Where did March go? We can’t believe it’s already April! If it’s caught you off-guard then don’t worry, we’ve put together our guide to what’s going in Manchester in April to help you. From an epic clubbing experience to an ancient tea ceremony – there’s something for everyone.
Get your culture fix
There’s so much to check out this month to get your culture fix! Haven’t visited the John Rylands Library yet? Why not check out the Worker’s Playtime Exhibition and explore industrial Lancashire’s past. Even better news is that it’s free!
Looking for something a little more modern? Find out about a new singing language designed to strengthen social connections with Emma Smith’s latest exhibition at HOME, 5Hz & Euphonia. It’s on from 6 April – 19 May and is completely free.
Lastly, if you’re a gamer put 19 April in your diary as it’s Manchester’s Amateur Gaming League at Cultplex. Designed for you to experience the joy of gaming on the big screen, you’ll play in your team of 4 in a series of console and PC based challenges. Check it out!
Music to boost your mood
Manchester’s always got something to explore and April is no different. This month there’s loads to listen to at Manchester Academy, including Old Dirty Brasstards, a 10 piece pop-punk orchestra, Limp Bizkit and Hayley Kiyoko.
Sounds From The Other City is back! An annual celebration of new music, performance, and art based on Salford’s historic Chapel Street, Sounds from the Other City returns on 30 April – expect the biggest and best festival yet.
The above not taking your fancy? Manchester is a city of music, so there’s always something to discover. Keep your eyes peeled on Gorilla, The Deaf Institute and Albert Hall for great gigs in the city.
Explore the city
With Spring in the air why not check out Manchester’s Blossom Trail? There are spots all over the city where you can enjoy the blossom, including our very own campus! The National Trust’s Blossom Trail website has an interactive map you can use to explore the city a little differently this Spring.
Grab yourself a bargain at The Yard Sale, a community car boots and flea market in Cheetham Hill taking place on 30 April. Including clothing, swap shops as well as creative workshops and musicians.
Get your book fix at a second-hand book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on 9 April. From fiction to cookery to art and so much more, with new stock every month there are treasures to be found. It’s also a chance to explore the house itself, which celebrates the life and work of Victorian writer, Elizabeth Gaskell.
Go further afield and soak up the sunshine (we hope!) with Easter Adventures in Nature at Lyme Park from 1-16 April. Find out what’s in bloom and discover nature coming out of hibernation in the garden. Plus, for big and little kids alike there’s even an Easter Egg hunt!
Try something new
It’s the start of a new season so why not try something new to celebrate? Like Manchester 360º, a unique clubbing experience at Victoria Baths with techno legend and pioneer, Len Faki where you can let off some steam and dance the night away.
Looking for something a little more zen? Manchester Art Gallery have got you covered with their Tea Meditation Ceremony on 24 April. Led by May Chen, a yoga and tea meditation practitioner and the founder of TsiaTe, enjoy a form of collective moving meditation and take a moment to stop, pause and relax.
Lastly, get yourself ready for Spring with Springfest at Victoria Baths on 15 April. A whole day filled with the best of Manchester’s music and art scene plus great food and drink vendors for you to explore.