Top Open Air Activities In Manchester This Summer
The sun has finally decided to make an appearance and being typical Brit’s, as soon as we see the slightest ray of sunshine we get all ahead of ourselves and start making al fresco plans! During the Summer months, Manchester becomes a whole new city. Walking through the warm city air, people are smiling, the bars are bustling and the city has a whole new ambiance than the dreary dull months of winter. So, when the sun does decide to finally put it’s hat on it’s time to head outside and enjoy a Mancunian summer with our favourite open air activities.
Open Air Cinemas
There’s nothing quite like kicking back and relaxing in the warm summer’s air to watch one of your favourite classic movies in the fresh country air of Dunham Massey, just south of the city centre. For one weekend in September Summer Nights Outdoor Film festival are bringing us a two night event on 2nd and 3rd September. Whether its the thrilling Spectre or much loved classic Dirty Dancing, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the perfect way spend the end of Summer with loved ones.
Manchester is home to a vibrant and exciting music scene, that has seen an abundance of influential bands emerge from what is arguably the city of music. So, what better way to spend your time in Manchester than listening to some great music at one of the buzzing summer music festivals. The biggest and most popular festival that draws thousands of youngsters in each year, is set in the largest urban green space in Europe on 10th to the 12 June. Parklife has created a legendary reputation over the last five years, expect a unique and diverse lineup at this eclectic festival.
Castlefield Food Festival
Sizzling street food, free food demos and live music, it sounds like the perfect evening to us. This free four day event from Thursday 12th May to Sunday 15th has gotten us all excited. Castlefield Food Festival is perfect for all the family. If you’re as much as a foodie as we are then pop down to watch the talented local chefs cooking up a storm, plus learn a new skill and try your hand at sausage making. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weekend!
Calling all beer lovers, this one’s for you. The first Manchester city-wide beer festival, Manchester Beer Week is here from 10th to the 19th June. This week-long event represents a landmark moment for the city’s booming beer scene. Unlike most festivals, it is not tied to one single venue, so expect a variety of events and activities at special venues across the city. Think brewery tours, real ale tasting, brewers markets and demonstrations on how this beloved beverage is brewed.
On Sunday 19th June, Manchester will well and truly come alive! Quite possibly the biggest event in Manchester’s social calendar. Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city. In its sixth year running this one-day event showcases all things Mancunian that have made this iconic city what it is today. There will be a fantastic parade, amazing spectacles and lots of exciting things to do across the city centre. Don’t miss this explosive celebration!
Another huge event in the city’s social calendar is Manchester Pride, a day to celebrate the vibrant Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. The city comes alive with a rainbow of colour as the annual festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Manchester will welcome thousands of revellers for the big parade on the Saturday and this year sees Katy B, Judge Jules and Will Young headline the Main Stage. Don’t miss out on what could be described as Manchester’s biggest annual event.
Nothing screams Summer more than finishing work and heading to a rooftop bar to soak in the last glimpse of sun for the evening whilst taking in the city skyline with a cold beverage in hand. Here are our favourite three: El Gato Negro is a hugely popular tapas bar located on King Street turns into the perfect rooftop bar come the Summer months, with its clever retractable roof. Enjoy some authentic Spanish tapas with Spanish wine and cocktails in this city hideaway above the rooftops. Manchester House enjoys 360 degrees over the Manchester skyline. This eclectic bar offers a fine selection on cocktails and wines on the 12th floor venue overlooking the happening Spinningfields. This is definitely the most classy of our rooftop bar choices and is perfect for enjoying a cocktail whilst taking in the impressive city views. Terrace NQ is the set in the cool and arty Northern Quarter, although this rooftop bar doesn’t come with an impressive view, it does have a great sun-trap terrace to relax with a cold drink on a warm summer’s day! If this list of unmissable events has already got you thinking which ones you will be travelling to Manchester for, don’t forget to book in with us at either of our Manchester based hotels. Manchester Willow Bank or Manchester Airport, the choice is yours.
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