FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Manchester venues hosting England’s final against Spain
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The Lionesses have done it again. They have made it to the final and are just one step away from being crowned World Cup champions.
There was a time when the final of the Women’s World Cup would have passed most people by. Thankfully, this is no longer the case and now the whole country is waiting to see what happens at the big game on Sunday against Spain in Sydney.
ITV and BBC will be broadcasting the match, kick off at 11am, for anyone settling in to watch at home. But for those who want to watch the English national team among cheering crowds of fellow supporters, there are loads of Manchester bars and venues hosting special events and watch parties.
Here are some of the biggest World Cup events happening in Manchester city centre this Sunday.
National Football Museum
The National Football Museum is hosting a family-friendly watch party this Sunday. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance via the museum’s website. Doors will open at 10am and last entry is 11:15. There will be limited seating, so it’s advised you get in early to grab a good spot.
Before kick off, there will be plenty of activities for you and the kids to enjoy, including Alison Palmer’s photographic exhibition about the Lionesses called Our Time is Now, a Subbuteo masterclass with a special edition Lionesses set and a make your own medal craft session. After the match, you can also have a wander through the museum’s main galleries.
The Trafford Centre’s newly opened bowling and gaming venue King Pins is also hosting a family-friendly World Cup watch party, but with a difference. This Sunday, you’ll be able to watch the match as you bowl or play a game of ice-free curling or shuffleboard. For the adults, they have a full-service bar, including beers from Seven Brothers. You can also enjoy pizza from PLY, Asian street food from Little Bao Boy and desserts from Royal Treats.
They are currently offering holiday prices. Ten Pin Bowling starts from £10 per adult and £8 per child (15 or under), with Duck Pin Bowling starting from £8 per adult and £6 per child. Karaoke, the batting cage and ice free curling start from £16 and shuffleboard from £8 per 30 minutes. Bookings can be made via the King Pins website.
The Sports Bar at Freight Island will be screening the Women’s final on Sunday. It is free to attend, but bookings must be made online in advance. The ticket does not include a table, these will be only be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Guests can enjoy food from one or more of the 15 vendors and the bar has a selection of retro arcade games.
The Crafty Pig
The Crafty Pig in the Northern Quarter are offering a special Lionesses Bottomless Brunch, which means you’ll be able to watch the match while also enjoying unlimited drinks and some tasty grub. Bookings must be made online in advance, and prices start at £28 per person, which includes bottomless drink for two hours.
GRUB will be showing the final at their Cultiplex cinema this Sunday. There will be a variety of different food traders as well as a fully-stocked bar. This is a great venue if you want to watch alongside other fans in a more relaxed environment that the city centre’s sports bars. Bookings must be made in advance via the GRUB website. A £5 deposit is required when booking, but this will be returned to you on arrival in the form of drinks tokens.