There may be no more bank holidays for a little while, but there’s still plenty to do in the city this weekend. Brush up on your quiz skills to win bargain flights to Boston on Friday with a tea party at Richmond Tea Rooms. Envirolution brings a free, ethical festival to Platt Fields on Saturday with plant-powered food from GRUB and fun for all the family. And the King Street Festival, running all weekend, incorporates the Manchester Flower Show as well as talks, music and shopping discounts. Let’s just hope the sun stays out.
Boston Tea Party and flights giveaway
Virgin Atlantic are celebrating their new direct flights from Manchester to Boston by giving Mancunians the chance to fly to Boston for the price of a cuppa. This Friday, 50 lucky people will be able to secure a return flight to Boston for £3.95 – providing they swot up on the famous University town first. Inspired by the Boston Tea Party, Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew will arrive at Richmond Tea Rooms ready to quiz willing participants on an array of Boston trivia. Two entrants will go head to head, answering a series of questions about the Massachusetts city, before one can unlock the £3.95 price. There’s a total of 50 seats up for grabs, so if you know your Red Sox from your Celtics, your Harvard from your MIT and your Fenway Park from your Faneuil Hall you could be in with a chance. Friday 1 June, 9am-12pm, Richmond Tea Rooms.
Envirolution is set to return to Platt Fields this Saturday, ready to demonstrate the community spirit Manchester is famous for. There’s music a-plenty, and plant-powered food will be on offer in collaboration with GRUB Manchester with eight tasty vegan traders lined-up to keep every festival-goer fuelled for the day. There will be workshops celebrating wellbeing, and discussions about how to grow your own veg, reduce how much plastic you use and get more involved in local community projects. With a focus on inclusivity, Envirolution prides itself on being family-friendly, and there are plenty of workshops perfect for kids including arts and crafts, creating mini pop-up farms, seed bombs and also a fairtrade ground with prizes to be won. Saturday 2 June, Platt Fields. Free.
King Street Festival
King Street Festival returns this weekend, celebrating the past, present and future of Manchester’s stylish retail destination. King Street will be filled with live music, alfresco dining, pop-up craft ale and prosecco bars, alongside a whole host of complimentary VIP shopping experiences. The Conversation Stage will feature Dave Haslam on his days DJing at the Hacienda, alongside history talks and food and drink tastings plus the Manchester Flower Show, a popular and prestigious annual event which dates back to the 1950s. Visitors can expect a floral paradise of pocket gardens, green installations and hanging baskets alongside a showcase of the very best produce, cut-flowers and plants. Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June, King Street. Free.