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What is Festival Manchester?

Festival Manchester is probably the biggest free festival you will ever see! Taking place at Wythenshawe Park over 1st-3rd July, this massive event has something for everyone. From a huge mainstage with loads of bands and performers to a kids zone, a huge beach, a fun fair, extreme sports zone and much more. Best of all, its completely free. The only thing you need to pay for is the food vans (if you decide to grab a bite while you're there!).  You can find out more below.

How do I get there?

We know that getting to Wythenshawe Park from Partington isn't always the easiest journey so continuing in the spirit of the free festival, we're laying on transport for you! 

Shuttle buses will leave every 30 minutes from 1.30pm outside of People's Church until 4pm. 

Returning buses will collect you from Wythenshawe Park from 7pm every 30 minutes until 10pm. They will drop passengers back at People's Church. 

How do I book?

Booking is easy, and you can do that now. Remember to book enough seats for your group and don't forget return tickets for everyone too! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the programme?

Details of the full programme can be found on the Festival website. Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd both start at 2pm and end at 9.30pm.

What about the Friday evening?

Friday evening is a little more youth focussed and we will be taking a coach full of young people then too. Contact Karen or Beth from the Eden team (or grab them in Broadoak) to find out more and book a seat. 

Is there an age limit?

Strictly speaking, no, young people of any age can make their own way over to Wythenshawe and go to the festival. However, anyone under the age of 16 needs to be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18) or we will refuse to take you on the coach. 

What if I miss the bus?

Your ticket is valid and you are assured of a seat until the time of departure on your ticket. If you have a 1.30pm ticket and turn up at 1.31pm the coach may have left without you, and someone else may be in your seat. We have a tight shuttle schedule to stick to for the day so we won't be able to hold the coach for you no matter how nicely you ask. 

If you do miss the coach or your seat is given away due to lateness you may wait until the next bus and see whether there are any spare seats available for you on that one. Please note if the last bus from Partington or Wythenshawe has no availability for you, you will be responsible for getting yourself to or from the event.


Can I drive or get myself there?

Of course. It's a free, open event with no ticket needed. We're providing a free shuttle to enable as many people as possible enjoy the festival.  

What happens when we're there?

Once there you are responsible for yourselves. The People's Church will have an area on the grass close to the mainstage with blankets and a flag to show where we are. This is also a good meeting point if you have children. You're welcome to join us at any time, or do your own thing. 

Is it really all free? What's the catch?

Yes it is free (apart from the food vans) - even the funfair! What's more, there's no catch. The event has been put on by the Message Trust who are using the event to show the love of Jesus by blessing our city. You can read more about that on there website. 

Can I leave stuff on the bus?

No you can't. The buses are acting as shuttles so there's no guarantee you will ever see your things again. 

What about the Sunday?

Unfortunately, we're not able to provide the free shuttle service on the 3rd day of the festival. However, if you enjoyed the Saturday you are more than welcome to make your own way there for the Sunday as well. The event concludes on Sunday evening with a large firework display.