Where is We Invented the Weekend?
WITW is all around MediaCity UK and Salford Quays. You can find a map of the festival here.
When is We Invented the Weekend?
The first ever WITW will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2022.
When does it start and close?
We Invented the Weekend kicks off at 10am on Saturday 10th September, with activities, workshops and performances popping up all over the festival throughout the day. The last performance on Saturday will be on the Weekend Stage finishing at 10:30pm.
Sunday kicks off with early morning yoga at 9am, with all the other activities and performances starting up again at 10am. Everything on Sunday will finish by 5pm EXCEPT our festival finale at the Weekend Stage which will start at 5pm.
Is We Invented the Weekend suitable for me if I have accessibility requirements?
Yes! WITW is situated amongst various buildings with facilities suitable for everyone and nearly all of our events and locations are step-free. We also have BSL interpreters at the Weekend Stage. You can search on the website for events that are step-free and / or have BSL interpreters.
There is an accessible viewing platform at the MediaCity weekend stage.
Changing Places facilities are available at the University of Salford and Quayside Shopping Centre. Both locations have manned receptions where staff will be happy to help.
For all of our free events, there’s no need to book a Personal Assistant ticket as they will be welcome to come along with you as part of your free ticket. If you have a specific access need you’d like to discuss or have any questions about our existing facilities, please do get in touch with our team who can assist you further: email@example.com
How much does it cost to come to We Invented the Weekend?
It’s FREE! You don’t need a ticket to get into the festival and you don’t need a ticket to enjoy the performances around the festival or to get involved with activities and workshops that you see going on. There are two events that don’t have free tickets which are The Sunday Roast and the Get Your Docks Off cruises. Any other event that you can book for is FREE and the tickets are just to help us make sure you all get a chance to get involved.
If We Invented the Weekend is free, why are there tickets?
You don’t need a ticket to get into the festival and you don’t need a ticket to enjoy the performances around the festival or to get involved with activities and workshops that you see going on. There are two events that don’t have free tickets which are The Sunday Roast and the Get Your Docks Off cruises. Any other event that you can book for is FREE and the tickets are just to help us make sure you all get a chance to get involved.
Is there a minimum age for buying a ticket?
Each event will say what ages the activity or performance is suitable for. Please check the age guidance carefully and if certain ages need to be accompanied.
What if I can’t attend an event I have already booked?
Please use Citizen Tickets (our ticketing host) refund page to get your tickets refunded or returned: https://help.citizenticket.co.uk/support/solutions/articles/60000691329-how-do-i-apply-for-a-refund-for-an-event-or-return-a-free-ticket-
How many tickets can I buy in one transaction?
How do I contact someone about my ticket?
You can get in touch with any queries about tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Tickets
I haven’t received my booking confirmation and/or e-ticket, what do I do?
You can resend your tickets to your email by following the process on here.
If you have put in an incorrect email, please email email@example.com
How can I get to We Invented the Weekend?
Active travel (walking/cycling)
We Invented The Weekend is easy to reach by bike or on foot using a network of direct, safe and attractive cycling and walking routes. Located along the Irwell River Park, many routes utilise paths along the Manchester Ship Canal, the River Irwell and the Bridgewater Canal to provide safe traffic-free journeys to MediaCity.
National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 55 runs through the heart of MediaCity to Salford, Chorlton and South Manchester.
A map showing cycle routes and facilities at Medic City can be found here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5acc7dc73e2d0914bae08657/t/5ba8aea8b208fc93f04d60d7/1537781417207/MediaCItyUK+Cycling+Map_Inset+v3.pdf
More bike racks are available outside The Lowry theatre.
As well as having our own dedicated tram stop in the centre of MediaCity, we also have two further Metrolink lines within walking distance – the Eccles line and the brand-new Trafford Park line. There are currently no trams between Eccles and MediaCityUK, a bus replacement service will be operating between the two Metrolink stops as maintenance is carried out to replace the rails on the Eccles line.
The Eccles line also connects straight through Cornbrook Metrolink stop, which provides the interchange to the southern suburbs of Altrincham, Didsbury and Manchester Airport
The Trafford Park Metrolink extension now has a station outside the Imperial War Museum North, increasing access to MediaCity. This offers both a quicker route from the City Centre, as well as connecting to The Trafford Centre.
The Trafford Park Metrolink extension now has a station outside the Imperial War Museum North, increasing access to MediaCity. This offers both a quicker route from the City Centre to MediaCity, as well as connecting to The Trafford Centre.
The following bus routes serve MediaCity and Salford Quays:
29 : Boothstown – Walkden – Swinton – Weaste – MediaCityUK
29 : The Lowry – Salford Quays – Swinton – Walkden – Boothstown
50 : East Didsbury – Burnage – Birchfields – Salford – The Lowry
51 : East Didsbury – Burnage – Birchfields – Salford – The Lowry
53 : Cheetham Hill – Higher Crumpsall – Old Trafford – Pendleton
79 : Pendleton – Ordsall – Old Trafford – Gorse Hill – Stretford
Timetable information can be found here: https://tfgm.com/bus/timetables
We would really love you to use active travel and / or public transport to get to We Invented The Weekend, but if you have to drive there are car parks at the following locations:
MediaCity Multi-Storey Car Park, M50 2TG. Prices can be found here: https://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/visit-us/
There are also dedicated festival car parks, these will be signposted on car routes into the festival.
Can I bring my own food?
Yes! You can bring your own picnic, bring in food from places around the festival or purchase food onsite.
Do you cater for a range of dietary requirements?
There are a large number of food traders, bars, restaurants, cafes and stores in and around the We Invented The Weekend, so every dietary requirement is catered for.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Drinking alcohol is only permitted in licenced areas and you are not permitted to bring your own alcohol to We Invented The Weekend, or to consume any off sales alcohol on site.
We have a range of brilliant bars who we’re sure will cater for all tastes.
Is the We Invented the Weekend dog-friendly?
Not only is WITW dog-friendly, we have our own dog show! Dogs are allowed in all of our outdoor spaces, although unfortunately not indoors except for assistance dogs.
You can sign up to be part of the dog show if you’d like to show off your dog waggly tail, or just bring your dog along to enjoy the festival and watch the shows.
Please note that dogs aren’t allowed in Quayside, The Lowry, The Open Centre and the University of Salford, unless they are assistance dogs.