Four ways to entertain friends in Manchester this summer

The Great British summertime is upon us and while most of us have had the chance to enjoy warmer temperatures and sunshine in recent weeks, we all know that in the UK – and Manchester, of all places – it is something we simply cannot take for granted.


As such, if you’re set to welcome visitors to the city in the coming weeks it is probably sensible to have a few ideas in mind about how you can enjoy the sun this summer.


Furthermore, you should also have some contingency plans in place if rain sadly does go on to stop play.


Here are a few of our thoughts on the activities you could consider as you prepare for all eventualities…


Rooftop bars


When the sun is out and friends are in town, few options are quite as enticing as heading to a rooftop bar to soak up some rays and have a drink or two.


While the Cloud 23 bar at the Hilton on Deansgate is a great way to see Manchester from above and impress friends in the process, more informal roof terraces can be found at bars across the city.


The Restaurant Bar and Grill, The terrace at Great John Street Hotel and Club Brass, are just a few examples. also provides suggestions on the locations which could prove to be the perfect spot on a warm summer’s evening.

Enjoy a festival


The words ‘summer’ and ‘festival’ go together so well, and there is nothing like sitting out in the sun with a drink and soaking up the atmosphere of a major event.


Unsurprisingly, there is a huge amount going on in and around Manchester in the coming months, so the chances are you will be able to take your friends out for a memorable time.


Particular highlights taking place in August include the amazing Manchester Pride Festival and the Manchester Fake Festival, which features a host of top-quality tribute bands.


Get gaming


But what can you do if the heavens open? Well, a good place to start could certainly be gaming. A host of major titles have been released recently, so maybe you could challenge your friends to the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite ARG experience on mobile or even go classic with F1 2019?


Another option if you’re stuck at home could be to try your hand at online casino gaming, with this page on British casinos highlighting not only the range of different sites that are available but also the number of welcome bonuses which are on offer to new players at the moment.


Alternatively, if you want to brave the weather you could head out to a bar like NQ64, which offers retro arcade and console gaming, or even book one of the city’s escape rooms for a mind-bending race against the clock.


Embrace a bit of culture


Finally, heading to some of the city’s renowned museums and galleries could be a good option in wet weather. From the Science and Industry Museum to IWM North and the People’s History Museum, there are sites which cover a range of topics and can keep people of all ages thoroughly engaged.


Fans of the so-called beautiful game will also love the National Football Museum, which features a host of exhibitions related to the story of the much-loved sport.



Fun come rain or shine


Summer is undoubtedly a time for fun and while it is hard to ever make any guarantees regarding the weather, it is good to know that there is plenty you can do in Manchester whatever happens.


We hope our ideas give you some food for thought and we hope you have a great few summer months!