England v Sweden will have the city in awe as they watch the World Cup, but it’s not for everyone so we’ve picked out some alternative things for you to do to avoid the footie crowds on Saturday Afternoon.
This Saturday, England meets Sweden and the entire city will be heading out to their regular spots to watch the big match.
But this one’s for you. If you’re not one for football there’s plenty of hiding spots in the city of Manchester – some you might not even know about.
Runaway Brewery Tap Room | Dantzic Street, M4 4JW
Steer clear of the big crowds of football fans that have taken over your local and head to The Runaway Brewery for a change of scenery. Every Saturday, the brewery takes guests behind the scenes for a tasty tour of their tap room. See how they make their own brand of handmade beer, drawing inspiration from flavours across the world but still with an unmistakably British taste.
Wimbledon Screening at First Street | M15 4GU
If football isn’t your preferred sport, this Saturday, Wimbledon will be wrapping up their first week with men’s and women’s singles and doubles. Don’t waste your afternoon cramming into a packed pub where you can’t even see the screen; pull up a deck chair, Pimms at the ready and watch the tennis on the big screen at Tony Wilson Place on First Street. The tournament will be shown on the big screen right up until the finals on the 15th July.
Much Ado About Nothing at Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens | Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, M20 2SW
Get your dose of culture and spend your afternoon surrounded by the beautiful Botanical Gardens watching Heartbreak Productions’ spin on a classic Shakespeare comedy. Follow some of the bard’s most lovable characters as they stumble through love in this post-WW1 adaptation of the play. Make sure to bring your own chairs and a tasty picnic for this open-air theatre experience.
17 Below (Underneath Dogs ‘n’ Dough) | 17 Bow Ln, M2 4FW
Want to avoid the football fans pouring out on to the streets after the match? Get as far away from them as you can and head underground to 17 Below, a retro arcade themed cocktail bar in the sub-basement of Dogs ‘n’ Dough. Escape the football even further and immerse yourself in 17 Below’s 80s theme with their vintage arcade machines and neon decor.