Unfurl the bunting, raise the flag, and cover the tables in flimsy cloth: It’s jubilee time. You’ve come to the right place if you’re at a loss for things to do or places to go in Manchester this royal bumper weekend. The northern city has a bewildering array of spaces and events that you can experience during this unprecedented Jubilee. You’ve Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in which to embrace the queenly pursuit of hedonism and the finer things Manchester has to offer.
For a quaint Jubilee – Afternoon tea with the Ivy at Spinningfields
An iconic Jubilee activity, afternoon tea at the Ivy is an authentically refined way to mark the 70 years Queen Elizabeth has kept the throne warm. The Ivy’s Manchester residence is a verdant and modern venue that gives you the air of a royal garden within the boundary of central Manchester.
Raise a Jubilee pint (or two) – The many, many pubs of Manchester
There are some who say the Jubilee weekend is merely an excuse to indulge in that oh so traditional British tradition of heading straight to the pub. With four whole days of celebrating to get on with you’re going to need a robust roster of pubs to fall back on when the inevitable question of ‘pint?’ is raised.
Celebrate the Jubilee in the sky – 20 Stories
We can’t know for sure what the Queen would make of partygoers, ushering in her 70th reigning year with themed cocktails, live DJs and panoramic views. We do know that you’ll love it though, and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Bao to the Queen – Cottonopolis
Achieving a fusion of Asian food and the Jubilee celebration (whilst also having the best pun-leaning event name on the list), Cottonopolis have gone all out for the long weekend, offering brunches, cocktails, live music and a stunning post-industrial setting.
Have a flower-themed Jubilee – Manchester Flower Show
What better way to mark the Platinum Jubilee than through a sea of petals, pollen and floral perfume (okay, maybe one to avoid if you’re susceptible to hayfever). This is a truly city-wide celebration, with shops, streets and restaurants getting into the spirit with a bedazzling array of flowers.
A genuine street party – The Refuge
Okay, so the harsh truth is: not every Manchester street will be getting the long tables out and clinking china. Never fear, though – The Refuge at Kimpton Clocktower has you covered. Their terrace-based street party may not exactly take place on a road, but the aesthetics, food and drinks will have you feeling like a true subject in no time at all. You might even bump into a neighbour or two.