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Huge beach, two ‘splash parks’, funfair, and more return to Trafford Centre this summer

'Summer Daze' is back from Saturday 22 July.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 23rd June 2023

A huge beach and a funfair with over 20 fairground rides are just a handful of the family-friendly activities returning to the Trafford Centre this summer.

Summer Daze is back – and it’s set to be better than ever.

After waving goodbye to its previous Spring Escape event, which was a huge success and saw families in their thousands travel from across Greater Manchester and beyond to bask in the sunshine and make the most of all the fun and games, the Trafford Centre is getting ready to welcome back “the much-anticipated event of the summer”.

Set to open from Saturday 22 July, and run all summer right the way through until early September, Summer Daze will see a massive 600sqm beach ready for sunbathing and sancastles, and not one but two “thrilling splash parks” with loads of water jets, pop up outside the shopping centre.

Not only that, but the much-loved retro funfair will also be making a comeback too – and this time, there’ll be over 20 fairground rides to try out.


Some of the stand-out rides at this year’s fair include ‘Sea Storm’, ‘Waveswinger’, and ‘Don Sapo’, as well as a handful of other family-friendly favourites like ‘Waterballs’, ‘Racing Cars’, and ‘Bumper Boats’.

The fun doesn’t stop there either, as there’ll also be a big covered stage area that’ll play host to a jam-packed schedule of events all summer long – with everything from crafting workshops and face painting, to costume characters, live music and entertainment, and so much more on the lineup.

There’ll be a huge beach, two ‘splash parks’, funfair, and so much more / Credit: Trafford Centre

And if all that action gets you feeling peckish, you’ll be able to fill your rumbling belly with a feast from an impressive selection of on-site food traders.

Think burgers, ice cream, doughnuts, crepes, sweets, and more.

Summer Daze is popping up outside The Orient, opposite The Great Hall entrance, and will be open every day from 11am-8pm from Saturday 22 July right through until 3 September.


Tickets are now on sale – with pre-booking “recommended to avoid disappointment” – and will set you back just £3 per person if booked in advance (includes booking fee) and £4 on the door, while ride tokens must be purchased separately.

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