Forthcoming Events

The 2015 events are now in the process of being added - be sure to check back often.


Balloons n Tunes

Friday 19 June 2015 - Sunday 21 June 2015, see description for times

A mega weekend of hot air balloons, pop star tribute acts, theme park rides, and entertainment for all the family!

FRI: 6pm - 9.30pm
SAT: 12-10pm
SUN: 12-6pm

From Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June 2015, celebrate the summer with all the family at the first ever BALLOONS & TUNES festival at Platt Fields Park, Manchester

BALLOONS – A breathtaking array of hot air balloons that will tether throughout the day, with a variety of special shaped and competing balloons!

TUNES – A dedicated stage featuring a full line-up of pop music tribute acts, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Pink and Take That!

GIANT FUNFAIR – All the latest white knuckle rides, traditional family favourites, children’s attractions and trade stalls!

SATURDAY GLOW NIGHT – A spectacular Glow Night, where all the hot air balloons light up in a choreographed musical display!

PLUS… trade stalls, food court, free car parking, and a fully licensed bar for mums and dads to catch a breather in between all of the excitement!

All balloons, music and family entertainment will be on Saturday and Sunday when entrance is just £3.

Children under 1m always go free.
Parking Lot

Balloons n Tunes Facebook Event Page


Regular Events

"Once a Month" Friends of Platt Fields Volunteer Day

3rd Sunday of every month

Everyone is welcome to come along and join us on our regular volunteer day doing a variety of jobs to make the park look beautiful! Gardening, art, building things, carving, lake cleaning, painting, weeding...different every time! Turn up any time between 1 and 4, wear old and warm clothes, all tools and refreshment provided. It's a fun social occasion as well as good exercise.

Guerilla Gardening Group

Every Wednesday Evening during the summer, 5:30-8pm

The Guerilla Gardeners meet every week during the summer (less often during the winter - contact Anne on 248 9331 for details) to tend a vegpatch, a greenhouse, a herb garden, loads of raised planter beds, a butterfly friendly area and, most recently, an orchard and soft-fruit area. Find out more on the groups page. In 2010 the summer meetings started again on the 31st March. Meet at the lakeside centre.

parkrun - South Manchester

Every Saturday Morning, 9am

Every Saturday morning at 9am, a group supported by the University of Manchester and the friends of the community organise a 5km run. 5km is a great distance to get some proper exercise, and running with company is much more fun so come along and start your weekend the healthy way!

Everyone is welcome, and it isn't a race so it doesn't matter when you finish. However, it is important that runners pre-register. Please do so on the parkrun website which also has more information.

parkrun South Manchester website