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The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 30 May – 5 June 2022, The Manc

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 30 May – 5 June 2022

We’re leaving May behind and saying hello to June with what is a jam-packed week full of events right across our region.

Not only is summer nearly upon us, but it’s the extended bank holiday weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and it’s the start of half term in Greater Manchester, so there’s plenty to be getting up to this week, and 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.

Here’s our top picks.

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Amazônia

Science and Industry Museum

Monday 30 May – onwards

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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.

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.

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You can find out more here.

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British Pop Archive

John Rylands Library

Monday 30 May – onwards

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A new national collection that’s 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.

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 public resource for exhibitions and public events that’s open to all.

Find out more here.

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Jurassic Encounter

The Pavillion Garden

Monday 30 May – onwards

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 30 May – 5 June 2022, The Manc
Jurassic Encounter / Credit: Jurassic Encounter

It’s been 65 million years since dinosaurs last roamed the earth, but The Pavillion Garden in Buxton will see the beats roaming through its parkland once more as 2022’s “most roarsome experience” has arrived.

Running right through until 12 June, the event will feature 50+ animatronic creatures, including two life-sized T-Rex beasts, which roar and snarl at passers by, and family favourites such as a Pterosaurs that shriek from the trees and a 15m tall Brachiosaurus guarding her eggs.  

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The event makes for the perfect family day out in the picturesque Peak District, and tickets are now available.

Find out more and grab yours here.

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Jubilee Weekend

East Lancashire Railway

Monday 30 May – Friday 2 June

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East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is giving all people named Elizabeth a ride for free through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside.

From the 30 May – 2 June, Elizabeths can ride on all trains and services along the ELR line for free of charge, and get the chance to explore some of the hidden gems along the Irwell Valley – including pubs, restaurants, and so much more. 

The heritage railway is opening its doors to Elizabeths ahead of its Jubilee bash Friday 3rd – Sunday 5 June, which will feature special performances from the era during the long weekend, with each station along the line celebrating in true 1940s / 50s fashion with food, vintage stalls, and live music from local acts.

You can find out more here.

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May Half Term at Science and Industry Museum

Manchester City Centre

Monday 30 May – Sunday 5 June

Little Mancs will get the chance to discover how Manchester has kept the world moving through a range of transport-themed activities this half term.

With the next school holidays right around the corner, Manchester’s very-own Science and Industry Museum in the heart of the city centre is making sure the region’s children are kept entertained, engaged, and educated as always through a number of dedicated hands-on workshops and activities.

Kids will be given the chance to design and make their own moving machines, before putting their creations to the test to see how fast and far they go.

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They’ll also be given the chance to hear some of the inspirational stories of the Museum’s historic site and the vehicles that passed through there.

You can find out more here.

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Hatch Street Party

HATCH

Wednesday 1 – Sunday 5 June

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The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 30 May – 5 June 2022, The Manc
Hatch Street Party / Credit: Hatch

Hatch is hosting its very own ‘Street Party’ over the Jubilee weekend, with a platinum line up of the best events all taking place under one roof over.

Kicking off on Wednesday 1 June and running right through to Sunday 5 June, as with any street party, the Oxford Road venue will be adorned with bunting and party decorations to get everyone in the royal mood, and partygoers can expect everything from a raft of the best DJs to live music, street food, so much more.

You can find more information here.

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Street Party Bottomless Brunch

Joshua Brooks

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Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 June

Popular city centre venue Joshua Brooks is hosting a Queen’s Jubilee-themed Street Party Bottomless Brunch this week, and it includes the choice of one main from all-day kitchen favourites like burgers, burritos, and halloumi dippers, and combines them with 90-minutes of bottomless drinks.

Taking place on Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 June from 12pm-5pm, there’ll also be teacakes and prosecco on arrival.

Tickets will set you back £25 per person, and you can make a booking here.

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Manchester Flower Show

Manchester City Centre

Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June

The city will bloom into life this as the Manchester Flower Show makes its return, and this year, it will have a very special Jubilee Trail as part of the celebrations.

With this year’s event landing on the same weekend as the Queen’s Jubilee, a new celebratory trail commissioned by Manchester BID, and visitors will be able to walk around 10 flower displays inspired by the Queen, marking her 70 years of service – with everything from a giant floral bee, to a classic red phone box bursting with blooms on the lineup.

Beyond the official trail, shop windows, squares and statues will also be given botanical makeovers to mark another Manchester Flower Show.

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There will also be al fresco food and drink, and plenty of activities and entertainment.

You can find out more here.

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Summer Knights

Camelot Theme Park

Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June

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Northern kids of the 80s, 90s, and 00s can truly revisit their youth, as the abandoned Camelot Theme Park in Chorley has gone back to its days of Arthurian legend for the new Summer Knights drive-in cinema and entertainment attraction this summer.

Some of the film highlights in the genre-diverse lineup include Insidious, Superbad, The Greatest Showman, Anchorman, Dirty Dancing, Disney’s newest smash-hit, Encanto, and so much more.

There’s also be a fully-licensed bar and a number of street food vendors on site to choose from to make it a truly magical night.

Find out more and grab tickets here.

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Cloudwater X Levanter The Queer Ju-Beer-lee Festival Bank Holiday

KAMPUS

Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June

Manchester’s neighbourhood KAMPUS will play host a solid ten weeks of back-to-back block parties from its canalside garden, with each weekend seeing guest DJs take to the decks to spin tunes from different corners of the world – and this weekend’s event is celebrating the Queer Ju-Beer-lee Festival bank holiday.

Free-flowing beer will come courtesy of Manchester brewery Cloudwater, and food will be provided by Ramsbottom favourites Levanter serving up tapas, giant paella, and charcuterie boards aplenty.

This weekend, you can expect to celebrate the best of British in honour of Queen Liz, with arty bags and a street party at the ready, pouring fresh beer from the Queer Brewing Project.

You can find out more here.

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Jubilee Tea Dance Jive

The Trafford Centre

Thursday 2 June

The Trafford Centre will come alive with performances to bring together all age groups, who will perform contemporary and traditional tea dances. 

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style, this lively and heart-warming entertainment will be performed to iconic numbers including Elton John, Spice Girls and Queen on Thursday 2 June between 1pm-3pm by the Miss Joanne Farnell School of Dancing on the main stage located in The Orient.

It will be open to members of the public to watch and enjoy. 

You can find out more here.

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Cheshire Fest

Knutsford

Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June

Bongo’s Bingo, a craft beer festival, and a big Jubilee-themed street party are just some of the things to expect when at Cheshire Fest.

Taking place at a brand-new Knutsford location, The Lambing Shed at Moseley Hall Farm, Cheshire Fest is returning after a two-year hiatus this Jubilee bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June, with everything from live music, a Big Top circus, a street food fair, a wide range of family-friendly entertainment, and a headline performance from Liverpool band The Zutons on the lineup.

Festival organisers say the 2022 lineup is “definitely the best we have ever had”.

You can find out more and book tickets here.

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Jubilee Garden Party

20 Stories

Thursday 2 June

Manchester’s highest restaurant and bar, 20 Stories, is inviting people to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at its British-themed garden party on the stunning 19th floor roof terrace at No.1 Spinningfields.

From 2pm – 4pm on Thursday 2 June, there will be live music from the resident DJ and a quintessentially-British afternoon tea served alongside stunning views of the city’s skyline, which includes a selection of sandwiches, signature cakes and desserts, such as a
pornstar martini cheesecake, and a cherry, pistachio and tonka bean jaffa cake.

Guests can also enjoy drinks and dishes from the 20 Stories’ Terrace Menu too.

You can find out more and make a booking here.

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John Digweed at Manchester 360º

Manchester Cathedral

Friday 3 June

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 30 May – 5 June 2022, The Manc
Manchester 360º / Credit: Manchester Cathedral

A new clubnight will see the awe-inspiring Manchester Cathedral turned into a 360-degree dance floor this Friday.

The event comes from JBM Music and Fever, who will turn the medieval cathedral into a haven for house and techno music, with a DJ booth set up in the centre of the Grade I-listed building and revellers dancing on the marble floors all sides.

John Digweed has been confirmed to play an extended three-hour set at the historic party.

Tickets are priced at £28, and you can grab yours here.

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ManiFest

The Oast House

Friday 3 June

One of the most popular city centre venues is back with another edition of its free music festival this Jubilee bank holiday.

The Oast House has launched a brand-new music festival, and it kicked-off for the first time over the extended Easter bank holiday weekend, with a full day of tunes provided by local musicians throughout the one-day event – and now, it’s back once again for the upcoming Jubilee bank holiday on Friday 3 June.

The festival, which is named ManiFest, takes over The Oast House’s large outdoor terrace area, with a dedicated stage set up, street food, and free-flowing drinks.

You can find out more here.

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Jubilee Street Party

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Friday 3 June

One of Manchester’s grandest hotels is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a rather unique event this week.

A whole host of Manchester’s best DJs and bands will descend onto The Refuge’s terrace on Friday 3 June to celebrate in royal style. Curated by The Refuge team, the Jubilee Street Party will showcase a diverse range of up-and-coming talent, alongside established names from around the city and beyond playing music with a tongue-in-cheek nod to the royal family from 1-10pm.

It’s not all about the live entertainment though, as partygoers can also expect to tuck into an array of different street party nibbles and a themed cocktail menu fit for a queen.

You can find out more and grab tickets here.

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Featured Image – Hatch | Manchester Flower Show

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