Whether you’re single or happily in a couple, it doesn’t matter, it’s time to prioritise friendship. Who is your Palentine this year and how will you show them how important their friendship is? 

Friends can be our soul mates too, and Galentine’s or Palentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to gather your friends and celebrate how much they mean to you with a fun activity and some quality time. Luckily, Greater Manchester has plenty of fun activities to keep you and your friends entertained. Get ready for laughter, fun, games and pure silliness with your best mates. 

Traditionally celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day, Palentine or Galentine’s day this year will fall on a Monday. So we’ve listed some events that fall around Palentine’s Day and can be the perfect way to celebrate. 

The Girls Bathroom Live at Bridgewater Hall 

Chart-topping podcast The Girls Bathroom from Sophia & Cinzia is coming to Manchester just in time for Galentine’s Day. Surely that’s no coincidence? Bridgewater Hall will be filled with girl chat and gossip which is exactly what Galentine’s Day calls for in our book. Sophia and Cinzia will try to help girls across Greater Manchester with their dilemmas from relationship dramas, dating advice and even career talks. No topic is off limits and this is a safe space for girls to come, have a natter and solve some problems together. Tickets cost £26.90 and the event takes place on Friday 10 February at 7 pm. Learn more. 

Buff Bingo Bottomless Brunch 

Forget what you thought you knew about bingo as On Bar on Canal Street has given Britain’s favourite game a sassy twist at their Buff Bingo Bottomless Brunch. Grab your pals and head down to this crazy bottomless brunch party hosted by local queens from the Family Gorgeous. Plus, buff butlers will be on serving duty for a cheeky twist. Enjoy a delicious brunch menu, nibbles and 1.5 hours of bottomless prosecco or mimosas. This couldn’t be further from your Grandma’s favourite bingo hall, and it’s the ideal gathering for girls looking for a giggle this Galentine’s Day. Tickets cost £39.95 and the event runs on Saturday 11 February. Learn more. 

Puppy Yoga 

This Palentine’s Day, it’s all about Puppy Love. Who needs a date this Valentine’s weekend if you can have your best friends and puppies? Paw Yoga provides an hour of complete happiness, relaxation and the cutest puppies in town. For a Palentine’s Day Celebration with a twist, why not enjoy the cutest yoga ever? Each class is an hour long and consists of 30 minutes of yoga with puppies roaming around and then, most importantly, 30 minutes for designated puppy cuddles. These sessions will run on Saturday 11 February and Sunday 12 February from 3 pm with the venue tbc. Learn more

Ladies of Laughter at The Frog and Bucket 

 Palentine’s Day is all about letting your hair down and having a laugh with your besties. Luckily, The Frog and Bucket Comedy Club have an event that can let you do just that. The Ladies of Laughter are back and flexing their female funny muscles in this event designed for everyone to enjoy. With guaranteed hilarity and comics that will leave you in stitches, there’s no better way to forget your troubles. So gather your girls, bring together the lads or whoever you’re spending Palentine’s Day with and get ready for some side-splitting comedy. The Ladies of Laughter takes place on Sunday 12 February at 8 pm. Learn more. 

Paint the Kiss Whitworth Locke 

If you and your friends love getting creative, then what could be better than a sip-and-paint event? Grab a tipple, arm yourselves with a paintbrush and let your creativity run wild. Even if you’re not a great painter you can have a laugh and call it abstract. Your sip & paint event at Whitworth Locke, Manchester will be themed around Gustav Klimt's iconic painting The Kiss for the Valentine’s and Palentine’s theme. There’s a soundtrack of your favourite heartbreakers so you can sing to your heart's content, all the art supplies you could need and a practising artist to guide you. This event takes place on Tuesday 14 February from 7:30 pm to 10 pm. Learn more. 

Vegan Dessert Masterclass at Vegetarian Society Cookery School 

This Palentine’s Day, why not learn a new skill and indulge in something sweet? Surely there’s no better way to have quality time with your mates? The Vegan Dessert Masterclass at Vegetarian Society Cookery School in Altrincham is an absolute treat. You and your friends can learn how to make vegan desserts with the help of an award-winning Belgian pastry chef who is usually found in 5* hotels. Learn how to make decadent, show-stopping vegan puddings and cakes that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Move over Mary Berry as you’ll be learning how to make chocolate cheesecakes, Eton mess revisited sticky toffee pudding and a raspberry, caramel and elderflower tart. Sound tempting? Tickets cost £150 and the workshop runs on Saturday 11 February from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Learn more. 

Pong and Puck at Great Northern Warehouse 


If you’re sick of all the soppy romance that comes around Valentine’s Day then Pong and Puck at Great Northern Warehouse have the perfect solution. Swap the cringey cliches for some old-school fun and cheesy 80s, 90s & 00s hits this Valentine’s weekend. Pong & Puck is switching love games for shuffleboard, beer pong, prosecco pong, and table tennis making it the perfect activity for you and your mates to enjoy. Enjoy retro fun, throwback tunes and specially created cocktails to help you forget your worries. Friends, fun and beer pong, what could be better? Learn more. 

Palentine’s Axe Throwing 

Again, if you want to forget about romance this February, then we may have found the perfect Palentine’s activity for you. Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing promises fun and games without soppy Valentine’s cliches. It’s the perfect activity for you and your mates to let loose and have a bit of a laugh. Packages at Whistle Punks include axe throwing, drinks and pizza, so all of your mates can enjoy it. Throw like a pro, show off your skills and see which of your friends will be victorious! Learn more. 

Paradise Skate World 

This Palentine’s day, tell all of those Valentine’s cliches to get their skates on. Grab your besties and roll on down to Paradise Skate World with two-for-one tickets on all off-peak skate tickets from Sunday 12 to Sunday 19 February when using the code LOVESKATE. Paradise Skate World takes roller skating to another dimension with a space-themed wood-sprung cosmic cruiseway so it’s bound to be an out-of-this-world experience. Coast along to laid-back beats and marvel at far-out installations for the perfect friend date! Learn more. 

Palentine’s at Box on the Docks 

This Palentine’s Day, gather your friends and get ready to meet some new ones as we all come together for a celebration of friendship at the Box on the Docks Art Hall. Showcasing some of Salford’s best local creative talent you’ll hear comedy sets, get to view local artists' work, enjoy music from BBC Introducing’s Roesh and be able to enjoy street food as well as drinks from Seven Bro7hers and Four Sis4ers gin pop up. There’s also a chance to get crafty. The event will be hosted by BBC Radio Manchester’s David Scott (aka ARGH KiD) and is free to attend., tickets are available here. The event takes place on Thursday 16 February at 5 pm. 

To find out about more events across Greater Manchester to entertain you and your pals, check out our What’s On page. 

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