There are some truly eggs-cellent things to do this Easter in Manchester – starting on Good Friday 30 March and stretching all the way until Bank Holiday Monday 2 April.  Whether you want to watch a traditional race, enjoy a dancing space or just fill your face, here are some ideas for you:

Manchester Duck Race

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Before you start working those Easter eggs off, let the ducks do the racing first – as Manchester Duck race is back on Good friday.  Watch hundreds of plastic ducks, many sponsored by local organisations as well as individuals, race down the River Irwell for a good cause – local children’s charity Brainwave.  There will be guest appearances from Debbie Rush from Corrie and Poppy Rush from EastEnders as well as Rowetta. It’s sure to be a great day out for all the family, with entertainment from Safari Phil, Playfactore, a Giant Doodle Wall, fun inflatables as well as fairground rides. There’s plenty for adults too with delicious street food from The Wildfire Pizza Company, Dim Sum Su street food and ArtiSam, along with ice cream and coffee kiosks. 11am – 4pm around the water at New Bailey with the official first race starting at 2pm.

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Vintage Swing Festival at The Printworks

Three to see this weekend: duck, swing and shop  I Love Manchester

The Printworks will be hosting its fifteenth annual Vintage Swing Festival on Easter Sunday – a chance to enjoy some retro fun, music and entertainment for all the family. The Printworks take on a 1940s and 1950s theme in the Pump Yard, with live music from 12-5pm as well as vintage cars, quirky stalls, dancing, face painting and a chocolate Easter egg hunt.  There will be live performances from classic rock and roll act Phil Haley and His Comments and rockabilly fun from The Neutronz. Be sure to get grooving along to the music and brush up those Lindy Hop skills with free swing dance lessons from the professionals at Katz Korner. You’ve got no excuse not to.

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Easter treats for all at Great Northern

Three to see this weekend: duck, swing and shop  I Love Manchester

Marvellous markets aren’t just for Christmas. Get to the Great Northern Warehouse where a wonderland of Easter treats awaits all the family on Sunday 1 April featuring epic flavoured chocolate, the UK’s first ‘Queer Beer’, and a stall dedicated to all things Elvis. Adults can follow it with Sunday Lunch at the elegant James Martin restaurant at Manchester 235 for just £15. And there’s plenty for kids too. Keep them entertained at All Star Lanes with a package that includes bowling, any kids main course, a soft drink, dessert or shake, plus a surprise treat for £15. If the big screen is more your thing, all the family can enjoy the latest fun-filled animation of Peter Rabbit – even better as parents and kids can go to the movies for only £5 at Odeon. Make the most of special Easter themed afternoon tea at Home Sweet Home, Evuna’s offer of three tapas for £10.99 Monday – Saturday 12pm to 6pm (plus all day) Sunday, and there’s free dessert with every meal on Easter Sunday at Opium pizza and cocktail bar. And remember, the fun carries on after Easter weekend too and well into half-term, with the Dino Disco Adventure Challenge – that’s dinosaur themed storytelling, puppets, games, challenges and dino dancing on Saturday 7 April and Sunday 8 April from £5.50.

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