The long weekend is almost here.
At long last, our first Bank Holiday with some form of freedom is here. And luckily for us, there’s plenty to do, too. Whether you fancy hitting up the town and all of its fantastic new al fresco terraces, or are in the mood for something a little more active – here’s our guide to some of the best things to do this May Bank Holiday weekend in Manchester.
Consider yourself quite the turophile (or cheese lover, in normal people speak)? Then this one’s for you. Mapping out the most brie-lliant cheese spots across the city this Saturday, the Manchester Cheese Crawl is set to combine some of the tastiest cheeses, wines and glorious sights of Manchester – with two hours of hopping from venue to venue discovering the finest Wensleydales, Camemberts and more. Tickets are selling fast, however, you can get yours here.
2. Take advantage of these Manchester bars and restaurants accepting walk-ins
Haven’t managed to get a reservation? We’ve got you. While a number of Manchester’s best bars and restaurants are completely booked out for the next month, there’s a whole host of them that are operating on a walk-in basis only – allowing the more spontaneous among us to enjoy the city’s new al fresco dining spaces. Check out our guide here.
Think you know Manchester? Think again. The Manchester Ghost Tour uncovers some of the city’s deepest, darkest secrets – taking participants from one venue to the next as you discover their hidden histories. From Albert Hall to the Royal Exchange Theatre – there are tons of haunted stories to discover. And the best part? You can take it at your own pace, with everything you need to complete the tour on your smartphone. Book it here.
4. Catch up on Oscar winners at home with this delectable dessert delivery
Yet to catch up on this year’s Oscar nominees and winners? Luckily for us, due to the pandemic, many of them are online to stream now. But it’s not quite a movie night without tasty treats to accompany. Delivering tasty desserts on demand, The Midnight Delivery has everything you need for a proper movie binge – including gooey cookie dough topped with all the chocolate, stacked brownies and thick milkshakes. Find out more here.
New in town from the team behind the best-selling ScareCity, SecretCity is bringing wonderland vibes to Manchester – with an incredible Secret Garden-themed immersive experience where guests can drive in and forget about the world for a while. Inside, guests will uncover a huge outdoor cinema screen, an al fresco bar serving tasty drinks, burgers and more, and an array of sun-soaked seating to take advantage of. The cinema will be showing some huge Hollywood blockbusters, with both classics and newer releases to enjoy. Book tickets here.
6. Escape the city to this stunning quiet spot
Fancy a breather rather than a boozy blow-out? Us Mancs are very lucky to live nearby a number of beautiful nature spots, from mystical woodlands to lakes, reservoirs and, of course, the famous Peak District. But one of our favourite spots is the lovely Werneth Low, which boasts fantastic views of the city from afar. Find out more here.
Opening just a couple of years ago to the excitement of many, The Crystal Maze Live Experience is finally back with its immersive experience that emulates the hit 90s game show. The game is the perfect activity for reuniting with old friends post-lockdown and promises lots of fun to be had with its array of mental and physical challenges. Book it here.
8. Enjoy bottomless slices and booze at Crazy Pedro’s
Crazy Pedro’s has reopened its brilliant beer garden for the spring, with a fantastic bottomless offer to take advantage of. Gorge on endless slices of American-style pizza (with an array of toppings to choose from), knock back bottomless pints, prosecco, cocktails or Hooch, and enjoy the Manchester sunshine as you catch up with friends. Find out more here.
9. Potter around one of these lovely villages near Manchester
If you fancy a bit of a leg stretch this weekend, look no further than the North West itself. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy some more picturesque sights outside of the city, with a number of beautiful villages just a tram or train ride away. From canal walks in beautiful Worsley to the quiet and quaint Marple Bridge, here’s our guide to some of the prettiest villages near Manchester to explore.
10. Book yourself a hangover cure after the weekend’s antics
Once the fun is all over, Bread and Bowl will be right there to help get your head straight. Launching their brand new Hangover Line just this week, the new packages are delivered straight to your door – with a huge sourdough loaf packed with an entire Full English breakfast, two drinks, and a cheeky surprise to help you get through the day. The packages are available to order now, and you can find out more about them here.
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