A football festival is coming to Manchester city centre this summer – and it’s free

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow will be setting up in Cathedral Gardens next month.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 22nd April 2022

A festival of football is arriving in Manchester city centre this summer to celebrate the countdown to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.

Ahead of the start of the long-awaited tournament, the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow will be travelling more than 800 miles across the country to 10 host cities over the course of 43 days, and will be setting up in Cathedral Gardens in the heart of Manchester city centre for one-day only on Saturday 28 May.

It’s set to be a special festival of football, fitness, and music that gives families the opportunity to get involved in what will be one of the most exciting sporting events of the summer.

With the aim of “leaving lasting legacy for the women’s game” being one of the key goals of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, festival organisers say events like the roadshow will be key in helping to introduce more people to women’s football, all while creating incredible memories for people who take part.

So, what can football fans and festival-goers expect then?


Well, not only will the roadshow offer visitors an introduction to football, with a chance to learn new football skills and tricks, and try some matchday presenting and interviewing in a special BBC studio, there’ll also be plenty of live music and entertainment provided by some great local artists.

There’ll also be a big showpiece football pitch in the middle of the city centre greenspace, as well as the opportunity to get a picture with the trophy itself.


You can also expect to be able to take part in some interactive challenges and find out more about getting involved in grassroots football, the tournament, and even how to purchase tickets for the tournament. 

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Speaking ahead of the Roadshow’s arrival in Manchester, Joanne Roney, OBE – Chief Executive of Manchester City Council – said: “Footballing passion runs deep here and this could not be a better time to create a real sense of buzz and excitement around the women’s game [as] making football accessible is incredibly important if we are to encourage young people from all walks of life into the sport.


“Events like this roadshow are a great way to introduce people into the footballing community and show that everyone has a place in this game.”

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow will be setting up in Cathedral Gardens when it stops off in Manchester / Credit: Manchester City Council

“The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow is a huge part of our commitment in ensuring that everyone can feel connected to this special tournament,” added Chris Bryant – UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Tournament Director.

“We want to appeal to everyone, whether that be your regular football fan, or someone that has never given it a go before [so] each Roadshow event will offer a chance to learn about the tournament in a fun environment, whilst trying out a few different skills from playing to presenting.

“And with live music thrown in, it promises to be a great free day out for all the family.”

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow will be in Cathedral Gardens in Manchester city centre on Saturday 28 May from 11am – 5pm.

Featured Image – UEFA / Manchester City Council