What's On

Funfair, beach, and huge screens to watch sports and films coming to Trafford Centre this summer

Summer Daze will span an impressive 2.5 acres of land, and will be located outside the Great Hall.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 24th June 2022

An all-new water park, funfair, beach, and giant 15sq m outdoor screen showing classic films and some of the summers biggest sporting events are all arriving at the Trafford Centre next month.

After what was a successful run back in 2021, and with the summer season now officially here, the UK’s third largest shopping centre has announced that its “most significant outdoor event to date” will start to arrive later this month, and offer a full lineup of family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy throughout the day and into the night.

Summer Daze will span an impressive 2.5 acres of land, and will be located outside the Great Hall up until 4 September. 

One of the new events arriving for 2022 is the Trafford Centre’s summer of sport – which is set to go live from 27 June – and it will give sports-lovers the chance to gain free to access to a fan zone to watch some of the summer’s biggest sporting events such as Wimbledon, Tour De France, UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, and the Athletics World Championships, all on a 15sq m giant outdoor screen.

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Then, from 22 July, a further two big screens will arrive to show more live sports and a full lineup of classic films throughout the summer. 

The popular funfair will also return in all its glory from 22 July, with an exciting upgrade of rides – including one called ‘Sea Storm’, where you can ride the wave in individual cruisers – and complete with a 600sq m beach and brand-new 200sq m splash park, with multiple water jets for guaranteed family-friendly fun.

Summer Daze will span an impressive 2.5 acres of land, and will be located outside the Great Hall when it opens / Credit: Trafford Centre

Some former favourites from last year are also set to make a return too, including the log flume, bungee trampolines, wave swinger, water balls, pirate ship, and bumper boats. 

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The centre also promises that a new outdoor food and beverage zone will be a part of the summer celebrations this year, and has confirmed that a lineup of outdoor live music acts will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.

Outdoor Screen Schedule

  • Wimbledon: 27 June – 10 July 
  • Tour De France: 1 – 24 July 
  • UEFA Women’s EURO 2022: 6 – 31 July 
  • Athletics World Championships: 15 – 24 July 
  • Commonwealth Games: 28 July – 8 August
  • European Championships Athletics: 11 – 21 August 
  • Vuelta a España Cycling: 12 – 31 August 
  • The Hundred: 1 – 3 September 
  • Tour of Britain: 4 – 11 September 
  • Rugby Sevens: 9 – 11 September 

Details of the lineup of classic films are soon to follow.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Trafford Centre, as our outdoor event sees a major refresh for summer 2022,” said Zoe Inman, Centre Director at Trafford Centre.

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“The giant experience offers a variety of activities and amusements for all ages to enjoy, the perfect opportunity for a family day out in the North West and we look forward to welcoming our existing loyal and new customers throughout the summer season for a new leisure experience”.

Entry to Summer Daze is on a first come first served basis, and it will be open from 12pm daily.

Anyone with a fairground wristband will also have viewing access to one of the three big screens from the beach area, and the only element of the outdoor event which is available to pre-book is the fairground.

Find out more on the Trafford Centre website here.

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