Clean-shaven and foolish
THE IDEA? “Manchester has everything except a beach”. So spoke one of one of our city’s favourite sons Ian Brown back in 2005. Well, it has now. Or will have in a few short weeks.
THE PLAN? The biggest urban beach in the UK ever. The good people at URBIS and SANKEYS are taking several tons of smooth, clean sand direct from the Bahamas plus a few hundred meters of beachfront boardwalk decking and dropping it all right bang in the middle of Manchester city centre to create the one thing we are missing for the summer.
WHERE & WHEN? You’ll find Beach Club Manchester in the Cathedral gardens right outside Urbis from early July and right on through the summer.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT? A bespoke selection of ongoing DJ sets, superb live music plus special events and parties. Add to the mix a fully licensed bar, great food and some seafront favourites (absolutely there will be deck chairs) and you have Beach Club Manchester.
SO HOW MUCH? Entry into Beach Club Manchester will be free to everyone and anyone. That’s right FREE. Well, beaches are free aren’t they?
Beach Club Q&A
IS IT TRUE THAT AN URBAN BEACH IS BEING INSTALLED OUTSIDE URBIS OVER THE SUMMER?
Yes - providing we get the agreement from planning to go ahead, Urbis is creating the UK's biggest and best Urban beach in Cathedral Gardens, over the summer from early July - September. The space open to everyone, (although some events may have age restrictions – see below) programmed with a whole host of activity from summer sports and family activities to food and drink concessions where people can call in for a spot of lunch. Open 11 am – 11pm entry will be carefully monitored and controlled so that all can enjoy the fun and a peaceful oasis in the city centre.
I ALREADY ENJOY HANGING OUT IN THE SPACE AS IT IS - WHY WILL THE BEACH MAKE IT BETTER?
Creating a beach within the city environment is a fun and creative way of that people can experience their urban environment differently. This will be a shared environment, with something planned to keep everyone entertained, from summer sports, such as beach volleyball and watching Wimbledon on a big screen, to family activities, food and drink stand concessions, to WIFI access for those who want to work in a tropical oasis away from the office. The beach will be a focal point for everyone who already uses the gardens as a place to hang out, chill and eat their lunch. There will also be music events on Friday and Saturday evenings programmed in partnership with Sankeys from live acts to world class DJs, as well as lots of other programmed activity, yet to be confirmed. The beach will take up only half the area of Cathedral Gardens with the rest, including access to Urbis remaining as before.
WHAT DOES CONTROLLED ENTRY MEAN? I USE THE GARDENS CURRENTLY, WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO GET IN?
Of course. Controlled entry simply means we will ensure that the environment is safe and secure for everyone. It will be fenced off, with 2 access points into the space monitored by security guards 24 hours per day. This will ensure no alcohol or glass is brought in and that people are using the space responsibly. Anyone not treating the space and fellow members of the public with respect – young or old – will be asked to leave. However, some events may have to be no unaccompanied U16s, and there will be no unaccompanied U18s after 6pm. There will be a licensed bar, but obviously won't serve alcohol to under 18s.
THOSE EVENTS SOUND GOOD, BUT NOT REALLY FOR ME.
Urbis will still continue with the workshops we usually provide for garden users. We will also be doing the [email protected] 2007 all day Concert like we did last year, (and btw we have some pretty sweet acts for!!) A date is to be released for this soon.
HOW WILL IT BE KEPT CLEAN?
Both the beach and immediate surrounding area will be cleaned continually, on a daily basis.