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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.
Manchester celebrates writers including Sheila Hancock and Kate Tempest alongside tours and workshops at its annual Literature Festival, on 6-19 October. manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk
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).
If it's Saturday, head to Levenshulme Market for street food and vintage finds galore. Check out the Antiques Village (The Old Town Hall, 965 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 3NP, theantiquesvillage.com) and Trove bakery (1032 Stockport Road,
Levenshulme, M19 3WX, trovefoods.co.uk) while in the area. A 20-minute hop from the city centre by bus or train. levymarket.com
Kirkby Lonsdale is one of the North West's prettiest market towns. Enjoy views of the River Lune painted by JMW Turner, Norman churches and lunch at the award-winning Highwayman Inn. highwaymaninn.co.uk