Things to do in Manchester this Easter


Wondering what to do this Easter? From circuses to Easter afternoon tea, we’ve created a full roundup of activities for adults and children to enjoy


Last Chance: 1966 World Cup Exhibition at The National Football Museum this Easter

It’s the last chance to bask in the glory of England’s greatest footballing triumph, winning the 1966 Word Cup.

The National Football Museum’s 1966 World Cup Exhibition will be closing its doors on the 23rd April (St George’s Day), and with England taking on Germany in March, now is the perfect time to see the extensive collection.

Marvel at the famous Jules Rimet World Cup Trophy and the match ball from the nail-biting final against Germany.

Amongst the artifacts collated from around the world is Brazilian football legend Pele’s training kits and boots, training kit as worn by Bobby Moore and never-seen-before images from the final at Wembley.

There are also some seriously quirky exhibits, too, including a sample jar used by Jack Charlton – the first footballer to give a urine sample at a World Cup competition.

 A feature of the exhibition is the stories of the ‘ordinary’ people who were involved in the tournament, from ball boy John Docherty to England fan Linda Burn, who became the media darling of the 1966 World Cup Final crowd.

1966 World Cup Exhibition is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and was launched in partnership with The FA and the Sporting Memories Foundation – an award winning charity that works nationally with older people to bring about health and well-being benefits through celebrating memories of sport.

One of the legacies of this exhibition is the creation of ‘sporting memories’ group at the museum, bringing older football fans together to share stories and meet new people.

Katie Cavanagh, Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the museum, said: “The 1966 World Cup Exhibition was designed to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup tournament by enabling visitors to learn about the wider heritage of the event, to examine its continued legacy as a key moment in England’s recent heritage and to explore its meaning and significance in terms of football history and wider society.

Plan your visit and experience England’s only World Cup title first-hand, before it’s too late.


Full power at the Museum of Science and Industry this Easter

Picture of a boy taking part in the crane workshop at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Experience the amazing power of steam, water and electricity at the Museum of Science and Industry this Easter

· Activities run from April 1st to April 17th
· Admission to the museum is free, there may be a small charge for some activities

The Museum of Science and Industry is getting ready to power up for Easter. Whether it’s the power of water, steam or electricity – experience the sights, thundering sounds and astonishing power of the museum’s machines, muscles and contraptions as they burst into life through a series of hands-on demonstrations, workshops and shows for everyone.

Visitors will have the chance to try their hand at crane construction. Can you work under pressure? Build a simple lifting machine to take home that works on air pressure and raise the bar – how much can your machine lift? Find out more about how wind turbines generate electricity for us to use, and build your own mini turbine with the wind turbine workshop.

In Engineer Eric’s Difficult Day, visitors will learn how a steam engine works in this interactive show right in the heart of the pulsating Power Hall. It’s lots of fun and a little bit loud. Forgetful Fireman Fred is learning how to get Pender the steam locomotive up and running, but when Engineer Eric leaves him to his own devices, Fred’s going to need to call on the help of his friends.

Then you can watch as they fire up the machines which have powered Manchester for the last 300 years; experience the sounds and smells of water, steam, gas and diesel engines. This powerful demonstration introduces the ideas and innovations that sparked a world-wide revolution.

What’s a flying shuttle? Where’s the Devil-Hole? And who’s a scavenger? Learn about the shift from manpower to machine power and how the textile industry built Manchester into the cotton capital of the world. This thunderous demonstration of historic mill machinery spins, bobs and weaves cotton into cloth. The lively Revolution Manchester show tells the story of how science and industry came together in Manchester, shaping our lives today. With explosions, flying and even dancing, the museum Explainers will show you how — but they’re going to need your help. Are you ready?
Museum of Science and Industry
April 1st – 17th, 2017
Free admission, charges may apply to some activities.
For more information:

Giant Easter Egg experience at Stretford Mall

To get everyone excited for Easter, Stretford Mall is hosting a truly magical event! There will be a giant inflatable Easter egg for shoppers to go inside and get a very special Easter treat! Inside the egg, there will be Easter story time for all little Stretford Mall shoppers to enjoy with a fantastic interactive story teller!

There will also be an Easter Carrot Hunt to help the Easter bunny find all of his special Easter carrots which he has misplaced in Stretford Mall! There are some tasty treats for anyone who can help the Easter Bunny find his missing items! The free event will takes place on Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th April between 11:00am – 4:00pm outside Peacocks and The Card Factory.


Manchester Duck Race

A firm favourite in the city’s calendar, Manchester’s Duck Race, where thousands of families flock to the banks of the River Irwell to cheer on their rubber ducks, is taking place for the eighth successive year on Good Friday, April 14th.

Visitors are encouraged to join in the fun and enter the duck race, which starts at 11am, whilst enjoying a host of complimentary family activities on offer across Spinningfields from midday.

It costs £1 to buy a duck and enter it into the race, with all proceeds going to local children’s charity  Brainwave, who work hard to help children with brain injuries benefit from a range of educational and physical therapies across the country.

The best viewing points are on either side of the river between Spinningfields and New Bailey.

Manchester’s Campanile Hotel will also be challenging the public to track down five toy ducks around the city in return for prizes. From now until next Thursday, the aim is to find a person who is carrying a green toy duck on five different days. You will then have to find the location of the person who is carrying the toy green duck and say ‘quack quack’ in order to win and retrieve your prize.

Clues will be posted on Campanile Manchester’s twitter page  on different days, and for every retweet they receive, the hotel will donate 5p to Brainwave.

Craig Hodgkinson, general manager at the Campanile Hotel in Manchester, said: “This is a big game of hide and seek which is going to send the city quackers.  Depending on how elusive our mystery duck carrier is, we’ll be issuing up to four clues per day of their whereabouts, so we’d urge people to pay close attention. We’d also encourage people to keep an eye out for the green Campanile car, as that means the duck carrier isn’t far away. We’re asking as many people as possible to take part in this, as for every clue that is retweeted signifies a donation to Brainwave.”

Free to attend, the fun starts at 11am and the first race will commence at 2pm with surprise celebrity guests announcing the winners.

Visit for more details about the race.


Gandeys Circus

Gandeys Circus is bringing sensational Easter Holiday family entertainment at Buile Hill Park in Salford until the 17th April. For the past three years, Gandeys has brought premier circus productions across the North West  and this year’s highlights include:

  • A red hot latin flavour with acts originating in the South Americas
  • Acrobats who jump, skip, fly, hang all in the name of circus, accompanied by a scorching Latin rhythms
  • Rolling globes ascending the ramps of steel, Springboard, with the 5 man high salto
  •  Lina and Mina who perform duo Hair-Hanging for the first time in the UK in many years
  • The return of the terrifying Wheel Of Death
  • Pablo Garcia and his wife Vicky-  the amazing duo will perform their one of a kind rocket act
  • The return of your favourite clown – Chico Rico who will be back to entertain you with new routines and antics

And much, much more!

For more info contact Jane on 0161 295 3864 or email and for full circus information visit the Gandeys Circus Website



Hop Up To The Clouds For The Perfect Easter Afternoon Tea

Fancy something other than your typical chocolate Easter egg this year?

Head up to Cloud 23, take in the breathtaking views of the city and spoil yourself with a bespoke Easter Afternoon Tea from 14th – 17th April.

For £28 per person, indulge your inner child and revel in Easter bunny scones with jam and clotted cream, chocolate brownie cup cake with mini eggs, chocolate and mint mousse and the decadent rocky road cake.

And there’s plenty of savoury treats too, enjoy a pulled pork wrap, egg and cress on white bread, smoked salmon and dill cream cheese on dark rye bread, chicken and mayonnaise on brown bread and a delicious caramelised onion tart.

Guests can sip on an Easter cocktail or Champagne with their afternoon tea for £38 per person. Little ones will receive mini chocolate eggs on arrival before enjoying their treats at just £14 per child.

So, head up to Cloud 23 and satisfy your sweet tooth this bank holiday weekend.

After all, who said Easter was just for kids?

To make reservations at Cloud 23…

Call 0161 870 1670


Book online 


Scene Indian Street Kitchen

If you’re attending the Manchester Duck Race on Good Friday, it makes sense to head over to Scene Indian Street Kitchen for some lovely Indian food at their annual outdoor BBQ. This includes their delicious Lamb Chops, Samosa Burgers and Samosa which will be up for grabs from midday .

Scene will also be celebrating their 2nd birthday and are offering 50% off their selected menu which you can be viewed on their website. You can also book online and eat after 4pm when quoting ‘birthday 50’.


Heaton Park, will host its first musical show in 119 years this Easter

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For the first time in a century,  18th century manor Heaton Hall will be brought back to life with the sound of music, becoming Manchester’s  latest gig venue. In recent years the historic building, which has undergone some refurbishment, has been host to one-off plays and dramatic productions. But heritage bosses say that an Easter Weekend performance – featuring top musician trained at the Royal Northern College of Music – will be the first musical show in 119 years.

It’ll be the first live music played at the venue since 1898, according to historians who say the previous owners, the Egerton family, were avid musicians and entertained Charles Halle and other musical legends in their home.Two classical concerts by Feelgood Theatre Productions will be staged on Easter Sunday at 3pm and on Easter Monday at 5pm in which the Lord Mayor, Coun Carl Austin-Behan will be in attendance for Monday’s performance.

The concerts will feature graduate singing stars from the Royal Northern College of Music; soprano Jenny Carson, bass Thomas D Hopkinson, tenor Dan McDwyer and the Vine String Quartet, conducted by Alex Robinson.Each performance will showcase the story of the Egerton family’s musical past and will feature Handel, Corelli, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Lehar and many more, with Gilbert and Sullivan providing a very recognisable ending.

The Music Box, which premiered at Cheltenham Music Festival, is aimed at children aged three to 10 years old and will be held at 12pm and 2pm on Easter Monday for its second showing.

It’s a story of a greedy inventor and Beethoven, the famous composer. A tale of magical music and a beautiful clockwork Ballerina, a world of wonder and curiosity is created through storytelling and pictures in a theatre box and a toy piano using charming vintage marionettes.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.


Easter weekend at First Street

Manchester City Centre’s newest neighbourhood is set to be the ideal location to spend time over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
The First Street development, which was completed last year and is now a hub of bustling business and leisure brands, celebrates the Easter weekend with a host of offers and activities.
Whether you’re craving culture, live music and performance, fabulous food and drink or chocolate-fuelled times, Easter at First Street offers all this and more:

The Easter Bank Holiday marks the final weekend of ¡Viva! and Fiesta festival at First Street. If you haven’t experienced HOME’s celebration of all things Spanish and Latin American yet, then there’s still chance to take part in a Salsa de Cuba drop-in dance workshop, listen to the sweet sounds of the flamenco guitar, get the family involved in face painting and indulge in Spanish-inspired food and drinks.

The Laundrette
The Laundrette channels the Easter bunny this weekend by hosting an egg hunt across First Street and Chancery Lane. Discover special chocolate eggs in hidden places on First Street and celebrate your expert detective skills by enjoying the taste of your success! Now that’s what we call an Easter treat.

The Liquor store
NOASIS, the definitive tribute band to the five-piece super group Oasis, play an intimate gig at The Liquor store on Saturday 15 April. Buy your tickets here,  and enjoy “champagne supernovas” all round.
If that’s not enough, take advantage of the long weekend with drinks offers for £5 at The Liquor Store on Sunday and Monday between 5-9pm.

Pizza Express
Grab a generous slice of the Bank Holiday weekend action with three courses for £12.95 at Pizza Express on First Street on Easter Sunday and Monday.


The  Great Eggsibition at Selfridges

Whether you’re looking for ways to entertain the little ones this half-term or searching for a Easter egg like no other, Selfridges Trafford’s Great Eggsibition is the perfect place to start any hunt. All activities are complimentary for Selfridges customers.

Egg-citing Easter Weekend for Kids

House Egg Decorating

Leave your mark on the Selfridges House Egg and help to create an egg-cellent piece of art! 13-15 April from 2-6pm

Become a Bunny

Learn to craft a pom-pom tail and beautiful bunny ears to have you hopping into the Easter break! 13-15 April from 2-6pm

Decorate an Easter treat

With plenty of sprinkles, coloured icing and of course chocolate, receive an egg shaped biscuit to decorate – just try not to eat it before you finish your masterpiece! 14-15 April from 2-6pm

The Great Selfridges Egg Hunt

Join them for a fun Easter Egg Hunt to win complimentary tasty chocolatey treats! 14-15 April from 2-6pm