What to do in Manchester this summer.

After whar seems like the longest of winters, summer is finally here in Manchester.
We aren’t famed for our great weather but when we do get the sunshine theres no better city in the world to spend time in.
From cricket matches at Old Trafford to music festivals in Heaton Park, the city has a real excitment and buzz to it when the sun comes out.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s an abundance of activities and attractions to keep you entertained under the warm British sun. Here’s your ultimate guide to making the most of Manchester in the summer.

Explore the Northern Quarter

Begin your Manchester summer adventure in the Northern Quarter, the city’s hipster haven. This area is renowned for its bohemian atmosphere, independent shops, quirky cafes, and vibrant street art. Wander around the narrow streets and alleys to discover hidden gems like vintage boutiques, record stores, and art galleries. Don’t miss Afflecks, espoecially our friends at Gingers comfort emporium for some of the best ice cream on the planet. The perfect way to cool off.
A good spot to sit and watch the world go by is Stevenson square where as soon as the sun comes out, so do the chairs and tables of the surrounding bars. Get their early to bag your seats.

Visit Manchester’s Parks and Green Spaces

Manchester boasts numerous parks and green spaces perfect for a summer day out. Heaton Park, one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, offers beautiful gardens, a boating lake, an animal center, and historic buildings like Heaton Hall. For a more central location, head to Whitworth Park and the adjacent Whitworth Art Gallery, where you can enjoy contemporary art exhibitions amidst serene surroundings.

Enjoy the Canal Cruises

Experience Manchester from a different perspective by taking a canal cruise. The city’s waterways are a testament to its industrial past, and a leisurely boat trip along the Rochdale Canal or Bridgewater Canal offers a relaxing way to see the sights. Companies like Manchester River Cruises provide guided tours that highlight the city’s history and landmarks, making for an informative and scenic journey.

Attend a Festival

Summer in Manchester means festival season. The city hosts a variety of events celebrating music, food, culture, and more. For music lovers, Parklife Festival at Heaton Park features top international acts across multiple genres. New Order are playing Wythenshawe park this August in what promises to be one of the biggest nights in the city this year. There’s the sounds of the city festival at Castlefield bowl and a variety of smaller more intimate events taking place across the city throughout the summer.

Discover the History and Culture

It will rain at some point, so when it does dive into Manchester’s rich history by visiting its renowned museums and galleries. The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is a must-see, offering interactive exhibits that explore the city’s role in the Industrial Revolution. The People’s History Museum provides insights into Britain’s social history, focusing on the labor movement and democracy. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Manchester Art Gallery, home to an impressive collection of British and European art.

Picnic at Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden

For a tranquil retreat, Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is the perfect spot. Located in Didsbury, this botanical garden features beautifully landscaped gardens, rockeries, and lush greenery. Pack a picnic and enjoy a peaceful afternoon amidst the natural beauty. The gardens are also home to a variety of wildlife, making it a great place for nature lovers.

Indulge in Manchester’s Culinary Scene

Manchester’s food scene is as diverse as its population. Summer is an excellent time to explore the city’s outdoor dining options. Cutting room square in Ancoats is always a popular spot to grab a bite and sit in the sun. Rudy’s pizza and seven brothers brewery are two of our favourite spots. There’s also the street food markets like GRUB, where you can sample delicious dishes from independent vendors while enjoying live music and entertainment.

Experience Manchester’s Nightlife

As the sun sets, Manchester’s nightlife comes alive. The city offers a wide range of options, from trendy bars in Spinningfields to traditional pubs in the city center. Head to The Oast House for a drink in their outdoor courtyard, or visit Freight Island for one of their many themed nights. For a more laid-back evening, enjoy a cocktail at one of the rooftop bars like 20 Stories, which offers stunning views of the city skyline.

Catch a Cricket Game

Visit the other Old Trafford and catch Lancashire in action in a twenty 20 match. If you’re lucky you might be able to get your hands on a ticket for an England international game taking part throughout the summer. If you’ve never been to a cricket game before Old Trafford is one of the best grounds to visit as there’s a myriad of other activites going on as well as some great local food and drink vendors on site.

Day Trips and Excursions

Finally, take advantage of Manchester’s excellent transport links to explore the surrounding areas. The picturesque Peak District National Park is just a short train ride away and offers stunning landscapes, hiking trails, and charming villages. Alternatively, visit the historic town of Chester or the seaside resort of Blackpool for a change of scenery.

    From its rich cultural heritage to its dynamic contemporary scene, Manchester offers a plethora of activities and attractions to enjoy during the summer. Whether you’re exploring its historic sites, indulging in its culinary delights, or simply soaking up the sun in one of its beautiful parks, Manchester is a city that promises a memorable summer experience.

    Our food tours are a great way to explore the city and visit some of our favourite eating places along the way. We’re very busy in the sumer months so reserve your places as soon as you can by visiting www.manchesterbites.com/tours.

    A photo of Stevenson square in the summertime.