Re: Going to Alton Towers on Saturday!!
My first tip would be:
Do not, under any circumstances, go to Alton Towers on a weekend.
Unfortunately, it's a bit late for that one. You might be OK, it's late season, so it might not be as rammed as it can be. Get there as early as you can, and stay to the very end for the best queuing.
As for Manchester, there are hundreds of places, bit difficult to pick the right place for you. Off Deansgate there's a nice italian called San Carlos, and there's a quite chilled bar called Mojos nearby (although it can get a little pretentious)
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