25 fun things to do this August Bank Holiday weekend

Manchester Pride parade

There’s plenty going on across Manchester for the August Bank Holiday weekend. The big event is Manchester Pride, but there’s lots more going on and some great food and drink deals.

It’s the last bank holiday of the summer so make the most of it. It’s four months till Christmas.

Manchester Pride Big Weekend

Pic Carl Sukonik @thevainphotos

Manchester Pride, the annual award-winning festival organised by the LGBT community, is coming back to Canal Street and the Gay Village for its Big Weekend from Friday 25 August all the way until Bank Holiday Monday. It features an array of entertainment as well as some of the hottest music acts this year including Liberty X and Pixie Lott. The famous parade takes place through the city centre on Saturday – expect plenty of fancy dress – and there’s a candlelit vigil in Sackville Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday.

Grill on New York Street BBQ

Grill on New York Street are running a BBQ from Saturday to Monday on their outdoor terrace from 12-6pm each day. A donation from every purchase will go to the Tim Bacon Foundation, established in his name to support charities in the fight against cancer. A Blackhouse bar will be serving up special cocktails themed around Tim’s legacy and a nod to the Pride festival happening nearby.


This secretive drinking den and party place is well worth looking for. It’s celebrating its second birthday on Sunday 27 August with The Hidden Forest iii, an enchanting open air party called, for a whole 12 hours – 4pm to 4am! It’s set to feature a range of DJs including Varoslav, Anton Fitz, Martin Loose Cuts and many more, and fancy dress is recommended. Book here.

Gorton Monastery

Classical Uproar is a unique dance music event taking place inside one of Manchester’s most historic locations. On the evening of 25 August, you’ll be able to enjoy a night of dance classics in this utterly unique setting. There will be a live orchestra and special guests Alison Limerick, Luke Neptune and Bekka from Nightgeist – so get ready for a night of tunes like you’ve never heard them before. Book here.

The Laundrette

Beach house brunch is happening on Sunday 27 August – a brilliant way to chill out as well as fuelling you up for Bank Holiday Monday ahead.  That means bottomless food, booze, DJs, groovy musicians, bongos and plenty of glitter face paint, all at this welcoming First Street bar.  £35 and £40 packages to choose from.


This fine-dining British restaurant just off King Street is serving up a special rainbow flag cocktail selection. These are some of the most stylish drinks the city has to offer and a steal at £5 each. Examples include the Red/Life blend which brings together vodka, pomegranate, raspberry and lemonade, whilst Blue/Art combines vodka, triple sec, almond, ginger and egg white for a sweet treat. This is also a perfect place to try the tasting menus for some of the best Manchester cuisine, whilst lunch and afternoon tea options are also available.

The Refinery

Start the weekend the right way, as stylish Spinningfields bar The Refinery is serving up its #FizzFriday special all day Friday. That’s a whole bottle of prosecco for £19.95. And if that’s not enough, they are serving a brilliant bottomless brunch on Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday. Yum.

Innside Hotel

This hotel on First Street is so much more than just a classy place to stay. It’s offering some of the hottest gin deals this Bank Holiday weekend.  Head to the GINNSIDE bar for 3 specially selected cocktails for £20.

Bassano Bar

How clued up are you on the refreshing delights of Italian drink? Enjoy a selection and superb deal at Bassano Bar inside Pizza Express on First Street where they are offering 2 for £10 on selected Italian serves. That includes refreshing Aperol Spritz, Spiced Negroni and the special Manchester G&T.  You can also try out one of the tasting/making sessions with dates available including 25 and 31 August at £15 per person. Tickets can be purchased in venue or via the website.

B.Eat St

B.Eat Street has announced it’s moving premises so it’s pulling out all the stops with a massive celebration for its final #SummerWeekenders Session at the current Great Northern Warehouse location. The big bash at Manchester’s ultimate pop-up party destination will include drinks deals, food offers and plenty of fun music for you to throw some shapes to. There’s a bad fun DJ takeover on Friday and Saturday night, as well as live music – with Jess Kemp at 4pm on Saturday and the band Lavender at 4pm on Sunday.

Tiger Tiger

The ultimate party night is back on Saturday 26 August at Tiger Tiger in The Printworks. It’s like having a holiday club experience but right in the heart of Manchester and no need to worry about plane tickets. With multiple rooms and a range of DJs, lose yourself in the themed areas from Alice in Groovy Wonderland to The Big Picnic in the chilled-out Tiger Bar.

The Albert Square Chop House

The beautiful Albert Square Chop House is flying the flag for Pride this weekend – literally. Check out the exterior! And ideal for a big weekend feast, you will be able to enjoy Sunday roast at a great place across all three city centre chop houses  – so Sam’s and Tom’s too – at 2 courses for £19.95 and 3 courses for £24.95.

The Liquor Store

There’s a summer cider party going on this weekend at The Liquor Store on First Street. A Rekorderlig trike will be serving up super refreshing cider, plus there will be an outdoor lawn, deck chairs, bean bags and blankets. You can have fun creating your own flower garlands too. Sounds like summer.

The Printworks

If you fancy watching the McGregor/Mayweather fight on Saturday 26 August, this is the place to be, as Bierkeller, Yates and Walkabout will all be showing it. Manchester Soul Festival returns on Sunday 27 August, having raised over £42,000 for The Christie in the last two years. It takes place at various venues in The Printworks, including its very own pumpyard and the special Frank Byrne stage, named after the festival founder who battled cancer at The Christie. This festival of soul and Motown bands, artists and DJs will be giving you plenty to enjoy for 2017. Confirmed acts so far include Twisted Wheel, The Soul Temptations and Soul Amigos, with loads more yet to come.


Chaophraya, one of Manchester’s most luxurious Thai restaurants, is launching a unique bottomless brunch. Join them on Sunday between 11am and 3pm to enjoy unlimited dishes such as Thai honey yoghurt, Thai tacos, Massaman curry and many more. This isn’t just brunch, but a brilliant Thai experience for just £25 per person.

Mr Cooper’s House & Garden

Mr Cooper’s, the kitchen-garden inspired restaurant inside the Midland Hotel, is running a Star Deal via Bookatable, so you have until the end of August to make the most of a real fine-dining opportunity. The deal is 2 courses and a glass of prosecco or craft beer for £17 per person. It’s available for lunch Monday to Saturday and dinner Monday to Friday until 31st August 2017, subject to availability.  Book here.

Don Giovanni

Get yourself down to Manchester’s oldest Italian restaurant Don Giovanni over the Bank Holiday weekend to enjoy a cocktail like no other. They are creating a special cocktail inspired by Pride, with 50% of proceeds going to support the Pride charity. It’s a brilliant accompaniment to their menu of classic Italian dishes. Yum.

King Street Townhouse

King Street Townhouse is hosting a special Champagne Cinema on Friday 25 August – an evening of champagne and a viewing of award-winning film La La Land. Tickets are £30 and include a welcome glass of fizz, popcorn, and ice cream. Arrival is 6.30pm and the screening at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased on 0161 667 0707. And that’s not all. King Street Townhouse is also offering its luxurious afternoon tea for £17.50 per person on Bank Holiday Monday.

Great John Street Hotel

There are afternoon tea offers galore at the Great John Street Hotel. Treat that special someone to a luxurious Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon tea at £23.50 per person – plus a complimentary glass of champagne. And if you want to make Monday an occasion, Bank Holiday Monday afternoon tea is just £17.50 per person (£12.50 for children up to the age of 13) and features beautiful patisserie, freshly baked scones and sandwiches.


Pic Chris Payne

Take a walk down First Street to Tony Wilson Place where you’ll find arts and culture venue HOME undergoing a This is Human takeover which runs all the way through until 31 August, with activities and immersive experiences all across the building. On Saturday 26, HOME’s Melville film season continues with Le Deuxieme Souffle. On Sunday, as part of the This is Human takeover, there will be a family screening of Chicken Run at 11am.


Come to this Oz-inspired bar in The Printworks for a fantastic Full Moon party on Friday 25 Aug, 9pm until the early hours – and don’t forget the UV and face paint for an experience you won’t forget.


There are three awesome events lined up at the Northern Quarter drinking and dining den that is Cottonopolis. First up on Friday 25 August is the Tropadelica Summer Beer Festival Closing Party- complete with a North v South Beer Off. There will be giveaways on the night and the chance for one lucky person to win a huge beer hamper. The party continues on Sunday 27 August with Hip Hop Hooray! Straight after bottomless brunch finishes, this Sunday all-dayer dedicated to hip-hop gets underway, featuring a breakdance showcase and some of the best DJs in the city. Then on Monday 28 August there’s Bottomless Bank Holiday Monday with Eastern Bloc Records.

The Pen and Pencil

Brilliant brunchin’ and hip-hop tunes seem to be a Bank Holiday theme at NQ bar The Pen and Pencil.  The fun will start on 26 August with one of the venue’s legendary bottomless brunch events, with unlimited dishes including Steak and Eggs, Avocado and Feta, Grilled Asparagus, ‘Ndjula Baked Eggs, and American Pancakes, for just £40. And if you’re feeling thirsty, you can wash it down with a choice of prosecco, Mimosa, Amstel, Bloody Mary, or a Brunch Cocktail Special. On Sunday 27 August, the party will be ramped up from 7pm with a special Bank Holiday set from The Pen and Pencil’s regular DJ, Gareth Brooks. With free entry on offer and no work the next day, where else would you rather be?

Makers Market at The Lowry Outlet

There’s a massive Meet The Makers event coming to The Lowry Outlet over the Bank Holiday weekend. There will be over 120 of the very best artisans showcasing their wares,– complete with food and art demonstrations. Expect the usual awesome food, drink, art and craft stalls along with lots of new faces. Local talents include Manchester-inspired artwork from No 71 Legend Rooms, delicious doughnuts from Manchester Doughnut Co and hand-poured wax candles from Old Man And Magpie. There’s entertainment too from DJ Tom Malom and family-friendly features including miniature golf and giant lawn games, plus a street food arena.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Top up the calories at the Bolton Food Festival from Friday all the way up until Monday. Voted the best Food Market by the National Association of British Market Authorities, over 263,000 visitors came last year and 2017 is set to be even bigger.  Celebrity chefs in attendance include Michelin-starred Michael Caines, James Martin and Ainsley Harriott. There’s also a range of entertainment, samples, over 200 stalls, cocktail bars and family-friendly events too including a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with a difference.


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