Manchester is a vibrant city brimming with personality; whether it’s the Industrial Revolution or a musical revolution, Manchester is at the epicentre of both. There is something for everyone, from shopping at the Trafford Centre to watching football at Old Trafford. Manchester is brimming with things to see and do. However, it’s also the birthplace of some game-changing technological advances and the site of many historic firsts. There is no doubt about it; Manchester has something for everyone.
What makes it so great?
Here are a few reasons why many people love Manchester so much.
The city invented the first programmable computer. Baby, a machine made from surplus war parts that ran the world’s first stored programme, was created in 1948 by developers Fred Williams, Tom Kilburn, and Geoff Tootill. Kilburn wrote the file (the only one he ever wrote), and it ran for the first time on June 21, 1948. While today’s computers are sleek, light, and stylish, Williams and Kilburn’s creation weighed more than a tonne and had less computing power than a calculator, with tasks taking approximately 52 minutes to complete.
Manchester is the birthplace of the industrial revolution
It is the site of the birth of the Industrial Revolution. Manchester’s then-unknown city experienced massive growth in the late 18th century. Between 1760 and 1840, the region experienced a creative boom that resulted in new manufacturing processes and cultural developments. Manchester, which eventually became the world’s first industrialised city, was responsible for the first-ever inner-city railway, the country’s first working canal, the world’s first steam-driven mill, and it became the world’s largest primary producer of cotton. Today, you can see this incredible work ethic reflected in the city’s symbol: the yellow and black worker bee, which can be found all over the city.
The city has produced a whopping 25 Nobel Prize winners. Manchester has a heady dose of beauty, with a winding canal, Castlefield Locks, and flower-adorned bars – but it is also a city with brains. Did you know that the University of Manchester is home to 25 Nobel Prize laureates? This incredible achievement distinguishes the city as a global leader in innovation and research excellence. Of the 25, 11 were for physics breakthroughs, and nine were for chemistry breakthroughs; the most recent award, given in 2010 to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, was for their advances in the study of the nanomaterial graphene and its exceptional properties.
At Manchester University, the atom was split for the first time. As if having more than a dozen Nobel Prizes wasn’t enough, the University of Manchester can also lay claim to being the first place where the atom was split. This historic event occurred in 1917 while British physicist Ernest Rutherford, who was born in New Zealand, was working at his laboratory off Oxford Road. It was a game-changing discovery that would lead to advancements in both nuclear power and health care, giving rise to radiotherapy techniques used to treat cancer patients.
When it comes to Manchester’s nightlife, you’ll be utterly spoiled for choice. It has one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in the country, with significant club establishments and both large and small live music hotspots. Manchester has an impressive live music heritage, and the talent that flocks to the city on a regular basis cements it as one of the most suitable locations in the worlds of rock, indie, and alternative. It’s also a major stop on most bands’ tour schedules.
If you prefer a quieter night out, Manchester’s bars range from cosy and one-of-a-kind to downright bizarre. From a more cultural perspective, there is a wide range of theatres and picture houses to keep everyone entertained. One thing is sure: you will not be bored when the sun goes down in this town.
With the way the world is evolving, everything is going online. You can watch a film, listen to music or play at a casino online. In Manchester there are many clubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and casinos to choose from and therefore you don’t have to stay in. There are, of course, benefits and disadvantages of going out or staying in to partake in these activities. Let’s take the casino industry, for example. Real land-based casinos may provide an “experience,” but they are pretty pricey. When you go to a Manchester casino, for example, you can’t spend all of your money on gambling. You must purchase tickets, pay for hotel accommodations, and set aside additional funds for travel. Online casinos, on the other hand, provide a pure gambling experience. There will be no “unexpected” costs. Online operators provide access to a huge selection of casino games via any smart phone or desktop computer from virtually anywhere. No need to dress up, brash your shoes or shave. Nowadays most of them are regulated, meaning they must conform to stringent responsible gaming rules, practices and tools, ensuring safe gambling and peace of mind for the players. With the introduction of live casinos and human dealers the gap between land-based casinos and virtual ones has become smaller than ever. One of the most established and much fun UK casino online is 888, a veteran operator offering exclusive games you will not find anywhere else and most probably will exceed your expectations.
Perhaps it’s the city’s heritage of musical talent and club innovation or the combination of party-loving students and young city slickers. However, there’s no doubt about it: Manchester is a stomping place to go out at night. Choosing where to drink and dance, from grungy clubs to stylish bars, can be a daunting task. But an enjoyable one nonetheless as you are simply spoilt for choice. There is literally something for everyone in Manchester, which is why it is one of the best tourist attractions in the UK.
Graeme Park thanks fans for ‘valued support’ and launches fundraiser in memory of late son
Graeme Park has thanked fans for their “valued support” following the devastating passing of his teenage son last week.
The former Hacienda legend and his family have also set up a fundraiser in his memory.
The DJ took to social media last week to share the heartbreaking news that his “true warrior” son Oliver had passed away at the age of 18 after a year-long battle with a rare cancer.
In a tribute to the late teenager, Graeme described his son as a “kind, loving, and beautiful soul” who “fought so hard until the very end” but was sadly taken “far too soon” when he “had so much more love to offer to this world”.
Graeme’s initial post drew in thousands of messages of love and support from the Greater Manchestermusic and entertainment community and beyond, as well as from famous name including from Vernon Kay, Sacha Lord, and DJ Paulette.
He asked fans to “bear with me” and confirmed that he will not be performing DJ sets or appearing on the radio for the time being.
Now, a week after sharing the news of Oliver’s passing, Graeme, his wife Jen, and son Ben have taken the time to thank everyone for their “wonderful and valued support” – adding that the family is “heartbroken” to have lost a son, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.
“Your messages and kind words have been well received and have offered us all some much needed strength and hope at what has been a very difficult time,” Graeme continued.
“Friends, colleagues, fans, followers and complete strangers have all been in touch in person, via phone, email and social media offering support and more, and it really has been heartwarming to read all the messages and to listen to everyone who’s called.
“Apologies if I’ve not responded to everyone, but rest assured we all really do appreciate the sentiment.
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Graeme also confirmed that, after lots of discussion following so many reaching out and asking if there’s anything they can do to help, the family has decided to set up a JustGiving page in Oliver’s memory to help raise “much needed funds and awareness” for Sarcoma UK.
Sarcoma UK is a national charity that funds vital research, offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma cancer, and campaigns for better treatments.
“After complaining of leg pain over a long period, Oliver was eventually diagnosed as having a malignant nerve sheath tumour that was a type of sarcoma, hence our decision to help Sarcoma UK,” Graeme explained.
Sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops in the bone and soft tissue. It is difficult to diagnose and one of the hardest to treat – “but by donating in memory of Oliver, you can help change this.”
“Your donation will help researchers find answers, keep the specialist Support Line open, and raise awareness to improve treatment and standards of care,” Graeme concluded, “Your donations go so far in helping the sarcoma community.”
Over 200 people have already donated to the JustGiving fundraiser, with the total now at £6,900 and counting by the minute.
If you’d like to support, help, or donate in memory of Oliver, you can do so here.
Featured Image – Graeme Park
Three Little Words and Seven Brothers Brewery are moving into Kampus this summer
This week, Manchester’s waterside neighbourhood Kampus has revealed that two of Manchester’s best-loved indie drinks producers will be moving in over the summer.
Manchester Gin’s bar and distillery Three Little Words will be taking over the infamous bungalow, whilst Ancoats’ favourite Seven Brothers Brewery will temporarily move into the neighbourhood’s red-brick Minshull Warehouse – previously tipped to house a new taproom from Cloudwater.
This summer, the brewery – first founded in Salford nine years ago by the McAvoy brothers – will open the doors to the warehouse serving up their popular family beers alongside a few Kampus specials.
With seating inside and out, once the warmer nights arrive drinkers can once again enjoy the Manchester neighbourhood’s canalside beer garden.
Set to open officially from the long Easter weekend, for the first time tables and chairs will be nestled throughout the giant tree ferns and palms, with visitors able to sample the delights of the impressive foodie community – including Nell’s, Pollen, Great North Pie, The Beeswing wine bar and Yum Cha.
Elsewhere, in the Bungalow popular local gin distillers and cocktail pros Three Little Words will serve up a sleek cocktail menu – all made up from their portfolio of multi-award-winning spirits from The Spirit of Manchester Distillery.
First opened in 2019 by Seb & Jen Heeley-Wiggins, the founders of Manchester Gin, luxurious cocktail bar Three Little Words has since won awards for its signature menu of innovative cocktails.
Both will kick-start on Friday 7 April, with an Easter Weekender of booze, beats and eats in store – with Nell’s Pizza also joined by guest DJs throughout the weekend.
The season is a major moment for Kampus, the first year when the neighbourhood will have a full force of eclectic independent operators fully trading.
More names are set to join too. Red Light will lift the curtain on the insta-friendly Little David Street LGTBQ+ cocktail den, with the opening date to be revealed in the coming weeks, whilst taqueria and mezcaleria Madre is currently fitting out its space ready to bring its take on Mexican goodness to Manchester.
Seb Heeley-Wiggins, Master Distiller & Co-Owner The Spirit of Manchester Distillery & Three Little Words, said: “We’ve got such a loyal following and we’ve been on the hunt for a spot where people could enjoy our cocktails in a beautiful outdoor setting … spritzes in the sunshine.
“Kampus absolutely fits that bill and will be an incredible summer posting for our team. We’ll be bringing our signature menu as well as some seasonal creations unique to Kampus.
“There’s so much going at the neighbourhood that we’ll be in good company. We’ve already got celebrations planned throughout the summer months, where we’ll be collaborating with incredible brands and creatives, and we’ve got a big surprise in store for next month. We just need a long, hot summer now.”
Keith McAvoy, CEO for Seven Brothers, said: “We’ve been big fans of Kampus for a while so we jumped at the chance to put on a summer-long party and create a new beerhouse here. The historic setting is stunning and we know we’ll create, hands down, the best beer garden in Manchester.
“We’re a family run business, born here in Greater Manchester. Our Kampus run is a fitting celebration for how far the brewery has come with the incredible support of every person who’s ever enjoyed a SEVEN BRO7HERS pint.
“We’ll be in good company with our brilliant independent neighbours and encourage everyone to come spend summer with us.”
Seven Brothers will be open Thursday to Sunday every week all summer, whilst Three Little Words will open Wednesday to Sunday.