What's On

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 4 – 10 July 2022

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 1st July 2022

We’re saying hello to another new month across Greater Manchester.

Although 2022 is over half way through, and the months have passed us by so quickly, the start of July does mean that summer is really here now, 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.

Here’s our top picks.

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Amazônia

Science and Industry Museum

Monday 4 July – 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.

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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Sounds of the City 2022

Castlefield Bowl

Monday 4 – Friday 8 July

Sounds of the City 2022 / Credit: SOTC

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

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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 has taken over Castlefield Bowl for a series of headline concerts.

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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Box on the Docks

MediaCityUK

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Monday 4 July – 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.

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 an exciting lineup of live music and events for all ages.

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You can find out more here.

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British Pop Archive

John Rylands Library

Monday 4 July – onwards

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

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

Find out more here.

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Summer Daze

Trafford Centre

Monday 4 July – 4 September

An all-new water park, funfair, beach, and giant 15sq m outdoor screen showing classic films and some of the summers biggest sporting events are all arriving at the Trafford Centre from this week.

The UK’s third largest shopping centre has announced that its “most significant outdoor event to date” will offer a full lineup of family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy throughout the day and into the night.

Summer Daze will span an impressive 2.5 acres of land, and will be located outside the Great Hall up until 4 September. 

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One of the new events arriving for 2022 is the Trafford Centre’s summer of sport – which is now live – and it will give sports-lovers the chance to gain free to access to a fan zone to watch some of the summer’s biggest sporting events such as Wimbledon, Tour De France, UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, and the Athletics World Championships, all on a 15sq m giant outdoor screen.

You can find out more here.

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Greater Manchester Fringe 2022

Greater Manchester

Monday 4 – Sunday 31 July

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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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Crossing The Line: The Story of Women’s Football

National Football Museum

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Wednesday 6 July – onwards

The National Football Museum and Manchester City Council is launching a new exhibition dedicated to the history of the women’s game this week.

Coinciding with the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 tournament, the new exhibition, Crossing the Line: The Story of Women’s Football, chronicles the game’s early growth, the effects of the FA’s de facto 1921 ban, its survival and its resurgence in recent decades.

The exhibition is split into two halves, with the first half telling the story of the women’s game up until the ban, from its nineteenth-century origins to the all-conquering Dick, Kerr Ladies, and the second half kicks off later in the summer, focusing on the present state of play within women’s football, from the grassroots up to the professional game.

Find out more here.

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UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Manchester Fan Party

Piccadilly Gardens

Wednesday 6 – Sunday 31 July

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Manchester Fan Party / Credit: UEFA

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 has announced a huge festival of football this summer.

In Manchester, all the action will happen in Piccadilly Gardens from 11am – 4pm each day from Wednesday 6 July to Sunday 31 July, and thousands of fans from across Europe are expected to descend on the city centre.

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Fans will be able to watch all the matches on a big screen, as well as enjoy food and drink which will be available throughout the tournament. 

Find out more here.

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World Chocolate Day at GRUB

Cheetham Hill

Thursday 7 July

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World Chocolate Day / Credit: GRUB

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 Dormouse Chocolates and The Runaway Brewery as they pair up some taste sensations of micro brews and micro batch chocolate for you to try.

You’ll learn about how their beer and chocolates are made, whilst hearing the stories and tasting the flavours of five different bars and beers.

Tickets are £10, and you can find out more and grab yours here.

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Horse Meat Disco & Supernature DJs

Joshua Brooks

Saturday 9 July

City centre bar, restaurant, nightlife destination, and live music venue Joshua Brooks is welcoming Horse Meat Disco and Supernature DJs for an all-night set this Saturday 9 July.

Horse Meat Disco has been celebrating the sounds of disco even before it became cool. Tthey love the music and it shows in the longevity of the club and the worldwide recognition this London gay night has achieved amongst the coolest DJs and artists on the planet.

Tickets are now available to buy online, setting you back just £21 each, and you must be 18 or over to gain entry.

Find more information and grab tickets here.

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Etihad Abseil

Etihad Stadium

Sunday 10 July

Etihad Abseil / Credit: Manchester City

Manchester City and City in the Community is hosting its first ever Etihad Abseil on Sunday 10 July, and it’s set to be an event for the whole family to enjoy.

It’s giving football fans who feel brave enough the opportunity to abseil down the turrets positioned next to East Reception of the Etihad Stadium, right in front of the iconic City statues of heroes Vincent Kompany, David Silva, and Sergio Aguero.

You can find out more here.

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South Terrace Yoga with FORM MCR

King Street Townhouse

Sunday 10 July

One of Manchester’s most popular hotels is hosting another one of its yoga brunches on the terrace overlooking the city’s skyline this weekend.

As part of a ‘Spring and Summer Wellness’ events series geared towards those who are keen to start the day with the best intentions, King Street Townhouse is inviting you to “stretch with the city skyline as your backdrop” at an exclusive yoga and brunch event on its impressive sixth-floor terrace.

The one-hour class is run by FORM – a personal and group training community in Manchester that focuses on finding a sustainable way of achieving fitness goals – and it’s suitable for all abilities.

The class will be followed by brunch with a smoothie to sip on once you’re done, and you’ll even get an ESPA and Perricone MD skincare goodie bag to take away with you too.

You can find out more and book your place here.

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Featured Image – FORM MCR | Sounds of the City