Jump head first into June and take advantage of all the wonderful things to do in Manchester this month.
Summer is almost upon us, which means beer gardens, picnics in the park and lounging by the Quays. And if the weather doesn’t deliver, there are still plenty of things to do in Manchester this month that don’t involve day drinking or sunbathing.
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1. Re-live your glory days at this 90s-themed club night (June 1)
Get ready to go back in time to a very special era that will make you feel Larger Than Life! You’ll be Dancing In The Moonlight to the greatest 90’s hits. Expect awesome DJs spinning your favourite tracks by the Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Blink 182, TLC, Five, Dr.Dre, Ace Of Base, Whitney Houston, Tupac, Nirvana, Snoop Dog, Blur, Hanson and more! Come along and Fever Up Your Life! Get your tickets here. Gorilla, Whitworth Street, M1 5WW.
2. See The 60’s-Themed Flower Show At King Street Festival ( June 1 and 2)
Home to timeless architecture and rich history, King Street has remained Manchester’s most iconic shopping street since the 1800s. And on June 1 and 2 King Street Festival will bring a mix of live music, alfresco dining, craft ale and prosecco bars as well as historical tours and VIP retail experiences to the area, as well as a glorious flower show which is set to convert the area into a floral paradise.
Manchester Flower Show, which will pay homage to the original show which began in 1955 and returned to the city last year after a 15-year hiatus. The show will display the region’s floristry, produce and gardening talent, alongside a market of gardening products, outdoor accessories and flowers. For more information click here.
3. Celebrate The Arndale’s 40th birthday (June 1 and 2)
The Arndale will host a birthday party with a difference! A birthday box full of surprises will pop up in the shopping centre giving shoppers the chance to win a whole host of surprises, as well as presents from their favourite stores.
The Birthday Box will be based outside Next on the lower mall and will be coming to life at various points throughout each day. So keep your eyes and ears peeled if you’re shopping over the weekend. For more information click here.
4. Celebrate World Gin Day at The Gin Society festival (June 8)
the Gin Society is bringing its unforgettable tasting experience to Manchester Cathedral, where festival-goers will have the opportunity to sample more than 120 different gins. The festival will include three exclusive gin bars where attendees will be able to sample world, British and fruit gins.
The event’s dedicated and approachable staff will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions and make recommendations. While local and national distillers will host masterclasses where they will showcase their expertise and share their knowledge. Click here for tickets. Manchester Cathedral, Victoria St, M3 1SX.
5. Get a giant cup of coffee at the Friends cafe in Primark (From June 12)
A Friends-themed cafe will open inside Primark in Manchester next month. The Central Perk Cafe, which will be full of Friends memorabilia, will celebrate of the much-loved show’s 25th anniversary.
The cafe will feature a New York-inspired menu and fans will be able to pose for photos on the iconic orange sofa while sipping on giant mugs of coffee (which, I’m sorry, might as well have nipples on them). For more information click here.
6. Check out this secret Reggae Brunch party with bottomless cocktails (from June 15)
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.
7. Or Go For A Gin Afternoon Tea (June 15)
Who can resist a good old afternoon tea? Get ready for a truly tempting treat for yourself and a loved one. Join in for an indulgent Saturday afternoon experience. You will feel totally spoilt! There’ll be freshly baked scones, clotted cream and jam, smoked salmon, cucumber cream cheese bagels, egg mayonnaise sub rolls, Louisiana slides, lots of tea, Bakewell tarts, salted caramel chocolate brownies, cupcakes, shakes and smoothies, cheesecakes and, of course, the very best craft gins made right here in the North West. Book your tickets here. Malmaison Manchester, 1-3 Piccadilly, M1 3AQ.
8. See This ‘Making A Murderer-Style’ Death Row Drama At Hope Mill Theatre (June 8 – 16)
This summer Hope Mill Theatre in Pollard Street, will provide true-crime fans with further fuel for their obsession, in the form of a gripping a death row drama that is to be reimagined in the style of a television true crime documentary (think Making a Murderer but on stage).
Taken from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, The Exonerated will tell the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. The production will blend live theatre and filmed footage to create a unique, fully integrated multimedia experience, with staging inspired by true crime documentaries such as The Innocent Man and The Staircase. Get your tickets here. Hope Mill Theatre,113 Pollard Street, M4 7JA.
9. Douse Yourself In Confetti At Glitter Fest (June 22)
Fancy a night of amazing entertainment where you’ll have 50 kilos of confetti dumped on you throughout the night? Of course you do! Glitter Fest promises to be an unforgettable night of mindblowing entertainment. With DJs spinning party mashups of hip hop, house, RnB, UK garage, funky and house. So stop whatever you’re doing and get your tickets here.
10. Treat Yourself To A Night Of 80’s Hair Metal And Power Ballads (June 28)
Swing by for a night full of 80s Hair Metal & Power Ballads! Travel back in time to the glorious days of big hair and heavy make up, riffs, catchy & melodic choruses, concise and shout-a-longs! Expect to hear: Mötley Crüe, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Skid Row, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Prince, Judas Priest, Toto and many more! Get your tickets here and we’ll see you in the 80’s.
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