5 Things To Do In Manchester & Salford This Summer

July 6, 2022

As the longer summer days and lighter summer nights roll in – the city of Manchester comes alive.

Balmy evenings provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the abundance of al fresco hotspots, fabulous festivals and outdoor events set to make summer 2022 in Manchester absolutely standout. Strap in for a whistle-stop tour of must-visit places, festivals and celebrations in Manchester and Salford over the next few months. Plus, the ultimate Manchester & Salford area guide.

1. UEFA Women's EURO 2022

When: 10 – 24 July 2022
Where: Manchester City Academy Stadium, Old Trafford and Leigh Sports Village

A huge part of the city’s heritage, football is an integral feature of Manchester city.

This summer England will host the UEFA WOMEN’s EURO 2022 tournament, with Manchester being a key host city. Three venues across Greater Manchester will host games including:

Old Trafford
Home to Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford will host the opening game of the tournament on Wednesday 6 July at 8pm – be there to see England’s Lionesses start their campaign to become European Champions.

Manchester City Academy Stadium
Home to Manchester City Women’s Football Club, the City Academy Stadium will host three group games on Sunday 10 July, Thursday 14 July and Monday 18 July 2022.

Leigh Sports Village
Home to Manchester United Women’s Football Club, Leigh Sports Village will host three group games on Sunday 9 July, Wednesday 13 July and Sunday 17 July and a Quarter Final on Friday 22 July.

Register your interest for tickets today to be part of the pre-sale which starts on 13 July. Tickets are priced from £5 – £50, with over half a million tickets priced at £25 or less.


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2. Matt & Phred’s on the canal - live jazz session

When: 21 July 2022
Where: Lockside Lane, New Maker Yards

How does canal-side jazz sound for a summer night out? Join the canal-side session, brought by the back-street jazz club, Matt & Phred’s for bossa nova and good vibes.

“Born in Liverpool, blessed in Rio” the exciting 5-piece Baiana Band traverse the worlds of Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova, Samba, and Latin music!

Tickets to Matt and Phreds on the canal are FREE and the first 100 ticket holders will receive a free Seven Bro7hers drink! Food Disco, a pop-up street food market, will also be in its usual spot serving up some of the best street food Manchester has to offer.


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3. Gatherings at Gisburne Festival

When: 20 – 21 August 2022
Where: Gisburne Park Estate

An eclectic two-day culture festival bringing together top music, multi-arts, indulgent feasting and wellness will take place at Gisburne Park Estate this summer.

The stellar line-up includes Roger Sanchez, Ibibio Sound Machine, Children of Zeus, Crazy P, House Gospel Choir, Craig Charles, Wellness guru Davinia Taylor, Chef Steven Smith plus poets, pool party and goat yoga. THIS IS NOT A TYPO.

Set amidst the sublime grounds of Gisburne Park, with flowing rivers, a wildlife sanctuary, and ancient forests, Gatherings will lead the way in a new era of cultural events set to be held on the historic Lancashire Estate – and we’re here for it.

‘Come gather with us in our enchanted valley where roaming rivers and rhythms meet.’
Wouldn’t miss it.

Get your tickets to Gisburne Festival here.



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4. Manchester Pride

When: 26 – 29 August
Where: Gay Village and across the city

Manchester Pride Festival is a ‘party as protest’. A Pride that is going strong since 1986 when Manchester City Council provided funding for a two-week celebration held at Oxford Street for the gay community and remains one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities.

This year, Pride is taking place during the August Bank Holiday weekend and hosts a number of events, forums and celebrations. Join the city’s biggest Pride Parade, The Candlelit Vigil, Youth Pride MCR, Human Rights Forum and much, much more.

Get your Manchester Pride Tickets and remember, £2.50 from your ticket will go directly into the Manchester Pride Community Community Fund.

New Maker Yards is also having a Pride celebration – join us on 18 Aug at Seven Bro7hers for the Ru Paws Dog Race. You just have to be there!


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5. Manchester Food and Drink Festival

When: 15 – 26 September 2022
Where: Cathedral Gardens Hub and across the city

Manchester’s food and drink scene continues to boom as one of the best in the UK. Set yourself up for some sensational ‘scran’ this summer with the return of the annual Manchester Food and Drink Festival (MFDF for short) – marking its very special 25-year anniversary.

The full line-up is yet to be announced but over the years, top chefs including Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge, Fergus Henderson, Michel Roux, John Torode and even Bill Wyman have all been involved.

The city’s premier Food and Drink Festival celebrates Manchester’s eclectic street food and drink scene and the grand return to Cathedral Gardens this September, promises to be the most delicious yet.

Cultivating the best in local talent, the free-to-enter (YEP!) Festival Hub features a beer bar, a wine and gin bar, an artisan food market, tons of masterclasses, banquets and, of course, live music; with sustainability being a key focus across the entire festival this year.

And it doesn’t stop there because the MFDF will be holding a series of pop-ups across the city for the rest of the year – to keep the good times rolling.

Stay tuned so you don’t miss a beat.


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Even more fun things to do in Manchester

So there you have it, the essential guide to what’s hot in Manchester this summer.

If you’re looking for some more top things to do in Manchester this summer and beyond, look no further than our Manchester & Salford Area Guide, featuring ultimate foodie hotspots, cocktail bars, the best spots to get your groove on… and that’s just the beginning.

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