Hardman Square, Spinningfields
off Deansgate, Manchester, United Kingdom
Hardman Square, Spinningfields Manchester Reviews
Open Air Venue/Cinema, Outdoor Eating, Drinking, Big-screen event watching (Summer), Ice-skating (Winter) May 21, 2011
Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t rain all the time in Manchester. Although we do get a fair bit of rain throughout the year, it’s not enough to detract from what is one of Manchester’s newest, quirkiest and most popular out-door spaces.
Part of the newly re-generated finance district, boasting bold and internationally acclaimed commercial architecture, the Spinningfields area (or Canary Wharf of the North) is also home to ‘the Avenue’, featuring luxury designer shopping brands and a variety of cafés, bars and restaurants.
There are several public spaces within the Spinningfields development, Hardman Square being the most central and popular. With a large open-air cinema on Thursday nights (May-Aug), open air screenings of popular sporting events such as Wimbledon tennis, football and cricket, Hardman Square also plays an enthusiastic host to public events such as the Great Manchester Run (May). Sink back in your deck chair in this grassy square, whilst soaking up the sun and the festival atmosphere.
Note – the Carluccio’s café/restaurant, although right in the heart of the Square, with a view over the cinema area, known as Screenfields, serves disappointingly bad food and the staff, though friendly, are poorly trained.
Tip – Tickets usually £2 per screening, £2 for deck-chair hire. To avoid disappointment, for films, sporting events and winter skating pre-book via http://www.spinningfieldsonline.com/app/home/index.cfm.
Location - situated off Deansgate, sandwiched between Bridge Street and Quay Street, by the River Irwell, a few minutes walk from Salford Central Station.
Marked Cheap - as the cinema is, at £4. However, prices vary at the bars and restaurants surrounding Screenfields; The Avenue, with its designer stores is, as you would expect, expensive!
Summer v. Winter – enjoy relaxed deck-chair seated, big-screen event viewing (e.g. major football matches) in the open air lawned centre-square v. open air ice-skating with skate hire from mid November to January. Manchester’s nearby German Christmas markets commence mid/late November.
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