When it comes to mates, yours are probably the best, but as you’ve all started to settle down and move further away from each other, the chance to have a few drinks has probably escaped you. A message on Facebook is the most that you’ve managed to communicate with most of the lads, and its about time that you found a weekend to get together and have a laugh.
Manchester is a vibrant and busy city with plenty of opportunity for a good time. The guys in London are probably going to be reluctant to leave the big smoke, but once they see what’s on offer in Manchester, they will jump straight on the train. From Curry Mile to the National Football Museum, you’ll soon find that there is so much to keep you busy, that you’ll have to hold a democratic vote to make a decision on your plans. Here are our highlights from Manchester for a perfect lads’ weekend:
1. National Football Museum
Even lads who aren’t into the footy will enjoy the National Football Museum, which celebrates England’s national sport and plays host to some of the game’s rarest memorabilia. You’ll have the chance to lift some of the silverware for yourself, and the nerdiest amongst you will be able to delve deeper into the game. If you’re interested in your family history and want to see if a relative might have played the game at an amateur or professional level, the museum collections allow searches through the Football Association records to see if you might have some Beckham blood in the family.
2. Curry Mile
After you’ve filled your head with football knowledge, it might be time to take to the so called Curry Mile for some refreshment and Indian cuisine. The Curry Mile has been the home of curry in Manchester since the 1920s, when Pakistani restauarants started to pop up in the area. It is incredibly popular with students and tourists, providing great British favourites such as the tikka masala, as well as some lesser known traditional dishes. The Curry Mile stays open until the early hours of the morning and serves as the perfect place to stay and party after a lamb rogan josh and a couple of beers. For a quieter night, you could order Deliveroo from one of the restaurants to your hotel or apartment, stick the footy on and have a chilled evening with the lads.
3. Heaton Park
If your Curry Mile adventure has left you feeling a little worse for wear, you could blow off the cobwebs by taking a stroll in Heaton Park. Located just outside the city centre, Heaton Park is a 600-acre country garden, complete with a country house, golf course and a petting farm. For a sunny afternoon, you could hire a rowing boat and race around the lake, or book yourself in for a round on the course described as ‘the hardest par -3 in England’ by golf legend Henry Cotton. If the football fans amongst you haven’t had quite enough of the game, there are some adult sized pitches in the park which will make for a great chance to have a friendly kick about.
Manchester is the gem of the north, and with equal amounts of greenery and fun urban spaces, you’ll be able to have a boys’ weekend to remember.