Top Choice Football in Liverpool

Liverpool Football Club

Doff o' the cap to Evertonians and Beatle-maniacs, but no single institution represents the Mersey spirit and strong sense of identity more powerfully than Liverpool FC, which dominated British football in the '70s …
Top Choice Arts Centre in Manchester


One of Britain's best new arts centres, Home has two theatre spaces that host provocative new work in a variety of contexts, from proscenium sets to promenade pieces. The five cinema screens show the latest indie re…
Top Choice Live Performance in Liverpool


Whether you're looking to join a drumming circle, take part in a martial arts workshop or lose yourself at a rave, this terrific venue in a former recycling yard will have something worth checking out. In good weath…
Football in Manchester

Manchester City

Perennial underdogs Manchester City have been transformed into Premier League heavyweights thanks to the vast wealth of Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi. In 2016 'Citeh' signed megastar manager Josep 'Pep' Guardiola to a…
Horse Racing in Chester


Chester's ancient racetrack, on the western side of the walls in what was once the Roman harbour, has been hosting races since the 16th century. The season kicks off with the three-day May Festival, followed by 12 s…
Cricket in Manchester

Lancashire County Cricket Club

The genteel game of cricket is a big deal here and the biggest game of Lancashire's season is the Roses match against Yorkshire. They – and their limited overs team, the Lancashire Lightning – play their matches at …
Live Music in Manchester

Soup Kitchen

By day a typical Northern Quarter canteen-style cafe, but at night this is one of the city's best places to catch live music, with a full schedule of gigs by all kinds of indie acts passing through town. When the ba…
Live Music in Liverpool


The first venue to open in the Baltic Triangle, District is an old-school club in a warehouse that hosts live music and cinema screenings as well as fabulous dancefloor nights. The sound system is reputed to be the …
Classical Music in Liverpool

Philharmonic Hall

One of Liverpool's most beautiful buildings, the art deco Phil is home to the city's main classical orchestra, but it also stages the work of avant-garde musicians such as John Cage and Nick Cave.
Live Music in Manchester

Band on the Wall

A top-notch venue that hosts everything from rock to world music, with splashes of jazz, blues and folk thrown in.