Welcome onboard! Manchester isn't so bad..I lived in Chorlton-cum-Hardy for two years and can distinctly remember atleast four sunny days. My sister and Brother in law (who taught me sailing) lived in Bangor and in summer most weekend I spent there sailing on his folkeboat. Both in Carnarven and then out of Conway. Lovely sailing area although then too a PITA to get there. Abersoch and surrounds is considered one of the best sailing areas in England
and Wales as well as many RYA affiliated sailing clubs to obtain your practical certification
... also a little gem of a golf course. They moved to Heyhsam and had the boat somewhere near Gressom. Alex grew to love the Morecombe Bay. Sadly I only sailed once with him there. we had a weekend trip to Barrow on Furness. Beautiful area too, but Morecombe Bay has a tide that needs great caution.
There used to be a lot of small private/university type sailing clubs there not salubrious but very enthusiastic. With the M6 on your doorstep easy to get too, but from my point of view less interesting that where your boat is now.
Anyway there are quite a number of UK based members here who may be able to give current
Once again welcome onboard...you will find a myriad of information here.