We Invented The Weekend (WITW), the free-to-attend festival expected to attract more than 150,000 people to MediaCity and Salford Quays, has announced new additions to the two-day event.

The culture-led event will launch on 3-4 June, with a programme of more than 200 free activities already announced. The event was due to take place last year but was cancelled due to the Queen’s funeral.

WITW champions differences in how people spend their leisure time and is situated where the weekend was originally invented in Greater Manchester in 1843.

The new additions to the programme include touring contemporary dance group Rambert; a preview of Manchester’s Factory International venue which opens in June; BBC radio host and DJ Craig Charles; social sewing meet-ups; a pop-up by Charity Super.Mkt and open-water swimming activities. It will also include a viewing of the all-Manchester FA Cup final, with football-themed craft activities, mini-tournaments and themed music.

WITW co-founder Wayne Hemingway MBE said, “We Invented the Weekend is for everyone and we guarantee everyone will get to try a new pastime or ten during the weekend celebrations. The festival has the perfect mixture of activities so no matter where you’re travelling from or who you’re travelling with, there will be something for you.”

Salford City Council chief executive Tom Stannard said, “These latest additions to the festival lineup further emphasise what an amazing event We Invented the Weekend is gearing up to be. With so many wonderful things happening and big names joining the celebrations, it truly will be a special weekend for the city and one not to miss.”  

The next issue of Access All Areas will include an interview with Wayne Hemingway on We Invented The Weekend.