This Valentines weekend I travelled the furthest north I have ever been to Manchester. My boyfriend and had rented a hotel for the weekend and I was so excited to explore a new city.
Upon arrival I met up with two school friends who now study in Manchester for a drink at a trendy bar/pizza place/ arty hangout. It was great to catch up and of course check out the new geo filters I could use on snapchat.
Tom and Laura dropped me of at my hotel in Salford Quays where I waited for Haydon to arrive from Scotland.
Friday night was spent eating pasta and brownies in Frankie and Benny’s followed by a late night screening of Deadpool. I wouldn’t usually choose to watch a superhero movie at the cinema but as Deadpool said himself, he’s not a superhero. The film was hilarious and kept my attention from start to finish.
On Saturday we spent the day in town wondering round the huge Arndale shopping centre before making our way to China town (much smaller than I thought it would be!) and Canal street. Both were tourist spots I couldn’t visit Manchester with out going to see.
Being the middle of the day there weren’t many other people about along Canal street (other than a furry convention at one of the bars) so we walked up, then down, and up again as my terrible sense of direction took us the wrong way back to the Arndale.
It was Franky and Benny’s for dinner again as it was right outside our hotel to line our stomachs for our night out at RAM: Records Mantra festival at the Manchester SU. We cheekily managed to slip in the front of the 3 hour queue and so were able to make the most of the night in the venue. The music ended at 5am after the the main act, and Haydon’s favourite drum and bass DJ, Prototype played so we stumbled into a taxi straight back to the hotel. The night was amazing with such good music and cheap drinks!
Unfortunately Valentines day was spent hungover waiting for our trains at Manchester Piccadilly before travelling our separate ways.
Manchester bettered my expectations, there was so much more to see around the city than I thought, so many beautiful old buildings that I dont get to see around Southampton. It won’t be long until I visit again.