Cathedral Gardens as seen from the Cathedral. The ‘Mars Yard’ is the green space on the left, exhibition space on the right.

The UK University Rover Challenge is an excellent opportunity to do some outreach, support a good cause, and access thousands of visitors. In a rare opportunity, Manchester City Council is giving over Cathedral Gardens to the UKURC for the weekend.

v=HZmbYRIUhos&w=560&h=315]The UKURC takes places at the height of British summer, in one of the central squares in the UK’s bustling 2nd city, Manchester.

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You can support UKURC by direct sponsorship which helps cover the costs of the event, see further details here. You can also buy an exhibition space – an extremely valuable opportunity to hold an exhibition stall in the centre of the city; an opportunity not available outside of this specific event.


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The gardens facing the Corn Exchange


The site, Cathedral Gardens, is connected to Exchange Gardens via the Corn Exchange building, and is one of Manchester’s most popular locations. Right next to the iconic National Football Museum, Manchester Cathedral and around the corner form one of the busiest Metro stops.




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Selfridges and Harvey Nichols

The site is also bordered by Victoria Train Station, The Corn Exchange the Printworks cinema complex, and major shops like Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, and brands like Starbucks plus many more.




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Exchange Square Metro stop, with the iconic Football Museum building visible at the entrance to Cathedral Gardens


The site has thousands of people pass through it every day, and many more for outdoor events.






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Exchange Square full of many thousands of people  during the screening of the football World Cup