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The sun is out and shining down on the famously rainy city of Manchester. So, here are some summery spots to enjoy whilst the sun is shining.

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Photo by Flourish Manchester

The Manchester Flower Show

29th May – 6th June

A botanical spectacle around the city! Wander around town to spot the floral displays that have appeared. These can be found in places including; St. Anne’s Square, Deansgate Square, Cathedral Street, Market Street and Oxford Road.

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Photos by NQ Manchester, Ramona, Escape to Freight Island and The Oast House.

Al-fresco Dining

For weeks we braved the rain on terraces and sitting street side, hoping for a parasol to keep us dry and heaters for some warmth. We crossed our fingers and hoped that the rain would hold off for long enough and dreamt of the day we could sit indoors again. Now here we are wanting to get back outside! Well in fairness, when the sun is out the al-fresco experience is slightly more appealing.

Here are some places to appreciate some open-air dining and drinks:

The streets of Northern Quarter – Many roads in the area are still pedestrianised to cater the demand for open-air drinking and dining. Just have a wander around and see where takes your fancy.

Ramona – A brand new campfire style destination with deep-dish Pizza from Detroit and signature Margaritas.

Escape to Freight Island – A more chilled out use for the Warehouse Project location - here you can order from a range of vendors, plus experience live DJs.

The Oast House – Placed in the heart of Spinningfields, you can find this rustic, old world pub with hearty food and the finest ales and beverages. It certainly stands out against its urban surroundings.

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Photo by Lazy Sundae

Go out for Ice-Cream

There is no question that the perfect snack to cool you down on a sunny summer’s day is an ice-cream and we recommend the brand new addition to Tib Street Lazy Sundae for a delicious frozen treat. They go beyond the standard 99 with an abundance of flavours and Asian-inspired creations, complete with dog friendly ice-creams for your furry pals.

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Photo by National Trust

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Photos by Visit Blackpool and Visit Liverpool

Beach Day

“Manchester has everything except a beach” - Ian Brown of The Stone Roses was certainly right when he said this. No Manchester is not on the coast… but there are a few good beaches within reach, so we don’t have to miss out on beach days! Formby Beach is one of the best beaches in the Northwest, with sand dunes and a nearby nature reserve. You could enjoy the nostalgia of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, this classic sea front destination has rides, arcades and plenty of fish and chips to go round. Crosby Beach, while not the best for sun-bathing, offers a stunning sculpture project called ‘Another Place’, with figures to be spotted along the shore.

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Photo by National Trust

Nature Walk

The sunflowers are out at Dunham Massey - head to South Manchester for a picturesque nature walk through the fields. This National Trust site has sunflowers spanning 4.5 acres, along with a quaint farm shop.

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Photo by Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

Home to over 35,000 animals, plus zoological gardens to explore and lots of activities to get involved in. This is a fun filled, family friendly, day out.

While Manchester is known for its rainy days, those days without a cloud in the sky are something quite remarkable, so make the most of it before the rain comes back!

 

 

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