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.

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.

3Happy 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!

4A 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.

7Easter 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.

8An Easter egg hunt with Manchester City at The Etihad

9Easter 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.

10Don’t miss out on the football at The Green

11Easter 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.

12Easter activities at People’s History Museum

13Bag yourself an Easter cupcake collection

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.

14An 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.

15Cirque Le Soir comes to The Milton Club

16Easter Bank Holiday at Corn Exchange

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.

18Easter 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.

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