We’re marking a major milestone – a decade of eclectic and unforgettable experiences
This landmark occasion marks a decade of events and pays homage to our remarkable journey which dates back 100 years.
While the venue is known for its cutting-edge experiences, Victoria Warehouse remains deeply rooted in its industrial heritage. Exposed brickwork, steel columns, and preserved original features serve as reminders of its timeless charm, which has inspired some of Britain’s greatest brands, including Jaguar Land Rover, Kellogg’s and Manchester United.
How it all began
The construction of our two warehouse buildings began back in the 1920s, which was the heyday of Manchester’s textile industry. Originally serving as a storage facility for the Liverpool Warehousing Company (that’s why it’s written on the side of the building), the warehouses safeguarded cotton, fabrics and confectionery. For over 50 years, brands like Kellogg’s, McVitie’s and Cadbury’s packed their delicacies into ‘The Bays’. This rich history is deeply ingrained within our walls.
In the 1980s, the site suffered a large fire, leaving it derelict for many years. Then in 2005, our owner David Cohen spotted the buildings while out running along the canal. With just an idea, he bought the structure and scoped out grand designs to fashion one of the country’s most unique event facilities.
In the summer of 2013, the inaugural fashion show for GAP Clothing put Victoria Warehouse in the spotlight for experiences with an edge, and the versatile Trafford Park venue has been a force to be reckoned with from that point onwards.
Fast forward ten years
Since its transformation, Victoria Warehouse has solidified its position as one of the UK’s most ambitious and forward-thinking event venues, consistently pushing boundaries and remaining at the forefront of creativity within the events industry.
From hosting world-class music events with high-profile artists and acts to captivating corporate showcases, fashion shows, product launches and seasonal parties for major brands, our venue team works with agents, event planners and individuals to craft exceptional experiences for guests and delegates.
In 2015, we were granted our civil ceremony license, which enabled us to host weddings. Fast forward to 2023, and Victoria Warehouse plays host to over fifty weddings per year, offering something outside of the tradition for many couples across the North West.
Reflecting on the past ten years, James Cohen, our Managing Director and Co-owner, said, “To think what we’ve achieved as a small, independent team is incredible. When we first started out, we knew we wanted to create something completely unique and special for the city. We’re very proud to have navigated through the toughest years for the events industry and be thriving as a venue, working with some of the country’s most well-known brands.”
In light of our 10-year milestone and due to the demand from clients for more adaptable event space, we recently launched our new event space, ‘The Tobacco Stores‘. This new space intertwines floor-to-ceiling windows with original archways and ancient steel columns, making it one-of-a-kind from anything else onsite. Its position also offers landmark views over Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
An iconic Manchester venue with multiple spaces to explore, could Victoria Warehouse be the place for your next event?