A spectacular firework display, the first official one since COVID, will illuminate Manchester’s sky as part of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The free family-friendly event will be held in Castlefield Bowl from 10pm, and includes a DJ set from Hits Radio’s Jordan Lee before the big countdown culminates in a huge display above.

The display is an alcohol-free event; anyone attending is asked to limit any bags they bring to no bigger than A4 in size.

Capacity for the event is 10,000 first-come, first-served. Pedestrian access into the event will be from Liverpool Road or Duke Street, with two disability access points, one on Liverpool Road by Castlefield Visitor Centre and one on Rice Street, along with a dedicated viewing area.

Anyone planning on heading down should note that the event is standing-room only.

Councillor Pat Karney, Christmas and New Year spokesperson for Manchester City Council said: “No-one can deny that 2023 has proved to be quite the year for Manchester with a list of successes in the fields of culture and sport as long as your arm, added to a rapidly growing global reputation as a city to do business with.

“Coming as it does after the dark days of the last few years, we think the time is now right to show how proud we are of our fantastic city and to celebrate it as we close the door on 2023 and look ahead to 2024 and beyond.

“This in no way means we’ve forgotten how hard life is for a lot of people just now, but we do know that bringing people together helps – it’s what Manchester does best.

“Mancunians really are the best people in the world and we can’t think of a better way of welcoming in a new year filled with new possibilities for all of us, than spending it with those we love.”

Sun 31 Dec, Castlefield Bowl,
Rice St, Manchester M3 4JR
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 28 Dec 2023