Our Community Festival makes a return to campus

Join us on 25 June at our Community Festival

There’s so much to do at our Community Festival. Whether you are young or old, interested in science or art, want to get hands-on and have fun or just want to find out more about the plethora of work that takes place at the University, join us for a fun day of family activities.

We’re inviting you and all our friends and neighbours in the local community to go behind the scenes of the University and discover the exciting work taking place here. This free event has something for everyone – hands-on activities, tours, live experiments, sporting challenges, creative arts, face-painting, a pop-up Manchester Museum, the chance to meet with our staff, students and community partners…and much, much more!

As part of the programme you can attend the following free drop-in performances:

Banging our Drums for Unity and Social Change: This performance brings together professional musicians and academics to share their research about how music and creativity can contribute to social change. Drawing on the unique sounds and wisdom of West African drums and dance – you are invited to join in!

‘The Mice go to the Cinema by the Huaxia Chinese Sunday School in association with the Confucius Institute. This short comedy is about a mouse kingdom underneath a cinema. Join us to find out what happens next!

Our School of Arts, Culture and Language Choir will give a relaxed performance of varied music guaranteed to brighten your day – feel free to sing along if you know the words!

The Flash Bang Show: Everyone’s favourite, this demonstration opens your eyes to the amazing world of chemistry that is all around us. There will be fantastic colour changes, flashes and the occasional bang, so hold on to your hats! – 15:00 to 16:00, first come, first served.

You can also pre-book on to the following free tours:

Go behind the scenes of the Firs Environmental Research Station. Visit our hidden greenhouses and find out more about air quality research at The University of Manchester.

Join us on a Heritage tour as we journey around the University’s fine neo-gothic architecture and sites of world-changing discovery and hear how our University developed from pioneering origins in the industrial revolution to become a leading university.

Take a tour of our new home of Engineering and Materials; it’s a place like nothing else. We’ve torn up the idea of what a University building is and created a playground for engineers and scientists, truly open to the world around it in its design.

Our full programme of events can be found on the Community Festival webpages.

And you can register for the Community Festival and pre-bookable tours.