- Parklife at Heaton Park
- Saturday 11 September 2021 to Sunday 12 September 2021
- Impacted area(s)
Bury Metrolink line, Manchester city centre, Prestwich, all roads surrounding Heaton Park, M60 Junction 19
Parklife returns to Heaton Park on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September.
Doors open 11am to 11pm on Saturday and 12pm to 11pm on Sunday.
If you're travelling to the event our key advice is:
- The Parklife travel pass allows travel to and from the festival site on Metrolink services (to Heaton Park/Bowker Vale) or the shuttle bus service from Aytoun Street in the city centre.
- A six-minute tram service will operate from the city centre to Heaton Park until 8pm on both days.
- Heaton Park Metrolink stop will be closed from 8pm on both days. To return to the city centre after the festival, you will need to use the nearby Bowker Vale stop.
- Shuttle bus services will operate every ten minutes from Aytoun Street (M1 2DD) to the site from 9.30am on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday.
- On both days, the return bus service from Heaton Park to Manchester city centre starts at 6.30pm and will continue until late. Drop off will be on Church Street.
- Metrolink and bus services will continue to operate until the venue is cleared.
- A number of road closures will be in place around the festival site impacting drivers and commercial bus services.
- Please note: Airport line trams will terminate at Firswood (on Saturday and Sunday) and you will need to change to another service to continue into the city centre. This is to allow for additional services to operate for Parklife.
- For live updates across the weekend please follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink.
Going to Parklife?
If you're attending Parklife please consider our specific advice for the event.
Parklife Travel Pass
Offering great flexibility and the quickest route to the festival, the Parklife Travel Pass allows you to travel on either the direct Parklife shuttle bus or Metrolink services from Manchester City Centre.
Parklife Travel Pass tickets must be pre-booked and exchanged for a wristband prior to boarding the Parklife Shuttle Bus or Metrolink; e-tickets are not valid for travel.
You will be able to exchange your wristband at the following locations on both days:
- Aytoun Street (at Parklife Shuttle Bus departure point) 9.30am to 5pm.
- Cathedral Gardens 10am to 5pm: (in front of the National Football Museum) near to Victoria train station.
Shuttle Bus Service
The Parklife shuttle bus will depart from the corner of Aytoun Street (M1 2DD) and Minshull Street, a two-minute walk from Piccadilly train station, with drop-off right inside the festival site.
Buses will depart at least once every ten minutes.
- On Saturday the first bus will depart at 9.30am with the last bus departing at 5pm.
- On Sunday the first bus will depart at 10.30am with the last bus departing at 5pm.
On both days, the return bus service from Heaton Park to Manchester city centre starts at 6.30pm and will continue to operate until the venue is cleared. Drop off will be on Church Street.
Metrolink services will take you directly to the Heaton Park and Bowker Vale stops which are located close to the festival site.
If you're travelling from Bury, consider using our dedicated drop off points at either Radcliffe and Whitefield tram stops.
Journeys take around 20 minutes from the city centre. We recommend boarding a service from Victoria tram stop where trams will depart every six minutes.
- From 8pm, on both Saturday and Sunday, Heaton Park Metrolink stop will be closed. To return to the city centre after the enter of the festival, please use the Bowker Vale stop located near the south-east corner of the park.
Metrolink services will continue to operate until the venue is cleared.
You may need to queue to board a service safely, so please be patient and allow additional time for travel.
Remember you must have a valid Metrolink ticket or Parklife Travel Pass before boarding a tram.
If you don't have a Parklife Travel Pass, we recommend using contactless for payments, it's a quick and easy way to pay. Just remember to touch-in and touch-out at the start and end of every journey.
Please be aware: face coverings are compulsory whilst on Metrolink services and no open alcohol containers, or drinking of alcohol, are permitted on-stop or on-tram.
Not going to Parklife?
Metrolink services will be busier than usual across the weekend due to a number of events taking place. If you can, consider travelling in the morning or whilst the event is taking place (between 4pm - 8pm), when services may be quieter.
Please note: Airport line trams will terminate at Firswood (on Saturday and Sunday) and you will need to change to another service to continue into the city centre. This is to allow for additional services to operate for Parklife.
Heaton Park and Bowker Vale stops will be most affected across the two days, as well as Victoria Station in the city centre. If you are making a shorter trip, consider walking or cycling instead.
To allow for the safe queueing and travel back after the event, Heaton Park tram stop will close from 8pm on both nights.
Bus services travelling around the festival are expected to be disrupted due to the high volume of traffic in the area.
Various roads around Heaton Park will also be closed over the course of the weekend:
- Sholes Lane, Meade Hill Road, Whittaker Lane, Polefield Road, St Margaret’s Road and Middleton Road.
The following services will be on diversion from 8pm to 1am on both nights: 41, 59, 66, 94 and 135.
You can find a full breakdown down on the bus diversions here.
There will be increased congestion and various road closures in place around the festival site over the weekend.
Roads will be busiest as fans make their way to the site from 10.30am to 4.30pm and after the end of the event from 10.30pm to 12.30am on both days.
The following roads are expected to be most affected:
- A576 Middleton Road & M60 Junction 19, Blackley with heavy congestion expected on both the highway and motorway network.
- A56 Bury New Road & A665 Bury Old Road, Prestwich
If you have to drive, allow more time to travel and consider re-routing your journey to avoid the affected area.
In addition, the following road closures in the immediate vicinity of the site will be in place from 8pm to 1am on both days:
- Sholes Lane, Prestwich
- Meade Hill Road, Prestwich
- Whittaker Lane, Prestwich
- Polefield Road, Prestwich
- St Margaret’s Road, Prestwich
- A section of Middleton Road, Blackley
- Blackley New Road, Blackley will have a soft road closure in place.
You can see a full map of the closures here.
Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield, Oxford Road and Victoria stations are all expected to be busier than usual with various events taking place over the weekend.
From Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield and Victoria Rail stations you can catch a direct tram service to Heaton Park.
Walking and Cycling
Consider walking or cycling if you are making a shorter trip over the weekend, as it may be quicker than driving and be a better alternative to public transport during the event.
Discover your neighbourhood, including cycle paths and walking routes, on our active travel pages.