Manchester Pride, the award-winning four day celebration of LGBT life which brightens up the city every August, is nearly here. The Big Weekend takes place from Friday 26 August to Monday 29 August this year. The famous city wide parade takes place on on Saturday 27th and a number of live acts across stages in the Gay Village including Tulisa, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Will Young, and Katy B. If you buy a weekend wristband you can enjoy all these performances as well as a number of exclusive offers.
Buying a band not only unlocks offers and opportunities for you, including full access to The Village, but is a mark of solidarity too. Manchester Pride is asking the community to wear their bands with pride as they pledge to play a key role in helping Manchester create a safe, world class LGBT celebration, support the commitment to raising essential funds for LGBT and HIV causes in Greater Manchester and support the campaign for greater LGBT equality. Money from wristbands goes to making a difference, which is why a number of providers and brands are showing their solidarity by treating Pride goers to some great discounts
1Metrolink: Free trams!
Metrolink is offering all Big Weekend wristband holders free travel within the City Zone on the Metrolink services so you can hop on the tram fuss-free. Valid for weekend ticket holders only (not day tickets).
2The Grill On New York Street / Grill On The Alley
City centre eatery The Grill on New York Street is offering wristband holders 20% off all food when you visit during The Big Weekend. Lovingly-cooked food served in stylish surroundings and ideal for a date-style dinner.
3The Pen & Pencil
This Mad Men-style Northern Quarter bar brings a real feel of 1920s Manhattan and will be offering up a special rainbow cocktail and rainbow pancake for £5 each to wristband holders (£7.50 to everyone else). Available all Bank Holiday weekend.
4Street On 1st at Innside Hotel
Treat yourself to 20% off food and drink by flashing your wristband at this stylish hotel restaurant in the First Street development. It’s a venue well-suited to the weekend celebrations with its unique ‘Food For A Social Mood’ dining concept whereby guests can enjoy modern twists on Mediterranean dishes based on how they are feeling!
5DoubleTree By Hilton
The popular Urban Bar will knock 25% off the food and drink bill for all guests wearing a Manchester Pride wristband. So if you fancy a refreshing cocktail, a classic bar meal and perhaps one of the most extensive whisky lists in the city, close to Piccadilly station, you will be well served here.
6All Star Lanes
Keep the festival mood going with the classic combination for fun – bowling and food! When you wear your wristband and make a combined reservation (bowl + dine), you’ll get 50% off your food at All Star Lanes. This vibrant US-style tenpin bowling venue and diner at the Great Northern Warehouse is an ideal place to keep the party going.
All weekend between 1-3pm you can grab your favourite cologne with a generous 20% off so no matter how intense the partying gets, there is no excuse not to smell fresh.
If you need to relax into the weekend or are looking to be pampered, Malmaison has you covered. Pride ticket holders receive 20% off in the spa, a free glass of fizz with the Summer Prix Fixe menu, or a complimentary glass of house wine with Sunday Brunch.
Party prep is made easy if you visit Kiehl’s over the weekend. The skincare, cosmetics and beauty brand with a shop on King Street offers natural treatments which help you love the skin you’re in. A Pride wristband entitles you to 5 samples with any consultation, or an exclusive complimentary barber service or facial when you spend £35 or over. Offer valid until 31st August 2016.
Throughout The Big Weekend, plush Chinese restaurant Tattu is offering a 20% discount for all diners sporting a Pride wristband. So get down to this Spinningfields venue for lunch or dinner between Friday 26th – Monday 29th August 2016. Just remember, it’s not available in conjunction with any other offer, and not applicable when dining from the lunch menu.
Boosting festival vibes, Turtle Bay is offering 2-4-1 cocktails across both its Manchester bars on Oldham Street and Oxford Street. They are known for their Caribbean-inspired drinks, colourful interiors and plenty of fun. So what are you waiting for?
On Saturday 27th August, Costa shops across Manchester will be serving up Rainbow Flat Whites and showing their solidarity with the weekend’s celebrations. They really are the impressive colours of the rainbow, with the same great Costa taste so many people love. The Costa Rainbow Flat Whites will be available from the Portland Street, Oxford Road and Market Street shops during Manchester Pride priced £2.50.
13Black Dog Ballroom
Don’t go hungry this weekend. Black Dog is keeping energy levels high with 25% off food across all venues – Black Dog NQ, Black Dog NWS and Dog Bowl. Get to one of these great all-day, late-night party places for their American and Tex-Mex inspired eats, plentiful portions and lots of great drinks too.
Townhouse Hotel Manchester will be flying the flag for Pride with its limited edition Tequila Sunrise cocktail. It’s packed with plenty of colour! The cocktail will be available all weekend to Pride wristband holders. Spectators watching Saturday’s Pride parade can also pop in for a cocktail as it is perfectly situated on the parade’s route at 101 Portland Street. Priced at £4.95
Tickets for The Big Weekend
Want to make the most of it and get involved? The Big Weekend tickets are on sale now priced £25 for weekend tickets. Day, family and children’s tickets are also available. Tickets will be exchanged for an appropriate wristband on the day,
For more information bigweekend.manchesterpride.com.
Keep updated for updates on all offers: bigweekend.manchesterpride.com/wristband-offers