Manchester UK Meetup on June 25

Your host LucySnowe24 has the details:

Hello everyone!

I’ve just moved to Manchester and I’m keen to meet new people, and who better than Captain Awkward readers? So I’m having a go at hosting a meetup.

The date and time is going to be 3pm on Saturday 25 June, and I picked Ziferblat on Edge Street, off the High Street in the Northern Quarter for the location. It’s located on the first floor, but there’s a sign that’s easy to spot. You have to press an intercom to be allowed in, but they let you in straight away and there’s a lift.

Ziferblat is unusual in that the food is free but they check you in on a computer when you enter and charge you for the time you spend there at 6p a minute (so £3:60 an hour). In exchange, you get to help yourself to the food and drink as long as you wash your dishes or put them in the dishwasher. There’s a really good selection of cakes, biscuits, cereal, toast, fruit, tea, coffee and squash, including gluten-free options. It’s a really cosy, friendly space, and there are board games if anyone wants to play them. The toilets are accessible and gender-neutral and dogs and children are welcome.

How to spot me: I’m a white woman in my twenties with short dark brown hair. I’ll have my teddy bear, Chester, who’s kindly sent a selfie, on the table. If you want to bring a teddy/ other toy as well as an identifier, feel free. I’ll also try to make a sign. Just a heads up, I am autistic, so while I’m very happy to chat to anyone who comes along, if I don’t make eye contact or struggle to think of something to say, please be patient – it doesn’t mean I don’t like you!

I’ve created a thread on the Captain Awkward forums for the meetup, and I’ll be reachable on the blog as well – my comment name is LucySnowe24. Here’s the Facebook page for the event:

I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Here’s Chester:


  1. KR said:

    Chester is so cute!

  2. Kai Lowell said:

    D’aw. Chester is adorable. 😀

  3. caryatid said:

    this sounds like an awesome meetup at a really cool venue! i wish i lived in manc!

    • WilhelminaMildew said:

      Agreed! Also sounds rather comfy for the socially awkward (like myself), kind of like a laid back tea party/coffee klatsch. Too bad I live on the wrong side of the world, LOL!

  4. therufs said:

    First Nine Worlds and now Ziferblat? Clearly I am living on the wrong side of the pond!

  5. Aw, Chester looks like my hubby’s Kid-Bear!

  6. ranunculus said:

    Wow, Manchester! I’ll come if I can.

  7. Marie said:

    I’m from Coventry, but that seems definitely worth the 2 hour train ride! Also, Chester is adorable!

  8. LucySnowe24 said:

    Thank you! He (Chester) has been with me my whole life. And hope to see you there, @ranunculus!

  9. resili0 said:

    I can’t get to your meet up but I wish you every happiness in your new home and that you find new friends. I know moving to a new city is so stressful.

  10. Valkyrie_Pleasant said:

    Oh my God, Manchester! I will try so hard to come to this 🙂

  11. ranunculus said:

    Well the date’s in my phone now. Autocorrect REALLY didn’t like Ziferblat and it took me some time to wrestle it into NOT turning it into ‘Zine related’. Hhhh. Also I just looked up the place, and blimey, it looks awfully hip and, and, young. I hope they let me in. If I make it past the Old Git detectors on the door, you should recognise me quite easily – I’ll be the middle-aged fat bird with an expression like a startled meerkat.

  12. ipsum said:

    I can’t make that day, but if there’s another one I’d love to come along. I hope it goes well! 🙂

  13. Becoming Stuck and Unstuck said:

    This is really cool to see a Manchester meet up! Thanks for organising it, Lucy.

    I will deffo come along and say hi – I am also autistic as well as a classic awkward type so should all be good.

  14. Buni said:

    I’m down the wrong end of the country, I just wanted to say props for the name!

    (er, unless that really is your actual name, in which case….I dunno….props to your parents for the literary reference…?!)

  15. Cartimandua said:

    I’m so happy you’ve organised a Manchester meet up! I’ll be there, along with a small purple dragon called Doris.

  16. LucySnowe24 said:

    I was a bit nervous no one would want to come, so I’m so glad people are interested, I can’t wait to meet you all!
    @ranunculus – I go to another Meetup there and there’s quite a wide range of ages, so hopefully you won’t stand out!
    @Buni – thank you! No, not my real name, I just love the Bronte sisters.

  17. Valkyrie_Pleasant said:

    I may well bring my mascot with me; squidgy red dragon who goes by Burnie Cinders 🙂

  18. Mewski said:

    You really put the Chester in Manchester!

    …I’ll see myself out.

  19. ranunculus said:

    Oh it’s mascot proliferation is it? In that case I’ll bring my knitted Ziggy Stardust.

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