Worried about how to keep yourself entertained this summer? Whether you’re off on holiday or not, Manchester has so many upcoming events and things to do for people of all ages!
Everyone loves a water fight, and what better way to kick summer off than attending the gigantic water fight being held at Platt Fields Park in Rusholme on Saturday May 28. The first water balloon will be thrown at 1pm at the free event and a day of wet and wild fun will launch. Hosted by events app Orca, originally based in Leeds but now broadening their horizons to Manchester the event is based on the success of The World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight which was held at the University of Kentucky in 2011. Expect adults and children alike to pick up their water guns and fight it out.
Parklife festival has been at the forefront of Manchester’s music scene since its first year in 2010. This year bigger and better than ever the weekender on the 11th and 12th of June held at Heaton Park has a star line up including The Chemical Brothers, Major Lazer, Diplo, Jess Glynne and Years&Years. Weekend tickets priced at £95.00 are selling out fast, and day tickets cost £54.50.
Parklife main stage in 2015
Manchester Day 2016: This years annual Manchester Day is on Sunday June 19. The event based in the city centre, but all over the city too aims to celebrate everything great about the city, whilst bringing communities together. Last year’s event was a massive success and 70,000 people came together to relish in everything Mancunian. This year there will be a parade through the heart of the city; down Market Street of course, street performers, dancers and singers will take over Piccadilly Gardens, decorations will be as far as the eye can see and there will be ample chances to sample some of Manchester’s best food and drink. This year’s theme is Eureka! celebrating Manchester’s status as the European City of Science.
A little taster of what to expect from Manchester Day
The National Trusts Dunham Massey park based near Altrincham is a garden for all seasons and all ages, a breath of fresh air outside of the city lifestyle of Manchester, Dunham Massey is a green oasis. A herd of deer wander amongst the ancient trees of the deer park. The park is also home to the fully restored 400 year old working sawmill powered by a water wheel. There is a quaint cafe, gift shop, stables, and an ice cream parlour. Throughout the last week of July Dunham Massey is hosting Picnic Week, with events taking place such as Victorian Pastimes on Monday July 25, a day of traditional Victorian games and entertainment, Picnic Patchwork on Wednesday July 27, an opportunity to decorate a piece of a giant patchwork picnic blanket and munch on picnic food to your hearts content, and last but by no means least, The Great Victorian Bake Off on Thursday July 28, a step back in time to Dunham Massey back in the day, where Victorian sweet treats will be made, demonstrated and sampled.
Manchester Pride weekend! Celebrating and campaigning for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, there will be The Big Weekend Manchester Pride’s flagship event taking place in Manchester’s world-famous Disneyland, the Gay Village, across August Bank Holiday Weekend – August 26 – 29. The Big Weekend alone will see performances from Fleur East, Katy B, Will Young and Ben Pearce. During the 72 hour extravaganza there will also be a ‘Once Upon A Time’ themed parade with beautiful floats from many different organisations. There will also be a vigil held on August 28 to commemorate and remember the lives lost to HIV, those affected by the disease and Manchester Prides commitment to challenge the stigma attached to the virus. Last year 43,000 people attended Pride, and £163,000 was raised for charity across 32 events, and just to confirm every penny donated across the weekend will go straight to LGBT causes.
Manchester Food and Drink Festival has been running for 19 years and this year is taking place from September 29 to October 10. Showing there is more to Manchester than an impressive number of Nando’s the event takes over much of the city and surrounding parts of Greater Manchester showing off the best from burgers to beverages. Although, the centre of the action will be at Albert Square. Over the years the festival has drawn in names as diverse as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Bill Wyman and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Last year the festival served over 7000 gin and tonics, and 90,000 people are expected to attend this time round, Manchester boasts one of the most extensive food scenes in Europe so if you’re looking for a spectacular, fun and cheap day out the food and drink festival will suit you to a tee.
Manchester based dessert company Ice Stone Gelato Oxford Road
The Independent Manchester Beer Convention is being held this year from October 9 to October 12, tickets are expected to go on sale soon for the annual event stationed at Victoria Baths in Victoria Park. Expect a wonderland for the avid beer drinker, with hundreds of different craft beers on offer to be tried and tasted. Described as a ‘world class showcase for the best breweries from the UK and beyond’ this is the fourth year of the convention which is growing, expanding and getting busier each year. With pop up food stalls too this is definitely a date for the diary, prepare for the session.
IMBC – photo by Jody Hartley