1. Watch unbelievable displays of strength at Manchester Central


This weekend, 5 and 6 August, the British Weight Lifting Championships will be held at Manchester Central. This annual event celebrates incredible Olympic and Commonwealth weightlifters and spectators will have the opportunity to see athletes compete in three different tiers for eight distinct weight categories. Tickets from £5.

2. Celebrate with the Para Swimming World athletes

From Monday 31 July to Sunday 6 August, the Para Swimming World Championships will be taking place at Manchester’s Aquatics Centre. In what is the 11th edition of the competition – and the first time it is held in Manchester - over 600 para-athletes from 70 nations will be competing. Tickets from £5.50.

3. Enjoy a day out at the cricket with The Hundred

The third edition of the exciting 100-ball cricket competition is back in Manchester this month. On Saturday 5 August, head to Emirates Old Trafford for The Hundred, which will see Manchester Originals men’s and women’s teams set against London Spirit. You can also enjoy live music and family-friendly entertainment. Tickets from £10.

4. Spend the day with Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

Take your children on a day out to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends with East Lancashire Railway. On Saturday and Sunday - 5 and 6 August - meet Sir Topham Hatt at Bury Bolton Street Station before climbing aboard a carriage pulled by none other than friendly blue steam train Thomas. There will be plenty of Thomas-themed activities, including performances by Rusty and Dusty, face painting and funfair rides.

5. The early bird catches the... lion at Chester Zoo

Until 1 September, enjoy a breakfast with lions, meet your favourite animals or explore the secret life of Chester Zoo with an early morning tour! And this Monday 31 July, the beloved zoo is taking over St Peter’s Square tram station with face painting, competitions and giveaways. All day tickets to the zoo from £22.72.

6. Book Now: Manchester City Stadium Tour

Take pre-season to the next level by visiting the home of the Treble winners. With the Manchester City FC Stadium Tour, you get to see where your favourite players prepare for matches, interact with Pep Guardiola in the press room and even walk down the player’s tunnel. Across 75-minutes, you will hear interesting stories, facts and anecdotes about this celebrated football club. Tickets start from £16.

7. New opening: Public

Now open in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Public brings a new vibe to Stevenson Square. Serving cold beers, wine and margarita seltzers on tap, their food menu is inspired by Lower East Side New York and includes Gun Gun Noodles and a Burger with a ketchup slice – yes, slice! Open late seven days a week, it’s set to be the new local.


British Weight Lifting Championships
Sporting Event
Weight lifter lifting weights at Weight Lifting Championships

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out to enjoy the annual British Weight Lifting Championships at its new home – the Manchester Central Convention Centre.

Manchester 2023 Para Swimming World Championships
Sporting Event
Paralympian swimmer Ellie Challis celebrating

The Para Swimming World Championships come to Manchester from 31 July to 6 August 2023. The best para-athletes from across the globe are coming to Manchester and you can be there to see them live.

The Hundred
Sporting Highlights
People watching cricket

The Hundred is a brand-new sports competition launching this summer. It fuses blockbuster entertainment with world-class cricket, inviting everyone to fall in love with the game at its intense, electrifying and incredible best.

Day Out With Thomas at East Lancashire Railway
Day Out with Thomas

Peep! Peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at East Lancashire Railway. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement.

Chester Zoo
Group Travel
Rhino Experience

With over 500 different animal species in our 125 acres, you’re sure to have great day out full of adventure.

Manchester City Football Club Stadium and Club Tour
Sports Ground
Group of fans inside the Etihad Stadium on a tour

Visit the home of the Treble winners and go behind the scenes at the Etihad Stadium. The Manchester City Stadium Tour brings the magic of City to life, allowing fans to get closer to the Club than ever before.



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