One Big Summer Weekend

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City centre shopping district

The BID hosts an annual summer event in the shopping district. We’ve transformed the streets with Show Gardens at Dig the City and now bring together the best festivals at the start of the school holidays, over one long weekend.

On 28th – 30th  July 2017, The Manchester Picnicmanchester jazz festival and Clownfest Manchester take over Exchange Square and St Ann’s Square, alongside garden bars and street entertainment across the area.

What’s On

School’s (almost) out for the summer, and to mark the start of the holidays we’re delighted to welcome One Big Summer Weekend into Manchester. For three days (28 Jul to 30 Jul), the city centre will be awash with summer fun, thanks to a rather fabulous mash-up of the Manchester Picnicmanchester jazz festival, and, for the first time ever, Clownfest.

Partners and Sponsors


City Partners

Event and Campaign Partners

2017 Press Coverage

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  • Add to your diaries now and let your teams know you’ll be involved
  • Showcase your summer products
  • Host in-store events, DJs, treats and summer gifts to attract shopper into your store
  • Share your activities with your own customers via e-news to databases, social media, display marketing collateral, POS

Click here to download more information including the event site plan and images and video from last year’s event.

2016 Headlines

  • The Manchester Picnic
  • The CoOp Summer Road Show
  • Manchester Jazz Festival stage and summer garden
  • ESOF Science Festival interactive allotment and kid’s play zone
  • Summer food markets, live music and entertainment
  • See the photos

2016 Stats

  • Footfall +5% vs. same weekend in 2015
  • 8,000 attendees at The Manchester Picnic
  • Local & regional press audience: 1,444,426
  • Radio listeners: 4,174,000 impacts
  • 59,097 page views to
  • Outdoor activity: opportunity to see in excess of 5 million
  • £95,6000 AVE of press coverage

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