world’s best gins with a guide who loves the good stuff even more than you do. Get ready to get the DL on G’s & T’s!
Tickets are available from Fever and are priced at £24.50 with the Black Friday discount (were £35). Available today (November 21) until Friday (November 23).
4. Comedy Night At The Frog & Bucket (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays)
The Frog & Bucket has seen a host of comedic talent pass through its doors, and its open mic night has helped to launch stars such as Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas, John Bishop, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican and many more. The club’s cabaret-style creates the best possible atmosphere for comedy and is the perfect choice for your night out, whether you’re part of a couple or a party group, with reserved tables and delicious bar snacks available. Come and see the hilarity for yourself!
- Mondays at Beat the Frog – This is the most unpredictable comedy night in the north. The show where you, the audience, are in control and you never know which future stars you will see.
- Thursdays at Thursday Night Live – The best value comedy night in the country. Five comedians from the national and international comedy circuit all for a tenner.
- Fridays at Friday Barrel of Laughs – Bringing you three top-flight national and international acts plus one of the Frog’s fantastic comperes.
Tickets are available from Fever and are priced at £3.50 with the Black Friday discount (were £5). Available today (November 21) until Friday (November 23).
5. Bake With A Great British Bake Off Legend (February 2)
Bake With A Legend is delighted to offer the opportunity to take part in exclusive classes, led by former Great British Bake Off contestants, giving you the chance learn new skills and meet fellow baking enthusiasts. You will be welcomed with tea and coffee, before watching a demonstration by your celebrity baker, who will be on hand to help throughout the event.
You’ll then get into pairs to create your own masterpiece and once finished, you’ll get to taste your bakes, with a glass of prosecco or a soft drink in hand. Followed by some light-hearted judging where you will hear tales from your bakers time on Bake Off.
Tickets are available from Fever and priced at £69.30 with the Black Friday discount (were £99). Available today (November 21) until Friday (November 23).