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Calling all beard-loving, coffee-drinking, glasses-wearing millennials – there’s a new hipster hang-out in town. According to the UK Hip Hang-out Neighbourhood Index published by holiday website TravelSupermarket, Ancoats in Manchester is now the 'hippest' district in the UK. Not only that, but it came third in all of Europe after Kreuzberg in Berlin and Riga in Latvia. The rankings took into account everything from the number of independent coffee shops and vintage stores to the local creative culture.
Ancoats was once home to the busy textile mills that established Manchester as the international centre of the cotton and textile trade in the 19th century, but these became obsolete when the so-called 'Cottonopolis' was no more. In recent months, the area has undergone a renaissance, with a host of new independent restaurants, bars and coffee shops pitching up in its warehouses and factories. Indulge in some craft coffee at Ancoats Coffee Co. to reach peak hipster.
Not your average cuppa
Pick up the perfect souvenir from Brighton-based tea mixologist Bluebird Tea, which makes unique blends like Bonfire Toffee and Birthday Cake.
Escape to the country
Quirky hotel brand Artist Residence has added its signature arty touch to a countryside pub in Oxfordshire, turning it into a new boutique retreat that opens this month.
Events for now & for later
BRITISH PIE AWARDS - 8 March, Melton Mowbray
Pork, steak and ale, fish, apple – if you can wrap pastry around it, you'll probably find it at the annual British Pie Awards, aptly taking place in Melton Mowbray, the home of the pork pie. Join the upper crust of society at this year's competition.
BLAH'S BIG WEEKEND - 17-19 March, Bristol
Have a penchant for poetry? Pop into The Wardrobe Theatre's poetry and spoken word festival for performances and workshops.
VISIONS OF THE ROYAL PAVILION ESTATE - 14 March–3 September, Brighton
Find out more about Brighton's iconic domed Pavilion at the Prints & Drawings gallery.
BATH FESTIVAL - 19-28 May, Bath
Take a dip in the first-ever Bath Festival this May. This exciting new endeavour is set to be a 10-day affair, bringing the biggest names in literature and music to the world heritage city of Bath. As well as musical performances, debates, talks and poetry, there will also be a night of free music – Party in the City – that will see more than 2,000 people performing on stages across Bath. This event is truly brimming with culture.
FIELD DAY - 3 June, London
Head to Victoria Park for this dance, alt and hip hop festival.