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. With regular connections from across the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Scotland with First TransPennine Express and fantastic accommodation to suit all budgets, Manchester is the perfect place for a summer short break.  

What’s on

Following the inaugural Dig the City 2013, the UK’s only urban gardening festival returns from 2nd to 10th August, transforming Manchester into a natural wonderland, with floral installations, horticultural and artisan food markets. The only event of its kind in the North West, Manchester Children’s Book Festival runs from 26th June to 6th July and includes 11 days of author events and fun for children, parents and anyone with a passion for children's books. You can also enjoy world premier productions, rehearsed readings and a host of special events featuring emerging artists from the region over eight days at the 24/7 Theatre Festival.

For a fun family day out Coronation Street The Tour is a unique opportunity to walk down the hallowed cobbles and go behind the scenes of world-famous soap. Just outside the city centre, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre and PLAY FACTORE offer something a bit more active for little ones with a host of family entertainment and activities to enjoy.

There are thought-provoking exhibitions on offer at Manchester’s museums and galleries  including A Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class 1914-1918 at the People’s History Museum and From Street to Trench: A War that Shaped a Region at IWM North, plus The Space Between at The John Rylands Library.

Music and theatre fans are in for a treat this summer as Manchester plays host to Robbie Williams and Ant & Dec’s Takeaway Tour at the Phones 4U Arena.  Other big music and theatre events include Manchester Jazz Festival, ten days of the best contemporary jazz from across the region and the return of War Horse at The Lowry.

If it’s sport that you are interested in then International Test Cricket at Emirates Old Trafford, the Great Manchester Cycle & Swim, and the Soccerex Football Festival should keep you entertained.

Every year Manchester Pride Fringe celebrates LGBT life, held throughout August it includes a series of art, culture, heritage, debate, sport, music and film events and culminates with the family-friendly Pride parade over the bank holiday weekend.


Whatever your summer wardrobe demands, Manchester city centre has it covered.

If you’re after designer brands and high street labels visit The Avenue, King Street, Deansgate, New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square where you will find two of the UK’s most loved luxury department stores Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.                                                                    

Head over to the bohemian Northern Quarter to uncover the latest in vintage fashion and one-of-a-kind retailers you won't find anywhere else in the country.

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.

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Make your money go further and take advantage of Manchester’s summer special offers on hotel, spa, travel and dining.


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