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6 things to do in Manchester on a Bank Holiday.


Dylan Mitchell

Manchester is a fantastic city with so many interesting things to do in your free time. Whether you’re a resident of the city or you’re visiting for a weekend, you can fill your calendar with amazing entertainment and interesting activities. Are you struggling with ideas on what to do on a bank holiday weekend in Manchester? Luckily for you, tastecard is here to help you! Continue reading our guide below for plenty of ideas and events.

Manchester bank holiday events.

A bank holiday is a wonderful time to let your hair down and enjoy some free, relaxing time with friends and family. It’s always a bonus when the weather is good too! As well as our Manchester restaurant deals, tastecard is here to help you come up with ideas on how to spend your bank holiday. Here are six ideas we came up with:

  • Museums

  • Northern Quarter

  • Heaton Park

  • Afflecks Palace

  • Palace Theatre



Manchester has a rich cultural heritage, and there are several museums that showcase this history. The Manchester Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the People's History Museum are all excellent options. They’re perfect for the whole family because museums in Manchester include interactive sections for children to get hands-on and learn more about the objects and subjects around them.

The Norther Quarter TNQ Restaurant Manchester

Northern Quarter.

The Northern Quarter is a modern, hip and trendy neighbourhood that's full of independent shops, cafes, and bars, making it the ideal place to enjoy Manchester bank holiday events. Spend a few hours wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere on a bank holiday weekend, have a bit to eat and pick up some bargains in the shops. There is also a wide range of restaurants you can choose from in the Northern Quarter, including the aptly named The Northern Quarter Restaurant. There is also Fress, which is a favourite among locals, and Pie & Ale.


Heaton Park Manchester

Heaton Park.

There’s nothing quite like spending time in the great outdoors, and Heaton Park is one of the best places to enjoy Manchester events in the August bank holiday. Heaton Park is the largest municipal park in Europe and is a great place to go for a walk, have a picnic with the kids, and enjoy some outdoor activities.

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Afflecks Palace.

Afflecks Palace is an iconic shopping destination with an eclectic marketplace, spanning four floors. It’s a haven for alternative and independent fashion, music, art, and culture and, with over 70 independent stalls and shops, Afflecks Palace offers a diverse range of unique and offbeat items, including vintage clothing, handmade crafts, alternative fashion, retro memorabilia, vinyl records, and much more. Afflecks is not just a shopping experience; it's a cultural hub that celebrates the spirit of creativity in Manchester.

Palace Theatre.

Another idea for enjoying Manchester bank holiday events is a trip to the theatre! The Palace Theatre is a beautiful Victorian theatre that hosts a variety of shows, from musicals to drama. Check their schedule to see what's on during the bank holiday.


SEA LIFE Manchester is an enchanting aquarium that offers a captivating underwater experience, allowing visitors to explore a wide array of marine life from around the world. With interactive exhibits and educational displays, SEA LIFE in Manchester provides an opportunity to learn about the ocean's wonders and conservation efforts. From mesmerising seahorses to magnificent sharks, visitors can marvel at the diverse underwater species. The aquarium also offers immersive experiences like underwater tunnels and touch pools, providing a unique and engaging adventure for visitors of all ages.

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