Hope Mill’s 200th Birthday

The grand dame of Holt Town turns 200 this year, and we’re celebrating her birthday in style.

Built in 1824 and originally used as a fustian weaving and cotton mill, Hope Mill was at the beating heart of the industrial community in Holt Town.

The area of Holt Town was established in 1784 by David Holt, and was known as a ‘factory colony’ – a mill complex with housing for workers.

Fast forward 200 years, and Hope Mill has been cast in a new role at the centre of Holt Town’s creative community.

To mark the occasion, we’re hosting a family fun day and a Makers Market over the August Bank holiday weekend. Both events are completely free.

Family Fun Day Saturday 24 August
11.30am – 4.30pm

Music – Carnival – Food – Donkeys

We’ll be transforming the grounds of Hope Mill into a Victorian style funfair, complete with rides, stalls, food and live entertainment. There may even be a donkey or two…

Ancoats is where the modern ice cream cone was invented, so in honour of this we’ll be handing out free ice cream on the day. Need we say more?

Free, please book a ticket in advance.

Makers Market Sunday 25 August
10am – 3pm

Live music – DJs – food

Join us in the grounds of Hope Mill Theatre for a local makers market. We’ll be showcasing artwork, artisan crafts, baked goods and more from some of the city’s best independent traders.

Enjoy a BBQ and drinks, including Manchester-made beer and Ancoats Gin.

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