Known for its rich industrial heritage and dynamic music scene, Manchester bursts into life in the summer. Whether you're looking to uncover hidden gems or explore the city's diverse attractions, Manchester offers a plethora of experiences to indulge in. From lush parks and scenic waterways to world-class festivals and family-friendly events, there's no shortage of ways to make the most of the season.

Summer Events in Manchester

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Manchester Pride Parade 24 Aug 2024

The Manchester Pride Parade is the city’s biggest parade with thousands of LGBTQ+ communities and their allies marching for equality. This dazzling spectacle attracts thousands of spectators who line the streets to cheer on and join the protest for LGBTQ+ equality. This joyous event is free to…

Manchester Day 2024 27 Jul 2024

Manchester Day will return on 27th July with even more fun-filled free activities for all the family.  Between 12noon and 6pm on Saturday 27 July, the city centre will turn into Manchester’s biggest-ever playground this summer when Manchester Day: Let the Games Begin! rolls into…

Rochdale Feel Good Festival 10 Aug 2024

​​​​​Rochdale Feel Good Festival will return on Saturday 10 August 2024, for another showcase of top class entertainment, food and culture. This year's headliners includes Ocean Colour Scene, Lottery Winners, Heather Small and Toucan.  It's one to add to the calendars and…

Sounds of the City 04 Jul 2025

Sounds of the City is back in July 2024, taking over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl for a series of headline concerts, featuring The National, The Saw Doctors, Tom Grennan, Jungle and Hacienda Classical. Sounds Of The City has established itself as a staple part of the…

Blossoms live at Wythenshaw Park 25 Aug 2024

Blossoms return to Manchester on August bank holiday weekend 2024 for the biggest headline show of their career. The all-day outdoor concert will take place at Wythenshawe Park, with support from internationally acclaimed acts Inhaler and the legendary Shed Seven. Other acts joining Blossoms at…

Festwich 2024 31 Aug 2024

After an incredible 11-year run at St Mary’s Park in Prestwich, Festwich, the UK’s Biggest Tribute Festival, is embarking on an exciting new chapter by relocating to Heaton Park. Over 31 August and 1 September, tribute experiences for bands like ACDC, Metallica, PINK, Foo Fighters, The…

England v Sri Lanka Men's Test Match 21 Aug 2024

England Men return to Emirates Old Trafford in 2024! The iconic cricket ground plays host to Sri Lanka in an unmissable Test Match from 21-25 August, and you do not want to miss out! Jimmy Anderson will play his 188th and final Test for England against West Indies at Lords, but fans will…

Sweet Dreams 16 Jul 2024

Step inside a new immersive storytelling experience from award-winning art collective Marshmallow Laser Feast – a visual feast for the senses. Sweet Dreams  invites you to explore our place in the food chain – wrapping big ideas about appetite and desire in a surreal pop package…

Craic by the Creek 19 Jul 2024

Get ready to (Sham)rock ‘n’ roll as Craic by the Creek will be returning to serve up three days of Irish and Country music from a hidden gem farm. Double-denim wearing pop sensation B*Witched headline the camping festival which is back for a fourth year this summer. The UK’s most…

2024 Davis Cup Finals - Group Stages 10 Sep 2024

The LTA has confirmed Manchester’s AO Arena will again host a Davis Cup Finals Group Stage later this year. The event, a key stage of the men’s ‘World Cup of Tennis’, will enable fans up and down the country to see some of the world’s best players, with Britain to…

Summer Attractions in Manchester

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RHS Garden Bridgewater is part of the Visit Manchester Pass - giving you entry to iconic attractions and access to exclusive discounts across the city, make the most of your time in Manchester with the Visit Manchester Pass. With 1, 2 and 3 day passes, find out more and purchase your…

The National Football Museum is part of the Visit Manchester Pass - giving you entry to iconic attractions and access to exclusive discounts across the city, make the most of your time in Manchester with the Visit Manchester Pass. With 1, 2 and 3 day passes, find out more and purchase…

Cockfields Farm is an amazing day out for the whole family. Spend your day feeding, handling, stroking and learning about the massive range of animals they have on the farm. Animal handling encounters usually run every 30 mins so you can get up close with bunnies, guinea pigs, lizards, snakes…

Coronation Street is part of the Visit Manchester Pass - giving you entry to iconic attractions and access to exclusive discounts across the city, make the most of your time in Manchester with the Visit Manchester Pass. With 1, 2 and 3 day passes, find out more and purchase your pass…

Jodrell Bank is an amazing, unique, and awe-inspiring place. A world-leading deep-space radio observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an award-winning national visitor attraction. Uncover the inspirational heritage of Jodrell Bank in the new First Light Pavilion. Inside this architecturally…

Explore 250 years of innovations and ideas that started life in Manchester and went on to change the world on a visit to the Science and Industry Museum. Journey through Manchester’s rich legacy of ideas and discoveries in the Revolution Manchester Gallery, from the ancestor of modern…

Nestled deep in the heart of the Irwell Valley, the East Lancashire Railway spans 12 miles of beautiful Lancastrian scenery and over a century of rich history.  The railway can trace its storied origins back to the heady days of the Industrial Revolution when it was part of a network ferrying…

Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and unusual animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens. With over 500 different animal species in our 128 acres of award-winning gardens, you’re sure to have a great day out full of adventure where you’ll feel empowered and…

********* LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester is the ultimate indoor LEGO Playground and offers an inspirational and unique day out for all the family! LEGOLAND Discovery Centres are designed specifically for children aged 3-10 years to enjoy – everything is child sized! As soon as you step…

Manchester City Stadium Tour is part of the Visit Manchester Pass - giving you entry to iconic attractions and access to exclusive discounts across the city, make the most of your time in Manchester with the Visit Manchester Pass. With 1, 2 and 3 day passes, find out more and purchase…

Summer Food and Drink in Manchester

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Heaton Park Food & Drink Festival 2024: A Feast in The Park 03 Aug 2024

MANCHESTER, brace yourselves – Heaton Park Food & Drink Festival is making a triumphant return on August 3rd-4th, setting Heaton Park ablaze for another unforgettable year! Picture this: leisurely strolling, cold drink in hand, indulging in tasty treats, and being serenaded by live music…

Festa Italiana Manchester 25 Aug 2024

Festa Italiana Manchester is the country’s most exciting and vibrant festival of Italian food, drink and culture. It is a free, weekend-long celebration of all things Italian taking place from 25-27 August in Manchester city centre. Inspired by Manchester’s Italian heritage, as well as…

Bolton Food and Drink Festival 23 Aug 2024

Bolton Food Festival is back again for 2024! After over half a million people came to see them last year, they're going bigger and better than ever before, with plenty of fun for the whole family across this year’s August bank holiday weekend! Expect to see Sheer Luck Holmes…

We are Beer, the organiser behind the famous London, Bristol and Manchester Craft Beer Festivals, is to add to its programme of events with a bespoke session for the beer trade at its Manchester opening day this summer (Friday 5th July 2024, 12.30 to 16.30). Alongside a programme of talks, tastings…

Bottomless Brunch at Zouk 20 Jul 2024

Zouk's popular Bottomless Brunch returns with a selection of new dishes and fabulous sharing platters. Available from 11:00 to 4:30pm every Saturday with the last sitting starting at 3:00pm. The brunch offers diners the chance to enjoy any main course and unlimited drinks from the bottomless…

Joining the incredible line up of summer events in the city, Manchester Rum Festival is bringing its special brand of celebration to New Century Hall on World Rum Day – 13th July - with its biggest ever  line up of rums. Around 50 incredible brands from every corner of the world will be…

A guided tour and tasting to give you an insight into Manchester Gin's distillery life. With a G&T in hand, Manchester Gin take you on a tour of the distillery to give you an insight into what they’re so passionate about. With every part of the production done in-house…

Join Manchester Gin for a fully immersive distillery tour and gin-making experience. With a gin and tonic in hand, they’ll give you an insight into how Manchester Gin started, take you on a tour of the distillery and explain the production process to really give you a feel for distillery…

The funniest pub tours in the country, absurd yet factual roller-coasters staggering across three hundred years of Manchester's drinking history. At the conclusion there’s a daft, very short, pub quiz based on the guide’s commentary with ‘great’ prizes. This is a…

Award-Winning Food Sorcery Cook School and Event Space Located in the heart of Manchester city centre, Food Sorcery invites you to embark on a culinary adventure, to learn new skills or get the team together for some foodie fun. Join Us for a Unique Culinary Experience Cookery and Baking Classes…

Summer Family-Friendly Events in Manchester

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Dinosaurs in the Park 19 Jul 2024

Dinosaurs in the Park: A Roaring Adventure for the Whole Family This summer, the grounds of Heaton Park in Greater Manchester will once again be transformed into a prehistoric wonderland where visitors can encounter 40 life-sized, moving and roaring dinosaurs. Dinosaurs in the Park is a unique and…

Batman Unmasked 16 Jul 2024

Celebrate Batman’s 85th Anniversary at the Batman Unmasked exhibition in Manchester. This unique experience invites fans of all ages to delve into the legendary history of the Dark Knight, showcasing original props, vehicles, and costumes from Warner Bros. Pictures films. The Experience Batman…

The Great Northern Giant Summer Sandpit 16 Jul 2024

Looking to get the children out of the house and to engage in some fun, creative play now that home schooling is out of the way? Well you’re in luck, as the Great Northern Warehouse’s iconic amphitheatre has reopened its newly redesigned playhouse and ever popular giant sandpit this week…

101 Dalmatians 30 Jul 2024

Direct from London comes the smash hit family musical 101 Dalmatians. When fashionista Cruella de Vil plots to swipe all the Dalmatian puppies in town to create her fabulous new fur coat, there’s trouble ahead for Pongo and Perdi and their litter of adorable, tail-wagging young pups. This…

Bluey's Big Play 31 Jul 2024

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag. Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning…

Day Out With Thomas 03 Aug 2024

Join Thomas the Tank Engine for a day of adventure at East Lancashire Railway! All aboard a train ride with Thomas, say Hello to Sir Topham Hatt and join Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of fun. There will be lots to enjoy all day, including: • A ride behind Thomas, a REAL steam engine!…

Horrible Histories: Rotten Royals 04 Aug 2024

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Terrible Tudors live on stage! From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of…

Picnic in the Pool 14 Aug 2024

Visit an iconic Manchester landmark and enjoy a family-friendly activity-filled picnic in the Gala Pool! Join in for a Picnic with a difference… Family-Friendly Picnic in an Empty Pool £1 entry per person Bring Your Own Food and Beverages (or enjoy snacks and drinks from the tea room)…

The Dino Adventure 15 Aug 2024

Join an eclectic expedition of explorers on an adventure of Jurassic proportions and get up close and personal with a happy herd of baby dinosaurs. You will get to learn all about these adorable dinosaurs from our expert handlers in this fully interactive experience that is both educational and…

The Wizarding Adventure 16 Aug 2024

Sign up for the spellbinding school of sorcery and take a wacky whistle stop tour of the Wizard Academy as you learn to become a master of magic. This interactive experience will see you take lessons in the basics of broomsticks, practice your potions, receive instruction in incantation and learn to…

Summer Walks, Parks and Gardens in Manchester

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The GM Ringway is Greater Manchester’s walking trail. Designed around existing footpaths, parks and open-access land, the GM Ringway will connect visitors and residents with the cityregion's rich natural and cultural heritage. Green in every way, all 20 stages of the…

Turn today into an adventure with Treasure Hunt Manchester. Discover the city together by solving clues, scouring the city and following treasure maps. Uncover the flamboyant Canal Street, the majestic Central Library and Town Hall, Castlefield's peaceful canals and the shiny modern…

Rochdale Town Centre - Blue Plaque Trail takes you to the location of 20 blue plaques erected up to the end of summer 2013, coupled with information on listed and historic buildings of great interest.  We hope you enjoy your walk into Rochdale’s past and discover fantastic local stories.

About Rabbie's small-group tours of the UK, Ireland & Europe are driven by curiosity and guided by storytellers. If you crave stories that go deeper, that will act as souvenirs to take home with you, Rabbie's are the adventurers for you. From the guides to the guided, everyone's…

Where rhino stomp and lions roar, the safari by the city, and so much more. Experience Manchester's wildest day out with a trip to family favourite, Knowsley Safari. Start your adventure by exploring our impressive 5-mile safari drive which is currently home to over 750 fascinating animals, from…

Daisy Nook is a country park with woodland, canals, river, picnic sites, bird watching, orienteering and fishing.  Families can have a fun-packed day in the countryside with a fantastic play area set amongst 40 hectares of woodlands, meadows, waterways and a lake. The adventure playscape…

Escape the city for the day and escape into the spectacular landscape of the Lake District. Journeying out of the city, you’ll travel up to the Lake District and enjoy a day of touring the beautiful scenery and tranquil settings. Arriving at Haverthwaite, you'll take a leisurely ride along…

Situated on the edge of Oldham and the Peak District National Park, Dove Stone Reservoir is a spectacular area popular with visitors and for family days out. A picturesque spot, the main reservoir has its own sailing club, a permanent orienteering course, an extensive network of footpaths and good…

 Alexandra Park is a 60-acre  park designed by Alexander Hennell, and opened in 1868. Its initial purpose was to "deter the working men of Manchester from the alehouses during their day off".  The lodge and gateways are the work of Alfred Darbyshire…

Manchester's first designated local nature reserve is one of the most popular spots in the Mersey Valley. Set around a central lake with meandering paths leading into woodlands and wildflower meadows, the 170-acre site boasts common spotted and northern marsh orchid in summer.  Nearby…