So if you live in Manchester right now you’re probably thinking, what in god’s name is that massive glowing orb in the sky and where have all the clouds gone?! First of all, don’t panic people of Manchester – this is called sunshine, and god – it is BOILING.
And what’s even stranger is that Manchester has been blessed with a good couple of days of sunshine and rain-free days, which must be a sign the end is nigh, am I right? So get ready to see Piccadilly Gardens invaded with people in swimsuits as if they’re chilling in Spain, get ready to have almost all of the supermarkets on Market Street sold out of ice cream and get ready for a very crowded Deansgate and Northern Quarter full of day drinkers enjoying the sun. Although it can get annoying – it wouldn’t be a Manc summer without it all!
1.Get out the comfy shoes
Honestly, I have only recently discovered how much walking I do when I’m out in town due to the heat. My feet get sore way faster and I pray that nobody can smell the sweat accumulating in my socks. Now you’ll see a lot of people whip out the flip-flops and sandals for this kind of weather but all in all, make sure your shoes are comfy. If you’re out in Manchester for a day out and don’t want to be wanting to sit down every 10 minutes; please put on your comfy shoes. Primark do thin cotton trainer socks for under £4, wear them and some comfy trainers and trekking all the way from Deansgate-Castlefield metrolink stop to Northern Quarter should be a bit less sore.
2.Be prepared for the pit stank on the Metrolink
Now, a lot of people who’ve grown up in Manchester know how ridiculously unreliable the Metrolinks are. But we still take them, right? They get you into Manchester, Eccles, Altrincham, Rochdale, Bury etc. a bit faster than some buses and the route map is pretty easy to understand. I can’t vouch that the tickets are cheaper than bus tickets (honestly, the amount of times I’ve collected my tips from work and just thought ‘ok that’s half of my tram fare for tomorrow sorted’), but I can imagine that I’d be pretty lost getting to places without the tram. However, busy trams in the hot weather are a good definition of nightmares. Especially if you have a massive pet peeve for B.O. This advice can go both ways; obviously if you’re gonna be travelling during a peak time on public transport – do yourself a favour and wash so the smell of your sweat isn’t getting up anyone else’s noses or prepare for the smell on the trams. When you jump on try and avoid standing under anyone’s armpit range; maybe even open a window on the tram to help cool the air.
3.Practice your resting bitch face mixed with power walk for Market Street
Market Street is probably the worst place to try and get down when you’re in a rush as there’s such a mess of different people on there you’re most likely going to stop every 2 minutes to quietly grumble and dodge around that one person that’s decide to stop dead in their tracks in front of you to check their phone. Don’t forget the groups of people who think they’re having a casual stroll down an empty beach, the people who see you coming towards them but then walk right in front of your path, the people who stop you and try to charm you into buying an overpriced magazine. The list goes on, if you haven’t experienced any of these, have you really been in Manchester? The best thing is always to just storm through the crowd, when people even come towards you with ‘hey, got a minute?’ go ‘sorry, going to work’ and quickly move on your way. Or you know, dive into BHS and use the Arndale as a shortcut.
4.Don’t miss out on Manchester’s great places that serve ice creams, milkshakes and cold drinks!
At the end of the day, if you’re out for a shop or catch up with friends in Manchester – sitting down for a drink or some food is the best way to relax and chat in the sunshine. Of course there’s plenty of brand names chilling on Market Street including Starbucks, Costa, McDonalds, Nandos etc. But don’t waste the gorgeous day by hiding in Arndale’s food court queueing up for Mcdonalds. It’s just not worth it. There’s plenty of amazing places to stop by in Manchester – a good example for the weather is Ginger’s Comfort Emporium in Afflecks Palace; totally quirky and equipped with unique flavours such as Golden Syrup, Salted Caramel & Peanut Butter (a.k.a the Chorlton Crack) or even Apple Pie Sorbet! If you’re a fan of cold drinks, why not visit Mooboo in the Arndale and try a bubble tea; or head to Fuel Juice Bar located near the Arndale markets for a smoothie if you’re feeling fruity! Of course I can’t not mention my beloved V Revolution in this post – their milkshakes and soda floats are amazing. You can get milkshake flavours like vanilla, chocolate, raspberry and blueberry (you can also ask for a chocolate mix of chocolate with raspberry ice cream or chocolate and blueberry ice cream) which are all made in the cafe and made entirely vegan. Cruelty-free milkshakes for the win!
But yeah, what do you like to get up to in the sunshine to survive the insane heat? Any places in Manchester or your home town you favour for ice cream and cold snacks?
Thanks for reading!