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8 things to do over the Easter weekend in Manchester

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The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect time to relax, explore and tick-off the things you’ve been meaning to see and do for a while. If you’re staying in Manchester for Easter and are looking for things to do (besides eating chocolate), here’s our ultimate list of things to enjoy this bank holiday.


Discover the Alchemy of Colour

The Alchemy of Colour is the John Rylands Library’s latest exhibition and it’s one which is full of surprises. Immerse yourself in a history of colour as this exhibition showcases the strange and curious recipes that artists used to create some of history’s most vivid colours.

Over Easter the John Rylands Library will be open on Saturday 31 March from 10am – 5pm and Monday 2 April from 12pm – 5pm.

For more information about this amazing exhibition, check out the website.

Support the Manchester Duck Race 2018

The annual Manchester Duck Race returns on Good Friday (30 March) to help support the children’s charity Brainwave. With two races, a fairground, face painting and much more, this is guaranteed to be a great day out for all – you’d be ‘quackers’ to miss it!

All proceeds go to support children following a Brainwave Programme. For more information on the race and how you can take part, click here.

Treat yourself to a roast dinner

There’s nothing like a good roast dinner with crispy potatoes and all the trimmings. Over the Easter weekend, why not treat yourself to a roast dinner? There are lots of places in the city centre including The Refuge by Volta, Albert Square Chop House and Rosylee that offer good value and delicious dinners. And if you fancy travelling a little further afield, Solita in Didsbury offer an unusual yet tasty Sunday lunch burger.

The robots have arrived at MOSI

If you haven’t already checked out the unique Robots exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry, now is a great time to go!

You’ll have the chance to get close to a special collection of over 100 robots and go behind the scenes of robotic research.

The exhibition runs until 15 April, so hurry down to MOSI and immerse yourself in all things science!

Enjoy an evening of Motown and Northern Soul

If you fancy an evening of Motown, look no further than The Bridgewater Hall. On Friday 30 March, the innovative Manchester Camerata will perform the best of Motown in Manchester and Northern Soul with renowned composer Joe Duddell.

For more details and to book your tickets, click here.

Soak up the culture at Home

If you’re looking for even more culture, head over to Home where you’ll find a range of interesting art collections and immersive films including Lady Bird, The Shape of Water and Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activists – plus many more.

For the full-line up and to book tickets, click here.

Easter Weekender at The Refuge

Make the most of the Bank Holiday and get down to The Refuge where you’ll find a full weekend of fun events and collaborations – from a record fair, charity shop stall and yoga class, to an art battle and mini Bluedot Festival. With free entry, there’s something to suit everyone at The Refuge this Easter.

Makers Market in Salford

Throughout the Easter weekend, the ever popular Makers Market will return to The Lowry Outlet. Here you’ll find the finest local food, drink, arts, vintage and modern crafts from local Manchester artisans and businesses. Treat yourself this weekend as you browse the stalls, sample treats and enjoy musical performances at the Makers Market.


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