Easter is nearly upon us: with thoughts of easter egg hunts, the arrival of the easter bunny, and mountains of egg-shaped chocolate treats, there’s no doubt that children are excited for this holiday (not to mention bank holidays for students and others!).
But Easter doesn’t have to be just about these common things. Events in Manchester alone during Easter boast a wide range of activities that your friends or whole family can enjoy!
When Does The Easter Bank Holiday Start?
The Easter bank holiday in the UK starts on the 7th of April (also known as Good Friday) and until the 10th of April (also known as Easter Monday). There are many events around this Easter weekend, but dates surrounding this holiday also contain a few activities everyone can get excited about.
Below are some of our recommended events happening in Manchester during (and around) Easter in 2023.
Forest school & holiday clubs for Easter
Garden Needs, 1 Radford St, Salford, M7 4NT
Kids adVentures are hosting its own “forest school” site in Prestwich, which will have children learning through the outdoors all day. This event is located in Prestwich, in a place named Kersal Dale Woodlands.
Children can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities that will let them experience something different, have the freedom to be as energetic as they want to be, and learn about having fun outdoors!
Different activities include nature walks, forest crafts and story making.
Craft Social: Paper Flowers
Salford Museum and Art Gallery Crescent Salford M5 4WU
Wed, 12 April 2023, 17:30 – 19:00 BST
The Salford community leisure has submitted an event about crafting paper flowers, which will be ideal for families and craft enthusiasts! Craft Social: Paper Flowers will have Salford’s local artist Caroline Coats for an evening of entertainment every month, learn new crafting skills and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee.
Materials are provided in a wide range of colours and upcycled paper options. You can create long-lasting bouquets with beautiful paper flowers. Fun, fascinating and an eco-friendly way to reuse any paper you have lying around.
Free Family Fun Activity - Painting and Decorating Egg Shapes
Yogurt Pots 325 Littleton Road Salford M7 3NQ
Tue, 4 April 2023, 10:00 – 11:15 BST
Can we even call it Easter without including Easter eggs? This FREE family activity by Inspiring Communities Together involves you and your children painting and decorating egg shapes in a place called Yogurt Pots, right in Salford.
The activities in this event welcome all primary school-aged children, but younger or older children are also welcome to take part as a family group (as long as they are supervised by an adult).
Let’s Disco Bottomless Brunch
Manchester Bierkeller Printworks Withy Grove Manchester M4 2BS
Saturday & Bank Holiday Sundays 13:00 – 17:00
Manchester’s Bierkeller welcomes a bottomless brunch music event! Let’s Disco Bottomless Brunch will have both feel-good anthems, a live performance by an upcoming musician - Brodie, and an overall fun Saturday and bank holiday Sundays!
You’ll be taken through the golden ages of music, covering Motown favourites to Boogey classics. A prosecco will be provided upon arrival, supplied with bottomless steins through a 90-minute set. You’ll be given a choice of either disco cocktails, mocktails, beer or cider.
A Festival Celebration of the 80s
Canvas Club Oxford Road #Unit 5, Building 4 Manchester M60 7HB
Sat, 8 Apr 2023, 20:00 – Sun, 9 Apr 2023, 01:00 BST
80s Fever is in Manchester this Easter, creating a perfect experience in reliving the glory days of the 80s. You can expect a complete 80s disco package, including hours of classic music from the 80s, live performers, 80s decor of the venue, massive giveaways, and more!
You can get your tickets so don’t miss out on this 80s fever tour. Book your ticket and party like it’s the 80s.
Nostalgic Nights - Elton John
Peaky Blinders Manchester 23 Peter Street Manchester M2 5QR
Fri, 31 Mar 2023, 19:30 – Sat, 1 Apr 2023, 00:00 BST
Elton John fans can expect a wonderful tribute performance by none other than artist Young Elton John at the Peaky Blinders! Nostalgic Nights will hold an outstanding show inspired by Elton John while being served a stunning 3-course meal.
From 10 pm, guests can expect to sing and dance along to the ultimate classics. Playing live on Friday 31st March, don’t miss this unforgettable night.
Victoria Baths Hathersage Road Manchester M13 0FE
Sat, 15 April 2023, 11:00 – 16:00 BST
Springfest is an indoor festival located in Manchester’s Victoria Baths (Hathersage Rd). This event is made to celebrate various music and arts across Greater Manchester and beyond, and will see a different array of features, including art exhibitions, creative activities, and a wonderful range of food and drink available!
The event will look at a fantastic line-up of musicians and bands from Manchester, which includes Tungusku, the Chorlton Ukulele Group, and more.
SAVE Walking Tour of Manchester’s Historical Buildings
Manchester Piccadilly Station, Manchester M1 2QF
Sat, 15 April 2023, 12:00 – 14:00 BST
First time visiting Manchester? If you’re a big fan of architecture and history, then the SAVE walking tour of Manchester’s historical buildings will be the tour you need to keep an eye on.
You can join SAVE and professor Michael Hebbert as they reveal the city’s historic buildings, as well as the issues surrounding their authority. A tour and education on Manchester’s finest buildings.
Manchester Pub Walkabout Tour
Manchester Central Library Saint Peter's Square Manchester M2 5PD
Sat, 1 April: 15:00 BST
Manchester’s pub walkabout tour is an incredibly fun and unique tour. It mixes the absurd with hundreds of years of drinking history in Manchester, with an interesting (and funny) pub quiz based on the guide’s commentary.
This will let participants visit classic pubs within the city centre, explaining the various British idioms such as “cheers” and other fun facts about pubs. Take a tour of this iconic part of British history.
The Locationist - NQ Express Version
77 Dale St Manchester, M1 2HG
This 1.5hr tour runs selected Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays: Meet outside North Star Piccadilly coffee shop.
Please arrive 5 mins before the start of your tour.
The Locationist walks tourists into an excellent walking guide through working at the BBC and ITV. As a filming location walking tour, film enthusiasts and upcoming filmmakers can get an engaging and fun experience with the Locationist.
This tour has appeared in various shows such as Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, and Eastenders, filming on location to enhance the tour experience. Check out this 5-star tour experience if you’re a film fan!
The Red Brick Company’s “Brick - 6 Plays”
Arch 19 Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP
“Brick” showcases great talents within the Red Brick Theatre Company, producing 6 brave, exciting and never-before-seen short plays selected from Manchester’s finest directors.
With talented actors hired in the northwest to showcase these carefully produced plays, Brick brings about the best writing set beneath an iconic building; 53two.
My Fair Lady
A97 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 6FT
97 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6FT
My Fair Lady is a musical West End run currently on tour and is set to play in Manchester for two weeks only from the 22nd of March. The musical has received resoundingly positive reviews across major news platforms, including The Guardian which describes My Fair Lady as a “comforting night out at the theatre”
A play packed with luxurious sets, outstanding costumes and world-class performances, My Fair Lady is a perfect addition to your itinerary in Manchester this Easter.
Classes & Educational Events
Japanese Painting Class
50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M4 4HF
Sat, 1 April 2023: 13:00 – 15:30 BST
Japanese painting is a whole new method of traditional painting in western terms. Learn from experienced local artists who will happily teach you how to paint using traditional materials used in Japanese painting (such as bamboo brushes, golden leaves, rice paper, and so on).
This class is suitable for beginners, so you will not need to be an expert in any artistic means. But they are also welcoming those with more artistic experience, as the class is served for educational purposes too. You’ll be left with a beautiful painting at the end of your class! You can book your tickets at Eventbrite here.
People’s History Museum
Left Bank, Manchester, M3 3ER
Are you a history buff that’s interested in a city’s rich culture and past? Visiting the People’s History Museum should be on your list! Located in Manchester, this museum showcases a collection of artefacts and exhibits that narrates a story long-forgotten.
This Easter, the People’s History Museum will present a variety of events and activities suitable for families and students - ranging from workshops on social activities to arts and crafts.
Light Saber Fencing - Manchester
Parrs Wood High School, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, M20 5PG
Are you a fan of Star Wars? Unleash your inner Jedi this Easter as Manchester holds a lightsaber fencing class by LudoSport! This unique event is inspired by the Star Wars movies and is now coming to Manchester for an Easter event like no other. You don’t have to be a fan of Star Wars, either - as there’s an element of agility and athleticism involved.
Classes are mixed-gender and suitable for ages 13 and above. Have a blast with this themed-sport class and defeat your enemies with actual combat planned at the end of every session!
Lifes a Beach
Brezo Lounge 30 High Street Cheadle, SK8 1AL
Fri, 14 April 2023: 19:30 – 21:30 BST
Another painting class, but the difference? You get to enjoy a fabulous selection of drinks to buy from the venue. You can expect a thorough art class that’s fun and educational, with a list of available drinks from the venue, and a guaranteed great night full of creativity!
Don’t forget that you can take your masterpiece home. Life’s a Beach is a great event for any art enthusiast.
Manchester Beer Tasting Tour
Beatnikz Republic Bar 35 Dale Street Manchester, M1 2HF
Manchester’s beer-tasting tour is making its way this Easter for anyone looking to discover more about Manchester’s drinking scene. This tour will be led by a friendly “Beer expert” that will inform everyone about the history behind beer styles - not to mention a good amount of beers at each venue you visit.
All tourists will come away gaining a better understanding and deep appreciation for the role that beer has played in Manchester. Get your tickets for Manchester’s beer-tasting tour today!
Salvi’s Pasta Classes with Nonna Anna
Salvis Deansgate Square Owen Street Manchester, M15 4TQ
Do you have a love for pasta? Learn techniques in making pasta shapes including ravioli, spaghetti, and other pasta shapes highlighted on the day - which you can learn and do right at home! Salvi’s masterclass on pasta making will spark your love for Italian cuisine like never before!
You’ll be welcomed with a drink on arrival and you’ll leave the masterclass with confidence in authentic pasta making. Consider Nonna Anna’s masterclass today.
Afternoon Tea & Cocktails at the Liquorists
Castlefield Bowl Liverpool Road Manchester, M3 4JR
Sat, 1 April 2023, 13:00 – 16:00 BST
An afternoon tea with a special twist. The Liquorists is holding an afternoon full of traditional British snacks such as scones, sandwiches and macaroons - with the addition of afternoon tea cocktails to spice up the day!
The Liquorists is providing 6 unique and exciting cocktails to enhance your afternoon tea experience, including a “Macaroon Mojito”, and “Victoria Sponge Cocktail”, all in the theme of British tradition.
All are welcome to participate in the Liquorists’ “Afternoon tea and cocktails”. Get your tickets before they sell out!
The Comedy Store
Manchester Bierkeller Printworks Withy Grove Manchester M4 2BS
Have a laugh at Bierkeller’s Comedy Store in Manchester, located at The Printworks. The Comedy Store will host an array of entertainment throughout the night, including live music and live gags for a night to remember. Available on Friday nights only, the Comedy Store will host a lineup of elite comedians guaranteed to entertain everyone throughout the night!
Seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your tickets for a night worth going to.
Manchester’s International Fashion Show
Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER
Sun, 16 April 2023, 14:30 – 17:00 BST
Are you or anyone you know into fashion? Experience Manchester Fashionistas Team’s upcoming event! This event will feature a display of trending styles from top designers around the UK - set within a venue in Manchester Hall, Spinningfields.
Join the event for a night of exceptional showcasing of the new looks, and get inspired for your own style.
Manchester’s Vintage Kilo Sale
Manchester Cathedral, Manchester Cathedral Victoria Street Manchester, M3 1SX
Sat, 1 April 2023, 10:00 – 16:00 BST
Love shopping for clothes? Manchester’s vintage kilo sale will drop by in Manchester this Easter break. For those who are unaware, a vintage kilo sale is a purchase-by-weight vintage shopping event, selling good quality vintage clothing dating back as far as 1970.
Grab yourself a biodegradable bag on entry and fill it to your hearts content! Coming on Saturday 1st April 2023, this fantastic event will allow shoppers to bring in new styles of vintage clothing to their wardrobe.
Manchester Is Filled With Events To Look Out For!
From painting classes to unique performances, Manchester holds a nice list of events this Easter. There's something for everyone! Whether you're into the city's history or simply want to go for a laugh during the weekend, the city centre offers any and every type of experience.
Create fond memories with your friends and family this Easter by attending one of Manchester's wonderful range of events.
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