The Big Manchester Summer Weekend

Manchester is certainly kicking off the summer holidays in style. This weekend, July 22nd - 24th, sees the city centre jam-packed with events to suit everyone.

Whether you are a music lover, a science geek or simply fancy a picnic with family and friends, Manchester is the place to be. Jump on a bus and use a System One Travelcard to hop from venue to venue all weekend to get a taste of everything.

Get Jazzy


Live jazz band and singer


Hosted in 9 different venues throughout the city, the Manchester Jazz Festival features more than 500 musicians in 80 events over 10 days. Whilst showcasing the best of all genres of Jazz from the UK and abroad, MJF also provides a platform for local Northwest talent with many new names appearing for the first time.

As well as ticketed gigs, the many free performances on offer mean that it’s going to be busy.  Start on Cathedral Street and work your way around. Grab a seat, fetch a drink and chill.

Too Cool For School


Little boy playing for the science festival

If sitting still isn’t an option, Science in the City provides the perfect opportunity to keep little minds active through the summer holidays. With tiny science and the human sensor, grown ups might learn a thing or two as well.

Head to St Ann’s Square to start with the Allotment of the Future and work your way around other events in Manchester Arndale, RNCM, Piccadilly Gardens, Cathedral Gardens, John Rylands Library and other venues. Events run throughout the week so don’t worry if you can’t fit it all into one day.

Everyone Loves A Picnic


Two young children at a picnic

With so much going on, when will you find time to eat? Luckily, The Manchester Picnic will provide plenty of opportunity for everything from a quick pitstop to a leisurely buffet of worldwide cuisine.

Throughout the weekend, Exchange Square will be host to German, Tibetan, Asian and Ottoman-inspired cooking, with pizza and chili dogs thrown in to satisfy all appetites.

There’ll be live music, too from African drum bands, Chinese violins and Gospel choirs, providing a truly eclectic experience. Stay a while and keep little hands occupied with one of the Whitworth’s fabulous Art Hampers but don’t forget to explore all that is happening in the rest of the city centre.

Crafty Treats


Balls of wool.

For some, a day out isn’t complete without a bit of retail therapy.  Aside from Manchester’s usual offering of chain stores and boutiques, you’ll find a host of crafty stalls in Market Street’s Summer Crafts Market.

For one week only, these artisan retailers will be offering a range of European crafts, flowers and produce that’ll make you feel like you’ve travelled further afield. Or browse the stalls in the regular weekend Street Crafts Market in Piccadilly Gardens, introducing fairly traded goods from Africa and South America. Why not take home a souvenir to remind you of a fun weekend?

Whatever the weather, whatever your taste, you can be sure that entertainment will reign. Make a great start to the school summer holidays and plan your weekend travel today.

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