We know that many of you are coming a long way to attend this year's WCS, so wanted to give you some ideas on logistics and what not to miss should you choose to make a weekend of it in Manchester. From what we've heard, it's well worth taking the opportunity to spend some time in the area, whatever the weather!
In order to help you plan your weekend better, we've asked some lovely ladies from the Manchester climbing community to give you the beta on where to stay, climb, get a brew...all the important stuff!
In the first of our series, Depot Manchester's own Claire Dilworth kicks us off with her recommendations.
AND CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR, DEPOT MANCHESTER
Federal - I'm a huge fan of brunch and they get this absolutely spot on...and it's available all day!
Rudy's Pizzeria - a tiny pizzeria in Ancoats that is currently taking Manchester by storm.
B.EAT Street - a collection of street food micro-diners if you fancy something a little different and you have a group who are undecided about what food to go for.
I'm an advocate of Air BnB, and as the public transportation network is so good in Manchester you can stay pretty much anywhere across the city and use the buses or trams to get about really easily if you don't have a car - including across to the Depot!
A POST WCS DRINK:
If you're heading back into the centre of Manchester then go across to either the Northern Quarter (home to some of the best independent bars and restaurants in the city allowing you to easily pop from one to the next across the tiny little streets, plus there's a variety of live music too) or, if the weather is good maybe start off instead at The Wharf, in Castlefield, where you can sun yourself next to the canals, and be a touch away from the hustle and bustle of city centre life. If you're headed to Chorlton then pop into The Beagle or Font Bar (both of which are visited regularly by Depot staff!) or if you're going across to West Didsbury then Folk or Mary & Archie are solid choices.
I'm pretty new to climbing outdoors, so my recommendations are limited but I've really enjoyed the ones I've mentioned here! The beauty of Manchester is that about 90 mins in any direction means you can hit great places in Wales, the Lakes or the Peaks...so really you can head wherever you like and tick off anything you want!
IN CASE OF WET WEATHER:
I personally quite enjoy walking down Deansgate and popping in and out of all the outdoor stores there - plus Ellis Brigham has it's own indoor Ice Wall, so if you've never ice climbed before then it's definitely worth booking in for! Also don't miss out on the Depot Manchester's Shop when you come to visit us as it's been entirely tailored for climbers, by climbers!
Depot Manchester... clearly, and not at all biased - it's the biggest bouldering wall in Europe!
Place to get a brew:
Home Sweet Home - some of the absolute best cakes and milkshakes! (If you can, head to the Northern Quarter venue as it's a little more homely and cosy in the wet weather.)
Ziferblat - for a slightly different non-cafe experience - where everything is free inside (great drinks, tasty cakes, fast wifi, tonnes of board games etc) but you instead pay for the time you are there!
Depending on your style, Junkyard Golf has just re-opened once again - a hugely popular and unique crazy golf experience within the city centre.
The Manchester Literature Festival is also taking place 7-23 October so worth checking on their website ahead to see if there is any events/readings you'd like to book onto.
Last but not least - 8th October is Neighbourhood Festival - featuring over 100 international musical acts performing across the city for one day only - so could be worth buying a ticket for a gig that evening too!
Keep an eye out for our other Manchester Beta guides coming later this week!