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August Bank Holiday in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

August Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, and after the past year and a half, we’re expecting this to be one of the best yet. There are many reasons to be positive – the vaccination rollout is working as expected, restrictions have been eased without a huge uptick in cases and more importantly, when it comes to the August Bank Holiday, there’s a good chance we could have some sunny weather.

The last few Bank Holiday weekends have been something of a damp squib, largely based around online events (which are great, but a real-world experience is always that touch more engaging). But now we can get out there, go and enjoy Manchester’s beautiful and important venues and make the most of what the city has to offer.

Do Manchester proud and be considerate to those around you

There’s everything on offer for the end of August, including galleries and museums, plus practically all restaurants, bars and pubs that have weathered the storm are back open for business. It’s worth a moment’s pause to think about the many great spaces that didn’t make it through the past year and unfortunately had to close. We wish all the owners and staff the best, and hope they return stronger than ever.

And, of course, keep in mind that the pandemic isn’t entirely over so be careful of those around you. Many people are still vulnerable, so if you sense those around you feeling uneasy or cautious, do Manchester proud and be considerate. Wear a mask if it seems like the right thing to do. We’re not out of the woods yet, so let’s do our best, people. And in the meantime, here are some of our must-visit picks for the weekend itself.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Beer Gardens in Manchester & Salford

    The sun might well come out this weekend after a week or two of drizzly rain, so here are some more great places where you can enjoy a drink outdoors in Manchester and Salford. Remember, if your pint does take a couple of extra minutes to arrive, don’t get stressed, these are trying times for hospitality as the country gets back on its feet.

  • 2. District Manchester

    District Manchester
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    District Manchester, 60 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE - Visit now

    Try one of the greatest meals we’ve experienced all year, at the Northern Quarter’s new and wonderful District restaurant. It’s a Thai-themed tasting menu and a treat for your tastebuds from start to finish.

  • 3. Courses and Workshops in the North

    Get creative while meeting new people this Bank Holiday weekend. Spanning a huge variety of visual and textile arts, our new guide to Courses and Workshops in the North has something for everyone. Take a look at what’s on offer, from embroidery to pottery to candle making.

  • 4. Art Galleries in Manchester & Salford

    The Whitworth
    The Whitworth. Photo: Alan Williams.

    That’s right, art galleries in Manchester and Salford are back open, with a wealth of wonderful artwork on display. Spend your extended weekend expanding your mind.

  • 5. Best places to drink outside in Liverpool

    The garden at Free State Kitchen
    The Bombed Out Church Garden Bar. Photo © Vicky Andrews

    If you do decide to see one of the many excellent exhibitions in Liverpool, check out our guide to outside spaces where you can get a good drink afterwards (or before… we won’t judge).

  • 6. Art Galleries in Leeds

    Leeds Art Gallery, galleries in Leeds

    Leeds and its surrounding region is bursting with some of the best galleries and art centres in the North – and they’re beginning to reopen. Here’s where you can go this weekend. We highly recommend From This World To That at The Tetley.