Updated: Monday, 20th November 2017 @ 9:22am

The £10 Challenge - Love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches

The £10 Challenge - Love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches

By Katie Rowley

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Mancunian Matters offers some more inventive ways to impress your date in our £10 challenge!

Love is in the air next week – it’s that time of the year when cash-strapped boyfriends and girlfriends have to declare their love for one another through the slightly dubious medium of some stuffed teddy bears and chocolate love hearts. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Mancunian Matters offers some more inventive ways to impress your date – and as this is the £10 Challenge it’s hardly going to burst your purse strings!

So how much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice. Ok everyone knows first dates can be a little awkward, especially if you’re using lines like that, so how about letting the professionals inject a little light-hearted relief for you? The Frog and Bucket in the Northern Quarter hosts a popular (and free) Monday evening comedy night – ‘Beat the Frog’ showcases up-and-coming comedians, and you decide who stays and who goes as each hopeful has five minutes to impress the crowd. (Although don’t heckle too hard, it might backfire and end in a highly embarrassing moment for you in front of your date).

The Frog and Bucket has garnered a reputation as something of a legendary institution on the comedy circuits, playing host to Peter Kay, Alan Carr and the alternative humour of Tim Key and the excellent Stewart Lee, so get down there early for an entertainingly different date.

http://www.frogandbucket.com/ 96-102 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LJ

A barrel of laughs in and you haven’t spent a penny – now’s the time to up your game. The iconic Cornerhouse is screening the romantic and timeless French classic Amelie this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary since Audrey Tautou’s heart melting performance as a quirky Parisian waitress. Set in the city of love, this adorable modern day fairytale will charm the socks off your date with its beautiful cinematography and stylised locations. And for the real film aficionados among you, there is an interactive discussion being led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Senior Lecturer in French at Man Met following the Feb 15th screening. Tickets for Amelie cost £5.50, with showings on Sunday 12th February at 12.00pm and Wednesday 15th at 1.30pm.

http://www.cornerhouse.org/ Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH.

Now no date would be complete without a drink or two. It’s the weekend so do what Mancunians do best and head out to the city’s bars – in fact, head to the official Pride of Manchester Award’s ‘Best Bar in Manchester’. It’s free entry on Friday nights at Odder Bar in the Southern Quarter and this weekend you can get your groove on to an eclectic mix of soul, funk, hip hop and house. Jamie Scahill, one third of the brains behind the city’s long running Funkademia club night, will be behind the decks to start your weekend.

http://oddbar.co.uk/odder/ 14 Oxford Road, Southern Quarter, Manchester, M1 5QA

So there you have it – a whole weekend of romantic entertainment for a fraction of the price you’d be charged queuing up for a table at an over-priced restaurant. We do like to share the love.