Post-lockdown life never looked so good.
Hi world, we’re back. And we’re ready to spend all of our time (and money) on the things we’re missed so dearly over the past year and a half. From fun-filled events and festivals, to proper tasty foodie events – we’ve rounded up some of the very best things to do in Manchester this July.
Finally rolling into town this month, the long-anticipated Manchester Craft Beer Festival is set to take place July 23rd-24th at the historic Depot Mayfield, bringing over 40 world-class breweries to the space with a huge array of craft beers to try. If that wasn’t all, there’ll be a host of live DJ sets throughout, as well as tasty grub from Belzan Pasta Kitchen, Madre, Patty Queen, Higher Ground and Plant Grill. Tickets are available here.
2. Experience a taste sensation at the Indian Summer Fest
Kicking off this weekend, the Indian Summer Fest is set to bring the stunning tastes of India to Arley Hall, Cheshire, with a ton of Manchester food traders on the roster. Expect the likes of Zouk, Gooey, Firefly and YOURS in attendance, with a number of delicious Indian-inspired dishes up their sleeves for us to try. The festival is family and dog-friendly, and there’s a range of activities (including Yoga) on throughout the weekend to enjoy. Find out more here.
3. Chow down on burgers, burgers and more burgers at GRUB’s annual burger fest
GRUB MCR’s annual burger fair is back, with a number of fantastic traders in attendance. Dedicated completely to burgers, the event kicks off this Friday, July 2nd, with huge American style burgers, massive chicken burgers, unique Indian-spiced burgers, and those of the Japanese variety, too, in-store. If that wasn’t all, on Sunday, each trader will be flipping burgers of the vegan variety – with plenty of plant-based treats to chow down on. Find out more here.
Switching up the scenery for the summer, Fever’s bestselling Candlelight series is coming to New Islington, taking over the stunning green this July 28th for a show like no other. Recreating some of the most iconic movie soundtracks of all time, guests will be treated to the sounds of the talented orchestra in the open summer air, with the likes of Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and even Jurassic Park on the programme. Get tickets here.
5. Enjoy beers and wines by the waterside at Summer Beer Thing
Returning after a year off, fan-fave festival Summer Beer Thing is back – celebrating the world of beer with rotating taps from both local and national breweries for one whole month. Nell’s will also be on hand with their very own ice cream sandwiches, with wines, cocktails, softs, and snacks also on offer, as well as live DJ sets taking place throughout the month. Find out more here.
Hope Fest – brought to us by Hope Mill Theatre – is kicking off this month, with tons of fantastic events for everyone to enjoy. The outdoor festival will take place on New Islington green, with its very own Dog Fest taking place on July 18th. The perfect day out for dog owners and animal lovers alike, guests will be able to enjoy fancy dress competitions, dog training sessions, tons of doggy treats, and even a doggy DJ. Get tickets here.
Taking place under one of the last remaining Concorde planes, Fever’s Candlelight series is coming to Manchester Airport this month, with a special event taking place inside a hangar. Expect compositions from Bridget Jones, Dirty Dancing and Mamma Mia, all performed by an incredibly talented group of musicians under the wings of the plane. Tickets are available for the July 31st event here.
8. Stay in and watch Love Island
Feeling like more of a homebody right now? The past two months of socialising have taken it out of us – so we’re pretty pleased to hear that Love Island is back on screens, providing us with the perfect distraction. Tune in every night at 9pm on ITV2 if you fancy keeping up with the hype.
Delicious street food? Check. Five hours of R&B? Check. Bottomless rum punch? Check, check, check. Ticking off all the boxes this July, Bierkeller’s R&B Brunch is sure to be the perfect way to catch up with mates this month, with an hour’s worth of bottomless drinks included in all tickets. Bop along to fantastic R&B beats for as long as you’d like, enjoy an array of street food (sold separately) and throw it back to decades past with icons such as TLC and Mary J. Blige. Get tickets here for July 17th.
10. Check out Piccadilly Gardens new Vegan Shack
Opening just last month, Vegan Shack is the new kid on the block, opening up a brand new site on Piccadilly Gardens after two years of success in Collyhurst. The fantastic 100% plant-based eatery serves up delicious ‘junk food’ style grub, with tasty doner kebabs, massive burgers, McDonald’s style breakfast muffins and so much more on offer. Find out more here.
11. Reignite your love for Friends at FriendsFest
FriendsFest is back for 2021, providing the perfect place for fans to reignite their love for the show. Expect sets such as Monica’s apartment, Ross’ apartment, Chandler and Joey’s apartment, and, of course, Central Perk, as well as the famous fountain from the show’s opening credits. Taking place at Heaton Park, guests will get to recreate some of their favourite scenes, take part in interactive quizzes, and enjoy a number of street food vendors and bars. Find out more here.
Popping up this month, Hope Mill Theatre’s Hope Fest is taking over the New Islington Green – with tons of amazing events in store, including a lovely screening of Coyote Ugly. Taking place in the open air, guests will be able to pitch up on their very own table under the tent, with cocktails on hand to enjoy with the movie. The screening is a special one-off this July 23rd, so get your tickets quick here.
Following the huge success of ScareCity last Halloween, the team behind the best-selling event have brought us Fright Night – a fantastic summer experience that’s perfect for horror fans. Packed with a number of freaky Hollywood classics to enjoy, guests can drive in through the creepy tunnel, where they’ll be greeted by some strange characters (AKA, the talented – yet scary – live actors), before entering the fantastic outdoor cinema experience which is complete with picnic-style seating, an alfresco beer garden and plenty of great food to enjoy. Check out the screenings and get your tickets here.
14. Take a stunning nature stroll at this gorgeous sunflower field
Popping into bloom for the summer months, Mancs can freely explore the wonderful Dunham Massey sunflower feed, which is a sea of bright, happy yellow all summer long. Being planted during the first lockdown, the new field has given locals a new place to stretch their legs, providing a slice of beauty just outside of the concrete jungle that is Manchester. Find out more here.
Bringing a kind of magic to Impossible this month, the Killer Queen brunch is the perfect opportunity to break free after what feels like a lifetime living under restrictions, with tons of Queen-themed fun in store. A tribute act to the legendary band will be taking to the stage for the duration, with 90 minutes of bottomless cocktails, prosecco, beers, wines and more to choose from, and some tasty brunch dishes on offer too. Book tickets here for the July 10th show.
16. Check out the new 202 Kitchen
202 Kitchen has relocated to a brand new, even more impressive venue, taking up residence by the riverside on Leftbank. Joining the hustle and bustle of the rest of Spinningfields, the new venue will offer a fantastic waterside terrace boasting alfresco vibes, as well as a picture-perfect indoor area to help shelter us from the Manchester rain. Both indoors and outdoors, guests can sip on delicious cocktails, chow down on hearty trapbox dishes and enjoy mouthwatering desserts that are more than worthy of the ‘gram. Find out more here.
A cocktail-fuelled event that will transport you to your dream summer location – from golden sands to muddy music festivals – the Malibu Let The Funshine Pop-Up is coming to Spinningfields next week. Offering relaxing chill-out zones with a DJ providing the perfect Summer vibe, guests can enjoy Malibu cocktails, as well as immersive photobooths inspired by the range of Malibu flavours. Book your place here.
18. Indulge in tasty burgers at The Spinn’s MediaCityUK pop-up
Taking to MediaCityUK for an epic summer takeover, Adam Thomas’ successful burger joint The Spinn is set to flip some juicy patties this July in the greenhouses at Box On The Docks, providing one of the city’s most unique dining experiences. Social distance in style with just you and your mates, try out an epic menu of burgers and take in the wonderful atmosphere that MediaCityUK has to offer. Find out more here.
19. Stay on Manchester’s new luxury canal boat
Sitting pretty on the historic canal, The Vätten Hüs is ideally located – with a number of fantastic bars, restaurants and beer gardens right on its doorstep. Newly renovated to create a wonderful staycation spot, the gorgeous boat is 6 berth, 70-ft long and has been designed with friendly getaways in mind, providing space enough for six to comfortably coinhabit the space. Check it out here.
One of this summer’s most popular spots, SecretCity has plenty in store for guests to enjoy – with a huge screen playing the biggest cinema hits, as well as an al fresco beer garden, cold beers and tasty burgers to enjoy. Expect hits such as The Greatest Showman, The Lion King, Top Gun and more, as well as family-friendly movies, too. Get tickets here.
21. Visit the ‘Not So Secret’ Garden in Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter
Opening up just a number of weeks ago, the Stamford Quarter in Altrincham has been blessed with a stunning ‘Not So Secret’ Garden, which boasts tons of seating for locals to enjoy while taking a break from shopping. Expect live music, plenty of street food, boozy ice cream and a bar, as well as a lovely pergola, sun-soaked benches and cute geometric huts. Find out more here.
22. Try out these unbelievable Neapolitan sandwiches at MIRA
New in town and taking up residence at the Crown & Kettle pub in Ancoats every weekend, MIRA MCR serves up delicious Neapolitan sandwiches – more traditionally known as Cuzzetiellos – stuffed with authentic fillings ranging from beef stew, ragu and meatballs and juicy aubergines. It’s the kind of sandwich you have to get all over your face and down your arms to do it the justice it deserves, and one that we’ve been dreaming of ever since we laid eyes on it. Find out more here.
90’s babies, unite – this one’s for you! Bringing our favourite 90s hits and guilty pleasures to brunch, Impossible Manchester is hosting an epic bottomless event – with a whole hour of bottomless cocktails and beers to enjoy. Offering one of the tastiest brunches in town, guests can feast on tasty pizza while singing along to the hits, with the likes of the Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera and more in store to be celebrated. Get tickets here for July 24th.
24. Treat your dog to a cupcake at Hatch
New to Hatch, Biscuit and Brew is bringing us all the good stuff – and they’ve even thought of our dogs when creating their tasty bakes. Not only are they serving up Biscoff Rocky Road, cupcakes and cookies for the hoomans to enjoy, but pooches can snack on tasty pupcakes, too, which are finished off with a bone-shaped treat. Can’t get any more spoiled than that! Find out more here.
25. Unwind with Yoga at the Great Northern Beach Club
Recently launching at the Ibiza-themed Great Northern Beach Club, guests can now enjoy a relaxing Yoga session every Sunday, hosted by the lovely Alexis of Flex Yoga. Taking place at 10am every Sunday, guests are invited to ‘flex on the beach’ and reset their bodies, with a range of classic Yoga moves and styles ranging from Hatha/vinyasa, yin, breathwork, and meditation. Find out more.
The family-friendly Macclesfield Festival is returning this month, with tons on offer for everyone to enjoy. Expect children’s entertainers, awesome kids shows, plenty of tasty food stalls, funfairs, dance tents, live entertainment, an excellent choice of music and so much more. Book tickets here.
27. Take a day train trip to one of these gorgeous destinations from Manchester
Fancy actually getting out of Manchester for a bit? Luckily for us, our city is pretty well connected, with tons of amazing destinations just one direct train ride away. Check out our guide to some of the best (and easiest) places to visit via train here.
28. Head to the Manchester International Festival for food, drink and plenty of art
The beloved Manchester International Festival is back this week, with a huge programme in store for Mancs to enjoy. Artists from over 20 countries will be showcasing, with a brand new film starring Cillian Murphy also set to premiere during the festival. This year’s festival will focus on a number of important themes that have come to light as a result of Coronavirus, including love and human connections, togetherness, equality and social change, and festival-goers can expect to see works such as a 42m sculpture of the Big Ben pop up in Piccadilly Gardens, 100 portraits of Black British people showcased within the Arndale centre and a hub of food, drink and free entertainment in Cathedral Gardens. Find out more.
29. Start the day with a lovely brunch in the sunshine
Feel like making the most of the sun? Start the day the only way we know how – with an alfresco brunch at one of Manchester’s best restaurants. Obviously, we’ve got a guide for that, with plenty of sun-soaked terraces to try this month. Read it here.
30. Check out the new NQ64
Opening in June, NQ64 has expanded across Manchester, with a brand new venue on Peter Street. Taking over the former Club LIV site, guests can expect the usual retro-themed games, as well as cool Blade Runner-esque decor, tasty cocktails, beers and more. Find out more here.
Also published on Medium.