5 Fun Things To Do During May Day Weekend

Spring is in the air, even if that air is still a bit suspiciously cold for May! Despite the weather, at System One Travel, we’re gearing up to enjoy our third bank holiday weekend of the year, thanks to May Day. We’re making plans to meet with friends, entertain family or get out and about and enjoy the freedom of an extra long weekend.

We’ve even bought our System One DaySaver travelcards to make the most of bus travel and to save some pennies that can be better spent on fun activities. While we know that not everyone has time off from their jobs or college work over the May Day bank holiday weekend, we’d like to share some events with you that might fit into your schedule, rain or shine, work or not.

So join us in making plans for the weekend ahead. We hope that you’ll spot something you like that’ll put a smile on your face.


Goodbye Granada

Taste a slice of Greater Manchester’s history as we say goodbye to one of our most iconic establishments - The Old Granada Studios. The Granadaland Big Wrap Party takes place over 3 nights from 28 th to 30 th April at the site that hosted some of the UK’s top TV shows including Coronation Street and Take Me Out.

Enjoy some of the acts that graced the Stars in their Eyes stage for the bargain ticket price of £10. Dance and sing, eat and drink the night away at Granada Studio’s final celebration.



Give a little back to the community by taking part in the Gung Ho! fun challenge - a 5K run, followed by the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course. Taking place at Heaton Park on Saturday 29th April, you’ll have 2 whole days to recover before you go back to work or college.

If it’s not your thing, you can still make a trip to support the runners raising funds for Children In Need and enjoy the other entertainments on the day.


All Aboard!

Join Thomas the Tank Engine, the Fat Controller and co as you climb aboard a colourful train pulled by none other than Thomas himself at East Lancashire Railway Station! With Percy, Mavis and Diesel also making an appearance, you’ll get huge brownie points with your little ones for this day trip.

Pop into the Imagination Station for films, stories and art activities, then, if the excitement levels aren’t too high, try out some face painting, circus workshops and magic shows.

Don’t worry if you miss the gang from the Island of Sodor this time around, they’ll be back in Bury on 5th-6th August and 7th-8th Oct.


All At Sea

Get away from it all for an hour or so at the Waterside Arts Centre. Set sail for an island family adventure as you witness the imaginative tale of an isolated fisherman who doesn’t realise how lonely he is until he meets a bird that turns his day into laughter.

Much Ado About Puffin is a piece of theatre that’ll have everyone enthralled with clever puppetry, music and stories of the feathered variety. Choose from 2 afternoon showings on 29th April and then maybe take advantage of the Waterside’s discount for food at local restaurant, Mustard.


Have A Ball

Time to become a kid again, if you dare, with Ball Mania, the UK’s largest adult only ball pool which is due to take up residence at Manchester’s Printworks from 28 th April to 1 st May. You and your friends can get up close and personal with 200,000 balls for 30 mins before moving on to sample the fine food, drink and cinema at other venues on-site.With sessions running from 10am to 10pm, you’ll be able to join the fun at any time of day - straight from work or as a break from studying.


And whether you’ve worn yourselves out with theatre, inflatables, ball pits, trains or parties, you can always count on your System One DaySaver travelcard to get you safely home by bus, wherever you live in Greater Manchester. Upload your travelcard to a FREE get me there smart card and you’ll save even more on travel.

What are your plans for May Day bank holiday? Share them with System One Travel via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #S1MayDay and you could win a FREE one-day System One travelcard to help you enjoy the Greater Manchester region by bus.

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