The Easter weekend is almost upon us, with Good Friday falling on the 30 March and Easter Sunday co-inciding with April Fool’s Day on April 1.
But you certainly won’t be a fool if you get involved with some of these fabulous deals going on in the city over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Great John Street Hotel
Tuck into afternoon tea with an Easter twist at this elegant Manchester hotel. Enjoy a brand new spring menu of egg mayonnaise and cress open sliders, smoked salmon mini bagels, delicate finger sandwiches and plenty of indulgent sweet treats too – including chocolate mousse nests served in a shot glass! Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea and Kids Easter Afternoon Tea options are also available so you can make it fun for all the family. Or book yourself a stay with an exclusive April offer of an overnight stay including indulgent Afternoon Tea from just £150. From the unique individually designed bedrooms to the glamorous, decadent Oyster Bar, sit back and relax at the hotel, glass of champagne in hand after a day of exploring Manchester.
Lunya is Manchester’s truly authentic, independent Catalan restaurant, bar and deli. In Spain, Easter is one of the most important festivals of the year, and food is an important part of it. At Lunya’s huge Spanish deli (the biggest in the north west) you’ll find a fabulous collection of stunning Easter treats for grown-ups. All of their beautiful products are sourced directly from some of the finest artisan makers in Spain. So for stunning grown up Easter Eggs as well a few choice items for the children (if they’re very good), Lunya is your luxury Easter Bunny.
What says bank holiday more than cocktails and a terrace? 26 new cocktails. The perfect place to enjoy a drink outdoors, The Rafinery offers a mixture of influences, from classic English gastro-pub staples to the Mediterranean flavours of French and Italian cuisine, the menu as a whole is a celebration of seasonal flavour and locally-sourced ingredients: from their range of hand-cut, 21 days matured steaks to responsibly sourced fish, there’s no need to eat with a guilty conscience here.
1761 and Lily’s Bar
This independent British restaurant will be serving up its much-loved Sunday lunch on Sunday and Bank holiday Monday. Besides being a family friendly place, they also take part in the fantastic Foodinate initiative – buy a meal, give a meal to a local person in need. Win-win.
Manchester has everything except a beach, but the Laundrette is bringing one to you with their first of the year Easter Sunday beach house brunch! Enjoy bottomless brunch for £40 per person on the 1st of April from 12pm. But this isn’t just any old brunch spot. It’s an Ibiza-themed free flow shindig with all-you-can-eat food and drink and beach house beats.
For those wanting to experience a taste of southern Italy, Cibo is the place. Don Giovanni’s younger, cooler sister site which opened in Castlefield offers fresh sea food specialities and a lovely Italian version of a Sunday roast.
Harvey Nichols Easter Afternoon Tea
Make the most of the afternoon and enjoy a scrumptious Afternoon Tea at the second floor bar and brasserie this Easter. Start the experience with a selection of perfectly proportioned savouries and sandwiches including pastrami and cornichon, cucumber and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise, hot-smoked salmon sandwich, a goats’ cheese and red onion wrap and a chicken liver pâté with crostini. Follow this up with homemade scones with clotted cream and Harvey Nichols preserve, and end the afternoon on a sweet note with a selection of marvellous miniature cakes and pastries including an apple and cinnamon loaf, rhubarb crumble, chocolate mousse dome and macaroons (of course).
Artisan Announces Easter Sunday Free Festival Takeover
Artisan-Fest will be bringing the party indoors this Easter weekend, showcasing a range of bands, DJs and artists who will perform across the bank holiday weekend with free entry for all.
Artisan, Living Ventures’ loft space-style restaurant in Spinningfields, is set to take over the free music festival mantle from a neighbouring venue on the bank holiday Easter Sunday, from 12pm, with the live music kicking off at 2pm and running through till late. Bands and DJs will be playing at either end of the restaurant space and in the downstairs bar, plus there will be a range of kids’ activities, including a craft club, flower arranging, and Easter egg hunts to help keep the little ones amused. Artisan’s trademark sharing roasts will be available all day on Sunday, and the rest of the menu will be going casual for the day. Artisan-Fest starts from Thursday 29th March with live music from 6:30pm and runs all the way through to the Easter Sunday all day event with doors opening at 12 noon, with the playlist running through to the early hours each night.
This pay-per-minute creative cafe and much-loved meeting space is hosting an Easter egg hunt in both branches – on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter and at MediaCityUk – with chocolate eggs and free vouchers up for grabs. There will also be a number of Easter crafts and activities available. A comfy place to enjoy some awesome Easter fun.
The Lowry Outlet Spring Makers Market
There’s a four-day Spring Makers Market event over Easter Bank Holiday weekend at The Lowry Outlet, Salford’s popular shopping destination. From Friday 30th March till Monday 2nd April, the plaza will be bustling with friendly stallholders selling street food, crafts and gifts. Even better for Easter, this edition will see a pop-up gin bar serving 20 specialty gins from the north, a vintage tea room and a helter skelter. Keep the kids entertained too, as a free activity zone for children will also be offering the chance to plant sunflower seeds to grow at home.
Try something different this Bank Holiday weekend. Take your family for a day out at Breakout. At both Manchester locations there are rooms that are especially suitable for children with a range of themes that the whole family can get excited about. For more competitive families you can always book in two rooms and race against each other.
The Royal Exchange Manchester
If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift this Easter, the Royal Exchange Manchester has some great deals on the offer. If you want to take a break from chocolate this Easter, L’Occitane’s new indulgent Easter gifts are perfect for you. Inside their beautifully illustrated eggs you’ll find a selection of hero products from L’Occitane’s iconic Almond and Cherry Blossom ranges. Over at The Whisky Shop, Easter specials include Loch Fyne Chocolate & Orange Liqueur – sweet with a wonderful hint of spice towards the finish and Loch Fyne Honey & Ginger Liqueur – a little more classical, sweet honey and calm, soothing ginger combined into a lovely liqueur which offers everyone a taste of Scotland and something exotic all at the same time.
Why not come down to this brilliant First Street bar, juke joint and kitchen and kick off the Easter weekend with a good ‘Old Fashioned Friday’? Here you can enjoy an Old Fashioned cocktail for just £5 from 4pm till 7pm every Friday. Sounds good to us. This is also the home of ‘Wing Wednesday’ – that’s means 10p wings. Wow.
This Easter try something alternative and completely different to your usual dining experience and feast on Mowgli’s delicious Indian dishes at the Corn Exchange. A fun themed dish for the occasion is Mowgli’s Bunny Chow Dish – a fruity, hot chicken and potato curry served inside a loaf of bread. And that’s not an April Fool. Honest.
Make it Mexican style this Easter with a feasting extravaganza at Wahaca. As Easter is all about spending time with your family and friends, Wahaca’s Mexican sharing platters are the perfect dishes to feast on and enjoy with your loved ones over the long weekend. The sharing selections include a range of dishes such as Poblano pepper and corn tacos with cheese, corn and black bean tostada and chicken club quesadillas.
This Easter sees Bluedot festival taking over this impressive Oxford Street venue with a family-friendly twist. It starts on Thursday 29th March with Dr Sid Honey Cooler, a record collector of over 40 years who will take control of the public bar from 5pm until late. On Friday 30th March from 2pm onwards, the basement will be host an independent record fair, whilst Saturday night will be a ticketed all night long takeover from A Love From Outerspace. Then Sunday 1st April will see the Refuge become a place for family fun as the Bluedot takeover will host science experiments and intergalactic interactive children’s entertainment. Later that day, Bluedot will host a Sounds from Space talk and Q&A, led by Tim O Brien from Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. Booking is recommended.
Hard Rock Cafe
Hop on over to Hard Rock Cafe Manchester this Easter for Breakfast With Bunny – a tasty, full English breakfast on Sunday 1 April complete with entertainment for the kids. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, as well as face painting, fun games and of course, a very special Easter Egg Hunt. The day wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Bunny. Tickets are £10.95 per person.
Easter Sunday at Mr Cooper’s
Step into April on Easter Sunday with a delicious, seasonal menu at Mr Cooper’s, the modern bar and brasserie in the Midland Hotel. It’s the perfect deal to embrace the start of spring: 2 courses for £20.00 or 3 courses for just £24.
Head to Salvi’s, the beautiful Italian restaurant and deli in the Corn Exchange, and enjoy something extra special with an authentic Italian Easter menu, containing all the traditions of a spring feast in Italy. Immerse yourself in all things Italian while browsing the stunning Deli counter, which will be stocked with Italian Easter eggs, and the Colomba Easter cake – perfect for a seasonal gift.
A raving showdown at Stage and Radio
On Thursday 29th March, Leeds charity club night Dancing for Despo is joining forces with High Five, its Manchester counterpart for a good cause. Taking place over three floors at the venue Stage and Radio on Port Street, the two nights have come together to fund-rave in memory of DJ Despo, who died of testicular cancer in 2013. All proceeds made from the night are going to Macmillan Cancer Support in his memory with £10 tickets available from Skiddle now. So party early this Easter and have fun for a brilliant fundraiser.
People’s History Museum
From Friday 30 March until Sunday 15 April, you can enjoy the Savage Ink bookmark craft table and make your own keepsakes inspired by current collections at this museum just by Spinningfields. By using graphic novels in the museum’s current exhibition Savage Ink: The Cartoon & the Caricature as inspiration, families can create their own bookmark to take home. This craft table activity is suitable for all ages and no booking is required.
The Albert Hall
On Sunday 1st April, The Albert Hall is proud to welcome Community, one of the greatest underground ‘roots house music’ party organisers active in Manchester today. The line-up includes a range of the world’s finest selectors on the circuit, including Motor City Drum Ensemble, Kamaal Williams and Dele Sosimi. Roots dance music fans, you’ll love this.
Book yourself a beautiful room for an overnight stay in the centre of the city – and save money! Roomzzz – the stunning new aparthotel which on top of the Corn Exchange – is the perfect opportunity to turn your Easter into a truly memorable weekend. At Roomzzz you will be staying in luxury, and saving the pennies too, as this spring they have 2,000 rooms from only £59 per night.
Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park
Fun for all the family at the airport – without even going on holiday. The park is running a children’s Flight Academy during the Easter Holidays with the opportunity to board a real aircraft. For the adults, you can celebrate Easter Sunday with a twist with a two course lunch under the wings of Concorde and a tour too, complete with a gift. And if that’s not enough, from Good Friday through to Easter Monday all visitors are welcome to join in with the Park’s Giant Easter Egg Hunt. Find all the bunnies hidden across the Park to win an Easter treat and the chance to win a hamper of Easter goodies. There will also be fairground rides and bouncy castles for all the family to enjoy. Tour and Academy spaces are limited so book online in advance.
Waterside Arts Centre
There’s plenty of Easter fun for all the family at Waterside Arts Centre in Sale – and a sure way to keep the kids occupied. The school holiday kicks off with a family film screening of the brilliantly entertaining Sing! whilst on On Easter Saturday there are performances of the wonderful Little Angel Theatre’s Red Riding Hood. Enjoy.
The Crystal Maze
As fun as it can be to fill up on chocolate at Easter, why not burn off a few of those cocoa-induced calories this 2018 and book a trip to The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience in Manchester? If you were a die-hard fan of the iconic 90s show, are loving the latest instalments from Richard Ayoade, or if you just enjoy a challenge, then this is the perfect activity for you. Head to the Old Granada Studios and get involved. Teams of eight will be lead around the maze’s four themed zones: Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic, by a charismatic Maze Master. A great family activity and day out too. All visits must be booked in advance.
Selfridges intu Trafford Centre
With two whole weeks to keep the kids busy, Selfridges intu Trafford Centre have the perfect event and gifts to amaze and entertain the little ones over Easter. Children are invited to an Easter Bunny Breakfast, a morning of fun with an egg hunt, games and activities – with each child receiving breakfast and a special gift to take away. The Easter Bunny Breakfast will take place on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March at 9am and 10:30am with tickets priced £15.
Art Battle at Cottonopolis
Cottonopolis is known for throwing great parties and this Bank Holiday will be no different. They have teamed up with Bulliet Frontier Works and Art Battle Manchester to present a full day of interactive art and music on Easter Sunday, featuring headline DJ Tim Burgess. Art Battle have pulled together six artists ready to create live artwork based on their interpretation of the local community with all the work created going into an online auction to raise money for Action Hunger. The event will take place on Sunday 1st April from 3pm. The Cottonopolis kitchen will be turned in to a pop-up street stall where guests choose from the ‘Japanese Junk’ menu. The event will be free entry all day with a suggested £10 donation on the door.