Dating in Manchester: ideas for every occasion


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Manchester may once have been an industrial centre, but now it’s better known as a vibrant city with something for everyone. If you’re dating in Manchester, but stuck for something that’ll really impress your date, here are some ideas to get you started. If you’re arranging a date for someone special then a drink and a bag of crisps in a local pub isn’t really going to cut it, is it?

The Cultured Manchester Date
If your date likes a bit of culture, then the perfect first date is to one of Manchester’s many museums or art galleries. Like the cinema, a cultured date gives you something to talk about and connect over, but unlike a cinema, you can discuss while you’re there!

For an all under one roof experience, Manchester singles should head to The Lowry on Salford Quays, where you’ll find a wealth of local and international art and great theatre. Or for something different, visit one of Manchester’s quirkier museums like the Museum of Transport, or the Hat Works – Museum of Hatting!

The Musical Manchester Date
If you’ve discovered you and your date have similar musical tastes, then Manchester is the perfect place to explore them. From the classic 60s pop scene to 90s Brit Pop, Manchester has always had a thriving music scene, and great venues to match. Classical fans can enjoy the delights of both the BBC Philharmonic and the Northern College of Music, both based in Manchester.

If you fancy something more contemporary, head to the Manchester Academy for one of the many indie bands who play there. Alternatively, take your date to the Night & Day Cafe in the Northern Quarter to see some upcoming talent. You never know who you’ll discover, and even if they’re not too great you can both have a laugh about it!

The Outdoor Manchester Date
If the weather’s nice take your date for a picnic in Heaton Park – with acres of land, you’ll get some quality time to yourselves and your date is bound to appreciate the effort. If you’re feeling energetic you can even visit the Heaton Park stables and go for an afternoon ride – just be sure to check your date likes horses. Alternatively, for a quick lunch date, relocate your picnic to Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre.

The Foodie Manchester Date
Manchester is heaven for foodies, whether you’re on a budget or planning to splash out. Most people like a good meal, but if you’re both really into good food, treat yourselves to dinner at ABode – top chef Michael Caines’ new venture in Manchester. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, go to Tampopo – an Asian canteen with delicious foods from across the continent. For true foodie heaven though, aim for the Manchester Food and Drink Festival in October. A long shot, considering your date may be one of the other 51 weeks of the year, but worth a visit if you can time it right.

The Quirky Manchester Date
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to impress your date, Manchester Climbing Centre will certainly have their blood pumping; just make sure they have a head for heights before you book a climbing session. Or, if you fancy a frivolous flutter, try the Bellevue dog track – bets start at just 50p and you’ll be surprised at what a fun night out it can be. And finally, for something that is almost guaranteed to surprise your date, try indoor skydiving at Airkix. Just don’t have your hair done beforehand…

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