We are off on our travels again this weekend, just the children and me this time though. We are Reading bound staying with Erin’s best friend Libby. Erin has only ever played with Libby a handful of times but the love is there! Together we are heading to a festival, whilst your conjuring up images of tents and bands, this festival is slightly different as it is the children’s festival Lollibop.
It seems day festivals and food festivals are on the increase, these fun filled family days out are a hit with everyone. The Manchester Picnic takes place on the weekend of 29th August – 31st August and is one such event. We enjoy foodie festivals, seeing our favourite celebrity chefs and sampling local flavours.
Although not local to me the Manchester Picnic has been about for five years and is growing in popularity, the previous picnic had 25,000 visitors in 2013, and the much-loved family food festival in Piccadilly Gardens will host a variety of gourmet pop-up picnic traders, alongside live music, games and entertainment.
The Manchester Picnic has become a firm highlight of the city centre summer calendar. This year’s theme is ‘Play’ to celebrate the recent opening of the new children’s playground near the Victoria Memorial in Piccadilly Gardens.
Serving up a range of food from around the world from 11am-6pm each day will be local Indian organic street food vendors Chaat Cart, award-winning homemade ice-cream purveyor Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, wood-fired artisan pizzas Fire and Slice and Piggy Smalls which will be cooking up a storm with gourmet hotdogs, to name a few.
The popular children’s teddy bear’s picnic will be returning on Sunday 31st, alongside an appearance by Baby Ballet’s Twinkle the Bear.
This all sounds like a great way to spend a weekend, my Erin loves a teddy bears picnic and her picnic basket would be overflowing with chocolate traybake and crisps! Here are my tips for the event.
1. If you are looking to make a weekend of the event a night at a local hotel like The Crowne Plaza is only a short drive away and will allow you to explore more of the city too.
2. Dress for the weather, or at least pack rain macs then you can carry on enjoying the picnic no matter what the weather throws at you.
3. Get there early as you can make the most of the day and hopefully beat the queues.
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