1. Immerse yourself in a world of culture for International Mother Language Day

Did you know around 200 languages are spoken in Manchester at any one time? To celebrate International Mother Language Day, which takes place on the 21st February, cultural venues around the city will be hosting a full programme of events to shine a spotlight on the incredible range of languages that can be found across Manchester. Explore the full list of venues here

2. Lift your own trophy at the National Football Museum

The National Football Museum have prepared a programme activity for this February half term. Drawing on from the excitement of the FA Cup Fifth Round and upcoming League Cup final, the Half Term Cup Special lets young football fans design their own medals and trophies, and they can also pick up their own FA Cup activity book full of quizzes, colouring pages and treasure hunts. Activities are included with museum admission, which is free for Manchester residents. 

Celebrate one of the most romantic nights of the year with a four-course dinner this Wednesday, 14 February. Set inside the striking Edwardian hotel, Peter Street Kitchen is preparing an elegant Valentine’s Day menu which will include a starter, two courses and dessert with a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé (or a bottle if you fancy an upgrade). Make your reservation now from £105 per guest. 

4. Take a peek behind the curtain of this cultural phenomenon

Step inside the beautiful Kimpton Clocktower Hotel this month to see behind-the-scenes photographs of the cultural phenomenon that is Hamilton. The images, captured by production photographer Danny Kann, give you a glimpse of the rehearsal process and backstage moments from the cast and crew. Hamilton: The Story of Tonight is on show within the hotel’s striking restaurant, The Refuge, and is free to view.

5. Look Around the Macclesfield Silk Museum

The only silk museum in the north of England is celebrating the re-opening of an 1860’s mill, starting this Saturday, 17 February. With the Look Around Tour, you will discover the history behind the Paradise Mill, with experts from the Silk Museum ready to offer insight into the silk industry. Through the museum, you will discover a collection of industrial machinery and textiles, along with incredible artefacts from Ancient Egypt. You can purchase tickets for the tour from £5.

Book Now: Manchester Film Festival returns for its 10th anniversary

Enjoy a week of action, comedy and romance at Manchester’s biggest film event of the year. Celebrating its 10th edition, the Manchester Film Festival will take over ODEON Great Northern between 15 and 24 March with a selection of incredible films, shorts and documentaries. Take part in Q&A’s, step into red carpet glamour and catch world premieres with a multi-screening pass. Book now here

New Opening: Gran T’s opens in Ancoats 

A colourful space of bright blue and pale pink has just opened in Great Ancoats Street. Altrincham favourite Gran T’s has made its way to the city centre with a blue facade that you just can’t miss. Bringing back memories of tea at your gran’s, you’ll get scones, jam and proper brews and a menu full of delicious, sweet treats, including hot chocolates stacked with whipped cream and huge slices of cake. 

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