25 of the best things to do in Manchester over the August Bank Holiday weekend


There’s loads to do in Manchester this August Bank Holiday weekend whatever the weather, so why not make get out and make the most of it? And remember, August Bank Holiday may mean summer is nearly over but it also means Christmas isn’t far away. Yay!

Manchester Pride Big Weekend

The annual celebration of LGBT culture and community is back with loads of events and musicians across three stages this year. Taking place mainly on Canal Street and the surrounding area, expect a carnival atmosphere and great music from Friday right through till Monday.  Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Will Young and Katy B are just some of the featured acts, whilst in the Gaydio Dance Arena you’ll be joined by top DJs including Judge Jules and David Dunne. The Sackville Boutique Stage will be home to Heather Peace and throughout the weekend there are markets and an Expo. The famous parade takes place on the Saturday starting at 1pm on Liverpool Road. On Monday, Sackville Gardens will be transformed with a candlelit vigil. You can buy tickets for the whole weekend and also day tickets, with a range of discounts.

Yum Cha brunch at one of Manchester’s most exclusive Chinese restaurants

Tattu Yum Cha_Afternoon Tea

Get down to Tattu on Sunday 28 August between 12pm and 5pm for a unique afternoon featuring a three course menu, unlimited mimosas and live DJs. It’s a Chinese feast which captures the flavours of summer featuring light dishes including mixed dim sum, chilli salt baby squid, crispy duck and desserts like chocolate fondant. It’s £40 per person and they’re offering 20% discount for diners who show their Pride wristbands between Friday 26th and Monday 29th August.

Sunshine, sushi and champagne at Australasia

This stunning colonial style bar is hosting a one off Veuve Clicquot Terrace on Sunday 28 August from 3pm, ideal for those looking to kick back and unwind in style. Sit back, sip champagne and enjoy Australasia’s heated terrace and canopied outdoor garden, by booking a Veuve drinks table at just £30, which is redeemable against drinks and food throughout the night. Indulge in a selection of sushi plates and choose from oysters, sashimi, nigiri and Californian rolls, or combine these with a mixed selection.  One of Australasia’s resident DJs will be there, throughout the afternoon, playing eclectic music and there will also be a saxophonist to play laid back tunes right through to the early hours.

West Didsbury Makers Market is back


If you love unique art, quirky modern craft or vintage the West Didsbury Makers Market is the place to be on Sunday where 110 of Manchester’s finest creators, designers and collectors will be selling their wares. If food and drink is more down your street then fear not as we’ll have those taste buds tingling in no time at all. Stroll around the market, meet the producers and of course sample the goods from cheese to chocolate, puddings, to pies, gluten free goodies and some seriously palatable street food. The Loose Change Buskers will be providing the tunes and will be sure to get you bopping on the tarmac at this fabulous day out. 11am – 4pm Withington Community Hospital

Indie Party at the Pen and Pencil

This stylish Northern Quarter Manhattan-inspired bar and kitchen is keeping things cool this Bank Holiday weekend with a big Indie Party starring Capital FM’s Wingman. Expect some seriously good tunes with a full DJ set on Sunday 28 August from 7pm til late.

Sanction at The Albert Hall

Celebrate Bank Holiday Sunday with a night of top tunes with brilliant surround sound at one of the city’s most iconic music venues with headlining artists Redlight, Low Steppa, MJ Cole and special guest Ms Dynamite. Unlock new sound in the Bell Tower, opening up for chilled-out and dub sets. It’s set to be an explosive evening. From 7pm

Awesome Beats Bank Holiday special presented by We Call It Techno 

Get down with the beat on Saturday night with Jay Lumen, Harvey McKay and Paul Jamez at Sankey’s. Expect powerful sound, a massive venue and great lighting for the ultimate night out.

All Day Happy Hour at Infamous Diner

Infamous Diner happy hour cocktails

It’s the last Bank Holiday of the year so why not make it memorable with a big US-style celebration at Infamous Diner? Book a table after 7pm to get 25% off your food bill with buckets of Huber just £12! On Monday, the usual Happy Hour deals are going on all day – that’s 2 for £10 cocktails, 2 Sol beers for £5 and bottles of house wine for £9.95. Great when matched with their authentic American menu, including full breakfasts, burgers, wings and dogs. Perfect hangover medicine.

Big Manc Holiday Beach Party at Ark Manchester 

Get into the holiday spirit at this popular Deansgate Locks club where they are pulling out all the stops to make things all summery with a beach party! It starts at 7pm on Bank Holiday Sunday and will take you all the way into the early hours of Monday. DJs from across the UK will come together to create five hours of the hottest tunes in three rooms. So whether you like commercial, house, R&B or chart music, there’s bound to be something for you. With 50% off all drinks before 11pm, it’s clear that #LifesABeach.

Odyssey at the Milton Club

The Milton Club Odyssey

Celebrate the Bank Holiday at a plush party at one of Deansgate’s most exclusive clubs. The Milton Club is marking Bank Holiday Sunday with Odyssey – a night of drinks, dancing and great tunes. It begins with Limitless which means free flowing drinks and canapes from 8pm till 10pm and DJ Lemmi on the decks. DJs Vinnie B and Justin Fry add to the line-up for this Bank Holiday showstopper. Booths and guest list available.

Starburst Film Festival

Sci-fi, fantasy, horror and cult film specialist Starburst magazine is bringing a beautifully curated film festival to Manchester for the Bank Holiday weekend – with plenty of partying by night! It’s the ultimate celebration for film fans with cult classics, retro revivals, new releases, and activities specially tailored for families on Saturday daytime. There will be signings and photo opportunities and Q&A sessions with industry legends plus some crazy Cosplay fun!

Free party in a secret street with legendary DJs! 

The Refuge is one of Manchester’s most hotly-anticipated openings. The underground space beneath the Palace Hotel is set to open as a plush bar and restaurant in September but you can sample a taste of the secretive and special with a big Bank Holiday bash. A 250-capacity outside space behind the hotel will be filled with star DJs for a party celebrating Pride’s Big Weekend with acts including Ruf Dug, Jon Da Silva and The Unabombers.

Brilliant drinks deals and the ultimate hangover recovery brunch

Walrus Manchester Hangover Club

Walrus is one of the best party venues in the Northern Quarter and this August Bank Holiday a stellar line-up of Manchester’s hottest DJs will be taking over the main bar and newly refurbished basement club all weekend for one of the best party atmospheres in the city. Music from the main bar will fill the air waves in alter ego Tusk next door. The party starts on Thursday when Gareth Brooks takes over the main bar with 90’s hip-hop and RnB anthems ‘til 2am. 5 O’ Clock Club means 2 for £10 on selected cocktails, 2 Heineken for £5 and bottles of house wine for £9.95 Sunday – Thursday 5pm-10pm. To get over a weekend of partying and get ready for the next one get yourselves to Hangover Club on Bank Holiday Sunday – with 50% off food from 12 noon and a DJ from 2pm to get ready for the next party!

Bottomless beer brunch and bowling at All Star Lanes

Get to the Great Northern Warehouse for a US-style Bank Holiday weekend with top class facilities for tenpin bowling, all your American brunch favourites and bottomless beer! And this isn’t just any old ale but top quality beer from the likes of Beavertown Brewery and Boulevard Brewery curated by expert Melissa Cole. They will be matched to the flavour profiles of the food which includes piled high waffles, pancakes and fried chicken. If beer isn’t your thing don’t worry because there’s a bottomless package for fans of mimosa and prosecco too. All packages are available for a 2 hour session if you order a main course. The deal runs 12-4pm throughout the weekend.

Snowlympics at Chill Factore 

If you’re feeling inspired by the Olympics action in Rio or just want to cool off this Bank Holiday weekend,  Chill Factore is the place to be. It’s got the UK’s longest indoor real slope for snowsports and exclusive offers this August.  There’s currently a buy-one-get-one-free offer on lift passes and an even bigger range of family friendly attractions. Get kitted up for the Downhill Donuts, Luge Slip ‘N’ Slide, race each other on Sledge ‘O’ Mania and brave the Snow Luge, built entirely from real snow. It’s so much more than just skiing.

DJ Greg Turner comes to Hula

Have a memorable weekend at this vibrant Tiki bar with DJ Greg Turner. Expect heavy jams all night long, kicking off with a massive extended happy hour (5-9pm) when you can enjoy a range of drink deals including 2 for £10 cocktails, 2 Heineken for 5 and Jagerbombs at only 3 for £10. Get in!

Free pizza when you buy 4 cocktails at Tusk

Tusk Manchester Pizza

They say the best things in life are free – and we think pizza should be one of them! Fortunately, it is the case this Bank Holiday Monday at this African-inspired bar a FREE margherita pizza when you buy four cocktails every Monday. And there’s more. Enjoy a beef or falafel burger with fries and either a beer or glass of wine for £10 on Friday after work or Bank Holiday Monday. Cocktails are also 2 for £10 between 5pm – 9pm.

New terrace menu, cocktail deals and 50% of food on Monday at Rosylee


Popular NQ bar and lounge Rosylee have got every angle of the Great British summer covered for Bank Holiday weekend.  Sit out on the BLOOM Gin Terrace, one of the best sunspots in the city with a special menu including lighter options like INKA skewers, bruschetta, croquettes and more. Drinks deals with #cocktailclub on Friday with select cocktails 2 for £10 and between 12-7pm you can enjoy the a la carte menu from just £11.95. Be sure to save yourself for Sunday when you can enjoy a Sunday roast for £10.95 with special cocktails for only £5, and on Bank Holiday Monday there’s a whole 50% off food!!

Celebrate Pho’s 1st birthday with great Vietnamese food and 2-for-1 drinks vouchers


Corn Exchange favourite Pho are celebrating a whole year of Vietnamese food with a  Snapchat Birthday Party. Add Pho as a friend on Snapchat (username PhoRestaurant or just scan the Snapcode attached!) and snap them a Happy Birthday photo or video on their birthday (28 August) and get a snap back of a voucher to use for 2-4-1 cocktails, wine or beer from 4pm until closing time on Bank Holiday Sunday. During the Snapchat Birthday Party you’ll also have the chance to win a meal for 4 by using their special birthday filter and adding it to your story. Best snap story wins!

Freshly brewed beer in the brewery with Beer Nouveau

Enjoy a pint or two in the place it was crafted – the perfect way to spend the Bank Holiday for many! Beer Nouveau are opening up their tap room for an August Bank Holiday weekend special – starting at noon on Friday, featuring beers from the wood. These are tasty heritage ales with an ever-growing list available.

Shack Bar & Grill

Shack Bar and Grill Manchester_Terrace 3

Shack are offering an array of deals this August Bank Holiday Weekend starting with Beer Pong Club Thursday with lots of drinks deals to be had! On Infinity Fizz Friday from 4-6pm there’s unlimited prosecco for £20 to enjoy in their outside beer garden, on Saturday it’s two cocktails for 10 from 12-4pm and all day Bank Holiday Monday they are offering 50% off all food – a deal not to be missed!

Lowry Outlet Makers Market


Lowry Outlet at MediaCityUK is collaborating with The Markers Market to bring you an array of quality artisan foods, drinks and award-winning craftsmen to the open air Plaza area from Bank Holiday Saturday 27 August till Monday. Families can make a day of it, couples can indulge and friends can catch up over a cup of craft coffee or a traditional real ale. As well as showcasing award-winning local food, drink, art and craft producers, there will also be live music, performance, cookery demonstrations and activities for children too. 107 different stalls with stall holders changing each day means there’ll be something new to come and see every day.

Party time at The Fitzgerald

The Fitzgerald Manchester

If you like your live music as much as you like a DJ, then The Fitzgerald is the place to be this August Bank Holiday weekend with everything from acid jazz to disco, funk and soul. One of the best live music venues in the Northern Quarter, The Fitzgerald plays host to some of Manchester’s best new music with a weekly open mic night for upcoming artists and Live at the Fitz on Thursdays. On Thursday 25 August Jamie Barrowdale will be singing live. FREE entry and 2 for £10 cocktails all night. Friday  and Saturday will see resident DJs Emma Claire and Cosmic Baggy hit the decks with a weekend marathon of electro swing, jazz, funk and disco until the early hours. On Sunday, Emma Claire is back, with an extended license to until 2am because, well, a little party never killed nobody. And there’s a massive 50% off drinks between 5pm and 7pm across the Bank Holiday weekend and 2 for £10 on selected cocktails.

Tiki Party at Hula  

Hula cocktails

The original and the still the best tiki experience in Manchester, Hula has a weekend of crazy, hedonistic fun lined up all weekend, kicking off with Heavy Jams from Greg Turner on Thursday 25 August – a mixture of hiphop, RnB, funk and soul to get zombied to. 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, everyday is a holiday at Hula Manchester. Get 2 for £10 on selected cocktails, and 2 Heineken for £5 on Thursday 25 August, and Friday 26 August between 5pm and 9pm, Saturday 27 August between 5pm and 8pm and all night Bank Holiday Sunday. If you’re staying in the burbs and looking to party, head to Hula 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. Get ready for a massive weekend!

Pride at PLY

On Friday 26 August 2016, PLY is taking Pride off the beaten track, throwing a Bank Holiday blowout and welcoming two of the city’s most well respected DJ’s to the decks – Jamie Bull (HomoElectric), City Life DJ of the year 2015 and DJ and producer Gina Breeze (HomoElectric). The party will also mark the official Manchester launch of Absolut Mix – the limited edition Absolut vodka bottle being launched this summer in association with Pride. There will be an exclusive Absolut Mix cocktail available on the night with £1 from every sale donated to George House Trust. 8pm till late. Free


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