Whether you’re planning to go out with a bang for the first bank holiday weekend of the year, or fancy something a little more low-key with family, you’re gonna be pretty spoiled for choice this weekend. From a unique rave in a theatre (because who can say they’ve done that!?) to a wondrous Chocolate Factory right here in the city, here’s our guide to the best things to do this Easter bank holiday weekend.
The Chocolate Factory is bringing seriously sugary vibes to Manchester this Easter – and it’s the perfect family day out. Go from room to room unveiling the chocolate wonderland, while taking advantage of the many photo-opps within the Chocolate Factory. Don’t forget to dive into the glowing ball pit while you’re there! Get tickets here.
2. Scoff some of the city’s best Easter treats
Move over, Easter Eggs – we’re in the mood for something a little more fancy. Creme Egg cookie pies? Check. Easter egg hot chocolates? Check. Cookie dough scotch eggs? Manchester’s got it. Check out our guide to the best Easter treats in town here.
3. Attend a unique ‘Rave in a Theatre’
Following major success with their Rave in a Brewery last year, Surco is back with a new, unique party: The Rave in a Theatre. For one night only, Surco will transform the old dis-used BBC theatre into a disco dream with 360 visuals, hordes of production and a Funktion One sound system. Party the night away til 2am, with a number of Surco DJs and special guests in tow. Get tickets here.
4. Party in style with the Pen & Pencil
Hosting four days of soul, disco, and funk vibes, guests can celebrate the bank holiday in style at the Pen and Pencil. Expect groovy DJ takeovers playing all night long – alongside a selection of special Easter cocktails created for the occasion (including a Creme Egg-flavoured cocktail!). The Pen & Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, M1 2EJ.
Taking place this Bank Holiday weekend, fans of Britney can celebrate the Queen of Pop at this fun four-hour event, which not only involves delicious brunch dishes, but 90 minutes of bottomless drinks, too. Chow down on tasty burgers with free-flowing bubbles and mimosas, before dancing the day away to top Britney hits, as performed by the UK’s top Britney Spears impersonator and tribute, Absolute Britney. Get tickets here.
6. Tuck into Easter ‘Sunday Service’ with Albert’s Schloss and DJ Paulette
Albert’s Schloss’s beloved Sunday Service is getting a Bank Holiday makeover this week, with Manchester’s very own DJ Paulette in attendance to bring the bank holiday vibes. Enjoy one of Manchester’s best Sunday roasts, alongside a line-up of atmospheric live music. Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, M2 5QR.
Need to truly blow off some steam this bank holiday weekend? Whistle Punks is the answer. There, guests are challenged with throwing axes at the targets, with a specialist team on hand to teach you how to axe throw like a pro. Book a slot here.
8. Scran a tasty Easter dinner with your dog at Peru Perdu
Opting for a cosy weekend with your four-legged pal this Easter? Peru Perdu will be serving up their delicious Sunday roasts – with not only one for the humans, but one for the dogs, too! Dogs will be able to enjoy a bit of complimentary meat, as pawrents tuck into a selection of Pollo la Brasa Chicken, Picanha Beef or Chimichurri Cauliflower Roast with all the trimmings. Peru Perdu, 74 Princess St, M1 6JD.
9. Enjoy Creme Egg cocktails at Moxy
Got a taste for Creme Eggs at the moment? May as well inhale them in all forms while it’s Easter! Available this week only, Manchester’s newest party hotel, Moxy, is serving up a seriously sweet Easter cocktail – consisting of Red Leg Spiced Rum, Chocolate Liqueur, White Chocolate, Vanilla Cream and Cookie Dough. It’s basically like Creme Egg meets the classic Espresso. Moxy, 8 Atkinson St, M3 3HH.
If you prefer a bit of cheese over chocolate, then indulge in some of the best local delights on the Manchester Cheese Crawl – where guests can discover some of the best local highlights within the city. Sample tons of brie-lliant cheeses along the way, alongside plenty of accompanying wine and crackers. Get tickets here.
11. Take part in an Easter hunt for grown-ups at Pong & Puck
Taking place this Saturday at 1pm, Pong & Puck will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt for grown-ups, where they’ll be hiding three eggs filled with prizes such as one-hour free games sessions, £50 bar tabs, and the King of all prizes – a £100 bar tab. Pong & Puck, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN.
12. See live music at ManiFest at the Oast House
The Oast House has launched a brand new festival, Mani-Fest, which officially kicks off this weekend. The free-to-attend music festival will run from 1pm-10pm this Sunday, with a packed roster of musicians lined up for the occasion. The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY.
Amp up the bank holiday celebrations with the hilarious Benidorm Bingo & Live Drag Cabaret – which is set to take over 94-98 Bloom St in the heart of the Gay Village this Saturday. Hosting by hilarious drag queens, guests expect huge prizes in-store, alongside plenty of comedy, cheesy tunes and a live cabaret show. Get tickets here.
14. Scran delicious Easter specials at The Ivy Spinningfields
In true The Ivy fashion, guests can expect a number of spring-fever specials this weekend, including their tender Grilled Lamb Cutlets served with a crushed pea and herb purée, alongside a special Easter nest dessert – which is made with a divine chocolate sponge, dark and white chocolate mousse and Kataifi pastry and topped off with chocolate eggs and lemon balm. There’ll also be a special Easter cocktail menu, too, including the Chocolate Negroni, an Easter Egg Martini and a White Rabbit G&T. The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom St, M3 3HG.
15. Dust off your vocal cords for Nell’s karaoke party
Nell’s is hosting a special Easter edition of their fun karaoke party hosted by Banksie this weekend, where guests can enjoy a special performance from Monopoly, before taking to the mic themselves. Those taking part in karaoke will get a free shot in the first hour, too, with plenty of pizza flowing, of course, throughout the evening. Nell’s, 20 Minshull St, Kampus, M1 3EF.
If it’s a chilled one on the cards for you this weekend, then there are plenty of fantastic flicks to enjoy at Vue. From the brand new The Batman film to the freshly released Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore movie, there are plenty of huge Hollywood hits to get stuck into right now. Tickets are just £4.99 via Fever, too! Get yours here.
17. Watch family-friendly bunny related films at Ducie Street’s Mini Cini
Fancy a film a little more Easter-related? Ducie Street Warehouse’s Mini-Cini will be showing bunny-related films only, including Peter Rabbit (2018) and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Both flicks are family-friendly, so the whole clan can get involved. Ducie Street Warehouse, Ducie St, M1 2TP.