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If you’re planning a trip to England this summer, be sure to visit Manchester. Located in Greater Manchester, the city has a population of over 480,000 people, making it the 7th most populated district in England. The city is home of two Premier League football teams, the site of the world’s first railway station and the most visited city in England outside of London. When visiting Manchester, be sure to attend these events:
1 Lord Mayor’s Parade
The Lord Mayor’s Parade takes place every year in the later part of July. There are a variety of attractions at the parade including market stalls, fairground rides and street entertainment. The Parade is located in Albert Square.
2 Manchester Jazz Festival
At the end of July, locals and tourists alike flock to the Castlefield area of the city centre to take part in the jazz festival. Stop by, soak up the atmosphere and listen to some great music.
3 Manchester International Caribbean Carnival
This carnival celebrates the many different cultures that make up the community of central Manchester. Street fairs, bands, dancing and other general festivities are held during the carnival held in Alexandra Park.
4 Royal Horticultural Flower Show
Also at the end of July is the Royal Horticultural Flower Show held in Tatton Park. This flower show is the largest, outside of Chelsea, and is famous among all flower lovers in the country.
A test of stamina and endurance held every July, the Urbanathlon is held in Sportcity. Watching competitors climb, crawl and slither through an obstacle course is made more enjoyable when you know they are doing it all for charity. The emphasis at the Urbanathlon is on fun and you’ll watch runners compete individually or in teams of three.
6 Exodus Festival
Two stages at Albert Square host performances from more than 25 countries. International food stalls allow you to sample foods from countries like Pakistan, Poland and West Africa. The festival is free for all and typically attracts more than 10,000 people.
No matter what time of year you decide to visit Manchester, England, you’re sure to run into a festival or celebration of some type. The Manchester tourist information office is always helpful in guiding visitors towards the various events taking place in and around the city centre throughout the year.
To book accommodation for your holiday, look for Manchester Hotels on Expedia. You can often find great package deals which may include your airfare, rental car and hotel. There are many hotels in the UK for you to choose from so be sure to read reviews left by past guests. When visiting in the summer, be sure to pack layers; the average temperatures in June and July are only in the upper 60s.