Although summer is now over and the long days are a distant memory, Manchester is thriving with its permanent positive atmosphere and showing no sign of slowing down this autumn with events and festivities for everyone to enjoy. From cosy nights at the Backyard Cinema to exploring the Science and Industry Museum, these events and restaurants will keep you booked and busy this autumn season.
One thing we love about Manchester is that no matter the time of year, there is always something for individuals, friends, and groups to enjoy and get involved in. This Autumn is no different, here are some of our top picks.
The most unique cinema experience is coming to Manchester on the 21st of October for a 10-week limited run. After blowing up in London, Backyard Cinema have finally turned their attention to the North and will be the first event to occupy the former Mayfield Train Station rooftop. You’ll be able to enjoy screenings of some of the most iconic films such as Elvis, Love Actually, Home Alone, and so many more, and with bean bags and an enchanted forest surrounding you, it will be the most memorable cinema experience you’ve ever had.
If you’re an art lover then you will definitely appreciate this unique exhibition coming to Media City on the 21st of October in collaboration with HOME. Held on the Media City piazza in its own purpose-built structure, a huge exhibition featuring the original works of world-famous artist, Banksy, will allow visitors to view a number of prints, canvases, and sculptures created by him. Not to mention Banksy’s most famous piece, Girl With Balloon (2002), will take centre stage at the exhibition. You can visit the exhibition until the 8th of January and tickets are available to buy now.
The Manchester Science Festival is regarded as the best science festival in the UK, and this year, it’s back being hosted at the Science and Industry Museum since its last debut in 2018. Starting on Friday the 21st of October, the festival will run for 8 days and will host a myriad of events, exhibitions, and experiences for all to enjoy including the headline event, Turn it up: The power of music, held on Saturday 22nd October. This event will explore the ways in which technology is changing the music scene before diving into an incredible live show of award-winning artists and local DJ’s performing techno and bass-heavy music. The show will also be accompanied by visual effects and digital artwork, so you have plenty to explore while enjoying the music.
If the frosty weather has got you wanting to enjoy a warm meal and a festive drink this Autumn, then we can definitely relate and have chosen something for you too. Some of Manchester’s best restaurants and pubs are embracing the season with a spectacular seasonal menu and we’re here to point you to all the best places.
Nothing signals the start of the colder months and festive season in Manchester quite like the annual teepee set up by The Oast House in Spinningfields. With fire pits, blankets, fairy lights, hearty food, and warming drinks, the teepee is the epitome of cosiness and a warm atmosphere. You can now book to visit for dinner or drinks until the end of January or stay on the lookout for regular events that are hosted there.
The first Saturday of every month throughout Autumn means only one thing at Honest Burgers: a boozy bottomless brunch! That’s right, Honest Burgers have currently got an autumnal offer going which allows you to order any burger from their menu and it'll be accompanied by unlimited fizz, cider, or beer. And to top it off, the brunch is hosted on a rooftop with a live DJ bringing the good vibes on the day. If this sounds like a bit of you then remember to book your place in advance as the brunch only occurs once a month.
There’s something about a meal at a pub that just makes you feel so warm and homely on a cold autumnal evening and The Black Friar in Salford captures that feeling incredibly well. They call themselves ‘a gem amongst giants’ and that they truly are – this seemingly traditional pub from the outside is everything you wouldn’t expect the second you walk inside. The Black Friar has uniquely combined traditional pub grub with modern fine dining and the result exceeds all expectations, it’s a must visit, especially in the colder months when you’re after some hearty warm food.
We can’t think of a more autumnal meal than a piping hot Sunday roast, and when you don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen cooking it, The Old Wellington is a pretty good alternative. As one of the oldest pubs in the city, The Old Wellington still flaunts its heritage in its interior and the meals that they serve. If you decide to try their roast, expect the traditional taste of glazed carrots, gravy covered meats, and mouth-watering potatoes, and if a roast is not to your taste, then you can also opt for some venison sausage or choose from their big variety of pies.
We know that everyone likes to spend this season differently, so whether you like getting involved in the city’s events during Autumn or you prefer to wind down with a nice meal, we hope this list has inspired you and as always, if you decide to check any of these recommendations out, be sure to tag us on socials as we love to see what you’re up to!