Stuck for things to do over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend? We’re here to help. So put down the Easter eggs for a bit and go out and enjoy some spring sunshine. On second thoughts, better take an umbrella just in case. This is Manchester after all.
Thousands of families are expected to gather on the banks of the Irwell this Good Friday when the Manchester Duck Race celebrates its eighth year. It costs just £1 to buy a duck with all proceeds going to local children’s charity Brainwave. The fun starts at 12pm when both sides of the river – Spinningfields and The New Bailey area – will come alive with attractions, including a fairground and a petting zoo. The race begins at 2pm and there will even be a surprise celebrity guest to announce the winner.
Easter at intu Trafford Centre
Much loved children’s characters will be visiting intu Trafford Centre this Easter along with plenty of half-term workshops. PAW patrol pups Chase and Marshall will be coming to The Orient Main Stage on Monday 10th April from 10am onwards, plus there will be a party at Selfridges during the day. Throughout April families can enjoy half term workshops on the bridge outside Karen Millen, Upper Regent Crescent including face painting, craft time, a shimmer & shine beauty workshop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pizza party and plenty more. See the website for further details.
Happy Easter and Thai New Year at Thaikhun
Easter falls at the same time as Thai New Year so popular Spinningfields eatery Thaikhun are putting on a competition with three big prizes available – a private cooking school for 6 people, a £100 Thaikhun voucher and a £50 Thaikhun voucher. Book a table between 13th and 15th April to be in with a chance of winning. And kids don’t miss out either as Thaikhun are giving away five free kids passes worth £75. To apply, enter the ‘Send us a pic of your kids trying the Creepy Crawlies’ competition on Twitter. The five best pictures will receive a pass!
A special roast at Grafene
Enjoy a Sunday roast offer over Easter at the Manchester restaurant famed for its fine dining, Grafene restaurant – just off King Street. 2 courses are just £19, 3 courses £24 and the talented pastry chefs will be whipping up some seasonal treats too.
Treat yourself at The Lowry Hotel River Restaurant
The award-winning River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is offering a special Easter Sunday menu on 16th April. Enjoy 3 luxurious courses for £50 per person with starters including dressed crab, your favourite roast for mains and a selection of desserts. Or why not enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea packed with impressive desserts including a quadruple chocolate brownie and double chocolate macaroons. Highly commended by The British Tea Council, afternoon tea at The Lowry Hotel is perfect for any occasion, especially an Easter chocolate fix. £39 per person which includes a glass of prosecco each.
Head to Spinningfields on Bank Holiday Sunday 16th April for the return of Spinfest, where a number of live acts will be performing on two stages from 12:45pm till 10pm. The weekend also sees the launch of Qkr Pay meaning no more queuing at the bar during peak times. Simply download the Qkr Pay app and have your food and drinks delivered to your table. And there’s children’s entertainment from 1pm – 5pm, making this a great day out for the family.
Easter egg hunt with The Laundrette
Popular First Street bar The Laundrette is hatching plenty of fun this Easter. They’re hiding 50 eggs in locations across Manchester with a chance to win prizes – including cocktails – if you find one. A video giving clues of the whereabouts of the eggs will be published on Good Friday morning. If you find one, just tag and tweet a photo of yourself and the egg to win. Keep updated with their social media and get cracking.
An Easter egg hunt with Manchester City at The Etihad
This Easter, Manchester City Football Club launches its first city-wide Easter Egg hunt designed to give visitors a fun and engaging football based activity to keep the kids entertained over the half-term holiday. From Tuesday 4 April, three giant eggs, branded in City blue and featuring the Club crest, will be hidden in various locations in and around Manchester. Fans will be given clues as to the whereabouts of the eggs and encouraged to seek out their locations, snap a selfie and #CityEggHunt on Twitter for the chance to win exclusive City prizes. Plus everyone who goes on the Etihad Stadium tour from the 3rd-17th April has the chance to go on an Easter-themed special, find eggs and win!
Easter afternoon tea at Cloud 23
Head up to Cloud 23, the bar inside The Hilton hotel, take in the breathtaking views of the city and spoil yourself with a bespoke Easter Afternoon Tea. For £28 per person, indulge your inner child and revel in Easter bunny scones with jam and clotted cream, chocolate brownie cup cake with mini eggs, chocolate and mint mousse and the decadent rocky road cake. Sip on an Easter cocktail or champagne with your afternoon tea for £38 per person. Little ones will receive mini chocolate eggs on arrival before enjoying their treats at just £14 per child.
Don’t miss out on the football at The Green
Keep up with all the ball and sport action over the weekend at sports bar The Green who are covering both Manchester teams games over the Easter weekend. That’s Southampton v City on Saturday (kick off at 5.30pm) and United v Chelsea on Sunday at 4pm. You can even have a round of golf in one of the indoor golf booths or book an Xbox One for the day and relax in style playing on a 12ft screen.
Easter Wonderland at Lowry Outlet
Lowry Outlet MediaCityUK will transform into a magical spring wonderland this Easter with free entertainment for all the family including hidden spring creatures, arts and crafts and an Easter-themed indoor market. Lowry Outlet’s Spring Discoveries event will feature a spring country garden theme, complete with an 8ft oak tree, real life ‘hedge’ people, face painting, spring characters and much more. There will also be a series of activities including a floral photo booth, crafts, a spring word trail map and interactive floor art. And there’s a market over the Easter weekend.
Easter activities at People’s History Museum
Open each day until 17 April, the Rainbow Craft Table takes the colourful inspiration of Never Going Underground, an exhibition that explores the story of LGBT+ rights, and gives you the chance to make a make a rainbow sun catcher from 10am to 5pm. No booking required. There are also a number of bookable activities including the chance to discover the story behind Manchester’s coat of arms on Tuesday 11th April and put together your own identity box, including sweet little peg dolls, on the 12th April.
Bag yourself an Easter cupcake collection
— Hey Little Cupcake! (@HLCupcake) April 4, 2017
Spinningfields’ sweet little bakery Hey Little Cupcake has launched an Easter collection – a beautiful box of six cakes, including an Easter bunny inspired design and of course, plenty of chocolate. A lovely alternate gift (or box of self indulgence) this Easter.
An Easter stroll through Manchester
A 4-hour guided walk on Sunday 16th April takes you from Manchester’s Roman foundations to Factory Records – an ideal introduction to the cultural and political history of the city. Along the way you will hear more about the city’s unique heritage, get to know Manchester’s oldest pub, hear more about Abraham Lincoln’s special relationship with Manchester and learn about the city’s role in UK democracy. It starts at 11.30am in St. Peter’s Square. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Cirque Le Soir comes to The Milton Club
Wednesday 29th March The Milton Club is teaming up with Cirque Le Soir to bring you a night of glamour, indulgence and intrigue to your bank holiday weekend! On Sunday 30th April, The Milton Club are set to bring you an extraordinary clubbing experience with live entertainment and party vibes from start to finish. Express your interest on their website for your chance to take part in this unique clubbing experience.
Easter Bank Holiday at Corn Exchange
If you’re still racking your brains trying to think of what to do this Easter holiday and you’re after somewhere the whole family can enjoy whilst avoiding the Bank Holiday rain, head to Corn Exchange and enjoy a world of flavours and cultures under one roof. It’s the ultimate family dining venue. Take the tots over to the garden atrium, pick up a book from the little lending library and curl up with a cuppa and their favourite story. Go head-to-head with the family and grab some board games and lunch at Cosy Club. After some friendly competition, the kids can tuck into baked macaroni cheese, mezze plate or homemade crispy fish fingers, chips and peas, with a loaded ice cream sundae for pudding. Or head to Cabana where kids can eat free, all day, every day throughout the holiday.
If you’re a traditionalist at heart and looking for a decadent, gravy filled roast this Easter Sunday, Banyan will serve up the goods. For just £14.95 tuck into two epic courses of Bang bang chicken skewers with sesame, soy, honey dip and caramelised peanuts, followed by a hearty roast with a choice of half roast chicken, roast pork loin with crackling, or roast top side of beef.
The popular Levenshulme night market is hosting an Easter special on Good Friday from 5-9pm. There’s an Eastergram Challenge which combines selfie-snapping with an egg hunt, crafts for kids, DJs, and street food that just gets better and better. Get eggcited with gourmet mac and cheese from Mac Daddies, poutine from Blue Caribou plus appearances from Fitto Italian Street Food and inventive dessert parlour MilkJam, with more to be announced. Go gift shopping with Lido Cards & Gifts, BubbleOff! Vegan Skincare and Chandler’s Cocoa.
Easter weekend in The Refuge basement
The Easter weekend in the basement of The Refuge will host the established Manchester club night So Flute on Friday April 14th and A Love From Outer Space on Saturday April 15th. The public bar of The Refuge will be open as usual over the entire Easter bank holiday weekend with a soundtrack provided by resident DJs. So if you’d decided to rave in the basement or simply drink and mingle in the bar, The Refuge is the place to come as you are this Easter.