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We might not have a beach in Manchester, England but that does not mean we don’t know how to make the most of the sun. Here are our Lead Navigator’s top recommendations for experiencing some of the best sunny activities that Manchester has to offer:
Hit a Beer Garden: For the eighth rainiest place in the UK, we don't have to have a lot of places to drink outdoors. Castlefield's vast waterside terraces make it one of the most popular spots in the city especially in warmer weather. Spinningfields and Canal Street also have many outside spaces to eat and drink al fresco. You really must go to Sinclair’s Oyster Bar in Exchange Square - their beer garden is a sun trap.
Go for a picnic: Manchester's Heaton Park is famously the biggest municipal park in Europe, so there’s no shortage of space to spread out your picnic blanket there. Or for a picnic with a difference, the recently-reopened Whitworth gallery has a stash of hampers you can borrow - but you’ll have to bring your own sandwiches, as theirs are full of art materials and ideas instead -- and a picnic blanket, of course.
Everything in one place: Spinningfields is located between Deansgate and the River Irwell and has everything from cocktail bars, law courts, high end boutiques, banks and so much more. The Lawn Club, which has recently opened after a revamp, has its own private lawn which hosts exclusive events from barbeques and live arts through to garden games and al fresco dinner parties. Visit the Spinningfields Markets every third weekend of the month from 11am – 5pm. The Markets showcases award-winning local food, drink, art and craft producers and artisans as well as live music, performances, cookery demonstrations and activities for children. It also offers vintage and objet d'art – think grandma’s attic. With vintage clothing and accessories, furniture and finer collectibles, kitchenware, decorative items, and unusual and quirky pieces, the market is a retro and kitsch haven right in the heart of Spinningfields.
"Manchester has everything except a beach" (Ian Brown of the Stone Roses). Come and visit soon!