Things to do in Manchester this August bank holiday weekend (2023)

It’s only a matter of days until the August Bank Holiday is upon us, so we thought it was about time we offered up some inspiration for how to spend the long weekend. A guide to the three-day weekend wouldn’t be complete without a nod to Manchester Pride, which kicks off this Friday, but lucky for you we’ve rounded up plenty of free Pride events and a full event guide.

Elsewhere, there’s an Italian food festival, the Warehouse Party Opening Party and a massive food and drink festival to keep you busy. As well as special bank holiday events and activities, the usual calendar of exhibitions, club nights and gigs are on the cards to make this a bumper bank holiday weekend.

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All Weekend

Bolton Food & Drink Festival

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The North West's biggest food festival is returning for the bank holiday weekend for its 17th year, serving up some of the best food and drink in Greater Manchester. This year, festival-goers can expect to see a host of celebrity chefs, from Ainsley Harriott, The Hairy Bikers, James Martin and Michael Caines take to the stage for cookery demonstrations, plus live music acts and street entertainment.

Moovin Festival

This dance music festival rocks up at Etherow Country Park this weekend, with one of the biggest summer festival line-ups. This year, pioneering dance music legends Orbital take the headline slot and will be joined by a host of other top names at the boutique festival just half an hour out of the city. Also on the bill is jazz funk icon Roy Ayers, rap originators the Sugarhill Gang, bringer of dancehall vibes Sister Nancy and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Details on ticket options can be found on the Moovin website. It happens at the ‘eco-friendly’ Whitebottom Farm, in the Etherow Country Park.

Manchester Pride

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Bursting with fun, colour and love, Manchester Pride returns to the city over the August bank holiday weekend and this year is expected to be bigger than better than before. While firm fixtures including the Gay Village Party and Candlelit Vigil will remain, the MCR Pride Live Festival has been scrapped following a consultation with residents and visitors. Meanwhile, the much-loved parade will make its grand return after a two year absence, with floats and outfits inspired by a ‘March for Peace’ theme.

Manchester Pride kicks off with the first day of the Gay Village Party on Friday, August.

Festa Italiana

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Running from Friday through Sunday, the festival is run by the team behind Salvi's, and the programme promises some famous faces, authentic culinary experiences and a traditional music backdrop. The country’s biggest festival dedicated to celebrating Italian food, drink and culture takes place at Cathedral Gardens and will welcome stars including Gennaro Contaldo, Giancarlo Caldesi, Aldo Zilli and Great British Bake Off 2021 winner Giuseppe Dell'Anno.

Cathedral Gardens, 26-28 August. Free to enter

Come As You Are Weekender at The Refuge

The two-day spectacular showcases iconic DJs and performers including headline acts The Reflex and John Morales who are set to create an electric atmosphere packed with house and disco gems to celebrate Manchester Pride. In true The Refuge style, queens Cheddar Gorgeous, Liquorice Black, Anna Phylactic and Narcissa Nightshade will also be making a fabulous appearance to celebrate with fellow pride partygoers each day.

Free, non-ticketed. 27-28 August at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Satur day

The National at Depot Mayfield

Manchester’s Depot Mayfield will host a special headline show from The National this summer, on Saturday, August 27. This will be the first Manchester date for the US five-piece - headed up by their frontman Matt Berninger - since their July 2019 performance at Manchester's Sounds of the City. Manchester’s former railway station will see the band perform their biggest headline gig in the city to date with support from post-punk band Dry Cleaning.

For more information and tickets visit Ticketmaster.

Love Party, KAMPUS

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A queer party with a heart, Love Party will spread the love by raising money for LGBTQ+ charities, including the Black Trans Foundation. The event will feature Kiss Me Again, Good Afternoon, Thom Docking, Joshua Hubbard, and the Love Party Queer Community Choir. Joshua Hubbard will lead the Love Party dancers alongside 7 foot tall supermodel drag queen Banskie and The Fat Britney.

August 27, 2pm to 1am. Tickets from £4.

The Halal Food Festival

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Taking place at BEC Arena in Stretford on Saturday and Sunday, The Halal Food Festival makes its grand debut with more than 10,000 people expected to turn out. With over 100 exhibitors, street food stalls, four indoor arenas and an outdoor fun fair, this festival is expected to be big. Street food vendors will represent cuisines from around the world, including ‘Afrikana’, ‘OMayalsia’, ‘The Dutch Fishmen’, ‘Phat Jo's', 'The Butchers Kitchen' and Manchester’s very own and afro- Caribbean ‘Rita’s Reign’. Celebrity chefs, meanwhile, will be hosting live cooking demonstrations, workshops and competitions live in the festival’s cooking theatre.

The festival will take place from 12-8pm on August 27-28. Prices start at £7.

Bottomless Drag Brunch, Peru Perdu

Peruvian restaurant and bar Peru Perdu will be hosting a special drag brunch featuring drag queen Chasity Stone and DJ Emma Clair. Event features two courses and 90 mins of bottomless Chandon Garden Spritz, made of Argentinian sparkling wine, fruits and spices.

August 27, 12-4pm. Tickets £45.

Sunday

Everything's Gone Green - August Bank Holiday at YES

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Plant-based food festival Everything’s Gone Green returns to YES after a two-year hiatus, with a full programme of food, music, stalls and kids events on the Sunday and Monday of the August Bank Holiday. Food wise, there will be Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes from the MFDF-nominated House of Habesha; Caribbean from ARMR Store; savouries and bakes from Vegan Picnic Basket; and - Middle Eastern from Skoffaloff. Entertainment, meanwhile, will be looked after by Andy Votel and his rooftop takeover on Sunday and Be With Records on Monday.

38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB

Bottomless Axe Throwing Brunch

The UK’s original urban axe-throwing brand Whistle Punks is launching a Bottomless Axe-Throwing Brunch in Manchester this Sunday, fuelled by cocktails, craft beers and sourdough pizzas. This rather unique Sunday session involves a 70-minute axe throwing competition plus unlimited amounts to eat and drink.

Whistle Punks Manchester - Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN

Big Gay Brunch, The Black Friar

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Brunch and booze is all provided for at the Big Gay Bottomless Brunch at Salford’s Black Friar pub. The event features disco DJs and bottomless booze for 90 minutes. £2 from each ticket will be donated to AKT. Chef Ben Chaplin has created a one off brunch menu with dishes showcasing local British produce. Plates include the BlackFriar Brekkie Bowl served with couscous, sun dried tomato, pickled cabbage, avocado and poached egg; Smashed Avo on woodfired flatbread; and Shakshuka baked eggs with tomato + crumbled feta.

From Saturday to Monday, 11am until 3pm. Tickets £35. 41-43 Blackfriars Rd, Manchester M3 7DB

Den Fest

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This weekend, Lions Den at Great Northern Warehouse is hosting three days of live music with its own pop-up outdoor stage and live performances from over 20 of Manchester's rising musical stars. Deansgate Mews - aka Manchester's "hidden street" will host a weekend of entertainment from Friday all the way through to Sunday evening. Make sure to look out for an exclusive set from the iconic Clint Boon.

Den Fest at Great Northern Warehouse

Pride Cinema screenings with King Street Townhouse

This August Bank Holiday Weekend, King Street Townhouse has partnered with Manchester Pride to show a range of films to raise money for the LGBTQ+ charity. Screenings include the Elton John musical fantasy biopic Rocketman , the Oscar-winning The Danish Girl and Bohemian Rhapsody , as well as Brit-flick underdog Pride , based on the true story of a group of lesbian and gay activists raising money to help families affected by the 1984 miners' strike.

Each ticket costs £10 per person and includes pick ‘n’ mix and popcorn, with all proceeds donated to the Manchester Pride Charity.

Monday

Pay a visit to New Century Hall

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Combining iconic live events, a independent-led food hall, and a central bar, Manchester's newest events, music and social space opens this week and is certainly worth checking out. While gigs don't take place until September, The Kitchen is at the heart of New Century Hall with a constantly evolving menu of local and globally inspired cuisines, served alongside local beers, wines, cocktails, coffees, teas and smoothies.

New Century House, Corporation Street Manchester M60 4ES England

The Stockport Collection

After a successful run at Where The Light Gets In earlier this summer, The Stockport Collection - a photography exhibition capturing life in Stockport during the 1970s - has now taken up residency at the Stockport museum - and is free to visit. All the images were taken by Heidi Alexander between 1976 and 1977 when she was visiting a friend who lived in the town, and illustrate the social history of Stockport.

30 Market Pl, Stockport SK1 1ES

Grab brunch at Tahi

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Tahi - a first-of-its-kind restaurant brining the flavours of New Zealand - has just opened at the Circle Square development on Oxford Road, and is well worth a visit. All food here is made fresh daily, with 90 percent of the menu produced in-house by the kitchen team and on-site bakery. Here, you can expect a New Zealand-inspired breakfast and brunch menu, plus casual sharing menus as well as cakes bakes and amazing coffees.

Circle Square, Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7FS

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Where can I go on a bank holiday weekend UK? ›

Where to go for the August bank holiday weekend
  • A wild weekend on Shetland. ...
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What is the reason for August Bank Holiday UK? ›

It's believed that the August bank holiday was introduced in 1871 to give bank employees time to enjoy the cricket season. The holiday was moved to the last week of August in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1965; Scotland chose to keep the original date.

Whats on Liverpool bank holiday weekend? ›

Check it out.
  • Liverpool Spritz Fest at Kiosk.
  • Liverpool Sea Shanty Festival.
  • Liverpool Prosecco Festival.
  • Concert in the Square.
  • The First Ratha Yatra “Chariot Festival”
  • Folk on the Dock.
  • International Beatles Week.
  • Creamfields.

Where is August bank holiday in UK? ›

10 Best UK Destinations for the August Bank Holiday
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  • Ayr, Scotland. ...
  • Moray Firth. ...
  • The Gower, Wales.
11 Aug 2022

Do we get a holiday if the queen dies? ›

Monday 19 September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral, will be a national bank holiday. This will allow individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning.

What is on in Liverpool August 2022? ›

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  • GOOD MARKET | OH ME OH MY | SUNDAY 7 AUGUST. ...
  • BEING HUMAN | LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL | UNTIL 30 AUGUST.
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What is on in Liverpool August 2021? ›

Top things to do in Liverpool and beyond: August 2021
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  • BRIDGE | Breeze Hill, Millennium Green | 5 - 7 August.
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  • Get Arty - Tate Liverpool.
  • Indoor Funfair - Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
  • Arrrrrt treasure hunt - Merseyside.
  • Rampworx - Aintree.
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Why is 31 August bank holiday? ›

Next Bank Holiday August 2022: Banks will remain close in many cities across the country on 31 August 2022 on account of Ganesh Chaturthi holiday.

Are post offices open on bank holiday UK 2022? ›

For Local Post Office branches, your Post Office should be open if your retail business is open on a Bank Holiday. If you are a Main Post Office branch, you are contracted to open your Post Office at the combined retail counter a during your retail business opening hours on a Bank Holiday.

Which country has the most bank holidays? ›

Iran tops the ranking. Iranian workers are entitled to one month paid annual leave and 27 paid public holidays. Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Malaysia share the second place with 19 paid public holidays.

How many national holidays are there in the UK? ›

Most of the UK has eight bank holidays per year: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, May Day, late May bank holiday, Summer Bank Holiday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Northern Ireland and Scotland have additional public holidays: Orangemen's Day, St Andrew's Day and St Patrick's Day.

Is 19th September a bank holiday? ›

The Government has announced that Monday 19 September 2022 will be an extra bank holiday. This additional bank holiday comes on top of the additional bank holiday we had for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. This means there will be 10 bank holidays in 2022, rather than the usual eight.

Are shops open on Good Friday UK? ›

Most shops and supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, theatres, and cinemas are open on Good Friday. As Good Friday is a public holiday, most businesses and organizations are closed, although some stay open.

Who will carry the Queen's coffin? ›

Elizabeth II is the 11th former monarch to be buried in the chapel in Windsor Castle. She will be buried alongside her father King George VI, the Queen Mother and her sister Margaret. Her late husband, Prince Philip, will have his coffin moved to join her, after his death and burial last year.

Will shops close if the Queen dies? ›

Shops and businesses are allowed to stay open following the death of the Queen, but it is down to individual stores' discretion whether to close while in mourning. Selfridges and Liberty are two retailers that were closed in the immediate aftermath of the Queen's death.

Do schools shut when the Queen dies? ›

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The announcement means that on the day of the Queen's funeral, schools, most businesses, and many shops will close.

Is Cirque du Soleil coming to Liverpool? ›

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Whats on in Liverpool summer holidays? ›

  • Wild-life filled fun at Knowsley Safari.
  • Otterspool Adventure Park.
  • A family day out at Rice Lane City Farm.
  • A ferry across the River Mersey.
  • Take on Wild Shore Liverpool.
  • National Trust Squirrel Reserve.
  • International Beatleweek festival.
  • Read some books at Liverpool Central Library.
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  • Quiz & Curry Night, The Baltic Fleet Pub.

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Is Monday 6th June 2022 a bank holiday? ›

There is no bank holiday on Monday, June 6.

Are shops open on Good Friday UK? ›

Most shops and supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, theatres, and cinemas are open on Good Friday. As Good Friday is a public holiday, most businesses and organizations are closed, although some stay open.

Is Monday a bank holiday 6th June? ›

Monday, June 6 is sadly not a bank holiday and does mean the four-day bank holiday is nearly coming to a close. The Queen's Platinum Jubilee bank holiday fell on Friday, June 3. The Spring Bank Holiday which typically falls at the end of May was moved to Thursday, June 2 so to enable us to have a four-day weekend.

Is 30 May 2022 a bank holiday? ›

Is Monday May 30 a Bank Holiday in 2022? No, in 2022 there is no "late May" Bank Holiday. The Spring Bank Holiday has been moved to Thursday June 2 instead of the final Monday of the month.

What happens if my day off falls on a bank holiday UK? ›

If a bank holiday is on a day you usually work

If a bank holiday falls on a day you usually work, and the workplace is shut or business stops on that day, your employer can make you take it as part of your holiday entitlement. Your employer must either: make this clear in your employment contract.

Are shops open on jubilee bank holiday? ›

B&Q told The Sun: "Our stores will remain open as normal across the Queen's Jubilee Bank Holiday and we look forward to welcoming customers to help with all their home improvement needs.

Do agency workers get paid for bank holidays UK? ›

Yes. You should receive at least 5.6 weeks' paid holiday a year. In the past, some agencies tried to get round this by saying that your hourly pay rate included holiday pay and, therefore, that they did not have to give extra pay if you took leave.

What do you eat on Good Friday? ›

Also, on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during Lent, adult Catholics over the age of 14 abstain from eating meat. During these days, it is not acceptable to eat lamb, chicken, beef, pork, ham, deer and most other meats. However, eggs, milk, fish, grains, and fruits and vegetables are all allowed.

Is it illegal to open Easter Sunday? ›

They are not allowed to open on Easter Sunday – and on Christmas Day when it falls on a Sunday. The Sunday Trading Act 1994 also provides specific measures to protect the rights of shop workers who do not wish to work on Sunday.

Are post offices open on bank holiday UK? ›

For Local Post Office branches, your Post Office should be open if your retail business is open on a Bank Holiday. If you are a Main Post Office branch, you are contracted to open your Post Office at the combined retail counter a during your retail business opening hours on a Bank Holiday.

Will the 19th september be a bank holiday every year? ›

The Government has announced that Monday 19 September 2022 will be an extra bank holiday. This additional bank holiday comes on top of the additional bank holiday we had for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. This means there will be 10 bank holidays in 2022, rather than the usual eight.

Is Monday 6th June 2022 a bank holiday in England? ›

There will be a four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June 2022, meaning Brits will be given two days off work to celebrate the Queen's 70 years of service. The late May bank holiday will be moved to Thursday 2nd June 2022 and the new, additional bank holiday will be on Friday 3rd June.

Is Whit Monday a bank holiday 2022? ›

Is Whit Monday a bank holiday? Yes, it is also known as the Late May Bank Holiday.

How many bank holidays are there in England in 2022? ›

How Many Bank Holidays Are There In 2022? Due to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral, there is a new update to the number of bank holidays in the UK for 2022. In England and Wales, there will be a total of 10 bank holidays. In Scotland, that number rises to 11.

Is Monday a bank holiday in UK? ›

If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a 'substitute' weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.
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Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales.
2 JanuaryMondayNew Year's Day (substitute day)
28 AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
25 DecemberMondayChristmas Day
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Do we get an extra bank holiday in 2022? ›

It has been announced that this year there will be an extra bank holiday to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. This will fall on Friday 3 June 2022 and, as the late May bank holiday has been shifted to Thursday 2 June 2022, this will form a special four-day weekend for many - but not for all!

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