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Enjoy Your City

Georgia Keavey with a teenager's guide to the summer city

Published on July 8th 2011.

Enjoy Your City

Picture this: You've finished school for the Summer, you've been sitting in the same slumped position, gazing mindlessly at the television for days, watching the same episodes of Friends over and over. Meanwhile the weather outside is glorious and you, quite frankly cannot be bothered to move from your, now indented sofa.


Brand new club, Sound Control, has created an under 18s night calledPop! Bubble! Rock! They play music to suit all tastes from bubble-gum pop such as Katy Perry to emo rock such as My Chemical Romance. 

This is a familiar scenario to many teenagers, but of course it doesn't have to be like this. Manchester has loads of interesting things throughout the summer, and the majority are free.

Heaton Park is Manchester's largest park and has fantastic views of the city. There's plenty of open space to cycle in and masses of grass to picnic upon.

There's also a boating lake which is excellent for those warm summer days. The park is home to three Alpacas alongside other farm animals, and there is a park cafe. Heaton Park Tram Station is next to the park so it's accessible for teenagers. There are other similar parks, that have events and activities during the summer, such as Debdale Park in Gorton, Longford Park in Stretford and Platt Fields Park on Wilmslow Road. 

Currently, the Manchester International Festival (MIF) is taking place. An exciting part of this is Festival Square, running until Saturday 16th July.

Described by MIF as 'the beating heart of the Manchester International Festival',  Festival Square is a great way to spend a summer’s day listening to music, relaxing and generally soaking up the atmosphere. Admission is free. It’s located in Albert Square right outside the Town Hall. Outdoor entertainment, music and food are all included – click here for a food and mood review. The Festival Pavilion is the centrepiece, where DJs perform every night from 9.30pm.

Mancunians tend not to really see the city but tours are a great way of experiencing the city's architecture and history. The 90 minute walks consist of strolling around the city looking up to the skyline and classic buildings, all the while learning about the history and culture of Manchester.

As a part of the MIF, you can go on themed walks, such as the music walk which will take you around some of the famous places in Manchester's music scene such as Salford Lads Club. If you're a budding photographer as there are loads of photo opportunities; the old buildings are great to photograph. Meet at Festival Square at noon.

But what if it’s raining? You can't stand another lazy day of parking yourself in front of the television but it looks miserable outside.

You're in luck. Cornerhouse has organised a day of cinema for young people called The Good, The Mad and The Funky on the 23 July commencing at 1.30pm. This is to celebrate the Summer Holidays beginning with a marathon of 3 films; the classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and new releases Attack the Block and Green Lantern.

Another event at Cornerhouse is a Photoshop Workshop; again this is free, complete with a lunch from the Cornerhouse cafe. It's taking place on the 29 July from 11am - 4pm and is available to 14-19 year olds. Here you learn how to create effects on camera and when edit footage.

What about things to do in the dark?

Gone are the times when Under 18s nights meant boys and girls stood in separate corners of the room  feeling unbearably awkward whilst the DJ played terrible song after terrible song.

Brand new club, Sound Control, has created an under 18s night called Pop! Bubble! Rock! They play music to suit all tastes from bubble-gum pop such as Katy Perry to emo rock such as My Chemical Romance. You also have the chance to win signed merchandise and may even get snapped by a professional photographer. The venue is at 1 New Wakefield Street, in the city centre off Oxford Road, check out www.soundcontrolmanchester.co.uk for details.

The message is clear. Get out and about and enjoy your free time getting to know your city.

Georgia Keavey was a 15-year-old placement student at Manchester Confidential (and a damn fine one too, ED).

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Daniel JamesJuly 8th 2011.

Excellent article - good to hear it from a teenagers perspective.

DeeRooJuly 8th 2011.

Excellent article - lots of activities & events I hadn't heard of.

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