There are plenty of activities for all the family this weekend, ideal for keeping people entertained over the summer holidays. And many are free, so you can get saving for any trips away – or perhaps tickets for Manchester Pride at the end of the month?
From family fun days to the vibrant Manchester’s Caribbean Carnival as well as an open day at The Lowry, there’s lots of variety.
If you fancy getting arty, then there’s the opportunity to join urban artist Liz Ackerley at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House from 10am on Friday for a day-long workshop in sketching and drawing – be sure to book in advance. Or you can go beyond arty and get muddy at Tough Mudder, which will be running its first ever 5k obstacle course in Heaton Park on both the Friday and Saturday.
Alternatively, a range of Allerdale businesses are bringing a showcase of their goods to Albert Square on Friday and Saturday. Allerdale is an area of north west Cumbria, determined to celebrate its successes with a wider city audience. You’ll be able to enjoy attractions, information stands, food and drink and even rally cars all displayed outside The Town Hall, from 10am onwards.
The Lowry Open Day
Get behind the scenes of The Lowry – Salford Quays’ premier arts and culture destination. Once again the venue will open its doors on Saturday for a day of free activities that enable visitors of all ages to explore the venue in a completely new way. This includes backstage tours, as well as performance related workshops. Other fun activities will include cupcake decorating and drawing sessions. Outside, there’s an open air performance from D & F Bros. Grand Indian Circus, outdoor games, and even a street piano. Continuing the musical theme, Pier Eight restaurant and bar will host a DJ playing music through the decades – and even more music to your ears: it’s all free! Saturday 11th August, 10am until 6pm.
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester
One of the most vibrant and fun carnivals you will see in the city, The Caribbean Carnival of Manchester has taken place here annually for over 40 years, bringing plenty Caribbean music, culture, theatre and costume. Watching the procession is always popular, and to see it for yourself, get down to Alexandra Park on Saturday and Sunday. 2018’s carnival is taking the theme of ‘Windrush Bacchanal’, celebrating 70 years of the Empire Windrush, and is free to all. Enjoy food and drink stalls, art displays, and performances from the likes of Tabitha Jade, Torino Jackson and Jasmine. Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August, Alexandra Park.
Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Family Fun Day
This historic hotel and club is marking its 20th anniversary at the weekend, and is hosting a free family fun day on Sunday to celebrate. Worsley, in Salford, is less than half an hour from Manchester city centre by car or bus. There will be activities for all the family, including inflatables, an outdoor movie station, face painters, stalls and arcade games. Hands-on fun will include lawn Jenga, Connect Four and darts, too – as well as archery, golf and even gladiator jousting for those wanting to try something more ambitious! Adults can enjoy craft beer and gin stalls, plus there will be stands from community organisations, charities and services including St John’s Ambulance and the Fire Service, which will also have its mascot and a fire engine on display. Sunday 12th August, from 11am.