21 things to do in Manchester over Spring Bank Holiday weekend 2017


We’re used to plenty of rain on bank holidays in Manchester but the weather forecast for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend is good, with temperatures of 24 degrees expected. There’s plenty going on in and around the city so make the most of it.

Great CityGames and Great Manchester Run

The Great CityGames return to Manchester on Friday 26 May 2017 taking athletics out of the stadium and on to the streets and providing a unique opportunity for spectators to see top athletes from across the globe compete in an urban environment. The sprint track, a 250m length of specially constructed running surface, will be moved to a new location alongside Great Northern Warehouse plus there’s a purpose built athletics arena in Albert Square. It’s part of a great weekend of sport in Manchester built around the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, Europe’s biggest 10k, on Sunday.


World’s largest Ninja park opens

The largest Ninja park in the world opens in Manchester on Friday 26th May. Hot on the heels of the Saturday evening TV programme, Total Ninja is the first park of its kind in the UK with a 40,000 sq ft space dedicated to 11 different Ninja runs for adrenaline monkeys aged five and over. The park, on Tenax Road between intu Trafford Centre and Media City, features three different zones and equipment – one for ages six and over, one for ages ten and over and an elite run for people who want to put their skills to the test and train for the TV programme. It will also house a Ninja-Fit gym training facility to improve strength and conditioning.


Makers Market bank holiday extravaganza

A bank holiday wouldn’t be a bank holiday without a market. There are over 120 artisan market stalls for you to enjoy at the Lowry Outlet from Saturday 27th – Monday 29th with food, drink, arts, crafts and more.  There is a special street food arena with sweet treats from The Muffin Mistress, handcrafted brownies by Weenie Bakes, artisan tea from The Market Tea Lady and Bake My Day MCR. There are also brilliant arts, crafts and gifts ideas including original paintings from Blue Yonder Art and iconic Manchester photographs from Ben Sedman.


TROF turns 10

Trof NQ is marking its 10th birthday with a huge free celebration and long bank holiday weekend packed with top-notch all day naughtiness from Thursday 25th May till Wednesday 31st May. This includes a Brass Swingers Club on Thursday –  a cheeky-sounding Prohibition era speakeasy launch night with a live brass band – and a Roast & Records special from 3pm-8pm on Sunday 28th May plus a Euphony takeover from 8pm till 3am. Bank Holiday Monday sees Stay Fresh Fest bring some of the hottest acts in the north onto one bill.


Weekend and bank holiday breakfasts at Albert’s Shed

Enjoy the spring sunshine at popular Castlefield restaurant Albert’s Shed where you can soak up the sun on the glass-canopied terrace. They will be serving luxurious breakfasts throughout the weekend from 10.30am – 12.00pm. These are much more special than your typical brekkie so why not try coconut yoghurt and granola, truffle mushrooms with baked eggs or perhaps the fantastic eggs benedict?


Live music at Dukes 92

Get down to spacious Castlefield restaurant and bar Dukes92 for a bank holiday weekend of live music played outside in the sunshine. It starts on Friday 26th with a DJ from 5pm till 1am, whilst on Saturday afternoon you can enjoy a live acoustic band 2-4pm and DJ 5pm till 1am and more of the same on Sunday.


VON Manchester Vegan Fair 2017

Vegan Organic Network is holding a vegan fair with over 100 stalls at Oswald Road School in Chorlton on Saturday 27th May. This will include vegan street food, snacks, gifts and an outside stage with live music, the chance to see some street theatre and enjoy a rickshaw ride. There’ll be circus skills and other fun activities for the kids whilst for grown-ups there’s vegan beer, cookery demos and yoga.


Electric Jug Bank Holiday Special

Manchester’s signature psychedelic party is returning for a night of 60s music and serious style. Head to Night & Day Cafe on Sunday 28th May for the best psych tunes, rock’n’roll, Britpop, glam and soul at the Electric Jug Bank Holiday Special.  You’ll be movin’ and shakin’ all night long. Doors 11pm.


Cirque Le Soir at The Milton Club

On Sunday 28th May, Cirque Le Soir returns to The Milton Club to bring you an extraordinary clubbing experience with live entertainment and party vibes from start to finish. London, Dubai, Shanghai and now Manchester. A memorable night with a spectacular ambience and an electrifying and enchanting atmosphere. Tickets here.


1940s weekend on The East Lancs Railway

The East Lancs Railway is a heritage railway line with steam trains which runs through parts of Greater Manchester including stops in Bury and Heywood. Their popular 1940s themed weekend is returning from 27th – 29th May with authentic vintage clothes and a variety of activities up and down the line including music, dancing, stalls, a working Spitfire display and more at Bury Station and Bury Transport Museum, whilst there will be a big battle re-enactment at Rawtenstall and a Static Messerschmitt Mark II display at Heywood Station.  Get your glad rags on and look lively.


Total Stone Roses at The Liquor Store

Question. What’s the next best thing to watching The Stone Roses live? Answer. Watching critically acclaimed tribute band The Total Stone Roses. They’ll be playing two 45min set of all of the best Roses songs including She Bangs The Drums, Fools Gold, Waterfall, I Wanna Be Adored and Love Spreads as well as new tunes and recent releases at The Liquor Store on Bank Holiday Sunday. Tickets are selling fast so get yours here.


Come to The Printworks for plenty of party tunes at Walkabout the popular Oz-inspired bar and club.  They are hosting DJ Jim 9pm-3am on Friday plus DJ Matt on 8pm-3am on Saturday 27th. Take That are on at the Arena so they will be playing a mix of their songs alongside their usual track lists. They are also hosting the Manchester heat of the national Walkie Idol 2017 karaoke competition sponsored by Koppaberg with £5,000 up for grabs!  Check it out.


May Bank Holiday BBQ at The Great John Street Hotel

The annual shared BBQ is coming back to Great John Street this year so you can enjoy the bank holiday sunshine on the hotel’s rooftop garden and Eclectic rooftop lounge with amazing views over the city centre. Come along from 3pm for a sizzling Eclectic BBQ on Bank Holiday Monday BBQ food served up until 5.30pm with a bar open till late. Ticket price £25 per person including an arrival drink.


All Star Lanes

All Star Lanes’ annual bottomless Booze ‘n’ Bowl event is back this weekend with tickets  £35 for a two-hour slot on the social tournament lanes and includes bottomless drinks (choice of prosecco, wine, beer or softs) and American nibbles.


B.Eat Street

B.Eat Street will be offering a free drink/house wine/cocktail for all medal holders and runners taking part in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday. Expect a lively atmosphere and plenty of energy.


Triple 6 Horror Festival at AMC Cinema

On Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th May, AMC Cinema in The Great Northern Warehouse are hosting the first ever Triple 6 horror festival. This includes film screenings of a number of horror classics, including a showing of Hardware (1990) on 35mm, plus a guest appearance from director Richard Stanley.


An ultimate weekend of sport at The Green

Bank holiday weekend sees so much sport taking place – and you can catch it all at The Green, the city’s ultimate sports bar. This includes (deep breath) the FA Cup Final, Scottish FA Cup Final, Book v Spence (IBF World welterweight title fight), League Two Final, Monaco Grand Prix, Championship Final and the Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham. Watch the fight in style or cheer on your team by renting a 15ft VIP viewing screen. Plus you can play it your way with their special offer – Play Xbox One, Xbox Kinect, Indoor Golf or sing karaoke for just £10 per hour on Bank holiday Monday, up until 6pm.



Sip on a Brachetto Breeze at £5 for the bank holiday weekend at stylish Thai restaurant Chaophraya. This is a refreshing blend of Brachetto d’Acqui sparkling wine, cherry bitters and muddled summer fruits for just a fiver. Nice.


A new room at Breakout Manchester

Manchester’s ultimate escape room challenge has a new room for you try. It’s the 13th to open. Unlucky for some? The scenario is this: you and your friends have been invited to your family cabin by a distant relative. But as you start to look around, you realise things aren’t as they seem. It’s a challenge that’s proving difficult so far.  So why not get yourself down to Brazennose street and give it a go. Great for parties and a unique day of activity.


Home Discoveries at The Lowry Outlet

The Home Discoveries event will be hosted at the Lowry Outlet this bank holiday weekend,  meaning brilliant deals across big-name homeware stores you love. This includes 20% off ProCook, 10% at The Gift Company and the chance to win a £200 voucher to spend in store at Belledorm. M&S Home is also offering 20% off marked prices from the 25th-31st May and much more.



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