Winter Island Manchester: Christmas markets, ice rink and outdoor cinema return to Mayfield depot in 2022

There’s also a Christmas tree forest, hog roast, roller rink and family activities at Escape to Freight Island’s big Christmas 2022 attraction.

Escape to Freight Island has revealed its Winter Island Christmas attractions are set to return to Manchester for 2022.

The Mayfield Depot site’s Escape to Winter Island was a popular draw last year with its festive activities.

And now they have confirmed the rooftop ice rink is back - along with a roller rink and a whole load of new stuff which they say will make Winter Island ‘bigger and better than ever’.

The roller rink at Escape to Freight Island Credit: Escape to Freight Island

What’s on at Winter Island 2022 and when

Winter Island is set to open on Saturday 12 November - just two days after Manchester’s official Christmas Markets open in the city centre too.

Winter Island will also boast its own Christmas markets with food including bratwurst and hot chocolate among the tasty offerings.

There’s also a hog roast for meat lovers and plenty of festive cocktails.

Get your skates on and try out the roller rink which is offering party packages - or swap for blades and try your hand at the rooftop ice rink, which was built up high on a mezzanine level near the depot’s roof last year.

Escape to Winter Island 2022

Families can enjoy a stroll through a Christmas tree forest along with other family activities, and there will be Christmas carols aplenty if you need some traditional festive music to get you in the true spirit.

Kids can also meet Santa in his grotto or try their hand at making some Christmas crafts.

Other fun things to do include an outdoor cinema screening some festive classics, a flea market, and late night live music.

It runs from 12 November to 24 December.

You can book now at the Freight Island website here.