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Feel-good fashion and food: what’s on at Trafford Centre this summer

From the return of their summer fairground to Emergency Services Day, there's something for everyone at Trafford Centre this summer
Trafford Centre summer event

Trafford Centre is the place to be this summer, whatever the weather! From the return of their summer fairground, giant beach and splash park to Emergency Services Day, there’s something for everyone – as well as an exciting mix of shopping, dining and leisure activities for kids and the whole family.

Check out the best of what’s on at Trafford Centre this July below…

Bright Lights, Big Fun at Trafford Centre

A beach in Manchester?!!?

26th July – 1st September Tickets £2.50 (advance) £3.50 (on gate)

Get ready for a spectacular summer as Trafford Centre’s beloved fairground returns with a new name and even more excitement!

Bright Lights, Big Fun promises a fun day out for the whole family, with attractions including a splash park, giant beach, delicious food trucks, and fairground rides galore.

Enjoy a massive 600 square metre beach, perfect for building sandcastles and soaking up the Manchester sun. Cool off at a giant splash park, equipped with multiple water jets for endless family fun.

Experience an adrenaline rush with over twenty thrilling rides, including Star Flyer, Zero Gravity and new for 2024, Freak Out and Pirate Ship. Rides for the little ones include Waterballs, Bumper Boats, and a large inflatable area to ensure fun for all ages.

Once you’ve built up an appetite, enjoy treats including ice cream, doughnuts, crepes,
burgers, and sweets.

Location: The Great Hall, Trafford Centre Opening Times: Daily from 12pm to 8pm

(Ride tokens are sold separately at £1 each)


Jurassic World

Friday, 2nd of August – November 3rd 2024 From £19

Experience the thrill of walking among life-sized dinosaurs as Jurassic World: The Exhibition heads to Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

The award-winning exhibition is stomping its way into the Trafford Centre from August 2nd.

Prepare to be wowed by new, life-sized dinosaurs in a thrilling, family-friendly exhibition.

This world-famous spectacle has already dazzled audiences in cities around the globe like Sydney, Toronto, Houston, Chicago, and Paris.

Now, it’s our turn to walk amongst these prehistoric giants!

This exhibition isn’t just for the big kids. Little ones can interact with adorable baby dinosaurs, including Bumpy from the hit animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, streaming on Netflix.


Hugo X RB Pop-Up

HUGO enters the world of racing in a bold new partnership with the Visa Cash App RB Team. Strap in, feel the rush and get set to launch into a world of fearless style, non-stop adrenaline and unbridled individuality. Explore the capsule at the HUGO x RB pop-up in the Trafford Centre until 7 July. Find Hugo X RB Pop-Up on Lower Peel Avenue.

Zebedee Talent open casting call

Trafford Centre is thrilled to announce its groundbreaking collaboration with Zebedee Inclusive Talent Agency to discover the face of its upcoming fashion campaign on 12 July. The open casting call welcomes individuals with disabilities, visible differences, unique and alternative appearances, and those who are part of the LGBTQIA community. Winners will receive a prestigious contract with Zebedee Talent and star as the face of Trafford Centre’s upcoming autumn fashion campaign. Find Zebedee Talent Open Casting Call on Lower Peel Avenue.

Emergency Services Day

The North West’s biggest celebration of the emergency services is set to make a welcome return to the Trafford Centre. This FREE, family event will feature up to 100 vehicles, displays and demonstrations, giving a unique insight into the vast array of emergency services that save lives every day across the region. Find this event at Regent 13 Car Park from 10am – 4pm on 1 August.

Krispy Kreme launches new Friends™ themed doughnuts

Could we BE any more excited to share that Krispy Kreme has launched four new FRIENDS™ inspired doughnuts, to celebrate 30 years of the TV show? Each doughnut is a tribute to one of the most iconic TV shows of all time, inspired by favourite characters and episodes! Be quick, they’re only available until 21 July.

Scamp and Dude is now open

Founded by entrepreneur Jo Tutchener Sharp, Scamp & Dude is a B Corp Certified clothing brand, transforming the world of fashion into a force for good. Join this feel-good British brand at their brand-new pop-up and shop their summer collection of superpowered prints and colours made to make you feel amazing. Find Scamp and Dude on Upper Peel Avenue.

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