We may have had to kiss goodbye to summer, but that doesn’t mean that a day trip is out the window. Even if you’re not taking to the skies (and with quarantine to consider we don’t blame you) you can still grab a break from the hustle and bustle.
Manchester, we love you, but…we want to see other places. Luckily, our amazing city is perfectly located and super well-connected. Whether a trip to coast tickles your fancy or an historic town tour is more your scene, there are so many options that are right on your doorstep. Here are five great places to go and take in that fresh autumn air.
Whether you want to check out a rustic country pub or go for a nice walk, Bakewell in Derbyshire is the perfect place. Nestled in the heart of the gorgeous Peak District, it’s ideal for a nice scenic getaway. For you hiking fanatics, take to the hills and traverse your way across the famous High Peak Trail. If you’re looking for a nice dinner, check out The Bull’s Head in nearby village Ashford-in-the-Water for a modern menu in a charming setting.
If you’re on the lookout for an easy coastal getaway that won’t involve checking the quarantine list, Blackpool is your best bet. As the summer months have ended, you won’t find the beach teaming with tourists eager to see the famous Pleasure Beach. Take in the fresh sea air and take a nice stroll along the beach. Sounds tranquil, doesn’t it?
Now, just because we have a rivalry with one of our closest neighbours, that doesn’t mean we can’t put down the torches and pitchforks on occasion. It may be the Shelbyville to our Springfield, but Liverpool is a great city in its own right. The birthplace of such greats as The Beatles and the late great national treasure Cilla Black, it’s also home to an impressive array of art galleries and chic cafes. As they say in the ‘Pool, you’ll be dead made up after a day there.
This historic city is a must-see for any history buff. With a past dating back to the Romans, the cobbled streets of Chester have seen it all. Check into the renowned Chester Zoo to catch up with animals – COVID-secure of course – and discover its pub The Oakfield, which has officially been ranked one of the best in the world.
- Formby Beach
Want to head to the coast but want somewhere less commercial? Look no further than Formby, a land of dramatic sand dunes surrounded by gorgeous coastal pinewoods. Far away from the crowds, Formby is a great place to go to leave your worries behind. You won’t spot a helter-skelter here; it’s the more refined choice of seashore.
Are you looking for things to do this autumn? Check out the rest of our What’s On section to find some great ideas!