Get set for a festival of football this summer in Manchester

  • Monday 27 June 2022

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UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 unveils Fan Festival schedule taking place in each Host City 

- UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 has announced Fan Festivals will be popping up across England as the tournament kicks off on 6 July. 

- Manchester brings the tournament fun to Piccadilly Gardens. 

- All 9 host cities will have a Fan Festival offering free entertainment throughout July. 

- At the heart of the festival will be the Fan Parties which will include neutral zones where fans of all nations can gather together. 


UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 has announced a huge festival of football this summer, with celebrations taking place across the country when the tournament gets underway at Old Trafford on 6 July.  

All nine host cities across England will stage a series of exciting events for fans to help them get involved in Europe’s biggest ever women’s sporting event.  

In Manchester all the action will happen in Piccadilly Gardens from 11am - 4pm each day from Wednesday 6 July to Sunday 31 July. Thousands of fans from across Europe are expected to descend on Manchester including strong contingents from Iceland, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

Residents will be able to watch all the matches on a big screen, as well as enjoy food and drink which will be available throughout the tournament. 

Matchdays won’t be the only chance for fans to experience the atmosphere, throughout July the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 events programme will host a range of arts, heritage and music activities all inspired by the record-breaking tournament.  


Councillor John Hacking, Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Leisure for Manchester City Council, said: “In Manchester we’re thrilled to be one of the host cities for the Women’s Euros. The women’s game is bigger than ever, and in a city where equality is at the heart of what we do, we’re proud to provide a platform for these incredible athletes.  

“At our purpose-built fan party in Piccadilly Gardens there will be so much on offer for fans of the game to come down and enjoy. Not only that, with some of the legends of the women’s game attending we hope it will inspire the next generation of footballing talent.”  


UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Tournament Director, Chris Bryant said: “Showtime is almost upon us. UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will be a landmark, ground-breaking tournament in so many ways and not just for the fantastic football on the pitch.  

“All of our host cities are planning events before, during and after games. Whether you are a diehard football fan or just looking to enjoy your first tournament, we want everyone to share in the momentum of this event. There will be concerts, exhibitions, fan parties, match screenings, workshops and much more.” 


Details for Manchester: 

Manchester’s Fan Party will take place at Piccadilly Gardens from 11am-4pm each day from Wednesday 6 July to Sunday 31 July. 

With Greater Manchester set to welcome fans from Austria, Belgium, England, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. 

The event will provide free entertainment for all, including:

  • Live match screenings
  • Food and drink
  • Official UEFA Women's EURO 2022 partner activities including Starling Bank football-themed activities and face painting
  • Football taster sessions
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