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Homeground: Plan your visit

Homeground on First Street is a socially distanced space a five minute walk away from HOME. It will be open from May to August 2021, suitable for all ages and includes a theatre space called Showground, Food & Drink Terrace and Manchester Stage.

Entry is free and you won’t need a ticket – however you will be able to prebook theatre shows and food tables in advance very soon.

Plenty of seating is provided and staff will allocate seating in our Food & Drink Terrace on arrival.

Manchester Stage

The Manchester Stage is our pop up stage inside Homeground that will be unticketed and full of performances from local artists. Stay tuned for our programme coming soon.

Food and Drink Terrace

Food and drink will be available on-site with pop up vendors changing throughout the season. A full list of food vendors will be announced soon.

There will be designated smoking areas and dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on their lead.

Access

All spaces on-site at Homeground will be fully accessible, and we have been working with consultants Attitude is Everything to ensure facilities are suitable for all our audiences.

Please be aware that it is an outdoor site, so there may be some uneven ground, however the full space is on one level with no steps.

There is a drop-off point for those arriving by car on James Grigor Square off Medlock Street.

Toilets

We have plenty of toilets available on the site including four accessible cubicles.

COVID Guidelines

Homeground will be adhering to all government guidelines in relation to COVID-19. This page will be updated with more information as it is released by the government.

To find out our booking policy in relation to ticket cancellations please scroll to the bottom of this page.


Performance Information

Ticketing

All performances in our Showground will be ticketed.

Tickets can be purchased on the door, however availability is limited so we recommend you booking before you attend a performance.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henge

When booking tickets for a performance you will automatically be allocated a table in our Showground space based on the number of tickets you select. You need to comply by the rule of six or two households for your booking and your table will be socially distanced from other audience members.

If you want to add tickets to an existing order please call the Box Office so we can make sure you are sat together.

All other shows

When booking tickets for all other shows you will be able to pick your own seats with our tables allocated in seats of 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. Please only select a table for the number of tickets you are buying for. We have a limited number of each table size therefore it is important to book in advance where possible.

The seating for Homeground is socially-distanced and complies with the latest government guidelines, in order to provide the best possible experience for our audience. As part of this, some events have tables set at fixed group sizes to allow as many people as possible to enjoy our events this summer.

Weather 

We’re all used to a little rain here in Manchester including our performers! Please be prepared to sit outside for a performance during a typical British summer.

The show will always go on unless in exceptional circumstances. In this situation we will contact all customers no earlier than two hours before the planned performance as the weather can change over the course of the day.

Umbrellas are not permitted in the theatre space so please come with appropriate clothing for an outdoor event.

If a show is cancelled due to the weather HOME will offer exchanges to another performance in the run. If this is not possible customers will be offered the opportunity to donate the value of their tickets to HOME, credit or receive a refund. For the full ticketing terms and conditions please see below.

Access

All spaces on-site at Homeground will be fully accessible, and we have been working with consultants Attitude is Everything to ensure facilities are suitable for all our audiences.

Please be aware that it is an outdoor site, so there may be some uneven ground, however the full space is on one level with no steps.

We have set aside tables for those looking to book seats near toilets and those looking for specific seats. To book one of these areas please email the Box Office on access@homemcr.org.

Only assistance dogs will be permitted into the performance space. If you are planning to come to a performance with an assistance dog please email access@homemcr.org

Food and Drink

We have a variety of food and drink vendors available at Homeground and you are welcome to bring food and drink bought on site into the performance space. Once the show starts food and drink will not be brought to tables so please make sure you place your order in plenty of time.

Refunds and Exchanges

All tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.

If a show is cancelled by HOME customers will first be offered tickets to another performance in the run. If this is not possible customers will be offered the opportunity to donate the value of their tickets to HOME or receive a refund. For our full ticket terms and conditions please scroll to the bottom of this page.


Getting Here

By Bike

Bike racks are situated between HOME and the INNSIDE by Meliá hotel. There are 20 Sheffield stands available and additional racks are installed in the area surrounding First Street.

By Bus

The 256 bus from Piccadilly Gardens stops on Medlock Street. The bus stops are located 50 metres and 150 metres from HOME’s entrance.

Get off the bus and walk towards HOME which is visible from the road.

Alternatively, you can use the Free Bus that links the main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses in the city centre. Free buses run from Piccadilly, Salford Central, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate train stations. There are three circular routes covering the city centre (the Route 3 stops near HOME on Whitworth Street West from 7.30pm apart from on Sundays). Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website to view the Free Bus map and to plan your journey.

By Metrolink

Deansgate-Castlefield is the nearest Metrolink stop. Check the Metrolink website for times and updates. Metrolink operates a zonal fare system to make is easy to get around the network, tickets can be purchased from machines at stops and on the free Get Me There app. Deansgate-Castlefield is in Zone 1. Metrolink is currently working on improving and expanding its routes, for information on changes to services please visit transformationinformation.co.uk or if you’re on Twitter follow @MCRMetrolink.

By Rail

Homeground is located between Oxford Road Train Station and Deansgate Train Station.

Deansgate train station is closest at 0.2 miles or 320 metres away.

Oxford Road train station is 0.3 miles or 480 metres away.

Piccadilly train station is located 0.7 miles away.

Victoria train station is 1 mile away.

If you arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria, take a train to Deansgate or Oxford Road or use the free bus.

By Car

The nearest car park is Q-Park at First Street (next door to HOME). The pedestrian car park entrance is approximately 30metres from HOME’s main entrance.


Where To Stay

Hotel Offers

If you’re planning to stay overnight in Manchester as part of your visit to Homeground, Innside Manchester, which is located on First Street next to our main building, have a special offer for visitors. You can get 20% off the best available rate by using this code when booking online: 00610806BNK

If you wanted to be nearer Manchester Piccadilly Station, and want to convenience of a luxury Aparthotel, Native is the place for you. When visiting Homeground, you’ll be only a 18 minute walk away.


Ticketing Terms and Conditions

  • If HOME is required to cancel any event bookers will be contacted within 48 hours with the option to donate the ticket value, receive credit on their account to the value of their order or receive a full refund. If a refund is requested this will be processed within 14 days.
  • Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. The exception is if a booker or a member of a booker’s household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms customers must inform the Box Office no later than 8pm the day before the relevant event. The Box Office will then credit accounts with the full amount of the order to be used on another event within one year or exchange the tickets to another screening/event.
  • All prices are subject to availability.
  • Customers will be unable to reserve tickets.
  • Late entry and readmittance to the theatre and cinemas where possible is at the discretion of the Duty Manager.
  • HOME Management reserves the right to admission and alter the programme without prior notice.