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19 Jul 2019

What's on in Manchester this summer

As the UK’s second city, there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into this July and August. Find out about the top events happening in and around the city over the next couple of months ⤵


Fans of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. will be happy to know that Friendsfest is returning to Heaton Park in August.

Returning to Manchester for a third year, the festival recreates the iconic set from the famous 90s sit com, including the coffee shop, Monica’s purple apartment, Joey and Chandler’s place and of course Ross’s apartment, where fans can relive the comical ‘pivot’ scene with the sofa.

Fans can also strike a pose on the orange sofa by the fountain, where props such as umbrellas are available for fans to recreate the title sequence.

Dubbed as the ultimate F.R.I.E.N.D.S. experience, don’t miss out. Friendsfest returns from 2 – 18 Auguts, and tickets cost £26.50 plus a £2.50 booking fee, which can be booked here.

Amélie the Musical

Amélie the Musical stops at the Opera House Manchester, between 6 – 10 August.

Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart.

Based on the five-time Oscar nominated film, Amélie is a feel good musical which is full of colourful observations and imaginative creations.

Tickets start from £13 and are available to buy here.

Roses Match

Be part of the electric atmosphere at the Lancashire Lightning Vitality Blast fixture against Roses rivals Yorkshire Vikings at Emirates Old Trafford on 9 August.

Last year, the Red Rose completed a T20 double over Yorkshire which included a last ball thriller, with Liam Livingstone hitting a 26-ball half century before Toby Lester held his nerve in the final over as the hosts completed a one-run win, which was played in front of the biggest ever attendance in the Vitality Blast outside of London.

Why not upgrade and enjoy a match-day accommodation packages at the Hilton Garden Inn, which offers a unique experience for this iconic fixture. Find out more here.

Tickets start from £20 for adults, from £5 for children under 18 and can be bought here.

Manchester Pride

This year, Manchester Pride is taking place at Mayfield Depot, to accommodate some of the world’s most famous popstars including Ariana Grande, Years and Years and Cheryl.

The annual pride festival campaigns for LGBT equality, as well as celebrating and creating opportunities to engage the LGBT community, and also includes a parade through Canal Street and the streets of Manchester,

Manchester Pride is being held on 25 and 26 August, with some weekend tickets still available for £64.50 plus booking fees. Find out more here.

Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford

Want to make the most of exploring Manchester? Why not extend your visit with a stay at our four-star Hilton Garden Inn hotel?

Boasting 150-bedrooms, 80 of which are pitch-facing with balconies, enjoy a room with a view at the hotel at the home of Lancashire Cricket. Sample our new summer menu in the Garden Grille with a variety of mouth-watering dishes, unwind with a cocktail or two in the hotel bar and finish off your stay with a fresh, cooked to order breakfast.

Situated just three miles from the city centre and twenty minutes from Manchester Airport it’s easily accessible by public transport and with complimentary parking too, it’s perfectly located for you to explore the best events that Manchester has to offer.

What’s more, you can save up to 30%* off the best available rate when you book with us from 21 May**. To make a reservation, click here, or to book a table in the Garden Grille and bar, click here.

*Savings apply to the best available rate at time of booking. Hilton Honours members can save up to 30% and non-members can save up to 25%.

**Bookings must be made from 21 May – 19 August 2019. Offer is valid for stays between 24 May 2019 and 6 January 2020.