Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

Oxford Road Corridor is a vibrant corner of Manchester in which to spend your Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend. Discover buzzing neighbourhoods, parks and cultural things to do.

It’s a bumper bank holiday weekend as the nation celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there are things to do for everyone across the Oxford Road Corridor.

The Refuge host ‘the ultimate’ alternative Queen’s Jubilee Street Party with a host of DJs and bands descending onto the Refuge Terrace on Friday. While here, take in the Kimpton Clocktower’s ‘Best of British’ entry in the Manchester Flower Show, you can also find displays at Hyatt Manchester and Circle Square where a Blossoming Big Red Bus is the centrepiece to a free, daylong celebration in Symphony Park.

Following the success of last year’s Homeground, HOME presents First Street Festival, a five-weekend event in Tony Wilson Place that kicks off over the bank holiday. The festival will have a range of free activities including live music, family events, drag performances, yoga, DJs and more.

If you’re looking to enjoy the long weekend without any hint of Union Jacks or cream tea, YES is a great place to start. They will have DJs, cocktails and half-price pizza at their three-day rooftop party, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah play YES this weekend too. Elsewhere you’ll find gigs from The Lovely Eggs at The Ritz, Pinkshift at Deaf Institute and Twisted Smile celebrate their first birthday at Gorilla with The Prodigy’s Leeroy Thornhill.

A fantastic four day weekend of things to do on the Oxford Road Corridor!

What’s On

Jun 2022 Pinkshift
The Deaf Institute | 2 June 2022

Angsty Baltimore rock band Pinkshift embraces diverse influences to create a powerful sound at The Deaf Institute this Bank Holiday weekend.

Jun 2022 The Smile
Manchester Academy | 2 June 2022

The Smile – formed by Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – are heading out on their first tour.

Jun 2022 The Lovely Eggs
The Ritz | 3 June 2022

Underground surreal-psych punk rock duo The Lovely Eggs bring lo-fi psychedelic sounds to The Ritz this summer.

Jun 2022 Vintage Home Show
Victoria Baths | 5 June 2022

From G-Plan to Ercol, cushions to footstools, the Vintage Home Show at Victoria Baths has it all.

Until Jun 2022 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Palace Theatre | 31 March – 4 June 2022

LAST CHANCE. Disney and The Palace Theatre proudly invites you to ‘Be Their Guest’ as one of the most enchanted musicals of all time, Beauty and the Beast.

Until Dec 2022 Open House
The Whitworth | 26 November 2021 – 10 December 2022

Wallpapers began arriving at the Whitworth in 1967, this exhibition delves into the galley’s collection of around 10,000 examples.

Until Sep 2022 PIVOT: Editions
Castlefield Gallery | 27 May – 4 September 2022

Castlefield Gallery presents an exhibition of affordable editioned work you can buy and own from five North West-based artists.

Food & Drink

There are always plenty of good places to eat and drink on Oxford Road Corridor, here are some top bank holiday picks.

photo of roof terrace at big hands
Big Hands

Big Hands at the South end of Oxford Road may be small, but it comes with added rock n’ roll swagger, a great atmosphere and a lovely roof garden.


Hatch is Manchester’s pop-up retail, food and drink destination on Oxford Road with something for just about everyone. It is a place to shop, eat and drink, 7 days a week at over 30 independent traders.

A glass of beer at Bundobust Brewery
Bundobust Brewery

Bundobust Brewery in the St James Building on Oxford Street is the latest, and arguably the best addition to the ever-growing Bundobust chain.

Photo of an Indian dish from zouk tea bar and grill
Zouk Tea Bar and Grill

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill is a modern, exciting restaurant, serving up some of the very best Indian-Pakistani cuisine in Manchester.

An image of a sign outside Sandbar on the Oxford Road Corridor

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

The Briton’s Protection

An iconic pub with an impressive whiskey list running into the hundreds. A welcoming atmosphere and a sprawling beer garden.

Peveril of The Peak Pub Oxford Road Corridor Manchester
Peveril Of The Peak

Peveril Of The Peak is Manchester’s most iconic pub adorned with the sorts of bottle green, yellow and brown Victorian tiles that are a reclamation yard’s dream.

Hello Oriental

Hello Oriental is an exciting new street food experience based in Circle Square at the heart of Oxford Road Corridor.

A dish from WOOD Manchester
WOOD Manchester

WOOD Manchester offers one of the cities best fine dining experiences, from the locally-loved winner of 2015 MasterChef UK winner Simon Wood.

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