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6 uplifting things to do in Manchester

3 months ago

Summer’s all but over and autumn is in the air. Some of us love this time of year with its chance to get cosy in a cafe while the rain runs down the windows, or wade through fallen leaves in the park. Others need a little more convincing.

If that’s you, here’s a few of our favourite mood-boosting things to do in Manchester to get you through the change in season. From a foodie day out in Stockport to an adrenalin-spiking session at Total Ninja, here’s our top six uplifting things to do in Manchester for autumn 2023.

We’ve loads more ideas in our Things to Do section – why not take a look?

  • Sugar Junction, a cafe in the Northern Quarter, Manchester
    Northern Quarter

    Sugar Junction

    Restaurant - Global

    With a very vintage vibe, homemade cake and cocktails, and tempting hot and cold plates dished up all day every day in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Sugar Junction is the perfect go-to for ladies who brunch.

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  • Alexandra Park, Manchester in autumn.
    Moss Side

    Alexandra Park

    Parks & Gardens

    Alexandra Park, or Alex Park as it’s known, was once rather shabby but has now been restored to something approaching its former glory.

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  • Actor and author Richard Armitage who is appearing at the Manchester Literature Festival 2023.
    Manchester City Centre

    Manchester Literature Festival


    Manchester Literature Festival has grown considerably in size and stature since it debuted back in 2006. Held annually in October, it’s now known as one of the north’s leading festivals for book-lovers.

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  • Street food at Foodie Friday Stockport
    Stockport Town Centre

    Foodie Friday Stockport


    Foodie Friday is Stockport’s food and drink festival, taking place between 6-9pm on the final Friday of each month.

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  • A girl on the monkey bars at Total Ninja, Manchester.
    Trafford Park

    Total Ninja


    Total Ninja is part bouncy-castle on steroids, part warrior training ground. The venue is mainly divided into two parts: an inflatable park and a so-called Ninja Academy, both of which are included in the entry price. There is also a free toddler area for under 4s.

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  • Masood Boomgaard who is appearing at the Frog and Bucket comedy club in October 2023
    Northern Quarter

    Frog and Bucket

    Comedy Venues

    The Frog and Bucket is one of Manchester’s longest running comedy clubs and one of the first venues to open in the (now booming) Northern Quarter.

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