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The Top Things to Do in Manchester this Summer


A powerhouse of the North, and arguably the UK’s second city (sorry Birmingham!), Manchester is absolutely full to the brim with things to do this summer.
For those lucky students who already live in Manc, you know how fabulous a city it is, and if you’ve not been before, make this summer the time you go. From music, to festivals, to street food and more, you can’t go wrong spending some quality time in the city this summer. I’ve picked some highlights, but there is so much more to do: check out this link for fuller listings.

Manchester Art Gallery, Free Tours, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer!

If you’re looking for some culture, and most importantly, something for free, then Manchester art gallery can be an interesting day out this summer. The gallery are running free highlight tours this summer, taking you to key exhibitions. Each tour is completely unique and run by a wide selection of people, so many tours can be taken in one day. The tours run through Thursday to Sunday, from 2-3 pm, so you can pop along for an artistic experience. Visit the website for more details.


Manchester Jazz Festival (28th July – 6 August 2017), Albert Square and in venues across the city

Whether you think you’re a major jazz fan or not, the Manchester Jazz Festival is bound to convert those who mistakenly think the genre of music is ‘boring’. It might be mellow, high-energy, or take its influences from soul, rock, folk, funk, hip-hop, r&b and more. Whatever you thought ‘jazz’ was, prepare to be surprised and amazed. Grab your tickets via this link.


B.eat Street (every weekend until 28th August), the Great Northern Warehouse

Feeling peckish? Get yourself down to Manchester’s best-loved food and booze pop-up venue which transforms a quiet neighbourhood of Manchester into an all-day culinary extravaganza. You’ll never quite know what to expect from this mix-and-match of food vendors and bars, whether it’s salt beef bagels and hot dogs from Eat New York, fancy Indian street food, or fabulous tapas, there’s bound to be something to please even the pickiest of palates! Plus, there’s a wide variety of cocktails to enjoy and a large outdoor terrace to chill out on. Definitely not one to miss, check out this link for timings and for more information.

The England vs. South Africa Test Match
(Old Trafford, Friday 4 – Tuesday 8th August)

Cricket fans: this one’s for you! A hotly anticipated match between England and the South African Cricket Club: the Investec Test Match will be taking place at Old Trafford this year.

So far, England have won 21 of the 35 Test series played between the two nations, and will be hoping to clinch this one at home, after there was a draw back in 1998 when the teams last played in Manchester. Even if you’re not massively into cricket, any excuse to drink in the sunshine, right? For tickets, go here.


Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights (People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields), until 3 September 2017

With London Pride at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment, this LGBT+ exhibition is definitely worth checking out. The exhibition is open from 10am-5pm until 3 September, and tackles the issue of LGBT+ rights, taking as its starting point the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men. Prior to this, it was illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism was seen as sinful, and there was no such thing as rights for trans people.

The exhibition explores how far we’ve come in the last 50 years, where legal protection and equality for LGBT+ people is almost UK-wide, but also asks challenging questions about some of the steps backwards the world has taken in LGBT+ protection. It is curated by local members of the LGBT+ community and celebrates the extraordinary people who worked hard (and still campaign today) to ensure LGBT+ rights are protected.

So, you’re all set to enjoy a wide variety of events this summer in Manchester!

Holly Smith Editor