Best Attractions in Manchester this Summer

If you are heading to our hotel near Manchester this summer, read our ultimate list of local attractions and events to make the most of the city during your stay…

Manchester International Festival

29 June – 29 July

MIF is the world’s very first and very best festival of original, new work and special events. This summer long spectacle graces the city only once every two years and displays unique performances, outstanding musical guests and sumptuous street food; bringing out the very best of Manchester. The festival spans a whole month so come back multiple days in June and July to see something wonderfully different each trip. This is not one to be missed.

The Taming of the Shrew

30 June – 2 July

This summer, outdoor theatre experts, Heartbreak Productions are making their way to Manchester with a fresh and vibrant interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. If you are unfamiliar with the premise; Everyone wants to marry Bianca yet no suitor can be found for her sister, the fiery and independent, Kate. Until Petruchio, a gamester on the make who to their surprise, declares a most extraordinary courtship. In an electric clash of the sexes, this story of a mismatched and combative couple comes to life with this talented team’s arsenal of music, humour, and audience interaction.

Urban Retreat at New Bailey

30 June

The Urban Retreat is a unique experience for Manchester where you can ‘escape to the city’ and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Within the grand confines of the New Bailey building, find the best fitness trainers, inspiring yogis, quality foodies and authentic people who believe in self-development, healthy living, and a quality lifestyle.

Jurassic Kingdom

8 – 23 July

The Jurassic Kingdom is a spectacular outdoor dinosaur experience straight out of the movies. Set in gorgeous gardens and parklands, uncover these epic life-sized replicas. There are over 30 impressive installations of extremely lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, making a truly awesome, educational and entertaining Jurassic experience for the whole family.

Dirty Dancing at Palace Theatre

18 – 22 July

Baby is back! Erupting with toe-tapping music, extraordinary emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Viewed by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent spirits from different backgrounds, who come together in what will be the most challenging, triumphant (and heart-fluttering) summer of their young lives.

The Edgeley Park Stadium Antiques, Collectables & Vintage Fair

23 July

Sherpherd & Williams present The Edgeley Park Stadium Antiques, Collectables & Vintage Fair, offering up to 80 stalls with a huge variety of antiques and collectables. Set within the lavish suite of Stockport Country’s iconic stadium, this is a fantastic day out and the ideal opportunity for any antique enthusiast or anyone looking to find something perfect to compliment their home, collection or wardrobe.

Manchester Jazz Festival

28 July – 6 Aug

This is Europe’s most adventurous jazz festival celebrates #jazz100 with huge jazz names, big bands, emerging artists and new works. From soothing mellow vibes to high energy beats influenced by funk, soul, rock, folk, hip-hop and everything in-between. The Festival Square hub is also a great place to relax and enjoy the vibe, Hobgoblin Bar, tasty street food and free outdoor bands at weekends and early evenings.

If you are heading to our hotel near Manchester this Summer, you will never be short of things to do during your stay.

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