August Bank Holiday in Manchester

From alternative Pride events to live music and foodie pop-ups, we don't need an excuse to go out... but we'll take it. If there was ever a time to go hard on the weekend, it's when that extra day off comes around. Bringing you the best in Northern hospitality, here's our guide to August bank holiday in Manchester.

With a 5-day extravaganza at Escape to Freight Island, this Queer Power event is raising money for Manchester Pride come bank holiday weekend. Expect the likes of Reform Radio, a takeover from Bollox, a Love Party disco and RuPaul stars Baga Chipz and Divina De Campo.

Pride at Cruz 101

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Dust off the Pride flags and dig out that glitter because Cruz 101 is back baby. Head to the Princess Street party spot for a bank holiday weekender with seated events and limited capacity... you'll want to book in advance for this one.

Bank holiday Monday is your final chance to take advantage of 50% off at some of Manchester's best restaurants. While a few spots will be continuing into September, this will be the last call for discounted dining in the majority.

Whether you're nursing a sore head or rewarding yourself after a productive long weekend, our pick of the best Sunday roasts is just what you need. From beautifully cooked meats to veggie twists with all the trimmings, here's our insider guide.