May Bank Holiday Events and Parties 2022

An extra day off makes your weekend really count, and with two bank holidays this month, this is the perfect excuse to let your hair down... especially as lockdown eases. Whether you're after boozy brunch, alfresco sipping at the city's best bars and restaurants or an unmissable activity to get your heart racing keep up to date with our bucket list of the best things to do this May bank holiday in Manchester.

Last updated on 4th June 2021

Manchester is well and truly on track for an epic summer, with places across the city hosting unmissable reopening parties. Spend your second May bank holiday boozing on terraces, browsing street food stalls and dancing in your seat to a soundtrack of live DJs.

Be transported to the golden age of reality TV with this virtual immersive experience. You'll take part in your very own show, facing vote-offs, challenges and plenty more head-scratching scenarios, with a guest appearance from one of Big Brother's most iconic stars. 


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YES is hosting a series of rooftop soirees this May, with the bank holiday being a perfect excuse to pay them a visit. Hunker down in the newly-built terrace space where you'll get to enjoy unlimited Amstel, G&Ts and prosecco with bites from Döner Summer or Pepperoni Playboy.

The Lawn Club

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The Lawn Club is one of Manchester's hottest summer hangouts, with private pods, green houses and alfresco drinking areas to book for your May bank holiday celebrating. When it comes to refreshments, expect wholesome burgers, bagels and bowls to enjoy under the sun.

Looking for ways to celebrate the first May bank holiday in Manchester? These outdoor restaurants will help to get you ready for the long weekend with bites to eat and flowing drinks. And if the weather isn't looking so good, fear not, we've got plenty of heated and covered places too. 

From buff bingo to Gaga-themed brunches and plenty more, Bougie Drag & Boy Toy Events are kicking off the return of live events in Manchester. Nab a place at one of their weekend happenings and raise a glass to the bank hols with some of the UK's biggest drag superstars.

Escape To Freight Island is a massive outdoor space that houses bars, renowned food vendors and a jam-packed event schedule. That's not all though, as the venue has announced a massive bank holiday festival celebrating all things culinary, taking over from 28th to 31st May.