Top Event Spaces in Manchester

Manchester! The bustling heart of the North West, is a city renowned for its dynamic blend of culture, history, and innovation. It's a destination that prides itself on creativity and flair, and so it's no wonder that it hosts some of the most unforgettable gatherings in the UK.

In this vibrant city, where modern architecture meets historical charm, events take on an extraordinary life of their own. Whether it's a corporate gathering in an elegant ballroom, a fairy tale wedding in a lush garden, or a one-of-a-kind party in a unique and unexpected location, Manchester's venues offer a canvas for memories that last a lifetime.

But how about adding some enchantment to these gatherings?

What if you included some incredible magic to turn your occasions from memorable to utterly spellbinding?

Well, that's what I'm here to help you with. As a magician who covers the whole of the UK, I've performed in many cities up and down the country, but I've found that there's something extraordinary about Manchester.

In this post, we'll explore some of Manchester's top event spaces. And later I'll explain how adding a professional magic performance can transform these spaces into realms where anything is possible.

MANCHESTER EVENT SPACES FOR CORPORATE GATHERINGS

In the world of business, first impressions are everything. Whether hosting a product launch, an annual conference, or a team-building retreat, the choice of venue speaks volumes. Manchester, with its eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary spaces, offers an impressive array of options to suit any corporate affair.

Here are just a few of the top corporate event spaces in Manchester, available to hire:

The Monastery, Manchester

Location: Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF

Features: The Monastery is a flexible, multi-space corporate events venue in Manchester for banquets, awards nights, special celebrations and a whole lot more. There is also a very experienced and helpful team on hand to assist with your event.

Website: 

www.themonastery.co.uk

Why It's Special: An amazing, incredible building. It’s difficult to sum up this place in words. Just look at the image below:

inside The Monastery Manchester hall

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Location: Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS

Features: As well as a world class concert hall, plus various other smaller rooms, Bridgewater Hall provides a unique and exciting environment for conferences and events in Manchester. With space to accommodate up to 1800 delegates, there’s sure to be something on offer for your event.

Website:

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Why It's Special: It’s a centrally located building with stunning views, stylish interiors, friendly staff and top quality catering. What more could you ask for?

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Audacious Conferencing

Location: Trinity Way, Manchester M3 7BD

Features: Modern spaces with the flexibility to meet virtually any need, from large concerts of 1400 people to banquets for 600 people to smaller business meetings of just 4.

Website:

audaciousconferencing.com

Why It's Special: Vibrant, flexible spaces and a friendly team. 100% worth considering.

Audacious Conferencing hall

Of course, corporate events are about more than just business; they are about connections, shared experiences, and leaving an impact. Adding close up walkaround magic can transform a typical gathering into an extraordinary event.

Imagine cocktail hour, for example, where my walkaround entertainment can break the ice and spark engaging conversations among colleagues and clients. It's not just about magic, it's about adding value, creating a unique atmosphere, and aligning what I provide with the goals and messages of the event.

Find our more about magic at corporate events here.

BEST WEDDING VENUES IN MANCHESTER

Manchester's rich tapestry of architecture, culture, and scenic beauty offers an exquisite backdrop for the most romantic day of one's life. From grand historical buildings to urban chic lofts, there are venues to fit every couple's dream. In a city filled with love stories, here's where some of the most beautiful ones begin:

Manchester Hall

Manchester Hall

Location: 36 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BT

Features: With spaces to suit 5o to 500 wedding guests, there’s sure to be something here to make your day the wedding of your dreams.

Website:

www.manchesterhall.co.uk

Why It's Special: This iconic, grade II listed building, which maintains it’s original listed features, is situated in the heart of Manchester and is the perfect setting for a wedding for those connected closely to the city.

Manchester Hall

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Daisy Bank Manor

Location: 71 Daisy Bank Road, Manchester M14 5GH

Features: As well as a fantastic space, with a variety of trusted suppliers on hand, you can get everything sorted easily with the help of your dedicated wedding planner.

Website:

daisybankmanor.co.uk

Why It's Special: This place is a unique Grade I listed venue in the City of Manchester, standing in over an acre of gardens. It’s beautiful Art Nouveau architecture is perfect for weddings, and a whole range of other events including private parties and corporate events.

Daisy Bank Manor

Saddleworth Hotel

Location: Huddersfield Road (A62), Delph, Saddleworth, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL3 5LX

Features: Accommodating between 60 and 500 guests for exclusive private events such as weddings, including a candlelit dinner for that extra romantic, magical experience.

Website:

www.saddleworthhotel.co.uk

Why It's Special: This one is outside of the city centre, but worth considering anyway for it’s stunning country setting surrounded by rolling landscapes.

Saddleworth Hotel hall

Weddings are about celebrating love, connection, and the beginning of a lifelong journey. They're about creating moments that not only the couple but every guest will remember. Adding a touch of magic can elevate these moments into something truly extraordinary.

Imagine the awe as rings appear in the most unexpected places, the laughter as a well-known story about the couple unfolds through a series of entertaining illusions, or the shared gasps of surprise as the impossible becomes possible right before their eyes.

Magic isn't just an act at a wedding; it's a shared experience that resonates with the love and joy of the occasion. It's about creating personal connections, enchanting memories, and a sense of wonder that mirrors the magic of love itself.

In my career as a magician, I've seen how these magical moments become cherished memories. Whether during the cocktail hour or as a special performance during the reception, magic weaves itself into the fabric of the day, creating a unique celebration that's as individual as the couple themselves.

MANCHESTER'S MUST-SEE PARTY VENUES

Manchester, with its eclectic mix of the old and new, is a city that knows how to host a party. Whether it’s for a milestone birthday, an engagement celebration, or just a good old-fashioned knees-up, finding the perfect venue is the first step to ensuring your event is not just a success, but a sensation.

The city's architectural grandeur, combined with a pulsing, contemporary vibe, provides a plethora of spaces that can be transformed into your private playground for the night. From hidden speakeasy bars beneath bustling streets to grand halls steeped in history, Manchester’s venues are as diverse as the parties they host.

In this city of innovation and celebration, the venues are more than mere backdrops; they are the catalysts for unforgettable nights. Here, the art of partying has been perfected, and each venue offers its unique brand of, shall we say, magic? Here’s some of my favourites:

Impossible, Manchester

Location: 36 Peter Street, Manchester M2 5QR

Features: A theatre, a gin bar, street food, and awesome entertainment, what’s not to love? And yes, you can also hire spaces for your next private party!

Website:

be-impossible.com

Why It's Special: A restaurant, a club and a theatre. In fact, Manchester's only theatrical late night venue. How could I not include this venue? Especially with a name like that!

Impossible, Manchester

Foundry Project

Location: Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1BD

Features: Private hire spaces, with incredible food and drinks, from cocktails, craft beers and spirits.

Website:

www.pitcherandpiano.com

Why It's Special: With a range of food and drinks offers, and a relaxed bar atmosphere, this is a fantastic space to unwind or celebrate in style.

Foundry Project

Be At One

Location: 80 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 2ER

Features: Over 100 cocktails, space for dancing and staff that know how to party! Private hire available!

Website:

www.beatone.co.uk

Why It's Special: Incredible cocktail bar with flashy bartenders, delicious drink and a vibrant fun atmosphere, perfect for a birthday party or other celebration! And if you’re looking at this venue, then magician would be excellent at your party here too!

Be At One

As you plan your next celebration in this city of wonders, consider the incredible effect of adding a magician to your roster. Whether it's to break the ice as guests arrive, to provide a focal point during a lull, or to end the evening on a high note, magic has the power to bring people together through amazement, laughter and good times for all.

Are you ready to infuse your event with enchantment? Contact me, your premier magician for Manchester, and let the magic unfold. Whether it’s walkaround close up magic, right in front of your eyes, or a spectacular stage show, I’m ready to turn your party into a legendary event that you and your guests won’t be able to stop talking about. Reach out to me today and let’s plan an experience that will be nothing short of magical.

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES IN MANCHESTER:

Thinking about the events I've had performed at in Manchester, each venue has left a distinct impression, not only on me but also on the guests who were part of the event.

At The Midland Hotel, in the heart of Manchester City Centre, I had the opportunity to mingle with corporate event attendees, sharing close up magic that sparked conversations and laughter at the dinner tables. The evening culminated in my after dinner magic show that ended my contribution to the night’s proceedings with with an incredible moment of mystery.

The Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, another gem in the city, provided the backdrop for an unforgettable wedding celebration. Here, magic helped celebrate the union of two lives, bringing smiles to all of the wedding guests as they shared in the joy of their friends wedding.

At the University of Manchester, during a student awards ceremony, magic was a fantastic way to reward students for their hard work.

These venues, and the ones mentioned above, each has their own character and charm, and were the perfect stages for moments of astonishment. For your next event in Manchester, whether it's a corporate event, a wedding, a birthday party, or something entirely unique, consider the lasting impact that a magician can bring. Feel free to reach out to me to discuss how we can make your occasion not just memorable, but truly incredible.

Ready to find out more?

Get in touch today for an accurate quote or more information.

Sue Phelan
Sue Phelan
Ed was absolutely phenomenal at my friend's 50th birthday! Fantastic magician x
Michelle Talbot
Michelle Talbot
Very, very impressive 😁
Amanda Bryant
Amanda Bryant
He was very professional before the event and everyone was thoroughly entertained by his close magic and the larger scale audience participation tricks.
Rach Ryan
Rach Ryan
We invited Ed to join us at our wedding reception to entertain our guests during / after the meal. Lots of guests were chatting about his tricks the next day. We loved the one he did for us and have absolutely no idea how he managed it! Ed is relaxed but professional, friendly and fun. Thank you for sprinkling some magic on our day Rach & Mick
Laura Darrant
Laura Darrant
Super personable and an amazing magician. Book him for your works events.
kerry smith
kerry smith
Ed was fabulous, what a fantastic magic show this was the perfect entertainment for my 50th Birthday and left us scratching our heads on how he did some of the tricks as we couldn’t work it out, and we were really impressed, and still talking about it later into the night and after my birthday too. I would definitely recommend and book Ed again and he was very professional, fabulous magic tricks and great communication and early to the event to prepare. I won’t mention what tricks he did as I won’t spoil the surprise but we all loved it. Thanks Ed 🤩🥰👍
Fern Dennis
Fern Dennis
I saw Ed last weekend he was booked for a family wedding. Nearly a week later and I’m still speechless, he was amazing best magician I’ve ever seen! He caters to all age groups, so entertaining.
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Le pe
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YOUR INCREDIBLE EVENT IS
JUST A FEW STEPS AWAY

1. CONNECT

It's easy to get in touch with me, either:

email ↓

ed@edsumner.com

call ↓

07792 129 828

or fill in an enquiry form.

2. DISCUSS

During a short phone or video call, we'll talk about your event and your initial ideas. Don't worry, if you're not sure. I've helped to plan many events so I can advise on the best use of magic and other events entertainment.

3. AGREE

Once all the details are agreed, I'll send you a booking confirmation and ask you to make the first payment which confirms your date in my calendar. Then it's time to start looking forward to your big event.

4. ENJOY

I'll check in with you in the week before your event, and on the day of the event. All you need to do now is enjoy the magic, mind reading and conversational comedy.

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