The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 7 – 13 June 2021, The Manc

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 7 – 13 June 2021

A go-to guide for what’s on and what’s happening in the region this week.

It’s finally starting to feel like summer.

It’s been a couple of weeks since the national lockdown restrictions were relaxed now – and Greater Manchester has started springing back into life once again, with the much-needed warmer weather and sunshine set to stick around for a little longer.

With things looking up and sunny days on the horizon, we’ve put together another edition of our ‘what’s on’ guide for the city of Manchester and beyond.

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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RHS Garden Bridgewater

Salford

Monday 31 May – 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.

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

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Box on the Docks

MediaCityUK

Monday 7 June – onwards

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 7 – 13 June 2021, The Manc
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.

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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Electric Gamebox

Manchester Arndale

Monday 7 June – onwards

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 7 – 13 June 2021, The Manc

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.

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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Snorkel with Sharks

SEA LIFE Manchester

Monday 7 – Sunday 13 June

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 7 – 13 June 2021, The Manc
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 8 – Saturday 26 June

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 7 – 13 June 2021, The Manc
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 2 June – 31 August

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 7 – 13 June 2021, The Manc
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 will include, 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 will also explore 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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Secret City

EventCity

Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 June

Park N Party – the team that delivered both the sell-out successes of ScareCity, ChristmasCity and a number of other outdoor live events throughout 2020 – has launched a new venture titled SecretCity, and there’s a whole host of immersive drive-in entertainment events happening this week.

There’s screenings of scary cinema favourites including Insidious, Annabelle, Goosebumps, The Nun and more all on show throughout the week.

Tickets must be booked in advance, and you can grab yours from £35 per car here.

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mjf @ Escape to Freight Island

Depot Mayfield

Saturday 11 – Sunday 13 June

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mjf @ Escape to Freight Island

Manchester Jazz Festival is bringing three days of music right to Escape to Freight Island at Depot Mayfield this weekend.

The team behind the region’s longest-running music festival will bring the very best in contemporary jazz to three stages – ‘The Ticket Hall’, ‘The Round’ and ‘The Pavilion’ – at the highly-popular Piccadilly venue this June.

A selection of street food and open-air bars will complete the festival vibe.

The event will be free to access, and audiences can book tables across the venue throughout each day of the extended weekend.

You can book your tickets for mjf @ Escape to Freight Island here.

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Vegan & Ethical Markets

Victoria Baths

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 June

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Victoria Baths

Manchester’s Victoria Baths is gearing up to host its first-ever ethical and sustainable markets 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 12 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 September 25, 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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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.

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Totally Roarsome

Mottram Hall

Monday 7 – Sunday 13 June

The best things to do in Greater Manchester this week | 7 – 13 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.

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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