This summer there are a variety of exciting events to entertain you in Manchester, including festivals, world class sporting events, never before seen exhibitions and fantastic shopping, so you can enjoy a city break like no other. And with regular connections from across the North West, Yorkshire and Scotland with First TransPennine Express; and fantastic accommodation from 5* to budget options, Manchester is the place to do something different this summer.
Returning for the 4th time for 18 days in July, Manchester International Festival features artists as diverse as Kenneth Branagh, The XX and Abida Parveen. Dig the City, the UK's only urban gardening festival takes place from 3rd to 11th August and will transform Manchester into a natural wonderland, with floral installations, horticultural and artisan food markets. You can also enjoy eleven premières over eight days at the 24/7 Theatre Festival, which features fire stations, period dramas and made-up monsters.
For a fun family day out the Manchester Picnic at Piccadilly Gardens from 2nd to 4th August boasts a world of street food including gourmet fish & chips, homemade ice cream, tea & cakes, peri-peri, sushi, BBQ, spicy treats and much more.
There are exciting exhibitions on offer at Manchester's museums and galleries with something for all the family including Hidden by Red Saunders at the People's History Museum and Strike a Pose at the National Football Museum, plus the new Horrible Histories® Big Picture Show: Rotten Rationing at IWM North - meet Rattus Rattus in this new, immersive 360 ° Big Picture Show.
Once again, Manchester doesn't disappoint music fans and this summer plays host to Rihanna and Robbie Williams. Other music events include Manchester Jazz Festival, nine days of the best contemporary jazz from across the region and the Tatton Park Picnic concerts featuring Katherine Jenkins and The Human League.
If it's sport that you are interested in then The Ashes, the Great Manchester Cycle & Swim, and Salford Triathlon should keep you entertained.
Every year Manchester Pride celebrates LGBT life, held over 10 days it includes a city parade and a series of art, culture, heritage, debate, sport, music and film events.
Whatever your summer wardrobe demands -Manchester city centre has it covered. For the latest in designer fashion, head to King Street, New Cathedral Street or St Ann's Square, where you'll find upmarket department stores like Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser rubbing shoulders with some of the city's smaller independent boutiques and all your high street favourites.
Head over to the bohemian Northern Quarter for the latest in vintage fashion and brands you won't find anywhere else in the country, let aloneManchester.
Manchester Arndale has more than 240 shops to help you in your quest for summer style - and a whole host of restaurants if you work up an appetite whilst shopping. You can also find electronics, homewares, luggage and pretty much everything else you'll need for a summer style update.
Make your money go further and take advantage ofManchester's summer special offers on hotel, spa and dining.