Gay Manchester – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Manchester - The Nomadic Boys

We love Manchester. It is such a cool city with a very liberal and progressive vibe. This is where Emmeline Pankhurst started the movement for women’s right to vote in the UK in the 1920s, and where The Vegetarian Society was born in the early 1800s. Manchester also has one of the largest student populations in Europe, and has historically maintained a very strong left-wing anti-aristocratic sentiment.

Manchester is located in Northwest England, just over 2 hours from London by train making it very easy to reach. Whenever we’re in London, we always try to come here for a weekend to party on Canal Street. This is one of the few places in the world we feel very safe about walking the streets in public holding hands.

Here’s our guide to gay Manchester, featuring the best bars, clubs, events and hotels to stay.

Manchester gay village: Canal Street

Manchester’s gay village is compact, with loads of gay bars and clubs. The main focal point is the pedestrianised Canal Street which runs along the Rochdale Canal, minutes walking distance from the city’s main train station: Manchester Piccadilly. You will recognise it from the original UK version of Queer as Folk where Stuart, Vince and Nathan prowled the streets on their nights out.

Most of the gay bars and clubs of Manchester are based in the few streets surrounding Canal Street. Saturday night is the best night to go partying, and Thursday another popular night because this is when the gay sports groups go out to socialise. On weekday evenings, particularly on Fridays, the crowds tend to come in two waves – the just-after-work crowd at around 5-7pm, then another wave at around 10/11pm.

The Gay Village is also the focal point of Manchester Gay Pride, which is one of our favourite Pride events. It is the largest annual gay event in Manchester, taking place on the last week of August. It is definitely worth planning your trip around if you’re in the UK in August.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Gay Manchester – Travel Weekly

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Merely two hours from London by train or easily accessible with direct flights on Thomas Cook Airlines from Boston, New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles or San Francisco, Manchester stands united far beyond its namesake soccer team, particularly when it comes to the LGBTQ community.

But Manchester’s gay history has had its upheavals, dating back to 1880 and the raiding of an all-male “fancy dress” ball in the Hulme district.

In 2005, rainbow mosaics were installed along the city streets to identify an LGBT Heritage Walk, which marks significant locales in Manchester’s queer history.

Certified guide and author Jonathan Schofield is a go-to for private tours, which can be customized to touch upon architecture, music and pub culture. Ninety-minute tours begin at $160.

By Matthew Wexler – Full Story at Travel Weekly

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Scruffy Gios Does Gay Manchester

Gay Manchester - Scruffy Gios

Manchester is a city with a very special place in my heart. The recent events, so terribly evil and heartbreaking, shook me and left me astonished. My thoughts and prayers are with Manchester and all those involved.

As an openly proud member of the LGBT community I am sure you will all join me and keep living freely and openly and without hate and prejudice. And this is why I love gay Manchester: it is a shining city of love in these troubled times.

Have you ever visited this vibrant city in the Northwest of England? Greater Manchester is the second biggest urban area of England (after London, before the West-Midlands) with a very inclusive and open-minded attitude.

I visited gay Manchester for the first time for the celebration of its fun Pride in 2013, and I absolutely loved it: Manchester Pride, traditionally held at the end of August during a long bank holiday weekend, is one of the most attended in England, beaten only in popularity by London Pride. Since then I have been to Manchester a few times, and every time I discover some new facets of the city.

The core of the gay life of the city happens in the Manchester Gay Village, right in the centre of the city: it is a neighborhood full of bars, clubs and restaurants where the LGBT community gathers, around Canal Street.

By Scruffy Gios – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler

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England's Lake District

Lake District - pixabay Hang on in there – Spring officially reaches the Northern Hemisphere on 20 March. Summer will soon follow on 21 June. And as the temperatures warm up, it’s the perfect time to plan outdoor pursuits for the year ahead. Of course, Brits and Anglophiles alike should consider the Lake District in Northwest England. It covers a staggering 2362 square kilometres, and is home to 10 mountains over 2900 feet tall. What’s more, the tallest, Scafell Pike, stands tall at 3210 feet. This year, Manchester Pride is launching an initiative to trek across these peaks while raising funds for the Manchester Pride Community Fund. Also, the project also seeks to raise awareness for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT), which falls on 17 May. The trek takes place Saturday 13 May – for more information, click here.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Manchester

The-Lowry-Centre-by-Shahid-Khan Years ago I had a colleague from Manchester, England with the greatest accent I have ever heard. Her words flowed like lilting waves of melody with vowel variations that made her elocution, quite literally, music to my ears. I savored her every utterance and tried to ask her open-ended questions, later comparing her pronunciations with the lyrical diction of musical legend and Manchester native Morrissey. So when I finally make it to this city at the center of Lancashire County, I am more than ready to relish mellifluous conversation and dive into this famously fun town. I begin my explorations with the basics, thanks to a highly informative, LGBT-centric walking tour with Andrew Derbyshire of Tour Manchester. As the United Kingdom’s tenth-most populous city with around a half-million resident “Mancunians,” the City of Manchester claims a lot a history that’s greatly influenced our modern world. An expert in his home city, Andrew wastes no time in exposing its roots, starting with the name. Once upon a time in the landmarked neighborhood known today as Castlefield, the Romans built the 1st-century fort called Mamucium (“ma-moo-ki-um”). Translation: “breast-shaped hill.” (This city is growing more interesting by the minute.) We continue our walk through this storied metropolis that is so brilliantly compact it feels almost like a group of neighboring villages. Every corner we turn offers remarkable architecture that dates back various centuries. For example, the medieval times brought the construction of the brooding, Gothic Manchester Cathedral, whose renovations never diminished its marvelous stained glass and elaborate stonework.

By Kelsey Chauvin – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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