Best places to BBQ in Manchester

by Housesimple on 2nd August 2018

When the sun is shining, many of us flat-dwellers start to long for a garden. A place to lay out, have a morning coffee, or even go all out and host a BBQ. But don’t worry, even if you’re garden-less, your BBQ dreams can still be realised — you may need to get a little creative.


Although many parks have all-out bans on BBQs, there are still some around that haven’t prohibited them, as long as you’re careful not to scorch the grass and, of course, clean up after yourself. It’s always best to double check the parks and beaches around your area, because you may even find that they offer BBQ areas that you can book out. If you can’t tell whether or not BBQs are OK, double check with the park authority or your local council.


Desperate to get out and BBQ in Manchester? Although there are not any specific areas that encourage BBQs, the Manchester Evening Standard has identified certain areas of Manchester where there are no specific rules against them — in other words; they’re not banned. Wigan and Rochdale are particularly popular — here are some parks you can check out in those areas.


Broadfield Park

With bowling greens and a Victorian-style bandstand, this is one of the most historic parks in the area.


Springfield Park

This is the borough’s largest park, so there’s plenty to see and do around your BBQ. A children’s play area, a steam train that runs in the summer — or maybe you just want to explore the lake or get stuck in with some sport. It’s all there.


Queen’s Park

One of Britain's first municipal parks, Queen’s Park has been around since 1846. It’s very well located, leading out of the city centre along the River Irk, so you can expect some lovely views as you potter along.


Mesnes Park

Mesnes Park is manicured to perfection, with stunning lawns and rose gardens. Not only is it a gorgeous setting for a BBQ, make sure to rub the shoes of the Sir Francis Sharp Powell Statue to be blessed with the best of Wigan luck.


Haigh Woodland Park

If you like to get active and burn off of those BBQ calories, Haigh Woodland Park has a lot of options. Ropes courses for the kids, crazy golf — there’s plenty to do so that you can make a day of it.


Orrell Water Park

Year-round fishing and two reservoirs — they call it a water park for a reason. Have a lazy day of fishing, BBQing, and maybe even a little family bonding.



It’s not always easy to find a BBQ spot if you don’t have your very own garden, but don’t get discouraged. Do your research, be polite, and keep it clean— as long as it’s not prohibited and you’re respecting the park and the other guests, you should be just fine. Now don't’ forget the Pimms.

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