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A huge festival with motorbikes, stunt riders, beer and BBQ is coming to Manchester

The unique festival will be taking over Depot Mayfield in May…

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Manchester is set to welcome its first ever motorbike festival this spring, complete with stunt riders, booze and the city’s finest BBQ food.

The Mancunia Motorcycle Festival will be bringing the very best of custom motorbikes, food, drink, and entertainment to Manchester for the first time, alongside a whole host of live entertainment and quality food and drink.

There will be a variety of factory and custom motorcycles to see throughout the festival, courtesy of shed builders, hand-built specialists and major manufacturers.

And for those wanting to see the bikes in action, the festival’s headliners, Motorbike giants Royal Enfield, will be bringing their official stunt rider Lee Bowers, who will be on hand to show off his incredible skills across the weekend.

Mancunia Motorcycle Festival

Mancunia Motorcycle Festival

But the line-up isn’t strictly limited to motorbikes; festival organisers have secured a number of Manchester’s finest hospitality vendors to provide some quality food and drink across the weekend.

On the drinks front, Manchester Union will be hosting a mini craft beer festival within the festival, featuring local breweries Cloudwater Brew CoPomona Island BeerWild Beer Co and Rivington.

There will also be a guest ‘low and no’ alcohol bar for those travelling by bike to the festival. 

And to soak up the beer, the legends over at Bunny Jacksons will be throwing open the doors of their brand-new ‘Wing Wagon’, which will be serving up their famous chicken wings and a selection of cocktails.

Red’s True BBQ will also be on hand at the grill, alongside local heroes the Butchers Quarter and Manchester’s own Meat + Three experts Kong’s Chicken Shop. 

Mancunia Motorcycle Festival

Mancunia Motorcycle Festival

The weekend will also see demos from Master Built and Kamado Joe, who will be serving up bites with some serious guest chefs.

The festival’s co-promotor Will Evans, who owns Manchester’s Union Brewery, said: “This is an event I have wanted to create for some years now. The north of England isn’t well-served when it comes to motorcycle shows of any kind and we really want to bring something fresh and new to Manchester.

“Depot Mayfield is an amazing venue, and we have a huge amount of space to be able to put on something truly special bike wise, add in some amazing entertainment alongside some amazing food and drink offering from our partners at Escape to Freight Island.”

The Mancunia Motorcycle Festival is scheduled for May 6th – May 8th 2022 at DEPOT MAYFIELD in Manchester’s city centre. 

Tickets go on sale March 4th, but early bird tickets are available with a special discount offer NOW. Get tickets here.

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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

Get this one in your diary!

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

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Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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Billie Eilish announces FOUR Manchester shows as part of world tour

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Pop star Billie Eilish is coming to Manchester, with four dates confirmed at the new Co-op Live arena.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning pop icon will be playing Manchester’s newest arena on July 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd, 2025.

The dates are part of a full world tour taking place next year, in the wake of Hit Me Hard And Soft, her fourth studio album which is due out on May 17th.

The full UK dates:

  • 7 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 8 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 10 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 11 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 13 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 14 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 16 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 17 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 19 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 20 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 22 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 23 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester


Presale tickets go live tomorrow, Tuesday April 30th, at 12pm and are exclusive for Co-op members only.

To become a Co-op member, click HERE, and enjoy exclusive benefits.

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