5 Ways to Stay Active in Manchester, UK During the Bank Holiday

Staying local for the bank holiday weekend? No sweat! Well, actually…

Instead of vegging out in your living room with your BFF ‘Netflix’ and a bowl full of popcorn, venture out into the city for some weekend fun. (Okay, okay—you can totally veg out at least one day over the weekend.) Although many of your favorite gyms and studios may be closed or at best have limited hours during the holiday, you can still get in a solid workout—or at least get moving one way or another.

Rain or shine, these five activities will keep you fit—and happy—during the bank holiday from August 25 -27:

Become a Cycling Expert

Cycling and Manchester go hand in hand. If you’re tired of taking the same old bike path around the city, head to the National Cycling Centre for a day full of activities. Beyond cycling, you can also play basketball, netball or badminton. And if you’re lucky, you can even catch a glimpse of BMX riders working their magic.

Be at One with Nature

Spend the day outside… as long as the sun’s shining. Fletcher Moss Park and Parsonage Gardens is a favorite among Manchester folks. The choice is yours: you can spend the day strolling through the gardens, playing a mean game of tennis or hiking along a nature trail. Don’t forget to pack your lunch (and snacks) for a picnic!

Cheer On Your Favorite Team

… Or the city’s favorite team. If you haven’t been to a Manchester United game, now’s the time. Or if you’ve been to a million games, now’s also the time. Everyone’s welcome at Old Trafford! Catch Manchester United play Tottenham at 3 p.m. on August 27. If you’re not breaking a sweat, you might as well watch someone else do it, yeah?

Climb, Climb, Climb

Enter the perfect rainy day activity: The Manchester Climbing Centre. Whether you’re an avid climber or a total newbie, the Centre offers the ultimate experience for you. Choose the level that best suits you—Stage 1, 2 or 3—and then the sky’s the limit. The Centre even offers night and outdoor classes if you’re looking for an extra challenge.

Feel the Pride

Activism is one very important way to stay active. Celebrate the LGBT+ community at Manchester Pride Festival throughout the holiday weekend. Get your heart pumping on the dance floor at The Big Weekend, a three-day-long concert with pop favorites including Rita Ora and Alexandra Burke. Or grab a group of friends (and a bust out a few more dance moves) at the Manchester Pride Parade on August 25.

Amanda Garrity is a commerce editor and content producer living in New York City. She finds every excuse to go on an adventure, whether it's in her own backyard or across the country. She enjoys hiking, pretending she's a prima ballerina and drinking an abundant amount of coffee. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.