Payday has arrived, January is over, and we’re one day closer to winter being over for another year. Phew. Instead of hibernating from the chill this month, we’ve rounded up the very best things to do in Manchester this February – all indoors, we promise.
No need to board a plane to see Michaelangelo’s masterpiece at the Sistine Chapel, as the best-selling exhibition is making its way to Manchester. Admire the artist’s most notable work up close and personal, with every detail, every brushstroke, and every color replicated perfectly for the experience. Get tickets here.
2. Fill up on tasty treats from Finch Bakery
Finch Bakery is finally arriving in Manchester – after years of success in Blackburn. Serving up delicious cookies, cake jars and even school-style sprinkle cake, Finch Bakery will pop up on the ground floor of Harvey Nichols for a six-month concession, officially opening on the 7th February. Find out more here.
Get the squad together, because the Queen B Bottomless Brunch is back – and it’s set to be four hours of Beyoncé-themed fun. Starring drag queen Cara Melle, guests can fill up on delicious pizzas while enjoying 90 minutes of free-flowing prosecco – before dancing the day away alongside immersive performances from the queens and great music from the DJ. Get tickets here.
4. Visit Manchester’s smallest wine bar
New for 2022, Le Social Wine has opened ‘Manchester’s smallest wine bar’, serving up fantastic natural wines in their innovative shipping container for guests to enjoy. Open every Saturday between 2pm and 8pm, guests are invited to enjoy wines by the glass or the bottle, alongside continental small plates and deli boards. Find out more here.
Camelot Theme Park is finally reopening – but not as you know it. Completely overtaken by zombies, guests will be able to drive through the zombie-infested park riddled with fake gore, thunderous sounds and terrifying lights – before pulling up in front of the big screen to watch some of the best horror flicks of all time. Just watch out for the flesh-eating zombies, though, they’ll be sticking around for the screening, too! Get tickets here.
6. Celebrate Lunar New Year at Hello Oriental
Hello Oriental is finally set to open this February – bringing three whole floors of delicious Asian cuisine. Forming part of the Circle Square development, the new underground market hall will be a one-stop destination for Chinese and Vietnamese grub, boasting a food hall, supermarket and Chinese bakery. Find out more here.
7. Chow down on £1 oysters at Escape to Freight Island
Still feeling the pinch after Christmas? The Jane Eyre at Escape to Freight Island will be serving up £1 oysters every Thursday this February, alongside £7 Laurent Perrier champagne. It’s the perfect opportunity to get boujee on a budget, with plenty of cocktails also on offer to accompany. The offer kicks off at 4pm every Thursday, and you can find them in the Ticket Hall. Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, M1 2PZ.
The perfect environment to shake it off after a long week at work, Fever’s best-selling candlelight concerts are paying homage to Taylor Swift this February, bringing her classic pop hits to Manchester with a classical twist. A talented string quartet will take to the stage for the special evening, which will take place in an illuminated Edgar Wood at Victoria Park. Book tickets here.
9. Catch a show at the Opera House
Theatre is back in action – and there’s a fantastic array of shows on at the Opera House this month. Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness will be taking to the stage for his stand-up show, Imaginary Living Room Olympian, while Corrie’s Kym Marsh will be taking the lead in the stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction. Check out this month’s shows here.
Bringing the romance especially for Valentine’s Day, Mancs will be able to awe at the beauty of Edgar Wood Victoria Park – which will be completely bathed in candlelight especially for the occasion. An ambient evening filled with beautiful music, guests will be able to kick back and relax with their loved ones to a soundtrack of some of the most romantic songs of all time, including Clair de Lune, Moon River and more. Get tickets here.
Move over Year of the Tiger… It’s the year of Britney. Celebrated in this fun bottomless brunch, Britney fans can enjoy an epic show from the renowned impersonator Absolute Britney, alongside bottomless drinks, tasty burgers and four whole hours of dancing and games. Get tickets here.
13. Catch the Six Nations at Escape to Freight Island
Rugby fans, rejoice, because Escape to Freight Island is set to be the perfect place to watch the Six Nations this February. Teaming up with Guinness for the occasion, guests will be able to enjoy fresh pints of Guinness, alongside Voodoo Ray’s pizza and Patty Queen burgers – in a completely dedicated space completely transformed for rugby lovers. Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, M1 2PZ.
14. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day
Lucky enough to have a beau to celebrate with this Valentine’s? Manchester is full of stunning restaurants, all providing the perfect, romantic backdrop for a lovely dinner. Check out our guide to some of the best Valentine’s offers here.
Forget what you know about bingo already, because local drag queen Anna Phylactic is about to change all that. Bringing a wild version of the game to the city alongside the Boy Toy butlers, the fun bottomless brunch will bring four whole hours of interactive entertainment, from games, prizes, dancing and more. Get tickets here.
The perfect bottomless brunch for Lady Gaga fans – the Go Gaga bottomless brunch stars Donna Marie, one of the world’s leading Gaga impersonators, who’s set to perform a full show for fans to enjoy. Accompanied by free-flowing booze and delicious brunch, guests can escape the world for four hours of Gaga-themed fun, with plenty of opportunities to dance. Get tickets here.
Bottomless brunches are going off with a bang this February – and the Boy Toy brunch is no exception. Returning after an epic 2021 in Manchester, the boys are back in town to provide a very unique brunch experience, including male dancers, acrobatics, and even butlers in the buff. Spicy. Get tickets here.
18. Enjoy bottomless pizza and booze at Nell’s
Probably one of the most delicious brunches in town, Nell’s has created the Sunday Pizza Social – and it’s absolutely perfect for fans of their NYC pizza. Offering free-flowing slices and booze, the Sunday Pizza Social is the perfect opportunity to fill up with friends, and even try out a few different slices while you’re there. Find out more.
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