We can almost hear the people of Manchester cheering that the season of BBQ’s, beer gardens, and good weather is finally upon us, however, it’s not just the calendar that signifies this arrival, as the cosmos has been guiding our seasons with 2 annual solstices since it began.
This year the summer solstice falls on Monday 21st June, but what even is a solstice I imagine you’re thinking? In simple terms, it’s the longest day of the year. For those wanting a more in-depth explanation, the summer solstice is when the sun is at its most northerly point (so whilst our lot in the northern hemisphere celebrate summer solstice those in the south will be celebrating the winter version, cool right?). So, in real terms, the solstice signifies the astrological end to spring and the beginning of summer, when the sun is literally at the height of its ‘life-giving’ power. After the summer solstice, daylight hours continue to reduce until the shortest day and longest night is reached on the winter solstice.
Now, time for the exciting bit. How and where you can celebrate this solar event? Given that summer solstice is traditionally about light, life, and the potential of the season, we found a super zen way to do just this on Sunday 20th June, at Space at the Mill on Duke Street. This comes in the form of hybrid yoga, live music and healthy snack event which is the brainchild of Kundalini Yoga. If attending, you can expect meditations, powerful mantra making, and food supplied by The Mindful Kitchen. Book before Friday 18th June to avoid missing out on your afternoon of ommm.
If enjoying the glorious weather, pitcher and pint in hand with some of your nearest and dearest is more up your street, then never fear - as we have you covered too! We highly recommend the terrace of Sunset by Australasia (little sister of main restaurant Australasia), situated in Spinningfields. Feasting on Asian bento boxes whilst sipping on slushie cocktails and taking insta-worthy snaps against the neon-lit backdrop, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the sun. Speaking of terraces, why not head to Terrace NQ on Thomas Street, where you can expect a peak hipster experience comprising of bare brick, industrial décor, vintage furniture, as well as craft beers and the coolest music and DJ sets.
Our final pick is The Wharf. A gorgeous two-storey pub in Castlefield, offering a slightly calmer vibe than fellow city centre haunts. They boast a large patio that overlooks the canal basin, so why not opt for a glass of one of over 50 wines these guys stock, whilst sat with pals in the large boules court - taking in some of the regular live music entertainment. Perfection.
We hope that this has given you some motivation to celebrate the summer solstice and enjoy the weekend with your pals. We’d love to hear what you get up to when celebrating our favourite season in our absolute favourite city. Message or tag us on social media so we can share your summer of 2021, too.