April has finally arrived.
And with it comes the loosening of a number of COVID-related restrictions, many of which it’s about bloody time for (we’re looking at you, bottomless brunch). Who knew leaving the house could be such a novelty? Without further ado, here are all the best things to do in Manchester this April.
1. Go for an alfresco pint
Finally. The sweet, sweet taste of beer fresh out of the barrel. We’ve been waiting for this day for what feels like forever, and we’re so ready to meet up with friends, soak up the Manchester sun and knock back a couple of pints. And to help us do just this, many Manchester restaurants have created their very own pop-up beer gardens – even taking over our streets to make sure we can get socialising this month.
Drive-in to a summer wonderland this April, where you’ll be treated to fab screenings of huge Hollywood blockbusters – all amplified by SecretCity’s truly unique, immersive experience. We’re talking live actors, amazing sets and surroundings, photo opps galore, and plenty of food and drink to try. Tickets are on sale now, and you can book a screening here.
3. Head to the beach
Since the government announced that we were now able to visit the beach, we’ve obviously had a keen desire to do just that. From the beautiful yet super busy Formby, to underrated wonders such as Crosby Beach – there’s plenty of lovely beaches just a short drive from Manchester to explore this summer. Check out our full guide here.
Drag Race UK might have just come to an end, but we’re still hopped up on RuPaul fever – and thanks to this epic line-up, we can get our fix right here in Manchester. Taking to the stage for a special drive-in show, Baga Chipz, Ginny Lemon, Divina de Campo and more will be taking to the stage this month, with a tasty food market and live DJ set getting us fuelled up for the show. Get tickets here.
5. Explore Hatch’s brand new traders
Hatch has confirmed their grand re-opening for summer 2021, complete with six new and fantastic traders who’ll be joining their already wonderful line-up of independents. Expect a summer festival theme, with a number of incredible events in store – including an open-air spin on Fever’s sell-out Candlelight Jazz event.
Missed out on the Easter fun this year thanks to lockdown? Celebrate a belated Easter at the AJ Bell Stadium this month, with pre-show DJs getting the fun started, two hours of immersive fun, a silent disco, car-e-oke, party bingo and so much more. It’s a fun experience for all the family, and you can get tickets here before they’re gone.
7. Meet up for a walk with friends
Since socialising is finally on the cards, we’ll be meeting up for some spring strolls with our pals – with maybe a few tinnys in tow for the occasion.
8. Take part in outdoor sports
Need an excuse to get back into shape before the pubs reopen fully in May? Well, this is it. Outdoor sports are now permitted, which means you can visit an outdoor lido, hit up a tennis court or whatever floats your boat before gyms reopen next week.
We might have been watching movies for the past year, but not like this. Taking over the AJ Bell Stadium this spring, Big Screen Movies is coming to town, with some huge Hollywood blockbusters in store for us. We’re talking the likes of Harry Potter, Deadpool, The Greatest Showman and more – all from the comfort of your own car. Book a screening here.
10. Go to the gym (at long last!)
From April 12th, we can finally get ourselves back to the gym – and oh boy do we need it. We never thought we’d say these words, but we missed spin class and we can’t wait to get back to it.
11. Chow down on bottomless pizza at Crazy Pedro’s
Coming back with a bang this April, Crazy Pedro’s is bringing back its incredible bottomless brunch, which includes unlimited pizza slices for 90 minutes, bottomless frozen margs, beer and more. Costing just £25pp, we’ll definitely be getting our fill of Pedro’s American-style slices this spring.
12. Try out Manchester’s new Irish beer garden
A new, alfresco offering in town, O’Shea’s is opening a brand new beer garden near Piccadilly Station, and it’s the perfect spot for a spring booze-up. From views of the city centre to an epic cocktail list and live music, O’Shea’s is set to be a lively post-lockdown hangout to enjoy over the warmer months.
The perfect experience for rock fans, the White Witch Drive-In theatre is coming to town, and it’s set to be a fun affair complete with smoking cocktails, a candlelit stage set-up, and incredible performances by a cast of 60 performers (including Brian Blessed and Sam Bailey). Rock out to some of the greatest anthems ever written in a socially distant environment, with ‘car service’ also available allowing you to order fab drinks right to your car. Get tickets here.
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