Bank holiday

May Bank Holiday 2017: Things to Do

Creative Tourist

With Salford’s premier music festival Sounds From the Other City, a nocturnal-themed adventure trail for families and the largest photography festival in the North all colliding beautifully around the first May Bank Holiday (29 April – 1 May), we thought we’d put together a guide to the very best things to do over the long weekend.

For more ideas, read our culture guides to exhibitions, music, cinema, theatre, literature and family events – and don’t miss our picks for the best beer gardens, spots for outdoor eating, our favourite roof terraces, hidden bars and afternoon tea haunts in Manchester.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Sounds From The Other City 2018 in Salford

    A billboard and people sitting on the pavement
    Sounds From the Other City 2015. Photo: Mike Hughes.

    Sounds From the Other City 2018 at Islington Mill, Chapel Street, 6 May 2018, from £27.75 - Book now

    This eclectic music festival sprawls along Chapel Street in Salford (the ‘Other City’) for a Sunday of music programmed by independent promoters and creative revelry. Expect madcap happenings, and an immense atmosphere, whatever the weather.

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Festivals 8–17 December 2017, FREE

Lightwaves 2017 at The Quays

Cinema 8–18 December 2017, from £5.00

A Tim Burton Trio at HOME

Families 24 November–18 December 2017, FREE

Snö Garden at Camp & Furnace

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Cinema 8–18 December 2017, from £5.00

A Tim Burton Trio at HOME

Cinema 12 November–19 December 2017, from £5.00

The Enchanted Screen at FACT

Theatre 20 September–20 December 2017,

Contact Autumn Season 2017

Families 13–20 December 2017, from £5.00

The Siege of Christmas at Contact

Childrens 16 November–20 December 2017, FREE

Chester Christmas Market 2017

Blade of the Immortal
Cinema 8–20 December 2017, from £5.00

Blade of the Immortal at HOME

Cinema 9–23 December 2017, from £5.00

It’s A Wonderful Life at HOME