The Quays will play host to a number of fantastic events and attractions this summer, including a new commission from Quays Culture, which will see four gigantic endangered species sculptures migrate to the metropolis of MediaCityUK. There will also be acclaimed theatre productions, monthly artisan food and craft markets and annual sporting events.
The Quays is Greater Manchester’s stunning waterfront destination and home to some of the most spectacular attractions and iconic buildings in the UK. It’s one of the Northwest’s best cultural, sporting and leisure destinations; housed within one square mile, all of its attractions are within easy walking distance, making it the ideal location for a day out or weekend break. The Quays is a one-stop destination for entertainment, dining out, arts, culture and shopping!
A spectacular waterside venue housing theatres, galleries, a restaurant, cafe and bar, The Lowry offers visitors the chance to enjoy the very best in visual art and performance. And this season is no exception with a fantastic selection of family theatre productions including Fantastic Mr Fox(Wednesday 5th July – Sunday 9th July), The Railway Children (Tuesday 25th July – Sunday 30th July) and The Tiger Who Came To Tea(Thursday 27th July – Sunday 30th July). Also coming up; The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre is set to be taken over by a visually stunning feast of light, sound, colour and technology from UK artists Marshmallow Laser Feast, for its IRIS exhibit from Friday 26th May – Sunday 16th July. And previously unseen photographs of LS Lowry, by Clive Arrowsmith, one of the world’s most celebrated international photographers, famous for many iconic fashion and portrait images of the last 50 years will be on show from Saturday 10th June – Sunday 24th September in the Lowry at Home: Salford 1966 exhibition.
Sports lovers take note, the Manchester to Liverpool Bike Ride takes place on Sunday 11th June and the Salford Triathlon will happen onSunday 30th July. Both events will make for a great day out for both competitor and spectator. The Manchester to Liverpool Bike Ride is now in its twelfth year and has added a third 80 mile route option for those looking to really stretch their legs as they make their way alongside the coast to finish at Liverpool’s beautiful Croxeth Hall. The Salford Triathlon returns again for triathletes of all abilities to take part in, racing on fast flat courses around MediaCityUK at Salford Quays.
Thrill seekers and sport fans can book a wide range of courses and activities at Helly Hansen Watersports Centre’s Open Hire session including, windsurfing and kayaking to sailing and canoeing.
Take in the history at Ordsall Hall, the wonderful Tudor manor house just 10 minutes from Manchester city centre. From its FREE Ordsall Garden Party on Sunday 16th July, a traditional family friendly event with birds of prey, a bouncy castle, live music and dancing, food stalls and children’s activities, to its adults only Gin Tasting on Thursday 18th May, there’s something for everyone! There will also be outdoor theatre on Friday 23rdJune, as Shakespeare’s iconic Romeo & Juliet is played out in the atmospheric surroundings of Ordsall Hall’s gardens, the perfect setting for an evening of entertainment. Other outdoor theatre performances over the summer include As You Like It (Thursday 20th July) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Thursday 10th August).
Quays Culture’s Unnatural Borders exhibition launches on Saturday 20th May until Monday 29th May. Endangered species from land and sea migrate to the metropolis of MediaCityUK, in the form of four gigantic endangered species sculptures – Polar Bear, Whale, Red Squirrel and a Bee.Unnatural Borders is a Quays Culture exclusive commission by Sober Industries (Netherlands), and explores the interaction and impact between human civilization and the animal kingdom environment. By day the sculptures tower over the public on large separate plinths, and when the sun sets at 9pm they are illuminated with stunning visual projections, bringing a magical show of light and illusion to these 3D animals and their location.This is a must-see attraction in May – and even better, it’s free to visit!
Lowry Outlet MediaCityUK will host its fabulous Makers Market throughout summer months; bringing an array of quality artisan foods, drinks, and award-winning craftsmen to its open-air Plaza area on the last weekend of every month*. Continuing its collaboration The Makers Market, Lowry Outlet Makers Market will host more than 60 stalls each month, offering shoppers, food enthusiasts and families a day out with a difference. As well as showcasing award-winning local food, drink, art and craft producers, there will also be live music, performance, seasonal events, and activities for children too. With stallholders changing each month there’s always something new to come and see.
Set sail, and take a boat ride along Manchester’s historic ship canal and explore the city’s stunning scenery with City Centre Cruises, which offer a range of cruise attractions, including a Sunday Lunch Cruise that can be booked throughout the summer months. If you fancy traveling further afield, Mersey Ferries offer a fascinating six-hour trip where you will travel the 35-miles of the canal to Liverpool enjoying spectacular scenery and lively commentary along the way. At the end of the cruise you are returned to your point of departure by a dedicated coach transfer.
With so much to see in just one day, take the opportunity to rest your head at one of the top-quality, yet affordable hotels in the area. The Copthorne Hotel Manchester has a Hello Weekend package, check-in on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and enjoy a weekend stay with free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Hotel Football, the world’s first football hotel, located opposite Manchester United’s OId Trafford stadium, offers match day hospitality and a rooftop football pitch. The four-star 133-bedroom hotel is the go-to destination for fans, families, business users and tourists as each bedroom comes with a rainforest shower, complimentary snack bar filled with retro sweets and a 40-inch Smart TV, including all SKY Sports and BT Sport channels. For those looking for a bite to eat, Café Football, located within Hotel Football, offers a fun, relaxed dining experience influenced by the spirit of the game. Football fans and foodies alike will appreciated its diverse, well-rounded menu with some subtle nods to the beautiful game. And children can enjoy the fantastic Kids Menu with a trip up to the Sweet Shop or Ice Cream Parlour included, so all the family are happy.
And if that’s not enough, a tempting selection of local and seasonal produce is on offer at Lime, an independent restaurant and bar located in the heart of The Quays. Foodie offers for the season ahead include, the Express Menu, where diners can get two courses for £9.95 (Mon-Fri 11am-5pm); Steak Thursday, enjoy a 8oz Sirloin Steak for only £12.95 throughout the day; and Sunday Roasts with all the trimmings for just £10.95. Whether it’s a business lunch, post-work drinks, pre-theatre dinner or a romantic meal, Lime is the perfect destination. There’s also a DJ every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm.
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