Don’t be tempted to spend your New Year’s Day wrapped up in bed regretting the night before. There’s plenty of reasons to get up and head out, especially if you live in Manchester! Whether you choose to continue partying, eat your way through your hangover or head out for a little fresh air, here are 10 suggestions for how to spend the first day of the year in and around the city.
Carry on partying at the Warehouse Project
The closing party for the iconic Warehouse Project club nights is always on New Year’s Day, offering an opportunity to continue the party for another 12 hours. Running from 5pm until 5am on 2 january, there are over 20 DJs scheduled to keep you dancing for as long as possible. Just make sure you’ve booked the Tuesday off work!
Enjoy afternoon tea at the Malmaison
If you’re craving one last festive meal before you head back to work, the Malmaison is laying on a festive spread with its New Year’s Day afternoon tea. For £25 per person, expect to be treated to bite-sized versions of all your festive favourites including mince pies, Christmas cake, yule log and turkey, cranberry and stuffing wraps. There’s also an inclusive glass of bubbly to help perk up cloudy heads.
Wander around the Northern Quarter
We can’t guarantee that all the bars, cafés and shops will be opening their doors, but if you live in the city centre and fancy an urban stroll, why not head out into the Northern Quarter to admire the eclectic array of street art? Take advantage of the streets being much quieter than usual, sling your camera over your shoulder and head out to explore.
Walk along the Mersey
If you fancy a more rural wander, go to Fletcher Moss gardens in Didsbury village to admire the beautiful rock garden before heading on down to the banks of the River Mersey. From here, you can walk all along the river towards Chorlton within an hour, making this the perfect short walk for a hungover afternoon. Once you reach Chorlton, head into one of the many pubs to reward yourself with a pint!
Look for deer at Tatton Park
Alternatively, if you want to get outdoors and are in search of wildlife, drive the short journey to Tatton Park to spend the afternoon wandering around the 1,000-acre deer park. The park, walled gardens, shop and restaurant are all open on New Year’s Day for you to enjoy a rural day out. Take your camera and get snap-happy if you spot the deer – it’s never too early to get to work on next year’s Christmas card design!
Go for a long hike at Dove Stone Reservoir
Greater Manchester is home to many dramatic hiking spots, especially if you head to the edge of the Peak District. Dove Stone Reservoir is located just outside Oldham, offering a range of walking routes to suit all abilities. Opt for a simple stroll around the main body of water, or head towards Greenfield and Yeoman Hey reservoirs, where you can continue up onto the hills. Fingers crossed for snow!
Shop the sales
Great news for shopaholics – most of the shops in the city centre will be opening from 10am until 6pm on New Year’s Day! Spend your day hunting for bargains in the New Year sales, perhaps even rising early to avoid the crowds. Head to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols first to secure the best pickings, then browse the Arndale Centre with your bank card at the ready.
Take yourself on a walking tour of the city’s best buildings
We previously detailed a walking tour of Manchester that explored some of the city’s best buildings around St Peter’s Square, Deansgate and Exchange Square. If you’re an architecture enthusiast, why not spend the first day of the year wandering around the city centre and admiring the finest structures, both old and new? Their doors may be closed for the day, but the exteriors are well worth a gander.
Head out for a Chinese meal
It may be New Year’s Day in the UK, but Chinese New Year isn’t for another few weeks, meaning that most of the Chinese restaurants in the city will be open as usual. Head into Chinatown and settle down at a table in your favourite restaurant, or why not take the opportunity to discover a hidden gem that you’ve never visited before? Treat yourself to a delicious meal to welcome in the New Year!
Spend the day in the park
Head to north Manchester and spend the entire afternoon wandering around the gigantic Heaton Park, allowing your kids and/or dog to run off steam! There’s plenty of pathways to explore, weaving through play areas, gardens, a boating lake and outdoor concert area. Stop off at the café to warm yourself with a cup of tea before continuing your adventures.