May Bank Holiday Events and Parties 2023

An extra day off makes your weekend really count, so it's the perfect excuse to let your hair down. Whether you're after boozy brunch, alfresco sipping at the city's best pubs or unmissable live music, our guide has the goods. Read on to uncover the best things to do this May bank holiday in Manchester.




Home to some of the best events in Manchester throughout 2022, Hashtag Parties certainly don't let up once bank holiday weekends roll around. Expect huge parties, affordable drinks, top tunes and more, all at hot venues across the city.

If the weather's not holding up, these pubs and bars with pool offer light relief. Better yet, some of Manchester's best venues are fronting beer vending machines, arcades, themed cocktails and more games to boot.

@ Manchester Piccadilly Train Station on Various dates from Friday 27th January 2023

If outdoor events in Manchester are catching your eye this May, The Great Game is a top choice. Solve the riddles, crack clues and complete puzzles to follow the trail across the city, discovering famous landmarks or hidden streets as you go. And when 'X' marks the spot? You'll get 20% off food and drink at the chosen pub.

What's on at GRUB

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Whether you want to spend your Manchester bank holiday weekend at bottomless brunch or a 'garden groove' party, GRUB have your back. From Sundays spent dancing to DJs and grabbing cocktails, to street food washed down with unlimited booze on Saturdays, this spot has all bases covered.

Cherry Jam

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Offering up the best of events in Manchester this weekend, Cherry Jam is your home of boozy and bottomless feasts. Whether you head for afternoon tea on Saturday or sharing platters come Sunday, both will be washed down with unlimited cocktails. Better yet, expect musical bingo for entertainment.

If there's one way to spend bank holidays throughout 2022 in Manchester, it's tucking into some tasty plates at an affordable restaurant. Sometimes, there's no need to fork out a load of dough to get a good meal, which means you can spend your money on fun events and activities instead.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Friday 27th January 2023

Spend your 2022 May bank holiday in the clink thanks to Alcotraz, the immersive prison experience and speakeasy bar tucked away on Watson Street. For starters, you'll smuggle your liquor in past the eagle-eyed warden, before sipping bespoke cocktails and befriending crooked guards while watching the action unfold.

Is there a better way to spend UK bank holidays than in a beer garden with a pint in hand? These are all the places you should mosey over to in Manchester, should the sun poke its head out from behind the clouds and you need a relaxing afternoon catching some rays with pals.