What's On

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 27 June – 3 July 2022

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 24th June 2022

It’s hard to believe that we’re waving goodbye to June and saying hello to July across Greater Manchester already.

Where are these months going?

The start of July does mean that summer is really here now though, and the events calendar is packed with plenty to be getting up to across the region this week, so we’ve cherry-picked a few of the best bits for another edition of our ‘what’s on‘ guide.

As always, some of the events we’re going to mention are completely free, while others will set you back a few pounds, and many will need to be booked in advance.

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Here’s our top picks.

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Box on the Docks

MediaCityUK

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Monday 27 June – onwards

Box on the Docks has returned to the banks of Salford Quays for the summer, and there’s be flowing beers, freshly-baked bagels, and boozy ice cream.

Back for its third year in a row, MediaCity’s popular outdoor dining concept, Box on the Docks, is set for another busy summer on the waterside piazza – but for the first time, it has taken on a brand-new format, as this year’s event is in partnership with SEVEN BRO7HERS.

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The Salford-based brewing company has been put in charge of operating a rotating residency of the region’s emerging and established independent food and drink pop ups.

There’s also been an exciting lineup of live music and events for all ages.

You can find out more here.

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Amazônia

Science and Industry Museum

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Monday 27 June – onwards

A critically-acclaimed photography exhibition has officially opened in Manchester as part of its international tour.

In what is the first UK exhibition of this scale outside of London for over 20 years from the world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, the Science and Industry Museum has will welcomed Amazônia – a major photography exhibition that celebrates the indigenous peoples and breathtaking landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest.

Salgado worked in the Amazon for seven years with 12 different indigenous communities, and the result is an incredible collection of powerful photographs that present his vision of a forest that is approaching a crucial tipping point in the fight against climate change, the Museum says.

You can find out more here.

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British Pop Archive

John Rylands Library

Monday 27 June – onwards

A new national collection dedicated to “the preservation and research of popular culture” has now opened in Manchester city centre.

The British Pop Archive (BPA) has been created by the University of Manchester (UoM) and has opened at the iconic John Rylands Library on Deansgate in the heart of the city centre, with the aim of celebrating British popular music and other aspects of popular culture to recognise its “pivotal influence” on the world stage.

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Featuring “iconic items” relating to quintessential British bands, legendary UK television, youth culture, counter-culture, and more that have set trends around the globe, the BPA will be an important academic resource for research and teaching, UoM says.

It’ll also be a public resource for exhibitions and public events that’s open to all.

Find out more here.

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Looking for some new restaurants and bars to try out that have just opened in Manchester city centre this month?

While some big familiar restaurant names have rocked up in Manchester in recent weeks, and will continue to do so before June is out, there’s also plenty of homegrown talent popping up all over the region – including some old favourites moving up in the world.

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Take Pollen, who have just moved into their enormous new site at KAMPUS, or pizza pedlars Corner Slice, who have paired up with Jimmy’s in Ancoats, as well as a very familiar old name in the form of a new Blockbusters cocktail bar, and plenty more newcomers joining the fray.

You can read our round-up to find out where to put on your list this month here.

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Sounds of the City 2022

Castlefield Bowl

Tuesday 28 June – Friday 8 July

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Sounds of the City 2022 / Credit: SOTC

Sounds of the City is back in Manchester city centre for 2022.

After having established itself as a staple part of the Manchester music scene, with some of the most acclaimed live artists taking to the stage over the years, the festival will be taking over Castlefield Bowl for a series of headline concerts this summer.

Lewis Capaldi, Foals, Crowded House, The Libertines, James, Pixies, Sam Fender, and Hacienda Classical ​​​​​​are all set to play shows.

You can find out more and grab tickets here.

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NFM x Trafford: MCR’s History of Women’s Football

National Football Museum

Friday 1 July

NFM x Trafford / Credit: National Football Museum

You can join esteemed football historian Dr Gary James for a celebration of women’s football this week.

The day is split into two halves, and the event kicks off with Gary outlining the history of women’s football locally, with stories of games played in Trafford in the 1890s, the sport’s growth in the early twentieth century, the 1921 FA ban and its local impact, the pioneering teams and individuals of the interwar and post war years, and then the game’s rise and development throughout to the modern day.

Dr James will then chair a discussion with women who played football in the region.

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Find out more and grab tickets here.

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Festival Manchester 2022

Wythenshawe Park

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 July

Live music, a fun fair, extreme sports, and a huge beach are just some of the attractions kicking off summer in Manchester this weekend.

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​​After a number of community action projects and events have been taking place across the region over the last few months now, Festival Manchester is set to finally come together for one last huge celebration in Wythenshawe Park.

Taking place on Friday 1 – Sunday 3 July, and organised by hundreds of churches, and businesses, as well as local charities The Message Trust and Luis Palau Association, Festival Manchester will also include a family fun zone, a high-tech gaming lobby, a mass children’s choir, and live music from a lineup of local acts.

The festival is free for everyone to attend, and you can find out more here.

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Greater Manchester Fringe 2022

Greater Manchester

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Friday 1 – Sunday 31 July

Greater Manchester Fringe 2022 / Credit: Craige Barker

The Greater Manchester Fringe is an annual city-wide theatre festival that celebrates new and emerging talent, and it’s back and taking over the region once again this month.

First taking place back in 2012 with six different venues and a handful of shows in each, the Greater Manchester Fringe has since grown each year with more performances, more ticket sales, and more venues taking part, and many past productions have moved onto established theatres, such as Bolton Octagon, Lowry Theatre, Royal Exchange theatre, and HOME theatre, have been recognised at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

Tickets are now on sale, and some shows are even free to attend, so you can find more information and grab yours here.

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Summer Natural Wine Night at GRUB

Cheetham Hill

Friday 1 July

Manchester’s largest street food fair GRUB – which is currently based at the Red Bank Project just outside of the city centre in Cheetham Hill – is inviting you to a talk and guided tasting of six summer natural wines with Michael from Reserve Wines this Friday.

You’ll then get the chance to purchase bottles to take home from Michael’s mini natty wine sale.

Find out more and grab tickets for £20 each here.

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Paloma Faith

Haydock Park Racecourse

Friday 1 July

Paloma Faith is just one huge name set to play a headline show as part of a live concert series at Haydock Park Racecourse this summer.

The Jockey Club Live is renowned for bringing live music to thousands of fans in the relaxed open-air setting of some of the UK’s biggest racecourses, and as double platinum and BRIT award-winning artist Paloma Faith will be heading out on her second UK tour within a year with this summer, she will be stopping off at Haydock Park on Friday 1 July.

She’ll perform and have fans singing along to hits from her extensive and much-loved repertoire, as well as new songs from her fifth studio album Infinite Things.

You can find out more and grab tickets here.

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Power UP

Science and Industry Museum

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July

A huge gaming event has returned to Manchester.

With more than 160 consoles and hundreds of games to play, Power UP is back at the Science and Industry Museum for the first time in three years, taking ticket-holders on a journey through five decades of gaming, with everything from retro arcade games, to state-of-the-art virtual reality, and so much more.

Power UP will be taking place every weekend and school holiday from 18 June all the way through to December 2023, and every ticket includes unlimited play all day.

You can find more information here.

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IRONMAN UK 2022

Bolton

Saturday 2 July

IRONMAN UK 2022 / Credit: Ironman

IRONMAN UK returns to Bolton once again this weekend.

With Bolton having been the UK-based home to the world-renowned triathlon event for the past several years now, IRONMAN UK has become known for its iconic spectator support, incredible bike course scenery, and impressive finish line that’s in the heart of the town centre.

A number of temporary road closures will be in place across Bolton on race day to ensure the safety of athletes and the public.

You can find out more about IRONMAN UK 2022 here.

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Food4Thoughts Wellness Festival

Cheshire Oaks

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July

Cheshire Oaks is partnering with Manchester-based nutrition and wellness brand Food4Thoughts (F4T) to bring an exclusive Wellness Festival to the designer outlet village this weekend.

The weekend takeover will see F4T – co-founded by famed Mancunians Scott Thomas and Eden Thomas – hosting fitness classes, live cook-a-longs, and wellness workshops led by industry experts across the two days, and all visitors will get to make the most of a range of live entertainment and music for free,

Visitors will even be given access to some exclusive offers, and the chance to enter a prize draw worth up to £2,500.

You can find out more and grab tickets for free here.

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Murder Mystery Night

East Lancashire Railway

Saturday 2 July

Murder Mystery Nights / Credit: ELR

East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is hosting another one of its Murder Mystery Nights this weekend.

If you’re a big fan of Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes, or you just enjoy a brilliant night of entertainment and fine dining, then the heritage railway’s popular Murder Mystery Nights are back, and you’re invited to bring your best detective people skills and hop aboard a stunning steam train travelling through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside.

Hosted by award-winning events company After Dark Entertainment, you will be guided through some “serious sleuthing” to find out whodunit, with each night featuring a different theme, a different cast, and a different riddle to solve.

This Saturday is the turn of ‘An Invitation to Murder’, and you can join an eclectic collection of famous golden age detectives as they investigate the killing of a reclusive author.

Find out more and book tickets here.

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Featured Image – Sounds of the City | Craige Barker