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Manchester Day is back with a ‘summer holiday’ theme and lots of family fun next month

Celebrations will span right across the city centre for the first time ever this year.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th June 2023

Mancs are being encouraged to “break out a deckchair and ditch the morning rush for a sun lounger” as Manchester Day returns his summer.

And this year, the theme is all about being ‘On Holiday’.

Already being described as “the day summer officially starts” in the city centre, the massively-popular Manchester Day is back once again next month, and after what have been successful collaborations in the past, Manchester City Council is joining forces with award-winning local arts organisation Walk the Plank to offer a jam-packed schedule of family fun.

The Council is promising that the city centre will be transformed to “bring the holiday vibes without having to go near the M60”.

Unlike in previous years, you can expect to see the celebrations city-wide this year.


Taking over on Saturday 29 July, Manchester Day 2023 will have attractions dotted all throughout the city centre in main social hubs such as Deansgate, Exchange Square, St Ann’s Square, and more from midday right through until 9pm.

Once the sun starts to set, the focus will shift over to the Northern Quarter, with festivalgoers able to continue soaking up the evening sunshine as the party continues.


The Council is encouraging the Greater Manchester public to keep their eyes peeled in the coming weeks as more information will be revealed about the event – including new events, stalls, street food traders, and family-friendly entertainment.

“If there is one thing this city knows how to do, it’s throw a party,” Cllr Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day at Manchester City Council said ahead of this year’s event.

“I’m incredibly excited for the public to see what we have in store this summer.

There’ll be lots of family fun, street performances, and more / Credit: Manchester City Council

“We know that this year sees a change to the usual celebrations.

“But we are sure residents of all ages will come in their thousands to soak up the holiday atmosphere and have a fantastic day out.

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“We have a lot of fun ideas up our sleeves and we can’t wait to tell the public what we have on offer over the coming weeks.”

Featured Image – Manchester City Council