Summer is definitely, without a shadow of a doubt the best season of the year. Long days, mostly glorious weather, people go about with a spring in their step, and at the end of the working day you don’t want to hurry home and hide in darkness; the park and picnic blanket beckons. So you’ve got your picnic blanket and your deckchair, how about a movie? Well, Manchester’s financial district, Spinningfields, is hosting weekly open air screenings of some of your favourite movies of all time.
The slick and vibrant district has been compared to Canary Wharf in London and La Defence in Paris, where it’s a dynamic hive of high-powered activity, so it would make sense to have this weekly haven of dreams and fantasy right at its heart. Until the end of July you can settle on the pristine grass, and for just £2 you can enjoy your favourite movie with other film lovers, or if you’re a real buff you can get a season ticket for £9.99 – which is definitely the appealing option as there are so many great films to watch. Of course, if you’re feeling peckish there is a selection of snacks from the BBQ and the many fantastic takeaways in the area.
The films are on a Thursday nights at 8pm.
21st June – Chicago (12A)
28th June – Wimbledon (12)
5th July – Big (12)
12th July – Motorcycle Diaries (15)
19th July – Singin in The Rain (U)
26th July – Notting Hill (15)
But wait, the kids can get involved too, with the final two weekends of August and the first weekend of September Saturday mornings at 11am is for the Family Film Club with some of the most memorable modern classics of cinema.
On Saturday 18th August is the hugely popular motor racing sequel “Cars 2”; Saturday 25th August should not be missed when they’ll be showing “Lion King”, one of the most popular Disney movies of all time; and then of the 1st September romance is in the air with “Enchanted”, a modern day fairy tale of a beautiful princess looking for her charming prince, or in this case lawyer.
There’s an exciting summer of sport to look forward to as well, and the screen will be staying up to show the best of British as it happens. You might not be on Murray Mound, but it’ll feel like it when you settle down to catch all of the tennis action from Wimbledon. If you’re looking for something with a little less pace, but no less excitement, the British Open Golf Championship will be right up your street.
Speaking of pace, there’s nothing that can keep up with the high octane excitement of the Formula One World Championship, so you can sit on the edge of your deck chair and cheer on Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton as they battle it out for the chequered flag. This is a great time to visit this vibrant city, of course there are scores or other things to do here and many of the hotels in Manchester are staffed by friendly, knowledgeable locals to make sure you don’t miss a thing.