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The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 14 – 20 June 2021, The Manc

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 14 – 20 June 2021

Summer is well and truly here – and there’s plenty happening across our region this week.

Summer is well and truly here.

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It’s been a few weeks since the national lockdown restrictions were relaxed – and Greater Manchester has certainly sprung back into life once again, with the hustle and bustle of city life having returned to our streets.

With things looking up and the much-needed warmer weather set to stick around for a little longer, we’ve put together another edition of our ‘what’s on’ guide for the city of Manchester and beyond.

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Some of the events we’re going to mention here are completely free, others will set you back a few pounds, and most will need to be booked in advance – but all are COVID-secure in order to keep you as safe as possible.

Here’s a few of our top picks.

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Euro 2020

Manchester City Centre

Monday 14 June – 11 July

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 14 – 20 June 2021, The Manc
The Oast House

Euro 2020 has finally kicked off this past weekend, and will be running right through to 11 July.

After a year of postponement due to the pandemic, European football’s flagship tournament has finally arrived, with 24 countries – including three UK home nations England, Scotland and Wales – battling it out for the trophy.

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Gareth Southgate’s England squad are up against World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia in their first match last Sunday, and the group stages will continue throughout this week.

Manchester is a city that’s obsessed with football, so understandably, there’s plenty of venues going all out for the Euros this year, so if you’re looking for recommendations for some of the best places to catch a match this summer, we’ve knuckled down and done the leg work for you.

You can find 20 of the best spots to watch Euro 2020 in Manchester city centre here.

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Runway Visitor Park

Manchester Airport

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Monday 14 June – onwards

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 14 – 20 June 2021, The Manc
Runway Visitor Park

Manchester Airport’s tourist attraction Runway Visitor Park has officially reopened, with a bumper programme of activities pencilled in for this summer.

The airstrip-adjacent park is inviting visitors to take weekend tours of vintage aircraft – such as Concorde – board flight simulators, and gawp at classic vehicles as part of an upcoming events schedule, which is underway until September.

The programme features a wide range of highlights for history buffs and families alike, including historic vehicle club open days, an airport memorabilia fair, a military showcase, and so much more.

Live music performances have also been confirmed for the park’s memorabilia fair in July.

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You can find more information here.

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Electric Gamebox

Manchester Arndale

Monday 14 June – onwards

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 14 – 20 June 2021, The Manc
Electric Gamebox

Electric Gamebox – the immersive group gaming experience that lets players transport themselves into another reality – has reopened its doors at Manchester Arndale, with a choice of five exhilarating immersive games lasting between 30-60 minutes.

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After months stuck at home, Electric Gamebox delivers a truly interactive experience that the whole group can get involved in.

The games take place within a futuristic ‘Gamebox’ – a room that uses projection mapping, touch screens, surround sound and motion tracking technology. Working together in groups of between 2-6, the high-energy entertainment experience requires no heavy wearables or equipment, just a cool visor given upon arrival. 

You can find more information, and book your tickets here.

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RHS Garden Bridgewater

Salford

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Monday 14 June – onwards

Did you see the RHS Garden Bridgewater has finally opened to the public?

As many Greater Manchester residents will know, the opening of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) newest £44 million garden attraction – which is located off Leigh Road in Worsley – has been delayed on a number of occasions due to ongoing restrictions amid the pandemic, but now it’s been revealed that visitors will be welcomed for the first time in May.

The 154-acre garden at the former Worsley New Hall estate is the biggest hands-on horticultural project undertaken in Europe since planning permission was granted in 2017.

It will be the first-ever RHS Garden located in an urban area.

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You can find more information and grab tickets ahead of the grand reopening here.

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Box on the Docks

MediaCityUK

Monday 14 June – onwards

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Box on the Docks

MediaCityUK’s popular outdoor dining concept Box on the Docks (BOTD) is welcoming customers back to its waterside ‘pods’ this week, with the collection of 30 sheds and greenhouses having undergone renovation from local artists.

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An exciting range of residents are moving into the neighbourhood for the summer, along with beloved local eateries from across the region such as Grandad’s Sausages, I Knead Pizza, Bada Bing Deli and Batard Bakery.

You can find more information about Box on the Docks 2021 here.

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‘The People’s River’ Photography Exhibition

North Manchester

Monday 14 – Sunday 20 June

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The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 14 – 20 June 2021, The Manc
The People’s River / Art Rabbit

This is your last week to catch a new community photography exhibition that showcases the hidden stories of people who live and work along the River Irk that has been set up across various locations in North Manchester. 

The exhibition is the product of The People’s River Project – which has been delivered by Manchester Histories and funded by Manchester City Council through their Neighbourhood Investment Fund and Economic Regeneration Fund – and is a project inspired by German socialist philosopher Friedrich Engels, who wrote about the River Irk in his 1845 essay ‘The Condition of the Working Class in England’, based on his experiences in Manchester.

Photography, poetry and cyanotype prints are on display in two outdoor exhibitions, one in Queen’s Park in Harpurhey and another in St Michael’s flags in Angel Meadows Park until Sunday 20 June.

There is also a permanent exhibition of the work created by users of the no.93 wellbeing centre in the art and therapy rooms, and so much more.

You can find more information here.

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Totally Roarsome

Mottram Hall

Monday 14 – Sunday 20 June

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 14 – 20 June 2021, The Manc
Totally Roarsome

Totally Roarsome took the region by storm last summer after it opened to the public following the initial lifting of lockdown restrictions in mid-2020, with visitors flocking from far and wide.

Now at the new location of Mottram Hall, just over the border into Cheshire, Totally Roarsome features everything from dinosaurs, jungle animals and Arctic creatures, to superheroes, pirates and cartoon characters.

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Tickets are priced at £7.95 per ticket (+ £1.50 booking fee, per transaction), and must be booked in advance online from the Totally Roarsome Facebook page.

You can find out more information, and book your tickets here.

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Snorkel with Sharks

SEA LIFE Manchester

Monday 14 – Sunday 20 June

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SEA LIFE Manchester

SEA LIFE Manchester has launched a brand new snorkel cage experience that’s letting people get closer than ever have before to more than 1,000 creatures of the deep at the Trafford Centre-based marine life aquarium.

Snorkel with Sharks is a one-hour surface snorkelling adventure, suitable for swimmers age 10+ and includes a full briefing, introduction to the incredible creatures you can expect to see, and 20 minutes snorkelling in the purpose-built shark cage. 

Tickets cost £40 per person, and the session can be booked for two to four people from the same household or bubble.

You can find more information and book your tickets here.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Homeground by HOME

Tuesday 15 – Saturday 26 June

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HOME

Being billed as one of the most exciting and inventive Shakespeare productions of recent years, with rave reviews coming in fast, this is your chance to experience a riotous version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream reimagined as part of our HOME MCR’s summer programme at the brand-new, festival-style outdoor events hub, Homeground.

Suitable for ages 12+ and featuring live music, young lovers and warring fairies cross paths in this irreverent adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays.

You can find more information and book your tickets here.

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Top Secret

Science and Industry Museum

Wednesday 16 June – 31 August

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Science and Industry Museum

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cybersecurity will pore over a century’s worth of secret communications and intelligence in an exhibition containing over 100 objects from GCHQ and the Science Museum Group.

The exhibition includes, for the first time, objects related to Alan Turing and his team’s work intercepting German comms at Bletchley Park.

Visitors can also explore how Britain protected its skies during WWI, how codes were cracked in WWII, and the ways in which intelligence agencies foiled one of the most successful spy rings operating during the Cold War.

The exhibition explores modern digital security – considering recent examples of major cyber hacks such as the WannaCry attack on the NHS.

You can find more information here.

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Vegan & Ethical Markets

Victoria Baths

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 June

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Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths’ ethical marketplace is back again this weekend.

The markets will boast a range of sustainable and ethical stands selling food treats, home crafts, sustainable household creations, recycled jewellery, and more. 

Vegan & Ethical Markets are taking place from 11am – 8pm on both Saturday and Sunday, with entry setting you back £4, or free for ‘Friends of Victoria Baths’ and under 16s, and booking in advance required via the website, with entrance staggered in order to maintain social distancing.

All money raised by the event will go towards the upkeep of the building, and you can find more information here.

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Manchester Cheese Crawl

Central Manchester

Saturday 19 June

The Manchester Cheese Crawl is two hours of non-stop cheese-related fun, including everything from blue cheese tasting, to cheese quizzes, competitions and more.

Starting off in St Ann’s Square, the tour wanders across the city and gives you the chance to try the finest cheeses Manchester has to offer along the way.

With tours taking place every Saturday until 25 September, tickets cost just £25 each and include cheese samples, optional bread and crackers, and some red wine to complement.

You can grab your tickets here.

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Use Hearing Protection

Science and Industry Museum

Saturday 19 June – onwards

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 14 – 20 June 2021, The Manc
Science and Industry Museum

A special exhibition documenting the formation and early years of the iconic Factory Records is officially set to open at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum this Saturday.

Use Hearing Protection: The early years of Factory Records will shine a light on the formative period for the Manchester label, disclosing lesser-told stories from family members, alternative voices and international collaborators.

The exhibition will also examine the period 1978 to 1982, revealing how the label grew and thrived to give the city an authentic voice and distinctive identity, and visitors will be guided through the pre-Haçienda years to uncover the history of the label and how it earned its status as a catalyst for innovation through rarely or never-before-seen objects.

The first 50 artefacts from the official Factory Records catalogue will be on display, including creations from Joy Division, New Order, The Durutti Column, and so much more.

You can find more information here.

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Coffee Lovers Class

Food Sorcery

Sunday 20 June

Didsbury’s very-own cookery school, Food Sorcery, is hosting a special class where you can learn some fun facts and even a little bit of science about coffee.

During this three-hour session that’s suitable for all abilities, you’ll learn the differences in techniques used to make the perfect coffee, find out what’ll work best for you at home and how to use all the kit that you bought and have tucked away in the back of the cupboard.

There’ll be plenty of opportunities to practise your skills and even try a little latte art to impress your friends, too.

You can find more information, and book your place here.

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OT Art Trail

Old Trafford

1 May – 31 July

The OT Art Trail – which has been organised by OT Creative Space and is funded by Arts Council England – sees a number of local artists work together with members of the Manchester community to create six individual large scale murals which have been painted onto walls and building gable ends around the area, including in Seymour Park and Ayres Road.

The new murals have added to murals and artwork already seen around Old Trafford.

The several new street art sites will be linked together via a downloadable audio tour, which is suitable for people of all ages.

Each mural centres around the theme ‘community togetherness and diversity’.

You can find more information on The OT Art Trail via the OT creative SPACE website here.

Featured Image – Wikimedia Commons / Matt Short

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