16 August 2017 City in the spotlight, Insider’s Guide

With so many incredible festivals having taken place in Manchester over the summer (see here for examples), you might think things would start slowing down with the cooling of the temperature and the arrival of Autumn…Well, think again as September and October are packed with loads of fun events and festivals to welcome in the new season and reassure people that winter ain’t that bad. With festivals covering food, drink and music, you’re guaranteed to barely notice the day getting shorter and colder.


La Tomatina Manchester

16-17th September

Inspired by the Spanish tomato-throwing festival held annually in the town on Bunol where tens of thousands of tourists’ flock to chuck over-ripe fruit at one another, La Tomatina is coming to Manchester! With live music, food and drinks alongside the throwing area, it is guaranteed to be a party.

The event will include two types of ‘session’ - one that is family-friendly and suitable for children, and one that has more of a party vibe to it. There will also be a ‘non-throw’ area with food and drinks available for those who aren’t keen to paint the town red – if you get me?

For those of you with an environmental conscious, never fear! The festival organisers have guaranteed they will only be using tomatoes that producers can’t sell and are on their way out anyway.


Manchester Food & Drink Festival

28th September – 9th October 

This nationally acclaimed event is the UK’s largest food and drink festival, so you know it’s going to be a goodie.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the festival will take place at various venues across the city with the festival hub housed in Albert Square, where you can find a pop-up food village with food, bars, wine, and live entertainment. Entry to the square is free and open daily until late.

There are loads of different events on over the week such as pop up banquets from Deliciously Ella.- find a full list of events here. The festival then culminates with a gala dinner and awards show that it is largely considered the most prestigious awards in the city!

Past festivals have seen culinary stars like Nadiya Hussain, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey and more participating in events, so keep your eyes peeled for some big names.


Manchester Oktoberfest

18th-2nd October

Oktoberfest will be taking place in a giant tent that can house up to 2,000 people alongside a huge outdoor beer garden in Albert Square this October. So fish out your dirndl and lederhosen and head down to indulge in special brewed Bavarian beer, bratwurst, schnitzel and pretzel while dancing to live sets of everything from Oompa to Schlager.


Manchester Folk Festival

19-22nd October

This urban folk festival will take place across several venues in Manchester city center, with the hub around Whitworth Street West including HOME, Ritz and Gorilla. The event focuses on showcasing new and up and coming talent in the folk music world, but will also include a programme of fascinating workshops & talks.

Take a look at the artists performing here.


Neighbourhood Festival

7th October

This music festival will be held across the city center at over 10 venues, with 100 plus artists performing. Returning for its second year, expect the city’s bars and streets to buzz with excitement! With must-see performances from The Strypes, Rory Wynne, Mabel and INHEAVEN just to name a few.



If you’re planning on attending one of these celebration, book your room at easyHotel Manchester now and save your money for where it matters. While you’re in the city, make sure you check out this list of things to do.


A history of the Notting Hill Carnival

August 2017 | City in the spotlight

Notting Hill Carnival will take place on the 27th and 28th of August this year, with the more chilled Family Day on Sunday, and the grand finale happening on Monday. Seeing as the carnival is such an iconic event, we thought we’d take a look at a bit of its history and the story of Caribbean music in the UK.

Amazing Festivals this August: Manchester

July 2017 | City in the spotlight, Insider’s Guide

We recently took a look at some of the best music and dance festivals on offer this August in London, and now it’s Manchester’s turn. This Northern town is famous for its eclectic and fresh music scene, as well as for its crazy, all-night long parties – and what better recipe could you have for the perfect festival? The month will see all a hugely diverse and exciting range of genres, artists and venues in its different festivals, from the smooth croons of the Manchester Soul festival through to the electric beats of Creamfields.

10 Reasons why you have to visit Birmingham

July 2017 | City in the spotlight, Insider’s Guide

We knew Birmingham was on the cusp of big change when we finally arrived at its new train station. Yes, when Grand Central opened in 2015 and transformed an embarrassing old New Street station into somewhere visitors wouldn't mind spending more than ten minutes in, we knew things were getting better for the UK’s second city. I also wanted to take the family to the Balti capital of the UK… but more of that later.