The King Street Festival: What’s On announced1st May 2019
King Street Festival 2019
King Street, Manchester City Centre
Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 June 2019
Manchester’s fashionable King Street Festival returns on Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June, celebrating the city’s most iconic shopping street since the 1800s.
The annual festival, organised by Manchester’s Business Improvement District (Manchester BID), celebrates King Street’s timeless architecture and rich history with a glorious weekend filled with alfresco dining, live music, a pop-up gin bar, lawn games and family activities, historical tours, VIP shopping experiences and the return of the prestigious Manchester Flower Show.
King Street is home to over 50 stores, restaurants and hotels including Boodles, DKNY, Belstaff, Virgin Money Lounge, Jigsaw, Kiehls, Cath Kidston, Rosso, King Street Townhouse and this year’s festival travel sponsor, Kuoni, who will be giving away a luxury 5* holiday to Mexico.
Visitors can get into the festival spirit with a whole host of events, exclusive discounts and competitions throughout the weekend from King Street stores, restaurants and bars including alfresco dining at Tast and El Gato Negro. I Love Manchester will be hosting its very own gin bar and the festival’s popular King Street Cocktail Trail is back with a range of summer cocktails created especially for the festival by King Street’s best bars and restaurants, priced at £5 each.
With a big focus on family-friendly activities for 2019, there’s lots to keep little (and big) kids busy. Fit for mini Kings and Queens, RHS Bridgewater’s floral crown making workshops will ensure everyone’s festival look is complete, plus there’s lawn games aplenty including giant chess, giant Connect 4 and jenga.
This year’s festival also includes a special focus on Peterloo, two hundred years on, with historic tours by Jonathan Schofield and talks courtesy of Manchester’s Histories Festival.
Transforming King Street into a botanical paradise for its festival weekend, the Manchester Flower Show will see balconies, lamp posts, bus stops, shop windows and parking bays bloom with Flower Power themed floral installations from the region’s best floristry, produce and gardening talent, alongside a market of gardening products, outdoor accessories and flowers.
Doubling in size this year and supported by RHS Bridgewater, the event pays homage to the original Manchester Flower Show which began in 1955 and returned to the city last year after a 15 year hiatus.
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