Greater Manchester is set to host a wide range of events in 2021. Several new openings have also been lined up to boost the region’s travel and tourism business.

Here are a few highlights to look forward to:

  • Science and Industry Museum Special Exhibitions Gallery: The multi-million-pound restoration project of this establishment is currently underway and is expected to re-open to the public in 2021.  The first part of the restored site to open will be the Special Exhibitions Gallery.  Located in the Grade-II-listed new warehouse, the newly restored area will host exhibitions, while highlighting the beauty of the historic warehouse.  Work has also begun on restoring the Grade-II -listed Power Hall. Once re-opened this multi-sensory gallery will show “how Manchester provided the power that changed the city and the world.”
  •  Biennial arts and culture festival MIF returns: The eighth iteration of Manchester International Festival (MIF) is scheduled to return in July 2021. The opening event will be ‘The Walk’, a giant living artwork depicting the epic story of a nine-year-old refugee making her way to Manchester. It will feature a giant puppet travelling from Turkey to Manchester, with a celebration of its arrival in the city taking place on July 4, 2021, the opening weekend of the festival.
  • The North of England’s biggest LGBT+ Pride Festival returns: The Pride Festival weekend is expected to return with more vibrancy over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2021. Events include the Pride Parade, Manchester Pride Live, The Gay Village Party, Superbia (LGBT+ arts festival), Youth Pride MCR, and the Candlelight Vigil.
  • RHS Bridgewater: This is one of Europe’s largest gardening projects and is set to open to the public from May 11, 2021. Key highlights include the restored Walled Kitchen Garden, the tree-lined Garden Approach, and the many new formal gardens including the Paradise Garden. In addition, there is a brand-new welcome building and learning centre.
  • Kimpton Clocktower Hotel: Formerly known as the Principal Manchester, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel has now opened with refurbished guestrooms and suites, a range of F&B options, and MICE spaces. The hotel boasts stunning Victorian architecture. The hotel also allows furry guests with you on your travels.
  • Manchester’s oldest music venue is expanding: The much-loved music venue Band on the Wall will expand into the Victorian Cocozza building in 2021. Space will accommodate up to 520 people. There will be a new learning suite that will be created to inspire budding musicians.

Apart from the aforementioned events, Greater Manchester, beyond 2021, will also witness the transformation at Manchester Museum; the highly anticipated opening of The Factory; and the Mayfield Park launch among others.

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