What's on this Easter in Manchester 2023

What’s on and things to do for the Easter holidays 2023 in Manchester

Events and things to do this Easter

Searching for inexpensive Easter entertainment?

You can join in any of these eight egg hunts in Manchester and the nearby areas for less than £5.

There is something for everyone to enjoy, from a trail around the lovely Fletcher Moss Park to a free Easter egg hunt at Houldsworth Mill.

Get ready to go hunting and grab your baskets!

  • Varying prices and dates across Easter 2023

Ian McKellen and John Bishop are coming to The Lowry this Easter – with a hilarious comedy for all ages.

Mother Goose is a live entertainment spectacle not to be missed – full of fun, musical comedy, star power and surprises that will make you honk out loud.

So scramble for tickets to see two legends of acting & comedy and get ready for fairies with hefty vocal chords, puppets with tap dance qualifications and impeckably constructed mayhem that will quack up those aged between 3 to 103!

Don’t be a goose – book your tickets now.

  • Performances from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th April 2023 at varying times.
  • Tickets priced from £10

Most of the Corn Exchange restaurants have menus designed with kids in mind. This Easter you have lots to choose from and plenty of goodies to go around!

  • The Real Greek’s Kids Eat Free offer is back from Sunday 2nd to Thursday 6th April 2023. Head down to The Real Greek this Easter and take advantage of this excellent offer. Choose from some delicious options on their Children’s Menu with a free Main Meal, drink and ice cream / sorbet for every child per paying adult.
  • Book your table at Riva Blu this Easter Sunday, 9th April, and your little ones will receive a free Chocolate Lindt Bunny when they dine
  • Grab your little one and head down to Vapiano this Easter to surprise them with an Easter Bunny shaped Pizza! Simply order a Margarita Pizza from the kids menu and add a drink all for £7.95
  • The table is set… please welcome PizzaExpress’ new spring menu. Welcome to the table….Hot Honey Dough Balls, Romana Parmense Pizza, Honeycomb Cream Slice and a host of new Spring Cocktails
  • Zizzi have been working hard behind the scenes in the kitchens, to bring you their NEW SPRING MENU. They’ve introduce fresh egg pasta (a Zizzi first), half & half Rusticas, some fab new cocktails and 7, yes 7 brand new desserts!
  • Subject to availability, terms may apply

The Lowry Hotel is THE place to stay for families this Easter!

They cater for groups of all sizes, from family celebrations spanning across several generations to mother-daughter weekend breaks.

Travelling with under 12s? The Sofa Bed Rooms are a great option for everyone to stay in the same space. Or ask about the interconnecting rooms for old children or families who need room to spread out!

Receive a special family newsletter filled with exciting things to do in Manchester. What’s more is the Lowry Loot for the little ones to spend in the hotel on cookies or mocktails, special kids amenities and more around the hotel.

Book your room with confidence. The family package has now become fully flexible, giving you the confidence of being able to change or cancel your booking without a fee.

Accommodation includes:

  • Five star kids amenities
  • 15% off children’s food & drinks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Lowry loot for the little ones
  • Family newsletter

Mog is a very forgetful cat. She forgets that she has a cat flap, she forgets that she’s already eaten her supper, and she forgets that cats don’t have eggs for breakfast every day. Bother that cat!

But Mog’s forgetfulness can come in handy…

Join Mog and the Thomas family, on a journey through one year in the life of a really remarkable cat, as she catches a burglar, gatecrashes a cat show, goes to the V.E.T. and gets to eat lots and lots of eggs. Everyone’s favourite cat might be forgetful, but she certainly has a lot of adventures, and she loves her family very much.

  • Performances from Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th April 2023 at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Dive into Eric Carle’s bright and colourful world as his beloved stories are transformed from page to stage using a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets and charming music.

Featuring your favourite titles: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a vibrant celebration of Eric Carle’s adored classics and the perfect introduction to live theatre.

  • Performances from Tuesday 11th to Sunday 16th April 2023 at 11am and 2.30pm

A bank holiday party not to be missed.

Join us for the ultimate brunch party, as Tattu present a Tribe of Tattu Brunch.

Inspired by the hedonistic spirit of the Med and the rhythmic essence of Tulum, lose yourself in the mesmerizing sounds of tribal house and delight in our three-wave brunch menu and luxury drinks offerings.

From the moment you step inside our stunning surroundings with geometric shapes pulsing across the walls, you’ll be transported to a world of connection and celebration, where music, entertainment and a free spirit are at the heart of the party.

Are you ready to join our Tribe and make your mark?

  • Available Sunday 9th April from 12pm to 4pm

Are you ready to jump down the rabbit hole?

Cloud 23 is taking a trip to Wonderland and you’re invited. Expect a night filled with the weird & wonderful.

With a live DJ throughout the evening, and guest appearances from the amazing Liquorice Black & Annaphylactic it’s a night you don’t want to miss.

I’M LATE I’M LATE I’M LATE: Arrival time into Wonderland is 8:30pm onwards, and we expect the journey home to start at 2am. Last entry – 11:30pm.

DRINK ME: First drink upon arrival

EAT ME: Snacks throughout the evening

  • Available Sunday 9th April from 8.30pm
  • Tickets priced from £30

Escape Hunt have just launched their new City Hunt adventure just in time for Easter – Jump down the rabbit hole in this Alice in Wonderland themed adventure!

The City Hunt is a chance to get outdoors and discover our wonderful city in a way which you never have before!

Your City Hunt Easter Adventure will start at Escape Hunt at the Corn Exchange where you will be set up with an iPad and picnic hamper filled with everything you should need to complete your adventure.

Following a safety briefing, you will be given your assignment and the wonderland clock begins ticking! Head off in to the city and solve the riddles in 90 minutes to succeed! 

What’s more, children under 8 go completely FREE!

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Teams of 2-6 required

The longest bank holiday weekend deserves the best things – you can now enjoy an Atlas Bottomless Brunch, Friday-Sunday, at 12pm or 2pm.

Enjoy anything from our Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch Menu, excluding our 3 for £15 snack offer. There are also Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options.

Alongside this, you can choose from our Brunch cocktails, Prosecco, Atlas G&T, Defiance V&T, Wine, Beer, Cider, or an array of non-alcoholic options.

  • £35 per person.
  • Brunch session is for 90 minutes, and must be pre-booked.

Celebrate Easter in true Italian style with traditional Italian Columba Cake from Salvi’s.

Available in Columba Classica & La Columba de Verona flavours with both cakes resembling the shape of a Dove (Columba). It’s not only cake too, you can also pick up extra special chocolate Easter Eggs that will impress including the huge Baci Italian Perugina Eggs available in both Milk & Dark chocolate.

Plus, get your hands on a super-size Kinder Surprise Egg available in medium or large (they’re huge!) and ranging from Marvel to Disney Princess theme

  • Subject to availability

City of Champions is in full swing at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester!

Join the LEGO City Minifigure team, Ricky Rocket Racer, Mech-Max, Go-To Gary and Fearless Fi, as they set epic LEGO City Missions for you to complete!

  • Collect limited-edition mission cards when you complete fun activities
  • Character meet and greet
  • LEGO building competitions
  • Street art scavenger hunt
  • and much more!

Step inside and enjoy family fun with rides, LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema & much more.

Introduce your family to Manchester with Kimpton Clocktower Hotel’s Manchester Family Weekender package. The whole family can enjoy 20% off a two-night stay in one of the hotel’s spacious ‘Double Double’ or interconnecting rooms, along with £50 credit to spend on food and drink in the iconic Refuge restaurant and bar.

Kids can take part in a special Easter bank holiday Kimpton Clocktower Social Hour, which will see The Vault turned into a family fun area. Delicious sweet treats will be on offer throughout this with popcorn and ice cream, all to be enjoyed while kicking back and watching an Easter classic, Peter Rabbit.

The littlest guests over Easter weekend will be welcomed with an Easter egg hunt in their hotel room and activity pack to keep them entertained.

  • Activities available at varying times from 7th-10th April 2023.

Discover an amazing underwater world at SEA LIFE Manchester.

Dive beneath the waves and come face to face with over 2000 creatures. Prepare for a world of glittering scales, humongous tentacles and inquisitive sea turtles.

Giggle and snort with Peppa who is back at SEA LIFE Manchester this Summer! You can meet some incredible creatures and discover how to keep them safe in our oceans.

Join us this Easter holidays as Afrocats and The Whitworth go wild!

Our Art Garden and Park will be transformed into a giant outdoor art studio, for families to come along and get creative in the outdoors.

Afrocats x Wild Whitworth activities are suitable for babies to teens.

We will have different areas with open-ended messy play for the little ones and more guided learning about mixing and making natural paints for the big ones. Using mud, berries, leaves, and other foraged ingredients, families will make their own natural paints, dyes, and paintbrushes and create their own masterpieces.

It may be cold and it might get messy so we recommend you wear wellies, layers, and rain gear or bring a change of clothes with you. We have wellies and raincoats of many sizes from toddlers to teens, and a few adults too, so if you don’t have the gear don’t worry you can borrow some of ours.

  • Available from 12pm to 3pm on Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th April 2023

The Lion’s Den (Clore Art Studio) at Manchester Art Gallery is a space in the heart of the city, for families to make and meet!

We want to fill The Lion’s Den with children’s artwork, celebrate children’s creativity and showcase the young talent in our city.

Drop in to the Lion’s Den where our fantastic group of artists will be running creative making sessions, using a range of materials and techniques. Each session is different.

  • Available 5th to 9th and 12th to 15th April 2023 from 1pm to 3.30pm

Manchester’s Pankhurst Centre is inviting visitors to meet the ‘Suffrage-eggs’ and take part in a fun Easter experience with family and friends.

Inspired by the eggstraordinary story of Emmeline Pankhurst’s former home as the birthplace of the suffragette movement, young visitors will be able to follow the Suffrage-egg Trail and decorate their own Emmeline Egg.

The Suffrage-egg Trail will take visitors around the house to find out more about the Pankhurst family, there’s lots for young visitors to do along the way including the unmissable photo-opp of dressing up as a suffragette!

Then it’s time to be creative and decorate a Suffrage-egg for Easter in purple, green and white!

  • Available from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 2 April, Thursday 6 April, Sunday 9 April, Thursday 13 April and Sunday 16 April

Adults and little ones are invited to join the 20 Stories team where children will become chefs for the morning and be taught chocolate piping techniques and let loose with their own eggs to decorate.

This will be followed by a 3-course lunch and a soft drink with a view from 12pm. There will also be the option for adults to dine from the A La Carte menu alongside their little ones.

The Easter egg masterclass sitting will be 11am-12pm and £35 per child. This will include the 3-course lunch and soft drink

  • Available Tuesday 11th April 2023, priced from £35 per child.

Enjoy the Tiger Who Came to Tea Garden Trail. Collect teatime favourites and join Sophie and the Tiger at the kitchen table!

Help Sophie and Mummy with their shopping list after the Tiger has eaten all the food in the Mansion! Plus head down to the Farm for our fun sheepdog trail, meet and learn all about them in our demonstrations.

Meet the Tiger in the Stableyard, enjoy Glitter Tattoos and free Tiger craft sessions in the Barn Rooms

Between Friday 7 – Monday 10 April there will be a chocolate treat reward for completing the trail.

Join Food Sorcery for an Easter Egg-stravaganza! You will watch a detailed demonstration on how to temper chocolate – so you can practice at home.

You will then use pre tempered chocolate to create a ‘Free Standing Belgian Chocolate Inclusion Easter Egg.’ that will be filled with hand rolled Belgian chocolate truffles and hand piped chocolate that you will also make. All finished in a cellophane wrap, ribbon and gift tag.

Examples of What You Will Learn:

  • Free standing inclusion egg.
  • Hand rolled truffles, spun with white chocolate.
  • Hand piped chocolates.

What’s Included:

  • Tea/Coffee or soft drinks on arrival, all ingredients you need including cellophane to present your egg.

We have basic containers; however, we recommend you bring your own study ones.

  • Available Sunday 2nd April from 2pm to 5pm priced at £130 per person

Follow the Easter trail and find the Stables building where the much-loved Sir Oliver the horse. Why not have your own hobby horse race?

Find out about a very special pet parrot and feel the breeze as you run through the park like a bird in flight.

Spot fallow deer with just one antler (as they ‘cast’ off their old ones) and look out for colourful butterflies when you follow the winding paths in the Winter Garden.

For further adventure, head to the ‘Log Pile’ in the North Park where a natural play area can be found.

Each trail includes either a dairy or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg – both eggs are made using Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa

  • Available 1st to 16th April, charges apply

Make your own tiny versions of your favourite players in an eggstra-special Easter activity.

Use the egg cup body to draw your team’s football shirt, attach one of our ‘replica’ egg heads, then add your player’s features with googly eyes, craft paper and pens.

You could make global stars like Lionel Meggi or Kylian Mbappégg, or players closer to home, like Dwight Yolke or Sergio Egguero: it’s entirely up to you!


Also this Easter, we want you to take on one of our football-themed brick-building challenges.

The theme for our latest challenge is trophies. What would be your perfect idea of silverware? What shape and size would it be? Would it be silver at all, or perhaps a number of different colours?

  • The activities take place daily across the Easter holidays, times vary.
  • Activity included in admission price.

For those looking to get creative this Easter, Ducie Street will be welcoming back the expert team from Cork & Canvas for a quirky ‘Paint Your Own Easter Egg’ workshop.

Taking place on Sunday 9th April at 11.30am, guests will be guided by the professionals on how to create their very own arty Easter Egg.

Gift a unique painting experience this Easter Sunday. Sit back and relax as our resident artist guides you step by step to paint your very own egg!

An unforgettable experience inside Ducie Street Warehouse.

  • Available Sunday 9th April from 11.30am to 2pm
  • Priced at £25 per person, half price under 18s


Kids eat free!

Head down to The Real Greek this Easter and take advantage of this excellent offer.

Choose from some delicious options on their Children’s Menu with a free Main Meal, drink and ice cream / sorbet for every child per paying adult. With mouth-watering choices such as a Kids Souvlaki Wrap or even a great Kids Meze selection, everyone will be happy!

  • Available 2nd to 6th April
  • Terms apply, minimum spend applies

Celebrate Easter in true Italian style with traditional Italian Columba Cake.

Available in Columba Classica & La Columba de Verona flavours with both cakes resembling the shape of a Dove (Columba). It’s not only cake too, you can also pick up extra special chocolate Easter Eggs that will impress including the huge Baci Italian Perugina Eggs available in both Milk & Dark chocolate.

Plus, get your hands on a super-size Kinder Surprise Egg available in medium or large (they’re huge!) and ranging from Marvel to Disney Princess theme

  • Subject to availability