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19 Amazing Things To Do In Manchester In April

By Laura O'Neill April 3, 2019

April’s arrived, bringing with it more awesome things to do in Manchester.

Spring has sprung, kind of. Which means it’s time to spring into action and make the most of all the wonderful things happening in Manchester this month. (Feature image: manchester_photosuk)

1. Learn The Secrets Of Serial Killers (April 16)

What drives a person to commit such heinous crimes? Geoffrey Wansell – a bestselling author and expert on serial killers – and Adam Lloyd, host of the UK True Crime podcast will be answering that question. The duo will walk attendees through the crimes of Ted Bundy, Fred West, and Levi Bellfield, before exploring the methods and motivations of serial killers, and attempting to find out what makes them tick. Plus, guests will have the opportunity to put their burning true crime questions to the experts during a Q&A session. Get your tickets here.

2. See The Girls Aloud Drag Tribute Show (April 6)

The greatest girl band of the millennium, Girls Aloud, is back as you’ve never seen them before. The fierce, funny and fabulous drag extravaganza that is Gals Aloud is coming to Cruz 101 in Manchester’s Gay Village on April 6.

Join Nadine, Cheryl, Sarah, Nicola, and Kimberley in this hilarious tribute show paying homage to the highs and lows the fab five, from the early Popstars: The Rivals days to their solo careers. Expect all the hits of Girls Aloud, classic solo singles, awkward tv appearances, missing passports, cloakroom attendant altercations and the return of the one and only Javine. Click here for tickets.

3. Get Tickets For The Iconic Abigail’s Party

Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party, one of Britain’s most celebrated comedies, is coming to Manchester’s Opera House. Stage and TV star Jodie Prenger will join Coronation Street and Emmerdale favourite Vicky Binns and Daniel Casey, best known for playing DS Gavin Troy in Midsomer Murders, in the beloved comedy classic.

Set in 1970’s suburbia, the play sees a group of neighbours gather for a wedding party, however, as the cocktails flow tensions soon begin to rise. Tempers flare and the sheen of respectability is torn away by the warring couples, with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences. Tickets for all performances (excluding premiums) are currently available for just £15 when the promo code ABIGAIL15 is used. To get yours click here.

4. Sing Your Heart Out At The Abba Sing-Along Disco (April 26)

Calling all dancing queens! A sing-along spectacular dedicated to our favourite disco Swedes is coming to Gorilla in Manchester’s Whitworth Street. Organisers are promising a fun-filled, sing-along night at one of Manchester’s favourite hangouts. From 11pm until midnight, guests can expect the best disco tracks to get them in the mood before the night turns strictly ABBA only until 2am.

The event will end with a mash-up of ABBA and the best disco and dance classics, with song lyrics projected on the wall for anyone who needs them (but we’re sure you already know the lyrics better than Benny, Anni-Frid, Björn and Agnetha themselves). Click here to get tickets.

5. Take A Trip To Bolton Wine Festival (April 20)

‘Bolton’s best Wine Festival’ will be housed in The Bolton Market Place and will open its doors to hundreds of guests looking to enjoy a fantastic array of wines, accompanied by good food and great music. Organisers are promising this year’s wine festival will be bigger and better than the last so get your tickets here.

6. Try The Outrageously Indulgent Creme Egg Desserts At My Cookie Dough (From April 5)

The Arndale-based store, which specializes in outrageously indulgent baked cookie dough desserts, has come up with two products celebrating the UK’s favourite gooey chocolate egg, the Creme Egg.

The Creme Egg Brownie promises a triple chocolate brownie cookie dough base, with a melted creme egg on top and a sprinkling of Mini Eggs for added crunch. And the star of the season is sure to be the store’s heavenly version of the scotch egg. The Instagram-friendly masterpiece is made up of a molten creme egg, which is wrapped in cookie dough and coated in Lotus Biscoff. The whole thing is then baked to create a crispy dough egg with a creme egg yolk that spills out when it’s sliced in half.

7. Get Your Paws On Tickets To Manchester’s First Pomeranian Cafe

Photo: Pug Cafe

It’s the news the North West has been waiting for; a Pomeranian Cafe is finally coming to Manchester. 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.

Would-be-diners need to be on the ball if they want to secure their spot at the cutest cafe in Manchester. For more information click here.

8. Take An Art Lesson While You Drink (April 16)

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 the Hokusai-inspired Great Wave and 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.


9. Try An Inclusive Pole Dancing Class

Treat your yourself to a fitness class with a difference! Manchester’s very own ‘Pole on a pole’ is offering inclusive pole dancing classes at his studio, GFFDamian Dance Studio, with an emphasis on fun and fitness.

Instructor Damian Kutryb said:

“I wanted to get people from all communities in and show that pole is for everyone, all genders, all sexualities, all sizes, we don’t disqualify anyone. People get the wrong idea about the classes and think we are teaching people to be strippers. But the classes that we run are not sexual, it is about fitness.

“It’s the best fitness activity out there – it combines acrobatics, strength and fitness and really helps keep you fit. Don’t be scared, come and give it a go! It’s an adventure and much more interesting than going to the gym. If you smile and have a laugh it’s 100 per cent more fun.” Book a class here.

10. Have A Pint, Or Several, At The UK’s Biggest Lager Festival (April 4 – 7)

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We Are Lager, the UK’s biggest lager festival, is coming to Manchester and organisers are promising a four-day celebration of the world’s finest lagers, under the roof of one of Manchester’s most iconic Victorian buildings.

Billed as a ‘beer festival with a difference’ organisers say they want to change the bad reputation lager has acquired over the years by showcasing the best lager around. All provided by some of the world’s finest breweries. Music will be provided by some of Manchester’s best-loved DJs and club nights, including Mint Lounge’s Funkademia and Deaf Institute’s Girls on Film. While El Taquero, Get Chucked, Dim Sum Su, Mac Shac and Off The Wheaten Track will be on hand with tasty food to soak up all the booze. Get tickets here.

11. Discover The Secret Jazz Club Night In One Of Manchester’s Hidden Gems (April 24)

The club night will take over the attic of one of Manchester’s most beautiful riverside venues, Lock 91, on April 24. Guests will be able to spend the evening basking in the talent of some of the UK’s best up-and-coming jazz bands while enjoying the views of Manchester Locks.

So whether you’re looking to impress your love with a fancy date night, or simply inject a little more new music into your life, you’re in for a good time at the Secret Jazz Club. Get your tickets here.

12. Test Your Nerve With A 160ft Bungee Jump Over Salford Quays

Those in need of a thrill will be able to take their adrenaline habit to new heights with a 160ft bungee jump over Manchester’s Salford Quays, where jumpers will be able to take in the views of Manchester’s glorious skyline before leaping over the water below.

Brave souls can tackle the jump alone, while anyone in need of a bit of moral support will be able to do a tandem jump. Book your jump here.

13. Visit The Frank Sidebottom Exhibition

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A free exhibition of Frank Sidebottom archives and the man behind the mâché, Chris Sievey, has opened at Manchester Central Library. The exhibition has been co-curated by Steve Sullivan and David Arnold, respectively the producer and art director of a new documentary – ‘Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story.’

It will be open in the library’s interactive Archives+ Centre until the end of April and will include selections from Chris (and Frank’s) many notebooks, diaries, home movies – and, of course, the actual head donned by Sievey when he transformed into Frank Sidebottom.

14. Check Out The Revamped Albert’s In Didsbury

Albert’s restaurant in West Didsbury has opened with a new look. Described as a ‘warm, welcoming new neighbourhood bar experience’ the venue will host pre-bookable party tables, making it an exciting addition to the Didsbury social scene.

It will also be home to the full Didsbury Gin range which will be on show in a botanical-themed back bar serving bespoke Gin and Tonics, all created with the collection. The outside area also boasts a new look including chairs and tables for 76 people on the terrace and up to 120 people on the lower terrace.

15. Celebrate Sakura Season A The Ivy

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Sakura season marks the full bloom of the cherished cherry blossoms, creating a sight to behold and signifying the start of spring in Japan. And the team at Ivy Asia, the opulent restaurant and bar situated on the second floor of The Ivy Spinningfields, will be celebrating Sakura Season in style, by creating a show-stopping installation as well as a delicious blossom-inspired dessert and cocktail.

16-19. Check out Hollywood’s latest releases

April sees the first of 2019’s big-budget summer blockbusters. Arriving with a cast full of stars is the next stage of the Marvel saga, Avengers: Endgame (April 26). Another superhero is coming to town on April 5, with the arrival of the American film Shazam! based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Alternatively, Hellboy arrives in cinemas on April 11, which is based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola. Get discount Odeon tickets here.

Also published on Medium.