Image courtesy of The Refuge

Spring bank holiday in Manchester and the North

Chris Horkan, Music Editor

Spring bank holiday, or late May bank holiday as you may know it, offers the perfect time to do something a little different.

To help you take full advantage of your three-day weekend, we’ve gathered together our top tips – from a city-wide music festival and street-wide takeover by one of the city’s most beloved bands, via The Refuge’s hedonistic three-day-long party, through to the final performance of ‘one of the most impressive pieces of theatre you’ll see this year’, Manchester has plenty to offer.

Further afield, it’s your last chance to catch this year’s Leeds Indie Food Fest, while Liverpool’s diverse celebration of Sgt Pepper is only just kicking off. And if you yearn to escape the city, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is handily launching its latest high-profile showcase.

Read on for details of all of these – and why not check out our half term guide too?

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Electric Weekender 2018 at The Refuge

    Barbarella’s Discotheque by Heather Shuker

    The Electric Weekender 2018 at The Refuge, City Centre, 3–7 May 2018, free entry - Find Out More

    The Refuge hosts three fun-fuelled days of music, food and drinks – from a New York loft-style party on Friday, via a craft beer pub knees-up on Saturday, to Sunday’s all-day Balearic soiree.