May marches in bringing with it more wonderful things to do in Manchester – here’s our pick.
Spring is in full swing which means summer is practically here! And although it’s not quite beer garden weather, there’s still plenty to keep us occupied in Manchester this month.
1. Drink All The Tequila At Margarita Rumble (May 5)
Did someone say tequila? Get ready to fiesta like there’s no mañana at Margarita Rumble, where there’ll be amazing mixologists serving up the best margaritas in town. Guests the opportunity to sample different margaritas and then vote for their favourite. There’ll also be food available to buy (to soak it all up) and live music. Get your tickets here. Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Rd, Stretford, M17 1AB.
2. Take An Art Lesson While You Drink (May 5)
Since 2013, the mission of PopUp Painting has been to bring art out of the classroom and gallery and into the places people meet on a day-to-day basis. PopUp Painting is inviting budding artists to unleash their creativity – drink in one hand, paintbrush in the other!
The event will be themed around Annie Dalton‘s Banksy inspired Flying Balloon Girl and no experience is needed. Attendees will be guided step by step by a practising artist, while they sip, paint and create their way to becoming an artist for the night! To book your place click here.
3. The Greatest Showman Sing-Along Club Night (May 10)
musical fans are invited to celebrate the phenomenon that is The Greatest Showman in the best possible way, with a sing-along club night dedicated to the hits from the musical. The event will see the O2 Ritz transformed into a Big Top with full club decor as well as a balloon drop, confetti explosions and stage pyrotechnics guaranteed to make you go Woah Woah Woah Woah Woah.
Revellers will be able to dance the night away to all the hits from the movie and join the sing along with giant stage screens playing the songs and scenes from the movie including The Greatest Showman, This Is Me, Never Enough and From Now On. Fancy dress is highly encouraged and there will be a cash prize for the best dressed, as well as a free prop microphone for ticket holders. Click here to book your tickets. O2 Ritz, Whitworth St W, M1 5NQ.
4. Sample All The Gins At The Gin To My Tonic Festival (May 10 and 11)
Manchester may run on coffee, but it certainly relaxes on gin. So when a gin festival rolls into town, you just know we’re going to be there. The Gin To My Tonic festival will set up shop in Gorton Monastery, with tipples gathered from across the UK and Europe. Meaning you’ll be able to sample the best of Spain, France, and the USA without needing your passports.
The festival will also welcome a range of fruit-flavoured gins, giving you the chance to wet their whistle with strawberry & black pepper, violet, and raspberry & cardamom gins. Get your tickets here.
5. Sing Along With The Greatest Showman While You Enjoy Bottomless Drinks And Popcorn (May 11)
This is definitely the greatest show. Fans will be able to watch The Greatest Showman in an immersive environment, with free drink flowing throughout the whole film and bottomless popcorn.
The event will take place in a secret location in Manchester city centre, which will be transformed into a circus where each guest will be treated to a private table with waiter service for the duration of the film, while they belt out those award-winning hits. Fancy dress is highly encouraged so dust off your top hat, go full bearded lady or embrace your inner ringmaster. Get your tickets here. Secret city-centre location.
6. Visit Europe’s Biggest Yoga Show (May 11 and 12)
The OM Yoga Show will return to Manchester’s Event City and promises to be the most relaxing weekend of the year. Whether you’re just taking your first steps on your yoga journey, or you’ve been practising for years, you’ll be in the very best of hands at the OM Yoga Show.
Leading teachers from all around the world will be available to provide advice and guidance, in open classes taking place throughout the show all weekend. And more than 150 exhibitors will be on hand with products, advice and services. Get your tickets here.7
7. Visit The Cutest Cafe In Manchester (May 19)
Following the phenomenal, but unsurprising, success of the Frenchie and dachshund cafes the team at Pug Cafe would like to invite Pomeranians (and Pomeranian fans) to visit their pop-up cafe. Hosted by The Refinery Spinningfields, organisers are promising a dedicated doggy menu including PUPcakes, DOGnuts, POMpops, PAWsecco and PAW Star Martinis.
And the puns don’t stop there, every Pom will also receive a free Pupuccino, while humans will be able to tuck into some delicious food and drinks, all with a seriously cute side of cuddles from attending Pomeranians. Find out how to get tickets here.
8. Sing Along With Mamma Mia While You Enjoy Bottomless Drinks And Popcorn (May 25)
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme another glass of bottomless fizz! Due to phenomenal demand, another date has been added for the best sing-along experience this side of Greece. On May 25 Abba fans will be able to watch Mamma Mia in an immersive environment, with free drink flowing throughout the whole film and bottomless popcorn available in five tasty flavours.
The event which will take place in a secret city-centre location, which will be transformed into a quaint Greek taverna where each guest will be treated to a private table with waiter service for the duration of the film, while they belt out those plate-smashing pop classics. Fancy dress is highly encouraged so grab those floaty dresses and polish off those boat shoes, go full dancing queen or come as a disco diva. Get your tickets here. Secret city-centre location.
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