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You can have a picnic inside an empty Grade II-listed Manchester swimming pool this summer

The popular 'Picnic in the Pool' event is back.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 12th June 2024

One of Manchester’s most iconic heritage sites is bringing back a hugely-popular family event this summer.

The stunning Grade II-listed Victoria Baths, just outside of the city centre, is known for hosting all sorts of seasonal events throughout the year – with the most-recent being a wholesome SpringFest full of art, street food, live music, and all sorts of family-friendly activities, as well as its continually-running tours and ‘Welcome Wednesdays’ series.

But in a couple of months time, one of the legendary venue’s best-loved events is set to return by popular demand, and it’ll be just like the retro summers of years gone by.

Described as being an “annual highlight” in the Victoria Baths’ calendar and set to take over the empty Gala Pool at the heart of the historic building, families are invited bring their “tastiest treats, cosiest blankets, and snuggly cushions” and pop along for afternoon of fun.

The popular ‘Picnic in the Pool’ returns to Victoria Baths in a couple of months time / Credit: Victoria Baths

Picnic in the Pool will transform the hollowed-out swimming baths into a “weatherproof picnic paradise” when schools are out for summer on Wednesday 14 August.


Kicking off from midday, the venue is promising a day full of “good food and great company”.

Come rain or shine – and we all know that here in Manchester, there’s a good chance it could be the former on the day – there’ll be plenty chance to “create cherished memories” as you picnic under the iconic building’s glorious glass roof, and tuck into your own picnic food or enjoy snacks and drinks bought from the on-site Tea Room.


As well as the picnic itself, there’ll also be lots of retro lawn games on the day, as well as a craft area, a building trail, and even a dedicated ‘Little Zone’ area for smaller adventurers to play with toys, books, and more.

Tickets to this year’s Picnic in the Pool on Wednesday 14 August from 12-3pm are now on sale, and will set you back just £1 each.

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Find out more and grab your tickets here, or just pay on the door on the day.

Featured Image – Victoria Baths