We’ve finally made it to summer! Which means a month sunburn, sweaty faces and excellent things to do.
We’re more than halfway through the year and oh god it’s hot. Thankfully there are loads of things to do in Manchester this month, whether you’re a sun worshiper or a shade seeker.
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1. Soak up the sun in one of these lovely beer gardens
We’ve got the routine down to a fine art. As soon as the sun appears, we make a mad dash to our nearest beer garden, no matter how uninspiring, to ‘make the most of it’ because we can’t afford to waste precious outdoor drinking time shopping around.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best beer gardens in the city so you can soak up every second of summer while making the most of what the city has to offer. Click here for our favourite beer gardens.
2. Swim safely in one of these outdoor pools
it’s was definitely very warm at the weekend. And with similar temperatures predicted for the rest of summer, it’s getting harder to resist the urge to throw ourselves into the nearest body of water. Unfortunately, the one thing missing from the city centre is an outdoor pool. Thankfully, our neighbours across Greater Manchester have more than enough to go around. Click here to for our pick of outdoor swimming spots.
3. Get your tickets for The Phantom of the Opera (from July 1)
The breathtaking original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is embarking on a major UK and Ireland tour which will include at stop at Palace Theatre Manchester in March 2020.
Now in its 33rd year in the West End, The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history. It last played in Manchester in 2012 for a sold-out run at the Palace, winning rave reviews in the process. Click here to get tickets.
4. Hop aboard the Princess Katherine and party like Elvis (July 4)
5. Enjoy bottomless drinks and popcorn at this sing-along screening of The Lion King (July 13)
Disney fans will be able to watch The Lion King in an immersive environment, with free drink flowing throughout the whole screening and bottomless popcorn.
The event will take place at The Mint Lounge in Oldham Street, which will be transformed into a Disney-inspired paradise. And each guest will be treated to a private table with waiter service for the duration of the film, while they belt out those iconic Lion King classics. Get your tickets here. The Mint Lounge, 46-50 Oldham Street, M4 1LE.
6. Make the most of festival season at Macclesfield festival (July 20)
Macclesfield festival will return for its third year this month and promises to be a fantastic day out for both families and music lovers alike. Organisers say there will be plenty of great activities for both adults and kids, live music stages, dance tents, market stalls, food stands and much more. Get your tickets here. Priory Park, 30 Canal Street, Prestbury, Macclesfield, SK10 1JG.
7. Take an art lesson while you drink (July 24)
Since 2013, the mission of PopUp Painting has been to bring art out of the classroom and gallery and into the places people meet on a day-to-day basis. PopUp Painting is inviting budding artists to unleash their creativity – drink in one hand, paintbrush in the other!
Annie Dalton‘s Manchester Bee painting! Explore these joyful honeycomb shapes, filled with vibrant colours and create your own Bee! Attendees will be guided step by step by a practising artist, while they sip, paint and create their way to becoming an artist for the night! To book your place click here. Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse, The Ice Plant 39 Blossom Street, M4 5AF.
8. Mosey on down to this country-themed club night (July 26)
Feeling a little country? Slap on your cowboy boots and head down to Deaf Institute for the ultimate hoedown. There’ll be DJs playing hits from all your favourite country stars like: Johnny Cash, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tim McGraw, John Denver, Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Reba McEntire and many more! Come ride these Country Roads… they’ll take you home. Tickets are available from Fever for a fiver, get yours here. Deaf Institute, Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE
9. Watch Wimbledon on the big outdoor screen (until July 27)
This summer, Tony Wilson Place will be transformed into a haven for sports fans and revellers, complete with garden games, deckchairs, pop-ups and a big screen to watch the tennis tournament on.
The screen popped up on June 27 and will remain in situ until July 27. Wimbledon will take place from July 1-14 and will be the main event in the estate’s wider summer programme, which will involve screenings of Glastonbury, Tour de France, F1 British Grand Prix and Cricket World Cup highlights.
10. Check out this secret Reggae Brunch party with bottomless cocktails (until July 27)
There’s a new brunch coming to Manchester, and it’s going to be a game changer. These parties will fill you up with fantastic food and throw you into a fully immersive cultural experience (or as cultural as bottomless cocktails can be).
Bringing Caribbean vibes to a top secret Manchester location, a ticket to this reggae brunch party will get you everything from jerk chicken and rice ‘n’ peas, to unlimited* cocktails. While music will be supplied by the very best of reggae, calypso and soul DJs. Get your tickets here.
11. Sing Your Heart Out At The Abba Sing-Along Disco (July 27)
Calling all dancing queens! A sing-along spectacular dedicated to our favourite disco Swedes is coming to Lock 91. Organisers are promising a fun-filled, sing-along night at one of Manchester’s favourite hangouts. From 8pm until midnight, guests can expect the best disco tracks to get them in the mood before the night turns strictly ABBA only until 3am.
The event will end with a mash-up of ABBA and the best disco and dance classics, with song lyrics projected on the wall for anyone who needs them (but we’re sure you already know the lyrics better than Benny, Anni-Frid, Björn and Agnetha themselves). Click here for tickets. Lock 91, 9 Century St, Manchester, M3 4QL.
12 – 16. See Hollywood’s next big release
Alright, so July isn’t the best time to sit in a dark cinema, but there’s enough here to tempt you…
Spiderman: Far From Home (July 2): our spidey-sense is tingling for this globetrotting adventure
Midsommar (July 5): high summer in Sweden, and there’s terror afoot
The Lion King (July 19): live-action remake of the beloved Disney hit
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (July 26): DiCaprio and Pitt star in Tarantino’s newest flick
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