Cheap flights to Manchester
The most cosmopolitan city after London, Manchester is also one of Britain’s most modern cities, with a youthful and infectious vibe and cultural activities that are a class apart. If you’re looking for a true slice of Britain then look no further than Manchester, often described as England’s second city.
Known the world over for its famous football teams and for being the first industrialised city in the world, today Manchester is a hub of all things cool. Its modern city centre boasts some pretty cutting edge architecture, a cultural scene that is right up there with London and, of course, a nightlife that is renowned as one of the best in the world.
Defined curls and red lips thrive in Manchester, the perfect home for Vintage Twists. Their own-brand swing dresses, blouses and accessories look to the 1950s for inspiration. vintagetwists.co.uk/shop
The new Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art hosts a UK-Chinese talent show this month. There's a gift shop selling arty notebooks and teas in this former Victorian market hall, too. From 6 January (Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1EU, +161 832 7271, cfcca.org.uk).
Taking over the city's best venues, Manchester Jazz Festival (18-27 July) lands in Albert Square with free gigs on the hour. Booking is recommended for star turns like Arun Ghosh and his sextet and Booker T Jones. manchesterjazz.com
Named after contemporary sculptor Barbara Hepworth, the fabulous Hepworth is an hour by car or train away, in Wakefield. Shortlisted for a RIBA architecture prize, the changing exhibitions do justice to their setting. hepworthwakefield.org