20 things to do in Manchester over Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

Another weekend, another bank holiday, another work-free Monday.

May comes to an end with a bang in Manchester from the 27th-30th May with many brilliant activities to keep you entertained. From the sedate to the sophisticated, festivals to fairs, performances to parties, there’s plenty to keep you entertained over the Whit weekend. It’s the last bank holiday till the end of August so make the most of it.

Noasis at The Liquor Store

Mad for it? Enjoy some of your favourite Oasis tunes from 5pm Bank Holiday Sunday at the Liquor Store. Noasis aren’t just any tribute band. With over 600 performances since their formation in 2006, they have earned their reputation as the definitive tribute band. Sip on one of the venue’s creative cocktails and prepare for the ultimate Britpop tribute. Doors: 19:30 till 03:00 (Last entry: 21:30). Tickets >>

The Milton Club presents Odyssey: a musical journey with DJ’s

The Milton Club Odyssey

Celebrate Bank Holiday Sunday tin style at one of Manchester’s most exclusive venues, The Milton Club. Prepare yourself for an Odyssey of top tunes, starting with DJ Lemmi, free-flow drinks and canapés from 8pm till 10pm. R’n’B, house and club classics will follow, thanks to DJs Vinnie B and Justin Fry. This is sure to be a Bank Holiday show-stopper – with dancing and partying until the early hours. More info >>

The King Street Festival

A three-day festival starting on Saturday 28th, celebrating one of Manchester’s most upmarket streets and its history. More than 40 local businesses and restaurants will be involved offering free samples, exclusive offers and even the chance of a tipple along the way. There is something for all the family from a pop-up country garden complete with lawn games to musical accompaniments from different decades. Have a trip through time with jazz and swing from Young Pilgrims and enjoy 1940s-style band The Bobbysocks. Croquet, champagne and the chance of a brass band too – I say!

Brunch and Bowl at All Star Lanes

All Star Lanes Manchester Brunch

Enjoy some tenpin bowling along with your favourite brunch treats at All Star Lanes in the Great Northern. Big American food and bowling for as little as £16 per person and snack before you strike with the likes of piled-high pancakes, fried chicken and waffles washed down with a limited edition Bloody Mary. The offer includes a brunch main and one game of bowling and is available Friday 27th – Monday 30th May 12pm-5pm. More info >>

Hula Manchester

The original and the still the best tiki experience in Manchester, Hula Manchester has a weekend of crazy, hedonistic fun lined up for the Bank Holiday weekend, kicking off with Heavy Jams from Greg Turner on Thursday 26th May, a mixture of hiphop, RnB, funk and soul to get zombied to. On Friday and Saturday, resident DJ Gareth Brooks will host his legendary party nights which promise to be two of the most fun-filled and craziest parties of the weekend but get in quick though as the queue is usually around the block! On Bank Holiday Sunday, there’s a special set from Gold Teeth DJs who will host a special party night, with 90’s hip hop and RnB grooves to finish the weekend off Hula-style. And if you’re still going by Bank Holiday Monday, Bad Osiris will be on the decks spinning feel good vibes from 10pm and with 2 for £10 cocktails


Walrus Manchester Cocktails

This Northern Quarter favourite has a roster of some of the best DJs in Manchester taking over the main bar and newly refurbished basement club every weekend for one of the best party atmospheres in the city. Kicking the weekend off in style, Thursday 28th will see Gareth Brooks taking over the main bar with 90’s hip-hop and RnB anthems ‘til 2am. On Friday resident DJ Viva Ems will be spinning her funky house and party classics in the main bar and Bloc Party will take over the basement club with a weekly mix of ratchet R&B, hip hop bangers and dance floor fillers. Saturday is going to be huge with Mr Kenzo pumping out RnB classics, anthems and rap in the main bar while Bad Osiris will host the newly refurbished bar with RnB, house and garage to shake your booty to. The Bank Holiday Sunday Special is going to be huge with special guest DJ and Hula favourite Murkage Dave filling the basement club with hip hop, house and garage, while resident DJ Robb Rocks takes the decks on the main bar. Sunday – Thursday it’s 2 for £10 on selected cocktails, 2 Heineken for £5 and bottles of house wine for £9.95 between 5pm and 10pm .

Hula West Didsbury

If you’re staying in the ‘burbs for the weekend, head to Hula West Didsbury for the full tiki experience. Smaller, but just as crazy as its big sister Hula Manchester, there’ll be Zombies flowing all weekend long with 2 for £10 on all cocktails until 10pm and a mix of dance floor fillers to hip hop, reggae and everything in between from a stellar DJ line-up from Thursday through Sunday.


Also in Didsbury, Chalk has a brand new cocktail menu to enjoy plus live music and DJs to get the party started. Their in-house mixologists have devised a great selection of inventive cocktails to offer something a little different and you can get 2 for 1 between 5pm and 8pm every day on the Twisted Classics, so you can enjoy classics like the Acai Cosmopolitan, Singapore Sunset or the Peach Punch Mojito and lots more. There’s a terrace to enjoy cocktails, food, music and more all weekend long – if the sun shines.

BBQ at Great John Street

Great John Street Hotel BBQ

Celebrate the start of summer on the rooftop garden of Great John Street at 6pm on Bank Holiday Monday where they’ll be cooking up a feast of a BBQ with some mighty fine fruity Pimm’s and live acoustic music in the Manchester sun. Sounds glorious doesn’t it?

£25 per person. To book your tickets call 0161 831 3211

1st Birthday Party for Grown Ups at Tariff & Dale

Tariff and Dale are celebrating their 1st birthday on Sunday 29th May with a good old-fashioned big kids birthday party (with a few grown-up, classy, T&D twists). Expect a bouncy castle on Lizard Street, party bags, grown-up fizzy pop cocktails, sweets and party food plus a free Bloody Mary for the first 30 party guests to arrive. There will be pizzas, roasts and sausage rolls served all day downstairs in the restaurant. Plus they’ll be providing free gourmet twists on traditional kids party snacks for party guests to munch on. The celebrations start at midday and will be going on all day long.

New cocktail menu at Cabana

Cabana Cocktails

Cabana Brasilian Barbecue have launched their new drinks menu just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend with new caipirinha flavours, a whole host of new cocktails and new non-alcoholic drinks including rosewater and watermelon refrescos! Cabana’s drinks menu is a great combination of classics, new flavour combinations and refreshing mocktails which will transport you to the South American sunshine!

The Big Manc Holiday Event Presents Project Zoo Party

A legendary club night where you can show your wild side. The iconic ARK club just off Deansgate will be turned into a jungle for one night only on Sunday 29th May as part of The Big Manc Holiday Event. Expect plenty of fun. From Sunday 29th May 10pm – Monday 30th May 4am. Tickets >>

Beer Nouveau Brew Tap & The Real Junk Food Project

Come down to the quirky bar Beer Nouveau on Temperance Street for the chance to sample some brewery-fresh beers, along with food served by The Real Junk Food Project, celebrating produce that would have otherwise gone to waste. Find out how your food and drink is sourced including the chance to chat with the brewer! Free to enter and a 100% pay-as-you-feel ethos. More info >>

Beach Party at The Pen and Pencil


New York-style bar and kitchen The Pen and Pencil is bringing a beach party to Manchester’s Northern Quarter on Sunday 29th May and there’s free Jager if you’re in fancy dress! From midday till 2am you can enjoy tunes from DJs Andy Daniels and Viva Ems as well as inflatables, ice pops and excitement. During the day you can enjoy their famous Bottomless Brunch – unlimited food and drink for £35. Entry to the beach party is free, and there’s a £5 rum punch which will have you feeling the heat of summer in no time. A stylish way to celebrate. More info >>

42’s Nightclub presents a Stone Roses special

This popular Bootle Street club is putting on a Stone Roses special from 10:30pm on the 29th May. Whether you wanna be adored or not, be sure to be there. More info >>

Dot to Dot Festival

When you finish work on Friday 27th get down to the ultimate indie indoor music event – the Dot to Dot Festival. There’s plenty lined up from emerging talent such as The Hunna to well-known names like The Temper Trap and Rat Boy. The venues are exciting and alternative, too, and include Manchester Cathedral and The Night and Day Cafe. More info >>

The Big Taboo Bank Holiday Special at Manchester’s Tiger Tiger

Calling itself Manchester’s biggest bank holiday party with well over 200 people expected, expect a buzzing dance floor, big tunes and drinks from £2 at this Printworks venue on Sunday 29th May. More info >>

Mrs Boon’s Tea Party

Music and munchies – what could be better? Mrs Boon serves up her delicious handmade cakes whilst hubby Clint spins the tunes. A great event for all the family at Black Dog Ballroom NQ. Join them on Saturday 28th May, and enjoy live music at 3pm – with the prospect of free tea too! Tickets >>

The Chorlton Arts Festival and Chorlton weekender

The hub of creativity and cutting edge artistic talent that is Charlton hosts its own art festival from 20-29th May and comes to a close with the legendary Chorlton Weekender – three days of innovative live music in venues across the area. Headlining acts include the well known Manchester female-fronted band PINS (plus support from False Advertising and Mad Winter) on Sunday 29th. More info >>


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