Information for Visitors
Manchester is a great city with lots to do. However, in the month of August there is only one place in Manchester to be, at the Carnival.
To help you get the best out of the carnival we have put together a brief list of information and tips below. Following our advice should help you get the best out of your carnival day.
- Official events. There are always lots of supporting attractions on carnival weekend to pack your day with fun. A full 2016 carnival events programme will be available soon.
- We recommend arriving early in order to secure a good position. This should also ensure that you get a good view.
- A 2016 carnival route map will be available to view or download soon.
- Why not leave the car at home and come to carnival on public transport? Manchester has excellent bus services, modern trams and a good train network. If you do need to drive, please arrive early and find an appropriate parking place. Please also be considerate to local residents.
- Feel free to dance during the carnival parade, we will be doing. However, please try to dance on the sidelines and avoid the temptation to ‘jump-up’ with a troupe who have worked hard at a cohesive routine and costume impact. If the urge is too much, make a costume and join in next year.
- Remember to wear comfortable footwear, especially if you are following the procession or dancing with the crowds. Flip flops and high heels are NOT advisable.
- If you are bringing a small child, please note that a small buggy, baby sling or harness is easier to manage and keeps little ones close.
- Please keep good food hygiene in mind. The carnival is a big event with thousands of people so it is a good idea to bring a handy sized bottle of hand sanitizer. If you enjoy tasting food from different cultures there will be hundreds of food and drink stalls to choose from on carnival day.
- Bring some water and stay hydrated, especially if it’s a hot day.
- Drink responsibly. The best way to have great carnival memories? PLEASE don’t overdo the alcohol!
- Get your bearings and arrange a meeting spot in case someone gets lost. Remember, Manchester is a big city.
- Be sensible; keep your valuables, personal possessions, keys, phones and money close and covered.
- Please leave any attitude at home. The carnival is a great event that everyone wants to enjoy; just relax and take it all in! Don’t spoil it for anyone else.