It’s true. We’re spoilt for bank holidays in May. So by the 24th, you may have used up all of your inspiration on how to spend that extra day off in Manchester. But don’t worry, here are some of our top picks to help you make the most of the bank holiday.


1. Get yourself some GRUB


If you haven’t been to Mayfield Depot to check out the GRUB food fair, you’re missing out! It’s the perfect spot to spend an afternoon or evening with your favourite people. Serving up an eclectic array of delicious street food and quality craft beer, you’ll find something for every taste. And the best bit? Entry is completely free.


Open from 12 pm- 10 pm, click here to find out which GRUB traders will be there over the long weekend.


2. Try something new at The Stock Exchange


Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you pop on a suit and head onto the trading floor. The first annual Stock Exchange is taking place on 25th May at Saddlers Yard, where you’ll be invited to try your hand at bartering. You don’t need money at this event, simply bring along some objects that you can use to trade for other amenities.


The aim is to change up our buying habits and make us all more aware of an eco-friendlier way to live. (Not to mention, it’s an excellent opportunity to have a little clear out!) You can expect plenty of food and music too!


Learn more about The Stock Exchange here.


3. Enjoy the great outdoors


Fingers crossed it will be another scorching hot bank holiday weekend (it’s happened before!) Manchester has some gorgeous parks and gardens in the surrounding areas and suburbs. Our favourite has to be Heaton Park; jump on a tram and within 15 minutes, you have 600 acres of hilly, green goodness to roam about in.


From boating on the lake to visiting the protected beehives, you’ll find lots to keep you busy at Heaton Park. Don’t forget your picnic basket and blanket too!


Opening times and activities can be found here.


4. Tour the taprooms


How about spending some time getting better acquainted with the many breweries of Manchester? Sounds good to us. From historic families such as JW Lees & Robinsons to the new and growing collection of microbreweries nestled away in Ancoats, Manchester’s craft beer scene is buzzing. We’ve picked a few of our favourites you to check out:


Robinsons Brewery – with over 180 years of experience under their belt, the Robinson family is one of the oldest and most respected families in British brewing. The brewery, based in Stockport has all of the original brewing equipment displayed alongside the newer more modern equipment, giving you a real insight into the past.


Cloudwater Brew Co– If you know a thing or two about beer, you’ll have seen these guys grow over the past 5 years. Their modern brewery feels almost clinical, and you’ll get a real understanding of how they ensure quality and consistency in their world class beers. Make sure you visit their taproom too.


Alphabet Brewing Company– If you like your beers with personality, get yourself down to this microbrewery. Hidden underneath the archway, you’ll be amazed at how many beers such a small operation can make. Keep your eyes peeled for their Juice and Moose Springsteen range of beers!


Say hello to… The Home of Entertaining Living


If you have a moment, come and say hello to The Green Rooms us at MediaCity UK – the home on entertaining living. With everything the discerning city-dweller could desire including arts, culture, food and nightlife, MediaCityUK is a great place to come and explore.


Find out more about us and our modern, spacious and social living in Manchester here.

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