How to get home from Heaton Park after Parklife 2021 by tram, bus, taxi and on foot

By Kieran Isgin

Most of us who are heading to Parklife festival this weekend will be thinking about outfits, the line-up and the weather.

But working out how you'll get home safely after the music stops is something to think about too - as the saying goes, fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

And by fail we mean getting lost on the way out or not quite arranging that lift home and being stuck on the outskirts of Heaton Park.

Manchester's massive music event will take place on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12, with headline performances from Dave, Skepta, Disclosure and Megan Thee Stallion.

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Some other big names on the bill include Manchester rapper Meekz, Young Thug, and Migos to keep around 80,000 festival-goers per day dancing until 11pm.

Here are some of the best ways you can get home from a fun weekend at Parklife.

The Parklife Shuttle

(Vincent Cole)

The shuttle bus service provided by Parklife is available to those who have planned in advance and bought a Parklife Travel Pass, which gives ticket-holders access to both the shuttle bus and Metrolink tram services.

The bus provides a regular service between the city centre and festival site between 9.30am and 5 pm on Saturday, and 10.30am and 5pm on Sunday.

It begins in the City Centre from Aytoun Street (M1 2DD – corner of Minshull St. near Piccadilly train station) and drops off right inside the festival site.

The return service from Heaton Park to the City Centre starts at 6.30 pm and runs until late.

E-tickets for the Parklife Travel Pass will need to be exchanged for a wristband before travel, at either Aytoun Street or an exchange point in front of the National Football Museum at Cathedral Gardens.


The Metrolink is a quick and easy way to get home from Parklife (TfGM)

To get to Heaton Park via the tram you need to get on board the service towards Bury and get off at Heaton Park or Bowker Vale.

To get back to the city centre after 6pm you'll need to go to the Bowker Vale stop, as the Heaton Park Metrolink station will be closed from 6pm across the weekend.

All you need to do is follow the signposts conveniently located by all customer exits.

Walking and cycling

Bicycles are a great way to combine exercise with efficiency (Unsplash)

If an overcrowded bus or tram isn't what you fancy, stretch those legs and walk or cycle back into the city centre.

Starting off at Sheepfoot Lane, you can either follow signs straight down Bury Old Road (west of Heaton Park) or Middleton Road (east of Heaton Park), where you will eventually join Bury Old Road.

Follow the signs along Cheetham Hill Road, where you will eventually see Manchester city centre on the horizon.

Needless to say, you shouldn't walk alone in the dark home, so try and walk with a trusted group.


Taxis are a no-fuss way of getting home from Parklife (Getty Images)

According to Parklife's travel advice, there will be a Manchester Hackney Carriage Taxi Rank in Blackley New Road and a Bury Hackney Carriage Taxi Rank outside the Woodthorpe pub on Bury Old Road, as well as an official private hire pick up point near the car park on Sheepfoot Lane.

Customers booking their own private hire vehicles need to to direct them to the pick up point at Heaton Park Sainsbury’s.

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