August Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, and while things aren’t quite back to normal yet, it does seem like this final bank holiday of the summer months will be the best one of 2020. Look, we know that isn’t saying very much, but there are lots of great things happening this weekend, so there’s no reason to spend it indoors rage-tweeting about a government special advisor like you did the last one!
Galleries and museums are joining restaurants, bars and pubs in slowly reopening, which means there’s plenty of socially distanced fun to go round. If you are heading out, please check if you need to book your spot first, and, if your plans do change and you need to cancel, then please let the venue know. We are hearing about lots of people not turning up for their bookings and it’s very frustrating for attractions and businesses who are desperate to get as many people through their doors as they can.
Whatever you do, have a great weekend and be kind to each other.
Here are our top picks of the best things to do this August Bank Holiday Weekend.
Here are our picks
Manchester Art Gallery has reopened with a thought-provoking new exhibition that delves into the history of the public institution and its role within the city. You need to book your free slot, but there’s good availability for the entire weekend. Just remember that the gallery is closed on Monday.
This blockbuster exhibition was due to close at the end of March, but has been extended until 29 November as part of the Science and Industry Museum’s reopening programme. The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, again, you need to book a free ticket in advance, but there’s good availability all weekend.
The sun is threatening to come out this weekend, 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! Enjoy just being in the pub after months solitary confinement.
However, if you’re not ready to get out there and be socially distant in the many excellent bars and pubs which have reopened, then kick back and bring the pub to you. Here are some of the best alcohol delivery options in Manchester.
GRUB Manchester, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M4 4HF - Visit now
Manchester’s legendary independent street food festival GRUB found a permanent home in the Green Quarter earlier this year. They set up GRUB-E-MART during locked down and kept up the spirits of both independent traders and punters alike. Go pay them a visit in person.
That’s right, art galleries in Manchester and Salford are slowly beginning to reopen as lockdown begins to ease. Here’s what we know so far.
Tate Liverpool reopened with a new immersive installation by Mikhail Karikis imagining the possible future of our planet. If you’re enjoying a day in Liverpool, check out And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT and Chila Kumari Burman at OUTPUT too!
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… there’s no judgement here).
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 The High Dam which is the latest work by upcoming artist Emii Alraihas and been extended until the end of November at The Tetley.
At a time when so much of life and culture seems to have migrated online, Cooper Gallery in Barnsley presents Allegories of the Senses – an exhibition centred upon the more tangible qualities of lived experience. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm (closed bank holiday Monday).