Manchester is bursting with events this month. The Easter holidays are here bringing tons of things to do, spring has definitely sprung and the clocks go forward, so there’s no excuse not to take advantage of the lighter evenings.

With this in mind, we’ve handpicked a selection of some of our favourite things that are happening this month – and we’ve even thrown a lager festival in for good measure.

So whether you’re a foodie looking for a new place to eat, a theatre fan or just fancy a day at the funfair, we reckon there’s something on this list that’s perfect for you.

You’re welcome.

Easter Funfair – Manchester Central

All the fun of the fair under one roof so no need to worry about those peskyApril showers here! There will be two sessions each day and tickets include unlimited goes on all the rides. As well as rides galore there is also ample chances to test your skills on a range of funfair games before tucking into some delicious food from one of the many catering stalls. Sounds like a perfect family day out to us. 13th April – 22nd April, Manchester Central.

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We are Lager Festival

The UK’s biggest lager festival is a four day celebration of the world’s finest lagers under one roof – Upper Campfield Market Hall to be precise. The event will feature 50 lagers including alcohol-free options, as well as wines, spirits, coffee and soft drinks, not to mention a great line-up of local food traders.

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Closer at Hope Mill Theatre

Love affairs, seduction and betrayal – Patrick Marber’s Closer has it all. It’s an emotionally intense journey with a perfect balance of wit and humour. Manchester production company Page-2-Stage Productions have been touring the UK since 2010 and have developed an outstanding reputation for producing great theatre. Closer is at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre for a 10 day run and stars Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street) and Darren John Langford (Hollyoaks). Tickets £12.

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ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

The UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon is back. It’s your chance to smash your personal best and celebrate the spirit of Manchester on Sunday 7th April. A super fast course, great entertainment, outstanding crowd support and a glorious finish at Lancashire County Cricket Club, plus a medal and ASICS technical t-shirt for all finishers. The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is a fun day out for all – spectators and runners alike.

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Ghost the Musical at the Palace Theatre

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Bill Kenwright presents Ghost the Musical, a fantastic adaptation of the movie Ghost featuring the The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody and many more terrific hits. This fantastic show is currently touring around the UK and is making a quick pit stop for four days only at the Palace Theatre. It’s had brilliant reviews so this is one you won’t want to miss.

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Take That at Manchester Arena

This year marks Take That’s 30th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, the band have announced a massive UK area tour, performing all their much loved hits live. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald will be wooing the hearts of many for five dates at the Manchester Arena from 22nd-27th April. Be quick – there are very limited tickets available.

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Adults Fans of LEGO Night at LEGOLAND

On selected nights throughout the year, Legoland Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre puts on an entire evening just for adult LEGO fans. On 4th April between 7pm and 9pm this child-free zone is hosting a creative building session with master model builders James and Alex. There will be a best build competition, games and prizes to be won plus all parts of LEGOLAND Discovery Centre will be open exclusively for adults to enjoy. So why not unleash the big kid inside you and book a slot.

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Manchester Duck Race

Quack quack, its back. The tenth annual Brainwave Duck Race takes place on 19th April. The day will be filled with children’s rides, celebrities, food and not just one but two duck races. It’s an event that you and your family won’t want to miss. There’s still time to enter your duck, either by yourself, as a family, with friends or your work colleagues. Click here to buy your ducks.

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We Are Family at The Refuge

The Refuge are hosting a We Are Family weekender on 18th – 22nd April, Easter Bank Holiday showcasing a range of activities, from food to yoga, which focus on wellness throughout. If it’s a bit of reggae yoga you fancy, gong bath relaxation or just a boogie in the bar, get yourself down there. There is even a vintage clothing and vinyl market down in the basement on Easter Sunday for all those fashion and music lovers who want to dig out some treasures.

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The Launch of Mash Tun

There’s a new gastropub on the block and it’s launching on the 19th April. Mash Tun is a new craft beer bar and sausage and mash restaurant promising an affordable menu of bistro-style food. It’s taking over the former Grafene fine dining restaurant off King Street and aims to combine great food with a host of real ales from local breweries with 26 beer taps along with a 12 metre long bar in the heart of the venue – not forgetting a mix and match menu of 10 different sausages, 10 different mashes and 10 different gravies to choose from.

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