While this Bank Holiday Weekend might look a little different than normal, there are still loads of amazing things to do to keep yourself busy and celebrate summer one last time as it begins to wind down. We’ve rounded up our top 5 Bank Holiday weekend activities for you to check out in Manchester, including Alternative Pride 2020 and Blackjack’s famous brewtap.

Celebrate Pride online with Alternative Manchester Pride | All weekend

Manchester’s legendary LGBT+ celebration sadly can’t take place in person this year, but organisers have been hard at work to ensure there’s a programme of incredible online events available to tune in to from home. There’ll be live performances and DJ sets from special guests, a Youtube programme designed by and for young people, and the yearly Candlelit Vigil, which will be livestreamed and broadcast on the radio. All events have been organised in collaboration with organisations such as United We Stream Greater Manchester, Youth Pride MCR and BBC Radio Manchester, so don’t miss out on Pride this year just because of the pandemic. Find out more here.

Grab a beer at Blackjack's brewtap | Sat & Sun

Fans of craft beer, ales, ciders and good tunes will be able to book a table at Blackjack’s famous city-centre beer garden and enjoy an hour and forty five minutes of table-service drinking. Blackjack are offering keg and cask beers as well as cans, and there’ll be music provided by their on-site DJ. They’re open from 2pm until 10pm on Saturday and Sunday – book a table now so you don’t miss out!

Blackjack Brew Tap, Irk Street, Manchester, M4 4JT
Explores the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank Mill

Located just outside of Manchester, Quarry Bank Mill is an industrial heritage site, springing from the cotton mill established in Styal at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The historic mill itself is still closed, but the gardens and woodland have opened up to the public. If you’re planning on spending some time outside this Bank Holiday weekend, take a stroll through the stunning grounds and meadows, and enjoy the plants and wildlife while they’re still in full bloom. Get more summer walk inspiration here.

Quarry Bank, Styal Road, Styal, Wilmslow, SK9 4LA
Grab a bite from Salvi's at the Community Kitchen | Thu - Mon

Manchester’s Italian food experts Salvi’s will be taking over the Great Northern’s Community Kitchen on the Square across the Bank Holiday Weekend. Presented by fellow sponsor United We Stream and Estrella Damm, the Great Northern Community Kitchen aims to assist hospitality outlets and restaurants ease out of lockdown by hosting a different eatery in their outdoor pop-up each week. Try tucking in to Salvi’s range of pizza frittas with fillings like mozzarella and tomato and spicy n’duja sausage (£6 – £8) – they’re perfect for sharing!

The Great Northern Square, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN
Party at The Refuge's Come As You Are weekender | Fri - Sun

The Refuge has adapted their annual Come As You Are weekender to fit with government guidelines. The event will be run on a slightly smaller scale than usual to make it possible to adhere to social distancing, but everything that makes the party great will still be there – think bespoke cocktails, fantastic food and sounds from some of the city’s coolest DJs. It’s run on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure you get down there early to avoid disappointment!

The Refuge, Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA
Sat 29 Aug - Mon 31 Aug
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Mon 24 Aug 2020