Quays Culture Summer Festival at The Quays

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Quays Culture Summer Festival
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Quays Culture Summer Festival at The Lowry, Salford 30 May — 2 June 2019 Entrance is free

Summer is our favourite time of year to visit Manchester’s waterfront destination. We love that the changing of the seasons here is set to be heralded in with an enthralling free festival of the finest outdoor arts.

Be immersed in Arboria,  a monumental structure from Nottingham based Architects of Air who create unforgettable large-scale, walk-in “luminaria” around the world.

Walk through an air lock into this peaceful inflatable, artistic experience and pneumatic structure which are renowned for being “a sanctuary for the senses”.  Become immersed in a kaleidoscope of changing colour and light.

The Luminarium are incredible technical feats of artistic design and engineering inspired by nature, geometry, Gothic cathedrals, Islamic architecture and architectural innovators such as Gaudi. It’s an unforgettable, cathedral-like multi-sensory experience which is different at all times of the day depending on the altering daylight.

Luminarium courtesy Architects of Air
Luminarium courtesy Architects of Air


Arboria is inspired by trees, complete with 10 metre high cupola echoing the Chapter House of York Minster and sound experience with recordings from the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest.

The joy of visiting this incredible structure (apart from the gazllions of stunning photos you will take) is being able to take it at your own pace – go mad exploring every nook and cranny, find a favourite spot to sit back, relax and contemplate the universe,  play the most visually stunning game of hide and seek you will ever experience, or take a few moments to reflect and bathe in the stunning light.


The Bullzini Family
The Bullzini Family


Don’t miss an unforgettable finale at 5.30pm on Sunday 2 June. The leading funambulist (official noun for tightrope walker don’t you know) of our age, Christopher Bullzini from The Bullzini Family will perform a 200 metre high wire act across the dock between The Alchemist and MediaCity. The Bullzini Family have been leaving crowds across the world agog in recent years for their daring shows which provide all the big wows, with stunning costume and captivating storytelling. Expect to be transported to a golden age of mesmirising feats.

Across the weekend also look out for dance performances from artists Igor and Moreno and try your hand at circus workshops (including high wire skills) with Skylight Circus Arts.

Definitely not your average day out.

Quays Culture Summer Festival at The Lowry, Salford 30 May — 2 June 2019 Entrance is free

What's on at The Lowry

SIX at The Lowry
SIX at The Lowry

Get ready for a spectacular royal treat this summer as Henry VIII’s six wives go head to head live on stage!

from £28.50

Where to go near Quays Culture Summer Festival at The Quays

Irwell Sculpture Trail

The 33-mile trail, which follows the River Irwell from Salford Quays all the way to Bacup in Pennine Lancashire, has been around for over a decade, but it’s recently been restored and expanded.

Shopping Centre
Lowry Outlet Mall

The Lowry Outlet Mall in The Quays district of Manchester sits opposite both The Lowry and MediaCityUK, Europe’s largest media hub and the home of BBC North.

Bar or Pub
Central Bay

Central Bay is a new waterfront dining and drinking destination at Quayside MediaCity, opening summer 2023.

The Quays
The Alchemist Mediacity

The latest offering from the UK-conquering Alchemist has an energetic vibe similar to others in this highly-regarded chain of restaurants.

at Salford Quays

Jump into waters of dock 9 at Salford Quays with Uswim, they bring the benefits and freedom of open water swimming to the convenience of a central location.

11 Central

11 Central is a new bar and microbrewery launched by local brewing legends SEVEN BRO7HERS BREWING CO at the Central Bay site in Salford.

Ice Rink
MCUK Ice Rink
at Media City

Embrace that most Christmassy of activities and get your skates on outside of the chaotic city centre this winter. The Ice Rink at Media City will be serving festive fun till January 5th.

Booths Media City

The Booths branch at Media City, Salford Quays is much appreciated by TV, radio and media executives who work in the area.

What's on: Families

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

Enjoy fun and creative activities designed to encourage your little ones to play freely in the fresh air, while exploring nature and the outdoors with family and friends.

free entry

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