Manchester made a bit of a storm in 2022, with the northern city being crowned one of the world’s very best places to visit by Lonely Planet. It’s not showing any signs of slowing down next year, either, with the long-awaiting opening of Factory International, a £186 million arts venue which will be the new, permanent home of the biennial Manchester International Festival. The 2023 festival (June 29 to July 16) will be filled with all sorts of big shows and experiences to get stuck into – including the largest-ever immersive Yayoi Kusama exhibition and a stage adaptation of The Matrix directed by Danny Boyle.
Grab your calendars, digital or otherwise. Load up your WhatsApp groups. Get your booking hats on. A lot of us will be glad to turn our backs on 2022, but as we wind down for Christmas and look ahead to the new year, it turns out that there’s actually quite a lot to look forward to. Cool stuff happening right here, in this very country.
There’s a festival curated by a mammoth nightlife institution. There are loads of shiny new museums opening up. There’s the completion of the longest walking trail in the world. There’s even an all-year-round Christmas-themed amusement park (we’re not joking). And the best part is, that’s not even the start of it. From Eastbourne to Edinburgh, Time Out has picked 23 of the most exciting new things to do in the UK in 2023 – how many can you tick off?
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