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Unleash your inner artist with Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas at the Corn Exchange

Experience the perfect remedy for a stressful day as Cocktails 'n' Canvas combines art, relaxation, and social interaction in the magnificent Corn Exchange.

Located in the magnificent Corn Exchange, recently awarded the prestigious International Beautiful Building Award, this unique experience promises to be the perfect remedy after a stressful day in the office.

We headed down to see if we had any secret artistic talent, and to see what the event was all about.

Little did I know that it would become an evening filled with laughter, creativity, and pure relaxation.

And best of all, we took advantage of the deal the Corn Exchange is currently offering, combining the tickets for Dinner & Painting (£45) where you can get a meal and a drink at Vapiano and try their delicious homemade pasta along with a ticket for Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas too.

Check out the deal here.

Knowing full well that I was no Van Gogh, and was in fact, absolutely useless with a paintbrush in hand – I had to manage my expectations about producing a masterpiece.

Situated upstairs at Vapiano, overlooking the beautiful Corn Exchange, the event was buzzing with anticipation as participants of all ages and backgrounds gathered around their art stations, eagerly waiting to embark on their artistic journey.

The cheerful staff welcomed me warmly, assuring me that no prior painting experience was necessary – it was all about having fun!

Glad to hear it. 

With my easel set up and a refreshing strawberry and ginger mocktail in hand, I was ready to dive right in.

The evenings’ artists introduced themselves and their enthusiasm was contagious.

They assured us that they would guide us step by step, allowing our individual creativity to shine through.

The painting for the evening was the ever-expanding Manchester Skyline, a perfect choice to celebrate the city’s beauty and put our own twist on things.

As the painting session began, I found myself immersed in the process. The artist skillfully provided instructions, offering tips and options to customize our creations along the way. They encouraged us to experiment, reassuring us that there were no mistakes in art, only unique interpretations.

The atmosphere was light-hearted and relaxed, fostering a sense of camaraderie among the participants.

Mainly chuckling at each other’s work, but to be fair, some of the artists were absolutely brilliant, too.

What amazed me the most was how quickly time flew by.

Engrossed in the painting process, I lost track of the outside world and any lingering stress.

The therapeutic effects of painting became evident as my worries melted away with each brushstroke.

As I painted, I struck up conversations with fellow participants, sharing laughs and admiring each other’s unique interpretations of the Manchester Skyline.

The event’s focus on making art accessible to everyone was truly commendable. Regardless of our previous artistic experiences, we were all encouraged to let go of any self-doubt and embrace the journey of self-expression.

The team at Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas created an inclusive environment where talent could flourish and hidden artists could shine.

Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas offers a one-of-a-kind experience that combines art, relaxation, and social interaction in an enchanting setting. This immersive event allows individuals to escape the daily grind and unlock their creative potential. Whether you are seeking a unique date night, a memorable evening with friends, or simply a chance to unwind, Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas is a perfect choice.

So, why not join me and countless others in discovering the joy of art? Take a leap of faith, grab a drink, and let the brush guide you on a remarkable journey of self-discovery.

And if you make a complete hash of it, there’s always plenty of cocktails to make up for it!

Mark your calendars for these exciting upcoming events at Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas, where art, creativity, and a fantastic atmosphere come together for an unforgettable evening:

  1. Date: 18th July 2023 Theme: Minerva the Owl
  2. Date: 22nd August 2023 Theme: Mootastic

When you arrive at Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas, get ready to be greeted with a small welcome glass of Prosecco, setting the tone for a great evening ahead. Your art station will be fully prepared with all the necessary supplies, including canvas, an easel, brushes, paints, and an apron to keep you mess-free.

The artist will lead the session, providing easy-to-follow instructions that cater to artists of all skill levels. You’ll receive step-by-step guidance, making it accessible for both beginners and those more experienced with painting. While the instructions will help you create beautiful artwork, you are also encouraged to personalize and add your own artistic touch, ensuring that your painting truly reflects your unique style.

To enhance your creative experience, Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas offers a fabulous selection of cocktails, drinks, and delicious food available for purchase throughout the evening.

Sip on a refreshing cocktail, indulge in your favourite drink, or satisfy your appetite with the delectable menu offerings from the venue.

By the end of the event, you’ll have created a masterpiece to take home and proudly display. It’s a testament to your creativity and a reminder of the wonderful time you had at Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas.

Expect an evening filled with laughter, camaraderie, and an abundance of creative energy. The event is designed to be fabulously fun, allowing you to unwind, explore your artistic side, and make lasting memories.

The event will last approximately 2 hours, providing ample time to fully immerse yourself in the painting process and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Cocktails ‘n’ Canvas.

Tickets for these incredible events are priced at £33, plus the Eventbrite booking fee. Secure your spot early, as they tend to sell out quickly. Visit the Cocktails and Canvas Eventbrite page to purchase your tickets and reserve your place for an unforgettable evening of creativity.

Optional Extras:

For those looking to make it an even more memorable night, Cocktails and Canvas offer the Dinner & Paint option.

Arrive between 6-7 pm and enjoy a delicious meal at Vapiano, with a selection of mouthwatering dishes to choose from. This package includes 1 soft drink or beer or house wine before you begin your painting session.

The Dinner & Paint option is priced at £45, plus the Eventbrite booking fee.

You can check out the menu here.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to indulge in a delicious dinner before unleashing your artistic talents. Book your Dinner & Paint ticket to enjoy a complete evening of culinary delights and creativity.

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