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Manchester Events

Manchester Irish Festival

Celebrate all things Irish in Manchester. This extravaganza sees many events staged throughout the city.

Date: 10 March 2023 - 19 March 2023
Venue: Various locations.

Free to spectate.

Great Manchester Run

As one of the UK's most popular 10km (6 miles) races, the Great Manchester Run attracts thousands of runners each year. There is also a Junior and Mini Great Run for young runners.

Date: 21 May 2023 - 21 May 2023
Venue: Throughout the city.

Free to spectate.

The Manchester Caribbean Carnival

Procession made up of steel bands, floats with DJs and colourful dance troupes, as well as stalls selling traditional Caribbean food, drink and handicrafts. Enjoy the infectious rhythms of song and dance as the carnival procession winds its way through the crowds featuring carnival queens and princesses, elaborate costumes and folklore characters.

Date: 12 August 2023 - 13 August 2023
Venue: Alexandra Park, Moss Side.


Manchester Pride

Usually lasting for a few days over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Manchester Pride is an annual festival that celebrates LGBTQ+ life. The party includes a carnival parade, live music, DJs, theatre and comedy, making it an event truly celebrating LGBTQ+ influences in popular culture.

Date: 24 August 2023 - 28 August 2023

Free to spectate parade. Various prices for events.

Manchester Christmas Markets

Charming markets selling a variety of Christmas gifts and glühwein (hot mulled wine).

Date: 10 November 2023 - 22 December 2023
Venue: Albert Square.

Free to spectate.

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Radisson Blu Edwardian

Retaining the vintage features of the Free Trade Hall, where the suffragettes rallied, Bob Dylan went electric in 1965, and the Sex Pistols played in 1976, the Radisson Edwardian is a contemporary hotel with every kind of creature comfort. Within easy walking distance of some of the city's best attractions, the hotel has an indoor infinity pool, a fitness centre and high-speed Internet access.

Lowry Hotel

Located in the Chapel Wharf area on the Salford-Manchester boundary, this is one of the finest hotels in Manchester, a stunning haven of glittering glass and steel, with 164 elegant rooms that include intense flashes of colour amid quietly expensive neutral colour schemes. Bathrooms are marble-lined and there's also a gym and spa, and a spectacular riverside restaurant. There is live entertainment in the River Bar and Terrace most evenings.

The Midland

The Midland is a Grade II-listed Edwardian building that exudes elegance and charm, but is reasonably priced. There are 312 en-suite bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style that's in keeping with the building. Rooms are dotted with polished wood furniture and each comes with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and Internet access.

Great John Street

Housed in a former Victorian schoolhouse, the Great John Street Hotel is one of Manchester's slickest new boutique hotels. Duplex suites come with flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi and rainforest showers. Some even have views of the set of Coronation Street. Be sure to try out the swanky bar too.

The Light Aparthotel

If you want a place to hunker down for a longer stay, this apartment hotel is the perfect fit. It's slap bang in the middle of town and rooms are surprisingly good value considering the space offered. There's even a penthouse if you're feeling flush.


This hotel is not unlike the others in this well-established chain with contemporary bedrooms featuring in-room entertainment and eco-friendly toiletries. There are also two junior suites should you wish to upgrade. Novotel has extensive dining facilities too plus a fully-equipped gym and relaxation zone featuring a sauna steam room and heated loungers.