With a heatwave on the horizon and temperatures soaring up to 29 degrees this weekend, we’ve compiled a list of places to go to get you in the summer mood. All you need is a bottle of water, suncream, and probably a hat!
Every Saturday Manchester is blessed with Altrincham market, a lively space with an indoor food court, housing various vendors, as well as a craft area and plentiful rows of market stalls outside. If you haven’t been before this weekend is the perfect time to treat yourself to an authentic Neapolitan pizza while you sit outside soaking up the rays and sipping on an Aperol spritz.
Beer Gardens Galore
Fancy a boozy summer session this weekend? Lock 91, Rain Bar, and Dukes 92 are just a few of the many pubs in Manchester which offer bustling beer gardens. If, like me, you’re more of a gin person then Atlas Bar is the place to be offering over 250 varieties of gin which can be enjoyed alfresco this weekend, and all year round. The Oast House is also a student favourite, providing tons of outdoor seating alongside live music performances on their open air stage.
Where better to spend this weekend’s heatwave than having a picnic in a beautiful setting, surrounded by deer. The park offers various fantastic walking routes for you and your housemates, as well as the option to explore the lovely house and its grounds. There are gift shops which cater to all, from food & drink to a second-hand book stall, and a plant sale area so that you can take a little bit of Dunham Massey home with you. They even have an outdoor cinema coming in August, so keep your eyes peeled for dates!
Freight Island Skatefire Club
Is Stranger Things your jam? If so, head down to Escape to Freight Island this weekend to don a pair of rollerskates and boogie along to the soundtrack of the show we all know and love. Tickets are on sale from £7 per head and they welcome all abilities, including those who just want to have a laugh at their friends falling over.
Hale Barns Carnival
If you’re feeling in the festival spirit, the Hale Barns carnival, starting Friday 15th-17th, is not one to be missed. You’ll be greeted with live music, amazing bars, and a foodie village to satisfy all your cravings, as well as funfair rides and a classic car show. While tickets start at £30.25, with all that’s on offer it is definitely worth a visit.