You’ll likely have noticed that the Piccadilly Gardens fountains are out of action once again. But it’s not because someone stuck a jumper into one of the mechanisms, no – they’ve been covered up with a massive wooden platform – set to be home to an exciting Jubilee ‘Jamboree’ this bank holiday weekend.
Starting on Thursday 2nd June until Sunday 5th June, Manchester City Council have organised a packed schedule of events – hosting a party fit for royalty every day from 11am until 7pm.
The gardens have been completely transformed into a bustling market and, will be the home to a large program of live music and dance performances throughout the extended weekend. It’ll also host loads of food and drinks vendors, plus a bar where you can drink a load of Pimms and gins.
On Thursday 2nd June at 9:45pm, a Beacon will be lit in St Peter’s Square to mark this historic occasion. The Beacon is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth, and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee weekend. The lighting of the Beacon will be accompanied by live music performed by a Piper and the GMP band.
Additionally, Manchester city centre welcomes the return of the city’s prestigious annual flower festival, The Manchester Flower Show.
Headlining this year’s event is The Queen’s Jubilee Trail, hosted by City Co, 10 stunning professional displays, commissioned by Manchester Business Improvement District, located across the city centre inspired by the Queen’s 70 years of service, the Crown Jewels, the Changing of the Guard, the Queen’s love of horses and more.
Plus, there’s entertainment, talks and live music on the main stage in Exchange Square, a Manchester Flower Show Cocktail Trail, pop-up food and drink stalls and bars on New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square and a flower and craft market on Market Street.
For Jubilee party- seekers, Sackville Gardens will be hosting an all-weekend dance party. Perfect for those who want to jig their way through the bank holiday. The ‘Fit for a Queen Weekend’ in Sackville Gardens, on Whitworth Street, will be paying homage to Her Majesty by getting everyone up and rocking along to iconic songs from the past 70 years.
To finish off the extended bank holiday, Manchester City Council will be hosting a Sunday Funday in Central Library. Central Library will be open on Sunday 5th June between 12 and 4pm for families to conclude the Jubilee weekend with a day full of vintage films, crafts and face painting. All activities are free, and pre-booking is not required.
There are also many more neighbourhood community led jubilee events taking place across city.
Councillor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The Queen’s Jubilee is a great opportunity for communities to come together, enjoy the long weekend and take part in the fun! There are lots of exciting events across the city.
“From foodie treats, to dance parties and film screenings, Manchester City Council is supporting events across the city which has packed the weekend full of activities for ages. We’ve got some brilliant entertainment planned and hope to see Mancunians enjoying the Jubilee weekend in style’’
Jane Sharrocks, Manchester Business Improvement District Chair and General Manager of Selfridges Exchange Square said: “The Manchester Flower Show is yet another example of our retail and hospitality sectors coming together to help build back the city post-pandemic. It demonstrates creativity, collaboration and resilience and we’re incredibly grateful to all the artists, community groups, retailers and businesses who are playing their part to bring this beautiful event to our city to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”
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