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Autumn in Manchester

Summer has officially ended and now it’s time for colder nights and snuggling up under the blankets. Manchester is ready for the autumn months with plenty to do, including spooky events to celebrate the season of Halloween.

The Manchester Food & Drink Festival is a good way to warm up as the weather grows cooler, with local favourites cooked to perfection and a festival fire pit for the best autumnal feel. The festival is taking place from 22nd September – 2nd October and will see chefs showcasing their delicious dishes and breweries serving their best beverages. The River Restaurant’s Executive Head Chef Dominic Grundy has created a special tasting menu highlighting the best of Manchester favourites.

This sumptuous menu celebrates the delicious delights of Manchester dining and has been specially crafted for the Manchester Food & Drink Festival. Serving local favourites, from The Lowry Hotel’s take on the Manchester tart, a staple of the city, to the beloved Eccles cake served with traditional Lancashire cheese.

The local favourite of Manchester caviar followed by Boddington’s braised beef, paying homage to the Manchester born brewery. With bread factory sourdough and focaccia to start and coffee with petit fours finishing off the menu, a taste of Manchester doesn’t get much more luxurious than this.

Autumnal Activities or Spooky Season Scares?

Just a 20-minute drive from The Lowry Hotel is a picturesque autumnal dream. If you love seeing squirrels running around whilst leaves crunch beneath your feet, a stroll around Heaton Park is the perfect place for friends, families, or a nice romantic date.

Pumpkin picking is the ultimate autumn activity, whether you want a memorable date or a day out with the family, Cockfields Farm Park, just a 35-minute drive from The Lowry Hotel, are running a pumpkin festival on weekends throughout October. Enjoy carving your handpicked pumpkin at the farm along with tractor rides and marshmallow toasting, providing a fun filled day that everyone will love.

If you prefer a fright, The Manchester Ghost Tour is back for 2022. Embark on a spooky adventure across Manchester landmarks including Manchester Town Hall, The Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Cathedral. Start and stop whenever you want to if the horror stories you’re told give you too much of the chills. Follow clues and discover hidden secrets on this amazing spooky season quest.

Grimmfest is also back in Manchester at Odeon Great Northern – just a 13-minute walk from The Lowry Hotel. If you love sitting on the edge of your seat watching scary films, this one is for you. They premiere upcoming films in horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres, created by independent and talented filmmakers. This is perfect for film fanatics who want a scare to start their spooktober.

If you want an experience that's a little more light-hearted but still lots of fun, Oktoberfest is back in Manchester at Platt Fields Park. From 13th – 16th October there’ll be traditional food and delicious drinks and with live music and Bavarian clothing, it’s an authentic Oktoberfest atmosphere in the middle of Manchester. Bands are travelling from Germany to play at the festival, and you’ll be able to try the beer specially crafted just for this event.

Looking for something theatrical? Venues across Manchester are hosting the finest musicals and plays throughout the autumn months. From Saturday Night Fever to The Lion King, audiences can immerse themselves in award winning productions. Jersey Boys also arrives in Manchester from 18th October. The Lowry Theatre are showing heart-wrenching performances of The- Colour Purple and Blood Brothers during October, so there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Add a touch of luxury to your night with The River Restaurant’s pre-show dining offer. With complimentary parking for the duration of your show and a two-course meal with a bottle of wine to share before the performance, you can have a worry-free night and more importantly, a special dining experience to start it off.

Will you spend your autumn immersing yourself in spooky fun or will you enjoy a light-hearted season filled with marshmallows and bonfires?