5 Things to do in Manchester this SummerFriday 05 August 2016 by Florence Evans Manchester's array of things to do is second to none, whether it is huge citywide events or simply visiting a new spot you may never have seen before. From historic exhibitions to exciting activities, this iconic and diverse place has something to suit everyone.
It’s that time of year again when Manchester’s gay quarter comes alive and the streets are bustling with people enjoying, with pride, music, dancing, and the atmosphere! This multi-award winning event includes performances from the likes of Will Young, Imani Williams, X factor’s Lucy Spraggan and many more. There’s not just music either, you’ll find the parade, a carnival-style procession, the ‘Gaydio’ dance arena and The Expo, a chance for anyone to meet businesses, organisations, charities and groups that work with LGBT communities. So if you are visiting Manchester over the Pride weekend, and fancy letting your hair down, it’s well worth buying your tickets in preparation, it’ll be the event everyone’s talking about!
Manchester Pride weekend starts on Friday the 26th until Monday the 29th of August, and tickets are available online now.
The Fashion and Freedom exhibition in Manchester is a collection of commissioned work by leading contemporary artists, based on the social effects of the first world war, between 1914 and 1918. You’ll see a range of exclusively made pieces from Vivienne Westwood to Holly Fulton, as well as a series of specially commissioned short films to complement the garments on display. The next generation of fashion designers, students from five fashion colleges, will also be creating designs based on the theme ‘Restriction and release’. This involves a combination of styles, from tight fitting garments to free flowing post-war silhouettes. In a nutshell, the Fashion and Freedom exhibition looks at the social effect of men being sent to war, which ultimately empowered women. If you are feeling artistic, be inspired by a visit to this intriguingly beautiful exhibition.
The exhibition is held at Manchester Art Gallery which is open between 10-5pm each day, and entry is free.
On a hot August day, make the most of the few and far between rays of sunshine and relax in a nearby green space. Manchester is a huge urban jungle but every once in a while, you can come across hidden emerald gems of the city, ideal spots to know when you feel the urge to spread out your picnic blanket and soak up the summer rays. These centrally located gardens are little havens allowing the perfect escape from air conditioned buildings. The best of Manchester’s parks includes St Johns Gardens, a neatly kept floral setting at the site of an old church, Castlefield urban heritage park which includes a roman fort, and Piccadilly Gardens. The latter is considered by some to be the true heart of Manchester, and lies between the shopping district of Market Street and the edge of the Northern quarter. Piccadilly gardens provides the largest open space in the city centre with its stunning fountain displays, and a visit will surely be busy with people enjoying their time outside in this cool urban spot.
Forget old stuffy museums, the Manchester Museum of archaeology, anthropology and natural history has something to offer everyone. On a rainy day this is the perfect place to have a browse, with over 4.5 million items on show, being the UK’s biggest University owned museum. This is perfect for children, with many hands-on exhibitions and different subjects to cater for all tastes (the dinosaur display is particularly good) sure to intrigue all visitors. At the Manchester Museum you can find displays of Egyptian mummies, fossils, live animals and much more. There are also picnic tables at the entrance, perfect for a lunchbreak in the sun on your day out. With free entry, why not have a look around Manchester’s museum, you might learn something along the way!
The museum is open between 10am-5pm each day, and entry is free.
Experience an active day out swinging 27 feet up over the tree tops with this high ropes adventure course located right next to Manchester’s Trafford centre. Here you’ll find yourself tackling fun and challenging obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, high wires, swinging logs, balance beams, and more. You may think that this sort of day out isn’t for everyone, but it is! Aerial extreme is a great way to let off some steam, conquer your fears and try something new! Take the kids, and burn off some energy during your stay in Manchester.
Book your slot online, with ticket prices starting at £24 for kids and £29 for adults, with family packages and discounts available.