Our top tips for making the most of the week ahead, with brilliant things to do across the whole of Greater Manchester… For even more ideas, visit our What’s On page. 


1. Trafford’s annual celebration of Pride is back 

Trafford's five-day annual exploration and celebration of LGBTQ+ arts is back this week from 17 May. Now in its third year, Pride in Trafford brings together an exciting and diverse range of performers, from comedy and cabaret, storytelling and solo shows to photography and physical theatre. All events take place in venues and spaces around the borough, including Waterside Arts Centre. 

2. Take part in a celebration of the finest guitar talent 

The Manchester Guitar Festival includes three days of concerts, recitals, talks and workshops and pop-up performances, live from The Stoller Hall between 20-22 May. The festival will host big guitar names like Sean Shibe, Daniel Martinez and Craig Ogden, alongside new and emerging guitar talent. From classical and acoustic to electric, bass and flamenco, the 3-day festival is open to anyone with an interest in guitars. Over the course of the weekend visitors and participants can work alongside professional musicians to develop their playing, listening and ensemble skills and watch professional concerts. 

3. Take to the streets and cheer on the Great Manchester Run 

Join thousands of your friends and neighbours at the Great Manchester Run on 22 May and show your support for all those taking part. With entertainment zones that celebrate local character at every kilometre and some of the best (and loudest!) crowd support anywhere in the world, it’s set to be a party atmosphere from start to finish.  

4. Take a step back on World Meditation Day 

Celebrate World Meditation Day on 18 May with a Yoga Brunch on the stunning 18th Floor at Hyatt Regency Manchester. Jodie from Feather & Rock yoga will lead a nourishing 75-minute yoga class to bring energy and vitality into your weekend, then enjoy a healthy, fresh continental brunch with amazing views of the city and the Pennines from the 18th Floor. For more details on how to book visit the website. 

5. Free outdoor festival in the heart of the city 

Great Northern Warehouse will be hosting its three-day Deansgate Mews Festival this week, with live music, market traders and Al Fresco dining from the likes of Another Hand, The Mews Bar, Lion’s Den, Low Four and Holy Grain. The free street festival will run from Friday 20 – Sunday 22 May with a highly anticipated music line-up including acts such as South By Zero, Clint Boon and The France. 

New opening of the week: Pollen Bakery moves to KAMPUS 

Pollen Bakery, an Ancoats favourite specialising in pastries and sweet treats, are the latest addition to KAMPUS neighbourhood. Pollen’s new flagship will feature an expanded brunch menu and open kitchen, alongside space for workshops and supper clubs. They will join a host of new traders in KAMPUS the likes of which include, Madre, Beeswing, Cloudwater Brewery and Nell’s Pizza.  

Book Now: Manchester Wellbeing Festival 

If the stresses of everyday life are getting to you, why not take some time for yourself? Manchester Central will play host to a Wellbeing Festival on 11 June, which will include presentations, seminars, and guidance on physical, mental, and emotional self-care. Authors, influencers, scientists, physicians, fitness instructors, yogis, and therapists will all be on hand.