It can be easy to take the long weekends for granted when it seems like there’s another one every few weeks, but Spring bank holiday, also known as late May bank holiday, is the last until the August bank holiday weekend, so you’re going to want to make it count.
Handily, we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Manchester and the North over the three-day break. Everything from jazz festivals to botanical art with a whole lot in between.
If you’re looking for culture, the hottest new food and drink spots, or just somewhere to escape and unwind, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here are our picks
The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1NA - Visit now
The Bay Horse Tavern is a fantastic Victorian-style pub, with excellent food and drink options. And this Bank Holiday weekend sees it host a Bottomless Gin Brunch, with British gin brand Pinkster. It’s held on Saturday and Sunday, at £30 per person for an endless supply of this delicious raspberry-infused pink gin – you can also gorge yourself on their superb gin jam-soaked pancake stack.
Deadstock General Store, 46 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN - Visit now
Why not add some retail therapy to your Northern Quarter jaunt? Deadstock General Store is just across the road from Common. This small shop has a well curated range of stock that focuses on vintage homeware and gifts. From Japanese hemp socks, to botanical paperweights and HAWS plant misters, each object is beautiful, practical and well made. A great place to browse and buy unusual presents.
While you’ve got the old credit card out, here’s some more independent spots around Manchester that are well worth your time.
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It’s a great time to be alive and drinking beer, here’s a few of our favorite purveyors of a quality pint. Hop to it.
A 15-minute drive from the Cooper Gallery is Cannon Hall’s historic pear collection. Go and see a new exhibition of work by renowned botanical artist Elisabeth Dowle makes for a perfect – and prescient – pairing.
If you’re looking to keep the whole family busy, the world’s at your fingertips with free history, art, science and creative capers for all ages in Manchester.
Getting out and about is what long weekends are for, unless it’s raining, if it’s raining feel free to watch that James Bond movie on ITV3 (warning, time has not been kind to them). Anyway, turn off the telly and get out and about with our pick of the best parks and gardens in and around Manchester.