Things to do this February

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe

As another lockdown comes to an end and venues and hospitality can plan with more confidence, there are plenty of things to do and places to go this February.

February is always a busy month here as we welcome the Lunar New Year and celebrate International Mother Language Day. February is also LGBT History Month, the annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. There is no better place to mark the occasion than at Contact where they’ll be having the first in-person Queer Contact in years, see our guide below for the full line-up along with a handful of other LGBT History Month events.

As ever, there are new places to visit on the Corridor with the latest being the theatre space in Grosvenor East which opens with its debut show, Mother Courage, adding to Man Met’s growing public-facing cultural spots including Manchester Poetry Library and The Holden Gallery.

There is always something good on at Z-arts for families, but their new show is worth a special mention for starring Manchester Museum’s very own Stan the T-Rex. Take your family and catch Stan: a powerful tale of friendship and dinosaurs at Z-arts before it tours the UK.

There are plenty of must-see gigs and RNCM has launched a cracking new spring season. It also seems like a particularly strong month for our galleries with a number of significant exhibitions including the Manchester Open Exhibition and Jocelyn McGregor at Castlefield Gallery.

Finally, this month we’ve highlighted several pubs and bars on the Corridor, many with real ale credentials all with history and character. We’ve all grown tired of canned beer and mixing our own drinks at home, here’s to the end of dry January and to supporting our hospitality industry… cheers!

Top things to do this month

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exhibition Suzanne Lacy: What kind of city?
The Whitworth | 26 November 2021 – 10 April 2022

The Whitworth presents the first major UK presentation of multiple works of US artist Suzanne Lacy, a pioneer of social practice and community organising for almost five decades.

music Yann Tiersen
The Bridgewater Hall | 15 February 2022

French musician and composer Yann Tiersen performs at The Bridgewater Hall in February in support of his latest album ‘Kerber’.

music The Hallé – The Lark Ascending
The Bridgewater Hall | 19 February 2022

The Hallé present The Lark Ascending a concert at The Bridgewater Hall that offers a collection of much-loved pastoral-themed masterpieces.

exhibition Still Parents Life after Baby Loss
The Whitworth | 24 September 2021 – 4 September 2022

Still Parents is the first exhibition of its kind, creating a platform to share personal stories open conversations and break the wall of silence that continues to surround baby loss.

This month’s featured pubs and bars

This month we pick out pubs and bars on the Corridor with history and character.

Peveril of The Peak Pub Oxford Road Corridor Manchester
Peveril Of The Peak

Peveril Of The Peak is Manchester’s most iconic pub adorned with the sorts of bottle green, yellow and brown Victorian tiles that are a reclamation yard’s dream.

The Briton’s Protection

An iconic pub with an impressive whiskey list running into the hundreds. A welcoming atmosphere and a sprawling beer garden.

Interior shot of Temple Bar in Mancheter
The Temple

Originally called The Temple of Convenience owing to its former life as a public toilet block, this is a tiny bar with some of the finest bathroom graffiti in town.

External shot of The Lass O' Gowrie pub in the sunshine
The Lass O’ Gowrie

Take a seat by the river at The Lass O’ Gowrie and watch the world go by in this refined and ancient watering hole.

internal image of The Thirsty Scholar pub with a glowing bar
The Thirsty Scholar

The Thirsty Scholar is a free music venue, pub and nightclub on Oxford Road serving vegan pub food including all-day breakfasts.

An image of a sign outside Sandbar on the Oxford Road Corridor
Sandbar

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

External shot of ivy growing up the Ducie Arms pub in Manchester
Ducie Arms

Ducie Arms is a traditional pub near Manchester Science Park, with top-class pub food, real ales and a cracking atmosphere.

photo of roof terrace at big hands
Big Hands

Big Hands at the South end of Oxford Road may be small, but it comes with added rock n’ roll swagger, a great atmosphere and a lovely roof garden.

The Old Abbey Taphouse

The Old Abbey Taphouse is a pub in a community hub, and one of Hulme’s true gems. Come for the beers, stay for the arts and culture activities.

LGBT History Month

Food & Drink

Contact Bar and Kitchen Oxford Road Corridor Manchester
Contact Bar & Kitchen

Contact has teamed up with one of Manchester’s most-loved street food venues, GRUB to bring Oxford Road an exciting new food and beverage offering.

Hatch

Hatch is Manchester’s pop-up retail, food and drink destination on Oxford Road with something for just about everyone. It is a place to shop, eat and drink, 7 days a week at over 30 independent traders.

A slice of pizza from Slice Pizzeria
Slice Pizzeria

After a short break, Stevenson Square stalwarts Slice Pizzeria re-emerged at Oxford Road Station and it’s great news for the Corridor.

A sandwich prepared at TAKK University Green
TAKK University Green

Takk at University Green is an Icelandic inspired, independent coffee shop that offers tasty, artisan, single-source coffee and delicious brunch, snack and vegetarian options.

Photo of an Indian dish from zouk tea bar and grill
Zouk Tea Bar and Grill

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill is a modern, exciting restaurant, serving up some of the very best Indian-Pakistani cuisine in Manchester.

Don Giovanni

An elegant and dignified Italian restaurant that has held a reputation as one of the big names in Manchester for many years.

A dish from WOOD Manchester
WOOD Manchester

WOOD Manchester offers one of the city’s best fine dining experiences, from the locally-loved winner of 2015 MasterChef winner Simon Wood.

An external shot of Seoul Kimchi at night
Seoul Kimchi

Seoul Kimchi is an intimate restaurant on Upper Brook Street that serves Manchester’s most acclaimed Korean cuisine.

The bar area of The Font in Manchester one of the bars and pubs on oxford road
The Font

The Font Manchester is a cracking bar found just off Oxford Road on New Wakefield St where it’s been for over 20 years.

Chefs working at San Carlo Fumo
Fumo

Enjoy the smoky aroma of authentic charcoal grills at this superior Italian restaurant.

Cocktails at Bunny Jackson's
Bunny Jackson’s Juke Joint

Bunny Jackson’s is a late-night music venue, dive bar and American diner on First Street. Expect cocktails, cold beer and chicken wings.

Exterior of The Eighth Day Shop & Cafe
The 8th Day Shop & Cafe

You can stop by on your lunch for a quick takeaway sandwich or burrito to take back to your desk or enjoy across the road in All Saints Park, or you stay longer and pick from a menu of mains in their downstairs cafe.

Museums & Galleries

The Whitworth Gallery - Parkside
The Whitworth

A visually stunning art gallery located at the heart of Whitworth Park, with a collection containing around 55,000 items.

External shot of Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

This beautifully restored Grade II listed villa was once home to Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the UK’s most important Victorian writers.

External shot of The Pankhurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre

Discover the story of the suffragettes and learn about women’s activism, past and present, at the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family.

External shot of Victoria Baths
Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths is located just outside of the Oxford Road Corridor, but it’s an iconic treasure that’s well worth a visit.

Exterior HOME Theatre Arts Centre Manchester Oxford Road Corridor
HOME

Manchester’s multi-purpose hub of creativity and discovery, bringing together film, theatre, art, and some of the city’s best social spaces.

The Holden Gallery

Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery curates an exhibitions programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art.

Live Music

Green Spaces

Flowers in bloom at All Saints Park one of the green spaces on Oxford Road Corridor
All Saints Park

All Saints Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the Oxford Road Corridor. Perfect for a quick moment of calm on a busy day.

Trees in bloom at Whitworth Park Manchester Oxford Road Corridor taken by Friends of Whitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Park

This 18-acre park opposite the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is an eye-catching green space and home to the Whitworth Art Gallery.

A view of people gathering on the grass at Brunswick Park
Brunswick Park

Enjoy views of some of the best architecture in Manchester in this green space which was opened in 2018 by The University of Manchester.

An overhead view of Symphony Park at Circle Square on Oxford Road in Manchester
Symphony Park

Circle Square is home to Symphony Park, a beautifully landscaped green space designed for socialising, entertaining, relaxing and exploring.

Where to stay

The lobby of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester's Oxford Road Corridor
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel offers an unforgettable stay on Oxford Road Corridor in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.

Midland Hotel Lobby Manchester Oxford Road Corridr
The Midland Hotel

The Midland Hotel is one of the most famous places to stay in Manchester, and one of Oxford Road Corridor’s most lavishly decorated hotels.

Image of the chandelier at Holiday Inn Express Oxford Road
Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road is a centrally located hotel that offers visitors great value for money.