Spring is finally upon us, so it’s time to come out of hibernation.
To help you find the perfect reason to drag yourself out from under the duvet and back into civilisation, we’ve rounded up the best things to do and see this month in Manchester. Happy socialising!
1. Experience brunch like never before at the Boy Toy Brunch
A bottomless brunch you’ll never forget, the Boy Toy brunch is coming to Manchester on March 7, and it’s seriously cheeky. Think handsome butlers, immersive dance, acrobatic performances and amazing music. It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with your friends with some live entertainment, delicious food and bottomless fizz. The event is four whole hours of games, dancing and buff performances that are sure to have you on your feet, getting your groove on. Get your tickets here.
2. Explore beautiful artwork during a mindfulness session
What better way to expand on your cultural awareness than with a mindfulness session at the Manchester Art Gallery? With lunchtime sessions featuring an array of techniques, art lovers are invited to sit back, relax, and take in some beautiful artwork, all while being guided by one of the gallery’s experienced mindfulness practitioners. The sessions are perfect for both beginner meditators and those well-versed in the practice already. Take a break from your desk and check it out on 3rd March and 17th March. More information available here.
3. Learn how to grow vegetables at the Spinningfields Allotment
A wholesome way to spend your lunch break, twice a week from mid-March, Spinningfields’ brand new allotment will be open for locals to learn a new hobby. Aprons and equipment will be provided by the Spinningfields gardener, and participants will be shown how to plant vegetables and more as part of this community project. All proceeds will be donated to charity too, so it’s the perfect chance to do something worthwhile with your downtime. Find out more on the Spinningfields website.
4. Check out rare and exclusive sneakers at Crepe City
Back for its annual stop, Crepe City is bigger than ever this year, taking place at the Bowler’s Exhibition Centre on 29 March. This year’s exhibition will showcase some rare and exclusive sneakers, as well as 150 traders on-site with trainers to purchase. DJs will be playing throughout the day, with tasty street food, a bar and much, much more on hand for the perfect day out. The mega-popular exhibition is expected to be a huge hit with sneaker fans, with tickets available to purchase here.
5. Enjoy all-you-can-eat brunch and drinks
Taking place on the last Saturday of every month, the Pen and Pencil NQ take bottomless brunch to the next level – not only serving bottomless drinks, but food too. Chow down on unlimited brunch dishes such as Eggs Royale, pancakes and steak and eggs, with bottomless drinks options varying from fizz to classic cocktails. The whole scoff-fest is just £40pp, with the next event taking place on 28 March. Find out more here.
6. Start the day the boujee way with the Bougie Drag Brunch
Taking place on 7 March, the Bougie Drag Brunch is set to be one of the funniest, most extra brunch events in the city. Featuring some of the UK’s best drag queens, Tayce and Honey Foxx, guests can enjoy some incredible drag performances, eat delicious food, drink bottomless fizz and dance the afternoon away to some great music. Sashay your way into the evening with the perfect day out with your friends, offering DJs, comedy and so much more. Grab your tickets here.
7. Listen to the beautiful Northern Chamber Orchestra
The beautiful Stoller Hall will be taken over for an evening of powerful performances, featuring some of the UK’s finest soloists. Watch the likes of Mozart and Shostakovich brought to life this Mother’s Day with the Northern Chamber Orchestra and renowned pianist Benjamin Powell. Expect a unique programme with timeless classics such as Mozart’s Divertimento and Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra. Buy tickets here.
8. Check out the Manchester Film Festival
The Manchester Film Festival is back for another year, this time with big names such as Simon Pegg and Maxine Peake. Taking place at the Great Northern ODEON during 7-15 March, there’ll be an array of full-length and short features to discover, with Simon Pegg and Juno Temple’s acclaimed film Lost Transmissions showcasing alongside two short features starring Maxine Peake, and new features starring Finn Wittrock and Emily Mortimor. Find out more here.
9. Learn about the Science of Psychedelics
Open your mind this month and learn something new with these brand new Fever Talks. Uncover the science of psychedelics in this particular talk, which enlightens guests on the use of drugs such as LSD, Magic Mushrooms, DMT and more. Discover how scientists are using the drugs to understand the human consciousness and what makes us feel connected to nature and to other people. The talk will be hosted by an expert speaker in the field, who’ll be on hand to answer audience questions and help you broaden your horizons in new topics. Book tickets here.
10. Take a Spring walk on the South Pennine Water Trail
If nature is more your style, the nearby South Pennine Water Trail is the perfect opportunity to take in some fresh Manchester air while checking out sights a little bit greener than those found in the city centre. A five-mile varied route for beginners and pros alike, the walk follows the Rochdale Canal, allowing participants to explore the beautiful Hollingworth Lake and the Pennine town of Littleborough. Pack a few snacks and head out on one of March’s sunnier days to take full advantage of nature at its best, with local pubs in Littleborough to sit back and relax in with a pint.
11. Transport back to the ’20s at the Prohibition 7th Birthday party
Celebrating in style, Prohibition is throwing a 7th birthday party, and this time they’re transporting guests back to the roaring 20s for the occasion. Taking place on 13 March, the event will see a line-up of DJs playing some of the best music and fusing 2020 with the roaring 20s in a unique, vintage rave experience. Think a 20s speakeasy combined with a huge injection of bass and a whole lot of dancing. Pick up tickets here.
12. Experience Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by candlelight
The perfect way to wind down after a long week, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will be performed by candlelight at the beautiful Manchester Cathedral this month, taking place on 13 March. The concert will pair romantic candlelight with the beautiful sounds of the London Concertante, who’ll be performing classical arrangements from Mozart and Vivaldi. While you may feel intimidated by classical music, rest assured, the London Concertante attract an array of audience members, 50% of which are newbies to classical concerts. Not only that, they’re a friendly, funny bunch too – so you can guarantee a pleasant evening with some seriously talented musicians. Buy your tickets here.